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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!

How do you spell “Spellathon”?

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spelling treeWe are excited to announce the beginning of Spellathon season! Each year, Oxford raises about $20,000 and helps students improve their spelling through the annual Spellathon.

What does this mean for your family? This Thursday, all Oxford students will receive a manila envelope with a grade-appropriate spelling list to study in advance of a test in class on Friday December 2. (Note: instead of a spelling list, kindergartners get 20 basic questions about their lives.) Between now and the big day, students ask family, neighbors, etc. to pledge in support of their participation in the Oxford Spellathon, based either on a dollar amount per correctly spelled word or just a flat donation. After getting their spelling test results, students collect the pledged donations. The last day of school before winter break will be the deadline for delivering donations to school. This way, Oxford can go into the new calendar year with more resources to support P.E., art, technology and so many other important programs at the school!

If you have any questions or want to help with tasks, such as grading tests on December 2, please email (Kiran’s mom) or (Sammy’s mom). We will also be at community meeting on November 4 to announce the launch and answer questions. Thanks in advance for your participation!

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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Book Fair! Book Fair! Book Fair!

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booksThe Book Fair takes place during Oxford’s annual Harvest Fair, this Sunday from 11:00 am–3:00 pm. For any book you buy, Mr. Mopps’ gives 15% straight back to Oxford. Buy a book for the school, for the holidays, birthday gifts, or for your family. Buy two! Buy six!

As per the Oxford tradition, teachers make lists of books they’d like to see in their classrooms and programs, and the community has the opportunity to purchase them. This provides considerable value to the school and is a great way to contribute directly to your child’s classroom.

But wait! It’s not just your child’s classroom!

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Donate Toys as Harvest Fair Prizes!

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It is the wonderful Oxford tradition to hand out gently used toys as prizes for completing all of the great activities at the Harvest Fair this Sunday. What a great, green way to pass along any toys your kids have outgrown!

Please bring gently used toys to the office—there is a bin there awaiting your treasures.

~Room 26 parents (Ms. Foster’s 4th grade class)