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Buy Tea clothes, get 15% off and 15% for Oxford

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Tea School Days - Shop & GiveStarting today and until Oct 16, when we buy children’s clothes at, it’s 15% off the purchase plus another 15% (before tax and shipping) for our school. Our unique code is SDF17OXFORD—please note that orders placed without this code cannot be adjusted.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to (not
  2. Log in or create an account with Tea
  3. Enter the site and you will see that all Tea Collection items (excluding non-Tea merchandise) have been marked down 15%—shop!
  4. When you check out, you will be prompted to enter the Oxford promo code SDF17OXFORD and click “apply my code.”
  5. Be sure to choose “6–10 business day shipping” for free shipping before you submit the order

Feel free to pass this on to friends and relatives who may want to make the most of this special sale.

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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Hand in Your Mrs. Dalloway’s Receipts!

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Mrs. Dalloway'sPlease remember to bring your receipts from this weekend’s shop-and-give purchases at Mrs. Dalloway’s. We need to collect them all and present them to the store to get our 20% cash back.

You can leave them in the envelope on the board by the main office. Or you can give them to your child’s teacher, if that’s easier.

Thank you,
Betsy & Aïda

Shop & Give This Weekend: Books + Yogurt

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Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts, 11/11–11/13

Mrs. Dalloway's

Mrs. Dalloway’s will donate 20% of all Oxford community purchases bought in store and online Friday November 11/11 through Sunday 11/13. This is a great opportunity to stock up on holiday gift items such as children’s books, cookbooks, gardening books, merchandise, art and gift certificates for teachers, family, and friends.

Please turn in receipts at the office no later than November 18.

Menchies Frozen Yogurt, 11/12 & 11/13

Menchie's Frozen YogurtBring in our fundraising flyer on paper or smartphone into Menchie’s at 1862 Euclid Avenue, and they will donate 20% of your purchase to Oxford. In addition, if anyone from your group buys or pre-orders a cake for a special occasion Menchie’s will donate $5.00 toward Oxford.

We can distribute or email/text the offer to as many people as we want but just remember, we can not pass out flyers within 100 yards from the shop. The owner says we may pass them out at the North Gate of Campus (Euclid and Hearst) on the south side of Hearst.

“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” »

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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The Week+ in Shop & Give, Bake Sales

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Three quick notes for this week and next:

1) Offer valid till Wednesday October 19: Earn money whilst dressing our kids/grandkids/nephews and nieces with (use the code SDF16OXFORD to get 15% off Tea brand clothing and another 15% donation to our school). You can also shop at Kid Dynamo at 2108 Vine Street. You must mention Oxford before paying; see the Shop & Give page for full details.

2) P1070380Please bring your favorite baked goods to sell at the Harvest Fair on Sunday October 23. Room 10 will set up a stall in the upper yard and they need a lot of of sweet (and savoury, if you like!) stuff to sell. Cookies, muffins, cupcakes, tarts, madeleines, éclairs, meringues, panellets, cannoli, truffles, biscuits, mini pies, brownies, flapjacks, churros… whatever you fancy, bring it! And if you’ve got no time to bake, no worries, feel free to stop by at the supermarket and get a tray of Halloween treats. All sales go to the PTA fund (i.e. our kids).

3) Dine out and earn for Oxford! On October 24, next Monday evening between 5:00 and 9:00 pm, Farm Burger Berkeley (1313 Ninth Street) will donate a percentage of all sales to Oxford (no special code to mention). Feel free to spread the word to friends beyond Oxford!

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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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Starting Wed! 15% off Tea’s clothes + 15% for Oxford

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Tea's School DaysREMINDER!

For a week and a day, starting this Wednesday, 15% of Tea Collection clothing sold with Oxford’s code will be donated! And the clothes will be 15% off!

To shop online, go to (not—please be sure to read the full instructions for receiving free shipping and entering the code on the Shop & Give page. (Orders incorrectly placed, without the code, cannot be adjusted.) Or, you can buy the clothes in person at Kid Dynamo (2108 Vine Street, Berkeley) by telling the cashier our code, SDF16OXFORD.

It’s a beautiful, if slightly expensive collection, but you’ll be getting 15% off! Sizes run from toddler to “12” (no plus sizes available). Please feel free to pass the word on to friends or relatives who may want to make the most of this special sale!