From the Principal
Hello O’Malley Families!
Welcome back! Hope you all had a wonderful winter break and were able to get out there and enjoy the snow that finally arrived. With the clear days and lower temperatures, it is crucial the kids have all their gear every day. When the temps dip too far below 0, we keep them in for lunch recess, but they still need to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Thank you for making sure students have the “Big 5!” - jacket, snow pants, boots, hats and gloves.
We started our new lunch and recess schedule. Students now have 30 minutes of recess followed by 30 minutes for lunch. This change is working very well for students and staff.
Our Winter Family Fun Night has been rescheduled for Friday, January 31st, starting at 6:00pm. We will have plenty of activities for families to enjoy. January also brings our ice skating session in PE. This is a favorite unit for the students. 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.
Please remember that all school zones are “No Cell Phone Zones" https://www.asdk12.org/Page/14596. It is now law and APD will ticket all drivers. This is especially important during car pickup and drop off. Students are supposed to exit cars curbside, but at times they don’t and could be in danger if drivers are distracted.
Also remember not to drop students off at the top of the stairs in the front of the school. There is no adult supervision in the morning or afternoon in the parking lot. Please use the drop off/pick up loop. It is fast and efficient! You are all doing a fantastic job of pulling forward to load/unload! Thank you!
Thanks so much!
Stay safe and warm!
Student Council Activities
O’Malley’s Spelling Bee
Mark your calendars for the annual O’Malley Spelling Bee to be held on Thursday, February 6th at 9:30 a.m. Family members are most welcome to attend. Students in Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 are eligible to enter the O’Malley Bee. Each year the two winners of each intermediate classroom’s spelling bee are automatically entered in the school-wide bee. The 3rd place classroom winners serve as alternates.
Ask your child’s teacher for the date of his/her classroom bee. Classroom bees will be held at any time between the dates of January 7 through January 22. Study guides are available from your child’s (intermediate) classroom teacher.
The winner of our school bee 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.
If you are the parent of a primary student, please encourage their interest in spelling bees. It’s a great way to learn root words and increase vocabulary. Please refer any O’Malley Bee questions to Mrs. Cassidy or Mrs. Freeman at the following e-mail address: Cassidy_Brittany@asdk12.org or Freeman_Laura@asdk12.org
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 .
Upcoming events:January 24, 2020 - Taste of French Specialties and Silent Auction at the O'Malley SteamDot from 7 to 9:30pm. If any parents or others are interested in volunteering, please contact Molly Gottstein at email@example.com to be added to those email communications. We look forward to see you there!
From the PE corner:
Native Youth Olympics for grades 1-3 on Tuesday mornings at 8 am, and for grades 4-6 on Thursday mornings at 8 am. Please email me for flyers. There is still room to join in.
Students in grades 3-6 will skate in January during the normally scheduled 60 minute PE class.
Students in grades K-2 will skate in February once a schedule is done. All students that have skates need to make sure they fit.
From candy grams Student Council raised about $1,200.00, thank you for your support! We are trying to get a water bottle refill station. Keep sending in winter gear for the clothing drive! The last day is Jan. 16th. Instead of valintine candy grams we will have them for the end of the year.
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.
News from the Library
News From the Library
February Scholastic Book Fair: It’ll be here before we know it. ☺ If you are able to help out any time during those two weeks in early February, we need you! I will still be 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.
Annual ASD Bookmark Contest: Congratulations to 3rd grader, Emily Freeman, and 6th grader, Audrey Phillips, for earning first place in their age divisions in O'Malley's bookmark contest. Their two bookmarks have been submitted to the District stage of this annual competition. Results will be announced soon.
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 family 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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