Oak Heights Elementary Newsletter

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Greetings Oak Heights families,

I have been thinking a lot about each of you and how you are doing. Normally, this time of year is when teachers and students are finally the in groove of school. Also, it is when we begin to see student motivation and drive take a bit of a dip. The newness of school that is felt in September fades and "reality" sets in! Students see that assignments are here and there is work to be done.


Teachers know this happens every year. All you need to do is Google search "The October Blues" and you will see how normal these feelings of disillusionment are for this time of year. To combat this, we start intentionally learning together about growth mindset strategies, and teaching tips to keep learning when we hit a barrier or face a challege. We have to boost each other up.


This year, a lot of what we would see in class, you may now be seeing at home. You are the teacher trying to boost your child and motivate them when they are feeling like giving up. You are working so hard to balance your jobs and famliy obligations all while guiding and motivating your child though remote learning. That is A LOT. It is understandable that you may be feeling these "October Blues".


So, as you finish up October and move into November. I wanted to give you a pep talk.


I am proud of you.


You are making a difference in your child's life.


You are appreciated.

Weekly Video Announcements

Here is the link for the Oak Heights Weekly Announcements for Monday, October 26th

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1890604653

In this week's news:

  • Fun Run Weekly Winners
  • Attendance Info
  • Materials Distribution
  • Shoutouts!
  • Mystery Staff Member

Classroom Materials and Library Book Pick Up This Thursday!

Thursday, October 29th from 2:00-5:00 is student materials and library book pick up event.


If you have library books to drop off, now is the time! Once Ms. Logan recieves your returned books she can work on your next order. Students can put up to 7 books on hold and check out 4 books at a time. It is a great idea to put a hold on multiple books just in case your top choice is already checked out.


These events are always drive up events. Thank you for sharing your child's name and classroom teacher written on a piece of paper with us when you drive up. This help us a lot!


If you cannot make these events, no problem. You can come to the main office during office hours, 9:00-3:00 on any weekday and we will give you your supplies. Also, if you need supplies delivered to your home just let us know. We are here to help.

Bobcat Pick Up Sign:

At the next Materials Distribution event, we will be handing out Bobcat Pick Up signs for families to keep in their glove boxes. These signs will be used for families to show their student’s names and teachers through the car window at pick up events. Also, when we move into a hybrid model later in the school year, these signs will be used for arrival and dismissal procedures.

Attendance Information

During remote learning, you may be wondering what counts for attendance?


Here are all the ways your student can show they are present for the day:


  • Joins class zoom meeting
  • Logs into Seesaw
  • Logs into Canvas
  • Completes assignments in Canvas or Seesaw
  • Email, phone call, or text with teacher
  • Joins small group zoom meeting
  • If struggling with technology or connectivity, reaches out to office or teacher to inform of issue


**Wednesdays still are being tracked for attendance even though you are not in synchronous classroom Zoom meetings. Make sure your child is logging into Seesaw or Canvas on Wednesdays to be counted as present.



Attendance phone calls have begun if your child has been marked absent. These calls go out at 6:00 pm to give your child all day show attendance activity to be present for the day.


Atttendance letters will also be going home if your child has 3 or more unexcused absences. This means your child had an absences without notifying the office three or more times. The letter will request an attendance conversation with Mrs. Shook, our assistant principal to discuss any issues that are creating barriers for your child and how we can help.

OH Fun Run Results!

BOBCAT FUN RUN:


Fun Run update

We raised $14,088.00 this year.

We had 115 students registered.

And nine classrooms met their fundraising goal.


Prize Results!


2020 FUN RUN BINGO CHALLENGE DRAWING WINNERS


Chick Fil A cards (4 cards each)

  • Kaelyn Hughes - Ms. Silue
  • Tiber Jackson - Ms. Littlejohn
  • Megan Dang - Ms. Russo
  • Alexander Aguilar-Jimenez - Ms. Nicol
  • Kerry Lamphear - Ms. Bennett
Chipotle gift cards - $50.00
  • Asaliah Berghammer - Ms. Riggin
Trader Joe’s bags with snacks (2)
  • Brandon Yeomans - Ms. Duff
  • Mylie Lamphear - Ms. Russo
Museum of Flight (admission passes)
  • Soroush Hajidavalloo - Ms. Russo
Auntie Anne’s DIY pretzel kit/basket
  • Selene Russo - Ms. Tonnu
Big 5 $25 Ticket to Shop certificates (2)
  • Nathan Del Rio - Ms. Martin
  • Leyla Aquino - Ms. Dela Cruz
Central Market gift card - $75
  • Jaden Hughes - Ms. Cotton
Seahawks Football
  • Ace Williams - Ms. Krusenstenjerna




Oak Heights PTA website

Reminder: No School- Teacher Professional Development Day

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 8am-3:30pm

15500 18th Avenue West

Lynnwood, WA

Non-Student Day----No additional anychronous learning provided today.

