Newsletter October 23, 2019

 

Oaklawn Elementary      School

www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/elementary/oaklawn

October 23, 2019: Issue 8

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School Hours:   7:40am - 2:45pm

School Closing Information
Parent Volunteer Application


New OASD Website

This district has rolled out a new website! The new website is more user friendly when viewing on smartphones or tablets.  It also has a much better ability to search for information. With this new website, we are changing how we create our school newsletters.  School newsletters will still be available online every Wednesday as usual. An email/text reminder will be sent to notify you when it is published.  https://oaklawn-elementary.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/


Halloween Parade and Parties

Oaklawn will celebrate the Fall Harvest with a classroom social and school parade on Thursday,  October 31st.  The school parade will begin at 10:00am.  Weather permitting, each class will walk on the “track” (sidewalk) around the soccer field.  Family and friends are welcome to line the soccer field to watch the procession. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be in the gym.  Your child may bring a costume to school to change into for the parade. He/she will need to be able to change into it on their own in 3-5 minutes.  

Please note that costumes that are scary, gruesome, gory or that display look alike weapons will not be allowed per board policy.  Masks may be worn on top of the head, but may not cover the face.  

Per Board Policy, if you plan to send food for your child(ren)’s class party, please follow these guidelines:

  • Cut fruit, vegetable & cheese trays are allowed only if purchased already assembled from a grocery store.  These items must be refrigerated until served.
  • All “dry” items such as cookies and crackers must be store purchased and individually packaged. 

Details for each classroom’s celebration will be sent home by each teacher.


School Store

Our School Store will be open on Thursday at the end of the day and Fridays before school beginning on November 7th and 8th.  Items in the school store range from 25 cents to two dollars.


PTO Fundraiser

Our PTO Little Caeser’s Pizza fundraiser is underway!  All orders and money are due to the office by Friday, November 8th.


Toys from Home

Please leave all home toys at home (balls, stuffed animals, electronics).  Items can be lost, damaged or stolen.


Community Events

Do you want to know about YMCA activities, sports camps, Girl/Boy Scouts, community events such as Halloween events provided by UW-Oshkosh, North HighSchool, or local churches?  The school district advertises for many community events to keep you in the know. They are all posted here: https://www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/families/community-events

 


Tardy Students

We have seen a significant increase in the number of students tardy each day.  School starts at 7:40am. Our breakfast program starts at 7:10am and is FREE for all students regardless of income.  Please do everything possible to have your child here by 7:35am, so you child can start the day with his/her classmates.


Recess Supervision Needed!

We are in significant need for morning and lunch recess supervisors!! In the morning, we can use 1-2 people welcoming students into the kitchen and processing their pin numbers. At lunch, we can use 1-2 people processing pin numbers and 2 people outside at recess. Breakfast hours are 7:00-8:00am and lunch hours are 10:45-12:45pm. If you’d like an application, please stop in at the office.


Future Dates

October 25th

  • No School! Enjoy sleeping in! 

October 29th

  • pdsFUSION kids running club starts today! 2:45-4pm 

October 31st

  • Halloween Parade, 10am
  • 2nd grade swimming, downtown YMCA 12:30-2pm 

November 5th

  • 1st grade field trip to Grand Opera House, 8:45-11:00am 
  • pdsFUSION kids running club 2:45-4pm 

November 7th

  • 2nd grade swimming, downtown YMCA 12:30-2pm 

November 8th

  • Little Caesar’s Pizza Orders due today! 

November 12th

  • pdsFUSION kids running club  2:45-4pm 

November 13th

  • Early Dismissal, 12:30pm 

November 14th

  • 2nd grade swimming, downtown YMCA 12:30-2pm 

November 18th

  • Holiday Concert Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd graders 
  • Alberta Kimball Auditorium, 6pm (arrive by 5:50pm) 

November 19th  

  • pdsFUSION kids running club!  2:45-4pm

November 21st   

  • 2nd grade swimming, downtown YMCA 12:30-2pm

November 26th  

  • pdsFUSION kids running club  2:45-4pm

November 27th-29th 

  • Thanksgiving Break!

