December 2019

December 2019 Newsletter
All School Announcements

Attendance Matters: Did you know?
• Chronic Absenteeism is defined as missing 10% of or more of school days in a school year for any reason (excused or unexcused). This can translate into missing 15 or more days per year of 3 days per month.
• Students who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by 3rd grade-which would make them 4 times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers.
• It starts early. Nationally, more than 10 percent of kindergartners and first graders are chronically absent.
• A student who is chronically absent any year between grades 8 and 12 is more than 7 times more likely to drop out.

ORLA Attendance Rates for the current year by program
➢ h/iConnect 60.29%
➢ Montessori and MAST 78.7%
➢ District 82.07%



Attendance Line: Please remember to call our 24/7 attendance line to let the office know your student(s) will be out of school. Please remember to leave your name, student(s) name, date they are out and the reason. Thank you for your continued cooperation. ATTENDANCE LINE: 360-596-7773

Maker’s Market--Please join us for student made creations and goodies for donations and trade. Hotdogs, chili, and a bake sale await to fill your hungry tummies while you listen to beautiful music from one of our hConnect families.
WHAT: ORLA's Maker's Market sponsored by MAST, followed by Club Culmination event
WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 3:30-5:30pm, Club Culmination starting at 6 p.m.
Questions? Contact Karina Champion at kchampion@osd.wednet.edu

If your family is in need of extra assistance this holiday season please contact our counselor Peggy Olsen at polsen@osd.wednet.edu or Celeste Waltermeyer at cwaltermeyer@osd.wednet.edu.

Help us cover our Family Photo Wall with what makes ORLA the best place ever...YOU!!! We will be attaching our family photos (staff and families) to the Love is the Answer wall by the family copy machine. Please add your photo!!

Calling all Thespians! The after school drama club ACTING OUT! will be holding auditions for our 2nd session on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. If you'd like to participate in our winter show (acting, singing and dancing too!) come to the stage at 3:30 pm for auditions. Parents: tuition for 2nd session will be collected once the show is cast and we know the participants. Club meets Mondays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm.

Progress response reminders:
• Please make sure when you respond to progress you follow the questions.
• Please do not type your name in the student name box. This causes a lot of confusion, and when the report it run it doesn't look like your student’s response was recorded.
• Please do not write questions or concerns in the response box, the teachers do not see these. If you have direct questions/concerns or suggestions please direct them to the teacher.

Inclement Weather Conditions-Please keep the following information readily available in case you need to check if school has been canceled or delayed due to weather or other emergency conditions.

Radio: KGY 1240 AM or 96.9 FM; KMAS 1030 AM; KXXO 96.1 FM; and KAOS 89.3 FM.
Internet: http://osd.wednet.edu.

Parents, please keep in mind that there is no student supervision when school starts late or is canceled. Web or media alerts will inform families if emergency/snow bus routes are being used. For more information, access the EMERGENCY INFORMATION link on the OSD home page at http://osd.wednet.edu.


hConnect & iConnect
High School Diploma Track Registration- All high school students who are on diploma track need to meet with Laura Herman or Kristy Grinnell to get pre-registered for 2nd semester classes the weeks of January 13th and January 21-23. Call the front office to make an appointment.
9th Grade students meet with Laura Herman
10-12th Grade students meet with Kristy Grinnell

Parent Refrigerators - thank you for continuing to clean your old food out. Please supervise your littles when they are using the area to make snacks, their lunch etc. so things don't get poured into the sink and left. Thank you so much! The Office
Do you have a 12 and older student at ORLA? Are you or another family member on campus frequently? If so, ORLA requires family and 12 and older to wear an ID Badge. This is a safety issue for us to know who should be on campus. ID Badges are made in the CRC between 11:30 - 12:00 daily.
hConnect Support Meetings-
Upcoming hConnect Support Meeting
Wednesday, December 11th from 10:30-11:30 in room 120
Guest Speaker Annie Barrett
Topic: Self Care and Wellness as a Homeschooling Parent

