Bee in the Know

Week of November 1, 2020

We made it through the first quarter of virtual learning! I’d like to thank all teachers, students, and parents for your patience and understanding as we’ve navigated this brand new virtual learning environment together. We’ve learned a great deal thanks to valuable feedback from all stakeholders. As we begin the second quarter, we will continue to work together to make online learning a rich learning environment where students are able to find more comfort and success. Please take the first few days of this week to regroup and recharge for the second quarter so you can start out strong! Let’s try to be to class on time, with cameras on, ready to learn and work together!

ParentVUE/Return to Learn Packet

All the materials that are usually sent home on the first day of school including the students Emergency Card have been included in the Return to Learn Packet and are available in ParentVUE. Parents are asked to complete their students Return to Learn Packet (Emergency Card) in ParentVue as soon as possible.

If you have questions about your ParentVue account or are having issues accessing your account, please call the school and one of our office staff can help.

Link with instructions on how to complete your Return to Learn Packet: https://www.pwcs.edu/parents/ReturnToLearn

The link to access ParentVue: https://va-pwcps-psv.edupoint.com/PXP2_Login_Parent.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True

Senior Cap and Gown Ordering Information

Cap & Gown ordering is now open! Please visit https://www.balfournova.com/caps-and-gowns to place your order. Then follow the step by step instructions below:

Step 1- Go to balfournova.com

Step 2- Select Caps and Gowns

Step 3- Select Osbourn Park High School

Step 4- Enter in your email address to receive a confirmation for your order

Step 5- Complete your information

Step 6- Checkout

You can also order other "Grad Essentials" such as Announcements, Diploma Frames, Souvenir Tassels, 2021 Apparel, etc. on the website below. Please visit https://www.balfour.com/shop/graduation-products?smi=76828 to place your order for those items.

If you have any questions please contact Balfour at 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.

Time and Workload Management Sessions

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Have you had a challenging time adjusting to distance learning and managing your workload? The Osbourn Park School Counselors will be hosting a Zoom session on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 10 am on Time and Workload Management. We are here to help students find ways to help balance their new normal, strategies, and tips and tricks for coping and managing.

Time: Nov 4, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://pwcs-zm-edu.zoom.us/j/88306259574?pwd=RGlpWDgrb0wvSzhUVVhpU3JHK1Rqdz09
Meeting ID: 883 0625 9574
Passcode: 595541

School Counseling Open Office Hours

All school counselors are holding open office hours from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm on November 4th for all students who need any academic or social/emotional support.

Club or Eagle Scout Project Opportunity

The OP Athletic Department is interested in creating running trails throughout the school property. If you are a club or Eagle Scout willing to take on a larger scale community service project like this, please contact Keith Laine, Student Activities Director, at 703-365-6500, or laineka@pwcs.edu, for more information.

Virtual Biotechnology Hour Opportunities

Biotechnology & Engineering students will still need to complete 100 hours of science or engineering related service by May 1 of their senior year. There are multiple opportunities available to earn hours during the pandemic such as reading books and writing a reflection or taking Cisco coursework where you earn 70 hours per course! Please visit the Biotech Hours Opportunity page for more information and updates! https://osbournparkhs.pwcs.edu/our_school/specialty_programs/biotechnology_center/biotech_hours_opportunities

SWE Carnival: Girls Engineering the Future

Stanford SWE welcomes high school girls from across the US to participate in Girls Engineering the Future. A conference focused one empowering high school women in STEM. In this online conference you will learn about the college application process, financial aid, and STEM opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to meet with Stanford students and learn about many engineering fields. The event will be held on Saturday, November 7 from 10am – 2pm. Sign up at https://gef.eventbrite.com.

Need Help with Math? Assistance now available!

Math Honor Society is now offering Peer Tutoring in Zoom! Tutoring is available Monday, Tuesdays. And Thursdays from 2:50 – 3:30 in Zoom at https://pwcs-zm-edu.zoom.us/j/3894569277?pwd=UjQ3kJGbm81b1BOY0FkMS9RTVEydz09

Advanced sign up is not necessary. Students needing help will work in breakout rooms with peer to assist them. Come ready to share your virtual documents! Please note, tutoring is not available on holidays and teacher workdays.

What’s Good: Good News in the Virtual Learning Environment

“I must say, SEEING my students FACES finally, pretty much made my entire year so far!!!”

“Today we had some great participation for Red Ribbon Week. One student and her mom were both spotted wearing pink. Another student and her dad were both wearing their baseball caps. A student and his mom were both wearing matching Washington Capitals Championship hats and shirts. Mrs. Stewart saw that they had the Washington Capitals hat on, and she went to get hers as well. It was the first Triplet Day for me for Twin Day. I think we will have great participation this week!”

“AP Psychology students engaged in excellent discussions this past week! In the online discussion boards, they analyzed how adolescent brains develop, and whether these neurological changes should have any bearing on how teens are treated in the criminal justice system. I was impressed by the thoughtfulness of student's answers and how they continued to extend the online conversation!”

Let’s keep up the great work and have an awesome start to the 2nd quarter!