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OWL Weekly News - January 8, 2024

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In an effort to increase communication with our students and families, we send a weekly email on Sunday evenings or Monday mornings highlighting upcoming school events. This information will also be shared with students in Schoology and in Crew on Mondays. Events are listed in chronological order.  

Welcome back to school! We hope you had an excellent winter break! 

  • Monday, January 8 is an A DAY!

Crew News & Updates

  • Monday is survey day in Crew. On January 8, students can take this fun survey on winter activities. Do you have a survey for all OWL students? Email megan.hall@spps.org to get on the survey calendar. 
  • Wednesday is Clubs Day in Crew. Students, click on this week's Clubs slide to see your club choices. *Students need to go to Crew for attendance and get smart passes from Crew leaders to go to clubs.  Students who do not go to clubs should be doing a Crew lesson with their Crew leader or a buddy Crew leader 

Calendar Reminders

NEW! Winter Choir Concert: Thursday, January 11 at 7PM in the OWL Auditorium.
Join us for a beautiful night of music by our choirs.  

NEW! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 15 NO SCHOOL  

NEW! OWL Community Meeting: Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 PM VIRTUAL (link in next week’s email).
All are welcome to learn and share what is happening at OWL this month!  

NEW! Prospective Family Showcase: Thursday, January 18 at 6:30 PM.
New families are invited to learn more about OWL—invite your friends and family looking for a secondary school.  

NEW! End of Quarter 2: Thursday, January 27  

NEW! Teacher Grading Day: Friday, January 26 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS  

NEW! Spirit Week: January 29-February 2.  
Theme days to be announced next week.  

NEW! Winter Dance: Friday, February 2
in the OWL “Danceteria” Middle School Dance 5:30-7PM, High School Dance 7:30-9:30PM  

NEW! OWL History Day: Wednesday, February 7 from 5:30-8PM.
Come see all the amazing historical projects of our students!  

NEW! NAAPID National African-American Parent Involvement Day: Monday, February 12.
Families are warmly welcomed to school today for classroom visits and activities.  

NEW! African-American Family Culture Night: Thursday, February 15 at 6PM.
Families are invited to a wonderful night of performances, food and community.  

NEW! Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 19--NO SCHOOL  

NEW! PSEO Information Night VIRTUAL: Wednesday, February 21 at 6PM.
Students and families in grades 9-11, come to this virtual meeting to learn more about Post-Secondary Enrollment Options at local colleges.  

Other News & Annoucements

NEW! Plant Sale
OWL students hold an annual plant sale to support service trips to Outward Bound basecamps around the country each spring. 100% of the money earned through this plant sale fundraiser goes to transportation fees for students. All lodging and meals are earned by student volunteer work. Thank you for supporting this over 30-year tradition and making an empowering adventure possible for our students! Our plants are of excellent quality and reasonably priced. HERE is the order form. Print out the form, complete your order either online or on paper and return it to OWL. You can pay online, cash or check.  Deadline to turn in your order is JANUARY 31.  Plants will be ready to be picked up from OWL in mid-May. We hope you choose to support our sale! Questions: Tim timothy.leone-getten@spps.org or Clara clara.raineri@spps.org  

NEW! Cardboard Needed!  
The Visual Art class for 7th graders will need thin cardboard (like cereal boxes) for an upcoming class project. If you have a few pieces of thin cardboard, please bring them into school and give them to Kent the art teacher. Thanks, Kent  

NEW! Applications will soon be open for the 5-day fall 2024 HBCU tour  
Students interested in attending Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) can apply to attend starting in January 21.  For more information, see this flyer.    

Do you have another student who is interested in OWL?  
Our Prospective Family Showcase is Thursday, January 18 from 6:30 – 8PM. No RSVP needed.  If you would like to sign up to tour OWL during the school day or shadow a current OWL student, you can sign up HERE on our website.      

Attention all 10th, 11th, and 12th graders! We need more tutors!!  
Need more service hours? Need to boost that resume? Looking for something high quality to add to the common app? Sign up to tutor every Thursday during crew! Each tutoring period counts as one service hour!  If you have not yet filled out the form but think that you are tutoring, please confirm your involvement and fill out the form! It is required.  Sign up here - https://forms.gle/4wLHD52Hah2pRtAx8  Thank you so much! Raina and Hazel, Tutoring Coordinators 2023-2024    

OWL Tutor Referral. Would you like to refer a student to be tutored?  
Parents, guardians, and teachers can request an OWL tutor using THIS LINK.    

NEW! Robotics season has started!
Stop by Tim's room Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 if you want to learn more - visitors are welcome, and we still have room on the team.  You can sign up to receive team emails at this link.    

Are you ready to be a part of the OWL Archery Team as it prepares to defend its 2023 State Championship?
Learn more by visiting our website or commit to the season by signing up here.      

Safety Information

Each year, all schools in MN have to conduct 5 safety drills, 5 fire drills, and 1 severe weather drill.  Drills are, of course, conducted so that staff and students know the procedures in case an actual safety concern arises.  Being a part of a larger school complex with two separate schools means that we coordinate our safety procedures depending on the situation.  Please take a moment to look at the SPPS district safety protocols at the following link:  https://www.spps.org/Domain/14306.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to David or Ma’lene with any questions you might have.  You can reach us at dave.gundale@spps.org, malene.walker@spps.org.

Community Information

**FREE COVID tests** are available through the mail from the MN Department of Health if you request them.
LINK:  http://sayyeshometest.org       

Food Resources: We wanted to share with our community that Ramsey County has compiled many resources to support food access for Ramsey County residents.  

Food Resources Map: an interactive map of food access locations across the county Food Resources Website: includes a food resource guide for the upcoming holiday, resource guides by neighborhoods, materials in multiple languages, and food resources for specific groups of people.

OWL Schoolwide Norms

Created by representatives of each Crew this fall with input from all students

  • Respect people, their boundaries and identities, materials, and spaces
  • Be kind, caring and friendly, especially when it’s difficult
  • Keep an open mind: engage in opportunities and courageous conversation
  • Help create safe and brave spaces so that everyone can be their authentic selves and speak their truths
  • Actively listen and participate (one mic, one voice), staying engaged and following through on commitments and expectations.  

We are Crew, not passengers.    

One proven way to live a happy life is to express gratitude. Is there a staff member at OWL that has done something you are grateful for? Shoot them an email! An alternative and way has been made available by filling out this link. (This form requires an email but is sent anonymously.)    

Important Reminder about Attendance

If your child is going to miss school, please call, email owlattendance@spps.org or write a note to explain the reason for the absence. If we do not hear from you, the absence is documented as unexcused. After 3 days of unexcused absences, you will receive a letter from the school reminding you to please communicate with us so the absence(s) may be documented accurately. If your child continues to miss school, unexcused, he/she will be referred to the SAM (School Attendance Matters) Program for intervention.  

The following reasons for absence qualify as an excused absence; illness, doctor, dental or therapy appointment (please be sure to obtain a note to give to the school), extreme family emergency or religious holiday not already recognized by our school district. When a student misses 3 or more class periods in one day, this is considered to be a full day of absence. Please call us if you have any questions/concerns.