The Oxford Update

Oxford Elementary School

February Vacation

Just a reminder that next week there is no school because of February vacation. Students will return to school on Monday, February 24th. There are lots of ways to have fun over vacation. Our Oxford Hills Lady Vikings basketball team will be playing at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Thursday, February 20th at 3:30 PM. Join the Oxford Hills community in cheering on our Lady Vikings! This Saturday, Feb. 15 the Oxford Hills High School Wrestling team travels to the Class A State Tournament to compete. This event is being held at Sanford High School. Wrestling begins at 9:15. There is also the 10th Annual Norway Shoeshoe Festival on February 14th and 15th as well. See the flyer below for more information. Vacation is also a great time to get out and snowshoe or ski and enjoy all of this new snow we have gotten. You can check out the trails at Roberts Farm if you are looking to get outside next week or click on the Maine Trail Finder Calendar link below in the newsletter. Whatever you do, have a great week!
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Heard on Valentines Day...

Kindness is :

People being nice to each other- Isaac

Love and friendship - Owen

Sharing a smile with someone- Chloe P

Taking care, Niceness, Loving, Being friendly- Keegan A

Using kind words and hanging with each other- Richard S

When someone helps me with things- Piper

Being nice and caring for each other. Being nice is the right thing. - Nyrobie

When you let someone in a game or play with new people- Brayden S.

An emotion that you can show to other people that is good; not bad- Landon

Care and love to family, friends and to the school.- Xavier

Kindergarten Showcase

On Monday, February 10th our Kindergarten classrooms had their first Showcase of Learning. They shared the learning that they have done in their second unit of kindergarten where they learned about wolves, owls, tadpoles, and salmon. They learned lots of facts about these animals and their habitats. Below are a few pictures of their hard work! They shared their work with students from other grade levels, teachers and families.

Postcard Project in Mrs. Cyr's 6th Grade

Mrs. Cyr’s 6th grade is participating in the Iditarod “Postcard Project”. We are sending postcards to elementary and middle schools in 43 states and Ontario, Canada, telling them a little bit about Maine and what we are learning about dog sled racing.

In turn, we are receiving postcards back from many states! One letter was actually sent from Ontario to Minnesota via sled dog mail!

Celebrating World Read Aloud Day - Wednesday, February 5

World Read Aloud Day happened on February 5, 2020! The worldwide event from Scholastic and the global literacy nonprofit LitWorld calls attention to reading aloud and sharing stories. Now in its 11th year and celebrated in over 173 countries, World Read Aloud Day is a wonderful reminder of the power and importance of this best practice.

An abundance of research points to how reading aloud is both beneficial and beloved. Widely-known guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parent-child home reading beginning from birth. A landmark report also uncovered that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building their knowledge for eventual success in reading. Furthermore, the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: 7th Edition shows that more than 80% of both kids and parents love or like read-aloud time because they consider it a special time together.

Kindergarten and 5th grade Celebrating World Read Aloud Day

Maine Trail Finder Calendar for February

Maine Trail Finder is an interactive mapping site designed to help Maine residents find hiking, walking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and paddling trails across the state. Click the button above to see the February Calendar.

Project Graduation Needs Your Help!

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Important Dates - February 24 - 28

NO SCHOOL 2/17 - 2/21

2/24 - Ms. Nicholas' class to Roberts Farm

2/28 - 6th Grade G/T to Paris

2/29 - Leap Day!!!