From the Principal
Hello O’Malley Families!
It was great to see all of you at conferences! Thanks for taking time to chat with teachers about your students. Please continue to check Zangle and keep up with classroom happenings with teacher newsletters.
Winter Family Fun Night was a success! Thankfully it wasn’t too cold and everyone in attendance had a great time. Our ice skating sessions continue this month in PE. If you are available, we would love to have some additional hands, especially for younger grades, or just to come and enjoy watching your student skating.
Thank you for making sure your students have the “Big 5!” - jacket, snow pants, boots, hats and gloves. Whether the temps are near 0 or near 30, they need all their gear. We have lots of snow on the playground and kids are out having fun. Please do not send in personal sleds from home, storage in classrooms is limited. We have purchased some more school sleds as has PTA, thank you!
There is no adult supervision in the morning or afternoon in the front parking lot. Please do not drop off unattended students. You are welcome to park and walk them to the blacktop behind the building where their class lines up. For student safety, it is imperative for students to be dropped off and picked up in the loop around the skating rink. The gate is closed at 8:55 a.m., please make every effort to have your student here by then so they are in their seats and ready to learn at 9 a.m. You are all doing a fantastic job of pulling forward to load/unload and that is keeping the line moving quickly and efficiently! Thank you!
We have lots of field trips coming up and appreciate patience with all the forms and deadlines. ASD is committed to ensuring all students are protected and safe on field trips. With all schools using electronic payments on Zangle, timelines are important so vendors can receive payments for their services on time.
The daylight is coming back! Hope you are able to get out there and enjoy it and the upcoming Fur Rondy!
Student Council Activities
O’Malley’s Spelling Bee
Congratulations to our top 3 winners Jordan Snarey, 1st, Barret Malouf, 2nd, and Nolan Hughes, 3rd. Jordan will represent O’Malley at the Alaska State Bee, to be held in Anchorage in March. The winner of our state bee, of course, will represent Alaska in Washington, D.C. for the National Spelling Bee held at the end of May.
Bonjour! FLAA News/Nouvelles
We are happy to announce the beginning of the French Immersion Program here at O'Malley Elementary School! French Language Advocates Anchorage, FLAA, French Language Advocates Anchorage is dedicated to ensuring the success of the O'Malley French immersion program through fundraising and community cultural events. To learn more about FLAA, please visit their website at https://www.speakfrenchinak.org/about_us .
Thank you to all of the many parents that helped make Explorations so much fun this year. There were lots of smiles and comments abouthow fun the day was.Thanks to all of the families that came to Winter Family Fun Night and brought snacks to share. We had a lot of families here enjoying both theice rink and the sledding hill.
Calling All Families!
Our Makerspace after-school program will be starting soon, and your interests and talents are needed.
Makerspace is a very open-ended exploration program. Some examples of class options are: robotics, science experiments, woodworking, movie making, coding, a variety of art forms, cooking, bike maintenance, and anything else you want to pitch as a class.
Information you need to know before you can make a decision:
- The classes run from 3:30-4:30 Mon-Thurs
- You can teach your class 1, 2, 3, or 4 days a week
- Your class should be appropriate for a variety of grades
- Your class can run for 4 weeks
For example, you may have a free spot every Monday. You could teach a class Mondays for 4 weeks, with a different grade group each week. If your class is more intensive and you have the time, you could teach 2-4 days a week, spending a week with each grade group for 4 weeks.
O'Malley has a room dedicated to Makerspace this year, and it has quite a few supplies already. Specific supplies can be purchased as needed.
Please contact Mandy Andersen if you have questions or would like to schedule a class: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The money student council raises for the school goes to many things. One thing the money does is replenish the school store items to keep that running. At previous Student Council meetings, students discussed and voted to help replace the projectors teachers use in the classroom. They are outdated, starting to break, and the district will not repair them, it is up to each school to find the funds to replace them. Students also voted to get a water bottle fountain filling station. Students have also talked about plastic cups in the lunchroom and helping with field trip expenses. It is on ongoing discussion at each meeting. Students also have access to Google docs for meeting notes, which can can be accessed at home for information.
Mrs. Bailey would like to congratulate the following 5th and 6th graders who made it into the Anchorage School District Honor Choir!
