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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy. 

~Saint Augustine

PreS - 5th Grade Back to School Night is TUESDAY
Parents of students in PreSchool - 5th grade should plan to attend the mandatory Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 19th. This is an adults only evening, so please make childcare arrangements. (Infants may accompany their parents.)

The schedule is as follows:
5pm - 6pm: Called to Protect Volunteer Training*
6pm - 6:30pm: PreSchool & PreK Parent meetings in classrooms
6:30pm: All Parent Meeting in Gym
7pm - 8pm: Parents visit classrooms

*Called to Protect is a required volunteer training. See our Volunteer Requirements page for more information.
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.).
Our hearts & prayers are with all those affected by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. Many of us are asking the same question: "How can I help?"

O'Hara, in conjunction with the National Catholic Educational Association ( NCEA) is answering this question by taking part in a campaign asking every Catholic school family around the country to contribute at least $1 per student to help Catholic schools impacted by the storm to rebuild, reopen and re-enroll students. "Student to Student: A Catholic School Response for Hurricane Relief 2017" is a powerful opportunity to engage students in living the Gospel message of compassionate service to others.

At O'Hara, we will hold a Jeans Day Fundraiser on Friday, September 22, to raise money for this campaign. 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, Sept. 22.

We invite O'Hara students to help us reach out to the thousands of Catholic school children who need our support by participating in our Jeans Day!

*Please note: this is a Jeans Day, not a free dress day. Blue jeans only, no rips tears or holes. No jeggings. Boots are permitted.*
Middle School Snack Cart 
The healthy snack cart for grades 6-8 begins on Monday, Sept. 18. Snack cart is available for Middle School students only to purchase items during morning break. Prices of items range from 50 cents to $1.50, with fresh baked goods on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Choir begins on Monday
Choir begins tomorrow morning; students should report to the music room at 7:30am. If you've signed your student up for choir, please look for an email from Mrs. Leonard with more details. If you have questions, please contact   Mrs. Leonard.
Piano Lessons
For families who have already registered, piano lessons begin this coming week . If you would still like to sign your student up for lessons, please pick up a registration form from the Parent Corner. Completed forms can be left at the front office for Mr. Clabby. Please contact Mr. Clabby with any questions.
Picture Day is on Friday, September 29
Picture order packets will be sent home this coming week. If you would like to pre-order, please go to  www.mylifetouch.com and use O'Hara's Picture Day ID of LO437171Y0. Students should wear their uniform best for Picture Day.
Pizza Days are Back!
O'Hara's Student Council will be hosting Pizza Days again this year, each month on our Gospel Theme T-Shirt days! (Our regular hot lunch service will take a break on these days.) Pizza will be $1 per slice and drinks are also $1 each. The first Pizza Day will be on Thursday, October 5.

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.
Lost & Found
Please remember to label coats, lunch pails, water bottles, etc. with a student name so we can be sure they get returned to them if lost. Our lost and found becomes full very quickly. 
2016-17 Yearbooks
Yearbooks for the 2016-17 school year will be sent home in Parent Folders this week. If you didn't order one, there are a limited number available for purchase in the front office. They are $22 each.
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!! 
Oregon Battle of the Books
Our librarians will have information regarding this year's Battle of the Books at Back to School night this week. Please stop by the library if you would like more information.
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, 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.
Carpool request
An O'Hara family is looking for an after-school carpool for their 1st grader to the University area. Please contact Wendelin Asbury if you are interested in setting up a carpool.
¿ 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.
If you did not stop by the  Jog-A- Thon table at passport day,  please email Danielle Hauser your  child's t-shirt size. Size options are: youth XSmall - XLarge and Adult  Small - Adult XL.
Click HERE to sign up for a volunteer spot.
Thank you to our families who have signed up for our Hot Lunch Program - we are grateful for your support! We encourage families that have not tried the program to give it a try - our students are giving the meals two thumbs up!
As an incentive to encourage lunch program participation, the class that purchases the most hot lunches next week (M-F) will receive a healthy treat on Friday, Sept. 22!

The new, healthy lunch program, with a kid-friendly menu is made with organic, locally-sourced ingredients. Thank you to O'Hara parent Shanna Hutton, and our Kitchen Manager, Tracy Whalen, for their hard work and dedication in bringing this program to our school!

Volunteers are still needed to help in the kitchen, please contact Tracy if you can help.  We are looking for 2 volunteers daily, from 9am to 1pm, and any help is very appreciated. Volunteering in the kitchen counts toward your family FIP hours requirement. 
September Cold Lunch Menu (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
October Cold Lunch Menu  (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Hot Lunch Contact: Tracy Whalen, Kitchen Manager (541-485-5291 x 303)

# of families enrolled in Annual Plan: 41
Avg number of lunches/day served this week: 124
Remember, in order to maintain our lunch program, we need to serve an average of 135 lunches per day.

What is the deadline for weekly orders to receive the 5% discount?   In order to receive the discount, orders must be placed 7 days ahead of time. (For example, an order for Monday the 18th must be placed by Monday the 11th)

How do I place a same-day order? What is the deadline?  Same day orders should be placed online, by  9am .

What if my student forgets their lunch?  Students that have forgotten a lunch can let their teacher know and they will be added to the hot lunch count.

Does the annual plan include a daily milk?  The annual pricing does not include milk, annual cost for milk is $58.00 or 50 cents each day. Purchasing milk is done through the online ordering system at the daily rate. If you would like to purchase milk for the year, please notify  Tracy Whalen . (Checks for payment are accepted and Tracy can add the online milk to your account.)

How are families asked to communicate their hot lunch option to the teachers?  At this time we ask that all students, both daily orders and annual orders, let their teacher know when asked in the morning if they are having hot lunch, milk or both, to ensure we prepare enough food to feed everyone.  (this may change in the future to a different system, but this is the procedure for now.)

I signed my student up for the annual plan, do I still need to make meal selections for each day?  If your student would like the hot lunch, there is nothing more to do. If your student would like the Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Vegetarian option, then that option must be selected in the online ordering system at least 2 weeks prior to the meal date.  

The Barberini Tapestries "Life of Christ" series will be opening at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on September 23 and on display through January 21. O'Hara families have been invited to attend the opening on Friday, Sept. 22. 

Click HERE to read the recent article in the Catholic Sentinel about the tapestry. 

Our shuttle will pick your child up from O'Hara on Wednesdays and bring them back to the AAC for a healthy snack, homework help and STEM enrichment, including: LEGO Robotics, Computer Programming, Engineering Challenges, Circuits, and more! Click HERE for more info and to request service to your school! 

*Drop off available daily (M-F), and more pick up days could be added, depending on interest. 
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 has been updated for our new school year.
The password is: riseup

Click to access the Family Login page.
Contact Info for O'Hara Families
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. 
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
      Gospel Theme T-Shirt ordering
      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.  
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 Needed
With our new lunch program comes an exciting opportunity to volunteer with prep and clean-up in the kitchen. We are looking for 2 volunteers daily, from 9am to 1pm. If you are interested in having fun in the kitchen, and serving our children please contact  Tracy Whalen  with the day or days you are available.
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.
Health Screening volunteers needed on Friday, September 29
Volunteers are needed for O'Hara's 2017 Health Screening. ( 8am - 11am)

- Volunteers are needed to walk groups of students to and from screening
- 6 Volunteers are needed to perform blood pressure checks
- Dentists are needed to perform dental checks

If you can help, please contact Jennifer Phillips or Kim Shah.

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