Oakhurst Weekly

September 1, 2022

From the Principal

Greetings Oakhurst Family,

I know you are looking forward to Labor Day weekend! Even though summer ends September 21, Labor Day usually marks the unofficial end of summer. I am sure many of you will travel to a beach to frolic in bodies of water and sink your toes in the sand; gather up your courage and scream to the top of your lungs on wild amusement park rides; jump in your vehicle to take a road trip and "soak up the local culture" in towns/cities along the way; or fire up the grill to cook delicious food, invite over family and friends. All of these activities create great memories.

Memories are so important. We make memories every day of our lives, and that is what we are doing at Oakhurst. Our first Community Circle was held today and it was amazing! We are so proud of our children. They were engaged, well-behaved, and came in full force dressed in our school colors. I would like to give a "ROUND OF APPLAUSE" to these outstanding students - Caleb, Mary Jane, Asher and Ella for serving as hosts; and Mrs. White's class for singing and leading us in two songs! A special "SHOUT OUT" goes out to these students who were recognized for being kind and responsible - Marshall, Emmie, Aida and Kuken! I would also like to give KUDOS to staff members Erin Guerrieri and Cindy Aldridge for planning and coordinating this wonderful event; Argean Vokes for teaching Ms. White's students the songs; and Hazel Gibbon who was the cutest "Oakie" ever! We also recognized the following students who are celebrating birthdays Labor Day weekend - Oliver, Everett, Henry, and Parker. Again, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to each of you! I would also like to thank all the parents, family members, and friends of our students for joining us to make this wonderful memory!

We also have fond memories of staff members who have left our school. As mentioned in last week's newsletter, Nurse Dawn Durham retired. New memories will now be made with interim nurse Lakeisha Mclean continuing to provide medical care for our precious children. Nurse Mclean has been a nurse for several years and said, "I love working with children. I was so excited to be welcomed into Oakhurst!" Students have already "welcomed" Nurse Mclean with their visits to the clinic from everything to saying hello with smiling faces, or faces filled with tears because they need medical attention. We are happy to have Nurse Mclean join the Oakhurst Family!

In closing, I'd like to give you one of my favorite quotes from none other than Winnie the Pooh..."We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun." Yes, Oakhurst Family, it's such a joy working here! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

Yours in service,

Sharon Gay

Interim Principal


From the AP

Hi Owls,

Community circle really warmed my heart today because love was surely in the air. Here are a few tidbits about upcoming events.

CogAT Testing - We will test all 1st graders on Tu-Fri 9/6-9/8 and Mon 9/12 from 8:50am-9:50am each morning. There is no need to prepare in advance.

Safety Drill - This month’s safety drill will be a practiced lockdown. The children will have instruction in advance of the drill so that they are prepared and comfortable knowing that this is a drill and they are not in danger.

Curriculum Night -We want to make sure that families with children in more than one class have a chance to see multiple teachers tonight so our classroom teachers will offer the same information in two different sessions. The schedule is pictured below. Please make sure to wear a mask.

Mosquitos: There has been an increase in the presence of mosquitos on our property. Many students are seeking nurse support for bug bites. We will be asking our contracted pest control to use a botanical spray on a day where students will be off property for more than 24hrs. You may want to consider using a bug repellent of your choice on your students.

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Coach's Corner

Hello Oak Families!

The first month of school is behind us and there are many amazing things on the horizon. One way that Oakhurst families can learn more about what happens in your child’s school is by attending our Coffee Chats. These monthly sessions are one way we work to help you learn strategies to use at home, learn about curriculum information or school programming, and deepen and broaden your understanding of what it means to be a primary school student at Oakhurst/in CSD. Please see the list of topics and dates/times below. We look forward to seeing you soon!

September 9, 2:00-2:45pm - CSD’s new Grading and Reporting Practices

October 7, 8:30-9:15am - Fostering Mathematical Practices at Home

November 4, 8:30-9:15am - STEAM Skills at Home

December 16, 8:30-9:15am - Enrichment over a School Break

Is there something that you’re interested in learning more about, but you don’t see it on the Coffee Chat list? We value your feedback and are interested in what you’d like to learn more about. Send an email to: Cindy Aldridge, Oakhurst’s Instructional Coach (caldridge@csdecatur.net), and share your ideas for additional topics.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Cindy Aldridge


School Notes/Announcements


Hello Oakhurst. We wanted to share that one of our 1st grade owls has lost their father quite suddenly this week. Along with condolences the family is open to receiving support in a few ways if you are inclined. Please know that no gift or token is required to be given but if you desire to you may contribute in these ways:


Amazon Wish List

Meal Train Sign Up

Oakhurst Principal Survey

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Gifted Review: Important Information

Each fall semester the gifted review team looks at existing student data to discuss students’ needs and determine if further evaluation for gifted identification is needed. If you are interested in having the team discuss your child’s needs, you may complete a Recommendation for Review Form (found at the website below) and turn it in to the Gifted & Talented Specialist at Oakhurst, Amanda Lockwood, before October 5th. You can send it back in your child's folder or email at alockwood@csdecatur.net.

