September 19-30: Renaissance Star Testing
year, we will begin a new assessment for students in
the curriculum areas of Math and Reading. This new
assessment is called
Star Renaissance Testing and will provide
us with comprehensive data that will help guide
instruction and track students throughout their
Students in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten,
and first grade will be using iPads with headphones
to complete the assessment. Students in grades 208
will be using the computer lab to complete their
This testing differs from our previous week-long
ITBS testing. This new testing system will consist
of two or three sessions in the computer lab, with
each session taking no more than 30 minutes.
Each home room teacher will notify you of the class'
dates and times so you can assure their attendance
Here are some suggestions to help your child perform
well on these tests:
Make sure your child gets a good
night's sleep before the test days.
Provide a healthy breakfast and
snacks the day of the testing.
Send your child off to school
with confidence-building words of encouragement and
Suggest your child breathe
deeply and try to relax during the testing.
Remind your child to review all
the possible answers before choosing one.
Do not schedule any conflicting
appointments during your child's testing time.
The STAR testing will be held again January 17-27
and May 1-12.
Tuesday, September 27 is Picture Day!
- OMS campus pictures will start at 8:30 AM after
- Nativity campus pictures will start at 9:00 AM
- Order pictures online by visiting
http://mylifetouch.com and entering
- Click here
to download and print the form to return to the office
September 28: Early Dismissal Day
September 30: Walkathon Prep
Students may wear jeans or optional dress pants
if they wear a walkathon t-shirt.
New students may wear jeans or optional
dress pants if they also wear a plain navy or white t-shirt.
is Respect for Life Month
Throughout the month of October, our
students will be collecting items for the very young and the very old.
Families may donate items for babies, which
will be given to ALPHA.
We are also collecting items for the
elderly, such as lotions, slippers, large-print crossword puzzles, talcum
powder, and other items that will be given to care centers.
Alpha items may be turned in to Brittany
Enamorado in Room 4. Items for the elderly may be turned into Mary Donnelly
in Room 3.
Here is a list of what's "hot" with
the elderly at the care centers:
Non-skid soled slippers
Shower and baby powders
Perfume and colognes
Large print decks of cards
Large print crossword and puzzle books
Coloring books and crayons.
We are unable to accept the
Thank you for your generosity and
October 4: Celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, and Blessing of Animals on
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is Tuesday,
October 4. The Blessing of Animals will also take place Tuesday, October 4 at
our morning assembly to honor St. Francis by Father Russ.
Students may bring their pets! All pets
must be accompanied by a student and his/her parent. Dogs must be on
leashes; cats and other animals must be in carriers. All animals must be
taken home right after the blessing.
Please note: Each family is responsible for
picking up after their pet (bring baggies!)
Please park on the side streets or on Palm
Street to walk down to campus. Please keep Broad and Peach clear for morning
drop-off. Parking will not be available in the MCP garage.
Click here to learn more about St. Francis of Assisi, and why he is
important to Catholics.
Annual St. Francis Towel Drive
Please send your used, clean towels to 1st
grade by Tuesday, October 4. We will be donating them to a local animal
October 5: Early Dismissal Day
8:00 AM Mass at the church (parents welcome)
Optional 8:15 AM reflection at school.
Grade 8 Discovery Day at Mission Prep from
Early Dismissal - 2:00-2:30 PM
Friday, October 7: October Birthdays Celebration Day
OMS Birthday Policy: Personal party invitations may not be distributed at
school-sponsored functions unless all class students (or all boys, or all
girls) are invited to participate. Birthday treats will be distributed only
on First Friday Birthday celebrations on the OMS campus. On the first
Friday of each month, room parents will coordinate a small treat in honor of
all those children celebrating a birthday that month. These treats will be
distributed after lunch. No other birthday treats or deliveries will be
accepted. Students will also be recognized at that morning's
October 10: Volleyball and Cross Country Pictures
OMS Volleyball and cross country teams will
have their pictures taken on Monday, October 10 at promptly 3:30 PM in the
Please remember to bring your
uniforms to school!
Campus Absentee Procedures
If your child is ill and cannot attend school,
please call or email the
school office at 543-6019 before 9:00 AM.
This is very important - BJ will have to call
you if you do not call in, and you can help her avoid this cumbersome task.
We thank you in advance for teaming with her
to protect your children!
Please mark your calendars for the following
Pizza Mondays during 2016:
OMS Hot Lunch Accounts
There are a few changes to the lunch accounting
system this year:
All families with more than one student
automatically have a "family" account. Deposits will go into a single
"family" pot that all students will draw from. If you have students at
OMS and MCP, we are able to combine both schools into a mega-family
account. This will be done only on request.
If your child orders lunch once a week
or more, you will need to open an account. Daily payments of between
$4.00 to $5.00 can no longer be done. To open your account, you must
have a minimum of $50 to deposit.
PayPal is now accepted! Log into your
PayPal account or create one. Once you are logged on select My PayPal,
then select "Send money to friends and family." Send the money to
email@example.com. You will then
indicate the amount of money you would like to place on your child's
account. In the "notes section" please include your child's name and the
If you have a middle school student who
purchases breakfast, cash is acceptable at the burrito cart, or
purchases can be debited to their lunch account.
The new price for hot lunch is $4.50.
Grades 1-3 have the option of ordering a regular lunch at $4.00, a larger
lunch at $4.50, or a salad at $4.50. Milk is still 50 cents and is sold
Note: OMS Extended Care Phone Number
OMS has a direct-dial telephone number for the
The telephone number is (805) 548-0299
Opportunity and Scrip News:
BJ and Jillian are looking for parent
volunteers to sell scrip on Monday and Friday mornings.
Volunteers will sell scrip outside the
office form 7:45 to 8:15 AM or 8:00 to 8:30 AM. You will be given one
service hour per scrip-selling session.
Please contact the ladies in the office for
more information, or to sign up.
The next scrip preorder is Monday
All preorders are due by 10:00 AM. Scrip is
available Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the office.
Parents who volunteer or visit classes on the
OMS campus are required to sign in and out every time they visit.
This policy was implemented to assure safety
on the OMS Campus, and it enables school staff to know who is on campus at all
times. Please help us protect your children by complying with this policy.
After 2:45 PM, parents are welcome to enter
the side doors to wait for their children by their classrooms if they are not
parked on Peach or Broad streets.
Old Mission School Teachers are now Online and on Twitter!
OMS teachers now have individual wiki pages containing live twitter feeds with classroom updates.
Every teacher's wiki page will provide regular updates regarding homework assignments, class news, and important announcements.
If you have a Twitter account, make sure to "follow" your children's teachers. If you don't have a Twitter account, don't worry. It is not necessary for you to have one in order to view teachers' Twitter feeds - just click on one of the
If you need to get in touch with a teacher, please continue to either call or send an email (we're new to Twitter and want to make sure we are able to get back to you in a timely manner).
Parents can now sign-up online to complete your volunteer hours!
here to access the online volunteer signup page.
The online volunteer link is also available from the menu at the top of this page by selecting:
Parents /Volunteer Online (remember to bookmark!)
All parent volunteers must register with Shield the Vulnerable prior to volunteering on campus. Click here for more information and to visit our Parent Volunteer page.
Click here to view the volunteer requirements
Please Bookmark the OMS Forms Gallery
(Click here, or from the main menu select: Mainsite / Handbooks & Forms)
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