Congratulations to the OP Girls Varsity Volleyball team on their Section VI Class AA Win on November 3, 2018! The Quakers defeated defending champion Clarence and clinched their first sectional title since 2012 and the fourth in its history.
At this time of year it is very important to be aware of our inclement weather procedures. The decision to close schools is not an easy one to make and often the decision needs to be made quickly and decisively and always in the best interest for the continued safety of our students and staff. We begin the decision process at 4 a.m. or sooner, depending on the weather and the forecast. With more than fifty other locations that we transport students to (BOCES, private schools, special programs), a delayed start is usually not an option for a district our size. Once the decision is made to close, radio and television stations are contacted, the district’s webpage is updated and the iConnect notification is sent out. I would ask that parents take a few moments to sign into the Parent Portal and review their contact information to make sure that it’s current. Please visit https://powerschool.opschools.org for more information.
The Orchard Park Central School District is proud to announce that in early October two Orchard Park High School teachers were selected as members of the New York State Master Teachers Program by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Math teacher Brian Dena and Industrial Arts teacher Joseph Bella are two of the 275 recipients chosen.
On Saturday, October 13th, Orchard Park Central School District friends and family participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Canalside. The walk raises awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. To-date, the OPCSD team has raised over $2,400 in support of this event.
For information on registering your child for Kindergarten for 2018-2019, please contact Amanda Alba the Central Registrar at 209-6325. She is located in the Orchard Park Central School District Administrative Offices, 2240 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca, NY. Registration is done by appointment only Monday through Thursday in the summer. Please call between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to make an appointment. It is important to make an appointment as soon as possible in order to ensure that parents can attend Kindergarten Orientation at their child’s future school building and have their child signed up for Kindergarten Screening. Orientation is traditionally late in April and screening is held in May. Additional information and paperwork can be found at www.opschools.org/kindergarten. Please contact Amanda Alba at 209-6325 with any questions.
Ellicott Elementary students participate in the Stuff the Sneaker campaign in an act of kindness. All four OP elementary schools completed 10,800 acts of kindness this year.
Applications for Universal Pre-Kindergarten are currently being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. In order to participate in the UPK program children must reside in the Orchard Park Central School District attendance area, and be four years old by December 1st of the year they start the program. The Orchard Park Central School District is able to offer the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program through a grant provided by the New York State Education Department. This grant covers the cost of the program, but does not cover transportation. It is the responsibility of each family to transport their child to the Universal Pre-Kindergarten site. There are a designated number of Universal Pre-Kindergarten spots available. If more apply than there are openings, there will be a “lottery” to determine who will be able to attend. Children are randomly selected for the program. Selection is not based on academic or economic need. All children are equally eligible for participation. The Orchard Park UPK program is not housed in the Orchard Park Elementary School buildings. The Orchard Park Central School District partners with local preschools as community-based preschool UPK sites. Families who apply for Orchard Park’s UPK program will be asked to provide their preschool site preference. We attempt to accommodate families’ first or second choice whenever possible. UPK applications are due by March 30, 2018. The following documents are required when submitting your UPK application: completed registration form, completed Home Language Questionnaire, proof of residency (two recent, valid forms are necessary), Parent/Guardian driver’s license, birth certificate, and vaccination records for your child. These forms may be downloaded from the district’s website (www.opschools.org/upk), picked up at the Central Registrar’s office at the Orchard Park Central School District Offices, 2240 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca, or mailed to you upon request. Please call (
Eggert Elementary third grader Ava Rojek went above and beyond to collect food for Eggert’s Holiday Food Drive held in November. With the help of her mother, Ava created a video that was uploaded to social media asking for donations. She also wrote a letter on the back of the donation flyer. She then dropped off copies of that letter to all her neighbors. Within a week Ava collected over 420 donations of non-perishable items for Eggert’s Food Drive.
7:00 PM HS PTO Meeting
7:00 PM EL Vocal Holiday Concert
7:00 PM MS Musical
7:00 PM MS Musical
12:00 PM OP Santa Claus Parade (QMB Performs)
TIES (Together Including Every Student) is a new program in the District that promotes the participation of students and young adults with developmental disabilities in inclusive, organized extracurricular and community activities with the support of trained student volunteers in grades 8-12.
A recent update in New York Education Law, effective July 1, 2018, requires that a complete physical exam be conducted for all students entering grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. We ask that you schedule an appointment with your child's physician if they will be in one of those grades in September 2018. Please forward the completed form to your school nurse as soon as the exam has been completed.