No additional information is needed.

For more detailed information about the review process and to obtain a copy of the Recommendation for Review Form, please contact Ms. Lockwood or visit the following website:


School Picture Day

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Class Birthdays

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Oakhurst Spirit Night at DHS Football Game

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RSVP by 9/5 to join us for Family Fun Fest night on Thursday, September 15th from 5:30pm-7:30pm!

Bring your blanket & beverages to enjoy a light dinner sponsored by the PTA and Kelly’s Market - see flyer below for details and PLEASE BE SURE TO CLICK HERE TO RSVP BY 9/5!

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We need your help during the Family Fun Fest night! Volunteer shifts are just 30 minutes, so you’ll be able to volunteer and still enjoy the event with your family! Thank you for your support!


We are looking forward to some exciting things this year in the garden and around the Oakhurst campus. Join us for an initial clean up:

Friday, Sept. 9, 3p-5p

Saturday, Sept 10, 9a-11a

This first work day, we will do some light weeding, pruning, and general clean up. No experience necessary, just a "watering"-can-do attitude. Garden gloves are recommended. If you can spare an hour or two, we hope to see you Friday after school on Sept. 9 or Saturday morning on Spet. 10. You can sign up here or if you are unsure of your availability, please feel free to just drop in.

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We are excited about another amazing book fair event and looking for volunteers to make it fun and successful! Sign up for a 30-minute slot, as many as you like, there is a variety of times and roles open. Family and friends can also sign up to help your student's classroom browse the book fair. Check out the available time slots here.

School Supplies for 22 - 23 School Year

Thank you to everyone who has donated to help cover school supplies! We’re 60% of the way to our reimbursement goal - if you have not yet paid and are able to do so or are able to help cover costs, we appreciate your support!

The Oakhurst PTA purchased school supplies for all students to ensure that every student has a full school supply kit. If you are able to pay for your child’s supplies, please contribute $35 per student to the PTA via the information below.

How to Pay - $35 per Oakhurst student:

-Cash/Check (made out to Oakhurst PTA): leave at the front desk

-PayPal: Pay to oakhurstelementaryschoolpta@gmail.com or go to paypal.me/OakhurstPTA.

PTA DEI Corner

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee will again be offering an opportunity this year for parents to check out children's books celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion and encouraging acceptance and empathy. Reading these books at home with your children can promote meaningful connections and create safe spaces for important conversations. Please join us this Friday, September 2 from 8:00-8:20 a.m. during morning drop off for an opportunity to check out books for free. We will be right in front of the school. The Fall Book Cart dates are as follows:

September 2

September 16

October 7

October 21

November 4

November 18

December 2

We are seeking volunteers to assist with the book cart. Please sign-up here if you would like to help out: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4eaca723a4fb6-deibook. We would also LOVE any book donations to expand our collection. Our greatest need is for early chapter books, graphic novels, and chapter books that feature diverse protagonists (some examples include: Planet Omar, Stuntboy, Front Desk, Wink, Zoey and Sassafras, Jaden Toussaint, Vanderbeekers). If you have any books that you would like to donate, please bring them to the cart on Friday or email Déjà Er at dhunger1@yahoo.com to arrange for a pick-up.

Dates to Note

September 1: Curriculum Night

September 2: PTA DEI Book Cart 8:00 - 8:20

September 5: Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

September 9: Coffee Chat - CSD's New Grading and Reporting Practices (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

September 9: PTA Grounds: Fall Clean Up 3pm - 5pm

September 10: PTA Grounds: Fall Clean Up 9am - 11am

September 13, 6:30pm: Board of Education Meeting

September 14: School Picture Day

September 15: PTA Family Fall Fun Fest 5:30 - 7:30 (RSVP by 9/5)

September 16: PTA DEI Book Cart 8:00 - 8:20

September 16: Picture Day make ups

September 19 - 23: CSD Fall Break - NO SCHOOL

September 26 - 30: PTA/Little Shop of Stories Book Fair

September 27: PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm in the media center

October 7: Coffee Chat - Fostering Mathematical Practices at Home (8:30am - 9:15am)

November 4: Coffee Chat - STEAM Skills at Home (8:30am - 9:15am)

December 16: Coffee Chat - Enrichment Over a School Break (8:30am - 9:15am)

City Schools of Decatur

CSD Strategic Plan Input Session and Survey

Please make plans to join us for the Strategic Plan Community Input Session on September 6th at 6:30 pm in the Beacon Hill Middle School cafeteria. This meeting is open to all staff, students, parents, and community partners. This session will be the primary input gathering meeting for stakeholders to share their vision for what CSD can become in the next five years. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are unable to attend this session, click here to participate in the survey.

