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Newsletter of the Orient-Macksburg Community School District

March2018 Judy Johnson, Editor __————————_________________________________________________________—______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________-______——-

Superintendent’s Article for March Newsletter:

All of you are aware of the most recent school tragedy in Florida and sadly, these types of incidents seem to be occurring more frequently over the past decade. In addition, it seems we hear more often about child abductions today when compared to the past. Schools, families, and communities must work together to ensure the safety of our children. Though safety inside the school is ultimately the responsibility of the administrators and school staff, parents can take a few basic steps to ensure a safe school experience. The following are recommendations from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP):

Postal Customer Orient-Macksburg CSD P.O. Box 129 201 S School Street Orient, IA 50858-0129

MARCH 2018

Friday March 2 PTO Carnival 6-8 Saturday March 3 MS Solo, Creston FFA District Conv @ Panora Wednesday March 7 Blood Drive 11-5 Saturday March 10 Individual State Speech Lenox Honor Band Wednesday March 14 NHS Induction 2:00 Thursday March 15 Conferences noon dismissal Friday March 16 NO School March 19-23 Spring Break Friday March 30 No School For Activities: See calendar inside

Learn the school's emergency procedures. Emergency plans and phone numbers are usually included in school handbooks and posted in classrooms. Taking a few extra minutes to familiarize yourself and your child with emergency information can give him the confidence he needs to act quickly in emergency situations. Know travel routes to and from the school. Make sure you and your child know both primary and alternate routes. In an emergency, roads can be blocked and it's important to have a backup plan. It is also important to know which route your child typically takes to and from school. Know and follow school security and safety measures. These might include signing in when visiting the school, being escorted when walking through the building, or wearing a visitor pass. Following these procedures also sets a great example for your kids. Talk with your child about safety. Be specific. Talk about instinct and paying attention to funny feelings of fear. Explain what to do if she doesn't feel safe (find a teacher, call 911, etc.). Make sure she knows how to contact you or a trusted neighbor who is likely to be at home. Inform school staff about health and emotional concerns. Whether your child has a food allergy, a physical disability, or has been subject to bullying, make sure to keep your child's teachers and principal in the loop. Get involved. Talk with the principal about what you can do to increase school safety, such as organizing parents to form a neighborhood watch before and after school. Sometimes parent groups are highly successful in making improvements in traffic safety during drop off and pick up times. Orient-Macksburg Community Schools has a number of measures in place to help to ensure student safety. Please help by following these guidelines: Emergency plans are in place for fire, severe weather, and intruders. The staff have all been informed of these plans and they are practiced with all students/staff in the fall and spring. All school doors remain locked from 8:00 a.m. throughout the school day. There are cameras at the main East and West doors and visitors must push a button to be allowed access to the school. All visitors must sign in at the office. Students must be signed out to leave the school during the school day and must sign in when they arrive. Notes are required from parents/guardians if students’ plans for transportation to and from school and extracurricular events change or do not follow typical protocols. NOTE: Please be consistent in providing this information through a note, email, or phone call to the school/coach. Students whose parents have varying levels of custody, including limited visitation, no contact, etc., must have official paperwork submitted to the office that includes this information. Appropriate staff are informed of these official orders. Note: If you have revised or new court orders regarding contact and visitation, please make sure the school office has copies. If your child will be late or absent from school, please call or email the office. Parents/guardians will be contacted if we have not heard from you and your child is absent. Perhaps most important of all – parents, students, family members, and community members who have indications that a student is depressed, experiencing mental or emotional issues, or suspicious, troubling behaviors and social media posts should immediately contact the school/medical personnel/ law enforcement officials. This may help to prevent school violence or other traumatic events. It’s better to “be safe than sorry” if you have any concerns. Orient-Macksburg Community Schools has a caring staff and small student/teacher ratios, which allow us to know students and develop positive relationships with them. This is important, as the best preventative measures in regard to school violence are trusting relationships with adults. It may be impossible to predict a crisis before it happens; however, the safety measures we have in place and following the guidelines described above will help your child to be as safe as possible at school.


