All That’s Happening at OES

Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying the wonderful spring weather (finally!).  Although it hasn’t looked or felt like spring, we are trying to think spring at OES.  We have a few new opportunities and happenings that we’d like to share with the community.

First, we are excited to share that we will be going one-to-one with chromebooks for grades 3-5 (at school only at this time).  Fourth grade has been one-to-one the last two years, and we believe this has provided our students broader opportunities for learning.  Next week, students in 3rd and 5th grades will also have access to chromebooks all throughout the day.  Chromebooks will be housed and charged in the classroom.  Please watch for the OES Chromebook Use Agreement that provides important information about chromebook use.  This document will need to be read and signed by students and parents and returned to school.

On May 11, we will be hosting a Career Café Day, when our students will have opportunities to explore and learn about a variety of careers.  If you are interested in sharing your career with our students, please contact Ashley Holzer at 564-2392, ext. 4204.

Thank you to those of you who have completed the Math Instruction Survey.  If you have not done so yet, please take a moment to provide feedback for us. We will leave the survey up for one more week before we begin to review the feedback.

A letter went home today reminding families about the upcoming testing that will take place within the next month.  These testing opportunities provide us important information about student learning and our own instructional practices.  Grades PK-2 will take the PALS, early literacy test.  Grades 3-5 will be taking the Wisconsin Forward and the Aspire tests.  We will be providing special snacks and breaks for our students so that they will be able to do their best.  Please make sure they have adequate rest and nutrition when they are at home.

We’ve had an exciting week welcoming our first construction crew on our playground.  This week, the crew did soil boring in 30 different locations in the area.  Most of our students were fascinated with watching the machinery and the process.  As we continue to plan and set different stages in motion, please know that we will provide as many learning opportunities as we can for our students while at the same time keeping them safe.

Please don’t forget about summer school opportunities.  Information has gone home and can also be found in the Friday Folder information.  Summer school provides a chance for students to stay engaged in learning and to stay connected with their friends.  Please consider sending your children to one or both sessions:  June 20-23, 27-30; August 15-18, 22-25.

Please mark your calendars for the Book Fair, April 18-22.  Stock up on some great summer reading material.

Have a great weekend!

Ann