School has started—Welcome!

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Welcome (back) everyone to Oxford. We are glad that you are here! Let’s learn some things this year, k?

Ms. Foster’s Farewells

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Ms. Foster is bringing some serious individual connection and class pride!

Happy Holidays from the Principal

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It was busy around school this week, too. This week, I saw and experienced so many great things happening in classrooms and around the school:

• A gingerbread man search by the kindergarteners (it smelled so good around here!)
• A Kwanzaa celebration in a 5th grade classroom
• A talent show in a 3rd grade classroom
• 4th grade students “coding” on the computers
• Parachutes being made in 1st grade
• A snowball game with a 3rd grade class (that one wore me out!)
• The Berkeley High Jazz Band performance

There were a couple of special moments this week, too. Some 5th graders gave their hats they got from the firehouse visit to the kindergarteners when the kinders said they wanted them. I had a 2nd grade student make a point to sit with another child at lunchtime who was sitting alone. I had two boys who had a conflict come to an understanding and apologize to each other. The K/3 buddies celebrating and making holiday crafts together this afternoon. I love those moments.

We had a wonderful community meeting this morning to celebrate the last day of school for 2016. A 5th grade class and a 3rd grade class both shared about their community service projects. The 5th graders donated toys to the firehouse and then sang a wonderful song about how we can help others… and our world. The 3rd graders had made bag lunches and delivered them to the homeless and we got to watch a video showing the delivery. We ended the community meeting with the 2nd graders singing songs, including “This Land is Your Land” which I sang in 4th grade, many, many years ago! It was a really nice community meeting. I love it when students perform.

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Empty Hands community concert, 9/22, 8 am

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Everyone is invited to join us on Tuesday, September 22nd at 8 a.m. for a community concert of Empty Hands Music. Rapper/singer Nimo Patel will perform engaging songs of kindness, gratitude and unity.

This week Oxford has been having a week of kindness that aligns with our bucket-filling curriculum.  The concert is part of his World Tour; he goes from here to Hawaii, the refugee camps of Jordan and then Europe. The performance is entirely gifted to the Oxford community.

Join us on September 22 at 8am in the cafeteria for what will be a really special event.



Kid President’s Video Pep Talk to Teachers & Students

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“Don’t even be a bully to the bullies! It just makes more bullies.”

Kid President shares lively lessons like this wise one with teachers and students in this fun video.

“What are you teaching the world? Somebody’s learning from you…”

Toolbox Intro Video–Parent Trainings Coming

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From BUSD: Opening the Toolbox in Our Schools

Years of research in the field of childhood resiliency and social-emotional learning have taught us that emotional and behavioral regulation skills can be explicitly taught in schools, and that the benefits are huge. That’s why we’ve adopted the Toolbox curriculum for all of our K-6 students!

Training is already underway for teachers and staff, and the following dates are planned for parent trainings: September 24th (6-7pm), October 15th (6:30-7:30) & November 19th (6-7pm). Check the district Google calendar as the event becomes closer for exact location and more details. Find out more on our website and by watching this video.