The first two weeks of school have gone very well. Routines are getting into place, we’ve been reviewing school expectations, classrooms are busy, and we have already practiced using two of our “tools” from the Toolbox program (The Breathing Tool and Listening Tool). It was great to see those who were able to make it out for Back-to-School Night last week; we missed you if you weren’t able to join us! We had a good turnout, and hopefully it was informative for everyone. If you weren’t able to be there, reach out to your child’s teacher (if you haven’t already heard from them) and check in. The home-school connection is critical for student success at school.
Just a reminder, the Oxford school newsletter will be sent out every other week. If there is timely information to share, we will use the Oxford email list, a robo-call, or send out a special edition of the newsletter. Be sure to check out the Oxford website for information, and if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the email list and e-newsletter (which sometimes has extras that don’t fit in the paper edition). All the links you need are listed and explained in this handy blog post: oxfordelementary.org/signup.
A big thanks to everyone who completed the school forms sent home last week! Yes! They have information that is important for us to have on file at Oxford. And in case you missed messages about the school lunch form, please make sure to turn that one in, too, or you can do it online at ezmealapp.com. If you do it online, there’s no need to submit the paper form too. You can also pay ahead for lunches at ezschoolpay.com.
Thanks for all of your support of Oxford Elementary!
~ Principal Beth Rhine,
Great volunteer opportunity
You can have a direct impact on your child’s education. Join the dynamic group of parents, teachers and staff on the School Governance Council, working to meet the learning needs of ALL students and forge a strong school-home connection. The SGC writes our annual school site plan and determines funding priorities for Oxford. Nomination forms are available in the school office and were sent home last week. Consider nominating yourself for the SGC election—it’s a two-year term and one parent/guardian position is open on the council this year. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 15. Contact Beth Rhine at or SGC Chair Lauren Morrison at if you have questions. The first official meeting with the 2017–18 Committee will be on October 19.
Meet Coach Nat!
In case you missed the “Coffee with the Principal” community discussion on March 13, 2017, click here to find a copy of the presentation about the 2017 survey.
After reading many of the comments from our SGC survey, it has become clear that many of our families desire a strong community at Oxford…us too!! We are here for you! We want and need you to come forward and let us hear your voice, ideas, concerns and simply get connected! While it is one focus of the PTA to fundraise for our school, it is equally important to encourage folks to come together for community building.
We heard from another parent yesterday that she was reaching out to her classroom to set up dates with other families to “break bread” together with a focus on families of which people didn’t know. This is a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing it and we hope other classrooms might take this on!
Let’s continue to make Oxford the best place possible by finding ways to stay positive, continue to love and embrace not only our children but our entire community!
First, thank you for taking the time to vote for our School Governance Council (SGC) members. This is an important school committee that has the task of reviewing school data, writing the school site plan, and making Oxford spending decisions.
The following are our new members for 2016–17: Nina Cohen, Ann Reidy, Julian Lloyd, Carla Bryant and Steven Fruhwirth. They will be joining John Eknoian as our School Governance Council. Hyacinth Honorato will be an alternate/sub, joining Anya Hurwitz in that role.
Just a reminder, anyone can come to an SGC meeting. Once they are scheduled, we will announce the dates in the school bulletin and posted on the Oxford calendar.
The first two weeks of school have gone very well. Routines are in place, we’ve been reviewing school expectations, classrooms are busy, and we have already practiced using our “tools” from the Toolbox program. We are off to a great start! I want to thank those who were able to make it out for Back-to-School Night last week. We had a pretty good turnout, and hopefully it was informative for everyone. If you weren’t able to be there, reach out to your child’s teacher (if you haven’t already heard from them) and check in. The home-school connection is critical for student success at school.
After this week, the Oxford News school bulletin will be sent out every other week. If there is timely information to share, we will use the Oxford email list, a robo-call, or send out a special edition of the newsletter. Be sure to check out the Oxford website for information, and if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up to get this newsletter via email and for the email list! (Links are on the website’s sidebar.)
If you haven’t already, please turn in the forms that were sent home in the Thursday folder. They have information that is important for us to have on file at school. And in case you missed my many messages about the school lunch form, please make sure to turn that one in, too, or you can do it on-line at ezmealapp.com. If you do it online, no need to submit the paper form too.
Thanks for all your support!
~ Beth Rhine
From the PTA Co-Presidents
We hope you enjoyed Back-to-School Night last week and meeting your child’s teacher and all the other parents in your group. It’s important for one (or more—the responsibility can be shared, of course!) person(s) to volunteer as this year’s room parent(s), to be a bridge between your class and your teacher, the PTA and the rest of the community. The room parent’s tasks are simple and straightforward and do not involve much time. Feel free to ask us or any returning parents questions about this job.
We have heard of lice cases at other BUSD elementary schools, and we would like to ask you to check your kid’s hair regularly in the hope we can avoid an infestation at Oxford. Last year we also used Lice Control on Shattuck Avenue to have all the pupils checked after a successful lice invasion at school (successful for the lice’s part—for the parents it was a nightmare, and for the PTA, an unexpected expense). Yes, it is hard to find the little creatures hiding in the hair; one has to sit down, make the child cooperate (easier said than done) and spend time going through their hair. No, it is not a joyful task, but by checking regularly we can identify the invaders at an early stage and save our budget for the things that matter. Local pharmacies and drugstores have preventive shampoos and lice-treatment kits. And if in dire need, Lice Control also offers lice removal services. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this.
Feeling itchy yet?
Because the 2015–16 Site Governance Council members are unable to pull together a quorum for our first 2016–17 meeting this Thursday, that meeting is cancelled.
However, we would like to remind you that SGC nomination forms are out there (green piece of paper from last Thursday’s Thursday folder, on the website, via email—send Beth a blurb about your interest), and we look forward to having some new members join us for what will be an interesting and exciting year.
Just a reminder that the SGC is a group of parents, teachers and staff representatives that meet once per month with Beth to review and approve budgeting decisions, review and approve the site plan, facilitate the school-wide survey and collect input for fundraising. We are looking to fill 4 or 5 slots. The district-wide SGC training will be Tuesday, October 18, and our first meeting will be right before or right after that date, typically 6:00 pm.
For me, serving on SGC has allowed me to better understand and support decision-making at school and the fundraising efforts outside of school; school personnel are working as hard as they can to meet the needs all students, despite the competing demands on such few dollars.
Any parent can nominate him or herself for SGC.
Feel free to with any questions.
2015–16 SGC Co-President
Last 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.
This Wednesday is our monthly School Governance Council (SGC) meeting at 6 pm in the library. We’ll be discussing the district and site community survey, the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and voting on allocating some Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP) resources.
The full agenda is posted on the website. All are welcome and dinner will be served. Hope to see you there.
Anya (room 2 parent)