Blankets for buses campaign started

Lorrie Young J-C correspondent

Brrr, it’s cold out. We’ve had students coming to school with no coats, so please help remind your children to dress warmly for school.

We are requesting donations of new blankets for our route bus and activity bus. Now that winter has arrived, I would like to store some blankets on each bus just in case the bus were to break down, an accident were to occur, etc. so the students will be able to stay warm. If you would like to donate to our project, please drop off blankets in the office.

We would like to thank Jennesee and Steven Holt for the donation of sandwich/snack bags for all the elementary and junior high basketball players who had traveled to Avant. Every student was appreciative.

Nov. 30, we had a high basketball game at home against Chef Academy. Just before the boys game began our fire alarm sounded, and I just want to say I was astonished how quickly and calmly all of the spectators, players, staff, and referees exited the building.

Coach Askew directed the spectators to the exit closest to the gym, Ms. Maker immediately checked the locker rooms to usher players out, Mrs. Boe directed people out of the restrooms, and Ms. Berry, Mrs. Shaw, and Mrs. Boyd quickly grabbed money boxes and left the building. I would like to thank David Parks and Troy Harper for escorting me to the main office to evaluate the situation.

Thankfully, it was a glitch in the system. Way to go, everyone. This is a prime example of how important drills are in school, as well as looking at your surroundings to find your nearest exit anytime you enter a building.

Basketball kept players and parents bouncing last week. High school competed in a tournament at Copan three days last week while the junior high teams competed in a tournament three days at Osage Hills. I’m so proud of all of the teams and coaches. They are doing great. It’s exciting to see our students participate.

This week the elementary and junior high had a home game against Copan on Monday, Dec. 10 beginning at 5 p.m. The high school team will complete against Copan at home on Thursday, Dec. 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tulsa Welding School is scheduled to present about its program to the seniors on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 2:45 p.m.

Tri County Technology Center will be presenting to the high school about post secondary opportunities on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 12:15 p.m.

The PK-6th grade students will create Christmas ornaments to decorate the Wynona City Hall tree on Friday, Dec. 14 at 2:45 p.m. The Annual Wynona Christmas Parade is Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.

The Elementary Christmas Program is Monday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the old gym.

The end of the semester is Friday, Dec. 21. Students should be aware of their current grades and making sure they have all of their assignments turned in. This is the final grade for their transcript.

Attendance is very important to get a quality education and important for students when becoming adults. Please have your children at school every day. Schedule appointments early in the morning or late afternoon so they do not have to miss the entire day of school. A change in attendance this year from the State Department of Education is that suspended students’ absences count against them this year. In previous years, they were taken off roll during their suspension, but that has changed. Once your child has missed five days, you will receive a warning letter; if additional days are missed, you will be required to attend Truancy Court in Pawhuska. Please remember every three tardies equal an absence. We have several students arriving after 8:30 a.m., so please be aware of your arrival time at school

As an incentive for the second quarter of school, students who do not miss more than one day and have no more than one tardy for the quarter will attend a movie with popcorn and pop free of charge. Encourage your children to earn this incentive. The movie will be Thursday, Dec. 20.

Please check your child’s hair frequently for lice. If you need assistance, please call the office or the Osage County Health Department. Remind children not to share brushes, headbands, blankets, get close to other’s hair, etc to help in preventing the spreading of lice.

The anti-bullying app “Stop-It” has been presented to the students in grades 5-12. This is an anonymous way for students or parents to report bullying. They can download the app to a mobile device or go to the website to make a report.

Please encourage your students to: be kind, respectful and responsible. We are continuing to work on positive behavior as well at school.