April 24, 2024 Newsletter

Oaklawn Elementary      School


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School Hours:   7:40am - 2:45pm

Lunch Times: 

  • 2nd & 5th    11:00-11:45am
  • KG & 4th    11:30am-12:15pm
  • 1st & 3rd    12:05-12:50pm

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Future Dates 

(Link to Website Calendar)

April 22 - 26 - Spring Book Fair

May 1 - Mrs. Kessenich Field Trip AM, Paine Art Ctr

May 1 - Vel Phillips staff here to talk to 5th graders, 9am

May 3 - Mrs. Larson Field Trip AM, Paine Art Ctr

May 6-9  4th and 5th Grade Human Growth and                                 Development Lessons

May 7 - Ms. Retzlaff Field Trip AM, Paine Art Ctr

May 7 - K-Kids meeting, 3:00-4:00pm

May 10 - No School

May 16-17   4th Grade Students Wax Museum

May 16 - Vel Phillips staff here to talk to 5th graders, 1pm

May 17 - Dig Into Donuts, 7:00am

May 21 - Kindergarten Teddy Bear Picnic PM

May 21 - 1st Grade Field Trip, Building for Kids All Day

May 22 - CARE Days field trip

May 22 - 5th Grade Leadership Academy Field Trip                             Menominee Park

May 23 - Field Day

May 24 - 2nd Grade Field Trip, Botanical Gardens all day

May 27 - No School (Memorial Day)

May 28 - 5th Grade Promotion, 1:15pm

May 29 - 4th Grade Leadership Academy all day                                  Menominee Park

May 31 - Last Day of School

  • Kona Ice Truck will be on the playground after school!

Field Trip Season!

It is now officially field trip season here at Oaklawn.  All grade levels will be going on a field trip.  Field trip permission slips are located in your Parent Portal.  They are very easy to complete once you learn the process.  If you have any questions the office can walk you through the process with you.  Financial assistance is available.  Please contact your child's teacher for more information.  

Coat Policy for Recess

In cold weather students are required to have the proper clothing to be outdoors during recess.  Our staff members determine when the weather is too cold to allow a child to go outside without a coat.  If the temperature outside is below 50 degrees students will be asked to wear a coat/jacket.  If the weather is too cold and the child does not have a coat, the child remains inside for breaks.

Teacher Appreciation-Help Needed

Don't forget to sign up for donations!  The link is below. 

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is next month, May 6 - 9.  As you already know our Oaklawn Staff go above and beyond each day for our students. They always give 110% and do whatever it takes. Please help the PTO celebrate all our wonderful staff! 

We have 70 staff members (this includes part time, full time, secretarial, teacher, para-professional, and custodial staff) and a list of donations are located at this link.  

Daily Event for Teacher / All School Dress Up Days

Monday - Candy “Bar” 

  • Dress in Bright Colors to kick off a fun week!

Tuesday - Breakfast 

  • Comfy Clothes Day!

Wednesday - There is no “Sub”stitute for great teaching!  

  • Kindness Dress Day!

Thursday - Trail Mix - Flower Power - Keeping our students on the “trail” to greatness and helping them "flower".

  • Flower Power Dress Up Day!

Late to school?

If your child is late to school, more than 10 minutes, they are considered absent....NOT tardy.  If your child is marked absent you need to contact the school office to make the absence excused.  Even if your child is only 15 minutes late to school, 5 Unexcused absences is considered Habitual Truant.  

Elementary School Attendance Expectations

  • Elementary school day runs from 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
  • Supervision starts on the playground at 7:30 a.m.
  • Students line up with their classrooms at 7:40 a.m.
  • Students are expected to be in their seats at 7:45 a.m.
  • 7:45-7:55 is tardy, anything 7:56 and beyond is unexcused unless a parent contacts the office to excuse the absence.


Your Voice Shapes Our School's Future

The Oshkosh Area School District values the voices of our families. That's why we're inviting all parents and guardians to participate in our annual OASD Climate Survey.

Now in its second year, this independent survey (by Hannover Research) provides important feedback about your experiences in our school and district. Your open and honest input helps guide improvements across the district.

Survey Details:

  • Covers all aspects of the school environment
  • Completely anonymous and confidential
  • Available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Swahili, and Arabic
  • Takes only 10-15 minutes to complete
  • Open now through April 25th at midnight

Don't miss this opportunity to share your perspectives!

Get started now! https://hanover-research.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_57HJuO2tpz1bKqW

We're committed to continuously improving based on your valued feedback. Help shape an even brighter future for our students and school!

