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November 12, 2018 O’Maley Family Focus

Dear Families,

Day of Service was a rousing success! In addition to O’Maley grounds, students traveled to neighborhoods across the city and completed fall clean-up in 32 yards. Though a bit chilly, it was a beautiful day. I’ll bet everyone slept soundly Friday night!

Often parents are curious about what happens on our professional development days when students are not at school. On Tuesday 11/6 , faculty and staff worked together at O’Maley on three topics: Building Our Culture at O’Maley, Technology Workshops, and Safe and Supportive Schools. In the morning, staff focused on our existing vision and mission statements, and core beliefs and values, beginning to pull out what resonates for us, what may be missing, and what no longer fits. As the new O’Maley Principal, this will be very helpful to me in my efforts to guide our direction for the future . I have asked SAILS council student leaders to assist me in coordinating this review with students, and I will be inviting parent participation as well. Our technology workshops included many related to Google tools, but also those on video apps, teaching practices for diverse student needs, and specific subjects as 3D design and printing. All workshops were conducted by O’Maley staff. The end of the day was spent on an overview of trauma sensitive practices, how trauma impacts the brain and learning, and a little bit of analysis of ourselves, in order to reflect on how our own experiences impact how we relate to colleagues and  students.

Volunteers are still needed for the book fair and weekly assistance at the library circulation desk. If you are able to help, here are the links:

Sign-up for Volunteers to Work the Circulation Desk:

Sign-up for the Winter Book Fair:

You do need to have a cleared CORI prior to volunteering; please go to the GPS Main Office, 2 Blackburn Drive, to complete the form.

Have a great week!

Lynne Beattie, O’Maley Principal

Important Information & Upcoming Events

O'Maley Academy is having a Jalapeno's Night Fundraiser on Wednesday, November 14th! Come and enjoy the festivities down at the restaurant or get some takeout! 10% of the night's proceeds from the restaurant go to O'Maley Academy!!

6th Grade Family Fun Night - November 16th

Come and join us for games, music and a movie from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for just $5.00 per person.

Scholastic Book Fair - November 29th - December 7th - Students will visit the fair during English classes

Yearbooks are now available for purchase online for $15.00. Please pre-order to ensure that your child receives a copy in the spring.  

Link here:

Construction Reminder: Beginning November 12th, for approximately 8-10 weeks, there will be construction on Poplar Street for sewer line replacement. DPW will be communicating details about the project over the next week. Link here for more info from DPW.

O’Maley PTO - Next Meeting scheduled for November 28th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons

For the Parents of 8th Grade Students going to Washington DC:

Our annual calendar raffle fundraiser has begun.  Any student going on the trip is welcome to participate.  Students can pick up a stack of fifteen raffles and then sell them for $5.00 each.  All of the proceeds are then directed to the individual account of those who sell them.  The more tickets that get sold, the easier it is to pay for the trip, but please be aware that you're not allowed to sell beyond the balance owed.  If you do, the extra money can be diverted to a classmate's account of your choice. Students are responsible for the tickets once they are in their possession and must return the proceeds and/or any unsold tickets.  Tickets are sold during the month of November and a winner is drawn for each day in December. We are pleased that businesses have donated over $2200 in prizes and are grateful to those who helped gather them. ~ As always, please direct any questions regarding the Washington DC  class trip to Mr. Strong.


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