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August 18, 2017

Greetings Parents and OES Learning Community!

               Friday was a fantastic day.  What a wonderful way to start the 2017-18 school year!  The students really got back in the swing of things in a hurry and the best part was that I saw learning happening already in every classroom.  As for me, I spent the day meeting students and parents and learned how to poke a straw into a plastic bubble filled with chocolate milk.  You would have to have eaten in the cafeteria to get that, which brings me to an important point.  We would like to invite parents and grandparents to feel welcome to come up and eat with their student.  I am betting your child would be thrilled if you dropped in for a quick bite to eat and to deliver some affirmation for their hard work in the classroom.  Come on by and we will find the room for a visitor’s table!

               I wanted to speak about the solar eclipse that will happen next Monday.  We received notification that the viewing glasses we purchased for this event may not be reliable protection from the sunlight.  We are unwilling to risk student safety so we will be holding the lunch recess inside and watch the eclipse broadcast from NASA instead.  We still encourage students to help us black out by wearing a black outfit to school that day.  5th and 6th Graders will get an opportunity to experience this event using pinhole viewers under the direct supervision of Ms. Dixson, Mrs. Ketterl, and myself.  Participation forms were sent home today, so please sign and return the form with your student Monday morning if you would like them to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event.  Only students who return with their forms will be able to participate.

               This year we have made an adjustment to our morning entry plan to ensure that students get a chance to eat a yummy breakfast and prepare for their school day.  Our doors will open at 7:50 AM and students who wish to eat a school breakfast will head to the cafeteria to eat and then to the gym for silent reading until they are picked up by their classroom teacher.  Students who do not wish to eat the school breakfast will go straight to the gym and sit in their classroom row.  Please be sure that your student has a book each morning when they leave for school as it will be an expectation that they read silently during this time.­­­

               In the same note, we are working on improving the safety of how we dismiss our students at the end of the day.  Students will now be led outside by their classroom teacher after the dismissal bell instead of releasing them into the hallways to find their way out.  Teachers have been instructed to use the same door each day so that parents know where to wait for their students.  We need to ask parents to please wait outside near the door where their student exits to avoid congestion in the hallways as the classes leave.  I will post the assigned exit doors by grade level later this week, and teachers will cover this information during parent orientation on Monday evening.

               Speaking of Parent Orientation, we hope you will be able to join us on Monday evening beginning at 6 PM at OES.  Teachers will give presentations on three rotations (6:00, 6:20, & 6:40 PM) so you can attend more than one session if you have more than one student attending OES.  DCJS/HS will hold their orientation later in the evening beginning at 7 PM so if you have students at the high school you can catch that information as well.  We really hope to see you, so come out and join us for this gathering of our campus families.

               I want to end this post with some fantastic news.  Oberlin Elementary School has been awarded a literacy grant through Emporia State University and the Masonic Lodge worth over $30,000 over the next three years.  We intend to use this gift to get our instructional staff trained on the best researched-based techniques for teaching reading to our students.  Additionally, we will be able to purchase additional material for the students to use during reading instruction.  We are extremely excited at the prospect of growing our kids into the strongest readers they can be with these new resources!

               I guess that about does it for this update.  I want to thank this community for the opportunity to lead such a great school chocked full of super-students.  We are headed for the stars!

Dr. Troy Pitsch


August 18th, 2017

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