From the Principal
Looking Ahead to the First Week of School!
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year. I hope this note finds you well and eagerly anticipating the school start, just as we are. Included with this Observer is a wealth of information you may need to start the school year.
Families can expect to see their classroom assignments live in Q about noon, Wednesday August 17th. Rosters continue to shift as enrollment changes, so please wait for posting Wednesday afternoon for the most accurate class placement information.
Regular classroom instruction begins on on Thursday August 18th for 1st-6th grade students and on August 25th for Kindergarten students. Pertinent school hours:
*8:40 a.m Staff on duty
*8:40-8:50 a.m Students line up with their classes at their designated cone
*8:50 a.m First bell, students enter class and unpack
9:00 a.m. Pledge of Allegiance/morning announcements. Instruction begins
3:30 pm. Dismissal bell, students exit
Your O'Malley staff and I are excited to get the school year under way and to establish educational routines for the 2022-2023 school year. We are looking forward to a year of learning and growth for your children.
Please contact us with any questions at 742-5800. We are here for you.
Cherry Galloway, Principal
O'Malley Elementary School
Cafe Service at O'Malley
O'Malley is in need of a cafe manager! This position is currently open. Please help us recruit to fill this position. Click HERE for the application link.
Being as we do not have a cafe manager, we will not be offering a traditional hot lunch. Students who wish to have a school lunch, will be offered a picnic pack, as well as shelf stable milk, and a grain. At this time there is no charge for picnic packs. We are not able to accommodate any allergies/food restrictions with the picnic packs. If your child has an allergy/food restriction they must bring a lunch from home.
Noon duties Needed
O'Malley is looking for noon duties to help with lunch and recess for our students. Please click HERE for the application link.
Arrival and Dismissal
When students arrive at school, they will go to their designated cone. On August 18th there will be staff around the building to help you to know where to take your child.
If you are driving your child to school please be aware of our drop off policies. Cars will enter off of Rockridge into the car pick up loop. Please pull all the way forward in the car loop. Please make sure your child is ready to exit the car upon arrival at the curb in the car loop. Students are to exit from the vehicle on the curb side ONLY.
If your child takes longer to exit the vehicle, please consider pulling to the front parking lot, parking, and walking your child to their designated line up cone. The front parking lot is not to be used as a vehicle pull through. If you are using the front parking lot, please pull into a parking spot and walk your child to their line up cone.
Staff are on duty at 8:40 a.m. Please do not drop your child off before 8:40 as there is no outside supervision.
The car loop gate is locked at 9:00 am. If you arrive after 9:00 a.m., please park in the front parking lot and have your child enter through the front doors. Our doors are locked from 9:00 a.m-3:30 p.m each day.
By the end of August your child will come home with a car pickup sign that has their name, siblings name (if any), and their teacher name. Please put this sign in the dashboard of your vehicle at pick up. Staff will utilize this sign to expedite the pick up process.
With abbreviated bus service, car traffic will increase. Please be patient and respectful to the staff that are outside directing traffic. Ensuring you are not in a hurry will be important in keeping everyone safe.
If you need to pick up your child before the end of the school day or change the way they go home, please call the office NO LATER than 2:30 p.m.
School Supply List
Please click HERE for the School Supply List
Those families that use the bus to get to school, I hope you were able to listen to the live community update on August 10th at 2:00 p.m. A letter was also sent to families eligible for transportation. With the shortage of bus drivers, there will be cohorts of busses during specific times. Each bus will have 3 weeks of service, and 6 weeks where you will need to transport your child to school. You can check parent connect to see what bus your child will ride.
O'Malley bus numbers: 64,65,66,75
Quarter 1 WILL be running September 12-September 30
I encourage you to review the student handbook. Please click HERE for the link. Teachers will review pages 22 and 23 with students in the first week of school.
Volunteering in ASD
If you would like to volunteer in any ASD school you will need to fill out volunteer paperwork. All volunteer paperwork is completed online this year. It takes 5-7 business days to complete the volunteer process. Please complete your paperwork now. This volunteer application is filled out 1 time per year. Please click HERE for the volunteer link
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 | Cherry Galloway, Principal | Michelle Crow, Admin. Assistant | Catherine Ferret, Secretary