Oxford events

Announcing the brand new Oxford Walkathon

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We are excited to announce the 1st annual Walkathon—ta da!

Oxford will be hosting this new event the week of November 13–17, during the students’ scheduled P.E. class. The goal of this fundraiser is to encourage children to participate in a healthy activity while raising money for our school. Each year Oxford raises about $20,000 through the Spell-now-Walkathon to support monthly programs our kids rely on, like art, P.E., instructional aides, classroom supplies and more. This will be a fun and festive event with music, while the students wear silly hats, goofy sunglasses and their Oxford T-shirts! Parents, guardians and family members (you!) are encouraged to attend and show your support for our walkers.

Download and print the Pledge Sheets including the P.E. schedule and have your child begin taking pledges as part of their fundraising efforts.

If you have any questions or want to help, please  (Sammy’s mom).

Join SiPwiK (Single Parents with Kids)!

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We are so glad you are hereThe PTA is reaching out about a social group idea for Oxford! We really want to encourage community building, and we think that social groups are just the way to do that! We are reaching out to families to find out what they would like, and a Single Parents with their Kids activities group seems like a great candidate. We happen to know that there are a lot of single parents raising kids at Oxford, and we think it would be great if you all met each other.

What kinds of venues and activities would you like to see happen? Playground playdates? Weekend morning play time with kids at rotating venues? Coffee for parents who need to kvetch? Hikes? Beach days? You tell us what sounds appealing, and we will advertise the meet-up.

SiPwiK (Single Parents with Kids
Meet-up group forming at Oxford!
Please respond to 
to receive updates on meetings and activities.

*Please state the group you are interested in and your contact info.

We are hoping that someone interested in being in the group will volunteer to run the group after the first event to keep things going. I propose the first meeting to be something like a weekend play date at Dreamland for Kids (a the Marina) with feeding the ducks. The PTA could provide a box of coffee from Pete’s, plus BYOS (bring your own snacks).

Would you like to be a lead organizer of the group?

Please let us know what you think,
Kendra and Ramon

First Annual Oxford LGBTQI Picnic!

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love rainbowTo all LGBTQI parents and kids at Oxford:

Please join us on Saturday October 7 from 2 to 4 pm at Shorebird Park Playground for our first annual LGBTQI picnic. We will use this time to connect and strengthen our community at Oxford, and brainstorm some ideas for Pride and upcoming school year activities.

If anyone in your family (parents, kids, grandparents) identifies as LGBTQI or identifies as non-binary, please join us! No one will be turned away. Drinks will be provided. Please bring a snack to share.

An listserv has been created for discussion, event planning and connection. To subscribe, please email pride+subscribe@oxfordelementary.org

See you there!

Oxford News: Back to School!

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Dear Oxford Community,

Oxford Otters!Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a nice summer break and is ready to start the 2017–18 school year. The teachers and staff have been busy at school, getting everything ready for the new year.

Last Saturday was the Annual Back to School Picnic. A big thanks to Kendra Dodsworth and Ramon Bridges, our new PTA Co-Presidents, for organizing the picnic. It was great to see everyone in a casual, low-key environment. Our Kindergarten Lemonade on 8/24 also went well; a big thanks to Carla Bryant and John Cohen (filling in for Nina Cohen) for organizing the event. Both events were well-attended, and it was great to see so many of you before school began. And we have new Oxford T-shirts with our new student-drawn Oxford Otter logo! T-shirts will be on sale at upcoming school events.

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Tomorrow is Pajama Day! (Fri 2/24)

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pajama day!

Your child is welcome to wear their pajamas to school tomorrow, Friday, February 24.

Please make sure whatever they wear is safe and appropriate for school.

Go Oxford Otters!

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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After School, Spelling and Dancing K!

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peace in many colorsI hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving break. December is going to be a busy time, just three weeks of school, and we have prospective family tours, the Spellathon, an assembly with the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble on 12/15, a Movie Night tomorrow, our ELAC Meeting on 12/6, an SGC Meeting on 12/7, and last, a Community Meeting on Friday 12/16. If you want to know what is happening at Oxford, be sure to check out the school website and there, you will find the calendar at oxfordelementary.org/resources/calendar.

Make Up Picture Day is tomorrow, Friday, December 2. If your child missed the first Picture Day, this is the time to get their picture taken. If you want your child to retake their picture, this is the time! Class pictures will be sent home later, after we have Make Up Picture Day.

Alexandra Ballard, one of our Oxford parents, is coordinating the holiday gift card drive. A flyer with the information was sent out before Thanksgiving break. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. It’s a great time to help out those close to home, some of our own here at Oxford.

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“A way forward & a channel for worries” + more

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love rainbowMs. Anna, Oxford’s art teacher, told me that in today’s art class in Room 26 that she and Ms. Foster “asked the class to make symbols that could show a way forward and give an outlet for all their worries.”

I want to share the pictures with you here. And acknowledge the talented teachers and staff we have at Oxford. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

~ Annie Burke, newsletter editor, Oxford Facebook photo post maker, and mom to Alex and Benny

From the Principal

We had a great Halloween last week, with lots of exciting costumes and a fun parade. It was great to see so many families at the parade, too. I think it’s one of my favorite school events because so many parents/guardians come to Oxford to help with the celebration!

Speaking of visiting the school, the purpose of the shortened school days was to provide time for teachers to meet with parents/guardians. If you weren’t able to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher, I encourage you to set up that appointment. The home-school connection is critical for your child’s academic growth.

And finally, at this time of year, flu and sickness begin to impact our community. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are feeling better. The general guidelines are 24 hours of no vomiting and no fever for 24 hours before returning to school. Please keep in mind that we have medically-fragile students at Oxford and a flu or cold can hit them hard. Encourage your child to wash their hands regularly, as well as to not touch their face (eyes, nose, mouth). If your child is absent, it’s best if you call and leave a message the day of the absence, as early as possible. Continue reading ““A way forward & a channel for worries” + more” »

Feedback Needed: Harvest Fair Survey

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harvest_bouncy_houses_smallWhether you attended the Harvest Fair this year or not, please take a few minutes to let our PTA and dedicated volunteer event planners know what’s working for your family versus what could be improved upon at future Harvest Fairs.

We’ve got a great thing going on at the Harvest Fair, and you can help make it even better for our school community! Share your feedback and if you have time, your ideas too, to make our Harvest Fair tradition even stronger.

Click on through the evaluation poll at surveymonkey.com/r/oxfordharvestfair2016. Thanks!