From the Principal
Hello O’Malley Families!
Thanks so much for attending conferences and partnering with us for your children. We love sharing challenges and successes for student growth, which is always a work in progress. Super exciting to watch students learning and change as they mature and use new skills!
On November 12th Mr. Perrins and I will travel to Washington D.C. to attend the National Blue Ribbon Ceremony and receive O’Malley’s Award. We will attend two days of professional development classes and learn about the 362 other schools around the country who were chosen as well. We will bring home our award and share our experiences! Our O’Malley Celebration will be Monday, November 25th, at 2:30 in the gym. We have a wonderful assembly planned with special guests and treats! Join us if you can!
Our next district testing session for FastBridge and MAP Growth will be December 2-19. We will try to get all student finished the first week if possible. Please help us by getting student to school on time, rested, and a healthy breakfast under their belt so they are at their best. We appreciate your help on this!
This month’s PTA meeting has been changed from November 12th to Nov. 19th. Hope to see you there!
Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving Holiday with friends and family!
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 .
November 7 - Paint Nite! Come join us for fun and painting at Hard Rock Cafe at 7pm. Click here for more information or to sign up.
November 9 - French Cinderella at 1pm or 3pm at the Anchorage Museum Auditorium. French Cinderella, which we will be doing in the style of famous French artist Toulouse-Lautrec complete with the cancan at the Prince’s ball. The best part is our theater is based on a library model where instead of books we offer live plays as a gift to the community. So folks may attend without being a member of the museum or paid admission from 12:30 to 4 on the day performance. Please contact <firstname.lastname@example.org> or just come at that time only and we will warmly welcome your students and their families.
November - Floor hockey for grades 3-6
December - Basketball for grades 3-6
News from the Library
Scholastic Book Fair: Our book fair was a huge success because of your involvement and the wonderful volunteers who made it happen. Thank You Kathy Hatton (O’Malley’s book fair champion!), Kim Klein, Amanda Hawkinson, Lindsie Jansen, Megan Peltier, Alison Rosseau, Lindsey Callaway, Lerissa Beer, Stacy Colman, Chelsea Vukovich, Ali Selvik, Kris Simpson, Angela Gallagher, Jekka Roder, and Christina Jones for volunteering your time to create a smoothly operating shopping experience for all!
Battle of the Books: Thanks to Mrs. Hacking and Mrs. Stone for coaching 3rd through 6th grade Battle of the Books teams. Practices started October 31st and will take place every Thursday after school. New members are still welcome to join! Permission packets are available in the library.
Barnes and Noble Family Day: Thank you in advance for attending and enjoying our annual Barnes and Noble event on Sunday, November 24th. If you make any purchases at Barnes and Noble that day, mention O’Malley at the check-out, and our school library will benefit from a percentage of the proceeds.
Annual ASD Bookmark Contest: Entry forms are available in the library and due November 22nd.
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 Alexie, Selvik, Bare families for your donation of books to the library!
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: email@example.com.
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
Next Parent/Teacher Conferences Feb. 12 & 13
O'Malley Elementary Contacts
Main Office 742-5800 | Kelly Eagleton, Principal | Michelle Crow, Admin. Assistant | April Piltz, Secretary