Oxford events

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)

Toolbox, Harvest/Book Fair, new counselor . . .

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Join us for the Harvest Fair 10/23On Monday, October 10, all staff participated in professional development sessions. In the morning, the classroom teachers participated in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with a focus on writing. We looked at writing samples, discussed student progress and planned for next steps. After that, teachers participated in various literacy workshops. Our staff also participated in learning sessions, including team building, Mandated Reporter Training and more. Overall, it was a productive day!

Wondering what the “Breathing Tool” is, or maybe the “Personal Space Tool?” All BUSD schools use the Toolbox Program, a social emotional program emphasizing using our “tools.” We discuss how these tools are inside us and when we can use them at Community Meetings; teachers also do some Toolbox work in their classrooms.If you want to know more about the program, check out the new Toolbox Curriculum page on the Oxford website.

And, please mark your calendars for the upcoming shortened school days the first week of November. The purpose of the shortened days is to give teachers time to have parent/guardian conferences. Shortened days are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 3 and 4, and again on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8 and 9.

Early release times are as follows:

  • Kindergarten release time: 12:20 pm
  • 1st–3rd grades release time: 12:55 pm
  • 4th–5th grade release time: 1:00 pm

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Picture Day, Digital Citizens & Movie Night!

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flowers muralWe are now sending out the school newsletters every other week. Our hope is to save paper and not have information repeated too often. If there is timely information during the off-week, I will send out a message via the Oxford email list and/or do a robo-call. School events are also listed on the Oxford Facebook page and the school website, oxfordelementary.org. Be sure to check out the website, it’s really amazing. Hillary Brooks, an Oxford parent, has been doing an outstanding job putting up-to-date information and links to different resources on the school website.

Speaking of communication, if you need to talk to your child’s teacher, please send them an email, a note, or leave a message in the office. Sometimes you can catch the teacher on the playground after school. The conversations on the playground or in the hallways before school keep students from entering the classrooms in a timely fashion. We want to support everyone getting started learning as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.

There is no school on Monday, October 10th for students. The staff will be participating in district-wide professional development and we will not be at school. Be sure to mark your calendar so no one shows up at school that day!

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This Week: PTA meeting, Movie Night

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PTA Meeting Wed 9/28

Unase Hoy. PTA: Conectando Familias y EscuelasThe PTA will have its first meeting this Wednesday September 28 at 6:00 pm. Childcare is available, and we are encouraging folks to bring a dish to share. We will discuss what the PTA is all about, our goals for the year, and up coming speakers for our meetings to follow. One of the most important things is that we come together for our children. Please join us and find out ways you can get involved with Oxford and your child/s experience here!

Movie & Pizza Night Fundraiser, Fri 9/30

Our first Movie & Pizza Night is coming up Friday September 30, 6:00–8:30 pm. The cost is $25 per child and an optional $10 for siblings. We will be showing The Incredibles and Zootopia! If your child would like to bring something cozy to sit on or cuddle up with, thats great! We are going to ask again that you please pick your kids up on time!!

You can download the Movie Night permission slip; however, you will also be able to sign one that evening at drop off. Please hold onto it and bring it with you, along with payment either cash or check made out to Oxford PTA.

Have a great week! Don’t forget to use your “tools” when needed. 🙂
~ Betsy and Aida (PTA co-presidents)

Back-to-School Night this Thursday (9/8)!

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Just a reminder, we have Back-to-School Night this week, Thursday, September 8th. The schedule is as follows:

  • 6:00–6:45 pm: Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades meet in classrooms with teachers
  • All grades, Kindergarten through 5th meet in cafeteria from 6:45–7:15 pm with me
  • 7:15–8:00 pm: 3rd, 4th and 5th grades meet in classrooms

We will open up the lower playground for parking at 5:50 pm. Unfortunately, due to space and personnel, we aren’t able to provide childcare for everyone. If lack of childcare is going to keep you from coming, please or let Deanna Woods know.

See you on Thursday,
Beth Rhine

Here it is. The inaugural issue of the . . .

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…Oxford Elementary Newsletter, MailChimp edition!

Back to School Night is Sept 8Dear Oxford Community,

Welcome back to school!

I hope everyone had a nice summer break and ready to start the 2016–2017 school year. We have been busy the past few weeks, getting ready for school and staff participated in various professional development opportunities. I want to thank the PTA for organizing our Back-to-School Picnic last Sunday and our New Families/Kinder Lemonade. Both events were well attended and it was great to see so many of you before school began!

Back-to-School Night is next week, Thursday, September 8th. This is an adult-only event. Teachers will meet with parents/guardians in the classroom to review curriculum, rules and expectations, special projects and other classroom-related information. This is the time to make a connection with the teacher and to hear what will be happening this year.

The schedule for Back-to-School Night is as follows:

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