The Oxford Update

Oxford Elementary School

Hello November!

November is often a month of reflection and gratitude as the year draws to a close and we anxiously await a new one to arrive. What a year 2020 has been. Even though it has been a trying year for everyone, a year with lots of uncertainty and change, it has also been a year full of silver linings if we just look for them. The increase of family time, a slower pace to life with less outside obligations to distract us, and a stronger focus on getting outside and enjoying this beautiful place that we live. These have all been the silver linings during this year for me.


As I think about what I am grateful for during this month, my list is long. I am thankful for our students who have been so resilient and adapted so well to our current reality, our teachers who have learned and grown in their understanding of new ways to teach and assess students, and the strong sense of community that has developed in the past few months at OES. I am thankful for our OES families who are working hard to ensure that students are at school or learning remotely every day and who are supporting our teachers and staff with their words of encouragement and appreciation. While there are so many more things I am thankful for, these are the first that come to mind. What are you thankful for?


I am so grateful that we are able to have students in the building this year and I hope that we can continue to wear our masks, adhere to appropriate social distancing, and practice good hand hygiene so that students are able to learn here at school for the remainder of the school year.

Letter from Superintendent Colpitts

October 30, 2020


Dear Staff, Students, and Families,

This letter is to inform you that individuals associated with Otisfield Community School and Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School recently tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There is a possibility that other staff or students came in contact with this individual and therefore may have been exposed to the virus. We are informing you out of an abundance of caution. Please monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a healthcare facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick.


COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include:


• fever or chills • new loss of taste or smell

• cough • sore throat

• shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • congestion or runny nose

• fatigue • nausea or vomiting

• muscle or body aches • diarrhea

• headache

Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.


Maine CDC or a school representative will contact you directly if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive. Close contacts will be asked to quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the positive individual. A negative test result does not get an individual out of quarantine.


Maine CDC recommends preventive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper handwashing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


Questions for the Otisfield school can be directed at Arica Monahan, RN by calling 743-8914x6356. Questions for OHCHS or the district may be directed to Beth Gallagher, RN by calling 743-8914 x 1506. For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.


Sincerely,

Rick Colpitts, Superintendent

Protect Yourself and Your Child from Flu!

KIDS FIRST FOR KIDS! GOES REMOTE

Please join this engaging and interactive support group for 4th & 5th graders whose families are experiencing a separation, a divorce, or a difficult post-separation time. Or perhaps there is a new step-family or a child whose parent who has not stayed involved after separation or divorce. All are welcome!


This remote experience will be a resilience and skill-building group meeting after school once a week for three weeks on Zoom. Participants can live anywhere and will be able to join us remotely as long as they have internet access and a device. Each participant will receive a kit from the Kids First Center with everything they will need to join the group. The group will be facilitated by a social worker and social work interns.


The Kids First Center has been providing support for children for over fifteen years and is thrilled to be able to provide the Kids First for Kids! remotely. Enroll your child today and join us for Kids First for Kids! Remote.

If parents share parental rights and responsibilities,

consent from each parent is required for participation.


Choose a Tuesday or Thursday Session:


Tuesday’s 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm • December 1, 8, & 15

Thursday’s 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm • December 3, 10, & 17


Program fee per three-week session:

$75/child, $120/ for 2 siblings, $180 for 3 siblings and $240 for 4 siblings


Financial assistance is available.


You can join the fun with a desktop computer,

a laptop, a tablet, and even a web-enabled phone.


To enroll contact:


Kids First Center | (207) 761-2709 | info@kidsfirstcenter.org | www.kidsfirstcenter.org

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Mt. Abram Ski Scholarship Application

The Mt. Abram Ski Club is currently offering scholarships for Western Maine youth to provide the opportunity to get outside and on the mountain this winter. Click the button above for more information!

Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, 11/3 - Mrs. Lavertu's class to Roberts Farm; Election Day

Wednesday, 11/4 - Early Release Day

Thursday, 11/5 - Ms. Guerrette's class to Roberts Farm

Friday, 11/6 - Fun Friday, Mismatch Day


Upcoming Dates:


Wednesday, November 11th, No School Veteran's Day

A Zoom Series for Parents with Dr. Alison Roy

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Oxford Elementary School

Tiffany Karnes, Principal

Denise Bourgoine, Assistant Principal

Arica Monahan, School Nurse

Jill Knight, Secretary

Christine Merrill, Secretary