…Oxford Elementary Newsletter, MailChimp edition!
Dear 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:
The 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.
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?
What does my child need to bring to school on the first day of school?
Snow globes were shaken, cards were made, cider was drunk, pizza was eaten… and a lot of fun was had at the Winter Fair last Friday. Thanks to everyone who contributed their creativity and energy. Room 4 hosted a photo booth that looked like this:
A link was sent via the Oxford “e-tree” mailing list to Shutterfly where you can see who stopped by the booth, who wore the most costumes, and you can also buy prints.
On Monday, January 26, all staff participated in a very productive and informative professional development day. In the morning, a speaker, Richard Villa, talked about the strengths of being a district that fully supports inclusion. Then there were breakout sessions on various topics related to special education, classroom management, and supporting positive behavior. After lunch, another speaker, Pamela Harrison-Small, talked about equity in our schools and how we need to reach all of our students and build a strong supportive school community. After that, there were breakout sessions about 4 different equity strategies to be used in the classroom. Overall, it was a good day to learn, reflect and talk to colleagues.
On another note, one of our neighbors is often late taking her child to school because Oxford parents block her driveway. Traffic safety around Oxford School is a big priority for all of us. Please park legally and if at all possible, travel around the school in a clockwise direction so the passenger door opens to the curb. Consider parking a block or two away and taking a nice morning stroll to bring your child to school. Please be considerate to the neighbors and other drivers… and be safe with our kids!
Thanks to all who made the Winter Fair happen! It was fun and lively and everyone had a good time!
Beginning in March 2014 the City of Berkeley will be installing 15 mph speed limit signs on the residential streets surrounding the schools shown in the list below. Installation will start in March 2014 from the preschools, and move on to the elementary schools. The installation will be performed one school at a time and is anticipated to be completed before the end of the school year.