Congratulations Blake Sevier! 7th at State Wrestling Competition

MARCH 2018 Sunday







FROM 6-8


Winter is a great time to visit the O-M Fitness Center - No icy sidewalks or below 0 temperatures! A variety of excellent exercise equipment is available for your use. Single Memberships:

Family Memberships:

- 1 Year


- 1 Year


- 6 Months


- 6 Months




We are proud of you!

Orient-Macksburg Fitness Center

Thursday 1

Way to go Blake




Saturday 2



BB G STATE FFA District Conv @ Panora 8 a.m.G8 MS Band Solo Creston Gardening Tips Library 10:00 6 7 8 9 10 BB B STATE BB B STATE BB B STATE Deadline for BB B STATE Blood Drive April ACT LENOX HONOR 11-5 BAND BB B STATE STATE SPEECH INDIVIDUAL Genealogy ABC Library 10:00 13 14 15 16 17 Lego Camp NHS INDUCTION Rescheduled NO SCHOOL 2:00 Conferences End of 3rd QT Noon Release

19 20 21 22 23 24 NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL Coffee Library 9:30









$25 card fee The Fitness Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays.

PD = Professional Development Events are subject to change. Please check for updates on the Activities Calandar at O-M School Facebook page March 15 March 16 Mar 16-23 30-Mar Noon Dismissal No School Spring Break No School

Orient-Macksburg Monday


Breakfast/Lunch Wednesday

Thursday 1 Egg Patty & Toast Meatball Sub Baked Beans Celery Banana

March 2018 Friday 2 Breakfast Pizza Chicken & Noodles Mashed Potatoes Cucumbers Pears

5 Oatmeal Chicken Strips Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Applesauce B & B (HS)

6 7 Pancakes Omelet & Toast Hamburger on Bun Sausage Gravy/Biscuit Calico Beans Cooked Carrots Red Pepper Slice Fresh Broccoli Tropical Fruit Peaches

8 Breakfast Slider Baked Chicken Corn Cucumbers Grapes Bread & Butter

9 Donut Fish Sticks (ele/ms) Fish Patty/Bun (HS) Peas Coleslaw Mandarin Oranges

12 Bagel Chicken Quesadilla Corn Fresh Broccoli Mixed Fruit

13 14 Breakfast Pizza Scrambled Egg/Toast Pulled Pork on Bun Spaghetti/Meat Sauce Green Beans Cooked Broccoli Cherry Tomatoes Baby Carrots Cantaloupe Pears Garlic Breadstick(HS)

15 French Toast Pizza Baked Beans Baby Carrots Orange


No School











26 Oatmeal Burrito Refried Beans Cauliflower Pineapple Tidbits

27 Waffle Meatballs Cooked Broccoli Red Pepper Slices Apple Cookie

28 29 Egg Patty & Biscuit Breakfast Stick/Bites Mr. Rib on bun Taco Savory Carrots Spanish Rice Cucumbers Romaine Rosy Applesauce Peaches Breadstick (HS)


NO School

Student Meal Prices: Breakfast $1.00 Lunch $2.30 Breakfast served from 7:45 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast will not be served after 8:00 a.m. Anyone with account balances $-10.00 or below will not be served the menu meal The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. (Menu subject to change)

A Honor Roll 2nd Quarter Sammons, Brooklyn Gardner, Haylee Hribal, Izak Nguyen, Vinh Ott, Jody Rawlings, Zayden B Honor Roll 2nd Quarter Buckman, Stephen Davis Quincey Gebbie, Keegan Herrmann, Josee Kralik, Ashlyn Sevier, Blake Tucker, Cruz Webb, Treyg Browning, Elizabeth Gillespie, Dakota Hribal, Andrew Rasmussen, Riley Sitman-Waltz, Aiana Tonnberg, Ethan Walker, Cameo Blakey, Mackenzie Eslinger, Kaela Gross, Cortney Johnson, Hailey Long, Samantha Neisemier, Alexia Fluckey, Korbin Holste, Gavin McClelland, Sarah Meyer, Haylee Ray, Wiley Winkler, Cody

