Originally delivered on 9/25/2023 6:00 am

SUBJECT: OHS Weekly Flash | No School Today

Weekly Flash

September 25, 2023


  • Updates from Principal Hudspeth 
    • School Dismissal Manager and ParentSquare, Diversity Week, Lockdown Drill Tuesday
  • Harvest Faire is October 7
    • Wristbands now on sale, buy your raffle tickets, bakers and volunteers needed, sensory friendly bounce time 
  • Spirit Day is this Friday!
  • Pink Pledge Day is next week
  • September 25 - NO SCHOOL
  • September 26 - Board of Education meeting @7:30pm (watch here)
  • September 29 - Diversity Day | Spirit Day
  • October 6 - Pink Pledge Day
  • October 7 - Harvest Faire 10am-3pm
  • October 9-13 Fall Book Fair
  • October 19 - PTA Meeting @7pm

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

Dear OHS Families,


We have no school on Monday for Yom Kippur.  Wishing a Good Yuntif and easy fast to all those observing Yom Kippur this weekend. 


We have two big new software applications going into effect next Monday and it is important that you are set up in both systems this week. Please take a few minutes this week to make sure you are all set up in both systems, School Dismissal Manager and ParentSquare.


School Dismissal Manager- 1 Week before implementation!

School Dismissal Manager (SDM) is our new system for informing your child’s teacher and the school of how your child will be dismissed, both in general as the default plan and for changes on particular days (called “exceptions” in SDM). You need to make any changes to dismissal plans in SDM by 2:30 pm on the day of the dismissal.  At 2:35 all dismissal plans are shared with the appropriate staff.  Here is the SDM welcome letter you should have received on 9/20/23 with your login information.  If you did not receive the information directly from SDM this week, please check your junk/spam folders.  If you do not find it there, please reach out and we will check your info in the system.  We will begin using SDM for all dismissal plans next Monday, October 2nd, so please make sure you are able to use the system by then. 



ParentSquare officially goes into full use as our school communication application on Monday, October 2nd, but it seems that we are already there with full implementation.  Hopefully, you have been able to login and setup your account options as you want them.  One reminder, you can set alerts to come immediately or be saved as a digest with all reports for the day in one email at 6:00 pm.  The communications are sent to your primary email address in Infinite Campus, so if you have not been receiving updates or they are going to an email address you do not want to use, please update your primary email in IC.  We can help you if you need support with this.


Diversity Week is Here

This week is Diversity Week at OHS.  We will be celebrating and building understanding about the aspects, seen and unseen, that make each individual unique and special.  The Diversity Week Committee of Alexis Macilvain, Priya Mohan, Taisa Skubiak, Joanne Fredericks, and Christine Rollo have planned out a great week of daily lessons in classrooms in all grades. The week culminates with Diversity Day stations for grades 3 and 5 and a special presenter for grades 4 and 5. Ryan Martin from the Ryan Martin Foundation will be our guest speaker for the day.  Thank you to everyone who is volunteering to help with the stations and to the Diversity Week Committee for all their work and organization. 


Author Visit Thank You

It was such a treat to welcome author Kelly Bennett to OHS on Thursday.  She read her books Not Norman to our K-1 students and The House that Ruth Built to grades 2-5.  She also gifted many of her books to our library, so students can check them out.  Big thanks to the Cummings family for sharing their grandmother with us and to Kate Fierman for organizing the event for the PTA. Thank you to Kelly Bennett for sharing her work and experiences with our students. 


Lockdown Drill

We will be having our first lockdown drill of the year at some point on Tuesday, 9/26.  We speak about the drills in as appropriate a way as possible for the students. We talk about the drill being a way to account for everyone in the building in a quick fashion, just as we account for everyone outside with a fire drill. At times, students may bring up what might cause a lockdown to be required and a student may talk about a dangerous person being near the school. In these instances, we say how there are all sorts of instances where a lockdown can be the right approach, including if there is a skunk or wild animal on the property or if there is a power line down just outside the school and so on. The staff take these drills very seriously and, though they are not comfortable for any of us, we understand that they serve an important purpose.  I will send out a quick message once the lockdown drill is complete to let you know how it goes.

Have a great start to Fall!


Save the date for the Harvest Faire

One of the first signs of fall is the return of the Osborn Hill Harvest Faire! Join us at OHS on Saturday, October 7 from 10am-3pm for games, inflatables, crafts, face painting, a bake sale, and our Harvest Faire Raffle. 

Buy your wristbands ahead of time and save

To take part in any of the games, crafts, inflatables, etc. you'll need tickets or a wristband. Each game or activity ranges from 1-4 tickets. You can purchase wristbands and tickets on the OHS PTA website. Buy early and save - prices go up after October 3!


Raffle tickets available online

We have some amazing prizes in our Harvest Faire raffle - check out the list on our website. You can buy raffle tickets online until October 3, or in person at the Harvest Faire.  You do not have to be present to win!

Volunteers Needed

We need your help to make this event a success! Sign up here to man a station, bake a treat, or help set up and clean up. Hot tip- if you find that a shift is too long for you to work the whole time, split it with a friend!

Sensory Friendly Bounce Time

New this year- we're introducing an option for children with special needs to enjoy time in the inflatables without a crowd or feeling rushed. This option will take place at the end of the Harvest Faire from 3:00-3:30. Wristbands cost $5. Parents are asked to supervise their children for this special jump time. 

Questions? Contact Rebecca Hasiotis and Meredith Anastasio

Spirit Day this Friday

Get your GREEN ready! The first Spirit Day of the year is this Friday, September 29. Show your otter pride by wearing your OHS gear, or our school colors of green and white. Spirit Day is held on the last Friday of each month. 

In the market for spiritwear? You can check out our current styles in our Puddlebear shop.

Dress Up and Donate for Pink Day

Ok, so what's Pink Day? It's a community wide, awareness and fundraising campaign throughout October. You’ll see the Pink Ribbon popping up all over town!

What's this fundraising for? 

All proceeds go directly to the Norma Pfriem Breast Center (NPBC) which supports patients and their families who cannot afford services that range from medical to spiritual and everything in between. There's even an Angel Fund that will help patients who aren't able to pay their rent or child care, etc. due to having to take a leave from work. Each year, NPBC helps ~1,500 families!

How can you participate? 

  • Donate online here or send a cash donation on Friday, October 6 to participate  
  • If you've made a donation, then send your kiddos to school in their craziest, pinked out outfits on October 6 (Next Friday) to show your support!

Questions? Contact Jen Kelley.

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

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