Originally delivered on 2/5/2024 6:00 am

SUBJECT: OHS Weekly Flash | Souper Bowl food drive on Thursday

Weekly Flash

February 5, 2024


  • Updates from Principal Hudspeth
  • Souper Bowl food drive on Thursday
  • Reflections Competition winners, view all the entries!
  • Sweetheart Dance thanks
  • Order your books from author David A. Kelly
  • OHS day at Fairfield U basketball game February 25
  • Composting update
  • Tuesday info session for future BSA girls troop 
  • February 8 - Souper Bowl food drive
  • February 13 - Early Dismissal @1:40pm
  • February 16-19 - NO SCHOOL
  • February 21 - David A. Kelly book orders due
  • February 23 - Spirit Day
  • February 25 - OHS Day at FFU Game, 2pm

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Dear OHS Families,


It was a busy end of the week with our 100th day celebrations leading into the Sweetheart Dance on Saturday. 


Sweetheart Dance Thank You

Our APR was beautifully transformed into a winter landscape on Saturday for the Sweetheart Dance.  It was a fun night of dancing, treats, crafts, games, and a photo booth.  We had many volunteers, including family members and high school volunteers, who handled all the setup, provided treats, worked all the stations, and ran the photo booth.  The organizers, Rebecca Hasiotis, Marcia Lyman, Livia Gillespie, and Eva Elinskas, had it all under control, ensuring a magical evening for our students and their families.  We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the Sweetheart Dance, making it a memorable experience for all.


School Dismissal Manager for Absences

School Dismissal Manager is new for us this year and you have done a wonderful job in transitioning to it for reporting dismissal plans.  It is also possible to report absences in the same system if you prefer that to calling our absentee line.  Feel free to use it that way as well!


Chronic Absenteeism Reminder

On the topic of absences, we will be sending out chronic absenteeism letters this week for students who have missed 10% or more of school days so far this year.  Since we just passed the 100th day, it will be for students who have missed 11 or more school days.  As of this weekend, we have 9.4% of students at the chronically absent level. Last year we ended the year with 6.6% of students at this level.  We are trying to lower that to 6.0% by the end of this year.  Since we have 182 school days in the year, once a student is absent 19 or more times, they are chronically absent for the year. Here is the Attendance Policy Handbook with more information (page 4 has a nice summary). Thank you for your efforts in making sure our students are here for instruction as consistently as possible.  


Have a great week,


Root for your favorite team at the Souper Bowl food drive

Chiefs or 49ers? Root for your favorite team while helping your community at our Souper Bowl canned food drive Thursday, February 8! 

During morning arrival we'll have cars in the lower loop of the parking lot decorated with football gear. (You don't need to make a special trip to OHS - send your kids with their cans on their normal arrival routine and we'll have helpers directing them to the right place!) Place your donated items in the bin of the team you think will win the big game.  We'll tally up the donations and Mr. H will announce the winning team that day! NEW this year is a donation box for anyone "just here for the half time show"!

Donations will benefit the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.  They are appreciative of anything you can give, but mentioned these items are in highest demand:

  • Canned fruit 
  • Jelly in plastic containers
  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna
  • Canned corn
  • Pasta

Questions? Contact Kate Quas and Lauren Wilke

Celebrate our creative Reflections Contest participants!

We were blown away by ALL of the pieces submitted by our Osborn Hill students for our first year participating in the National PTA Reflections Competition. The judges considered 20 entries in the categories of Visual Arts, Music Composition, and Literature. 

The first place winners will move onto the state competition, with a chance to move on to nationals!

Cheer on all of our participants and view their submissions

We were so impressed with the talent in this year's submissions, we wanted everyone to see! We've posted the entries on our website (you'll have to be logged in to view). Let's celebrate these pieces in our community - we look forward to seeing how each of these children grow as artists!

Thank you for a great first year

Many thanks to Kelly Vogel for bringing this program to our attention and leading the charge in our inaugural year.  We'd also like to thank our judging panel - parent volunteers, Mrs. Trombley, Mrs. Haskitt, and Mrs. Notka, for your time and deliberations.

Sweetheart Dance Thanks

We had a blast dancing the night away with two successful Sweetheart Dance sessions on Saturday.  Thank you to our committee chairs Rebecca Hasiotis, Marcia Lyman, Livia Gillespie, and Eva Elinskas for creating such a magical night. We're grateful for all who donated their time with a volunteer shift, to those who baked for our dessert table, and those who sent in their extra Halloween candy back in the fall! Thanks to Mr. Hudspeth, Mrs. Day, Mr. Bill and his team for all their help transforming the APR into a winter ballroom.  

There were so many picture-perfect moments at the dance - if you have any candids you'd like to share with the Yearbook committee, email them to ohsottersyearbook@gmail.com.

Author David A. Kelly visits, order books by February 21

On March 6th, David A. Kelly, author of the Ballpark Mysteries series will be visiting OHS!  Book order forms were sent home last week in your child's mailbox. You can also find a copy on our website here. Print them out and return to school by February 21st. Books will be autographed and personalized! 

Questions? Contact Kate Fierman

OHS Day at the Fairfield U Basketball game - February 25

Have a ball with your fellow Otters just down the road at the Fairfield University Men's Basketball game on Sunday, February 25 at 2pm. Tickets are $15 plus tax and a portion of the proceeds benefits the PTA.

**Buy basketball tickets here**

There will be other Fairfield elementary schools attending this game, so if you don't have Stags gear, wear your OHS spirit wear!

Composting Update

The lunchtime composting effort has been going strong! We have gone from 5-6 garbage pails a day to only 1, with 3 bags of compost. Thank you to our Green Team leaders Emily Bergantino and Beth Nori, and to all the volunteers who have joined us at lunch the past few weeks to help the kids learn the new composting routine.  

New Girls BSA Troop - open house Tuesday

Are you looking for more scouting opportunities after Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts? Troop 199 is very enthusiastic about growing our Scout troop as well as starting a sister troop, Troop 1199. We would like to have 5 girls to make it official. We also need a few parent volunteers to get this up and running and guide these new Scouts.  If your son or daughter (aged 10 by March 1) is interested in scouting, we hope you will come to our open house to see what we are all about. We make so many amazing memories building character, leadership skills and experiencing the great outdoors. Come join us!

Open House Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30pm at Jennings School (31 Palm Drive)

If you have any questions, email FairfieldTroop1199@gmail.com.

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

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