Oley Valley School District

Digital Newsletter - October and November 2020

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Elementary School

Middle School

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Thank you to our bus drivers! You are the best!

The Oley Valley School District took a moment on November 5th to thank all the drivers who safely transport our students each day. Typically, the drivers receive a thank you breakfast as a group in the elementary cafeteria. Due to the current health safety plan the gathering could not take place this Fall. All drivers received a goodie bag provided by the OVES PTO.

The PAW Squad was ready to lead the way. Welcome back to school!

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This shirt and sign says it all! Good luck to the Class of 2021! Have a wonderful year!

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WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL! HAVE AN AWESOME YEAR!

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The Class of 2021 worked very hard to gather apples for cider making. Hope everyone who placed an order is enjoying it!

Thank you to Frecon Farms and Beekman Orchard for letting the students pick apples and to press the apples into cider.

Thank you!

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL!

FFA NEWS

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Pennsylvania State Senator Judith Schwank Visits Oley Valley

Senator Schwank enjoyed her tour of the Agriculture Program and the new Biomedical Program.

Oley Valley FFA Takes on School

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Oley Valley students returned to school in full. Throughout the previous month of online learning, some programs struggled and others excelled. Through social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram, our FFA Chapter was able to continue thriving. With the help of Schoology and the Remind App, our Chapter Advisors and Officers were able to spread word of upcoming events to keep our chapter going. Since the shutdown of Oley Valley High School in the Spring, we have been able to safely plan, organize, and execute several meetings and events both online and in person. Our most recent event being our annual Welcome Back Picnic, which provided new members with the opportunity to interact with the rest of the chapter through team bonding activities and other fun games. With the absence of in person school days, the students were offered the opportunity to attend work days, a routine typically performed throughout the summer months. Following both the school and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines, our work days provided members with an enjoyable and safe environment to socialize and help our chapter. Members participated in a multitude of projects such as picking, planting, and preparing vegetables to be donated to the Food Bank. With the start of school, students are able to engage in similar activities through Ag classes and lynx, a free period given to every student. We are very impressed with the willingness of our members and their want to help and look forward to what the rest of the year holds for our FFA Chapter!

FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS

Virtual Learning from the Classroom - Thank you for all you do!

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Congratulations Mrs. Westerfer!

The Berks County Intermediate Unit honored the nominees and Jacqueline Westerfer, recipient of the 2020 Annie Sullivan Award, with a virtual reception and award ceremony on Oct. 22.

Colleagues, friends, and family gathered virtually to recognize the outstanding service and dedication of individuals to the advocacy and well-being of students with disabilities.

Westerfer, a paraprofessional for the Oley Valley School District, was nominated by Gina Finnerty, High School Principal, and Lindsay Wellman, Life Skills Teacher, for going above and beyond in her support role in the Life Skills classroom, helping with lesson plans, working with teachers, communicating with parents and administration, and providing a tremendous amount of support to the students.

In a nomination form for Westerfer, Finnerty stated, “Mrs. Jacqueline Westerfer has had a positive impact on our students and our school community through her selfless acts of caring and compassion for all students.”

She added, “Jackie works each and every day in service of our students and school community. Because of her positive attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to serve others, our students with the greatest need have opportunities for better lives.”

In her letter of support, Lindsay Wellman shared, “Jacqueline Westerfer has worked as a paraprofessional in my classroom for six years. Every year she upholds the same level of passion. Jackie maintains a positive rapport with students, demonstrates strong leadership skills, and has compassion for all. She contributes a strong work ethic and is helpful with getting new classroom staff acquainted with needs and teacher expectations. She is an essential part of the life skills team and her love for young adults shows in everything that she does.”

School Calendar for November 2020

11/1/20 Daylight Savings Time Ends

11/15/20 American Education Week

11/23/20 No school for ES students, ES Parent/Teacher Conferences (day)

11/23/20 K-12 Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00 to 8:30 PM

11/24/20 No school for ES students, ES Parent/Teacher Conferences (day)

11/24/20 K-12 Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00 to 9:00 PM

11/25/20 Schools Closed for all students – Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00 – 11:00 AM

11/26/20 Schools Closed – Happy Thanksgiving!

11/27/20 Schools Closed

11/30/20 Schools Closed

12/1/20 Welcome back!

Oley Valley Community Education Foundation News

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Oley Valley School District Board of Directors

David R. Pollock Jr., President

Robert A. Heckman, Vice President

Dawn Zackon, Treasurer

Eric Clemmer, Member

Nancy Jackson, Member

Darrell L. Markley, Ed.D., Member

Mary Lou Parry, Member

Ralph Richard, Member

Stuart Salen, Member

John M. Stott, Esquire, Board Solicitor

Maria H. Jones, Board Secretary, non-member

Oley Valley School District

The Oley Valley School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression and prohibits Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination. Compliance issues/questions should be directed to the Office of the Superintendent.