shop and give
October 12–19, Oxford is partnering with Tea’s School Days to get 15% off all the Tea Collection clothing—and 15% of our sales will be donated to Oxford.
To shop online, go to TeaSchoolDays.com (not TeaCollection.com)—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!
We 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!
Thank you to all the people who brought baked goods and fruit to this morning’s Back-to-School Coffee. Remember that there’ll be another Coffee tomorrow morning, same place, same time. And whilst we’re at it, we’d like to ask you for your help selling Chinook Books to our community. What is the Chinook Book? It’s a book of coupons from local stores. (You may have seen it at your local supermarket.)
Every year, Oxford partners with the Chinook Book company to raise money for our school. The Chinook Book, together with the app, costs $20, half of which goes to Oxford. The coupons in this year’s book and app expire on September 30, 2017—so you’ve got a whole year to make the most of a wide range of excellent discounts.
In a nutshell, we’ve got the books and the app. Now we need you. Can you help us sell them at school?
This is a short-term volunteer opportunity. We’ve got 8 weeks to sell as many chinook books and apps as possible. Help us start now and we can add to our fundraising goal. You could start tomorrow or Thursday morning at the Back-to-School Coffee. Or you choose the times.
Contact us at if you’re interested (or meet us at Thursday’s Back-to-School Coffee).
Betsy Maisel & Aïda Garcia Pons
(2015-17 PTA co-presidents)
Just a reminder to pick up a Chinook Book, App or Combo Pack Now. Oxford receives 50% of all Chinook sales—Ka-ching!
The App is now valid 12 months from the day you activate the app, and the Combo pack (coupon book + app) is an incredible deal for only $25.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Chinook Book Combo Pack
- Combo packs raise more money for our school.
- A majority of Chinook Book offers are in both products, so you can use your favorites offers two times!
- It’s double the value for only $5 more.
- Your bonus product is a great $5 gift—surprise someone!
- Combo packs guarantee access to every single offer, because each product includes a small selection of fabulous unique offers.
- Paper coupons are a fun poker night alternative—especially if you also have a set of offers securely on your phone.
- Mobile coupons are always with you, so you never miss an opportunity to save and the print coupons fit perfectly in your wallet.
- With strategic planning a print and mobile combo pack can provide many more months of active coupon access.
- Capitol Corridor’s super valuable free companion ticket offer is only in the book and seasonal specials are added to the mobile pack every two months.
- Redeeming lots of Chinook Book offers = A healthy, sustainable life!
to get your book or app today!
When you shop using gift cards bought through the ShopWithScrip program, you raise money for Oxford! If you’ve been thinking about signing up online to be able to order from 300+ retailers, now is the time!
Monday 9/15 (through midnight Eastern time, which is 9:00 pm our time), is “Thank-Scrip-ing Day”: a special one-day promotion on a select number of electronic gift cards, called “ScripNow” cards. These e-cards can be printed and used immediately once I submit all the orders at the end of the day (even if you pay by check).
Sign up now—it only takes a few minutes. The mailing list version of the message has Oxford’s code, or you can . Extended family and friends are also welcome to join and help support Oxford—they don’t have to be local.
- Printed Books: $20
- Mobile App: $15 (now valid 12 months from start date!)
- Combo Pack: $25 (printed book + mobile app)
Take advantage of 50% off any item when you purchase an item of equal or greater value at Gather, Pizza Moda, Tomate Cafe, Gaumenkitzel and La Note.
Last year Oxford launched “ShopWithScrip”, a fundraising program that works while you shop. There’s no selling required (unless you’re one of us, the organizers, and our wonderful volunteers!) All you have to do to help raise money for Oxford is just spend your regular shopping dollars using gift cards from the ShopWithScrip program instead of paying with cash, check or credit card. (This is NOT eScrip.)
Gift Cards for 25 retailers will be available for sale Friday morning at the PTA coffee 8-9am, and at the 1:20p & 2:05p pick ups. Please come by to learn more about this great program and check out our inventory! Bring cash or check to purchase.
Please take a few minutes to learn more about this fundraising program
ShopWithScrip.com helps us earn FREE money for Oxford, when we shop using gift cards purchased through the ShopWithScrip.com program. This is not eScrip. With ShopWithScrip.com, cards for places you shop give a rebate of 2-20% back to our school. For example, if you spent the following:
- $100 Gap/Old Navy etc = $14 for Oxford
- $40 Peet’s = $3.20
- $100 Berkeley Bowl or Safeway = $4
- $200 Amazon = $6
- $50 iTunes = $2.50
- $25 Barnes & Noble = $2.25
>> A total of $31 would go to Oxford!
From the Principal:
At last week’s Community Meeting, the upcoming School Raffle and Spring Dance were announced to the students and families in attendance. The Dance is on Friday, March 21st. Hope to see you all there. And please sell those tickets! There are a lot of great prizes available.
Another upcoming event is the first School Auction (off-site and adults only) on Friday, April 18th. We want everyone to know they are wanted and welcome to attend. Berkeley schools pull students from all over the city, which helps to create a unique and rich community. I am hoping our Auction will also represent our diverse school community. Please consider talking to a parent in your child’s classroom and encouraging him/her to attend the auction. Sometimes that personal invitation helps people to feel welcome.