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November

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2018-2019 Student Council

Mrs. Grant and Miss Yoshioka are supporting our 2018-2019 Student Council. Elections were held last month, and we were simply amazed at the speeches created by all the students who ran for office. We have some very talented speakers! The pool was narrowed down by three staff members, including me, and then all of our 4th and 5th-grade students were able to vote. We are proud to announce that Rebecca Burstein is our Secretary, Emma Shim is our Treasurer, Logan Roza is our Vice President, and Blake Kim is our President. Congratulations to our new Student Council Team!!
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Second Harvest Food Bank

With the help of our wonderful student council, Oster tries to give back to our communities, especially the ones who hold a special place in our hearts. In October, we raised over $400 for the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In November, our student council will be collecting food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. This is a nonprofit organization that provides food to more than 257,000 people in Santa Clara County each month. This includes nearly 89,000 children and nearly 57,000 seniors who rely on Second Harvest to get the nutritious food they need. Please join us in supporting a great cause. Although we will have designated theme days to create some fun, children can bring any non-perishable food any day of the week. The collection will run November 9th - November 15th.


  • Friday the 9th is Fruity Friday: cans of fruit in 100% juice or water
  • Monday the 12th is Veterans Day Observed-No School
  • Tuesday the 13th is Tuna Tuesday: canned tuna, chicken, or salmon
  • Wednesday the 14th is Whole Grain Cereal Wednesday: any whole grain cereal
  • Thursday the 15th is Thoughtful Meals in a Can Thursday: stew, chili, spaghetti, etc.

Safety at Oster

We have your children almost eight hours a day so safety is a high priority on our campus. Each month we practice some type of safety drill and in October we practiced two: a fire drill and a lockdown drill (also known as a Run, Hide, Defend drill). I want to thank all of our parent volunteers who came out to support us for the lockdown drill. We could not have done it without them: Jenny Kelley, Dana Roza, Charvi Parekh, Michelle Wagner, Nicole Julius, Chad Alexander, Jenny Schaffer, Eva Vathis, Marsh Portman, and Mrs. Ullmark's husband Brian. Below are the procedures we will follow for each type of drill.


FIRE DRILL:


  1. The fire alarm is set off.
  2. Teachers evacuate their students immediately and head over to their designated emergency location.
  3. Staff members who are part of our Incident Command Team begin their emergency protocols.
  4. Classroom teachers hold up a green card letting us know that all children are present, or a red card if a child is missing.
  5. Once everyone is accounted for, an announcement is made and everyone goes back to class.


EARTHQUAKE DRILL:


  1. I announce over the intercom system, "Everyone, please drop, cover, and hold". I repeat it two more times.
  2. I wait 2 minutes and then I announce for everyone to evacuate.
  3. We then follow steps 2-5 as stated above.


RUN, HIDE, DEFEND drill (only done once a year):


  1. I announce that we are going into lockdown mode and repeat it one more time.
  2. Teachers immediately set-up up a barricade for their classroom door, close all blinds, and shut off lights.
  3. They then move students to their designated classroom area where an interior barricade is made. Students and teachers must remain quiet.
  4. Volunteers walk the campus and check that doors are locked, lights are off, and blinds are closed.
  5. They then use a key to open the door and check the strength of the front door barricade, they listen for any sounds and peek to see if they can see any students or teachers.
  6. Once all classrooms have been checked, I announce that the drill is over.
  7. After school, I give feedback to each teacher using a check-off form.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We will begin parent-teacher conferences on Monday, November 5th and they will run through Thursday, November 15th. These conferences are an important part of your child’s education. It is a time to receive information in regards to your child’s academic success, social skills, and how they are respecting classroom/school rules. It is also your chance to collaboratively work with his/her teacher to ensure a successful year for your child. We encourage you to bring any questions or concerns, so that they can be addressed sooner, rather than later. Please make a note on your calendars that grades 1st-5th will have early dismissal at 1:15 p.m. during this conferencing period. It is important that the caretakers that pick them up from school are informed.

Oster Library Birthday Book Program

Flu Season

With the flu season upon us, Union School District is committed to ensure our students stay healthy and stay in school. The best prevention for the flu is: Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with sick people, practice good health habits, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. You can help in our efforts to stop the spread of the flu by following our district policy for students with an illness. It is important to remember that students may not be at school if they have the following symptoms: Fever of 100 degrees or higher, diarrhea, severe nausea or vomiting, severe sore throat, or cold symptoms accompanied by green or yellow nasal drainage. Students may return to school when they are symptom and fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours. We appreciate your support.

Become a Substitute Teacher

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of students? Then substitute teaching may be the right job for you! Union School District is seeking kind and compassionate people to join our team of substitute teachers. As a substitute, you can set your own schedule, gain valuable classroom experience, and enjoy a great source of supplemental income. If you would like to learn more about becoming a substitute teacher, please contact Lenette Solis at the District Office (solisl@unionsd.org or 408-377-8010).

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