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OPHIR ELEMENTARY STEAM ACADEMY (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/ASL, Mathematics) is offered  to enhance the LUSD Core Curriculum!  Ophir is a wonderful place where kids can still be kids while receiving an excellent education!!!

News and Announcements

Raise 80 Project Update

 Raise 80 Project Update The Caltrans project to raise the vertical clearance of nine overcrossings on Highway 80 is underway. The project is estimated to last six months and will impact seven overcrossings in the Loomis and Newcastle area. Please click here for more information on how you can stay up to date on detour information.
MandaRUN Registration Open!!! Sign up Now - Ophir wants to come in first for % of registrations!

MandaRUN Registration Open!!!  Sign up Now - Ophir wants to come in first for % of registrations! Mark your calendar for November 23rd and click on the link to learn more about registering as a participant in the 5K or Half Marathon. Volunteers are also needed for this fun event!
KCRA3 KIDS CAN FOOD DRIVE ends on November 14th! --please help!
The KCRA3 Kids Can food Drive ends 11/14! Please bring in your non-perishable items for this worthy cause!
2014 Holiday Home Tour - December 13th....... Tickets on sale soon!

2014 Holiday Home Tour - December 13th....... Tickets on sale soon! The 7th Annual Holiday Home Tour sponsored by the Loomis Basin Education Foundation is scheduled for Saturday, December 13th and tickets go on sale November 3rd. Click above for detailed information on how you can help support this great event!
A Fun Event for your Kids!

A Fun Event for your Kids! 19th Annual "You Make It" Craft Expo - Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Gold Country Fairgrounds
9am - 3pm. - Sierra Building - free admission and free parking. Sponsored by 4-H!
LBEF Awards $35,000 in Matching Grant Funds to District Schools

LBEF Awards $35,000 in Matching Grant Funds to District Schools The LBEF in conjunction with district PTC organizations presented a total of $35,000 in matching grant funds to the seven district schools. This is the second year in a row that the LBEF has matched $5,000 raised by district PTC's to fund technology and visual and performance arts projects across the district. The partnership between the two groups is providing our students with great opportunities! Community support of LBEF events such as the MandaRUN, Holiday Home Tour and E-Waste Drive make this possible each year.
NO COST COMMUNITY FLU VACCINATION CLINICS
No Cost Community Flu Vaccination Clinics are open to the Community (ages 4 and up) (first come, first served -- vaccine availability may be limited) (Parent/Legal Guardian must be present for minors to receive vaccination). See flyer attached.
AN OPHIR TRADITION!!! SAVE THE DATE!

AN OPHIR TRADITION!!! SAVE THE DATE! Ophir's 5th Annual Crab Feed is January 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis. Mark your calendars now for the biggest fund raiser of the year!
DOES YOUR CHILD WANT TO PLAY SPORTS THIS YEAR?
If your child is interested in playing sports this year, you can download and print the attached Sports packet! 4th-8th grade - Cross Country; 7-8th grades - Boys Volleyball and Basketball; Girls Volleyball and Basketball; Track
CHORUS UPDATE!

CHORUS UPDATE! See the attached flyer regarding Ophir Chorus info for 4th-8th grade students!
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Principal's Corner

Dear Ophir STEAM Academy Families,

The staff at Ophir is thrilled to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year! We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year, filled with a multitude of learning opportunities through the continued implementation and expansion of our STEAM program.

With the cleaning of the classrooms completed, the floors freshly waxed, and the blacktop being sealed and re-striped as I write this letter, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of all students on August 14th. Our staff has been busy over the past few months, as well, taking advantage of several professional development opportunities in a variety of areas including the California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP), the district provided Google Boot Camp, College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) training, and a STEM Academy hosted by UC Davis and Sacramento County Office of Education, to name a few.

These trainings provided valuable insight and direction into the continued development of our rigorous and relevant curriculum and instructional practices related to the California Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Throughout the year, we will be revisiting the concepts and themes presented in these trainings to further our sustainable growth in instruction, learning and meeting individual students’ needs to increase student achievement.

This year we are pleased to welcome additional staff members to the Ophir community. James Haskins joins our school as the 7th grade homeroom teacher, serving as the language arts and social studies teacher for the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Kelley Uyeno has joined our team as the 5th grade teacher. We are also excited to introduce Laurel Tanner, who will be serving as school psychologist for Ophir.

At Ophir, we will continue to work collaboratively with students, staff and parents/community to inspire our students to achieve at high levels. Staff will work collaboratively to ensure students receive a quality instructional program through a continued dedication to CRLP and STEAM. With the support of the entire community, I am confident that we will continue to accomplish great things in the 2014-15 school year.

We are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to continuing the strong relationships and partnerships that have been developed within the Ophir school community. We encourage all parents and families to become involved in our school community through the many volunteer opportunities offered during the school year. PTC has been organizing activities for the upcoming year, and they can use your help! We will also be seeking parent involvement in our School Site Council, our campus beautification crew, and as classroom volunteers and field trip chaperones.

We are looking forward to a great year at Ophir STEAM Academy!

Kevin Roche

Principal

Ophir STEAM Academy

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