Kindergarten Placements Are Final

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Oxford’s three new Kindergarten class lists are now posted . . .

Congrats to an Oxford artist

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Our very own Milo K. took 2nd place at Berkeley’s 32nd annual In Dulci Jubilo Art, Poetry & Essay Contest! The theme this year was “My Feelings and Me.”

Congratulations to Milo for this recognition!


District Disaster Preparedness

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From BUSD: The recent earthquake activity in the Napa and Vallejo areas has been a stark reminder of how important it is to be prepared. We want you to know that active teams of staff, parents, and volunteers in every Berkeley public school have worked to place emergency containers at every school, with essential supplies in the event of a disaster. Site emergency response teams have been trained in the use of these supplies, and safety plans are in place at every site.

Read more on how our schools practice disaster preparedness.

Superintendent’s Welcome Back Letter 2014-15

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Superintendent Donald Evans

“The start of a new school year is an exciting time for all of us…” Read more from Donald Evans at BUSD’s website.

Una Carta de Bienvenida del Superintendente

“El principio de un nuevo año escolar es emocionante para todos nosotros…” Se puede leer en español más de Donald Evans en en el sitio web de BUSD.

Staff Changes for Fall 2014

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The Oxford staff directory has been updated for the 2014–15 school year!

Class rosters are coming next…

FREE Kids’ Art & Writing Workshop Sun 7/20

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Summertime Fun Recycling Show: Beasties and Bears

A Children’s Art & Creative Writing Workshop
Sunday July 20, 2014, 1 to 4 pm—FREE!

With artist Suellen Primost. Storytelling with Mark Jeffers, Director of Storybook Theater of Hanapepe, Hawaii. VHS recycled videotape demonstrations by Evelyn Roth. Web-of-Life creature costumes. For children ages 3-12.

Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94703

Low-Cost Computers & Internet Access

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Al Roker and Comcast have a program to offer low-cost computers ($150) and internet service ($10/month) to families whose children receive lunch at a reduced price. More details at

Prevent the “Summer Slide”

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As summer approaches, we want to encourage the children to continue some academic work over the summer. According to a report released by the Rand Corporation in June 2011,

“Students can return to school in the fall at least a month behind, on average, where they were in the spring, but high-quality summer programs can help combat this summer learning loss.”

Below are articles from the KQED Blog “Mindshift” that provide some additional information and suggestions to prevent the “summer slide”: