Parents at schools around Berkeley want to make sure that all students feel welcome. They are making signs and forming greeting committees to drive that message home. Liz Schultz, the VP of the Washington PTA, wrote: “In response to Trump’s executive order, both Oxford and Washington schools have created messages of support for their immigrant families.”
Whether you attended the Harvest Fair this year or not, please take a few minutes to let our PTA and dedicated volunteer event planners know what’s working for your family versus what could be improved upon at future Harvest Fairs.
We’ve got a great thing going on at the Harvest Fair, and you can help make it even better for our school community! Share your feedback and if you have time, your ideas too, to make our Harvest Fair tradition even stronger.
20% of all current funding for the Berkeley public schools comes from BSEP, a tax authorized by voter ballot measure. Oxford’s library, music and technology programs, among other things, are provided by BSEP funds.
The Links page here on oxfordelementary.org has been updated with oodles of helpful stuff on BUSD, curriculum, parent and teacher advocacy, and local educational resources like Discover & Go, which provides Berkeley Public Library card holders access to free passes to amazing museums and venues throughout the Bay Area.
If you have links to suggest for the page, or you’d like to volunteer as a web editor, please email the webmaster. Thanks!
If you prefer to vote via paper ballots, those are being sent home today . . . bright blue paper ballots. Send paper ballots back to school with your child. Please vote by September 28th and one vote per household. Please vote only once, online or paper.
In case you missed earlier messages regarding the role of the SGC, it’s the committee that examines Oxford’s student achievement data and other school needs, and makes a plan every year to address those needs. The SGC decides how to spend the money Oxford gets from local, state, and federal governments, determining budget and spending priorities for the year.
We ask all families, regardless of income, to fill out and return a free/reduced price lunch application form or complete the application on-line.
If your child was eligible last year, he or she will receive a lunch automatically for the first month of school, but you must fill out a new form. Parents and caregivers can now apply online at ezmealapp.com or you can return completed forms to your child’s teacher.
If your child is not authorized to receive free or reduced-price lunch you can pre-pay in the cafeteria ($3.75 per meal) or visit ezschoolpay.com to create an account.