Registration for 2024-25 School Year Starts April 1

The Oshkosh Area School District’s Annual Student Update (Enrollment/Registration) for returning K-12 students and for new 4K students will take place April 1 - September 1, 2024. Students must be enrolled by September 1. While the deadline is September 1, we encourage you to complete this process as soon as possible to secure your child's spot for the next school year.

This annual enrollment process is mandatory and reserves your student's place at their school for the upcoming academic year. You'll update demographic and contact information through the Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal.

Step-by-Step Instructions: CLICK HERE 

New This Year: Complete the process on your computer, tablet, OR smartphone via the IC app: Campus Parent.

  • Mobile Registration: To register on your smartphone, download the app from your device's app center (iPhone - App Store or Android - Google Play), or click these direct links. Be sure to select the "Campus Parent" option - look for this icon: 

Online Portal Access: CLICK HERE to log in to your Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal and click the "Online Registration" link (located on the bottom left side of the home screen).

Note: This link will be active/available as of 8 a.m. on April 1, 2024.

Need Help? If you don't have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account or need to reset your password, complete THIS FORM.

Contact Information: For questions or assistance during the online enrollment process, contact your child's school office or the OASD Administration Office at 920.424.0395.

In-Person Support: If you need in-person assistance, access to a device, or internet, attend our Central Registration Day at Oshkosh North High School on August 7, 2024. More information will be provided in the coming months.

Fees: Fees and payments if applicable for the 2024-25 school year cannot be paid until mid-August, additional information will be provided at that time.

Your child's school will provide additional resources for the 2024-2025 school year, including important dates.

Thank you for choosing the Oshkosh Area School District for your student’s educational experience. We look forward to continuing to work with your family to meet your student’s individual needs and provide them with the best education possible.

Food Service News

are available online on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  Look under the "More" tab in the menu and look for "Meal Benefits". Forms were also mailed out in the US mail to all households in mid-July. Please return your completed application to the Food Services Office, Oshkosh West High School, 375 N. Eagle St., Oshkosh, WI 54902, or the Elementary School Office your child attends on or before the first day of school.

HAVE LUNCH WITH YOUR CHILD All Elementary Schools and the Food Services Department invites parents of school-age children to have lunch with their child any school day. Please let the school office know in advance so we can make sure a lunch gets ordered for you. You may bring money with you to pay for the meal or the adult lunch can be charged to your students Food Service Account.

The food service department is seeking individuals to work for our department serving breakfast and / or lunch. The majority of these positions available are 1.5 - 2 hours in length and are during the breakfast and lunch service time, which varies with the school. Opportunities for longer shifts and additional hours may also be available. Please see the WECAN at https://wecan.education.wisc.edu website for employment opportunities along with applying for positions within the Food Service Department.

Recess Milk - Negative Food Service Balance

Reminder to families-We have had some families question why their child's balance is negative.  Lunch and Breakfast are free to all students.  This means an entire meal, not just a milk.  If your family qualifies for the free/reduced meals program then your child can also have a free recess milk.  If you do not qualify recess milk is 40¢ a day.  When you log into your parent portal the home page shows your child's Food Service Balance.  Please make sure you are putting money in this account so your child can have recess milk.  

IMPORTANT-This balance will follow your child from school to school so any positive (or negative) balances will move on to middle and high school.  If you have questions or concerns please call the office.  


PTO Meeting (Virtual)Google Meet Info

September 18, 2023, 6pm  (Agenda) (Minutes)

November 13, 2023, 6pm  (Agenda)  (Minutes)

February 4, 2024, 6pm  (Agenda)

April 8, 2024, 6pm 

PTO 2023-24 Events

  • Licorice Fundraiser - September
  • Culver's Dine and Donate - September 25
  • Fall Book Fair - October 16-20
  • McTeacher Night - Dine and Donate - October 23
  • Halloween Dance - October 26
  • Oaklawn Family Night with The Herd - November 18
  • Movie Night - February 8
  • Kringle Fundraiser - February
  • Spring Book Fair and Literacy Night - April 22-26
  • Teacher Appreciation - May 6-10
  • Dig in for Donuts - May 17
  • Kona Ice Celebration - Last day of school

2023-2024 PTO Leadership Team 

Co-Chairman - Cassandra Running

Co-Chairman -  Samm Pamperin

Scott Johanknecht - Principal 920-424-0170 or scott.johanknecht@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OaklawnOwlPTO