News of the Week - January 27th

Good evening Champion families.  This is Mr. Bridges and Mrs. Merlette with some important reminders and a look at the week ahead.   

Thank you, parents and guardians, for attending our Open House last week! We are so proud of all our Champions and the work ethic that they exhibit on a daily basis.  Our Champions and Professors did a fantastic job preparing for this event and a fun time was had by all. 

Please review the following message for all of the activities for this week.  

This week is National School Choice Week.  During National School Choice Week, our
Academic Student Body (ASB) will be hosting special lunch activities and themed dress days at school. Please visit for more information about this exciting week! 

Champions will be learning a special dance this week and will perform it this Friday, January 31st at 8:40 am on the blacktop near the lunch tables. You can view and practice the dance at home.

National School Choice Week! 

Monday, January 27th:

  • Yellow Accessories Day! Champions may wear yellow accessories with their formal uniforms. Uniform shorts or uniform pants. 
  • Academic Pentathlon Club Meeting (for 6th-8th graders) in room #25 from 3:30pm -4:30pm. This club will meet weekly on Mondays & Thursdays.
  • Honour Society sponsored Drama Club will meet from 3:30pm - 4:30pm 
  • Football Practice will be from 3:30-4:30 pm

Tuesday, January 28th:

  • Crazy Socks Day! Champions may wear crazy socks with their regular uniforms bottoms.
  • Marching Band Club (for 4th-8th graders) in the Band room #101 from 7:30am - 8:15am.
  • Prospective Parent Info. Meeting 9-10 am in Honour Hall (no tour).
  • Honour Choir Club (for TK-5th graders) in the Band room #101 from 3:30pm - 4:15pm.
  • Science Club (second session) will be held in room 102 (science lab) from 3:20 -4:20 pm.  *Reminder, only those students that did NOT participate in last week's meeting may attend.
  • Honour Society sponsored Drama Club will meet from 3:30pm - 4:30pm 

Wednesday, January 29th:

    • Sports Day! Champions may wear a Sport/team jersey or top OR Champions may wear OPA spirit wear tops with Tuesday-Thursday uniform bottoms.
  • Math Olympiad (for 4th-8th graders) in Ms. Carnovale’s room #8 from 7:30 am - 8:25am 
  • Volleyball practice will be from 7:45-8:15 am
    • Football practice will be from 3:30-4:30 pm
  •  Jazz Band Club (for 4th-8th graders) in the Band room #101 from 3:30pm - 4:15pm.
  • Microsoft E-Sports Club (6th-8th) in Honour Hall from 3:30pm - 4:45pm 
  • School Site Council Meeting - 5:30pm Honour Hall - All Welcome

Thursday, January 30th:    

  • Twin Day! Champions may dress like a peer or like an OPA staff member OR Champions may wear their White or Teal polos with uniform bottoms.
  • Marching Band Club (for 4th-8th graders) in the Band room #101 from 7:30am - 8:15am.
  • 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. 
  • Football /Volleyball vs. Vista Charter School at 3:30pm on the backfields. Jersey Pick up will be before school in the P.E. office. 
  • Academic Pentathlon Club & Parent Meeting (Room 25):  Student Meeting from 3:30-4:00, Parent Meeting (parents of Pentathlon members) from 4:00-4:30.
  • Prospective Parent Info. Meeting & Tour 5-6:00 pm in Honour Hall 

Friday, January 31st:   

  • Yellow Out! Champions may wear Yellow tops and bottoms.  Champions will be learning a special dance this week and will perform it Friday morning at 8:40 am on the blacktop near the lunch tables. You can view and practice the dance at home.
  • 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)! 
  • PBIS Raffle Drawing at noon! Selected students will spin the Raffle Wheel. 
  • Regularly scheduled minimum day with 12:30pm dismissal. 
  • 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
  • Prospective Parent Info. Meeting & Tour 2 -4 pm  in Honour Hall 

Kids Run the OC Information:

OPA SV will be participating in Kids Run the OC on May 2nd. Registration is due online by March 1st. Please register your student(s) at . Make sure to select the OPA- Saddleback Valley campus when registering. We will starting biweekly morning practices the second week of February. This is a very fun and exciting event designed to keep kids moving and all grade levels are welcome to join. Email Miss. Penrose with any questions:

Britannica School Online

OPA has access to Britannica School Online.  This is a free resource for all students. It is a perfect database for student research.  The information is well researched by experts, accessible at all levels - elementary, middle and high school, and is a safe place for students to explore.  Please email Mrs. Williams with any questions: 

URL: Access Code:  OPA-SV Passcode: OPA-SV

BYOD Chromebook Information: Important Message

In an effort to assure that all students in grades 3-8 have access to online resources and curriculum, Oxford Preparatory Academy will be loaning Chromebooks to any student in grades 3-8 who does not have access to his/her own Chromebook to use at school and home.  Chromebooks will be checked out to each student starting on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. In order for your student to check out a Chromebook, they must have the Chromebook Loaner Agreement signed and returned. 

Link:   Chromebook Loaner Agreement 2019-2020

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. 

Link: Chromebook Management Software Agreement   

Link: January Lunch Calendar

2019-2020 OPA-SV Yearbook

The 2019-2020 Oxford Preparatory Academy-SV yearbook is now on sale. This will be a 100-page full-color yearbook that includes an option to add personalized pages to create a unique copy of your own personal yearbook for a starting price of $24.60. Click on the link below to order yours.   Link: 2019-2020 Yearbook

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

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.

*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. 

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

PE Uniform Expectations

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

Link: PE Uniform Guidelines 2019-2020

Upcoming Events:

  • February 4th: English Language Advisory Council (ELAC) Meeting at 5:30pm at SOC campus
  • February 6th and 7th: Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences (requests only)
  • February 10th:  Honour Society Meeting at 5:30pm 
  • February 13th: Valentine’s Day class parties 
  • February 14th and 17th: No School - Presidents’ Day
  • February 20th: Honour Society Fundraiser at Cafe Rio
  • February 24th: Open Enrollment Starts
  • February 26th: Spring Portraits and 8th grade Promotion Photos 
  • March 2nd - 6th: Staff Appreciation Week (Look for information from your University Room Parent(s) 

Honour Society Events:

    • Honour Society Fundraiser at Bellante Family Winery - Friday, March 13, 2020 5:00pm-9:00pm
    • Honour Society Gala - Friday, May 1st at 6:00 pm 
    • Honour Society Outdoor Movie Night & Professor Lip Sync Battle - Friday, May 15th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm  
  • Please visit OPA - SV’s Honour Society website for a detailed calendar with all fundraisers, meeting dates, ticket purchasing information, volunteer opportunities, and special events!

Thank you for ALL you do!

Go Champions! -Mr. Bridges and Mrs. Merlette