From the Principal
Hello O’Malley Families!
Thank you for your patience as we work to align all technology systems for students. There have been troubles with some, but not all, of the platforms students are trying to access. You may have had trouble logging in with Clever, Canvas and Calvert Learning. Please know that our IT department is working over the weekend to resolve these issues as quickly as they can. Chromebooks are still being delivered each day and more have been ordered if you are waiting. They are on the way!
We were happy to meet our new students and get the year started. Thank you for logging in and connecting with teachers if you were able! Teachers will continue to meet with families this week and set routines and expectations for students as they introduce new ways of learning. Teachers will be checking Zoom and Canvas activity for student engagement and attendance will be taken once at the end of each day as we get going.
Virtual O’Malley Teacher Liaison: If you are signed up for the Virtual Option, you will be contacted by our liaison, Lindsey Shippen, she will keep you in the O’Malley loop! If you are in our Immersion program, you should soon be able to access Immersion content this week on Canvas as there have been delays. Thank you for your patience!
Material distribution: Tentatively scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 2nd as we are waiting for some materials to arrive. This will be for all families to come to O’Malley to pick up materials. We will use the same system we used last spring, with pickup in the back of the school, on a one-way route. I’ll send more information next week.
We will be handing out paper packets for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade aligned with the instruction in Canvas. The first set will be picked up for September, the next packets, starting in October, will be mailed to you. Decodable reading booklets for students in grades K-2 will be available for pick up each month. Teachers will give you more information in the coming week about what you can expect to pick up on September 2nd for each classroom, as it may vary. If you ordered yearbooks last year, we’ll have those tucked in as well.
Library books: May be checked out and returned weekly starting the second week of September. We will let you know how to check out books next week as we are still working on the process. We have set Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 2:30 to drop off and pick up library books at O’Malley going forward. Mrs. Howlett, our librarian, and I will outline the process send it out to you soon.
Thank you again for your patience as we are working through technology issues and as the overall system works though the number of people online each day. New frontiers ahead!
PTA and FLAA: Soon I’ll be sending out information from our O’Malley PTA and our French Foreign Language Advocates Anchorage, (FLAA), who support our French Immersion Program. There will be opportunities to join and sign up so information comes your way and you can stay connected when our activities resume.
Going forward I’ll leave most of the communication to teachers, and only send updates for schoolwide concerns.
Thank you for your time, have a good week!
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