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It’s That Time of Year . . .

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1-harvest-fair-rhine-childOn Saturday, October 22, Oxford parent Kristen Burmester organized and supervised a group of Cal students as they did some projects around the school. Check out the new stairs with a railing for the cafeteria stage! And they cleaned out and organized the emergency bin, another major endeavor. They did painting and posting student work, too. I am so excited about the stairs, I can’t get over it!

And then on Sunday, October 23, we had the Annual Harvest Fair. Gaby Raymond organized the Fair and Jos Burns and Kendra Dodsworth organized the Book Fair. It was really nice, people hanging out while the kids ran around and had fun. There was lots of good food and games to enjoy. It was a great day. A big thanks to Kristen, Gaby, Jos, Kendra, all the room parents, and the volunteers!

Report cards are coming soon. They will be given to parents/guardians during conferences with teachers in the beginning of November. It might seems like school hasn’t been in session long enough for report cards but BUSD has a shorter first trimester in order for families to be notified of their child’s progress early in the year. This way, if additional support is needed, we can intervene early. And for those who are working at or above grade level, challenge opportunities can be created. If you haven’t already set up your teacher/parent conference, teachers will be in touch soon.

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Lunch Poll! We need you!

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ezmealapp-logoWe ask all families, regardless of income, to fill out and return a free/reduced price lunch application form or complete the application on-line.

If your child was eligible last year, he or she will receive a lunch automatically for the first month of school, but you must fill out a new form. Parents and caregivers can now apply online at ezmealapp.com or you can return completed forms to your child’s teacher.

If your child is not authorized to receive free or reduced-price lunch you can pre-pay in the cafeteria ($3.75 per meal) or visit ezschoolpay.com to create an account.

Thank you!
~ Beth Rhine

Room parents, candy and lice–oh my!

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Teachers posterboard including Obama!The first two weeks of school have gone very well. Routines are in place, we’ve been reviewing school expectations, classrooms are busy, and we have already practiced using our “tools” from the Toolbox program. We are off to a great start! I want to thank those who were able to make it out for Back-to-School Night last week. We had a pretty good turnout, and hopefully it was informative for everyone. If you weren’t able to be there, reach out to your child’s teacher (if you haven’t already heard from them) and check in. The home-school connection is critical for student success at school.

After this week, the Oxford News school bulletin will be sent out every other week. If there is timely information to share, we will use the Oxford email list, a robo-call, or send out a special edition of the newsletter. Be sure to check out the Oxford website for information, and if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up to get this newsletter via email and for the email list! (Links are on the website’s sidebar.)

If you haven’t already, please turn in the forms that were sent home in the Thursday folder. They have information that is important for us to have on file at school. And in case you missed my many messages about the school lunch form, please make sure to turn that one in, too, or you can do it on-line at ezmealapp.com. If you do it online, no need to submit the paper form too.

Thanks for all your support!

~ Beth Rhine

From the PTA Co-Presidents

Dear Oxfordians,

We hope you enjoyed Back-to-School Night last week and meeting your child’s teacher and all the other parents in your group. It’s important for one (or more—the responsibility can be shared, of course!) person(s) to volunteer as this year’s room parent(s), to be a bridge between your class and your teacher, the PTA and the rest of the community. The room parent’s tasks are simple and straightforward and do not involve much time. Feel free to ask us or any returning parents questions about this job.

medical symbolWe have heard of lice cases at other BUSD elementary schools, and we would like to ask you to check your kid’s hair regularly in the hope we can avoid an infestation at Oxford. Last year we also used Lice Control on Shattuck Avenue to have all the pupils checked after a successful lice invasion at school (successful for the lice’s part—for the parents it was a nightmare, and for the PTA, an unexpected expense). Yes, it is hard to find the little creatures hiding in the hair; one has to sit down, make the child cooperate (easier said than done) and spend time going through their hair. No, it is not a joyful task, but by checking regularly we can identify the invaders at an early stage and save our budget for the things that matter. Local pharmacies and drugstores have preventive shampoos and lice-treatment kits. And if in dire need, Lice Control also offers lice removal services. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this.

Feeling itchy yet?

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Lunch Form: Paper or Online

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You have either received a package of forms today or will get them tomorrow—one of those forms is the lunch application. We ask that everyone complete it; the more forms we have turned in, the more likely we will qualify for certain funding. If you would rather complete the form online, that is also an option at EZmealApp.com. If you complete it on-line, just print out the verification and send it in to school.  That will help with tracking if there are any issues.

Things went pretty smoothly for our first day of the school year. We are off to a good start! —Beth Rhine

Updates from the Principal

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From The Oxford News

We had a great first week of school! Thanks to everyone who made that possible, staff and families. There are many important announcements in this newsletter, so I’ll keep it brief. One request, please write your child’s name in his/her clothes and belongings. With your help, hopefully we can keep the Lost & Found from overflowing this year. Thank you!

Staffing Updates

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BUSD Among “10 Best School Lunches” in U.S.

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Berkeley schools are rated at #7 on the “10 Best School Lunches in America” on TheDailyMeal.com:

Some of the public schools (and, in some cases, entire districts) that made this list earned their place by overhauling pre-existing systems that were clearly in need of a makeover… Check out the slideshow to see how privileged these young students are when it comes to lunch, but prepare for some serious jealousy!