The Owl's Nest February


Oakleigh Elementary School

Principal: Sharon Mason-
Assistant Principal: Lisa Grace-

The Principal’s Corner

Winter Greetings,

The Survey is here! Please complete the BCPS Stakeholder Survey found at to share your input for Oakleigh Elementary and Baltimore County Public Schools. We hope you love Oakleigh students and staff as much as we do!

THANK YOU to all parents who returned completed Emergency Closing Forms. We have been very lucky with the weather so far this year, but winter is far from over. In the event of an emergency that causes Oakleigh Elementary and/or all BCPS schools to close early – information on the forms will be used for your child’s dismissal. If you have not yet returned the form, please do so as soon as possible. Additional copies are available in the school office.

Parents are asked to listen carefully to the news on the television or the radio for the latest information regarding school closings and delays. Information for late openings, closings, or early dismissals will appear in a banner moving across I encourage you to download the BCPS Now app for alerts about delays and closings.

Attendance and on-time arrival are important. We have been experiencing a high volume of absences and lateness recently. Students miss valuable learning time that cannot be replicated with paper and pencil make-up work. It is important to get to school on time each day to ensure a successful beginning. On-time arrival helps everyone in the class begin learning without disruptions. THANK YOU to all of the families and students who value good attendance!

I wish everyone a happy and healthy February!

Mrs. Mason

February Dates To Remember

February 17th-1/2 Day Dismissal for Students at 12:10 (Elementary/Middle School Professional Development Day)

February 20th- Schools Closed- President's Day

February 26th- Oakleigh Family Skate Night 4:30-7:00 @ Skateland

Looking Ahead:

March 2nd - Reading Night @ Parkville Library from 6-7:30

March 12th- Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's

March 31st- Family Bingo Night @ Pine Grove Middle


Hello Oakleigh Families,

We have some exciting events scheduled in the coming months. Mark your calendars:

February 26th Family Skate Night - Bring the family our for an afternoon of skating. Spirit Items will be available for purchase.

March 12th Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's - Volunteers are needed. Check out the PTA for more information

March 31st Family Bingo Night - This event will be held at Pine Grove Middle. We are looking for vendors for the Family Bingo Night. Anyone interested should contact Katia King at

Photos are still being collected by the Yearbook Committee. Please send them to Jean White at

More information about these events can be found on the PTA's website,

-Jean White (PTA President)

Pre-K News

We will be focusing on kindness this month. Your child will be able to earn a heart to add to the kindness tree when a kind deed is done. Please encourage your child to use kind words and actions at school, We are looking forward to having a tree full of hearts.

The 100th day of Pre-Kindergarten will be February 10th. It amazes me how much your children have grown so far this school year. They are becoming more independent each day.

The Parent University debuts new online resources about learners from birth to Pre-Kindergarten. Please go to for resources that pertain to your children. In the early childhood section, users will find information on services benefitting early childhood, Baltimore County Public Library programs, BCPS programs for early childhood, and resources for users. I hope you find the resources helpful.

Thank you,

Mrs. Schwink

Kindergarten News

Our 100th day of Kindergarten will be February 3rd! We are so proud of our Kindergarten students! Students are now one hundred days smarter and it shows in all that they do! We encourage you have your child count 100 objects at home and practice skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's. Please record each month the books you and your child are reading together by coloring in the objects on the reading calendars. We are seeing growth in every child.

Our students have completed their MAP testing in Reading and Math. They will be tested again in the Spring. Children are encouraged to continue practicing their sight words, letter identification and consonant/vowel sound identification. Reading with your child is important and asking good questions will increase their comprehension and reasoning abilities.

We encourage parents to login to their BCPSOne account by going to Use your child's username and password next. Click into digital content and they are able to access dreambox and a variety of digital resources and databases.

Thank you,

The Kindergarten Team

1st Grade News

Happy winter to our first grade families! In reading, our first graders are finishing unit 3, which focuses on folktales and plays. Students have enjoyed determining the central message in numerous folktales and performing plays for their peers. In math, we are finishing unit 4, which involves students completing surveys and representing and analyzing data. We will soon be working on measurement and using a variety of units to measure lengths. Students are also enjoying our social studies unit about communities. They are learning about physical and human-made features, goods and services, and opportunity cost.

We encourage parents to give students time to work on dreambox at home. They can login to their BCPSOne account by going to They are able to access their lesson tiles, dreambox, and a variety of digital resources and databases.


