Friday Message 1/15/2021

January 15, 2021

Dear OPA Families and Staff,

Thank you all for a wonderful first week back after winter break. Although it was great to have some time off for the holidays, all of our champions seemed eager to be back in class with their classmates and teachers virtually this week. We are all looking forward to an amazing 2021.

As we digest the events that happened at our Capitol last week, I want to emphasize that OPA is committed to teaching our students to embrace diversity and always act in a civil and respectful manner, even when voicing disagreement. Students are taught respect for our country, our laws, and our constitution through patriotic activities, courses in American history, and character education. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Next week we will be having a virtual Town Hall to discuss possible reopening dates for hybrid learning as well as current data regarding COVID-19, testing, and vaccinations. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21st from 5-6 pm. The link to join is

https://oxfordchampions.zoom.us/j/99764747806. If you have questions you would like us to answer during the meeting or if you would like to speak during the meeting, please fill out the Town Hall Google Form by 12:00 pm, Thursday, January 21, 2021. We are excited to share information, answer questions, and hear your input. A recording of the Town Hall will also be available after the meeting on our website for those that are not able to attend.

Open enrollment for OPA begins on February 19, 2021. If you know of any families that are interested in applying to join our incredible OPA family, please refer them to our website’s Enrollment page. Also, any current families with new students applying to OPA next year must also complete an online application between February 19 and March 19, 2021. The lottery for the 2021-22 school year will be held on April 28, 2021. 

School Choice week is coming up on January 25th. There will be activities at each school to celebrate OPA and School Choice. We are very proud to be a school of choice and provide our champions with unique educational opportunities and a rigorous academic program. Thank you all for your support and dedication. It is because of our entire OPA community that we have such a successful program.

As COVID-19 continues to adversely affect so much of our community, I implore everyone to continue to follow all health and safety guidelines. We are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel with vaccine distribution, and I don’t want to lose anyone from our OPA family when we are so close to being able to all be together again. COVID-19 numbers and hospitalizations are soaring throughout the state and the county, and several of our OPA staff have been severely affected by the virus. Please keep everyone who is battling this disease in your thoughts.

Thank you for your patience and support of our OPA champions. Have a wonderful three-day weekend! And one final thought from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we look toward the upcoming week: 

“World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus, we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point. Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Sincerely,

The OPA Administrative Team