MLK Oratorical Fest

Late but Good News from Oxford

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assembly - MLK bannerWe had a wonderful Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Fest last week. The students did such an amazing job sharing poems, speeches and powerful words related to the messages of MLK and other leaders, including themselves! I want to thank participants and their families for supporting their participation.

Another great Oxford event is coming up: the Emmy Orth Strong Women of the World Celebration. Flyers were sent home a few weeks back; an email version was also sent out. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your child’s teacher or me. Projects are due 2/28/17. They will be displayed for one to two weeks on tables in the hallway and on the walls for everyone to enjoy. The big celebration will be at Community Meeting on Friday, March 24. Everyone is welcome to join the celebration!

And my special request to all of you: if you aren’t already planning on doing so, please consider coming to the Oxford Auction event on Saturday, March 18. You can dress up ‘80’s style or just come as you are. You can bid on things or just come and meet a few people and hang out with other Oxford parents. Don’t know anyone? Well, you know me and there will be staff there, too. It would be great to have everyone there and to have that chance to hang out and visit. Please?

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Mock Newbery, Reading Workshop, MLK Fest +

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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.

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Enter the MLK Oratorical Fest (for Fri 2/10/17)

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AL state troopers bar Dr. Martin Luther King from the state capitol, 3/25/1965 (AP)
AL state troopers bar Dr. Martin Luther King from the state capitol, 3/25/1965 (AP)

We are having our Annual MLK Jr. Oratorical Fest on Friday, February 10. The flyer went home this week but in case it’s buried in the bottom of a backpack, here’s the PDF version of the entry form.

The Oratorical Fest is optional for everyone. It’s a great chance for your child to select a meaningful speech, poem or written piece (or write it themselves) and practice their public speaking skills. Guidelines are in the flier attached. The spoken piece should be connected to Martin Luther King Jr.’s messages about peace, unity, justice, or anything like that.

If you have any questions, let me know!

~ Beth Rhine

New Year, MLK, Sunshine, and Pretty Art

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faces artWelcome 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

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WWMLKD Today? Resources, Oratorical Fest

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AL state troopers bar Dr. Martin Luther King from the state capitol, 3/25/1965 (AP)
AL state troopers bar Dr. Martin Luther King from the state capitol, 3/25/1965 (AP)

Protests, #BlackLivesMatter and Kids

If you are interested in resources regarding events in Ferguson and Staten Island and the recent civil rights protests, check out these sites. Some have book lists to help guide conversations with our children.

Oxford’s Inaugural MLK Oratorical Fest

We are going to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. this year by having our first Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Fest on Friday, January 23 at Community Meeting. Our theme will be “Hope and Change.” Students are invited to perform either their own original piece or one written by someone else. They can perform alone or with a small group. Performances are limited to two minutes and we are encouraging students to memorize their pieces. Participation is optional and it’s open for grades K–5. Some classes may be doing group performances! If we have a lot of performers, we will have to add an additional assembly, possibly Friday, January 30. A flyer is coming home with your child with more information.