Breakfast Program 

As you know, our breakfast and lunch programs are now free for all students, regardless of income. Due to the increased numbers, we are now starting our service at 7:10am instead of 7:15. Breakfast ends at 7:40, so that students may get to class on time. We have seen an increase in the number of students arriving for breakfast at 7:40 and they are mainly car riders and walkers. If your child is walking or getting a ride, please plan for his/her arrival by 7:30 so he/she has time to eat in the cafeteria. Thanks for your help with this!


From the office……….

Attendance

The Department of Public Instruction gives each student 10 absences (not days)  per year. An absence is considered anything beyond 10 minutes. Examples of an absence (½ or full day)  include:

Leaving early for/arriving later from an appointment

  • Illness

  • Vacations/out of town

  • Arriving after 7:55am, leaving prior to 2:35pm

When a student exceeds 10 absences, one or all of the following will happen:

  • A letter of concern will be sent

  • A truancy meeting will be set up 

  • A doctor’s note will be required for any future absence

  • Parent/Guardian can receive a ticket

For medical appointments (doctor, dentist, ortho, eye, etc.), we recommend getting a doctor’s note and bringing it to school upon your child’s return to school.   Please plan vacations according to the OASD school year calendar whenever possible.  

Absences/late arrivals 

Our first bell rings at 7:40am and the day begins at 7:45am.  Please do everything necessary to have your child to school on time each and everyday.  If your child is late, please have him/her check in at the office. If your child will be late for any reason, or will not be attending school that day, please call 424-0170 and leave a detailed message.  Our voicemail is on 24/7. If your child is ill, please leave specific symptoms, as we track illnesses for the county health department to track and prevent outbreaks.    

Newsletter/Website/School Events

Our newsletter is sent electronically every week on Wednesday.  We will use the email account listed in your parent portal. All information is available electronically by email or on the parent portal.  It is the parent’s responsibility to log on to their parent portal/email regularly to stay informed with what is going on in our school. We are continuously updating our website and calendar with family events, field trips, spirit days, etc, so check it often!  If you do not have electronic access to the newsletter and would like a paper copy, please let the office know.

Parent Portal

It is important to check your student’s Infinite Campus account on a regular basis to keep current on any fees that may be due (food service, etc.).  All fees carry over from year to year and will accumulate until they are paid. Once your student is in high school, he/she cannot participate in many activities until these fees are paid in full.  Also, please remember to update any demographic changes to your student’s information (phone, email, address, etc.). If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mrs. Schiefelbein in the office at 424-0170.

Address

The Oshkosh Area School District expects students to attend their home school, based on where they live.  All mail from OASD will come to the primary address in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The address that district office has on file is the address where the child’s guardian lives and where the child sleeps at night.  It cannot be an extended family members home (Grandparents/Aunt/Uncle).  Anyone who is not residing in the correct attendance zone will be transferred to their home school.

Vacations

If your child will be out for a vacation, please call or send a note to the office 2 weeks prior to the vacation.  This will allow the classroom teacher time to gather necessary work.

Early Release Dates

On the following dates, we will dismiss students at 12:30pm: November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13.

Lost & Found

Please label everything!  This includes jackets, lunch boxes & backpacks.  You’d be amazed at the large amount of things that get lost!

Birthday Treats

The Oshkosh Area School District no longer celebrate birthdays with food treats.  However, you are welcome to send pencils, notebooks, erasers or a book/game for the class.  Healthy Snacks: you are welcome to send a healthy snack to school for your child to enjoy during snack time.  

Healthy Snacks

Students take a snack break each school day.  Students can take a school milk and may bring a healthy snack from home.  Healthy snacks include granola bars, fruit, vegetables, string cheese or plain crackers.  Please leave the sugary snacks and doritos at home. Due to allergy concerns, students may not share food of any kind at meals or snack time.


From our Nurse: Medication Policy

Medication will not be given at school unless it is absolutely necessary.  Any medications that requires FOUR DOSES OR MORE  a day can be given at school by a designated, trained staff member.  Before a child can be given any medication the parent MUST supply a form signed by the doctor.  These forms can be obtained from the school office or your doctor. If you have any questions about medication, please contact our school nurse, at 424-0170, ext. 4342..