Welcome back!

Dear OES Parents,
What a fantastic 1st day of school we are
having!  We have enjoyed welcoming your
children back, and we’ve especially enjoyed seeing how eager they are to be
back (well, at least most of them).  I’ve
particularly appreciated catching up with students who have shared some
interesting summer vacation stories to tell.
I’m thankful that your families have had a good break and that everyone
is now refreshed and ready for a new year.
This week, we are mostly learning our routines and
procedures.  Our routines will help all
of us to stay respectful, responsible, and safe as we go about our
learning.  You may hear your children
referring to “line basics,” “voice volume,” and “bathroom basics” when they
share about their day.  Our school has
very specific routines, and these guidelines will be posted in this week’s set
of Friday Folders, which can be accessed online on our website.  Each classroom also has a set of classroom
basics that are unique to each grade level.
I would like to introduce our new staff member, Jill Ladwig,
who will be co-teaching the morning JK class as well as assisting Mrs. Heinen
with library/technology in the afternoons.
Jill has 25 years of teaching experience and has taught at various
levels.  Jill has 4 children and has been
very active in her community, volunteering and organizing programs such as
Safety Town.  Please join me in welcoming
Jill to our OES community.
This year, I will be posting on our blog as well as sending
out emails regularly to keep you informed about what is happening in our
school.  These forms of communication
will replace the monthly newsletter that you’ve received in the past.  In addition to this form of communication, I
would be happy to meet with you or speak with you in person anytime you have a
question or concern.  I can be reached at
564-2392, ext. 3202.  Also, please follow
us on Twitter @oostburgschools, which can also be accessed on our district
We are off to a great start for the 14-15 school year.  We hope you are too!
Ann Steenwyk


OES Co-principal