Throughout the winter, we have school tours for prospective Oxford families. We have great tour guides who lead the families around the school, sharing information and answering questions. At the end of each tour, I meet with the prospective parents/guardians to have an informal Q&A. It’s always interesting because I’m asked things like “How is Oxford different than other BUSD schools?” Or “What are some of the great things happening here?” And also, “What are some of the challenges?” Every year it makes me reflect on what we are doing at Oxford, where we want to go, and what else we need to do to continue to meet the needs of our students.
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a happy, healthy, safe holiday break. It was so good to have some time for rest and relaxation. I’m looking forward to the second half of the school year and 2017.
The upcoming presidential Inauguration may be a challenging event for many. I encourage us all to be sensitive and respectful of everyone’s beliefs as the new president begins his term. I want to remind all of us how strong the Oxford community is and how we need to embrace and welcome our differences; it’s part of what makes Oxford a strong community for our students!
Here’s to a great 2017!
~ Principal Beth Rhine
Announcing Oxford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Fest
We had a wonderful performance by our kindergarten students last Friday, led by dance instructor (and Oxford parent), Kimberly Lloyd. The students did a dance warm up, responding to ballet vocabulary, practicing balancing skills, using left/right movements, as well as counting. They then had a choreographed dance with each child having an opportunity for a solo. Students added their own touch to the choreography, with one class “dabbing” in their performance. I want to thank the PTA and the Oxford families for supporting the kindergarten dance performance.
We have our final Community Meeting for 2016 tomorrow, Friday, December 16. One of the 5th grade classes is doing a presentation about the holidays, and we will be singing some holiday songs with students from Room 10. Stop on by for a little fun.
If you’re wondering what you can have your child do over winter break, I recommend having your child read daily, and write letters to relatives and friends. If you have computer access, there are links to educational activities and games on the Oxford library web portal and on our STEM Resources page.
Next week you will receive a packet of forms all families are required to complete:
- Lunch Form (or do this one online and print the confirmation page to hand in)
- Library Information & Permission Slip
- Media Opt-Out Form
- Emergency Information Form
Dear Kindergarten Families,
Welcome to Oxford School! We are looking forward to a wonderful year with you and your children. We hope to see you for our New Family Lemonade Social on Monday, August 25 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the school playground. This event is an opportunity for the children to play while you meet other kindergarten and new families. The kindergarten teachers, Mary Lewis and Kate Cohen, will be there to answer questions and meet the students. (Please note, this is a date change from an earlier notification.)
For those of you who want to send your children to Oxford’s after school program this year, registration will be as follows:
- Oxford Elementary Cafeteria
- Tuesday, August 19, 8:30–10:30 am, 1:00–5:30 pm
- Thursday, August 21, 8:30 am–12:30 pm, 2:30–5:00 pm