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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Funeral Information for Craig Leadon
Thank you to our O'Hara community for supporting the Leadon Family during this difficult time of loss. Below are links for more information the family wanted to share with the community:

Funeral: Friday, September 29. 11am at St. Jude Catholic Church. 
Help is needed with food for the funeral. If you are able to contribute, please click here.
Picture Day order forms were sent home this past Friday. Orders can be placed using the form or online. Picture forms should be brought to school on Friday and given to homeroom teachers. If you would like to order online, CLICK HERE, or go to  www.mylifetouch.com and use O'Hara's Picture Day ID of LO437171Y0. Students should wear their uniform best for Picture Day.
Middle Schoolers: CCSM begins on October 2!
Middle schoolers...  You are invited to participate in CSSM " Catholic School Spirit Monday " starting in October.  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: 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.
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. 
Student to Student: Thank you, O'Hara!
Thank you, O'Hara Community, for the tremendous show of support for our Student to Student Fundraiser on Friday. We are thrilled to announce that we collected $1,160.17
 in donations
The money will be sent to help Catholic Schools impacted by recent storms to   rebuild, reopen and re-enroll students. Thank you for your participation in this powerful opportunity to engage students in living the Gospel message of compassionate service to others.
16-17 2nd Semester Honor Roll Announced
Congratulations to our O'Hara students who made the 2016-17 2nd semester Honor Roll. Being a recipient of one of these awards takes a remarkable amount of effort, perseverance and Christ-like behavior.  We are  very  proud of our students!
2016-17 Yearbooks
Yearbooks for the 2016-17 school year were sent home in Parent Folders on 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.
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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!

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)
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.
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.).
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.  
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 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 .

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-Isaiah 60:1