Originally delivered on 9/11/2023 6:00 am

SUBJECT: OHS Weekly Flash | Picture Day is today!

Weekly Flash

September 11, 2023


  • Updates from Principal Hudspeth 
    • Open House, student medications, buses and Shake Day!
  • Picture Day - order prints online
  • After School Activities registration is open
  • Volunteer to staff Diversity Day stations
  • Donate to help add composting at schools
  • Harvest Faire needs raffle items and baskets
  • September 11 - Picture Day 
  • September 12 - Board of Education meeting @7:30pm (watch here)
  • September 13 - Open House 6:30pm
  • September 19 - Early Dismissal @1:40pm
  • September 21 - Author Visit with Kelly Bennett
  • September 25 - NO SCHOOL
  • September 29 - Diversity Day | Spirit Day
  • October 7 - Harvest Faire 10am-3pm

Follow us on OHS Families Facebook & OHS_Families Instagram to stay in the know, and check out our OHS PTA website!

Dear OHS Families,


Thank you for all your patience with our strange, heat-intense week last week!  I know it was a major inconvenience to all of you.  Looking forward to full-days this coming week.


Photo Day

We have Photo Day on Monday for individual and class photos.  We are hoping for good weather so we can be outside for the photos. 


Open House, 9/13

This Wednesday, 9/13, is Open House at OHS from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm.   We will start off directly in the classrooms at 6:30 with a welcome video and then a presentation from the classroom teacher.  If you have multiple children at OHS, you will be able to shift to another classroom at around 7:00 to see the room and meet the teacher.   The evening is meant to be a chance to see the classroom, learn about what the year will be like for your child, and meet the teacher.  It is not appropriate to speak specifically about your child with the teacher that evening as there will be many families and privacy will be a concern.  Feel free to reach out to the teacher at a different time for specific information about your individual child.  Looking forward to a fun night together.


Student Medications

Nurse Jim wants to make sure that all students with medical conditions requiring medications have current doctor’s orders and medications at school at this time.  Please submit those to Nurse Jim as soon as possible if any are outstanding.  Thank you for your attention to this.


Bus Riding

As a reminder for the new year, students may not ride buses to which they are not assigned. This means we cannot accept notes for students to ride a friend’s bus home for a playdate.  It is a district rule.  Though we do encourage social time outside of school through other means of transportation!


Shake Day on 9/14

This Thursday, 9/14, is a special Shakey Joe's "Pop Up" promotion for OHS students during breakfast hours (8:45am-10:00am). Students will be invited to have a free Strawberry or Strawberry-Banana smoothie.  Last year’s event was very popular with students!   


Have a great week!


Picture Day is Today!

Smile! Picture Day is Monday, September 11. You can order your child's portraits online!

  • Visit www.coffeepond.com and click on the big red button "Order School Portraits & shop our exclusive products".
  • From the drop-down menu, select the city & state, and school name.
  • Enter your child's info (full name as it appears in the school's registry)
  • Select your packages and add them to your cart.
  • More than one kid? Click "Order for Another Child" and repeat steps above.
  • Once you added your billing info, click "Submit Order".


Questions? Email Alison O'Connor.

Speaking of photos...

Have any great first day of school pictures? We'd love to feature them in the 2023-2024 yearbook! Email the Yearbook Committee your photos boarding the bus, walking into school, or smiling with Ozzie. Pictures showing more than one student preferred.

After School Activities registration is open!

Baseball, slime, gym games and more! After school activities are back!

What are "after school activities"? 

This is an opportunity for your child to stay after school to participate in a variety of classes and experiences led by some of our amazing Osborn Hill teachers and staff. These classes run on the dates provided from the end of school until 4:40pm. Plenty of more information can be found at ohspta.com

 Phase 1 registration is open NOW through Tuesday at 9am.  

In this phase you can sign up for one class per child. Phase 2 opens Tuesday at 8pm.  In phase 2 you can sign up for as many classes as you like.  You can view this session's offerings on our website

To view the schedule and sign up:

  • Visit ohspta.com and login
  • Under "Programs/Events" choose "After School Activities"
  • Click on the green register button to sign up
  • We will let you know if you are placed on the waitlist
  • The activity teacher will confirm your enrollment and collect payment

*Make sure you're signed up for the PTA so your student is eligible!*

OHS celebrates Diversity Week

Diversity Week is back! Restored to its original format at the end of September, we are excited to kick off this new year of school events by celebrating the variety in our society and in our OHS community. Over the course of the week of September 26th, our dedicated K-5 teachers will impart thoughtful mini-lessons designed to foster awareness and acceptance of our diversity in its many forms.  

Volunteers needed for Diversity Day Stations

As per tradition, grades 3, 4, and 5 will close out the week with Diversity Day, set for Friday, September 29th.  Please mark your calendars!  This exciting day will consist of a return visit from Ryan Martin of RMF, who will present to grades 4 and 5 in the afternoon, as well as our interactive stations event for grades 3 and 5 in the morning.  These stations explore learning challenges, motor skills, cultural diversity, and more, while also promoting respect and inclusion within our school.  Each station is run by our wonderful parent volunteers … which means we need YOU to make this day happen!  If you are interested in volunteering, especially 3rd and 5th grade parents/relatives, you can find details and sign up here Thank you in advance for your help!!


Many thanks for your support,

The Diversity Committee

Support Fairfield Public Schools' Green Teams

Did you know the average elementary school student throws away more than A POUND of food every week? Fairfield Public Schools and the Fairfield PTA Council’s Green Teams are working to drive sustainability across the district and are partnering with SustainableCT on a grant to help collect food waste in five additional Fairfield schools over the next two years. Every $1 donation will be matched by $1.5 from SustainableCT but we need 250 unique donors by the end of September to qualify - so a donation of even $5 or $10 makes a big difference! Click here for more details about this campaign and to support Fairfield’s efforts to Go Green!

If you’re interested in getting involved in sustainability efforts at OHS, reach out to Emily Bergantino.

Harvest Faire Raffle Ideas

Mark your calendars - the Harvest Faire is Saturday, October 7th from 10am-3pm! Ticket information will be coming soon.

Contribute to our raffle

The prizes for the Harvest Faire raffle keep rolling in but we are still looking for more! Do you know someone with a beach/lake house to share for a weekend? Know someone who works for a cool company or rocks season tickets? If you have any contributions or ideas please reach out to Ali Galperin and Eileen Ainsworth.

1. Deadline for raffle ideas / prizes - Friday, September 15th

2. Physical items for raffle deadline - Sunday, October 1st

Have a basket?

We are also in need of baskets for some of the raffle prizes. Any teachers or families with baskets can drop off in the main office for the committee to pick up.

Have news to share? Email Jen Braun by 10am Friday
to include in the following Monday's OHS Weekly Flash.

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