The Oxford Update

Oxford Elementary School

February is Here!

It is so hard to believe that we are just one week away from February Break. It feels like we just got back from our winter break but here we are in February already. It seems that winter has finally found us and the snow is piling up but on the bright side, the days are getting longer and giving us more time to enjoy the wonderful community we live in.

There are so many places in the Oxford Hills area where families can enjoy winter and the great outdoors. From snowshoeing to cross country skiing and hiking, check out the Western Foothills Land Trust at for activities that you can enjoy right in your back yard.

As a reminder, next week is our last week of school before vacation. Students will have no school from Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 19 for February Vacation. Students will return to school on Monday, February 22nd. We hope that you find a way to enjoy your vacation!

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Heard in the Lunchroom with Ms. Bourgoine

Ms. Bourgoine polled the lunchroom on Friday and asked the following question: "Who is going to win the Super Bowl this weekend?" She did not tell them who was playing. The answers are priceless!

Samuel L. (5th) - It’s going to be the Chiefs. Back in the regular season, the Chiefs beat the Buccaneers. It’s going to be 40 or 50 points because the Super Bowl lasts hours.

Abbigail J. (5th)- Kansas City because they won last year’s Super Bowl.

Toby O. (5th) - Buccaneers because they have been playing better than the Chiefs. Brady is okay. (sarcasm)

Lily D. (3th) - One of the teams! (giggle)

Mrs. Ellis ( Physical education teacher) - HELLO… Brady!

Connor S. (6th) - My dad is rooting for the Buccaneers so I am rooting for the Buccaneers.

Trinity W. (6th) - I don’t watch football, I watch NETFLIX.

Olivia B. (5th) - Maybe the Packers? My parent’s favorite team.

Trevor W. (2nd) - I think the Groundhogs are going to win. They are pretty good!

Madeline B. (K) - The Packers. My brother is on that team!

Carter R. (2) - I am going with the Chiefs like Miss Karnes. I saw the Chiefs beat the Patriots.

Walker S. (K) - Me!

Mrs. Monahan ( School Nurse) - Because the Patriots aren’t in, I don’t know who is playing.

Lyla H. (5th) - The Patriots. It could be Brady’s last game. His best friend, Grant is leaving.

Camrin S. (4th) - Ughh... I don't like EITHER team!

Learning About Owls in Kindergarten

Our kindergarten friends have been learning about animals. One of the animals that they have learned about is the owl. As part of their learning, kindergarteners got to dissect owl pellets. Inside the owl pellets, they were able to see what the owl had eaten. It was SO COOL and the students did a great job being scientists and examining all of the bones and fur that they discovered!

Tips for Spending Quality Time With Your Child

Let’s face it—life is busy! Between work and life responsibilities, the days pass us by in the blink of an eye. Some parents feel guilty about working full time, or experience anxiety about choosing to work out at the gym or go to dinner with friends. What children need is high-quality time with parents and caregivers—that is what is most beneficial to children and what can have a positive effect on them as they grow. It isn’t about endless hours of time—it’s about how you choose to spend that time that truly matters.

As parents and caregivers, we can make choices to ensure time spent with our children is high-quality. Here are nine tips for busy families:

1. Have a daily “connect” time with your child. Do this face-to-face, if possible; but if this isn’t an option, create a routine for doing so in other ways, such as leaving a note in your child’s lunch bag, posting a note by his toothbrush, or writing an encouraging saying on a shared whiteboard in the house.

2. Create a special ritual for you and your child—something that can be done every day. For example, let your child choose and read one book with you at bedtime.

3. Tell your child you love her every day. And tell her how important she is to you and how she makes you feel.

4. Reinforce positive behavior. For example, if your child completes his chores without your asking, acknowledge it with words of appreciation—even if you don’t have the chance do so until the next day.

5. Make and eat meals with your children whenever possible. If time is limited, look for simple meals that require very little preparation, or grab a healthy snack such as an apple and sit for a few minutes and chat with your child.

6. Schedule time for doing an activity of your child’s choosing. Be sure to follow through and complete the activity without any distractions.

7. Play with your child, even if it’s during bath time or outside before you drop her off at preschool. Every little bit of time makes a positive impact!

8. Laugh and be silly with your child.

9. Turn off technology when you spend time with your child. Try not to text, answer calls, scroll through social media, or watch television.

Meaningful connections are about the quality of time, not the quantity of time. Keep it simple and connect with your child in ways that make sense for your lifestyle and relationship. Each connection has a lasting impact and provides the support and reassurance that your child needs.

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Important Dates - February 8th - 12th

Tuesday, February 9th - Mrs. Lavertu's class at Roberts Farm

Wednesday, February 10th - Early Release Day, dismissal 1 hour early

Thursday, February 11th - Mrs. Gordon's class at Roberts Farm

Friday, February 12th - Wear Red and Pink Day

Upcoming Dates:

Happy Valentine's Day - Sunday, February 14th
NO SCHOOL - Monday, February 15th - Friday, February 19th - FEBRUARY VACATION

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Oxford Elementary School

Tiffany Karnes, Principal

Denise Bourgoine, Assistant Principal

Arica Monahan, School Nurse

Jill Knight, Secretary

Christine Merrill, Secretary