Fifth grade students from Old Mill Elementary had the wonderful opportunity to go and watch the World Cup Biathlon at Soldier Hollow on February 15th. Students watched as several countries competed against each other. It was an informative and fun event to learn about the different skills needed to participate in this sport. Students especially enjoyed cheering on these amazing athletes from all over the world.
The social skill for the month at Old Mill is learning to have empathy for others.
Mr. Wes Mangum went to the Kindergarten classes this week and explained that empathy means to think about what others might be feeling or experiencing, by "putting yourself in some one else's shoes". All students are encouraged to practice empathy at school and home this month. Literacy month began this week. Parent should have received an email explainingall the activities associated with this event. Remember it is very important to turn you reading slip each month.
On February 1, 2019, the first graders at Old Mill Elementary celebrated the 100th Day of School in style! They celebrated 100 days of learning with crowns stating, “_____is 100 days smarter!” They wrote about having 100 dollars, doing 100 things, eating 100 things, and having 100 things. The first graders wrote a response to the prompt: Would you rather be 100 years old or have $100? They had to write in complete sentences and share their opinion and the reasons for their opinion. They counted many times to 100 using a variety of counting strategies – grouping by 5’s, grouping by 10’s, using tally marks, and rote counting. Some students and teachers dressed up like they were 100 years old and others made cameos of what they will look like when they are 100 years old. They even had 100 snacks!
The most exciting part of the 100th day of school was doing the 100 trade. First students bring in 100 objects small enough to fit in a Ziploc bag. Then they counted to be sure they really had 100. Next we opened our doors and flooded into the hallway. The students (and some teachers) traded to take home 100 different things. They did 1 for 1 trades, 5 for 5 trades, and everything in between. It was the best kind of chaos as they got to practice greeting skills, counting, comparing, and being kind.
Happy 100th Day of School from Old Mill’s 1st Grade!
18-19 Student Registration Is Open For New and Current Students
If you are new to our school be sure to click the "New" student registration. If you have children who are current students and returning in the Fall, be sure to click the "Current" student registration. We are encouraging everyone to get registered asap to determine growth and class sizes sooner rather than later. Please forward this information on to any new families in your neighborhood.
OME Reading Brag Tag Challenge
Let's get reading OME...
We spent some time chatting with adults and children alike about what hooked them into reading and almost every one of them said it was a particular series, character, genre or author that peaked their interest. Therefore, we created the OME Brag Tag Reading Challenge. Students choose a book series that they would love to read and then get a bookmark from Library. After they read each book in the series, students then complete a graphic organizer to share what they have learned and loved about the book and turn it into their teacher. Students then check out the next book in the series. When they finish all the books on the bookmark, they turn it in at the office. Mrs. Discher will come around once a week with the Reading Brag Tag cart to award the students with their grade level super cool Converse keychain and a new brag tag or two for their efforts. The goal is to have students fall in love with characters, settings, genres and authors, as well as allow their imaginations to take them on amazing adventures! (Currently we have students who are completing 2-3 series a month and we are struggling to keep up with them, which is great and we are up to the challenge) Students proudly display their keychains on their backpacks with all the brag tags that they collect. We hope students will "brag" about the books they are reading to share their excitement and encourage others to do the same. The journey of a lifetime could start with the turning of a page...Happy Reading OME!
OME Brag Tag Challenge Video
COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Our Community Council has three openings this year that need to be filled. Being on the Community Council is a great way to be involved with the school. The council is a committee of elected volunteer parents and school staff members whose main purpose is to create a spending plan for trustland monies and safe walking routes to school. The position is for two years. The Council meets once a month.If you would like to be considered to serve on the Community Council for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, please submit a letter of interest with the following information to email@example.com by August 19, 2016. I will need:Your Child's Name/Grade for 2017-18Phone NumberElections will start on Back To School night, Monday, August 21. It will run for three consecutive school days thereafter (thru August 24). A ballot box will be located in the Front Office for voting. Be sure to cast your ballot at that time. In the event that not all vacant positions are filled, the School Community Council will appoint a person to fill that position.
Old Mill Elementary is a great place to be. I believe that strong community/school relationships are essential to high academic achievement. Find any successful school and you will also find parents and community members that are involved and supportive of the school. This community recognizes the value of educational and extracurricular activities. Therefore, our school expects our students to excel both inside and outside of the classroom. I hope you are proud of our students as they reflect these expectations through their character and commitment. It does take an entire village to raise a child, therefore please talk to your child’s classroom teacher about volunteering opportunities.
We hope that you find our website helpful and informative. We know everyone has busy schedules, therefore we want to keep everyone in the loop to allow families to plan for and attend school events. You will find that all information sent out via email can also be found on this site. Our monthly newsletters are emailed to parents and will be uploaded to the website as well. We have also entered all dates for events and activities in the “Calendar” feature. Additionally, we have a Facebook page that we will use to send out updates and quick announcements throughout the year.
It is truly an honor to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and to a very exciting and successful school year … Go Owls!
Proud Principal of Old Mill Elementary