September 13, 2020

September 11

Principal's Challenge

The alphabet challenge will run through September 18th. Show your creativity and capture a letter in the alphabet somewhere in your home or in nature. Pictures can be uploaded in the google folder linked here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/D3hQkKEwhk3ZtAr98 (please post photos by 5 pm September 18th)

In addition to our alphabet challenge, I am encouraging Oster students and families to participate in Dot Day.

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The Dot tells the story of a caring teacher who reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way. In Peter’s book, the teacher dares a very resistant Vashti to “make her mark.” Vashti’s breakthrough begins with a simple dot on a piece of paper. Encouraged by her teacher she sets off on a journey of self-discovery, letting her creativity bloom and, ultimately, inspire others.

I want to encourage Oster students to be brave and make their mark, just like Vashti! So here is your dot challenge.....draw your own dot. You can use a blank piece of paper or print out the “Make Your Mark Easel” handout here. Be creative with your dot: color, paint, collage, or add glitter, otherwise change your dot as you wish. Dot pictures can be uploaded in the google folder linked here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/e4TEXNS2pnKAyWbY7

CDPH Update

Under the newly released CDPH guidelines, we are allowed to bring students back onto campus for distance learning support in very small, stable cohorts of students. A clear distinction that is important to note is that this new guidance allows for distance learning support; it does not allow for in-person instruction. With this new guidance, we are planning to implement a distance learning support center at Oster. At the present time, I am planning for possibly two stable cohorts of 12 students. Each cohort will be supported by two support staff members for a period of 4 to 6 weeks from 8:00-12:00. Students who will be invited to attend this first session will be students in certain subgroups: English Language Learners, socioeconomic disadvantaged, foster youth and homeless, and students without proper adult support or internet access at home. These students will have priority to attend the learning centers. Unfortunately, space is limited, and I hope to scale up our programs safely in the next several weeks to the degree allowable under the guidance. For more information please see Superintendent Coleman's September 4th message linked here.

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Parent's Guide to Distance Learning: September 15, 2020 @ 5pm

Update - Live participation via ZOOM is sold out, but you can still view the education night live via YouTube.

With an ever-changing online learning landscape, our kids are spending an exorbitant amount of time in front of a screen. What impact does that have on their well-being? How can we ensure that our kids are learning?

Join Common Sense as we will explore three practical ways parents can integrate distance learning purposefully in their home. Families will leave with resources and a plan to address our current educational realities.

Participants will learn:

  • Specific strategies to engage their child in learning

  • Strategies to keep your child/teen motivated during distance learning

  • Specific ways to integrate tech tools effectively

October 1st-9th -Parent/Teacher Goal Setting Conference

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