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Coach Nat, Kinder happenings, SGC & more

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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:

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 If you do it online, there’s no need to submit the paper form too. You can also pay ahead for lunches at

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!

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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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Here it is. The inaugural issue of the . . .

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…Oxford Elementary Newsletter, MailChimp edition!

Back to School Night is Sept 8Dear 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:

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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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Fair Photos, Equity, We’re Making a Neighbor Late for School!

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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!

New 15 MPH in School Zones

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15 MPH speed limitBeginning 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.

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