Good morning, Parents.
Fall has always been my favorite season of the year. I enjoy summer and like a good snow storm (as long as it comes on the weekend), but there is nothing like leaves changing color, crops being harvested, and spending a Friday night watching a HS football game. Fall means school is in full swing and that extra hour of sleep comes at just the right time as we recover from extra inning Brewer games that go late into the night. It’s also tough to beat a Thanksgiving meal shared with friends and family as we reflect on the blessings in our lives.
My list of “thanks” far exceeds the space available in this newsletter, but please allow me to highlight a few things which have been on my mind recently. First, I am thankful for the United States of America. In the past several weeks I was able to witness the naturalization ceremony for one of our staff members at the Federal courthouse in Milwaukee. Part of the judge’s message included the following statement:
“Today, each of you will receive something that many people in other parts of the world would do anything to obtain – US citizenship.”
The reality of that sentence hits home and reminds me that I should never take for granted something which was given to me at birth, but earned by others and protected through the sacrifice of so many over the years. That sacrifice is also honored in fall as our district hosts several events which recognize our Veterans for their service. I have many favorite school things, but it’s difficult to think of something better than our annual Veteran’s Day program at the elementary school. Not a year goes by that I don’t gain a renewed respect and appreciation for the costs associated with freedoms that are not always fully appreciated.
Finally, I am thankful to have known Karri Krier. I had the privilege of knowing Karri as a student in my science classroom, as a MS aide, and as a Junior Kindergarten and 4th grade teacher. In each of those settings – and pretty much anywhere you saw Karri – she provided a great example of how we should view life. I don’t remember seeing Karri without a smile and usually that smile was accompanied by an infectious laugh. Karri had a powerful combination of being a learner who poured herself into others. She flat-out worked hard and always wanted to improve. I had the privilege of being Karri’s teacher, but find myself thankful for what I learned from her.
I hope that each of you enjoy this holiday season, and thank you for entrusting us as we partner together in fulfilling our mission to ensure that all students learn at high levels allowing them to become positive contributors to society and our world.
Good morning, Parents.
Foster Child Gift Drive
My family and I would like your help in making the Holiday Season a bit brighter for the children in our local foster care system by participating with us in a toy drive.
Every year almost 8000 children get placed in foster care here in Wisconsin. Many of those children, through no fault of their own, don’t get to experience a Christmas filled with love, joy, and peace. Instead they are facing rejection, sadness and uncertainty. They are left wondering “What’s wrong with me?” “Why doesn’t anyone want me?” and “What did I do to cause this?”
While we realize that a simple toy isn’t much, it is something. To some of these children it might be the only thing anyone gives them for Christmas. It’s our hope that we can help them feel wanted and loved, and to let them know that there are people who care about them.
We are collecting toy donations for children of all ages and with the help of Social Services will be distributing the gifts to local children. If you would like to help, please send the unwrapped gift(s) to school with your child labeled “Foster Care Gift Drive” or you can drop them off at the donation box located next to the Elementary, Middle and High School Offices.
Gift drive will run Nov. 19th – Dec. 14th.
Thanks for your generosity,
Sara & Jeff DeBlaey
( and family: Jay, Kelsey, Jakari, Henry & Molly)
This is a friendly reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences are tomorrow, 11/13 and Monday 11/19 at OMS. Half of each night are scheduled conferences and the other half of each night will be walk-in conferences.
If you did not receive an email for a scheduled conference, you are welcome to discuss your child’s progress with one or more of their teachers during the walk-in conference times. These conferences will be on a first come/first served basis and will be from 5:15-7pm on Tuesday 11/13 and from 3-4:45 pm on Monday 11/19.
We look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you on these evenings. Please call the OMS office if you have any questions!
Good Afternoon and Happy Election Day!
Some of you that check Infinite Campus regularly may have noticed marks such as C, P, and/or N recently added for your student under “Learner Responsibilities” related to Collaboration, Effort, and Respect. Your child’s behavior in these areas can receive the following marks:
C=Consistently (Your child consistently demonstrates the behavior.)
P=Progressing/Developing (Your child is progressing on the behavior but is not always consistently demonstrating it.)
N=Needs Attention (Your child’s behavior in this area needs improvement or attention.)
Sorry for any confusion these marks recently added for quarter 1 progress reports may have caused you. A rubric explaining these marks will be printed right on your child’s report card as well.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.