News of the Week - December 9th

Good evening Champion families.  This is Mr. Bridges and Mrs. Merlette with some important reminders and a look at the week ahead!  I would like to congratulate Mr. Sacks and all of the student performers on a tremendous Jingle Jam performance. Please review the following message for all of the activities for this week.  

BYOD Chromebook Information:

Any student wishing to bring their own personal Chromebook to school must go through the process of having the OPA management software installed on their Chromebook. If your Champion’s Chromebook has not gone through this process, please bring the Chromebook and the attached form to the front office. 

Chromebook Policy Reminder 2019-2020      Chromebook Management Software Agreement 

PE Uniform Expectations

Please review the following PE uniform guidelines for grades 5-8. 

PE Uniform Guidelines 2019-2020

Hour of Code Event at OPA-SV, on Wednesday, December 12th:

  • We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Only 45% of all high schools teach computer science.

  • That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. Our Hour of Code is making a statement that Oxford Preparatory Academy - SV is ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills. Our Hour of Code will be this Wednesday, December 12th. 

Monday, December 9th:

    • Champions, please wear formal uniforms. Uniform shorts or uniform pants please.  
    •  Blackwells Student Store (Students may use Scholarships to “Purchase” items) 
    • Academic Pentathlon Club Meeting (for 6th-8th graders) in room #25 from 3:30pm -4:30pm. This club will meet weekly on Mondays & Thursdays.
    • High School Night from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in Honour Hall (7th and 8th grade families)
  • Confirmed attendees so far are:
      • Capistrano Valley HS
      • Crean Lutheran HS
      • Mater Dei HS 
      • Santa Margarita Catholic HS
      • Servite HS
      • Troy Tech HS 

Tuesday, December 10th:

  • Regular uniform day. White or Teal polos with uniform bottoms or formal wear. 
  • Marching Band Club (for 4th-8th graders) in the Band room #101 from 7:30am - 8:15am.
  • Honour Choir Club (for TK-5th graders) in the Band room #101 from 3:30pm - 4:15pm.
  • Honour Society sponsored Drama Club will meet from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. 
  • Frosty Follies 8th grade performance at 6:00 PM in Honour Hall

Wednesday, December 11th:

  • Spirit Wear Day! Champions may wear OPA spirit wear tops with Tuesday-Thursday uniform bottoms (No Jeans). 
  • Jazz Band Club (for 4th-8th graders) in the Band room #101 from 3:30pm - 4:15pm.
  • Math Olympiad (for 4th-8th graders) in Ms. Carnovale’s room #8 from 7:30 am - 8:25am 
  • E-Sports Club (for 6th-8th graders) in Honour Hall from 3:30pm - 4:45pm 
  • Football and Volleyball games against Vista Charter from 3:30pm - 4:45pm
  • Honour Society Meeting 5:30-7 PM - All welcome! - CANCELLED

Thursday, December 12th:    

  • Regular uniform day. White or Teal polos with uniform bottoms or formal wear. 
  • Marching Band Club (for 4th-8th graders) in the Band room #101 from 7:30am - 8:15am.
  • Art/Game Club (1st-5th graders) will meet at first recess on Thursdays at the lunch tables 
  • Art/Game Club (6th-8th graders) will meet at the lunch tables during middle school lunch
  • Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) Club (for 6th-8th graders) in the Band room #101 during middle school lunch/recess at 12:45pm -1:15pm 
  • PBIS Raffle Cart will be coming around during first recess and middle school break. 
    • Champions may enter Scholarships for a weekly drawing! Champions must write their FIRST AND LAST names on each Scholarship they want to enter. 
  • Kammermuski/Intermediate Strings Club (for 3rd-8th graders) in the Band room #101 from 3:30pm - 4:15pm.
  • Academic Pentathlon Club Meeting (for 6th-8th graders) in room #25 from 3:30pm -4:30pm. This club will meet weekly on Mondays & Thursdays.
  • Regular Scheduled Board Meeting at SOC campus at 5:00 PM 

Friday, December 13th:   

  • Pajama Day.  Champions may wear pajamas today or they may wear their university shirts, White or Teal polos, or formal wear with school appropriate bottoms. 
  • Polar Express Day Activity in Honour Hall 
  • Regularly scheduled minimum day with 12:30pm dismissal. 
  • Guitar/Ukulele/Mandolin Club (for TK-8th graders) in Honour Hall from 7:30am - 8:15am 
  • Mileage Club (TK - 8th graders) will meet weekly on the backfield from 8:00am - 8:30 am on Friday mornings.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to walk/jog with their Champion(s)! - CANCELLED THIS WEEK
  • Academic Chess Club - from 12:45pm -1:45pm in Rooms 3 and 8. Please see the flyer for pricing and registration information. Academic Chess Flyer

OPA Club Sign in/out Procedures:

To ensure the safety of our Champions, please carefully review and follow the club sign in/sign out procedures below. 

