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Sunday, October 1, 2017


Accreditation Pre-Visit on Friday
On Friday, October 6, we will have our first of 2 visits as part of our Accreditation Process. There will be 6 Accreditation Team Members at O'Hara during the school day. The same team will return in November (13-15) for our formal visit. 
Jefferson St. Road Construction Update
We have been notified from the city that road construction on Jefferson St. is ahead of schedule. Due to the accelerated timeline, beginning on Monday, October 9, our back lot traffic will be impacted as follows:

-Back lot will be accessible ONLY via 15th street. 

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

-The south portion of the gravel parking lot (next to 18th) will not be 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, we will shift ALL 6th GRADE STUDENTS & FAMILIES to the front lot for pickup, beginning on Monday the 9th. 

-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.

-The City of Eugene will provide us with a traffic map later this week; we will send it out to families as soon as we receive it.

Thank you, O'Hara families for your understanding and cooperation with the adjustments. We appreciate your flexibility!
Picture Retakes
If your student forgot their picture packet on Friday, don't worry! All students had a picture taken, and students that did not place orders will receive a proof sheet back next month and orders can be placed at that time . If your student was absent, please mark Tuesday, November 28 on your calendar; this will be our Re-Take Day. 
Middle Schoolers: CCSM begins TOMORROW!
Middle schoolers...  You are invited to participate in CSSM " Catholic School Spirit Monday " starting tomorrow.  Participation is optional.

Who can participate?   6th, 7th and 8th graders who have no BLEs the previous week!
When? Every Monday!
Why? To support Catholic Education!

First day to participate:  Tomorrow, October 2nd

Students can wear any Catholic school sweatshirt in class, all day, on Mondays.  If you receive BLEs the week before, you will not be eligible to participate.  This is a "Monday only" event (not the first day of the school week), and Monday, Nov. 6 is cancelled due to our Veterans Day Assembly.  This is a sweatshirt only event. No shirts, shooting shirts, jackets, etc.
Google Classroom for Middle School Parents Workshop
Our middle school students frequently use Google Classroom to receive, complete, and review graded assignments. Teachers also post study guides and other helpful resources for students on their Google Classroom sites. If you'd like to learn more about how we are using Google Classroom and how it can help you stay informed about your student's classwork, please join us for a brief workshop this week. The dates and times for the workshop are as follows:
Tuesday, October 3 8:15-8:45 am  in Mrs. O's room
Tuesday, October 3 3:15-3:45 pm  in Mrs. O's room
Thursday, October 5 8:15-8:45 am  in Mrs. O's room
If you have a laptop, please bring it to the workshop.
If you would like to attend a workshop, please fill out this form. Thank you!
Gospel T-Shirts available for pickup on TUESDAY
Our 2nd order of Gospel T-Shirts has arrived! On  Tuesday Oct. 3rd,  please come to the gym first thing in the morning to pick up your shirt(s).  Payment is required for pickup.

Parents: if you are having your child pick up their shirt(s), and you haven't yet paid, please send payment with your student. The cost is $13.00 per shirt. If you aren't sure if you've paid please email Leslie Jones.
Gospel T-Shirt & Jeans Day is on Thursday, October 5
Students are permitted to wear a gospel t-shirt (from this year or from a previous year) and jeans on this day.

Please make sure your student(s) adheres to the following dress guidelines:
-Blue jeans only. Colored jeans are not permitted. Jeggings are not permitted. Jeans with holes, rips or frayed hems are not permitted.
-Jewelry is not permitted except for a religious cross or medal necklace.
-Makeup and nail polish are not permitted.
-Students may wear boots.
-This is not a free dress day. If a student doesn't wish to wear a Gospel T-Shirt, they should wear a regular uniform top. If a student doesn't wish to wear blue jeans, they should wear regular uniform pants.
Thank you to our wonderful group of P izza Moms and our Student Council for hosting Pizza Day! 

Domino's pizza slices will be available for sale to all students at lunch time on Thursday. Slices are $1 each, and students should bring coin, cash (small bills only please - there will be limited change) or check payable to O'Hara Catholic School. Cheese pizza will be available for PreSchool - Kindergarten students and cheese and pepperoni pizza will be available for 1st - 8th Grade students. Sports drinks and water will also both be available for sale, $1/bottle. Beverage sales benefit O'Hara's Student Council.

Students who have purchased the annual lunch plan will receive 2 slices of pizza and a drink. Extra slices are available to purchase at $1/slice.
EDGE: Middle School Youth Group begins on Thursday, October 5
Beginning on Thursday, October 5, O'Hara's Middle School Youth Group (for 6th-8th graders) will meet every other week in the cafeteria from 3:05pm - 4:30pm. There is no cost to attend, but parents are asked to help by providing snack. Please click HERE to sign up to bring snacks. Click HERE to visit our EDGE homepage and view the dates for this year. Contact  Mrs. Jones with any questions.
Thank you!
Thank you to O'Hara parents Kim Shah and Jennifer Phillips for organizing our Health Screening on Friday! We are grateful for their generosity of time and expertise. Thank you to the following dental screeners: Dr. Ben Thornton, Dr. Larry Laurinat, Dr. Rachelle Villano, Dr. Peter Snyder & Dr. Tyler Clark. We would also like to thank the O'Hara parents that volunteered to help with health screening & picture day. Our day was successful and efficient because of such a large turnout of volunteers. 
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.
Congratulations, Summer Readers!
O'Hara students have reached their Summer reading goal once again!  With 88 students participating, they read 1,136 books! 
¿ 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. 
Sponsorship  opportunities are still available! Please visit  our  Jog-A-Thon Website  for more information, or contact  Danielle Hauser.
This year we will be making a change as to how medals are awarded and will not be handing them out at the results assembly. The top three runners in each grade (not separated by boy and girl) will be awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal in their classrooms the  Monday following the Jog-A-Thon. 
Click HERE to sign up for a volunteer spot.

