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Friday, August 11, 2017

Hello O'Hara families! As another school year approaches, we want to share a few important reminders and updates with you. We hope everyone has been enjoying summer break and wish you all a safe and relaxing last few weeks.

**Please note: this email was sent to all parent emails on record at O'Hara. If you know of someone who didn't receive this email correspondence, please have them check their junk mail folder and also make sure they have added 'communications@oharaschool.org' to their address book and safe senders list. If there is an additional parent email address you would like to add to this distribution list, please email the request to: communications@oharaschool.org**

O'Hara website update
Family Login page has new password: riseup

O'Hara uses a password protected portion on our website for important resources for our families. The password to access this page has been updated for our new school year.
The new password is: riseup

Click to access the Family Login page.

School Supply Drive for CCS
Please bring all items to school by Wednesday, August 23

O'Hara is thrilled to be partnering with Catholic Community Services of Lane County again this year to collect school supplies. If you would like to help CCS help kids in our community start the school year off with the tools they need, we invite you to participate by picking up a few extra items when you are out shopping for your supplies. Donations can be dropped off at O'Hara during our summer office hours (Tues - Thurs, 8am - 11am). Click HERE to view their wish list. Thank you for your generosity!

2017-18 Gospel T-Shirts
Online ordering now available!

Gospel theme t-shirts for the 2017-18 school year are now available to order. Shirts are $13 each, and orders placed by August 20th will be available for pickup on Passport Day (Tuesday, Sept. 5). Gospel t-shirts may be worn, with jeans, on the designated day each month (beginning in October). Congratulations to 7th grader Taylor Heer on designing this year's t-shirt. Click HERE to ORDER.

New address or contact info?
Please send us your updated information!

O'Hara's 2017-18 School Directory will be going to print soon, and we want to make sure we have everyone's updated information included!  Please fill out this form, or email Barb Whitford if you have a new address, email or phone number to share with us. 

2017 Jog-A-Thon
Students are encouraged to participate in our summer incentive!

Students who turn in $120 in pledges by  3:10 pm on Wednesday,  September 6th  will be entered into a raffle drawing that will take place at the Jog-A-Thon Kick Off Assembly. 
Download a pledge form here.

Middle School Sports Physical Reminder
Required for all athletes.

We recommend that parents schedule summer appointments for sports physicals for any students that might want to participate in middle school sports this school year. Students in grades 7-8 are eligible to play volleyball, basketball and track. Students in grade 6 will be eligible to participate on the track team in the spring. Students will not be permitted to participate in practice or competition without a sports physical on file in the front office. Due to our liability insurance, there can be no exceptions made to this rule. Click HERE to download the required form.

Volunteer Requirements
All volunteers have requirements for the 2017-18 school year.

Returning volunteers: All returning volunteers are required to complete the Safe Haven Safety Training. Follow the links for instructions:   ENGLISH  /   SPANISH.

New volunteers:  All parents (and grandparents) wishing to volunteer at O'Hara must complete 3 requirements before being eligible to volunteer this coming school year.

Important Links for our Families
These links are also available on our website.

Family Involvement Hours: Instructions & Link to Log Hours

O'Hara's App for smartphones - We request that all parents download our app.
    O'Hara's app is available HERE, or by searching the app store for: web4u ocs

      The app includes quick access to the following:
      School Calendar
      Student Lunchtime Schedule
      Gospel Theme T-Shirt ordering
      Dress Code
      Weekly Bulletins
      School Supply Lists
O'Hara also uses the app to send push notification reminders for special dress days, early release days, Mass days and more.  

O'Hara's new SLEs
At O'Hara... we RISE UP

O'Hara's Schoolwide Learning Expectations , or SLEs, represent what each student should know, understand, and be able to do upon graduating from our school. The SLEs define for us the spiritual, academic, social, and emotional behaviors and attitudes that an O'Hara student will develop throughout his or her time here.  

As a school community, we worked diligently last year to rewrite our SLEs so that they are more accessible and tangible for all students.   With input from teachers, administrators, the School Advisory Council, and students, we developed a new structure for our SLEs. The same fourteen expectations that were previously included in our SLEs are still present in our new language. However, we feel that our new SLE structure will help all students, from PreSchool through Eighth grade, better understand and live our values each and every single day. If we live our values, as articulated below, we will achieve our motto of "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve."