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Sunday, October 15, 2017

O'Hara's 2016 Jog-A-Thon  is THIS Friday, October 20th!

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for Jog-A-Thon fun! This coming  Friday , we will begin with an assembly at  9:30 am and   head out to the track where our students will run/walk in the Jog-A-Thon from  10am-11:30am .
We want to thank everyone for their support of our annual event. Students can bring in pledges through  next Friday , no pledge is too small! Now is the time to return bottles, do chores around the house, and ask friends, family and neighbors for pledges! Proceeds raised go directly toward the general operating budget, which makes this a very important fundraiser! 
Click  HERE to sign up.
We are also looking for volunteers to do the following:
  • Pick up 15, 5 gallon water jugs and deliver them to the school by this coming Wednesday
  • Pick up oranges from Emerald Produce and deliver them to the school this coming Thursday. 
Please contact Danielle Hauser if you would like more information. 

Students should wear their Jog-A-Thon t-shirt, along with comfortable exercise bottoms & running shoes. JAT T-shirts will be sent home with all students early this week.
    • If your student chooses to wear running shorts that are shorter than 3" above the knee, running tights must be worn underneath.
    • If your student would like to wear running tights/leggings, athletic shorts must be worn over the top.
    • Tutus, Costumes, boas and any other dress up/silly dress items are not permitted.
  • Parents, siblings and grandparents, etc. are welcome to attend the JAT as spectators, or to run/walk with their student(s).
  • No pets are permitted at the Jog-A-Thon.
A note about the weather... O'Hara's Jog-A-Thon is a rain or shine  event. Right now, the forecast is calling for rain and we encourage you to prepare for an Oregon rain shower!  Please make sure to pack a rain jacket for your student(s). 

Here are a few more tips & suggestions if the weather is inclement:
-Pack a plastic bag for wet clothes / shoes that may need to come off before getting in cars (muddy students will not be permitted to come into building to change clothing)
-Pack a few towels for drying off and protecting car seats
-Bring a change of clothes for your student(s)
At the conclusion of the Jog-A-Thon, all students should return to their homeroom teacher at their lap count chute on the track. Lap cards will be collected from students at that time and parents that wish to take their student home may check their student out from homeroom teachers and leave from the track.  Please do not leave with your student before checking in with homeroom teachers.  All students not released from the track can be picked up at their normal front or back lot location.  Students should not bring a backpack to school on Friday, and 7th & 8th grade students should also leave their Chromebooks at home.

This year we have made a change as to how medals are awarded and will not be handing them out at the wrap up assembly. The top three boy and the top three girl runners in each grade will be awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal in their classrooms the Monday following the Jog-A-Thon. 
NEW TO O'HARA? Click HERE  to read a short description of the event.

After the Jog-A-Thon, head to Dickie Jo's & Dickie Yo's at Valley River to celebrate. Twenty five percent of sales will be donated back to our Jog-A-Thon. You must have THIS VOUCHER for O'Hara to receive credit. Thank you to our friends at Westraunt Concepts for their generous support!

Congratulations to 2nd Grade!
Second Grade brought in the most money in Jog-A-Thon pledges last week! As a reward, they  will get Jamba Juice on Monday!
The Great Oregon ShakeOut -  Statewide Earthquake Drill
On Thursday, October 19, at 10:19am, O'Hara will be participating in The Great Oregon ShakeOut. This drill is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during b ig earthquakes:   Drop, Cover & Hold on . The ShakeOut has been organized to encourage people and communities to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies and to secure space to prevent damage and injuries. For more information, please visit the  Great Oregon ShakeOut website .
Coffee Chat on October 25: topic is Auction 2018
Are you new to O'Hara and want to learn more about the Auction? Are you interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities for our 2018 Auction? Come to the coffee chat on October 25, where the auction, O'Hara's largest fundraiser, will be the topic of the morning! The coffee chat will begin at 8:15am.
Calling All Carpoolers! 
Interested in meeting another family, spending less time in traffic, and saving money on gas? Eighth graders Leah Butler and Ady Nelson are looking to help solve a transportation problem at O'Hara by arranging carpools between two or more families. If you are interested in a carpool, email Leah and Ady.

Here's what to do:
  • Contact Leah and Ady at lbutler@oharaschool.org and anelson@oharaschool.org
  • Include your:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Your kids' names and grades
    • Number of open seats in your car
    • If your children need car seats
    • If you're more flexible to drive in the morning or afternoon.
Leah and Ady will do their best to match you with another family close to you that's interested in carpooling. Thank you!
OBOB Deadline is October 31
Permission slips for Battle of the Books are due by  October 31st . All teams must have a coach. Each team may have 3-5 members. There will be a coaches meeting  October 17th at 3:05 pm  in the library. For any questions please contact Mrs. Booth or Mrs. Gori in the library (ext. 226.)
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences
O'Hara's Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on November 2nd & 3rd. Conference sign ups will be done online; the registration link and instructions will be sent out to our families this week. 

