Week of Feb. 20, 2017

Here’s what’s happening at Overlook this week:

  • READING OLYMPICS: The Reading Olympics Competition will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Wissahickon High School.  Students who signed up committed to reading a minimum of 6 books for fourth graders and 7 books for 5th & 6th graders. They must also pass the Accelerated Reader Quiz on those books to attend the competition. Students who have not completed their minimum number of books will not be able to participate. Please check with your child to be sure they are on track to finish reading and taking the AR quiz for the minimum number of assigned books. The deadline to have reached this goal is February 24, 2017.
  • PSSA POWER WORDS: The PSSA test is coming up. To prepare, we are going to find the most important word ever!!!!    Students will be given a list of vocabulary words in a March-Madness-style bracket. The goal is to have students really think critically about each vocabulary word as it “competes”.  Please fill the bracket out at home and take your time discussing each word and how important it might be for the PSSAs. There is no right or wrong answer.    Please, have your children hand in their finished bracket to their teacher by Wednesday, March 1st. Each day from March 2nd to March 24th we will choose a word to “win” and move on. A large bracket will be located outside of the cafeteria.
    Your student will come home with two blank copies of the bracket. One is to hand in. The other is to be used to follow along each day. Please make sure that they are identical.
    Whoever has the most correct bracket will win a Rita’s and pizza party for their class. Ten other students will be randomly chosen and win a $5 gift card to Five Below. Prizes will be provided by the Overlook PTO.
  • SPRING BOOK FAIR:  This year’s spring book fair will be held Thursday, March 9th thru Wednesday, March 15th.  Set up and clean up days will be Tuesday 3/7 & Thursday 3/16.  We need volunteers to help make this event a success!  Sign up to volunteer!
  • GERTRUDE HAWK:  Spring Chocolate Sales begins Feb. 21, 2017.  Order your delicious candy just in time for all of your Easter Basket needs.  Catalogs come home today or order online at www.GertrudeHawkFundraising.com (Group Code 715137).  Sale proceeds will benefit Chromebooks and continued enrichment activities for our students.
  • AT-HOME VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  BLINGO is looking for parents who want to volunteer, but need a flexible schedule (i.e. nights and weekend hours, lots of time some weeks/less time others). Parents needed to maintain donation spreadsheet, send out donation letters, and reach out to personal contacts.  Help needed anytime now thru March.  See the volunteer flyer for more details.  Email blingo@overlookvolunteers.com if interested in volunteering.