Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Vacation is over

Welcome Back to school after one week of family, friends and food. Lots of smiles came across the blacktop this morning from both students and parents. Some faces were a little more groggier than others, but overall everyone looks happy to be back. During the week we were away, hopefully you worked on your homework packet. All teachers sent Math, Writing, and Reading to accomplish so you made sure to keep up your skills and make it easier to move right into their lessons for this week. Let us all continue to pray for families that do not have enough food to eat or struggle with loneliness.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Cookie Dough Time

Yummy cookies! This year our Parent Club is presenting us with a challenge to get out and sell to raise $10,000 from our cookie dough sale. There are great prizes to be had for the top sellers in K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.
Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough comes in tubs already portioned out. All you have to do is turn on the oven and place the cookie on the cookie sheet....and of course, get your milk ready to enjoy the delicious cookies!
Sale began last week and all orders are due no later than Tuesday November 17. Since our 5th-8th grade classes are gone today on a field trip the due date has been extended. Cookies will be ready for pickup Monday December 7th at Notre Dame Hall after school. Thank you for supporting the Parent Club.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Math Everyday

For many children, encounters with math can generate a certain degree of distress. Many wonder, especially in an age of technological advancement and computers, is knowledge of math really that important? The answer is a resounding yes. The importance of math should never be underestimated, and it is essential to impress this fact upon your children while they are young. Whether we realize it or not, we use math every day in our jobs, while driving to work and at home. Virtually every occupation, in some way, involves the use of math, whether you are a secretary, athlete, musician, doctor or social worker. Many children do not understand that no matter what occupation they choose, they will need to use math in some capacity.

It is a good idea to sit down with your children and discuss the importance of math. Ask questions about the subject: what do they like about math? What kinds of challenges and difficulties do they experience when solving mathematical problems? You can remind your child that math teaches them important skills like logic and problem solving, skills that they will be able to apply to a variety of situations throughout their lives.
If you are concerned that you may not know enough about math to engage your children in this kind of discussion, you can rely on the many math websites online and familiarize both you and your family on the subject of math. Remember, no child (or adult) is alone in their challenges with math. By simply discussing the subject with others and utilizing the wealth of information your teacher can share with you, both you and your children can learn the vital skills necessary to approach and embrace math in your everyday lives.

Veteran's Day on November 11

On Wednesday November 11 school will not be in session as many of us will head to downtown Fresno for the 90th Fresno Veteran's Day Parade, Honoring the US Navy this year. The parade begins at Fresno City Hall at 10:30am.
This morning at prayer service our Student Council led us in song and we offered a moment of silence in front of the US flag flying at half mast in honor of all fallen soldiers.
We will continue to keep all our soldiers in our prayers. God bless the USA~

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Holiday Boutique December 5th

Our Parent Club is organizing it's first ever Holiday Boutique!
They are looking for vendors to sell their wares. Vendors may visit our school website to get more information. We look forward to an event filled with Christmas spirit and a grand opportunity to finish up Christmas shopping.

Plan to attend and...

Bid on items in the Silent Auction

Support 6th grade Science Camp by purchasing baked goods

Take a picture you can treasure for years to come

Support our school!

Learning Begins Early

The road to success in school begins early. Good health, loving relationships, and opportunities to learn all help preschool children do well later in life. But many parents wonder, "How can I give these things to my child?"
Parents and caregivers are busy people. Most of us have many responsibilities: jobs outside the home, laundry to wash, and groceries to buy. When we are tired and under stress, it's often hard to feel we are being the best parents. But however busy we may be, there are lots of things we can do to help our children get ready for school--little things that make a big difference. Many of them cost little or nothing and can be done as you go about your daily routines.
Mothers and fathers aren't the only people who help children get ready for school. Entire communities share this job. Businesses, schools, government agencies, and religious and civic organizations help out. So do day care providers, doctors and other health professionals, elected officials, relatives, and neighbors. But no one is more important than parents, because life's most basic lessons are learned early and at home. The first 5 years are when the groundwork for future development is laid. Here at OLPH School we strive to continue the work parents do at home during the school day each and every day.