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Sunday, September 10, 2017

On, September 5th we celebrated St. Teresa of Calcutta. 
Did you know? 
Her given name was Agnes.
She moved to Calcutta from Ireland but was born in Macedonia.
She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
Click HERE to learn more.
All Kindergarten - 8th Grade students will attend Mass at St. Mary this coming Wednesday, September 13th. Students should be dropped off at St. Mary by 8:05am.  (St. Mary is located at 1062 Charnelton St., and cars should enter the parking lot from 10th St., between Lincoln & Charnelton.)

All boys must wear a white button down shirt and a uniform tie, with khaki or navy uniform pants. Shorts are not permitted.

All girls  must wear one of the following:
Uniform skirt & white button down shirt
Uniform dress
Uniform jumper with white shirt underneath
No pants or shorts are permitted

All students should wear comfortable shoes for walking back to O'Hara from St. Mary. If you have questions about the Mass Day Dress Guidelines, please refer to our  Dress Code.

Students are not permitted to change clothes after Mass.  The disruption and delay to our school day caused by the large number of students changing clothes necessitates this rule. Students that have PE after Mass on Wednesday will be permitted to change clothes (grades 8, K & 5); and boys are permitted to remove their ties to store them in backpacks. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

PreSchool & PreK students should report to O'Hara by 8:30am on Wednesday.
2017-18 Gospel T-Shirts - DEADLINE TO ORDER IS SEPT. 15
The deadline to order a 17-18 Gospel T-Shirt is this coming Friday, Sept. 15. Gospel T-Shirts may be worn, with jeans, on the designated day each month (beginning in October). Click HERE to ORDER .
Instructions for Early Pickup / Student absences
If your student has to leave during the day , please have him/her stop and get an early dismissal slip from the front office. The student should give the slip to the teacher that they will be leaving class from. 

If you have a change of plans for pickup,  please email both your teacher and the front office before  11:00 am .  Our teachers check their emails at lunch time. This prevents the front office from having to interrupt classes. Thank you for your help.
Student Assessments
O'Hara will be administering reading and math assessments to each of our students three times a year: in the fall, winter, and spring. Students scoring below the 20 th percentile may be recommended, by the building-level team, to receive instructional interventions in reading and/or math. Often these interventions will be implemented by our Title I program. Students receiving interventions will have their progress monitored during regular intervals.

Parents/guardians will be notified if their child is recommended to receive additional reading or math instruction. It is a blessing that our school is able to provide these extra services, as they can provide a just-in-time boost to student achievement. If you have any questions about instructional interventions, please contact Mr. Milliron for more information.
Middle School Sports Physical Reminder
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. Please schedule appointments well ahead of the anticipated season so that your child will be eligible to participate fully. Click HERE to download the required form.
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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.
We are thrilled to share with our families that the first week of our new hot lunch program was a great success! We currently have 41 families signed up for our annual membership plan, and more ordering weekly & daily - we served an average of 100 lunches per day this past week. In order for our program to be self-sustaining, we need to have at least 135  families purchasing a lunch for their student each day. 

Thank you to our families who have already signed up - 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!

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)

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

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, Vegetarian option, then that option must be selected in the online ordering system at least 2 weeks prior to the meal date.

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! Specific needs will be posted soon, but if you are interested in helping, please mark your calendar for Friday, October 20. Contact Danielle Hauser with any questions.
Room Parents
If you are interested in being a Room Parent for the new school year, please email Barb Whitford. Room Parents work closely with the homeroom teachers and coordinate activities with other parents in the class. If a parent works alone as the room parent, he or she receives 36 FIP hours for the year. If two parents share the job, each receives 18 hours.
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

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