April 4, 2021

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April 5th-9th (No School)

Principal's Message

The progressive and recent rise in hate and violence toward the Asian community affects us all. As a school community, it is our responsibility to support and educate our students and help them navigate difficult issues and confusing times.

Last week, Superintendent Denise Coleman shared how USD has partnered with Ken Shelton, an equity and inclusivity consultant, for the past two years. A few of Oster's teachers have been attending Ken's professional development sessions, most recently on how stereotypes and perceptions can lead to hate and violence, with a focus on the Asian-American community. Together, with shared resources, we will be partnering to address this topic at school.

Below, please find the links originally shared a few days ago. These and more relating to education and schools have been shared with our teachers as well.

Learning For Justice: Speaking Up Against Racism Around the Coronavirus

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center: Kindness Heals
Activities, Videos, Resources for Classrooms and Families

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
National Association of School Psychologists

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is the district plan which shows how Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Supplemental funds will be spent to principally support students identified as English Language Learners, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged or Foster Youth. Part of preparing the annual LCAP update for this year is to gather stakeholder feedback on goals and services which will then inform the planning for 2021-24.

As a district, we are committed to ensuring that all of our students are prepared with a foundation of excellence to pursue lifelong learning and become productive citizens. We value your input and ask that you please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Friday, April 16: Union School District LCAP Survey

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Deadline Extended for USD Writers and Artists Fair

The response to the Showcase has been great and the district is receiving new submissions daily. They will continue to accept submissions for the USD Writers and Artists Showcase through Spring Break, up until Friday, April 9th at midnight.
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USD Summer Camp

Union Summer Camp is open to all Union School District students entering grades TK-6 and is a great place for your child to build long lasting friendships. Students can join an action-packed day camp that includes a variety of hands-on learning opportunities surrounding engaging and exciting themes. This year's summer camp will be on the Guadalupe campus.

For more information please see the fliers below. You can also contact Andra Feldman at feldmana@unionsd.org. For questions about financial assistance, please contact Kristi Martik at martikk@unionsd.org.

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Congratulations to the March Oster Science Quiz Winners!

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We’d like to thank the parents, teachers and all those who encouraged students to participate in the quiz. Good luck on the next edition of the Cougar Science Quiz! The theme for April is: “Forces and Matter.”

Remember if you’ve already enrolled, you don’t need to register again. If you’d like to try the quiz for the first time, the new links to register will be posted one week before the next quiz at: https://osterhsc.membershiptoolkit.com/csq

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Dates to Remember

  • April 5-9: Spring Break (No school)

  • April 12th USD Board Meeting

  • April 15: HSC Meeting @ 6:00 pm

  • April 16th: Oster Spirit Day (Hawaiian Style)

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April HSC Meeting

Join us for our monthly HSC Meeting on Thursday, April 15 at 6PM via Zoom. (Link is available on our calendar.)

Spring Baskets

Thank you to everyone who picked up their Spring Break Activity Kits. Have a great Spring Break!

Share a photo of your favorite math activity or art creation from the kit on Mrs. Taormina’s link.
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Our photo challenges are complete, but we could still use a few more photos in these categories:

  • ALADDIN CAST - please send photos in your costume! It doesn’t have to be the final version, just something that represents your character.

  • SCIENCE QUIZ WINNERS - show us your prize or certificate!

We’ve set up a photo drive to make sharing pictures easier: https://bit.ly/OsterYBPhotos

The yearbook price is $30 and there are less than 50 copies remaining. You can order online at: http://bit.ly/OsterYB

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Please consider choosing Oster Elementary Home and School Club as your selected Amazon Smile charity. If you're not a member, consider joining this FREE giving program at smile.amazon.com to support your school.

Did you know Amazon Smile is now available for your mobile device? Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone. And thanks for supporting Oster!