Superintendent Search Community Conversation

The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education values input and feedback. The community is invited to engage in a facilitated conversation to share feedback for consideration as the Board prepares to develop the leadership profile for the Superintendent position. The Board is excited to offer two in-person opportunities for the community to engage and share their thoughts. You may attend either September 14, 2022, or September 28, 2022. A survey will be available for those unable to participate in one of the in-person events.

Although it is not required to attend, we are asking for anyone wishing to attend one of the in-person sessions to please register via this form.

Registering ahead of time will help us better plan the events and breakout sessions.

Event details:

Session One: Wednesday, September 14, from 6-7:30 pm in the Decatur High School cafeteria.

Session Two: Wednesday, September 28, from 6-7:30 pm in the Decatur High School cafeteria.

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DHS Cheerleading Minicamp Fundraiser

The DHS Cheerleaders are hosting a minicamp to help promote Bulldog Spirit while raising funds to support the DHS cheer program.

If your child is between the ages of 4-12 and wants to experience cheering in the Homecoming parade and before the Homecoming Football game, sign up today for the minicamp!

Camp dates: September 12 - 14 Minicamp 4:30 - 6:00 pm

September 29 Practice and Mini Camp Swag Pick-Up 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Parade and Game date: September 30

Cost: $50

Click here to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Ashaki Stinson (astinson@csdecatur.net) or Saadia Foy (sfoy@csdecatur.net).

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DHS Colorguard Experience

The DHS Colorguard is hosting a youth night on Friday, September 9, for kindergarten through 8th-grade students who would like to participate with the Marching Band Color Guard for a gameday experience.

Click here to learn more. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Stevenson (lstevenson@csdecatur.net) or Jessi Lang (jbowen@csdecatur.net).

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School Nutrition Updates

1) Parents of students with special diets or allergy concerns should submit a new medical statement each year. Please contact Monique Breedlove at mbreedlove@csdecatur.net or (470) 237-0368 ext. 7608 to update your student’s records or for additional information.

2) CSD School Nutrition continues to experience supply chain issues that may influence menu changes. Menu changes may not be updated online as they occur. However, we will work to substitute a like item to the best of our ability.

3) September 6-9, eat a rainbow at lunch! See the picture for information.

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K-5 Super Saturdays

Click here to register for Super Saturdays. If you have questions about Super Saturdays, please contact Erica Godfrey, District Intervention Specialist & MTSS Coordinator, at egodfrey@csdecatur.net.

CSD Partners

Decatur Education Foundation

EVERYONE’S INVITED to our FREE concert at Legacy Park on Saturday, September 10th from 4-8 pm with The Sundogs and JohnBoy and SurroundSound! Opening artists are DHS seniors Nate Helfrich and Payton Kashdan. There will be kids’ activities and student groups selling drinks and treats. DEF is celebrating 20 years in the community, and we want you there! Bring your own picnic and enjoy an evening with your family and friends!


Don't miss your chance to be a part of one of Decatur's most iconic neighborhood events! Driver registration is now open for the 11th Annual Madison Avenue Derby, the non-motorized racing event where amateur racers of all ages design and build human-powered soapbox cars to compete against the clock in a downhill race!

Join the excitement as a racer or spectator on October 15, 2022, for a day of family-friendly fun - proceeds from the event this year go to support the Friends of Refugees! REGISTER TO RACE NOW

DEF has several volunteer opportunities that can fit easily into your weekly schedule! We need tutor volunteers for our Virtual Pals Tutoring program. If you can donate 1 hour per week to help a Decatur student virtually, you can apply here: https://forms.gle/YTbDUk8H4iS4qfD57 (High school students can earn volunteer hours!) We also need adult mentors for our AIM mentoring program and volunteer “coaches” for our brand new FOCUS Prep Program that is specifically for high schoolers in preparation for post-high school. For a mentor application, click here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/6385892/Mentor-Application. If you’d like to become a coach, click here: https://forms.gle/F73gdN5fxzXqET5o7. You can also find all forms and information at our website, www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring. Together we make a difference for our kids!
For more information about all the ways you can help DEF, click here!

Oakhurst Family Help Box: Who Do I Contact?

Did you know that we have a super awesome one-sheeter on the appropriate person to contact for various issues you may have or questions you need answered? We do! Here it is! You can also find it in the Quick Links section of our website.