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!!! OPEN ENROLLMENT IS MARCH 2-31, 2015.

News and Announcements

Attention 6th grade parents! Tdap Booster Requirement for 7th Grade for the 2015-16 school year!

Attention 6th grade parents! Tdap Booster Requirement for 7th Grade for the 2015-16 school year! Incoming 7th grade students for the 2015-16 school year that are missing the Tdap booster must provide proof of immunization. Please make sure that your 6th grader this year gets their Tdap immunization prior to May 31, 2015. Please bring proof of IZ to the office. Thank you!
Mr. Birst and Miss Bindergarten -- our subs for the 100th day of school!

Mr. Birst and Miss Bindergarten -- our subs for the 100th day of school! Kindergarten and First Grade had some "senior subs" at Ophir on the 100th day of school!

TK/KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2015/2016 Do you have a child that will be entering into Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year? Open the attached flyer for information regarding our upcoming information night -PARENTS ONLY and registration dates
2015-16 OPEN ENROLLMENT - MARCH 2-31 2015
Attached are the 2015-16 registration packets for grades 1-8. You can fill these out online and submit directly to Ophir (if you live in the Ophir Elementary STEAM Academy boundaries) or to the district office if you will require inter-district or intra-district approval.

LBEF ELECTRONIC E-WASTE RECYCLING DRIVE IS APRIL 24TH! The LBEF will be hosting the annual E-Waste Drive on Saturday, April 24th at Loomis Grammar school. Start saving your E-Waste items and check our website regularly for updated information on the event!!!! The fundraisers of the LBEF support the seven schools of the Loomis Union School District.

8TH GRADE CORNER See important information regarding 2015-16 high school!

CHORUS UPDATE! Mark your calendars for these important performances!
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.
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.
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
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Principal's Corner

Dear Ophir STEAM Academy Families, 

We would like to invite our parents and community members to the next School Site Council meeting on Tuesday, February 3rd at 2:45 pm in the school library. Over the past two months, the School Site Council has been reviewing and updating the Comprehensive School Safety Plan, which sets school goals and action plans for the school year. Our team has worked collaboratively to produce our final document for public comment. These plans will then be submitted for approval by the LUSD Board of Trustees. For a detailed agenda, please visit our school website, click on the “parent” tab, select “volunteer opportunities”, and go to the link for “School Site Council”. An attachment of the agenda is located at the bottom of this page.

Please remember the importance of student attendance. Not only does regular attendance lead to increased academic growth for all students, but it also helps to maintain funding for our school through the Average Daily Attendance Rate (ADA). Please support our teachers, students and school by scheduling appointments and trips around school hours and the district calendar. You help in this matter is greatly appreciated.

We are excited to announce the start of another after school enrichment program, Sign Club to our 5th through 8th grade students. This club, which will meet on most Thursdays from 2:45 to 3:45, will provide enrichment and growth opportunities for students interested in becoming more fluent in American Sign Language. This class is limited to 30 students and is on a “first come, first served” basis. Flyers with attached permission forms were sent home with students today. If interested, please complete the form and turn it into the main office.

We want to congratulate our two fifth grade students, Zachary S. and Nate G., who were recognized as the grand champions of the first ever, robotics tournament. After learning general robotics and programming skills, students spent ten weeks building and perfecting their robots. Last week these robots faced off in a double-elimination competition, and after the dust settled, “RoboRex” was the last robot standing.

We are extremely proud of all the students who participated in the piloting of this program. It was amazing to see how quickly they picked up on the concepts of robotics, programming, and the application of the engineering design process. Congratulations to all our students and their magnificent robot creations. Our final robotics meeting for the first session is Wednesday, February 4th. Please be on the look-out within the next few weeks for more information regarding our next opportunity for Robotics Club.

Please be reminded that school is not in session on Friday, February 6th due to district staff development. During this day, our staff will be engaged in an “in depth” collaboration to further develop and refine instructional strategies in the areas of ELA, mathematics and technology that are aligned to the California Common Core State Standards. We are looking forward to a productive day. 

Have a great weekend!

Kevin Roche


Ophir STEAM Academy

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