Friday, October 28, 2011

On Thursday, the 1st graders performed their musical.  It is fun to watch the students to see which ones "shine" on stage.

Starting on Monday, OHE will continue with our annual UNICEF fund raiser. As part of Oak Hill's 15 year tradition, the fifth grade class passes out the UNICEF boxes to each student in the school. The 5th grade students give a brief presentation about the importance of helping others, especially other children. For the last five years, Oak Hill has raised over $1,500 to help needy children around the world.  You child should have received their UNICEF boxes today.  Please fill with coins and return.  

I know that I always say exciting things happen at OHE, but it is really true, especially during our Friday assemblies.  Today the OHE choir made their first school performance and sang several songs.  With the last game of the World Series tonight, I thought it only appropriate to share the following song.

Also during assembly, an appearance was made by our "OHE" skaters.  It was a way to encourage students to sign-in up for the PTA Skate event November 5th.  If you watch all the way to the end, you might even catch a glimpse of me.  I was really scared of falling and hung tightly to Mrs. Barre.

After all the excitement from assembly, the Oak Hill Rotary made their annual presentation of dictionaries and thesauri to the 3rd and 4th graders.  A tradition that has been around for many years.

Then during my daily trip to the cafeteria to see how lunch was going for students, I caught a glimpse of the following sandwich.

The things Moms (and maybe Dads) do to make their children smile.  What a clever idea!

Remember that even though Monday is Halloween costumes are not appropriate for school.  It was be a regular day as will Tuesday.  At least as normal as we can make a day after Halloween.

Friday, October 21, 2011

On Wednesday this week, Jose-Luis Orozco a bilingual author, visited the campus.  Our students are fond of his books, De Colores, Diez Deditos — Ten Little Fingers, and Fiestas.  Sr. Orozco had our students and staff dancing. 

It has been a wonderful opportunity this week having two authors visit our campus. 

 Thursday evening the Austin City Council recognized Oak Hill as a "Partners in the Arts and Humanties". We received the award because of our partnership with the Dougherty Arts Program and Creativity Club. Stop by my office if you would like to see the certificate and award.

Today was the Student Council's first spirit day.  There were twins everywhere. 

 Teachers even got in the act.  Below is Ms. Atkinson and Ms. Dillon.
 What a 5th grade extended team!  Always ready for some fun.

 They look like twins but they are our 1st grade triplets!
 Ian and Ryan aren't twins but brothers.  Maybe one of these days I'll remember which is which.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Today students listened to the Bluebonnet award winning author, Willy Claflin. Thanks to our librarian Ms. Underwood for setting this up! He was AWESOME!!! The kids LOVED him!  Here is a pic of the Bentley Butterflies with him.

This week, the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) released its annual honor roll, and, out of 253 schools throughout the state that made the list, six were from AISD! This schools that made the TBEC Honor Roll represent less than 4% of all public schools in Texas, and include 34 high schools, 38 middle schools and 181 elementary schools.  Texas TBEC considers only the school’s commended performance, the state’s highest standard for academic achievement, and sets specific targets for schools based on grades served and student demographics. In this, the last year for using the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) performance data, TBEC’s standards were the toughest in the 12 year history of the award. Congratulations to OHE for being named to the TBEC Honor Roll!

The 2011-2012 PTA Reflections Program deadline was Monday. This year's Reflection theme was "Diversity Means..." Children could express what diversity means to them in one of six categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Film Production, Musical Composition, and/or Dance Choreography. However, they were not limited to just one category-they may enter as many as they'd like. Your child should have received a packet earlier this year that included an entry form and other important information regarding this program. If your child has not submitted his/her project, please do so immediately.

Friday, October 14, 2011

This week began with parent conferences on Monday. This is an opportunity for teachers to share beginning of the year information with you regarding your child(ren). If you have not scheduled a conference please do so. It is my expectation that every teacher meet with each parent.
Also on Monday, the PTA hosted a soup luncheon for the staff. I always forget how easy and tasty soups are especially when made in a crock pot.
Thursday Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students participated in Read for the Record Campaign.  Students across the nation read Llama, Llama Red Pajama and our OHE students did too. It was lots of fun.
Tonight PTA hosted a Movie Night. I am sure everyone had lots of fun and enjoyed the movie and food.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Today during the assembly, we had some special guests appear.  Two of our student council board members dressed in Eagle costumes, which were donated by Devin and Brooke.  The students were excited as Calvin and Kael walked down the aisle and helped Mrs. Keller-Bergh with some exercises. 
Our new school song flag finally came!  I definitely think the singing was much louder today because of it.
This afternoon we had the student council installation ceremony.  These are the 3rd grade representatives:
Here are the 4th grade representatives:
And here are the 5th grade representatives:
One of the great OHE traditions is for the past student council president to officiate the ceremony and install the new officers. Joseph, the former president, did an excellent job and obviously, Calvin loved being named president.