PLEASE NOTE: If your family has chosen to take vacation during the scheduled conference days, please do not request that your child's teacher meet with you at a different time. It becomes very difficult for teachers to accommodate parents and negates the purpose of taking days specifically for conferences. 
Halloween Costume Guidelines for Costume Strut and Pumpkin Carnival
As we near our fun Halloween festivities, please keep in mind the following guidelines:
-No devils, gothic characters, anything immodest, violent or unkind toward others.
-Sleeveless costumes require an undershirt with sleeves.
-No blood or weapons as part of any costume.
-Masks are allowed during the Costume Strut, but must be taken off for the remainder of the day.
-Masks should not be scary or violent.
-No costumes of a political nature. (This means no President, previous Presidential candidates, or former President costumes)
Things to note: 
  -Students who are not in compliance with our guidelines will not be permitted to participate in the costume strut and will be asked to change into uniform.
  -Please note that these guidelines apply to all students, parents and guests who attend our Pumpkin Carnival as well.
Again, we want our Halloween festivities to be a fun celebration for all our students. Thank you for partnering with the school to ensure success.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with  all the communities that have been affected by the storms over the past month, including most recently those in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The NCEA has extended the  Stud ent to Student  campaign to provide additional opportunities and time for Catholic school students, their families and their schools to help those in need. 

In response to the continued campaign, O'Hara will hold another $1 Jeans Day Fundraiser. We invite all students to participate on Thursday, October 26.   Students that bring at least $1 to school on that day can wear jeans with their uniform top. Donations should be sent with each student and turned into homeroom teachers on Friday, October 26.

*Please note: this is a Jeans Day, not a free dress day. Blue jeans only, no rips, tears, holes or frayed hems. No jeggings. Boots are permitted.
Veterans Day Assembly - PLEASE SEND PICTURES!
As part of our Veterans Day Assembly again this year, we would like to collect photos of O'Hara parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. that have served our country to make a slide show. We would prefer photos of veterans pictured in uniform. 

If you would like to participate, please email your photo(s) to  pictures@oharaschool.org and include the following information: Name, Branch of Service, Rank, Dates served and also the connection to O'Hara (for example, John Smith's grandfather ). Thank you!

*If you sent pictures last year, no need to send them again, we will include all the pictures from last year. If you'd like to send updated information, or a new picture, please feel free to do so.*
¿ Preguntas?
Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre cualquier artículo en el boletín, estamos para ayudarlos! Por favor póngase en contacto con madre de familia de O'Hara, Judy De Leon-Chavez. Ella pude ayudarles con traducciones o cualquier otra pregunta. 
O'Hara's Pumpkin Carnival is a fun filled night of carnival games and candy prizes for the whole family.  

Dare to walk thought the 8th grade Haunted House. Try your luck at winning live gold fish. Spend time creating your own Halloween decorations! Walk the cake walk to win a yummy baked good item. VOTE! for a free dress day for your grade.
Admission to the pumpkin Carnival is $1.00 per person and 1 pair of socks. Socks will be collected as part of Catholic Community Services of Lane County's Socktober sock drive (What is Socktober?!)

Dinner   will be sold   in the cafeteria. Food for sale includes: Papa John's Pizza ($2), Hot Dogs & Chips ($2), Apples, Carrots and Drinks (50 cents each).

Each game     costs one ticket to play.
Buy your game tickets in the front lobby on the night of the carnival.
10 tickets - $5
20 tickets - $10
30 tickets - $15
40 tickets - $20

Each family is asked to bring a bag of treats or trinkets for the carnival. Please drop your donation off to the front office any time after October 16th.
Each family is asked to bring a bakery item for the cake walk. Please drop your item off at the front office on Thursday, October 26 or Friday, October 27.

Volunteers are needed, please follow the links below to sign up:

Class Booth Sign-Up for Pumpkin Carnival ( 4:00pm - 8:15pm )

Set Up and Decorate Class Booth  ( 10:00am - 2:00pm )
Help w/Balloon Bouquet Display ( 10:00am - 1:00pm )

If you have any questions (volunteering or participation) please email or call Caryn Kimble:  caryn@kimblekids.com  / 541-915-9761

THANK YOU for making this a fun-filled night for our kids!!

