OES Panther Press

May 1, 2022


Testing This Week

Our 4th and 5th grade students will be showing what they know in ELA this week. If your child is testing, please make sure they get a good night's sleep and eat a good breakfast.

If your child is in another grade, please note that their lunch, recess and Specials schedule will be different on testing days.


Our SAC meeting is this Wednesday, via Zoom, from 4:00-4:30. The Zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting, through Parent Square.
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Scholastic Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families,

I’m sending my sincere gratitude for making our Scholastic Book Fair an outstanding success for the students!

We sold 3,426 books at the fair which in turn provided a lot of happy children.

If your child missed out on the Fair, there is still time to shop! Our Book Fair will continue online through May 4, 2022 and your online purchases benefit the school library.

E-Wallet funds over $2.00 will be saved on your child’s account for next year’s book fair or can be used when shopping online at Scholastic.com. Funds less than $2.00 were used to purchase books for the library. Thank you for the volunteers for making this event possible. Mrs. R. Gamboa – Teacher Librarian


Grades 2-5 Recess Equipment

The playground equipment for grades 2-5 has been closed due to safety concerns. It has been blocked off and closed so students do not play on or near it. Our plans are to have it demolished over the summer and replace it with new equipment. However, due to supply issues, it will not be completed before the start of the new school year.

Oasis Charter Schools- Transportation Information 2022-2023

Our school system offers limited bus service for students who live in the City of Cape Coral. The bus transportation provided is designed in accordance with Lee County transportation guidelines. Routes, pick-up, drop-off times, and locations will be developed prior to the start of school. Parents will receive notification of their student’s bus assignment when it becomes available. Students can only be assigned to one bus stop within our system at the address listed in Focus.

To guarantee transportation for the first day of school, you must complete the Transportation Request Form for each child in your family that is requesting transportation, even if your child currently rides a bus. The 2022-23 Transportation Request Form will open on April 19th and end at 5:00pm on June 23, 2022. Please copy and paste the link below into your browser to access the form.

If you miss the deadline, transportation cannot be guaranteed for the first two weeks of school.

The 2022-23 Transportation Form Link: https://forms.gle/BN9oNomdpiyYgfLf6

Thank you,

The Oasis Charter Schools

Transportation Department

(239) 541-1167 ext. 7413

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Getting Ready for the 2022-2023 School Year!

Open House for next year has been scheduled for August 8. Times for each grade level are listed below.

August 8

Grades 4 and 5: 4:00-5:00pm

KG and 2: 5:15-6:15pm

Grades 1 and 3: 6:30-7:30pm

Throughout the last few years, we have been so fortunate to have our families support our school in a variety of ways. For the next school year, if you would like to have your company sponsor car tags, planners, or staff shirts, please contact: sabrina.bendezu@capecharterschools.org. Sabrina can provide more details for you regarding this opportunity.


All students arriving in a vehicle must use the back car line in the morning. The front of the building is only for bus riders and students who have walked or rode a bike to school in the morning. If your child is normally a walker and you are driving them to school, you must use the back car line. When cars utilize the front area, this can cause safety concerns. Thank you for helping us keep our campus safe.

Mark Your Calendar: Important Oasis Elementary South Dates

5/3-5/4 - FSA: 4th and 5th Grade ELA

5/10-5/11 - FSA: 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Math

5/17-5/18 - FSA: 5th Grade Science

A Note from Mrs. Gamboa...

SSYRA JR (K-2) and SSYRA (3-5)

Even though the deadline for reading the SSYRA books has past, students are still encouraged to read these books and earn the Brag Tags, until May 20, while supplies last. Students should let their teacher know when they have read and tested on these books.

RAINBOW READING FOR K-2: MAY 20 is the Last Day to Return a Rainbow Reading Sheet

Students who reach purple by 5/20, will join Mrs. Gamboa on 5/25, for Purple People Party.

The Library sponsors this colorful reading adventure where students are engaged in a variety of genres and subjects as they fill each card. The first of THE 6 Rainbow Reading cards (red) was sent home in August. As students return each rainbow card, they will spin the prize wheel and receive a prize and the next card in the rainbow. The goal is to reach PURPLE and become a member of the Purple People Club. These books can be read by the child or as a family. Family Reading time is very important for children as they develop their reading skills. If a replacement red card is needed, please email: rhonda.gamboa@capecharterschools.org

SORA – Oasis eBook Collection

Oasis Elementary South has their own eBook collection – SORA, containing this year’s SSYRA Jr. and SSYRA books, last year’s state nominated books, and other titles. All children will have access to this collection by using their school Gmail address and password (your child’s teacher will provide). You can download this app on a device, or go to http://soraapp.com/library/oesfl

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Although we were not able to have our yearly Watch Dogs Parent Meeting, we would still like to have the opportunity for our dads and other male adult role models to volunteer for the day. If you are interested, please view this presentation. If you would like to find a date, please complete this sign up sheet.

Recess Equipment

For safety reasons, only foam or Nerf type balls are permitted. This includes footballs, soccer balls, etc. Students who bring in non-foam balls will not be able to use them at school.

We only accept check/money orders for lost library books.

Personal Devices

Students are not permitted to use personal electronic devices (including cell phones, smart watches and tablets, etc.) at school. Students may store their device, turned off or on silent mode, in their bookbag. At the teacher’s discretion, students may wear a smart watch, if they do not use it as an electronic device/mode of communication. Wearing of a smart watch cannot be a distraction to the student or classmates. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen devices.

PM Dismissal: Vehicles should not line up on campus prior to 3:00 pm, to allow OMS to dismiss safely.

