In the News: Oxford & Washington Welcome All

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From Berkeleyside:

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.”

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Fill out the Harvest Fair Survey!

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Harvest Fair foodDon’t forget—please take a few minutes to give the PTA your feedback about the Harvest Fair.

If you did not attend, the PTA wants to know why (and you’ll take a very short version of the survey).

If you have feedback or ideas about the Harvest Fair, now is your chance to share your perspectives.

The evaluation poll is online:

Feedback Needed: Harvest Fair Survey

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harvest_bouncy_houses_smallWhether 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.

Click on through the evaluation poll at Thanks!

Voter education: BSEP, E1 & Oxford

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What’s Measure E1? What’s BSEP?

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.

If 2/3 of Berkeley voters vote to re-authorize BSEP (Measure E1) in the November 8 general election, this fifth of all schools’ funding will remain in place for the next eight years.

Read more about BSEP, ballot measure E1, and who funds what at Oxford . . .

What Happens on “Staff Development Day”?

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Ever wonder what the teachers and other District staff do on Staff Development Days? For school families, it means students don’t go to school. But what do staff do? They go to school!

Read about what Oxford’s and other schools’ staff were learning on October 10 at BUSD’s blog.

Links for Families to Discover

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Discover & GoThe Links page here on 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!

School Gov Council: it’s voting time!

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We need all Oxford families to vote for parent/guardian representatives for School Governance Council, or SGC. Go to this Survey Monkey poll to vote; please vote for 5 candidates.

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.

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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.

Thank you!
Beth Rhine

Lunch Poll! We need you!

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ezmealapp-logoWe 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 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 to create an account.

Thank you!
~ Beth Rhine

Easy SGC Online Nomination Form!

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Nominate Yourself for Oxford SGC

We’ve made nominating yourself for SGC even easier . . .

. . . with an online form. As a result, we are keeping the SGC nomination period open until tomorrow Monday September 19 at 3pm—click to nominate yourself now!

Next, we vote for our choices among the nominees:

  • Paper ballots will be sent home on Thursday September 22 and are due back to school by Tuesday September 27.
  • The new SGC members will be announced on September 30.

Thank you!
~ Beth Rhine