Managing Homework by xtw17906



                     February 29, 2008

   Tips                     Managing Homework
            •    Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.
       Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with
other distractions, such as people coming and going.
• Make sure the material your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a
dictionary, is available. Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some
projects and get them in advance.
• Help your child with time management. Establish a set time each day for doing
homework. Don't let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Think about
using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the
project involves getting together with classmates.
• Be positive about homework. Tell your child how important it is to be prepared for
school. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child ac-
• When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers. If you give the
answers, your child will not learn the material. Too much help, teaches your child that
when the going gets rough someone will do the work for him.
•  When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it. If homework is
meant to be done by your child alone, stay away. Cooperate with the teacher. It
shows your child that the school and home are a team. Follow the directions given by
the teacher. Too much parent involvement can prevent homework from having some
positive effects. Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong
learning skills.

 Tips from the White House:
              A Message from our PTO President:
A huge thank you to Sarah Burnham for organizing a fun Valentine’s Day party for the students. Everyone had a great time!
A big Thank You also goes out to each volunteer who came and helped with the parties. We couldn’t do these events without
you. Thanks for your time!

The Taste of Carmel is next week!! Thank you to all the committee members who have devoted much time and energy into
the planning of this event. We hope to make it a huge success for Orchard Park. Tickets are on sale in the front office and
tables may be reserved for 8 or 10 people. Hope to see you there!!

The PTO Executive Board is still taking names of persons who might be interested in stepping up as President for the next
school year. Names are also being taken for other positions as well. Please contact a current Board member if this is you!

I think that is it for now. Thanks for your time.

Laura Komisarcik

                           Thank you
                   to all Valentine Volunteers!
Thank you to the almost 120 volunteers we had for the Classroom Valentine’s Day
parties this year! The kids had a great time -- and hopefully you did too. Thanks to
     Laura Komisarcik and Nurse Diane for checking everyone in. It went so
smoothly. Thank you, teachers and aides, for assisting parents; a special thanks to                 FEBRUARY
   those aides who helped cover classrooms where we needed a few extra sets of
                 hands. We couldn't have done it without all of you!
                                                                                               Birthday Book Club
    Hopefully I’ve included everyone's name. My apologies for missing anyone!.                    Samuel Smith
  Although we couldn't use everyone who volunteered to help deliver cookies, we
        appreciate your offer to help. Those names are also included below.                       Sameer Leley
     Thanks again to all of you for helping to make the parties a huge success.!
                                                     Sarah Burnham                                 Hunter Page
Cara Abraham         Lisa Ellery             Amy Lukowski             Cathi Ramsey              Mea McCormack
Stacey Allman        Shonna Ellingwood       Kelley Manning           Kim Ranger
Amy Baker            Kelly Erbeck            Karen McConnell          Tara Renner                Jordan Barker
Becky Barker         Sue Eskew               Marsha McCormack         Jessica Reynolds
Alexandra Belous
Donia Beshir
                     Beth Gilles
                     Suzanne Glesing
                                             Jessica McKinney-Krise
                                             Lisa Meredith
                                                                      Jean Riddle
                                                                      Ginny Roberts
                                                                                                   Victor Salas
Leigh Billhymer
Suzanne Bowers
                     Rashmi Goril
                     Torrie Greathouse
                                             Colleen Milam
                                             Wanda Monson
                                                                      Mary Roth
                                                                      Lisa Ryan
                                                                                                  Jenna Langen
Susan Brandon        Jeanene Green
Rhonda Brehm         Nicole Hackett
                                             Kristen Montgomery
                                             Melissa Moore
                                                                      Hisae Sakaguchi
                                                                      Shannon Schilling-Peed       Olivia Roop
Shelli Broadbent     Susie Harless           Bessy Morales            Davaina Schounce
Rick Broadbent       Kim Hastings            Sheila Morales           Randy Schuller             Sebastian Penix
Joy Brown            Barbara Haydon          Joumana Morcos           Josh Scism
Kelly Buchanan
Lisa Buduick
                     Andrea Hern
                     Shannon Hofman
                                             Rene Moyer               Carolyn Scott                Paul Taylor
                                             Nancy Mullens            Maria Snyder
Scotti Burgess
Tracy Caccamise
                     Cindy Johnson
                     Julie Johnson
                                             Xenia Nachempa
                                             Ausuyah Naiken
                                                                      Scott Sweet
                                                                      Anne Sweet
                                                                                                  Charlie Moyer
Julie Carnes         Christy Keith           Rinad Nazzal             Lani Thompson
Karen Carter         Kim Keller              Stephanie Neal           Kayoko Ueyama
Lisa Clark           Sarah Khan
Rhonda Clements      Jennifer Kost-Baker
                                             Barb Neukam
                                             Cheryl Neumann
                                                                      Sam Urai
                                                                      Jody Walker
                                                                                                    Thank You
Carla Cockrell       Annette Kreider
Mary Comar           Krysten LaFever
                                             Rebecca Nickless
                                             Maza Niyaz
                                                                      Sarah Wehmeier
                                                                      Michelle Whited
                                                                                               for your support of
Gina Cooper          Pat Langedon
Marsha Cordova       Becca Lantz
                                             Natalie Oehler
                                             Satomi Oguro
                                                                      Connie Wiggam
                                                                      Shelly Willams
                                                                                                the Media Center!
Tracy Culvey         Beth Larson             Lizabeth Olson           Melissa Wiseman
Tina Cupp            Heather Lee             Alican Parmley           Erica Woods
Jenny DeCosta        Larissa Lerner          Kenna Phillips           Anja Worley
Keri Dunz            Missi Levine            Lisa Pratt               Missy Zuhle
Rhonda Eldridge      Chris Lilley
 May We Introduce………                                                                                            3

