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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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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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)

Do you know the 4 Oxford Rules? PTA, PAC, SGC?

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img_8308Last week we had a school assembly to introduce all the staff to the students. The purpose of that is to help the students to recognize the adults on campus and to know whom they can go to for help. We also reviewed/introduced the school rules and in order to emphasize the way to “be,” I did a little dress up. If you want to help emphasize the school rules, they are:

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Safe
  • Be an Ally

I also introduced two of our “tools” from the Toolbox program at this first assembly. The Toolbox program is a social emotional curriculum taught in every classroom and in community meetings about using our “tools” to help us throughout life. We discussed our Listening Tool, using our eyes, ears, brains and hearts when we listen. Ask your child if they remember what the signal is for that tool. We also discussed our Breathing Tool, using the tool to “calm ourselves and check in.” The gesture for that is a measuring tape, pulling out as we exhale and as the “tape” rolls in, we exhale. When asking students when we could use our breathing tool, one wise child said, “When we are stuck in traffic!” Great advice.

We have our first school community meeting on Friday, September 9 at 8:00 am. Everyone is welcome to join us as we meet, review the expectations, learn more about our “tools,” and watch a video about being an ally made by Oxford students last year.

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SignUp for the Back-to-School Coffees

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Our second event in the Back-to-School series is the traditional Back-to-School Coffee. For that, during the first three days of school, August 30th, 31st and September 1st, the PTA will host a coffee gathering in the upper yard from 8:00-8:30 am. This is an excellent excuse to catch up with friends and meet new families. We will have free coffee and teas and we’d like to invite you to bring baked goods or fruit.

We’re using (aka VolunteerSpot from last year) to manage volunteers and see who’s doing/bringing what. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click to see our SignUp.
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s easy—you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

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Details on the 2016-17 School Year

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1Dear Oxford Families,

Welcome to the opening of what promises to be a wonderful school year! At this time of the year, there is great anticipation of what is to come, and I am as excited as the Oxford staff, children, and parents and guardians.

Kick-off Events

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PTA Mtg Wed 9/16: potluck & childcare!

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Quick reminder about the first PTA meeting of the 2015–16 school year to be held in the school
cafeteria this Wednesday September 16th at 6pm.

You don’t need to be a member to attend… and vice versa

Please remember all members of our community are invited. (Conversely, your $15 annual PTA membership dues are still enormously helpful even if you can’t attend—they don’t obligate you to volunteer.)

“Free Time”?!

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Are popsicles served for snack? And other frequently asked questions.

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popsicles are not served everydayThe school year is about to start. Are you ready? Almost ready? Thinking about getting ready? One week to go and it’s about that time to at least start thinking about getting ready.

Maybe you have some questions about starting the new school year at Oxford? In case you do, here are some of the most frequently asked questions

When does school start?

The first day will be Wednesday, September 2. School starts at 8am. Please note, yard supervision begins at 7:50 am.

What time does school end?

Kindergarten ends at 1:20 every day. 1st – 3rd grades end at 2:05 M/T/Th/F and at 1:15 on Wednesdays. 4th – 5th grades end at 2:10 on M/T/Th/F and also 1:15 on Wednesdays. Supervision on the playground ends at 2:20. If students are not picked up by then, they will be waiting in the office for pick-up.

See the Daily Routine page for more details.

When do we find out our teacher for the year?

Classes will be posted on Tuesday, September on the breezeway doors at 4pm. We will also post them on the website at that same time, using first name and initial only.

What does my child need to bring to school on the first day of school?

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Strong women, Scranimals, Book Exchange and more

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Highlights from this week’s newsletter include…

Oxford loves to dance!

Strong Women in the Library

The Emmy Orth/Strong Women of the World contest may be over, but it’s never too early to begin thinking about next year’s project. The PTA has generously purchased a few new books for the Oxford Library and the Strong Women of the World collection. The books will be on a special display in the Library. Learn about remarkable women (and girls!) who have made their mark.

Let’s play Scranimals!

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