News from PTO


Please help us earn money for our school by using digital Box Tops! Click on the following link to learn more https://www.boxtops4education.com/How-To-Earn

Helpful hints:

  1. Download the app for Box Tops.
  2. When signing up, our school is listed as Oasis Charter Elementary School
  3. If you shop online or have digital receipts, you can email those directly to receipts@boxtops4education.com. Be sure to send it from the same email account you used to setup your Box Tops account.
  4. Receipts need to be scanned/emailed within 14 days.

Thank you for all you do to support our school!

Dress Code Reminders

Please remember that students must follow our dress code. To view the entire dress code please click here.

Below are some reminders:

Fridays are spirit days, not a no uniform day. Jeans or jean shorts are permitted with a school polo or school t-shirt. No sweatpants, gym shorts, or leggings (as pants) are permitted. Jeans with holes are not permitted.

Jackets and/or sweatshirts in sapphire, navy blue, or black only with no writing on it.

The length of all shorts, skorts, skirts and jumpers MUST be longer or at the point where the end of the fingertips reaches on the leg while the child’s arms are extended straight at their side.

2022-2023 Kindergarten Wait List Information

For more information on registration for students entering Kindergarten in 2022-2023, please view the document on our OES web site, regarding necessary forms required for prospective students who will be starting Kindergarten in August 2022. This year, we will be accepting electronic applications. This form is now available in the Parent Portal, under Prospective Students on our OES web site. It is important to apply early, as we usually have a Wait List, even for those with Sibling Preferences.


When leaving campus after arrival and dismissal, please only turn right on Oasis Blvd. This helps keep the traffic flow moving.

Arrival and Dismissal

Please make sure you do not block driveways when you are waiting to enter the campus in the mornings and afternoons. We have had our neighbors reach out and say they are unable to exit their driveway, as cars are not moving because they are waiting for the car line to start.

Also, while you are navigating through our car lines on campus, please be sure you are being courteous and following the flow of traffic, and take extra care when merging or changing lanes.

Our campus can be congested at times, so we thank you for your help keeping everyone safe.

Car Line Procedures

Students will NOT be released to cars without a current school issued car tag. Parents without a car tag will be directed to park and report to the office and present a driver's license to have their child released to them.

AM DROP OFF: All car drop off is in the back. No cars may drop off in the front, near the office, as that is where our buses unload.

AM DROP OFF PROCEDURE: Vehicles should not line up until 7:50 am. Vehicles will enter at the OHS entrance. There are two lanes of traffic. (The third lane on the right is for staff, who need to drive to their parking lot). Also, as vehicles approach the drop off location, please have your child ready to depart, (shoes on, bookbag packed up, ready to unbuckle and depart). Parents should stay in their vehicle and have their car in PARK. If you are in the second lane and a staff member has not come to assist, please hold your arm out the driver's side window to alert staff that a child is still in the vehicle. For safety reasons, it is essential that students wait in their vehicles for staff to open their car door. All vehicles will remain stopped until all students have exited to the sidewalk. A staff member will signal when it is time for the lines of traffic to proceed.

PM PICK UP: K-1 and their siblings will be picked up in the front. Students in grades 2-5 will be dismissed in the back, (same as the AM Drop Off location).

PM PICK UP PROCEDURE: Cars should not line up for dismissal until after 3:00 pm. Vehicles will be directed in by our Security person at the OHS entrance to the campus and wait in line until dismissal starts at 3:30. A staff member will read the car tags as cars approach and have the cars move forward toward the pick up location. Parents should wait in their vehicle. Staff will be directing children. While students are loading, all cars should be in PARK.

Waiting in the Carline on Oasis Blvd.

Our neighbors on Oasis Blvd. have asked that if you are in line on Oasis Blvd., that you do not block driveways. It is very difficult for those who are trying to enter or exit their homes, when cars are sitting, waiting for the car line traffic to move.

Thank you for helping us to be good neighbors.

Extra Car Tag

It is our school policy for all vehicles to have a current car tag, in order to pick up students. Every student was given one car tag at Open House. If your family will need a second car tag, please complete this survey. In order to submit the survey, you will need your child's 2021-2022 teacher assignment.


If your primary residence in FOCUS is listed as 1.5 miles or less, and you would like your child to be dismissed with walkers, please complete this Walker Request. Students who do not live within 1.5 miles from school will not be able to dismiss as walkers.

Parent Portal

The Parent Portal on our web site has lots of good resources. You can access our Dress Code, order shirts, familiarize yourself with our Health Policies, and find out more about our Early Dismissal procedures.


If you have to pick up your child early, email OES.dismissalchanges@oasishs.org and CC the teacher.

Be sure to include the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Grade
  • Teacher
  • What time you are picking them up
  • Are they returning afterwards?
  • Reason

Reminder: We do not dismiss after 2:45 pm daily.

Parents of students who arrive late or are leaving early must sign their child in/out with the office. Our office staff will greet you at the door.


Email all attendance notices to: OES.Attendance@oasishs.org

Be sure to include the following information:

  • Student First and Last Name:

  • Grade:

  • Teacher:

  • Date of absence(s):

  • Parent Name:

  • Parent Cell Phone Number:

  • Reason for absence:

  • And attach any documentation you might have for the absence:


Systemwide and Schoolwide Communication

Once again this year, we will use Parent Square as our main form of communication. We use Parent Square for weekly information, upcoming events, changes in dismissal, weather issues, COVID notices, and other pertinent information. It is vital to to be reachable through this system. It is available through email or an app.

Families who attended OES last year, will already be registered. Students who are new to OES and are not already registered in Parent Square, will receive an email invitation asking to activate the account. This email will be sent to the email you used to register, (and the email that is in FOCUS). You may need to check your junk or spam email, as it sometimes goes there.

See below for a sample of what the email will look like.

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Fortify Florida

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.For more information on Fortify Florida, click here. There is also an app available for download. To submit a tip click here.