From the Principal
Looking Ahead to the First Week of School!
Hello O’Malley Families,
We hope that is email finds you all well and eagerly anticipating the school start, just as we are.
Families can expect to see their classroom assignment live in Q about 4:00 PM on Monday, August 16. Rosters continue to shift as enrollment changes, so please wait for the posting Monday evening for the most accurate class placement information.
Regular classroom instruction begins on August 17 for 1st-6th grade students and on August 24th for Kindergarten students. Pertinent school hours are:
*8:40AM Staff on duty
*8:40-8:50 Students line up with their classes at designated cones
*8:50 First bell, students enter class and unpack
*9:00 AM Pledge of Allegiance and morning announcements. Instruction in classrooms begin
*3:30 Dismissal bell, students exit to designated cones and await parents or board buses
National School Lunch Program
The O’Malley Café will be offering various shelf stable picnic packs for lunch service from August 17-September 10, 2021. Once construction is complete in the Café, we hope to have hot lunch services available starting the week of September 13. Students eat lunch between 11:00 AM and 1:20 PM, starting with 1st/2nd and ending with 5th/6th. Students have 30 minutes in the cafeteria daily followed by 30 minutes of recess.
Morning Drop Off/Afternoon Pick Up
O’Malley’s drop off/pick up procedures will be largely consistent with last year. We have one car drop/ pick-up lane for curb side drop off and pick up. Please make sure your child is ready to exit at 8:40AM with their backpack, coat, and mask on when they exit the vehicle. If you are dropping your student off and parking in the front parking lot, please exit your vehicle and walk your student down the sidewalk to the top of the stairs. Parents will drop their students at the top of the stairs, and students will walk down the stairs to their designated line up location.
Morning Curbside: Active unloading only. Do not park curbside and wait for students to exit or use curb time to load bags and put on gear. Please pull forward to the farthest open spot. Kids should have their bags and be ready to exit from the passenger side of the vehicle only. Students are not to exit from the driver’s side and walk to the curb side. It is unsafe.
Afternoon Curbside: Active loading only. Do not park at curbside and leave your vehicle. Please pull forward to the farthest spot as other cars exit. Please follow staff guidance at all times; they may ask the name or grade level of your student and radio to notify of arrival. Students enter from the passenger side at the curb only; not the driver side. It is unsafe.
Face Coverings Required
As you have seen in the Superintendent’s communications recently, face coverings are required inside our schools for all staff, students, and visitors. Face coverings are optional outside for recess, gym, and at arrival and dismissal. The student face covering guidance can be found at asdk12.org. Please contact Principal Galloway or Nurse Lana if you have questions about expectations around face coverings.
If a positive case is reported for which your child is designated a close contact, parents will be notified. Students will have assigned seats in the classroom and the cafeteria to assist with our notification processes, should a case be reported. Our aim is to keep all classroom open and running with our masking and sanitization procedures.
Your O’Malley staff and I are excited to get the school year under way and to establish educational routines for the 2021-22 school year. We look forward to a wonderful year of growth and learning with our students.
Please contact us at 742-5800. We are here for you.
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