  • All parents/guardians must sign in their Champion(s) for clubs that take place before school 
  • TK and Kindergarten parents/guardians must sign in their Champion(s) for after school clubs
  • All Champions must be signed out of after school clubs from the classroom or location where the club is being held.
  • After school sports teams will be signed out in front of Honour Hall

Save the date - Honour Society Gala: 

Morning Drop-off and Pick-up Reminder: In an effort to be respectful neighbors to our community, and maintain student safety, we must be steadfast in our drop-off and pick-up routines. Let this serve as a gentle reminder to staff and parents, please do not make left-hand turns into the parking lot or drop-off lanes if you arrive to school from 8:15am-8:30am or during the afternoon for pick-up. Also, please do not park in any red zones or block our neighbors driveways, and follow the directions of school personnel during drop-off and pick-up. We appreciate your cooperation.

Drop-off time is 8:10am or LATER. If you need to drop your Champions off prior to 8:10am, the YMCA is available to watch your children. There is no supervision prior to 8:10 am and children should not be without a parent on campus at that time. All students must be picked up before 3:30 M-TH and before 12:45 on Fridays, unless they have an after school activity.

**Students arriving at school after 8:40am must be accompanied by a parent and signed in at the front office to receive a tardy slip prior to going to class. Students arriving between 8:30am and 8:40am will still be marked tardy, but may report directly to class.

Here are a couple of safety reminders that will keep traffic moving efficiently and more importantly keep our students safe. I have been out on patrol numerous times this school year and have noticed a few traffic safety issues. 

  1. Pull up your vehicles as far as you possibly can to drop off your students, allowing the cars behind you room to drop off their students. 
  2. If you’re getting out of your car and walking with your students, please don’t park and leave your car in the drop off area. 
  3. Students who walk to school, should be crossing the street in the crosswalk.
  4. Obey all traffic signs on and around school property.
  5. Slow down and drive extra cautiously in the parking lot and neighborhood.
  6. Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.
  7. Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
  8. Be prepared for kids to appear in unexpected places, like from between parked cars; if they’re on bikes, prepare for them to turn in front of you without looking or signaling.
  9. If you need to use your phone, be sure you’re pulled over safely.
  10. Watch for kids walking while looking at their phones. One study found that a full 20 percent of high school students cross the street while distracted.
  11. If possible, carpool to reduce the number of cars at school.
  12. Don’t ever block a crosswalk; it forces pedestrians to go around you and could put them in the path of moving traffic

*Per the Oxford Family Handbook It is also important to pick up students on time after school ends. Students remaining after traffic ceases will be taken to the school office. Parents will be called by OPA staff and directed to pick their child(ren). If after the school office closes, the student(s) still remains at school, OPA staff will call the police to ask that the child be picked up and placed in their care. OPA may also call child protective services. 

December Lunch Calendar  

Upcoming Events:

  • December 16th - January 3rd: Winter Break - No School!
  • January 7th: 4th Grade Walk Through California (Bates and Speicher)
  • January 8th: OPA Scripps Spelling Bee : Grades 6-8 in the library at 4:30-6:00pm.
  • January 10th: ASB New Years Dance for Middle Schoolers from 5:00-7:30pm. January 10th: 4th Grade Walk Through California (Nye)
  • January 13th: Trimester Awards in Honour Hall 
    • Tk, K, and 5th grades: 8:45am - 9:45am
    • 1st and 3rd grades: 10:30am - 11:30 am
    • 2nd and 4th grades: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Save the date: Honour Society Gala: Friday, May 1st at 6:00 pm Please visit the Honour Society website for more information.

Thank you for ALL you do!

Go Champions! -Mr. Bridges and Mrs. Merlette