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Notes from the Principal

September 27, 2019

Dear ORES Families:

We are grateful to all of the ORES community members who participated in the Attractions Fundraiser!  Thank you for supporting our school!

Our PTA is currently seeking business sponsors for our new student shirts.  Sponsor names will be listed on the back of the T-shirt to advertise the business partners.  These shirts will be purchased like our Field Day shirts have in the past with each grade level having a different color.  The PTA is purchasing these shirts through our business partners so that grade levels can wear these shirts on field trips, field day and other special events during the school year.  Thank you in advance for our community business partners!

Upcoming Events
:

October:

4 - 2nd Interims go home for grades of U/F/D

7 - No School for Students – Division Professional Development

15 - Picture Day

17 - State-Wide Earthquake Drill, End First Quarter

18 - No School for Students – Planning Day

21-25 - Q1 Benchmark Testing

22-25 - Book Fair

28 - Report Cards go Home


Office hours are 7:35 - 4:00 each day.

We want to thank our Monday Folder sponsors and encourage you to use their services:

Super Kicks—Forest                                       Custom Structures

Peaks View Dental                                          Nadine Blakely—Realtor

La Carreta                                                         White Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Discount Water Filters


Other School Reminders
Student Wellness Policy reminders:

Celebrations with food are limited to three times per school year per class,

Food items are to be selected from the BCPS Healthy Snack list OR through the school cafeteria,

Students may NOT share food/drinks with each other,

Food incentives in the classroom are NOT allowed,

Teachers must notify parents of events involving food,

Attention to student allergies and Health Care Plans is required

Please be advised that cupcakes, or other such items, cannot be brought to school to share with students!  Teachers are required to follow the new guidelines highlighted above.


Consistent school attendance is a critical factor in a child’s current and future academic success.  Principals are required to meet with parents to develop attendance plans when patterns of absenteeism develop with a child.  Be sure to document all absences with the school and support your child’s success through consistent on time attendance.

There are a few updates to the ORES Family Handbook for the upcoming school year.  I encourage all families to review this information over the next couple of weeks.  This Family Handbook, along with other documents like the Code of Student Conduct, contains information about many of the procedures and policies in which school staff follow.  The school will continue with the increased food restrictions through the Student Wellness policy.  We ask that parents be sensitive about known food allergies in the classroom when sending snacks for your own child.  The use of food in the classroom is restricted and no sharing of cakes, cupcakes, etc. are permitted at school.  You can find these documents at http://bedford.sharpschool.net/home and linked through the ORES website.

Be sure to log on to https://www.caredox.com/category-faq/parents/ to connect with our electronic medical record system.  Parents will receive electronic notifications about clinic visits through CareDox and will not receive paper/pencil notes.  Our school utilizes email and phone calls as the primary means to contact parents. Be sure your Infosnap information stays up-to-date with current email and phone numbers.

We encourage you to check the school website at www.bedfordores.sharpschool.net for more information about events and resources.  Stay current with your child’s grades with live updates through the Parent Portal site, http://powerschool.bedford.k12.va.us/public/home.html.  If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to your child’s teacher through email or phone.  Be sure to report problems quickly so they can be addressed in a timely manner. 

I encourage you to join the PTA, attend school/PTA events, volunteer, eat lunch, or read to the class. These little things make a big difference for our children. Please call the school or email me at (agreenough@bedford.k12.va.us) with questions, ideas, or concerns at any time.  I look forward to working with you as we teach, nurture, and challenge our children together.

 

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES

Written permission from the parent or guardian is required when making changes to a student’s regular transportation. Contact the school as early as possible regarding any changes to transportation plans for your child. The end of day procedures at school are demanding, therefore making transportation changes at the last minute are very challenging. All notes must be sent to the office so that a transportation pass can be written reflecting the change. Notes must include the following information:

  • Students full name
  • Teacher name
  • Date(s)
  • Bus number
  • Location of drop off
  • Name of person responsible for your child
  • Name(s) of other children involved

When two children are going home together, both children must have notes stating car rider or bus rider (including bus number).

We are very grateful for your support and continued involvement in supporting our children!

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