Friday, October 4, 2013

Did you know that OHE has an Outside Classroom?  At the back corner of the playground, a classroom has been created.  Classes are able to take the learning outdoors.  Below is Ms. Smith’s third graders.
 Mr. Cumings also took his 4th graders out during writing time so they could edit their papers. 

One of the OHE Lego Robotics team is working on a campaign slogan for tornadoes. Sgt. Mitchell was asked to speak with the team.  Over the course of Sgt. Mitchell’s career as a Police Officer, he has had to help get people to safety during some of the local tornadoes.  He was able to provide some important tips to the team.
Our Reading Rangers and SOARING Reading tutoring programs began this week.  These programs support students in 1st and 2nd grades.  It was exciting meeting my two first graders.  OHE is fortunate to receive UT HBSA students that help with our 1st graders. 

Have you seen the updates to our chicken coop?  Ben S., an Eagle Scout candidate added an additional fence around the coop.  He has added a bench and repainted the bus lines too.  Thank you.  By the way, one of our OHE chickens has laid the first egg!

In Mrs. Bentley’s class this week, students participated in experiments related to solids, liquids, and gases.  

This is Hispanic Heritage month.  Ms. Underwood has set up a display in the library of books for students to come check out and learn more about Hispanic Heritage.  The dates of Hispanic Heritage Month are September 15 through October 15th.  Several countries celebrate their independence day during those weeks: México, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The celebration also includes October 12th, Columbus Day.  Many of the books are bilingual in Spanish and English.  Stop by and check out a book.

This is also Bullying Awareness Month.  (Bet you didn’t know there was a month for that!)  AISD Police Officer Gary spoke during assembly this morning.  He gave tips to students as to what to do if they were bullied or even if they see bullying happening.  This is a great time for you too to speak to your children about the topic of bullying.  Ms. Ahumada, our counselor, will also being conducting lesson in the classroom related to bullying.   To help spread the awareness, we encourage students wear orange on Wednesday, October 9, which is "Unity Day." "Unity Day" is a day where we all become one and take a stand against bullying. Let's all wear orange and show our support for kids who are bullied! 

We finally have our 2013-2014 OHE Student Council Board.  Ben W. is President, Josh M. is Vice President, Brooke W. is Secretary, and Caroline L. is Treasurer.  I am so proud of these four students as well as the other 16 students who ran for a position.  I know the Student Council will continue to do great things this year.