From the Principal
Hello O’Malley Families!
Welcome to the new school year! This year promises to have it challenges as we begin our new processes, procedures and safety protocol. I had hoped to be able to see you all in person as we begin the school year. I have received many emails and will attempt to answer the many questions with a summary of the options for your children this year. I know it is confusing and will explain it the best I can. The ASD website has many pages of information, and you can call us! Michelle, April and I are in the office to help! 742-5800.
All registration is online, as we are still under construction, although sadly, the bulk of the work has been delayed. The front entryway and office work has not started; it has turned into a two-year project. However, we are currently a “hard-hat zone” for many areas in the building. To register for school this year you must go to your Parent Connect to activate your children for the year. If you have already registered and want to choose the Virtual Model from ASD, you need to go back in to fill out additional paperwork within your Parent Connect. We will be calling all families next week after you have had time to think about your options for your children and answer questions the best we can. Kindergarten families will need to start the new student enrollment process.
I know many of you are also waiting for yearbooks. They finally arrived and we will work on distribution at the beginning of the year.
Options for school this year:
ASD in School at O’Malley https://www.asdk12.org/Page/15640
We will start the year online for all students, based on the COVID-19 Municipal Guidelines. As soon as the case count drops below 29 on a 14-day rolling average, the district will announce that students can come back to school with the co-hort model of 2 days at school and 3 days at home. Watch the district’s webpage for the average. We will keep you informed when that occurs and I’ll send out more specific information at that time. Currently the plan is for teachers to teach live lessons as well as recorded lessons, grades and assignments will be required. This will be a 5-day model, with Zoom meetings, Canvas assignments and other online resources.
ASD at Home “Virtual” https://www.asdk12.org/Page/15639
Still connected and enrolled at O’Malley, even though you will not attend O’Malley. This 100% Online program is
Calvert Learning Program https://calvertlearning.com/curriculum/elementary-school
It is a K-5 system and will be available for the entire year. ASD has purchased the Digital Option when you are looking at the website and looking at their content offerings. It will be taught by an ASD teacher, not necessarily an O’Malley teacher, this will depend on enrollment.
If you are interested in the Virtual options for your 6th grader, they are connected to the Middle School Model. Here are your options as they are different for 6th grade. They will using:
If you would like to come back to O’Malley in person, you may switch back at the quarter after being in the Virtual program.
Immersion - https://www.asdk12.org/Page/15692
If you are currently in Immersion, and wish to do the Virtual Option you may access the Canvas Immersion Courses for O’Malley. You will not lose your Immersion seat and may come back to O’Malley once we come back to school.
ASD Home School – https://www.asdk12.org/Page/15633
There are 3 schools available for home schooling within ASD Charter Schools: Frontier, Family Partnership and PAIDEIA. If you choose one of these options, you will no longer be connected to or enrolled at O’Malley. If you are in Immersion and choose one of these options, you will lose your seat. We will not be able to dually enroll at O’Malley and a charter school at this time as we have done in the past, as we are not able to offer PE, Health, Music, Health, Library and Ignite services.
I hope this has helped to answer a few questions, please do not hesitate to call us. As we continue to figure out our new systems, we thank you for your patience and look forward to “seeing” you all soon!
Missing you all!
O’Malley Elementary Principal
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 .
News from the Library
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!
Next Parent/Teacher Conferences Fall 2020
O'Malley Elementary Contacts
Main Office 742-5800 | Kelly Eagleton, Principal | Michelle Crow, Admin. Assistant | April Piltz, Secretary