A SPECIAL SPANISH-LANGUAGE RADIO COLLABORATION

The Edmonds School District is excited to announce a collaboration with M Radio Live! M Radio Live is a 24 hour online Spanish Language Radio station based out of Kirkland. This collaboration will allow us to stay connected with families who speak Spanish, and also do live interviews to inform the community and allow dialogue around critical district topics. We will also be producing two shows a month along with youth in our district to create a virtual hands-on experience into the world of broadcasting. Download the M Radio Live app or go to www.mradiolive.com to listen.

Spanish Communication Here

Reproductive Health and Disease Prevention Parent Review Night

This year's event will be a virtual Question and Answer night for families to learn about the Reproductive Health and Disease Prevention Curriculum (FLASH and KNOW) that is taught in grades 5-12. There will not be a formal presentation of the materials, families have the opportunity to view all of the lessons virtually prior to the preview night. There will be secondary health teachers, 5th and 6th grade classroom teachers, and a school nurse available to help answer questions and address parent concerns.

Parents should plan to preview the materials in advance. The elementary curriculum is posted on the district website (www.edmonds.wednet.edu>Departments>Student Learning>Elementary K-6>Health and Fitness>Sexual Health and Disease Prevention>Sexual Health and Disease Prevention Curriculum). Families interested in previewing the secondary (Middle and High School) will need to send an email to Patty Schultz (schultzp@edmonds.wednet.edu) for log in and password information.


DATE: Wednesday, November 4

TIME: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcuGopj0tHtEVm0OKIW0zbRquAzFSLARN


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Re-Entry Message from Dr. Balderas

Dear Edmonds School District families,


We want to provide you with an update on our re-entry plans as we deal with quite a drastic rise in COVID-19 cases in Snohomish County.


RISE IN COVID-19 CASES

The latest numbers show we are at 101 cases per 100,000 people in our county. This is the highest rate of confirmed cases we’ve seen since the first wave of COVID-19 back in March 2020.

This pandemic has been a long haul already, and we’re still in it. Although it can be challenging, we need – now more than ever – for our community to reduce the spread of illness.

  • Mask up

  • Wash your hands

  • Stay home and away from others if you don’t feel well

  • Keep your social group small (5 or fewer from outside your household in a 7-day period)

  • Clean and sanitize the surfaces you touch most often


NEXT STEPS FOR STAGE 1 RE-ENTRY

Our new target date to bring Stage 1 students back into our buildings is Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. We are still finalizing working conditions with our employee groups before we can make the re-entry start date for Stage 1 official. Please reference our Edmonds Schools Stages of Re-entry plan for more details on the different stages.


WHY CAN STAGE 1 BEGIN WITH THE RISE IN COVID-19 CASES?

Even with the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, Washington State Department of Health still strongly recommends opportunities for in-person learning for our students with highest needs. Families with students in Stage 1 still have the option to remain with remote learning if they choose. We want to remind you that this is a group of approximately 160 students spread over 10 school buildings.


NEXT STEPS FOR STAGE 2 RE-ENTRY

The earliest Stage 2 could take place would be in January, depending on the pandemic and number of COVID-19 cases in our county. The district was targeting mid-November to bring our kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders back to school buildings, as the COVID-19 rates were in the 50s per 100,000 people just a few weeks ago. However, we’ve now seen the number of cases nearly double in just a short period of time. The district is now pushing out the possibility for in-person learning for Stage 2 students until after the winter break.


THANK YOU

We want to thank our students, staff and families for continuing to do your part to focus on education during these challenging times. We realize the ever-changing of plans is disruptive and disappointing for many, however, please know we are making the best decisions we can with the information we have.


Best,


Dr. Gustavo Balderas

Superintendent

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Community Events/Flyers

Free Edmonds School District Preschool Programs Flyer


425 Tutoring :posted 10/26/20 (Grades PK-6; all)


Village Theatre KIDSTAGE Wednesday Fall Classes: posted 10/15/20


Foreign Language for Youth Spanish, French, Mandarin & Japanese Classes: posted 10/15/20


Girls on the Run of Snohomish County Fall Middle School Flyer: posted 10/2/20 (Grades 7-8; all) e-fliers only


Girls on the Run of Snohomish County Fall Elementary Flyer: posted 10/2/0 (grades PK-6; all) e-fliers only


Edmonds Center for the Arts Youth Poetry Slam: posted 10/2/20 (Grades 7-12; all) e-fliers only

Grab and Go Meals

Food Services:

  • Free Grab and Go meals are available at Oak Heights on Wednesdays from 11:45-12:45

  • 7 days of FREE breakfast and lunch packaged together.

  • No paperwork or pre-orders are needed.

  • Any child can go to any location

  • Any child 1-18 can get free breakfast/lunch at a site

  • Children do not need to be present for parents/guardians to pick up a meal.

  • Click here for all pick up locations.

Oak Heights Elementary

Jessica Asp, Principal

Katie Shook, Assistant Principal

Sandy Blomgren, Office Manager

Maryanne Trang, Office Support Specialist/Registrar