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SBA State Testing, Grades 3-5

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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium logoSBA is the Smarter Balance Assessment. This is the new state testing program that begins this year—well, the field test is this year. All 3rd through 5th grade students will be testing but it’s a “test of the test.” The purpose of the SBA this year is to evaluate the testing software, ensure the quality of test questions, establish scoring and reporting levels, and familiarize participants with online testing and correlation to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This dress rehearsal also gives us an opportunity to figure out schedules, computer needs, and any other issues that may arise. We will not get the results of the tests. Oxford students will take the test on April 7, 8, 9, and 14, right after spring break. Continue reading “SBA State Testing, Grades 3-5” »

Great Kid Books Blog

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greatkidbooks.blogspot.comCheck out the Great Kid Books blog by Emerson Elementary‘s librarian Mary Ann Scheuer.

Ms. Scheuer’s many great posts help connect you and your family with great books for kids ages 4 to 14, as well as other related online resources (e.g. about the Common Core).

SGC Agenda for Mon 3/24/14

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Please join us for our next School Governance Council (SGC) meeting this Monday, March 24th at 6:00 PM. At this meeting we will review and discuss the results of our family, staff and student surveys.


6:00: Dinner served
6:10: Approve agenda, minutes from previous meeting
6:15: Reallocation of salary savings to pay for additional tutoring
6:25: Review survey results—briefly discuss LCFF/LCAP and subsequent changes to site planning process
7:30: Sign-up for next dinner and adjourn

Anya (Naomi Cohen’s mother, Kinder)

La Encuesta sobre el Desayuno Escolar

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Queridos padres, por favor tomense un minuto para responder a esta encuesta sobre los desayunos escolares. La encuesta esta patrocinada por un grupo de trabajo llevado por padres para la Nutrición del Desayuno escolar. Para responder a laencuesta en español clica aquí. Gracias.

“Grandma’s Hands” on Th & Fri—no Community Meeting this week

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You are warmly invited to attend the original production of “Grandma’s Hands: College Bound” performed by all the 5th graders at Oxford. The play will be performed on Thursday, March 13th and Friday, March 14th promptly at 9 am.

We will not be having Community Meeting on Friday, 3/14, due to the play and the preparations needed.

In this 9th rendition, Grandma’s great granddaughter, Nia, learns a very important lesson in life, that “there is no progress without struggle,” through the voices of important leaders who fought for equal rights throughout history, from African civilization to the present time. Come explore the Civil Rights Movement and so much more, expressed through dance, poetry, instrumental music, monologues and song.

Thank you!
Beth Rhine

Short Survey about School Breakfasts–for Parents

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Parents, please take a minute to fill out a half page survey about the school breakfasts. The survey is sponsored by the parent-led School Breakfast Nutrition Working Group. Thank you!

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2013

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AASL_BestApp 2013Attention, tech-minded parents and guardians! Check out the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2013 according to the American Association of School Librarians, who say these tools “foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.”

Girls Leadership Institute Talk on 3/10: Space Available!

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Simone Marean of GLI
Simone Marean of GLI

Just a reminder that Oxford is hosting a presentation Monday, March 10th from the Girl’s Leadership Institute from 6:30-8pm. The event is free, but you must register online.

This is open to parents outside of Oxford, so feel free to invite friends.

Parking will be available on the lower playground. Please arrive 10 min early to get seated. Due to the length of the presentation, we will be unable to serve dinner. This is a parent-only event but childcare will be provided for Oxford families.

Earn $ for Oxford: ShopWithScrip—Orders Due Monday!

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Please take a few minutes to learn more about this fundraising program

shop & give! helps us earn FREE money for Oxford, when we shop using gift cards purchased through the program. This is not eScrip. With, cards for places you shop give a rebate of 2-20% back to our school. For example, if you spent the following:

  • $100 Gap/Old Navy etc = $14 for Oxford
  • $40 Peet’s = $3.20
  • $100 Berkeley Bowl or Safeway = $4
  • $200 Amazon = $6
  • $50 iTunes = $2.50
  • $25 Barnes & Noble = $2.25

>> A total of $31 would go to Oxford!

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