12 11 11 10 9 9 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9

A Honor Roll 1st Semester Sammons, Brooklyn Gardner, Haylee Hribal, Izak Nguyen, Vinh Rawlings, Zayden B Honor Roll 1st Semester Davis, Quincey Gebbie, Keegan Herrmann, Josee Holtry, Montana Kralik, Ashlyn Sevier, Blake Tucker, Cruz Webb, Treyg Gillespie, Dakota Rasmussen, Riley Walker, Cameo Blakey, Mackenzie Eslinger, Kaela Gross, Cortney Johnson, Hailey Long, Samantha Neisemier, Alexia Holste, Gavin McClelland, Sarah Meyer, Haylee Ott, Jody Ray, Wiley Winkler, Cody MS B Honor Roll Tonnberg, Janesa Abell, Gavyn Ross, Tyson

12 11 11 10 9 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 7 7

Public Resource Technology Center - Orient Public Library

On January 15th the OrientMacksburg

Located on the East side of the O-M School

P.O. Box 182, 201 School St., ORIENT, IOWA 50858 [email protected] 641.337.5061 X124

School held a retirement party for Chris

Public library hours: 3:00 - 6:00 pm weekdays. Saturday 10:00 am - Noon. To contact the public library after school hours: 641.337.5061 X124.

Corkrean. She worked in the Food Service

Lego® Camps Tuesday, March 13 is the next Lego Camp at the public library. Parents be sure to send a note to school on the morning of the Lego Camp. In the event of an early dismissal due to snow or ice the Lego Camp will be canceled. The public library is always closed if the school dismisses early or when school is closed due to bad weather. Check the library Facebook page for weather related announcements, “Public Resource”.

Department since 2004. Thank you Chris for many years of service.

Adult Coloring Program: Next Adult Coloring at the public library will be Thursday, March 1. Bring a friend and try it out!

Happy Retirement!

New Books Check out all the new books at the public library for your winter reading. Still Me by Jojo Moyes is the conclusion to the Me Before You trilogy. Other new titles are: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner, The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck, Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand, The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth, The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers, and Ominous by Lisa Jackson. New Movies New at the public library are several tv series on DVD and three classic movies. This Is Us: the Complete First Season, Nashville: The complete fourth season, Longmire: Season 1, Poldark: Season 1 & 2, Fiddler on the Roof, Lion in the Winter starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn, and Camelot starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave.

Winter Programs for Adults at the Public Library Saturday, March 3 Gardening Tips 10:00 am

Connie from Hilltop Gardens will show new plant colors for spring, share gardening tips and answer gardening questions.

Saturday, March 10 Genealogy ABC’s 10:00 am

Learn how to discover those unexpected clues when researching your family history. Find out about local genealogy resources, online sources, cemetery records, and much more.

Saturday, March 24 Saturday Coffee 9:30 - 10:30 am Saturday, April 7 Veg Out! 10:00 am

Learn how to eat more vegetables and enjoy doing it. Presenter is Barb Fuller, ISU Extension Nutrition and Wellness Program Specialist. Registration is required! We must have 10 participants signed up in advance.

Saturday, April 14 Saturday Coffee 9:30 - 10:30 am

On February 3rd, we had students who attended State for Large Group Speech @ Waukee. Vinh Nguyen performed a Solo Mime and a Choral Reading was presented by Brooklyn Sammons, Ashlyn Kralik, Caitlyn Buckman, Cortney Gross, and Sarah McClelland. Both performances got an overall 1 rating. Way to go kids! On February 24th, we had students who attended The District Individual Group Speech at Osceola. Stephen Buckman gave performances in both Improve and Poetry. Brooklyn Sammons gave performances in both Radio Broadcasting and Prose. They were both nominated to go to state for each! So on to State on March 10th! Great Job!!!! Save-the-Date The Spring Music Program has been rescheduled. It will now be Tuesday, May 15th, at 6:30 PM.

March 2018 Newletter.pdf

Page 1 of 4. Friday March 2. PTO Carnival 6-8. Saturday March 3. MS Solo, Creston. FFA District Conv @ Panora. Wednesday March 7. Blood Drive 11-5. Saturday March 10. Individual State Speech. Lenox Honor Band. Wednesday March 14. NHS Induction 2:00. Thursday March 15. Conferences noon dismissal.

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