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 Day.

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)
First Grade was the winner of our Hot Lunch Contest that ran the week of Sept 18th - 22nd; the class that had the highest number of lunch orders for the week would receive a healthy treat with lunch on Friday September 22nd.  1st grade ordered a whopping 119 orders for the week! They received a piece of a healthy, homemade chocolate cake, baked in the O'Hara kitchen  Friday  morning, with their lunch.
REVISED O'Hara Student Cell Phone Policy
Please note: O'Hara's student cell phone policy has been revised. Read below for the revised policy.

Student cell phones must be in student backpacks or lockers, turned off, during the school day. Cell phones are not permitted to be carried in pockets. They are not permitted to be used at break, lunch, recess or any other time during the school day. This policy applies from the time a student enters our building in the morning until pickup is completed for the day (approx. 2:45 on Wednesdays or 3:15 M,T,Th & F).

If a student wishes to use their cell phone after school to communicate with a parent about after-school pickup instructions, they must get adult permission, and do so in the school lobby.

In addition, no cell phones or personal devices are permitted at school evening events (Christmas program, Spring Program, etc.).
Reminder about student illnesses
-Students must be fever free (without medication) with no vomiting or diarrhea for a 24 hour period prior to returning to school.

-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. 
2016-17 Yearbooks
Yearbooks for the 2016-17 school year were sent home in Parent Folders last Friday. Books were grouped by family and sent home with the youngest student in your family.  If you didn't order one, there are a limited number available for purchase in the front office for $22 each.
Middle School Snack Cart 
The healthy snack cart for grades 6-8 is available for students to purchase items during morning break. Prices of items range from 50 cents to $1.50, with fresh baked goods on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Box Top Collection at O'Hara
Do you have any Box Tops?? Just a reminder that if you have any box tops at home, please bring them in to the front office ASAP! They will need to be counted and turned in by November 1st, so please look around the house and bring in any that you can find. Also, keep collecting all year. They do expire, so don't hold on to them for too long! Bring them in to the school so they can still be redeemed for cash. They are a great way to earn money for O'Hara. Check out this link for a complete list of products that carry box tops, and any other information that you may need.   THANK YOU!! 
Dress Code Reminders
Thank you for your assistance in making sure your student is in dress code each morning. 

Just a few reminders:
-Socks are not required. If socks are worn, they must be white.
-Belts are not required. If a belt is worn, it must be black, brown, navy or uniform plaid.
-Embellishments are not permitted on any clothing. (No ruffles, accent stripes, lace, sequins, zippers, etc.)
-Skirts and dresses must be no shorter than 3" above the knee. 
-Shoes must be closed toe and closed heel. No sandals or sandal type shoes, knee-high or calf-high sneakers, high heels or boots.
-As per modesty guidelines, clothing must fit properly and not be overly tight.
O'Hara's Website Info
O'Hara uses a password protected portion on our website for important resources for our families. The password to access this page is:  riseup

Click to access the Family Login page.
Email Communications from O'Hara
Please make sure to add the following email addresses to your safe senders list and/or your address book to ensure you receive O'Hara's weekly email bulletins (sent each Sunday afternoon during the school year) and other important updates:

Parents wishing to add an additional email address (work, grandparent, nanny, etc.) to our weekly bulletin distribution list should email that request to:  communications@oharaschool.org
O'Hara's App for smartphones
We request that all parents download our app.
    O'Hara's app can be found by searching the app store for: web4u ocs

      The app includes quick access to the following:
      School Calendar
      Student Lunchtime Schedule
       Dress Code
      Weekly Bulletins
O'Hara also uses the app to send push notification reminders for special dress days, early release days, Mass days and more.  
Turning on Notifications on your iPho ne
To ensure you are receiving the push notifications through our app, follow the picture instructions below:
School Calendar
O'Hara uses a google calendar as our school calendar.  Parents can access this calendar via our app and our website.  It can also be added to iPhone calendars. Please visit our school calendar page on our website for the link to add the calendar to your phone:  http://www.oharaschool.org/school-calendar.html
Contact Info for O'Hara Staff
All O'Hara staff members have a school email address. Email addresses are set as follows: John Smith = jsmith@oharaschool.org

There are two exceptions to note: 
     Mr. Leonard's email address is: facilities@oharaschool.org
     General Email for Piano Dept: piano@oharaschool.org

Click HERE for a complete staff listing.
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.
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.

Family Involvement Hours: Instructions & Link to Log Hours

Volunteer Requirements: ALL volunteers have requirements each year .

"Rise up in splendor! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you."

-Isaiah 60:1