Caryn Kimble & Dana Bernard
Pumpkin Carnival Co-Chairs


The Annual Membership (after the trial period) starts with meal service on  Monday, October 16th  and continues through the end of the school year.  The deadline to sign up for this plan has been extended to Monday, October 16.  The cost is as follows:

Preschool - 3rd Grade     $460.00
(per lunch cost $3.36)

4th - 8th Grade     $580.00
(per lunch cost $4.23)

Annual Milk     $58.00
(milk is not included with lunch)

*Annual Membership also includes 2 slices of Pizza and a Drink on Gospel T-Shirt & Pizza Days.

Thank you to our parents and grandparents who have offered to volunteer in the school kitchen, we appreciate your help. 

We could still use a volunteer on Thursday and Friday, and a sub (someone we can call on if we have a volunteer who cannot make it due to being sick, etc.)  Please let Tracy Whalen know if you are able to help.
October Cold Lunch Menu  (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Hot Lunch Contact: Tracy Whalen, Kitchen Manager (541-485-5291 x 303)
Jefferson St. Road Construction 
Due to road construction on Jefferson Street, traffic flow for drop off and pick up has been altered as follows:

-Back lot is accessible ONLY via 15th street. 

-Back lot pickup cars should ENTER and EXIT through the north gate next to the playground. Cars should use the south portion of the parking lot for a turnaround in order to exit back through the north gate after dropping off/picking up students.

-The south portion of the gravel parking lot (next to 18th) is not available for parking, however, the east portion of the gravel parking lot (where cars normally exit, next to Jefferson) will be converted to a parking lot. The gate on Jefferson street will be closed.

- To ease the traffic flow in the back lot, ALL 6th GRADE STUDENTS & FAMILIES have been moved to the front lot for pickup. (This change will stay in effect for the remainder of the school year.)

-In further efforts to alleviate traffic, we encourage families with older students to consider having their student(s) walk to the Little Y Market (located on 19th Street between Madison and Jefferson) and have a parent pick up there. The staff at Little Y have welcomed our students for many years and want families to consider their store a safe place to go after school.
If you would like to have your students walk to Little Y, we will need written parent permission; please email Barb to let her know.

Please follow this traffic plan until we notify you of the next change. The map is also on our O'Hara app.

Thank you, O'Hara families for your understanding and cooperation with the adjustments. We appreciate your flexibility!
Background Checks: New Procedure
Praesidium will now send you a link to renew your background check when you are due for a new one. You will need to follow the instructions from Praesidium as well as make payment to O'Hara for $15.00. Contact Danielle Hauser with any questions.
Reminder about student illnesses
-Students must be fever free (without medication) for a 24 hour period prior to returning to school.

-Students must wait for a 24 hour period prior to returning to school after an episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

-Students must have 24 hours of antibiotics before returning to school after highly contagious conditions such as strep throat and pink eye. 

-Please do not give your student a fever reducer in order to send them to school. Masking a fever is not the same as not having a fever. 
Praesidium will now send you a link to renew your background check when you are due for a new one. You will need to follow the instructions from Praesidium as well as make payment to O'Hara for $15.00.

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.

Click HERE to log your hours.
Pumpkin Carnival Volunteers Needed
Class Booth Sign-Up for Pumpkin Carnival (4:00pm - 8:15pm)  
Set Up and Decorate Class Booth  ( 10:00am - 2:00pm )  
Help w/Balloon Bouquet Display (10:00am - 1:00pm)
Volunteers Needed on Saturday, October 28
Volunteers are needed to help clean the gym floor cover on Saturday, October 28, from 9am - 1pm. If you are available to help, please email Mr. Leonard.
Kitchen Volunteers Still Needed
We could still use a volunteer on Thursday and Friday, and a sub (someone we can call on if we have a volunteer who cannot make it due to being sick, etc.).  Please let  Tracy Whalen  know if you are able to help.
2017 Jog-A-Thon Volunteers Needed
Volunteers will be needed for O'Hara's 2017 JAT! Click HERE to sign up. Contact Danielle Hauser with any questions.
2018 Auction Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed for O'Hara's 2018 Auction! It takes many volunteers to help with O'Hara's largest fundraiser, and we are grateful for the O'Hara community for the generosity and 

We are currently asking for volunteers to sign up for:
Donation Request Phone Calls: Volunteers are needed to make follow up donation request phone calls to local business donors. If you would like to learn more or sign up to help, please contact  Amy Londahl , Silent Auction Chair (541-514-1369).

Donation Pickup Drivers: Drivers are needed to make local donation pickups. These pickups will primarily take place in January and February, on an as-needed basis. If you would like to learn more or sign up to help, please contact  Amy Londahl , Silent Auction Chair (541-514-1369).

Family Involvement Hours: Instructions & Link to Log Hours

Volunteer Requirements: ALL volunteers have requirements each year .

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