The Oxford Update

Oxford Elementary School

Our Shift to Remote Learning

After 10 weeks of in-person learning, it was disheartening to have to move to remote learning this week. Our students and staff have worked so hard to ensure that we could be learning at school as long as possible and we appreciate all their efforts. We are confident that this switch to remote learning will be short and we will all be back together again soon.

We want to send a huge thank you out to our OES families for coming to school on Tuesday night to pick up remote learning materials and Chromebooks. We had 251 of the 264 picked up with the remainder delivered the following day. Teachers were very happy to see so many of their students online on Wednesday. As I walked around the building I heard teachers and ed techs Zooming in with students and continuing their classroom learning. It was great to hear students excited to "see" their teacher and classmates even after only one day apart!

I also want to send a huge thank you out to the staff at OES for processing the news of a move to remote learning and then immediately getting work to ensure that students would have the materials that they needed to continue learning at home. The amount of work that they pulled off in less than 24 hours is nothing short of amazing!

Again, thank you to our students and their families for making this shift to short term remote learning smoother than we could have hoped for. We know that this is not easy for families and we want you to know that we appreciate all that you are doing during this time. We look forward to having our students back in the building on Monday, November 30th!

Take care,

Tiffany Karnes


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The Best Things About Thanksgiving

Ms. Bourgoine asked students and staff what they thought was the best thing about Thanksgiving. Here are what a few had to share:

  • Stuffed black olives with cream cheese - Keegan from 6th grade

  • Friends and Family- Mrs. Leunig, ed-tech

  • Going to Grammy's and having a party and the pies!- Sunnie from Kindergarten

  • Macaroni and cheese- Broox from Kindergarten

  • Being thankful - Viviana 1st grade

  • Being all together- Fallon from 1st grade

  • Stuffing -Josie from 2nd grade

  • Board games- Mrs. Scala-Bolduc, music teacher

  • Going place to place and also Meme and Papa’s - Bentley from 1st grade

  • Family - Owen from 6th grade

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Holiday Travel Reminders

As we see the escalating impact of COVID-19 across our state and the nation, we recognize that friends and families are looking for ways to connect and to maintain normal traditions in an abnormal time. As the holiday season approaches, it is critically important that our school communities continue to do everything we can in order to keep our schools safe, open, and able to provide in-person instruction.

This may mean making the safe and difficult choice to limit holiday gathering and travel, as we know that both have additional risks for exposure and transmission of the virus. The United States Center for Disease Control has issued strong guidance to the American people to limit our interactions and travel this holiday season so that we can all gather safely in the future. Further details of the CDC’s recommendations can be found, here.

Any staff or students who travel to any state other than New Hampshire or Vermont (no restrictions for these two states only as of 11/16/20; subject to change), will be required to either:

  1. Quarantine for 14 days upon return to Maine, or
  2. Quarantine until receiving a negative test result. The test must be taken either:
  • In the state you are visiting and no more than 72 hours prior to your return to Maine
  • Once you return to Maine.

Any staff or students who have traveled to restricted states will not be permitted at school until either the negative test result or 14 days has occurred.

This is not dependent on the length of time spent within the restricted states, meaning that a day visit still requires any person to quarantine for 14 days or until a negative test result is confirmed. All members of the household who travel must test or quarantine if over 12 months old. Testing site information for Maine can be found, here.

Any person who is quarantining should stay home, and not have in-person contact with others unless there is an emergency.

A non-traditional Thanksgiving can be hard on all of us, and CDC has some suggestions on healthy alternatives and precautions to consider that can be found, here.

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Important Dates:

Monday & Tuesday, 11/23 - 11/24: Remote learning for all students grades Pre-K - 6

Wednesday - Friday, 11/25 - 11/27: No School, Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, 11/26 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING


Monday, 11/30: Return to In-Person Learning

Tuesday, 12/1: Picture Retake Day

Oxford Elementary School

Tiffany Karnes, Principal

Denise Bourgoine, Assistant Principal

Arica Monahan, School Nurse

Jill Knight, Secretary

Christine Merrill, Secretary