 Ms. Laura Betzinger, Special Education Instructional Aide
                                      in Mrs. Weinrich’s 1st Grade classroom
 Tell us about your family: I have two children, Elena (age 7) who is in Mrs. Locke's first grade class and
 Vincent (age 4) who is in preschool. We also have a black and white cat named Midnight.

 Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken: In 1999, I went on a two week tour of Egypt. It was
 incredible to see the pyramids and other amazing artifacts and ruins that were thousands of years old. I also loved
 the people, the beaches and the country.

 What do you like best about the work you do?: I love working with kids and watching them grow.

 What kind of profession would you be in, if you weren’t working in education?: I would have liked
 to have been an artist!.

 What would we be surprised to know about you?: I lived in France for 15 years. My children
 and I all have dual US/French citizenship!! Also, I met President Bill Clinton in 1994 when I worked at the
 US Embassy in Paris. It was very exciting.

                               Shout Outs for Staff!!
                             OPE Families, Take Note!
We are rolling out a new component to the ROAR Schoolwide Positive Behavior
Program! Throughout this school year, staff members have recognized students for
showing ROAR. “Shout Outs for Staff” will allow students and parents to recognize
staff members for their hard work, too! Here’s how it works:
     ♦ In each SLATE newsletter, a set of Staff Shout-Outs will be included.
        Extra copies of the Staff Shout-Outs will also be in the office and in
        classrooms at the school.
     ♦ Any student or parent may fill out a Staff Shout-Out to say thanks to a
        staff member for something they’ve done. Shout-Outs can be completed on
        behalf of your classroom teacher, an instructional assistant, the librarian,
        someone on the office staff, or ANY Orchard Park dedicated faculty
     ♦ Just fill out the staff member’s name and a brief note about why you are
        giving the Shout Out. Then send it to school with your child to be put in the
        Shout-Out bucket in the front office.
     ♦ Once a week, we will hold a drawing and the winner will be recognized with a
        prize! What a great way to say thanks for all the hard work and dedication
        of our wonderful OP Staff!
           Shout Out!                      Shout Out!

Staff Name __________________   Staff Name __________________

You get a shout out because     You get a shout out because

                                                                                   Staff ROAR Tickets
____________________________    ____________________________
____________________________    ____________________________
____________________________    ____________________________
____________________________    ____________________________

                                                                 for you to use!
           Shout Out!                      Shout Out!

