Weekly Family Update # 15

November 22, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,

I hope you enjoy a wonderful week off. The weather is looking to be perfect this week!

A reminder from our Guidebook for Reopening: California is currently under a travel advisory. If your family is considering travel at this time or planning a trip, please review this important information from the CDC. We appreciate your support in reducing exposure to students and staff.

As we continue to plan for safely reopening Oak Valley Middle School, pending current health orders, on January 19, 2021, we are interested in hearing from all of our families. In early August, you submitted a survey asking whether you wanted your student to return to learning at Oak Valley on-campus or engage in a virtual learning setting. We understand that, as public health data has been changing and personal experiences have occurred, your previous response may have changed.

Once students return, our school will follow a simultaneous teaching model, meaning teachers will instruct both on-campus and virtual students at the same time. To maintain social distancing, on-campus learners will come to school on either Mondays & Tuesdays OR Wednesdays & Thursdays. Days of the week will be determined by alphabet to coincide with siblings attending the same days. All students will participate in independent virtual learning on Fridays.

We are providing families with a window to reassess the learning model for your children. Please complete the form linked below to identify if your student plans to remain accessing his/her classes virtually or in-person as described in the reopening information below, and also on our website.

Please complete this form for each child that you have attending OVMS by FRIDAY, December 4th, 2020. We will use this data to continue the planning process.

For families that do not respond to the survey, placement of your student will default to your previous selection from the survey in early August.

I cannot thank this community enough for all of your patience as we navigate this unusual time.

Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!

Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young


Oak Valley Middle School


What we're thankful for (Teachers and Staff Edition)
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Click Here to View the Family Presentation Slides

Click Here to View the Family Presentation Slides from the live forum on 10/28/20

Click Here to View the Reopening YouTube Presentation

Click Here to View the Reopening YouTube Presentation from 10/28/20

Classified, Certificated, and Volunteers of the year

This past week we had a celebration for our Classified and Certificated Employees of Year and our Volunteer of the Year. Congratulation to all of our winners, Rachel, Tanya, Meera, and Donna!!

New Announcements

Oak Valley Falcon Foundation

In the season of giving thanks, we at the Foundation are thankful for all of our donors! Have YOU donated to the Falcon Fund 2020 Fall Fundraising Campaign yet? This year, our focus is "Supporting Falcons wherever they learn" and we are highlighting some specific needs on the Foundation Facebook page https://facebook.com/oakvalleyfalconfoundation - be sure to check it out and donate at www.oakvalleyfalconfoundation.com because...

There are prizes! All donors to the Falcon Fund 2020 will be entered into a drawing for local restaurant gift cards. All donations over $100 will earn you an entry into a drawing for a pair of Apple AirPods! (Fine print: entries will be from donations received from the beginning of the school year through December 8, 2020)

Jersey Mike's Fundraiser

Save the Date! ASB is teaming up with Jersey Mike’s for an ASB fundraiser on Wednesday, December 2, 2020; more details to follow.

Contuining Information

Adopt A Family

Once again, Oak Valley is teaming up with PTSA to support Oak Valley families in need of some extra assistance during the holiday season. We will be accepting cash donations as well as gift cards. To make a donation, click HERE or on the image below. If you would like to donate a gift card, please email Oak Valley Student Services Specialist, Sandy Stromberg at: sstromberg@powayusd.com.
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PTSA/Shutterfly Fundraiser

If you’re getting ready to order your Holiday or New Years cards please consider using OVMS’s New Shutterfly Store Front to purchase custom photo cards or gifts. It’s super easy just enter through our custom OVMS Shutterfly Storefront at: http://ovms.shutterflystorefront.com.

With every purchase made through the storefront Shutterfly will give OVMS 8% of their profit. You must enter through this site in order for OVMS to benefit. You can also still log into your account and use coupons!

Counseling Update

Falcons, our counselors are here for you! Click here to read their latest update.

November is Native American Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. Learn more here!

Check Out Library Books

Falcons, the Oak Valley Library is available for you to check out books! You can request books from our in-house library collection to pick up from school on Thursdays and keep at home to read for two weeks before returning them. We will accept requests up until 2:00pm on Wednesdays for the following day.

Click HERE for more information and to submit your request.

Virtual Learning Resources

PUSD Parent Academy

The Poway Unified Parent Academy is the one-stop shop where parents can come to see and learn about the different types of educational technology tools that teachers are using with students in the district. These resources will make it simpler and easier for parents to understand what teachers use to engage students in meaningful ways in a virtual environment that highlights student collaboration. Click on the link HERE to check it out!
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The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, jjimenez@powayusd.com