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Notes from the Principal

Join us for our first PTA meeting on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 pm. This meeting will be conducted through a Zoom virtual meeting. We will be voting on the budget for this school year so please be sure to participate! See the attached budget for information the PTA. (ORES PTA Budget 2020 (1).pdf , ORES Financial Review 7-01-2020.jpeg )

Kindra Kenny is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Otter River PTA
Time: Sep 15, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 798 2578 8715
Passcode: 1i5puJ


Look for information about our first of only two fundraisers coming home in folders today. (We have also mailed this information to our remote learners as well – See Attached Flier - ORES Attractions Sign up.pdf .) It officially begins this Friday September 18th, but if you register by Wednesday you will receive a $5 Joe Beans gift card! Students will be selling the Attractions Coupon books again this year. This will run through Friday, October 9th.


We have some exciting news to share! The United States Department of Agriculture decided to extend the Summer Food Service Program through December 31, 2020 or as funding allows. The continuation of the Summer Food Service Program will allow Bedford County Public Schools and school divisions across the nation to continue to serve free meals to all children regardless of income. BCPS is providing free breakfast and lunch to learners as long as funding for the Food Service Program allows. This benefit applies to those learners who are attending school in person and learners who have chosen the 100% remote Bedford Connects option. Please be advised that the first day that a learner has access to meals is whatever day that is scheduled as their first school day.


Please help our staff during dismissal by placing your child’s car rider name card on the passenger side visor so that it is visible to staff when you flip in down. This makes it more visible to our staff as we are calling students for dismissal. This is also helpful as we have new staff and substitutes that will not always know your car. Thank you!


We want to offer resources for our parents and families regarding Bedford County Public Schools’ decision to use Canvas as a learning management system this academic year. In an effort to ensure our families have the information they need to comfortably and confidently use this system to support the learning of their student(s), we have compiled several resources and we wanted to ensure you were aware of them. The resources are termed “Parent University,” as our goal is to continue to provide the resources and tools needed for our community to smoothly transition to this new platform.


Virtual Training: “Canvas and Being a Canvas Observer”

● Video will air on Wednesday September 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on the BCPS YouTube channel

● Families can watch this video and submit questions via a Google Form

● Submitted questions will be answered on the BCPS Return to School FAQ after the virtual training session

● Families who are unable to watch live can later watch the archived video on the BCPS YouTube Channel

Each grade level teacher team has created a video to introduce themselves. These are posted on the ORES webpage. Be sure to check these out.

We have received many questions about bus routes. The Transportation department has been working on these. They will need to incorporate any further changes from additional changes to the Bedford Connects. Information about routes will be distributed as soon as we are able.

ORES Strong! 

Andy Greenough, M.Ed.


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