Thank you for another great week OPA! This week we all witnessed several important milestones as we watched our democracy in action through the peaceful transfer of power to a new president. Our country now has its first woman Vice President, our first African American Vice President, and our first South Asian Vice President. I am so proud to be part of this great nation, where so many more children now can see a bit of themselves in our national leadership.
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Dear OPA Families, I hope that everyone has had a restful and safe weekend. As a reminder, Monday, January 18th there will be No School as we celebrate and remember the history and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We are pleased to share that the first week back from the winter break and the transition to 100% virtual learning was a successful one! During my virtual classroom visits throughout the week, I was able to see great teaching and learning taking place.
Thank you all for a wonderful first week back after winter break. Although it was great to have some time off for the holidays, all of our champions seemed eager to be back in class with their classmates and teachers virtually this week. We are all looking forward to an amazing 2021.
This year's Prospective Parent Information Meetings will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 01/27/21 at 5:30pm and Thursday 01/28/21 at 10:00am. Please find the Zoom Links on the Events Calendar.
Links and information regarding COVID-19 testing locations, at-home testing kits, and free testing and care locations in Orange County.
Dear OPA Families, On behalf of the administration team, we wish you a Happy New Year! We hope that you had a relaxing and safe winter break in spite of the current events in our country and the surge of COVID-19 cases. A Special Board Meeting was held on January 5th. During this meeting OPA Board of Directors voted to transition to 100% virtual learning. The Board will reassess the COVID-19 data at the January 28th Board meeting to determine a possible date for resuming hybrid instruction.
The OPA Board of Directors held a Special Board meeting tonight, January 5, 2021, to discuss the health and safety of our OPA staff, students, and families in response to the rising numbers of COVID-19 in Orange County. Based on the current COVID-19 case data for California and Governor Newsom’s decision to extend the stay-at-home order for the Southern California region, the OPA Board of Directors voted to temporarily transition to 100% virtual learning for all students beginning on January 11, 2021. The Board will reassess the COVID-19 data at the January 28, 2021 Board of Directors meeting to determine a possible date for resuming hybrid instruction.
As we all start the holiday break, I want to thank everyone for an incredible year. Although there have been many challenges, our OPA community has grown stronger, closer, and more resilient through 2020, and our champions have gained valuable academic, social, emotional, and life skills. As we move into 2021, we will continue to improve our programs and provide even more opportunities for our champions to excel.
Dear OPA Families, I invite you to the Chancellor’s Food Drive Challenge! This Thursday, December 17th is the last day we will collect Food Drive donations. I challenge all families to send ONE can of food with your Champion on Monday (Hybrid students). We have almost 400 students who attend our hybrid program. If each student brings a can of food, we can make a huge difference for families who benefit from the South County Outreach food pantry.
Although this week has seen difficult times with the increases in COVID-19 cases in Orange County and across California, we have had many great things happening at our school sites. On Monday, Mrs. Merlette and Mr. Bridges rewarded students for an amazing Read-a-thon fundraiser of over $23,000, by getting publicly slimed! It was an incredibly fun, although messy, event. SOC rewarded their students for a great Read-a-thon fundraiser a few weeks ago with a dip in the dunk tank for Ms. Alvarado, Ms. Velez, and Ms. Sessions. Thank you to all of our students and families who participated in the fundraisers and to our Honor Societies at each site for putting this all together.
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