Staff Name __________________   Staff Name ___________________

You get a shout out because     You get a shout out because
____________________________    ____________________________
____________________________    ____________________________
____________________________    ____________________________
____________________________    ____________________________

                                        Taste of Carmel
                                      Thursday, March 6, 2008
                                          6:00-9:00 p.m.
                                           Ritz Charles
           2008 Taste of Carmel Participating Restaurants
             Scotty’s Brewhouse         Mangia! Italian Restaurant
             Bar Louie                  Mitchell’s Fish Market
             Kona Grill                 Keltie’s Restaurant & Catering
             Puccini’s                  Grape Inspirations
             Major’s Sports Café        Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steakhouse
             Epicurean’s Catering       Cool River Pizza
             Ted’s Montana Grill        When Eddie Met Salad
             Noodles & Company          Ferrin’s Fruit Winery
             Macaroni Grill             First Avenue Cookie Company
             The Melting Pot            Abuelo’s Mexican Kitchen
             D’Vine A Wine Bar          McAllister’s Deli
             Chipolte Mexican Grill     Paradise Bakery and Café
             Panera Bread Company       Qdoba Mexican
             Mudsocks Grill

           Tickets are $30 per person in advance, $35 at the door,
                 and may be purchased through the school.
                      Tables of 8 or 10 may be reserved.
          For more information, call the school office at 848-1918.

                  It’s Not Too Late to Volunteer!
   Volunteers are needed to help in many ways during the Taste of Carmel.
 25-30 volunteers are needed the evening of the event. Once you attend this
 fun evening, you will come every year! Help for the evening is still needed!

Along with the contribution of your ticket, please consider donating one hour
of your time. If you are interested in being part of the volunteer team, please
contact Heather Timmons (846-4962 or We hope that
      you will take the time to make this fabulous fundraiser a success!

               SAVE THE DATE!
             The OPE 4th Annual International Festival will be
                  held Friday, April 25, 2008, from 6-8:30pm.
             Any family wishing to have a booth at the Festival,
             or volunteer to help with set up, clean up or serving
             dinner, please contact ENL teacher Beth Ballard,
                  Art teacher Cy Donnelly or Music Teacher
                 Deb Bergman@ 848-1918. The Festival will
include the booths, all OPE students performing folk dances,
an all-student Art show, a performance by the 4th & 5th grade
             choir, Global gifts and a family meal.

         Please mark your calendar to attend!
10404 Orchard Park S. Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46280                         8

Office/Attendance: 848-1918          Cafeteria 571-4075
Parent Link: 571-4039                Fax: 571-4043

  On the Web:

       Mr. Tim Phares
    Mrs. Rhonda Turner
        Assistant Principal                 Mark Your Calendar
  Mrs. Melissa McCullough          Mar. 3-7—”Read Across America” Week
    Student Services Coordinator
 Mrs. Diane Riemenschnitter        Mar. 5—Student Council Mtg. 7:15 am
                                   Mar. 6—”Taste of Carmel” 6:00-9:00 pm
                                            @ The Ritz Charles
          PTO Board                Mar.11—Kindergarten Registration
      Laura Komisarcik                     @ OPE 9:00 am-3:00 pm
                                   Mar.13—5th Grade Play 7:00
        Natalie Oehler
         Co-Vice President
         Co-                               “Anne of Green Gables”
        Lovette Coston
         Co-Vice President
                                   Mar.14— 5th Grade Play 7:00
         Ann Bernard
                                           “Anne of Green Gables”
             Treasurer             MAR.17-21—”Everybody Counts” Week
           Mary Roth
          Angie Sams
      Corresponding Secretary
         Becky Barker
                                              SAVE THE DATE!
           Past President
                                                 The Kindergarten classes
      Heather Timmons
                                                will host a “Portfolio Party”
            Slate Editor
                                                       for parents on
                                                     Tuesday March 25
                                                     from 5:30-7:00 pm!

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