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A Message from the Division Head

by David Lowell

I enjoyed seeing so many of you at Homecoming on Friday.  It was a wonderfully festive day beginning with the Pep Rally in the morning and culminating with the evening athletic events and parade. The variety of foods at the food carts only made the day even better. Thank you, Julie Kuni, and all the volunteers who helped make Homecoming such a great all school gathering.  

Last Wednesday was our first Parent University evening. Our parent speakers, Asha Singh, Kate Fox and Kelly Cowing, shared their professional expertise to help us all raise are children well. At the end of the session we asked each attendee to take a moment and write down 3-6 takeaways form the presentations. Our next Parent University will be on January 16, 2019 focusing on healthy technology use.

Today, October 12, is a professional development day for OES Faculty.  This year all faculty will remain on campus for a training on design thinking, guided by representatives from Leadership and Design. In the morning, the faculty will participate in experiences on campus learning about the design thinking and how it relates to our OES Inquiry Cycle; I Explore, I Create, I Connect, I Commit. In the afternoon, the faculty will be using these newly developed skills to advance our work on two strategic initiatives, one related to student wellness and the other to diversity and inclusion. The faculty and I are so appreciative to be part of a school that is committed to our ongoing professional development.  

Stuffed Animal Chapel, Tuesday, 10/16
Tuesday is our annual Stuffed Animal Chapel in honor of Saint Francis. Students are invited to bring a favorite stuffed animal to chapel for a special blessing. The stuffed animal must fit in the student’s backpack. The stuffed animal will be invited to chapel and then will be expected to return to the student’s backpack for the day.

Teacher/ Parent Conferences, Thursday, 11/1 ad Friday, 11/2
Earlier this week we emailed out the link to sign up for Parent/ Teacher Conferences on November 1st and 2nd. Please make every effort to attend conferences during our designated days. If you cannot attend the conference in person, check with your child’s teacher about scheduling a phone or video conference during conference days.

LS Helpful Hints
•    Be sure to make plan changes by using Absence and Plan Change Form
•    The lost and found mounds continue to rise. If your child is missing an article of clothing take a look.
•    If your child is comfortable walking into school on his or her own, please consider curbside drop-off. Drop-off will be more efficient if fewer parents park and walk their children in.
•    1st – 5th grade Children who arrive after 8:00 need to check in at the LS Office