As a Primary Years Programme (PYP) International Baccalaureate (IB) school, our goal is to help students make Ogden and the world a better and more peaceful place. Our classrooms are just like communities, and we are teaching and learning about ways to best work together. To that end, each homeroom has collaboratively created essential agreements, and as a community we have behavior expectations to ensure we have common expectations. It would be helpful if you reinforce these expectations with your child regularly at home. Doing so helps our entire learning community.
On Wednesday, November 13th, all parents and students are requested to conference with the teacher between Noon and 6pm (typically via teacher scheduled appointments), to receive your child's report card and set learning goals for the 2nd quarter. We encourage students to attend for a three-way discussion, an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme approach, where students discuss their learning with their parents and teacher. Through this communication, we establish and identify student’s strengths and areas for growth, which leads to strengthened goals for the 2nd quarter.
With the start of cooler weather, please be reminded about our outdoor Recess Policy and dress your child appropriately for the weather. This also means that our poor little lost and found has a surplus of items. Please remind your child to check regularly for lost items. We are seeking a parent or two that would be willing to help us find a way to efficiently return (and eventually donate) left behind items. If you have great ideas and an hour or so a week, please let Mrs. Kranz or our security desk know.
Ogden PTA Donations: The Ogden PTA is now taking online donations as well as online payments for memberships. One year membership is $20 and comes with no strings attached. No minimum time commitment is required. Click on this link to go directly to their store page. You can also find the link to the PTA's Amazon Smile HERE. The PTA receives 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases.
Stock the Teacher's Lounge: Our PTA is looking for volunteers to help keep the teacher's lounge stocked with goodies for our hard working teachers and staff. Please sign up HERE.
Staying Connected through Email: At Ogden we communicate through email as much as possible. Please take a moment to sign-up for school wide communications if you have not already done so. This is very important so that you receive timely information as it relates to both grade-level specific communications, as well as school-wide communications.
CPS Calendar: Having your child in school when school is in session is critical to a successful school relationship. The most important date is the first day of school on September 3rd! The first day of school is when teachers provide opportunities to get to know one-another, community build, teach classroom routines and expectations, and set the tone for the entire school year. When students miss the first day, they are starting from a disadvantage. Please plan your vacations accordingly. Ogden follows the CPS calendar, or find by clicking calendar on cps.edu.
Attendance: At Ogden we believe good attendance is critical, and frequent absences create a loss of learning that will cause learning gaps in our young learners' foundation skills. Please only keep your child out of school if they are sick. Vacations and business trips are not excused absences. Class discussions and oral components of lessons can not be made up when students are absent from school. For guidance about attendance, please refer to this guide from CPS.
Supplies: The supply list is HERE. If you need help with supplies, please email Mrs. Kranz.
Need Before or After School Care?: If you have a need for your child to receive before or after school care, please see contact our partner Right at School. In addition, we are planning some exciting enrichment opportunities through Right at School. More information about our partner can be found here: https://rightatschool-ogden-international-school.jumbula.com/#/before-after-school.
Building an IB Mindset: Looking for ways to engage about what school will be like? If so, please see our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program overview. Using this language at home and using inquiry to guide thinking will help prepare your child for their learning adventure at Ogden.
Please let us know if you have any unanswered questions. We look forward to building a collaborative relationship with your family.
Head of East Campus
Dear families of Ogden East Campus students: Please understand we expect all students to enter the building in a calm manner. If students arrive early and the doors are not yet open, we ask students to line up before entry. If large groups of students are traveling to school together, be it walking or carpooling, we ask they enter the plaza and school in an orderly fashion. Thank you to all of our families that reinforce this expectations!