Hello Orchard Hill Elementary Families,
My name is Jeff Carpenter and I am excited to be the new Principal here at OHES.
I have been in this district for 12 years and have enjoyed being a part of it. I spent 2 years at the middle school as an assistant principal and 10 years as the principal at Phoenix Elementary. I look forward to bringing this experience to OHES and making connections with kids and families of the Hawk community.
It is going to be a great school year and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with your children.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
September 2, 2019 No School Labor Day September 3, 2019 Welcome Back Orientation Drop in time for parents & students to meet their teacher September 4, 2019 First Day of School! Welcome Back! October 1, 2019 School Picture Day! Send order packet with your student if you wish to buy pictures October 10, 2020 Open House & BBQ Free dinner and a chance to visit with teachers! October 11, 2019 No School State Inservice Day October 31, 2019 Halloween Parade of Costumes November 1, 2019 No School Teacher Inservice November 7, 2019 Picture Re-Take Day If your student missed picture day or you don't like the one taken before. November 11, 2019 No School Veteran's Day November 20--27, 2019 Book Fair Students can purchase fun books in the library November 25--27, 2019 No School Fall Conferences November 28 -- 29, 2019 No School Thanksgiving Holiday Dec 23 -- Jan 5, 2020 No School Winter Recess January 20, 2020 No School Martin Luther King Day February 7, 2020 No School Teacher Inservice February 17, 2020 No School President's Day Holiday March 6, 2020 No School Teacher Inservice March 10--17, 2020 Book Fair Fun Family Event March 16 & 17, 2020 No School Spring Conferences March 18 -- 29, 2020 No School Spring Break May 22, 2020 No School Teacher Inservice May 25, 2020 No School Memorial Day June 5, 2020 Teacher Inservice Minimum Day Dismiss at 11:20 a.m. June 10, 2020 Last Day of School! Dismiss at 11:20 a.m.
Monday 8:45—2:20 p.m. Late start on Monday only. Busses run exactly an hour later.
Tues-Friday 7:45—2:20 p.m.
Students may not be dropped off at the school any earlier than 7:25 a.m. (8:25 a.m. on Mon)
Every student at Orchard Hill has a plan for their afterschool transportation. We call this an Afterschool Itinerary. Any time there’s a temporary change to a student’s regular itinerary (for example a student is going to be picked up rather than riding the bus) it is required that the parent send a note or call the school office prior to 1:30 p.m. A change of itinerary form is filled out and delivered to your student at the end of the school day.
Regular school attendance is critical to student academic achievement. Regular attendance is a habit and pattern established in elementary school and carried into the student’s adult life. Parents are required to call on the morning of the student’s absence which will help school officials with attendance reporting and save parents from receiving a phone call regarding the child’s absence. Students are considered tardy at 7:55 a.m.
A medication form, available in the school office, must be filled out prior to medication being distributed by the school. Do NOT send medication with your student in their backpack with a note. Parents must fill out the medication form in the office. Medications must be in their original package. State law mandates that schools cannot distribute any medication, over the counter or prescription, without a medication form signed by the parent.
The services of a volunteer must be requested by the classroom teacher. Before volunteering in the classroom or on a field trip, all volunteers are required to fill out a background check form and submit ID for verification. All paperwork should be turned into the office at least 2 weeks prior to the trip. All of the above steps must be completed before any volunteering is done for the school. Volunteer applications are good for two years.