Originally delivered on 2/12/2024 6:00 am

SUBJECT: OHS Weekly Flash | Early Dismissal Tuesday

Weekly Flash

February 12, 2024


  • Updates from Principal Hudspeth
  • Lost and Found table is full
  • OHS paper hearts displayed in businesses around town
  • Keep in touch using the PTA member directory
  • Order your books from author David A. Kelly
  • OHS day at Fairfield U basketball game February 25
  • 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 Fairfield U Game, 2pm
  • March 5 - Early Dismissal @1:40pm
  • March 6 - Author David A. Kelly visits

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Dear OHS Families,

I hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl weekend fun.  My wish would be to make it a Saturday event or a little earlier in the day to save on a late night before school.


Souper Bowl Can Drive

Thank you for all your donations to the annual Souper Bowl Can Drive that took place on Thursday.  In all, we collected close to 700 pounds of food donations for Bridgeport Rescue Mission.  The 49ers car collected the most with 374 items, but the Chiefs had a solid 290 items.  There were also 60 items in the new “Here for the Halftime Show” car.  Thank you to all who donated.  Big thanks to Kate Quas and Lauren Wilke for organizing the collection and making the big delivery. 

DESSA Mini Opt-Out

We have our winter assessment of our social and emotional universal screener, the DESSA-mini, coming up soon. This screener is in the form of a short survey completed by your child’s classroom teacher. You are able to opt your child out of this screener by emailing me before the opening of the window on February 20th.  If you asked to have your child opted out of the Fall screener, we will opt the student out of the Winter assessment unless we hear otherwise from you. 

Winter Assessment Results

Our NWEA and Acadience Winter screener results will be available to families later this week.  For K-3 families, the Acadience results will come home in hard copy in your child’s backpack on Thursday, 2/15. K-5 Math NWEA and gr 4-5 Reading/Language Use NWEA results will be available in Infinite Campus on Friday, 2/16. These screener results are one data point to consider in understanding how a student is performing and achieving. As with all results, we want to take them in consideration with other assessments and student work and not jump to too many conclusions from one data point.  We have teacher-family conferences coming up in March and you can reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions. 


Have a great week,


Missing something? Check the Lost and Found!

Is that your glove or sweatshirt? The Lost and Found table is filling up with unlabeled items.  Take a look at the photos and if you recognize your child's belongings, have them pick it up at the table in front of the office.

Need labels? Buying from Name Bubbles supports the PTA

Mrs. Budlowski searches each item for a label to return them to their rightful owners. Help her out by labeling your childs clothes and water bottles.  Need some labels? Order Name Bubbles washable labels through the link below and a portion of the proceeds will go to the PTA.

Order Name Bubbles labels here!

Love Local hearts around town

Our hearts have been spotted on Post Road! Paper hearts decorated by OHS students with what they love about Fairfield are to be posted in the windows of local businesses starting today. You can see the participating businesses and schools on the Experience Fairfield website. The Love Local campaign runs through the end of February.  

Website Spotlight - Family Directory

Need to contact an OHS family but don't have their number? We can help! All PTA members have access to the OHS PTA directory, which can be found on our website or on the Membership Toolkit mobile app. You can search by child's name, parent's name, even by grade and teacher! 

If you'd like to adjust how your own information appears in the directory, you can do so in the mobile app by clicking "Directory & Publish Preferences".  On the website, from the "My Account" menu choose "My Forms/Paperwork", then "Family Information".

You can find tons of other useful info on our website - our calendar, school lunch menus, lists of room parents and PTA committee chairs, and each week's Flash.  Check it out!

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 in backpack mail - 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!

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

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