From the Principal
Hello O’Malley Families!
Hard to believe 4th quarter is upon us! I have several things to make you aware of, please read below for our O’Malley news before you head out on Spring Break!
*Coronavirus COVID-19 Update: ASD has cancelled all district sponsored travel out of the state of Alaska. The district is monitoring the situation and will update information as it becomes available. We are letting students know not to high five, shake hands, hug each other, to cough into their elbows, as well as reminders to wash hands and not touch their face or each other. More information will be coming out from the district as new developments occur. They are working on plans for all scenarios. Stay tuned.
*Lottery - If you have an incoming Kindergartener next year and are considering the French program, please remember that you need to apply for the lottery even if you already have a student in the program. The lottery will run on March 20th for the first run and then again in July.
*Drop off at the Front Door – Please do not drop your students off at the front door in the mornings. We are having 10-30 students dropped each day. This is problematic as teacher supervision is in the back where students line up. Students cannot wait by their classroom door; they must line up with their class on the playground. Thank you for your help!
*Testing is come soon!
PEAKS – This is our state test for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math that all students in grades 3-10 in the district participate in. Below are the dates. Please do not schedule appointments or other activities away from school if at all possible. Our schedule can get tight and we share Chromebook carts. We try to finish in 2 days for each class, with the exception of 4th grade, they have an extra day for Science. It is important that students are well rested the night before, on time, have a good breakfast and are ready to tackle the test. This sets students up for success! Thanks for your support!
Perrins: March 30/April 1
Freeman: March 30/April 3
Bate: March 30/April 2
Cassidy: April 2, 3, 6
Stone: April 6, 8, 9
Hacking: April 8, 9
Andersen: April 8, 9
*Students and Phones: This is a reminder that all phones and watches that are communication/internet capable devices are to be off and secured in backpacks during the day at school. This is becoming a problem with students during lunch and recess, which is still part of the school day.
This is especially important during any testing. It is a violation of state policy for any student to have any kind of communication/internet capable device during any of our district and state testing. Please remind your students of this, as phones and watches will be taken, if they are out and being used during class or testing times, and put in the office for adult pick up. Thank you for your cooperation as we continue through the technology age!
*Principal Intern: I have been asked to host a principal intern for 5 weeks starting on March 30. His name is Kevin Allen and he will be here through May 1st. You may see him in the building, and around the school, introduce yourself and say hello!
*Family Survey – Still Open! Please take a few minutes to complete the online School Climate and Connectedness Survey. We appreciate your feedback and work hard to make O’Malley a great place for students and families.
Survey Access Codes School Name: O'Malley Elementary
Copy and paste the following:
Family Survey: omalleyfamily
Thanks so much for your attention and we wish you safe travels and restful days over Spring Break!
Student Council Activities
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 .
Another year of ice skating has come and gone, and although we had a bit of snow at times on the rink all classes were able to skate on 3 different occasions. Thank you to the MANY parents that came to help us tie laces, help us on the ice after taking off our guards, got us back to the gym area and get our skates off, etc,. It was truly amazing to see and I thank you so very much. Thank you also to the Nord family for finding and donating a box of skate guard attachments. It will keep us in good supply for awhile. The rink will be maintained through spring break, so take some time off and enjoy skating on it.Sincerely,Mrs. Konkler
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
Scholastic Book Fair: Thank you to shoppers and volunteers for supporting this activity. It was a lot of fun for students. Our two Book Fair captains, Kathy Hatton and Lindsey Callaway, made the event happen. Ali Selvik, Alison Rosseau, Lerissa Beer, Christina Jaquith, Ashleigh Hebnes, Chelsea Vukovich, Jekka Roder, Megan Peltier, Nola Uchtmann, Molly Gottstein, and Linsie Jansen were instrumental in setting up, keeping it running smoothly, and packing up. Thanks to you all!
Overdue Library Books: If you can believe it, we only have one more quarter in this school year. If your child has any long-overdue library books, it would be helpful to get those taken care of very soon. We will provide rewards for students who have clear accounts, with everything turned in, by the second week in May. Class rewards depend on everyone in the class demonstrating responsibility for their library books by having them turned in, paid for, or replaced by that specific due date in May. We don’t want that due date to sneak up on students at the end. Thank you for helping.
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 High, Walker, Selvik, Kupilik, Gallagher, and Parrish families for your donations of books to the library!
Upcoming Makerspace classes:Makerspace Paint Pouring1-day classWed Apr 1 1st-3rd gradesWed Apr 8 4th-6th gradesMakerspace Rube Goldberg Inventions2 day classM/T Apr 21-22 for 1st-2ndW/Th Apr 23-24 for 3rd-4thM/T Apr 28-29 for 5-6 grades
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!
Piper Clark - 5 th gr.
Hayden Miller - 6th gr
Harvest Your Boxtops for Fall 2020
Next Parent/Teacher Conferences Fall 2020
O'Malley Elementary Contacts
Main Office 742-5800 | Kelly Eagleton, Principal | Michelle Crow, Admin. Assistant | April Piltz, Secretary