The First Grade Team

2nd Grade News

Happy February! This month, we will be finishing up Unit 4 of reading. We are reading stories about unique cultures, environments, plants, and animals from around the world, and focus on the qualities that make them unique.

In math, we are analyzing and organizing data. We will use the data to construct graphs, charts, and take surveys. Please keep practicing math facts!

We encourage you to utilize BCPS One to access Dreambox, iReady, and to stay updated with grades. We appreciate your support!

3rd Grade News

Third Grade News

As we move forward into the second half of the school year, please remember to refresh your child’s supplies. Notebooks and folders may need to be replaced due to wear and tear and also check if additional pencils and glue sticks are needed. Many students still do not have earbuds for their devices, which are necessary to cut down on distractions when the students are using them. Wal-Mart, the Dollar Store, and Walgreens all carry inexpensive earbuds. Please reinforce the proper use of technology at home so that students will use it respectfully at school too. Also, as the weather turns cold, please send your child to school with a winter coat, a hat, and gloves as we go outside for recess if the temperature allows.

The third quarter brings us back to multiplication and division in Mathematics. Close attention will be placed on solving story problems using both operations. The goal for students is to develop a much deeper understanding of both multiplication and division, including how they are related to each other. Please allow your children to practice their math skills by utilizing Dream box independently at home. The students enjoy playing the online games which build their foundational skills in math.

As we wrap up Unit 2 in ELA, ask your child to share his or her original fable! We are now beginning Unit 3, Inventions and Innovations. Talk with your child about inventions you use on a daily basis, as well as innovations to inventions, such as the telephone, computer, and refrigerator. In Health this quarter we will be talking about communication. Ask your student about effective communication using I-statements as well as how to avoid conflict.

As always, please email or call with any questions, concerns, or compliments!

The Third Grade Team

4th Grade News

So the school year is officially half over! And as we tell the students, they are now closer to fifth grade than third, so we are expecting wonderful things. Routines are firmly established, and responsibility should be kicking in. If you want to clean out your child's folders, PLEASE make sure they are there with you to sort into the "keep and recycle" piles. Better yet, have them do it, with you only checking the piles before they throw anything out. As you sign planners each night, they should already have finished homework for you to check over at the same time. Please continue to encourage your child to study multiplication facts each day, since they are hugely important to math for the rest of the year. Make sure they are reading each night, because we all know practice makes perfect.

Sometimes, when we can't get out for recess on days due to the weather, behavior becomes more of a problem. Try to encourage your child to play outside as often as possible, to help get some fresh air and exercise. It really helps when they can burn off steam, allowing them to better focus in class. And since we go out as much as possible, remember to send your child in each day with warm winter wear, so they can enjoy the fresh air.

Thanks again for your support!

The Fourth Grade Team

5th Grade

Hello Oakleigh Families,

In Language Arts this month, students will research an African-American who made a positive contribution to society for Black History Month. In math, 5th grade students will continue to solve long division problems. Also, in science students will start their STEM fair projects both in class and at home. Please continue to check your child’s academic progress by regularly checking BCPSone for your child’s current grades. Also, band students be sure to remember your instruments on band days, Monday mornings, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.


The Fifth Grade Team


We are still enthusiastically collecting Box Tops for Education. Please continue to send in valid (please check the expiration date) box tops from the products that come into your home. Last year we raised $1400.00, which was used to purchase a variety of items to be used here at school. This year so far, we have already raised $1,000.00, and we are hoping to expand this fantastic start before the March deadline. As an added incentive, if your child brings in box tops, there is a small prize for every set of 50. To ensure proper credit to your child, it's best if they come in a bag or envelope, with your child's name, as well as their teacher's. So please keep clipping and saving. It's really adding up to help, and everyone's "little bit" can add up to something great.

Reading Night

The Reading Committee at Oakleigh will be hosting a reading night on Thursday, March 2nd from 6-7:30. The event will take place at the Parkville Library located at 9509 Harford Road in Parkville. Reading night will be for students in grades K-5. The theme of the evening will be Dr. Seuss. Look for a flyer in your child's folder coming home soon. We hope you can make it to this special event!

Visual Art Studio

The Baltimore County Summer Visual Arts Enrichment Program provides opportunities for students in grades 3-12 to build their personal art skills and add to their art portfolios. A variety of courses are offered to meet the varied needs and interests of the student whether the student is seeking to improve his or her art skills or is preparing a portfolio for acceptance into a magnet program, entrance into a college program, or preparation for an Advanced Placement exam. For program overview and application visit >

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