A Helpful PTO Back-to-School Information Cheat Sheet
Can you believe the first day of school is this Tuesday!? We are looking forward to a great year at OHMS! Below we have included some helpful dates and reminders to start off the school year. For much complete information, it is recommended by the school administration to review the Oak Hill 2016-2017 Handbook with your child so everyone knows what to expect for the year.
What time does school start?
Each day students need to be present for their first class at 8 a.m. sharp. The school recommends that students arrive by 7:45, so they have time to get their necessary materials and say hello to friends. Many students arrive between 7:30 and 7:45am, and starting soon there will be an option for students to play basketball in the gym starting at 7:15am.
What time does the school day end?
With the exception of Tuesdays and monthly early release Thursdays, the OHMS day ends at 2:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, the school day ends at 1:45 p.m. Don’t forget the first day of school is a Tuesday! Our first early release day is Thursday September 29. The school day ends at 11:30 a.m. Upcoming early release days are 9/29, 11/3, 12/8, 2/1, and 3/9.
Breakfast and Lunch/Cafeteria Expectations
Breakfast is served in the Cafeteria each morning from 7:30 a.m to 7:48 a.m. There are three lunch shifts each day during the Extension period. Selections of hot and cold lunches are served in the Cafeteria or students may bring their own lunch. The cost of lunch is $3.60. Snacks are also available for an additional fee. Food service information and menus can be found at https://newton.sodexomyway.com/. All students have lunch accounts – they may pay with cash or by charging their account. Parents may deposit funds in their child’s lunch account online at http://www.myschoolbucks.com/. On-Line Application for free and reduced rates for lunch and breakfast is found on the Oak Hill Homepage under “Food Service Information and Menus.” Please fill out the on-line Form (www.schoollunchapp.com).
The annual School Picnic (All School Event) is this Thursday, September 8 from 6pm to 7:30pm next to the softball field. To kick the year off, your hard-working PTO is offering FREE PIZZA SLICES and live music at this year’s Back To School Picnic. Let us handle dinner for you!
Meet the Teachers and Counselors at the Grade Level Morning Coffees:
- Monday, September 12 – Grade 8 Parent Coffee in Library: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, September 14 – Grade 7 Parent Coffee in Library: 8:30-9:30 a.m
- Friday, September 16 – Grade 6 Parent Coffee in Library: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- Monday, September 19 – School Picture Day
- Thursday, September 22 – Curriculum Night: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
- Thursday, September 22 – NYC Meeting for Gr. 8 Parents: 6:00-6:50 p.m.
- Thursday, September 29 – Early Release Day – One School, One Book Celebration of Losing It by Erin Fry. Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
Do you know what the difference is between a blue and yellow curb?
Blue Zone: School Drop-off and Pick-Up Zones – From the NPS Website
The city of Newton has created designated drop-off and pick-up areas at many schools in the city. These school drop off and pick up zones have been created and authorized by city ordinance #19-179 and are commonly referred to as “Blue-Zones”.
School drop-off and pick-up zones were designed to allow for improved traffic flow and safer drop off and pick up of students. School drop off zones are in effect Monday through Friday on days that school is in session. The ordinance specifically states:
- No vehicle may park in a school drop off zone from 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of school until the scheduled start of school.
- No vehicle may park in a school drop off zone from one hour prior to the scheduled end of school until 30 minutes after the scheduled end of school.
- Vehicles may stop in the school drop off zone during the above restricted times to engage in the dropping off or picking up of passengers, which shall not be permitted for a period of longer than one (1) minute.
- Parking is allowed in a school drop off zone outside of restricted times.
For these drop off and pick up zones to work correctly, the following must occur:
- No vehicles may be parked or left unattended in a school drop off zone during the restricted times. This includes parents waiting for their child to come out of or go into the school.
- No illegally parked vehicles can be waiting near the school, for example in restricted parking areas, within corners, blocking driveways, bus stops, etc.
- Parents should not pick up students when double or tripled parked.
- Students must enter and exit on the sidewalk side of the vehicle.
Again, for more detailed school information, check out Oak Hill 2016-2017 Handbook.
We look forward to a positive and community-oriented year!
Your PTO Presidents,
Kirsten von Hassel, Megan Meirav, Matthew Miller, and Shawna Conaghan Murphy