Empower Hours--Every Friday any student who needs help can come to Empower Hours and receive additional help in ELA/Social Studies and Math/Science. There will be Empower Hours on December 20th along with snacks for students who show up on this day.
English/Social Studies
10-11 - Ashenhurst in room 119
11-12 - Bingaman in room 120 Math/Science:
12:30-1:30 - Erickson in room 118
1:30-2:30 - Ong room 119

Maker’s Market--Please join us for student made creations and goodies for donations and trade. Hotdogs, chili, and a bake sale await to fill your hungry tummies while you listen to beautiful music from one of our hConnect families.
WHAT: ORLA's Maker's Market sponsored by MAST, followed by Club Culmination event
WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 3:30-5:30pm, Club Culmination starting at 6 p.m.
Questions? Contact Karina Champion at kchampion@osd.wednet.edu

MAST
MAST is hosting their first educational symposium of the year! Students will be presenting their projects on intersections between culture and ecology. Please join us in viewing their final works for this dynamic research on December 20 from 12:10-2:00 p.m.
Maker’s Market--Please join us for student made creations and goodies for donations and trade. Hotdogs, chili, and a bake sale await to fill your hungry tummies while you listen to beautiful music from one of our hConnect families.
WHAT: ORLA's Maker's Market sponsored by MAST, followed by Club Culmination event
WHEN: Thursday, December 12, Club Culmination starting at 6 p.m.
Questions? Contact Karina Champion at kchampion@osd.wednet.edu

Montessori


Upper El- Winter Concert—Please join us for the Winter Concert on December 10th at 2:15. Band, Orchestra and Music students will be performing.

Maker’s Market--Please join us for student made creations and goodies for donations and trade. Hotdogs, chili, and a bake sale await to fill your hungry tummies while you listen to beautiful music from one of our hConnect families.
WHAT: ORLA's Maker's Market sponsored by MAST, followed by Club Culmination event
WHEN: Thursday, December 12, Club Culmination starting at 6 p.m.
Questions? Contact Karina Champion at kchampion@osd.wednet.edu

Upcoming Dates
December
5 6-12th grade ASB sponsored Winter Dance
6 PTA Movie Night
10 Winter Concert @2:15 Band, Orchestra and Montessori Music
12 Maker’s Market 3:30-5:30
12 PTA Club Culmination Night 6pm
17 PTA General Meeting
23-3 Winter Break


PTA
PTA Sponsored Clubs at ORLA Here is a list of all our clubs and their information. Contact the club’s sponsor to get your child started!
Monday
Drama Club 3:30 – 5:30 pm | 2nd – 6th grade | ORLA Stage Michelle Whittaker |
Keystonecenter6@gmail.com
Spanish Club 3:45 – 4:45 pm | 1ST – 5TH grade | ORLA Classroom | Ethan & Isabella Rogol | irogol@osd.wednet.edu
Tuesday
3-D Printing 3:30 – 5:00 pm | 1st -12th grade | ORLA Classroom 201 Danny Sigel | Steven.daniel.siegel@gmail.com
Wednesday
Pokemon Club 2:40 – 3:40 pm | All ages | ORLA CRC Shawn Raymor | ShawnRaymor@gmail.com

Thursday
Magic the Gathering Club 3 – 4:30 pm | 4th – 12th grade | ORLA CRC Chelsea Johnson | chejohnson@osd.wednet.edu
Dungeons and Dragons Club 3 – 4:30 pm | 4th – 12th grade | ORLA CRC Eva Lang | evamlang@gmail.com
Book Club 3 – 4:30 pm | 4th – 12th grade | ORLA CRC Chelsea Johnson | chejohnson@osd.wednet.edu
3-D Printing 3:30 – 5:00 pm | 1st -12th grade | ORLA Classroom 201 Danny Sigel | Steven.daniel.siegel@gmail.com
Chess Club 3 – 4:30 pm | 4th-12th grade | ORLA CRC chejohnson@osd.wednet.edu
Friday
3-D Printing 3:30 – 5:00 pm | 1st -12th grade | ORLA Classroom 201 Danny Sigel | Steven.daniel.siegel@gmail.com
See the attachments. Also, more information about ORLA PTA can be found at http://www.orlapta.org