Principal's Message

Greetings and Welcome to the 2019-2020 Academic School Year!!

Dear Parents:

I am super excited to see your child/children this school year.  I hope that your summer was relaxing and everybody has enjoyed the warm weather.  Before the summer winds down, I challenge you to go make memories and place a smile in the heart of a child.

This year we will focus on “Being Our Best Selves”, it is the intention of the staff here at Barack Obama Elementary school that every individual in this building feels loved, appreciated, and worthy of a quality learning experience.  We are committed to implementing practices that bring out the best of all members of our school family.  It is our desire that children build a positive attitude towards learning through continual celebrations of their success.

I am personally inviting every parent to attend our State of the Schools’ Address, Thursday, September 5, 2019 @6:00p.m.  This is an opportunity for you to hear first-hand about our successes, goals for the year and the challenges we face without your support.  It is very important that every family have a representative in attendance.

I am asking all parents to participate in our annual 30 Day Love Challenge.  Please document through pictures, video, song, dance, whatever your creative mind directs you to do and email to   The 30 Day Love Challenge will begin on the first day of school, August 21st and end October 1st .  Every morning before school, for the first 30 days, you are to tell your child/ children how much you love them and one great thing about them.  We are going to speak life into them collectively, and start this year off with positive vibes. So give out extra hugs and kisses. Spread Love… (Ex: I love you because you help this family in so many ways.)

I look forward to meeting you and your family and celebrating the many accomplishments of your child/children.

In Partnership,                                   

Dr. Octavia A. Reid, Principal


Important Reminders!!!!


August 12th – Class Assignments Posted

August 19th. – Open House 5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

August 21st. – First Day of School

September 5th - State of the Schools Address @ 6:00p.m.

School Hours:

7:45a.m. - 8:01 a.m. - Students should not be dropped off before 7:45a.m., there will be no supervision. Breakfast will be served until 8:21a.m. daily. Please make sure your child doesn’t miss the most important meal of the day.  

8:01a.m. – Students may enter the building and go directly to their classrooms.

8:21a.m. - Classroom Instruction begins, arrival after classes begin is considered tardy.

3:05p.m.- Dismissal. Please refrain from removing students after 2:30p.m. except for emergencies.

New Dismissal Procedures: Read Carefully

Drop Off/Arrival Time: 7:45 a.m.

Pick Up/Dismissal Start Time: 3:05 p.m.

Bus Riders: Bus riders will be dropped off in the front/main entrance of the building near the main office. Car riders, walkers and daycare providers/riders will NOT use this entrance. This procedure is the same for pick up/dismissal.

Car Riders: Car riders are to be dropped off in the back entrance of Obama in the shared parking lot of JFK, Obama and Lincoln. Entrance to this parking lot can be found off Dunham Rd. with a sign labeled “event parking.” Once you’ve entered the parking lot, two lanes will form. These lanes will loop around the parking lot passing Lincoln first, then Obama and lastly JFK. The lane closest to the curb is the drop off lane. Please only use this lane to drop off your child and be sure to drop off your child at the Obama entrance. Do not park and or get out of your car while dropping off your child. The second lane will serve as the passing lane. Once you have dropped of your child you will use the passing lane to exit out of the parking lot. Staff members will assist with directing students from their car into the back entrance of Obama as well as assist with traffic flow. This procedure is the same for pick up/dismissal.

Daycare Providers/ Riders: Daycare riders will follow the same procedures as outlined above for car riders. For dismissal, daycare providers will need to enter the school building and sign out students.  Please park in the parking lot located in the shared parking lot of JFK, Obama and Lincoln.

Walkers: Walkers will enter each morning from the back entrance of Obama, the entrance that faces the shared parking lot of Obama (see car rider instructions listed above for location of the parking lot). This procedure is the same for pick up/dismissal.

Siblings Program: Obama students who have siblings at JFK/Lincoln will be permitted to wait in the media center until their sibling’s dismissal time.   The Siblings program is a privilege.  Students who misbehave will be removed from the program immediately.


School Calendar - September 2019


Sept 2 - No School  

Sept 3 – 30 Attendance Incentive Begins   “Get 2 School, Stay in the Game!”

No absences or tardies

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success-both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

Sept 5 – State of the Schools Address 6:00 p.m.

Sept 18 – No School

                 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:15-7:30 p.m.

Sept 20 – Field Day

                 Interims Mailed

Sept 26 – Family Fun Night 6:00-8:00 p.m.



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