Originally delivered on 4/8/2024 6:00 am

SUBJECT: OHS Weekly Flash | Tickets on sale for Parents Night Out

Weekly Flash

April 8, 2024


  • Updates from Principal Hudspeth:
    • No school Wednesday
    • Send in $1 and wear your PJs on Eclipse Day 4/8 to fund eclipse glasses for the students; bring them back Tuesday to recycle
    • School absenteeism letters
    • Testing ahead - charge your chromebooks!
    • Enjoy your break! Spring Break next week
  • Tickets on sale for Parents Night Out
  • Want to join the PTA Board next school year? Positions available
  • Walk-a-thon is coming soon - reserve your FREE t-shirt size by Thursday
  • Volunteers needed to help prepare for the Art Show
  • Sign up to pedal to school with the Bike Bus on May 8
  • OHS Students in Odyssey of the Mind world finals
  • Spring cleaning? Spring shopping? Don't forget about our textile recycling bin and spiritwear store
  • Hang on to your cans and bottles for the 5th Grade service project
  • Notes from Mrs. Budlowski: School Dismissal Manager reminder, info if you're moving, summer birthday celebrations
  • Yearbooks on sale through April 30
  • April 8 - PJ Day for eclipse glasses fundraiser
  • April 10 - NO SCHOOL
  • April 15-19 - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
  • April 26 - PTA Meeting, 9:30am
  • April 26 - Variety Show Dress Rehearsal
  • April 27 - Variety Show 11:30am
  • April 30 - Early Dismissal @1:40pm
Looking Ahead
  • May 4 - Parents Night Out, 5-8pm
  • May 6-9: Book Fair
  • May 7: Art Show Grades 3-5, 6-8pm
  • May 8: Bike Bus
  • May 8-9: New Kindergartener Orientation
  • May 13-17: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 16: Spring Concert Grades 4-5
  • May 17Walk-a-thon

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Dear OHS Families,


Eid al-Fitr, 4/10 – No School

This Wednesday, 4/10, there is no school in honor of Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting over the month of Ramadan in the Islamic Faith. I want to wish everyone celebrating a joyful Eid al-Fitr!

Eclipse/PJ Day Reminder

Today, Monday, April 8th, a solar eclipse is taking place in our area.  The eclipse will begin at around 2:20 pm and end at around 4:20 pm with the peek at about 3:26 pm.  This is right at our dismissal time.  Each student will receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses from the school that day and we will ask them to wear them at dismissal as protection. We will not be having viewing events during the school day, as that is something I would want parents/guardians to watch over and guide as they see fit. 


For families interested in viewing the eclipse with other families in our community, I would invite you to pick up your child(ren) at the end of the day and meet in our back playground area. 

Since the day will get dark during the eclipse, we thought we would tie in a little fundraiser and invite students to wear PJs and contribute a dollar to the PTA.  This money will go towards the purchase of the eclipse glasses and any extra money collected will benefit the many other wonderful work our PTA supports.  If you are willing to participate on 4/8, please have your child(ren) wear PJs and bring a dollar to school.  Thank you!


On Tuesday, 4/9, please send the solar eclipse glasses back into school for recycling. Of course, you are welcome to keep the glasses as a memento but if you plan on getting rid of them, we will take them back to pass on. 

School Absenteeism Letters – We are at our Goal!

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 140th day, it will be for students who have missed 15 or more school days.  As of this past Friday, we have 6.0% of students at the chronically absent level. Last year we ended the year with 6.6% of students at this level.  6.0% is our goal for the end of the year as a school, so let’s keep up the good work! 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.  


SBA Schedule: Starting after April Break

When we come back from April break, the window for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) opens.  These are the assessments used by the state of Connecticut as a measure for how schools are performing.  The assessments are for students in grades 3-8  and focus on English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.  Below shows our schedule for the testing weeks of each grade level.  It is imperative that students charge their Chromebooks each night when it is their weeks to test.  Please help remind your child to plug them in each night.  We also ask that you encourage your child to get a good night of sleep and a solid breakfast on testing days.  Here is the schedule:

  • Week of 4/22 – Grade 4 and Grade 5 ELA
  • Week of 4/29-  Grade 3 ELA
  • Week of 5/6 – Grade 3 Math and start Grade 4 Math
  • Week of 5/13 – Grade 5 Math and finish Grade 4 Math
  • Week of 5/20 – Grade 5 NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)

Break wishes

Next week, 4/15-4/19, we have our April Break.  I hope you have a wonderful time during these five days.  I am heading to Dublin over the break for my cousin’s wedding.  He happens to be marrying a woman from Dublin, so it will be a great opportunity to meet some people near our new home.


Have a great break,


Get your tickets for the Parents Night Out

Grab your fascinators and saddle up for our Kentucky Derby party!

The OHS Parents Night Out is Saturday, May 4 from 5-8pm at Fit Club Lounge. Tickets are $40 a person and include dinner and two drink tickets. There is also a cash bar.

