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Details on the 2016-17 School Year

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1Dear Oxford Families,

Welcome to the opening of what promises to be a wonderful school year! At this time of the year, there is great anticipation of what is to come, and I am as excited as the Oxford staff, children, and parents and guardians.

Kick-off Events

Throughout the year, I look forward to meeting the members of our community. I encourage families to get to know each other so that we can build new friendships, support each other throughout the year, and build our school community. Continue reading “Details on the 2016-17 School Year” »

Are popsicles served for snack? And other frequently asked questions.

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popsicles are not served everydayThe school year is about to start. Are you ready? Almost ready? Thinking about getting ready? One week to go and it’s about that time to at least start thinking about getting ready.

Maybe you have some questions about starting the new school year at Oxford? In case you do, here are some of the most frequently asked questions

When does school start?

The first day will be Wednesday, September 2. School starts at 8am. Please note, yard supervision begins at 7:50 am.

What time does school end?

Kindergarten ends at 1:20 every day. 1st – 3rd grades end at 2:05 M/T/Th/F and at 1:15 on Wednesdays. 4th – 5th grades end at 2:10 on M/T/Th/F and also 1:15 on Wednesdays. Supervision on the playground ends at 2:20. If students are not picked up by then, they will be waiting in the office for pick-up.

See the Daily Routine page for more details.

When do we find out our teacher for the year?

Classes will be posted on Tuesday, September on the breezeway doors at 4pm. We will also post them on the website at that same time, using first name and initial only.

What does my child need to bring to school on the first day of school?

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4th Grade Change + Late Notes + Ks Perform

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From our Principal

Teacher Transition

Many of you may have already heard, Mr. Tadesse, one of our 4th grade teachers, has been hired to be the new Assistant Principal at Malcolm X Elementary. As hard as it is for us to see him go, it helps to know that he will have a bigger role in Berkeley, leading our students to success. I am happy to report that I was able to hire a teacher to take over the classroom. Please let me “introduce” you to Ashley Foster! We worked together in Oakland and she has several years experience teaching 4th grade. Ms. Foster will be in the classroom by the end of this week. Please join me in welcoming her to the Oxford community!

Getting to School Late

It happens. If your child arrives at school late, please send a note with him/her or walk them in. We want to know that you know he/she is arriving late. And we want to make sure there is a safe and knowing hand-off between you and the school.

K Performance 12/12

I hope to see you at this Friday’s Community Meeting. Our kindergarten students will be performing!

~ Beth Rhine

Messages from the Principal & PTA

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From The Oxford News, August 28, 2014:

Welcome back to school!

It’s been a nice summer but we have been busy the past few weeks, getting ready for school, and we are off to a great start. I want to thank the PTA for coordinating our “Welcome Lemonade” on Monday, August 25th, as well as the “Coffee on the Playground” this week. It was great to see all the new families joining the Oxford community and those returning. We are all looking forward to a great school year!

And what would a newsletter be without me mentioning traffic around the school? Please don’t park in the bus zone on Walnut or on Oxford. The area in front of the school on Oxford is for drop-off & pick-up only. (The parking enforcers will come and ticket and it’s a pricey ticket.) If everyone drove around the school in a clockwise direction, it would make the flow easier and the passenger door (where your child is) will always be facing the curb, allowing for a safe exit from the car.

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Welcome Back for 2014–2015!

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oxfordDear Oxford Families,

Welcome to the 2014–2015 school year! I hope everyone had a great summer break. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 27th and school will be in session from 8:00 am until 1:15 pm. As always, Wednesdays are early release days for grades 1st–5th.

Dismissal times are as follows:

  • Weds: Kindergarten:  1:20 pm       1st–3rd:  1:15 pm       4th–5th:  1:20 pm
  • M/T/Th/F: Kindergarten:  1:20 pm        1st–3rd:  2:05 pm        4th–5th:  2:10 pm

Class lists will be posted on the breezeway doors and on this web site at 5:00pm on Tuesday, August 26th.
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The Oxford News, 3.6.2014

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PDF edition:

3.6.2014 Oxford News

From the Principal:

At last week’s Community Meeting, the upcoming School Raffle and Spring Dance were announced to the students and families in attendance. The Dance is on Friday, March 21st. Hope to see you all there. And please sell those tickets! There are a lot of great prizes available.

Another upcoming event is the first School Auction (off-site and adults only) on Friday, April 18th. We want everyone to know they are wanted and welcome to attend. Berkeley schools pull students from all over the city, which helps to create a unique and rich community. I am hoping our Auction will also represent our diverse school community. Please consider talking to a parent in your child’s classroom and encouraging him/her to attend the auction. Sometimes that personal invitation helps people to feel welcome.

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