We had one sixth grader make it into Honor Orchestra:
Congratulations to Aeroh Olson for her excellent cello playing!
And one sixth grader also made it in to Honor Band:
Caleb Bonin will be playing his saxophone in the Honor Band!
They will all perform at West High School on Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m.
Congratulations to all of these students on such a high musical honor!
News from the Library
News From the Library
February Scholastic Book Fair: It opens Thursday, February 6, before school! If you are able to help out any time during these next two weeks, we need you! I am still recovering from an injury, so the more hands on board, the better. Helpful tasks include setting up, helping with class previews, manning the cash box/purchases before and after school, assisting shoppers, and packing up. There are still many open times on the schedule. Go here to add your name https://omalley.memberhub.com.
Book Repairs: If an O’Malley library book becomes damaged, thank you for sending it in for the librarian to repair. There is no need to try to fix or glue an item at home, because special materials are needed.
Thank you to the Vukovich, Parrish, and Glanville families for your donations of books to the library!
Food For Thought: Please read the included family tips from Common Sense Education regarding how to deal with mean online behavior.
Next Parent/Teacher Conferences Feb. 12 & 13
NO CELL PHONES IN SCHOOL ZONES FACTSHEET*
A new ordinance (law) passed by the Anchorage Assembly on June 20, 2019 makes it unlawful for a driver of any vehicle to talk on a mobile communication device while driving a vehicle within an active school zone or on school grounds, unless the vehicle is stopped or a hands-free device is used.
PURPOSE OF THE LAW
- Student safety is extremely important. Distracted driving is dangerous.
- Talking on a cell phone or mobile communication device is distracted driving and jeopardizes student safety in designated school zones.
TERMS USED IN THE NEW LAW
- A mobile communication device is a cellular phone, smart phone, personal data assistant, wireless tablet, computer, or any similar device used for voice or visual communication.
- An active school zone is a school zone with signage between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. and where the maximum speed is 25 miles per hour or less on the streets permanently or due to a temporary speed reduction indicated by flashing school zone lights.
- A hands-free device is a phone with speaker capability, an attachment, or other piece of equipment that allows the use of the device without either of the operator’s hands.
THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS IN THE LAW
- A vehicle is stopped OR a mobile communication device is used with a hands-free device.
- A mobile communication device is used to dial 911 and make an emergency call.
- An operator of an authorized emergency vehicle is using a mobile communication device while acting in an official capacity.
CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS
- A $500 fine, or
- A class A misdemeanor if a person's driving causes physical injury or death to another person.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
- Why isn’t talking on cell phones banned while driving everywhere in Alaska? The State of Alaska has preempted Anchorage’s right to ban talking on a cell phone while driving, but reading or typing a text message while driving is prohibited statewide.
- Can I call my student when I’m there to pick them up? Yes, if your car is stopped, then you can call your student on your cell phone. Or, you may call your student on a hands-free device.
- Do these rules apply only when the school zone lights are flashing? No! Most schools don’t have flashing lights. These rules apply in an active school zone, where the speed limit is 25 mph or less, even if temporarily indicated by the flashing lights, and is designated by the signs posted that say “School Zone”. If the speed limit is never reduced to 25 mph or less, the street is not in an active school zone and the rules don’t apply even if there are signs.
- How can I be sure if I am in a place where I can legally use my cell phone? If you are unsure, don’t use your cell phone! Pull over, stop, and use your cell phone when you are not driving.
Reviewed by the Municipality of Anchorage Legal Department
*This fact sheet is provided as a courtesy to the public to highlight provisions of the law; it is not the law. For specific details of the law and the requirements or prohibitions in the law, please refer to the text of the ordinance (AO No. 2019-51(S)am) or Anchorage Municipal Code section 9.28.055.
What's happening this month!
Harvest your Boxtops
It’s time to once again race down O’Malley’s box Top River!
The Class to collect the most Box Tops will earn a delicious class prize!
ALL BOX TOPS DUE THURSDAY, FEB. 27th!!
Piper Clark - 5 th gr.
Hayden Miller - 6th gr
O'Malley Elementary Contacts
Main Office 742-5800 | Kelly Eagleton, Principal | Michelle Crow, Admin. Assistant | April Piltz, Secretary