THE SLATE February 29, 2008 Teacher’s 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- quires. • 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: http://www.yic.gov/publications/homework/general.html 2 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 848-0382 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 member! ♦ 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 ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ 4 5 6 7 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 email@example.com). We hope that you will take the time to make this fabulous fundraiser a success! 8 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! 9 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: www.ccs.k12.in.us/ope/ Mr. Tim Phares Principal 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 Nurse 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 President Mar.13—5th Grade Play 7:00 Natalie Oehler Co-Vice President Co- “Anne of Green Gables” Lovette Coston Co-Vice President Co- Mar.14— 5th Grade Play 7:00 Ann Bernard “Anne of Green Gables” Treasurer MAR.17-21—”Everybody Counts” Week Mary Roth Secretary 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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