WELCOME BACK AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are happy to be back to school. The rain we have been praying for has arrived! The students will have recess and lunch indoors when it is raining or very wet outside. We still need and welcome parent assistance for rainy day lunchtime. Whenever it is raining at dismissal, we will dismiss the students in the following manner:
o The Kindergarten class will be walked to the main building at 2:40 and will stand by the office until student names are called.
o The carline will be the same as other days, with someone calling family names into the office.
o Parents walking up to pick up a child will come into the school patio and wait under the building overhang.
o Siblings will be gathered together, in the grade of the youngest child.
o Students in Grade 1 – 8 will wait in their classrooms until their name is called to come out to their parent or car.
o Students who “walk” will line up inside the building and be dismissed as usual.
o Students going to EDC will go directly to Hurley Hall through the building.
The OLA Dinner Raffle Committee needs YOU! Our Dinner Auction will take place on Saturday, March 30. We are looking for 2 or 3 people who would be willing to help out with the planning and execution of the raffle which accompanies the annual Dinner Auction and Fundraiser. The Raffle timing is approximately 8 weeks prior to the auction. We are hoping to make the raffle different and more exciting this year for the students and we'd love to have YOUR input. If you think you'd like to help, please let us know in the office, or contact Jennifer Bamieh at (805) 340-9168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOOL UNIFORM NOTE: As the weather has become cooler, students are wearing outerwear to school over their uniforms. Note that for students in K-8, all clothing worn at school must be uniform. Non-uniform jackets, raincoats and other apparel are not allowed. Our office sells crewneck sweatshirts year-round, as well as PE clothes. If you wish to order some warmer clothing, there are links on our school website to Dennis Uniform (sweatshirts, quarter-zips, sweaters) and Proforma (two styles of jackets, including a hooded rain jacket). Check with us in the office if you have uniform questions.
NEW STUDENT APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019 - 2020 SCHOOL YEAR - Please invite any friends who are considering our school to go online and apply for admission soon. Some grades will have a waiting list for next year. NOTE: If you have a sibling whom you wish to attend OLA, YOU MUST APPLY NOW! This especially applies to Kindergarten. All applicants for 2019 - 2020 are encouraged to attend our annual Open House on Thursday, January 31 at 6 PM.
SCIENCE FAIR HELP WANTED – The STEM/Science Fair (for students in grades 6-8) is coming soon and this makes for a great opportunity to earn Parent Hours…. whether your child is in middle school or younger. We are in need of volunteer judges and WE WANT YOU! No experience or special training required! The Science Fair will be on Thursday, January 31 from 9 AM until 2:30 PM. We can use help for all or part of the day. Please let the office know if you are interested or email Mrs. Schiemann at email@example.com.
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES ON OUR SCHOOL PLAZA – We invite all school families and alumni to consider a donation to the school plaza. There are still opportunities for donating to this project, including numerous opportunities to give. This is a chance to invest in the school and have your family and childrens’ names on pavers to always be at the school. Please consider a gift in memory of a relative, school graduate or grandparent.
SPORTS NEWS: Our boys and girls basketball teams have started practices. Games will begin in about two weeks.
Box Tops for Education Collection – Thanks for your ongoing support of our Boxtop collection. All your student has to do is: (1) TRIM excess packaging, (2) CHECK that the product code and expiration date are legible, (3) ATTACH the Box Tops to the Collection Sheet...glue or clear tape only, please! (No staples.) Every Collection Sheet turned in equals ONE entry in a drawing for $10 in Scrip Cards. Bring two or more sheets and increase your chances to win! Our next collection day will be Tuesday, February 12.