President’s Message

Happy and Safe Holiday Season

Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting on 11/20.  We had strong attendance for a meeting held during a shortened holiday work-week.  The participation makes us wonder – could it be that our new ‘incentive program’ 🎟️ is really working?  Or maybe it’s our ‘get to know someone new’ campaign…

For January’s meeting (1/15) we’ll be changing the venue and offering a special activity – so mark your calendars and make sure you are there!

As we come into the crush of holiday activity we want to wish you and your family a happy holiday season.  For our kids, these elementary school years are full of simple childhood joys.  I hope you all find plenty of time to enjoy them while you can.  Word of advice – don’t blink.

To keep informed please plan to attend PTA meetings scheduled as follows: 9/17, 11/20, 1/15, 3/5, 4/23, 6/11.

See you all at the sing-along,

Kate Booth
OPS PTA President


Talent Show 2019 – Bring on the Madness.

It’s here again folks.  The bi-annual OPS Talent Show is upon us.

AUDITION DATES: Wednesday, January 30th and Thursday, January 31st – immediately after school.

DRESS REHEARSALS: Wednesday, February 27th and Thursday, February 28th- immediately after school.

PERFORMANCE DATES: Wednesday, March 6th and Friday, March 8th

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 25th.


*All ages are welcome
* Everyone performs; This is not a competition
* One 2 minute performance per child, including group acts
* Lyrics (where applicable) must be submitted with your registration form
* Edited & performance ready music must be submitted (1 copy on a clearly labelled CD or flash drive) for auditions
* Flash drives will not be returned
* Videos of all acts, posters and t-shirts will be available for sale
* All participants must agree to a media release as part of registration

Preparing music selections: Additional help can be found on THIS FLIER.  Please note that while this flier is dated, the advice is still sound.  Where the language refers to a CD, insert FLASH DRIVE if you are using that medium instead.

Want to Volunteer? Check out the opportunity to do so at the bottom of the registration form.

**Please note that if you volunteer to work backstage during the shows, you will be assigned the OPPOSITE date of your child’s performance and will get a RESERVED SEAT FOR THE DAY OF YOUR CHILD’S SHOW. **

Special Volunteering Opportunity! Please email talentshow@oradellpta.org if you can help out as our Program Manager – design and produce our program!

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? Please contact Talent Show Committee Chairs, Kate Windram and
Paige Boyle at talentshow@oradellpta.org.


Six Flags Read to Succeed 2019!

Who doesn’t like a scream your face off roller coaster ride?! Right no one…

BUT you know what’s better than a scream your face off roller coaster ride?
A FREE one!

The PTA is bringing you the Six Flags Read to Succeed program to make that very dream a reality and we’re even  kicking off the program with EXTRA TIME TO READ!

six-flags-read-to-succeedPRINT READING LOG HERE

Reading logs are due back to teachers on 2/22/19.

Questions? Check out the information at the top of the reading log and if that doesn’t help email us at president@oradellpta.org, firstvp@oradellpta.org or corrsecy@oradellpta.org



Caldecott Winter Book Club

First Graders  – Our Winter Caldecott book club is coming!

This is going to be great – Get your spot while you still can!

The Caldecott Book Club is hosting its 2nd after school event this year!
When: Wednesday February 13, 2019 – 2:30pm – 3:45pm.

Registration is now open

Please send your child to school with a NUT FREE snack marked “Caldecott Book Club”.

Children will be dismissed at 3:45pm from the MPR entrance.

Please Note:  We are in need of volunteers.  If you or someone you know is available and would like to help make this a fun and enjoyable event please note that on the sign up form.   If we do not have enough volunteers we may need to consider cancelling the event.

Questions? reach out to  Purva Vaidya and Uma Thorat via email at: caldecottbookclub@oradellpta.org


Kindergarten Readers it’s time for another Book Club!

The OPS PTA Kindergarten Book Club is having its 2nd meeting of the year!

Calling all Kindergarten Readers!

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, we’re ready to read and create valentine’s crafts with you!

You won’t want to miss this Valentine themed Book and craft extravaganza!

When: Wednesday, February 6th from 2:30-3:30 pm

Space is limited and the online registration will close once capacity is reached.

Online Registration Form

**Note: Dismissal will be at 3:30 from the Kindergarten doors.**

Please send your little one to school with a nut-free snack marked “Kindergarten Book Club”.

Questions? reach out to  Danielle Nagy and Yaisel Benitez via email:

Want to volunteer? Parent volunteers are welcome to join the fun! Please sign up on the registration form.


Order a book for Author Visits during Read Across America Week!`

Does your child want to order a signed book from Wendy Mass or Jeff Mack?

The PTA is running our Author Visits a bit differently this year.  We spent our budget on bringing in the BEST talent and providing access to multiple copies of their books for the library and classrooms.

Late in February/early March, Jeff Mack will come speak to K-2nd graders and Wendy Mass will come speak to 3rd-6th graders!

For more information about the authors and their writing please visit their websites directly through the links below:



If your child would like a signed copy of a book written by their visiting author, we are providing the opportunity to order them, at publisher rates.  They will be signed by the author prior to their visit.  There are several titles available so your child can get the book of their choice.

Please access the order form through the link below:


Questions? Please reach out to author visit committee chairs Yelena Feimer or Svetlana Norr using email authorpresentations@oradellpta.org


Read and Rap Winter Book Club 2019

It’s almost time for the 2nd and 3rd graders to Read & Rap again…..

Join the Read and Rap Book Club on Wednesday, January 23rd  in the MPR.

Sign ups are limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Please sign up through the link below:


*Dismissal will be through the MPR doors

Please be sure to send your child with a drink and NUT-FREE snack for this event

Interested in volunteering for this event?  The registration form has a space for that –  please join us for the fun!

Questions? Please contact Lauren Driscoll and Daniela Bossbaly via: readandrap@oradellpta.org