Buy Tickets Here

Questions? Contact Cammie Liberty and Kate Quas.

Jump on board with the PTA board!

The PTA is now looking for parents interested in serving on the board for the 2024-2025 school year.   It's a great place to become more active in this vibrant community!  We are looking to fill a wide range of positions from president-elect to treasurer.   If interested, reach out to Karla Connors and Juliette Tiriolo.

Reserve your FREE Walk-a-thon Shirt

The 2024 OHS WALK-A-THON will take place on Friday, May 17th. This is an annual event in which all students and faculty walk together in a loop around the neighborhood as parents and neighbors cheer them on.  The WALK-A-THON is one of our biggest PTA fundraising efforts at Osborn Hill.

One of the highlights of the WALK-A-THON is that each student receives a new OHS t-shirt to wear during the walk. These shirts are FREE to each student and staff member.

For each student in grades K-4, please click here to complete the order form.  If you have multiple children at OHS, please submit a separate form for each child. 5th graders should not register – they will wear their 5th grade shirts.

Note: anyone who doesn’t register for a shirt will be given a default size based on the student’s grade. K & 1 = youth small, 2 & 3 = youth medium, 4 & 5 = youth large.

Click Here to Submit Your Response By Thursday
Volunteer in April to help prep for the Art Show

Come view the work of our amazing grade 3-5 artists at the Osborn Hill Art Show on May 7th from 6-8pm. We need volunteers throughout April to help organize and mount the artwork, and to help setting up and cleaning up the day of the exhibition.

--> Click here to sign up! <---

Get Pedaling with the Osborn Hill Bike Bus

The 1st annual Osborn Hill Bike Bus is exactly one month away on Wednesday, May 8th! It’s a great opportunity to get out of the car loop and promote an active lifestyle with your children. Sign up now to join the ride!

Questions? Contact Rob Marshall

OHS students in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Congrats to Miles (5H) and Peter (5H) and their fellow PTAC teammates on making it to the Odyssey of the Mind Worlds Finals!  To read more about their journey and how to support the team, you can visit their GoFundme page.  Good Luck to the team!

Spring cleaning? Spring shopping?

Whatever your preference, we got you covered!

  • Recycle your used and damaged textiles at the white bin in the upper loop of the OHS parking lot.  You can donate clothing, shoes, sheets and blankets, towels, and even stuffed animals. The textiles can be turned into cleaning cloths, stuffing and insulation - so it's a perfect spot for anything with holes, ripped, or worn out! Find the full list of accepted items here. The PTA receives revenue for each ton of materials collected. If the bin is full, hold your donations until next week!

Hang on to your cans and bottles for the 5th Grade Service Project

The Fifth Grade Service Project is underway!! Please start saving deposit cans and deposit plastic bottles for collection at OHS. More details on timing and the service project to follow!

Many thanks!

Jenn Brady, Meg Horn, Katya Bardos

From the desk of Mrs. Budlowski:

Absences Around April Break

If your child will be out for additional days around the spring school break, please either enter it into school dismissal manager or email Mrs. Budlowski (TBudlowski@fairfieldschools.org) your child’s name, homeroom and dates so you don’t have to call the absentee line (she then can enter it for you).


Are You Moving?

If you are planning on moving, please email Mrs. Budlowski (TBudlowski@fairfieldschools.org) so she can advise on the two scenarios below.  Thanks!

  • If you are moving OUT of the OHS District and your child will NOT be attending OHS this coming school year, a request for record transfer will be sent to you for your completion.
  • If you're moving to a new address within the OHS district, you will need to make a “Change of Address” appointment with the district registration office to prove your new residency by calling the registration clerk 203-255-8398.


Summer Birthdays

If your child celebrates a summer birthday:

  • From May 1 to May 13, we will announce daily birthdays for the months of May, July and August (i.e., May 1, July 1 & August 1)
  • From May 14 to May 31, we will announce daily birthdays for the months of May, June, July and August


Your child will receive their birthday book on the above day (Saturday and Sunday birthdays are announced on Fridays). You are welcome to come in and bring a special birthday lunch during their 20-minute lunch time, stay and visit with your child sitting on an assigned table in café or just drop their birthday lunch off.

Order your 2023-2024 OHS Yearbook

The year's not over yet - but it's time to order your 2023-2024 Osborn Hill yearbook! Yearbooks are $22, and orders can be placed until April 30.

Yearbooks can be ordered online atwww.coffeepond.com 

  • Click on the Order Yearbooks banner
  • Enter the password 'ozzie24', select online order and continue
  • Enter your child's name and grade and the book quantity
  • Enter your email under contact and select add to cart
  • If needed, you can purchase more by clicking the order for another child button. If not, you can finish checking out.

Can't remember if you've already ordered?

Don't worry! Coffeepond has an easy way to check. Just click here to get to the Coffeepond website and enter your email under the "Forgot If You Ordered" section.

Any questions? Please contact the Yearbook Committee.

There will be no Flash next week during Spring Break.

  We'll be back in your inbox on April 22!

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

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