Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Nearly 4000 Taste Zucchini

East Coventry Elementary, East Vincent Elementary, French Creek Elementary, North Coventry Elementary, Middle School, and West Vincent Elementary School students today participated in Tasty Tuesday.
Owen J. Roberts food service prepared Roasted Parmesan Zucchini and parents from all schools volunteered to help portion and deliver. The zucchini was purchased through a generous grant from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation.
Tasty Tuesday is an Owen J. Roberts wellness program allowing students the opportunity to try foods and have fun. Each March our schools have participated in Go for the Greens, a celebration of good food and good fun. In past years students have tried kiwi, avocados, broccoli, peas, leafy greens (even kale) and this year's thematic choice--zucchini.
The celebration lasts all week featuring Zucchini and Tomato Bake on the menu tomorrow. Students in grades 5 and 6 will receive complimentary copies of Chop Chop Cooking Magazine. All families will receive a free recipe card for Zippy Zucchini Pickles. There are plenty of contests and encouraging messages to support eating and loving healthy foods.
On Friday, High School students will take a chance and sample Green Smoothies. All these efforts help to inspire a future generation of vegetable eaters!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Parenting the Cyber Generation Now March 11

The evening program for parents dealing with Social Media has been re-scheduled for Monday evening, March 11, 2013, at 7:30 PM. The program, Cyber-Smarts, was originally slated for this past Wednesday evening, but postponed due to concerns about the weather. We hope that you will be able to make this re-scheduled date. The appropriate use of social media for our students is such an important and hot topic. Our speaker, Ms. Katie Koestner, is extremely knowledgeable and has spoken to audiences all across the country. Ms. Koestner will be presenting to Middle School students during the day on Monday and will be sharing a program specifically tailored to parents that evening. 

This program is being made possible through the generous support of our PTA, the OJRSD Wellness Council, and the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Student Wins $20,000 Widener University Scholarship

Student Caitlin McLaughlin was honored as a Widener University High School Leadership Award recipient. With this honor, Caitlin demonstrated academic excellence and character traits that mark her as a potential leader and future citizen of character. She was recently recognized at a special breakfast at the National Constitution Center and locally at the Owen J. Roberts School Board Meeting. Caitlin has worked extensively on anti-bullying topics including educating about LGBT slurs. She has presented to other students, faculty, and administrators bringing awareness to words that hurt. She helps plan a Day of Silence at Owen J. Roberts High School where students are silent for all kids who are bullied. The day ends with a "break the silence" party. Caitlin attends summits for the Gay Straight Alliance, whose work "with students focuses on leadership development and activism that prioritizes building alliances not only across sexual orientation and gender identity lines, but also across race, ethnicity, and class lines." Their resources and trainings are designed to facilitate coalition building. Caitlin has been very involved in providing tools which facilitate a cooperative community for those in Owen J. Roberts School District.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Read Across America

Dr. Christian practices his Spanish accent reading "The Beautiful Cockroach"
High School Read-in: the halls were eerily quiet

Even gym class dropped everything to read
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." Dr. Seuss

What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday than reading to a child? Over the past few days our schools celebrated reading in many ways. From author visits to guest readers, glorious stories were shared with students as adults modeled their love of reading. Superintendent Dr. Michael Christian made his way around the district to share a few favorite books. Students loved hearing about Martina Catalina Josephina Cucaracha when he read Carman Agra Deedy's retelling of an old Cuban folktale in "Martina, The Beautiful Cockroach". Supervisor of Instruction Dr. Ryan Monaghan chose a fun, celebrate-your-strengths book titled "Exclamation Mark" to read to one group of eager students who reportedly "got the point". Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn Soeder read an excerpt from a Harry Potter tale. She challenged students to listen for how J.K. Rowling conjures emotion with descriptive writing.

On February 28, more than 5,000 students dropped everything to take part in the one-hour READ-IN. Beyond giving every student uninterrupted time to dig in to a great book of choice, students love reading alongside their peers--even when immersed in individual books.

On Saturday, March 2, the characters for Seussical, the Musical entertained families at the sold-out character breakfast (pictures above)--further celebration of Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love of children and learning. Celebrating his birthday each year helps remind each of us that reading is a gift.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Tune into KYW for Student Interview

High School student Shannon Kolb was interviewed by KYW News Radio 1060 about OJR’s participation in The Great Food Fight!  The interview will be aired and repeated all day Sunday, March 3.  It will also be posted on KYW’s website.


Did you know?

•    One in six Americans struggle with the reality of hunger.
•    In 2011, 17.9 million households in America had difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of resources.
•    In the largest study of U.S. hunger, 40% of people surveyed reported having to choose between paying for food and paying for their rent, utilities, or mortgage.
•    In 2010, 5.7 million people per week received emergency food assistance, a 27% increase since 2006.

The Great Food Fight! is a 2 week annual food drive that helps thousands of families in the Delaware Valley who are in need.  The canned goods benefit Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, and food collected through Philabundance goes directly to the families in need.  This year’s food fight runs from February 25th through March 8th.

Last year, OJR won the top prize for donating the most food and with our winnings, we donated $2,000 to the North Coventry Food Pantry which does not benefit from Philabundance.  It is our goal to donate the most food again this year.

Please join the Fight!  A bin for cans is located in the lobby at the Administration Building and Warwick. 

Breaking News!
Double Your Donation!
Gary Drumheller, owner of Drumheller Construction Management, LLC, WILL MATCH POUND FOR POUND the donations made by Owen J. Roberts School District students up to 20,000 pounds.

Donations can be brought to the school beginning Monday, February 25th, and must be received no later than Friday, March 8th to be counted in the contest.
Shopping List

Please donate healthy food items for families in need.
23% of those served are children.

 Most Needed Items: 
• Canned / Shelf Stable Tuna
• Creamy Peanut Butter (Plastic Containers Only)
• Macaroni & Cheese
• Canned Beef Stew
• Canned Pasta, Beef Ravioli
• Canned Chili
• 100% Fruit & Vegetable Juice (Shelf Stable, Cans or Plastic Bottles  
• Jelly (Plastic Containers Only)
• Canned Pork & Beans/Baked Beans
• Canned Green Beans
• Canned Corn
• Canned Fruit Cocktail
• Breakfast Cereal or Hot Cereal