Tiger Tracks

Oakdale Elementary's Monthly Newsletter | December 2021

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Winter Break, No School for Students December  22, 2021 to January 4, 2022

No School for Students

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 - Tuesday January 4, 2022

School Resumes Wednesday, January 5, 2022 (3:00 Dismissal)

Oakdale is Hiring!

Please spread the word. We are looking to fill a couple of special education assistant positions to start in January. Please connect with the school if you know of anyone who might be interested. Thank you for supporting our students!
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Strings Concert

Thursday, December 9, is the Strings concert for 5th 6th graders from Oakdale and other elementary schools. It begins at 7:00 at Westside High School. Masks are required as it is an elementary sponsored event. Enjoy the concert after Don & Millie's night!

Band Concert

Monday, December 13, is the Band concert for 5th & 6th graders. It begins at 6:30 at Westside Middle School. Masks are required as it is an elementary sponsored event.
Read about our Excellence in Youth's November recap, academic competitions, and how to earn digital badges! Click the link above for more information.
Oakdale Spirit Week December 6-10

Hot Off the Press!

Thank you to our district communications department for creating an informative postcard with current data of our Oakdale school! See their flyer below!
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Community Club Meeting time change for January 11th - 6:00 pm. Mark your calendars!

Lunch Accounts

As a reminder, school lunch is free this school year. However if your student receives an extra helping of the main entrée, a bottle of water, extra fruit/vegetable or a carton of milk to go with their cold lunch, these items are charged. Please remember to keep your student's lunch account current. You may send cash/check with your student and have him/her turn it into the office. Or you may use myschoolbucks.com to manage your deposits. We try to send weekly emails to families whose students have a negative balance. The email comes from myschoolbucks.com and might get sent to your junk/spam folder.

Recess

To ensure students can both enjoy the snow and keep warm and dry once they come inside, we wanted to remind you of a few expectations for students wishing to play in the snow.

  • Students need to wear proper coats, gloves, and hats. When feel-like temperatures are above 10º we will typically be going outside.
  • If students wish to walk in deep snow, they will be expected to wear snow boots.
  • For very deep snow or if students wish to roll and play in in the snow, students will need snow pants to ensure they stay warm and dry.
  • If students wish to build with snow they must have gloves or mittens.
  • When recess equipment is slick or wet, access may be restricted to promote student safety.

We appreciate your support in going over these expectations with your child. Teachers will do so as well so that students may have a fun and safe time during winter recess.

Holiday Assistance

It’s hard to believe but the holiday season is right around the corner. As part of the Westside Community Schools family, we are fortunate to have some groups and organizations that are generous in many ways, especially when it comes to helping children.


Each year, several churches in the community, community service clubs, and individual donors offer to help students whose families may be experiencing some temporary financial setbacks due to the tough economic times. These groups often donate a food basket, clothing and/or gifts. These items are meant to assist you in what you are already providing for your family.


If your family is not receiving assistance from other organizations, we are here to provide

support. If you need assistance during the holiday season, please contact Mary McPadden, School Psychologist, at mcpadden.mary@westside66.net or 402-408-8880.

Family Resource Center, 77 and Hascall

November High 5 Drawing

Congratulations to Daniel W. (Mrs. Brady 3rd grade) and Emerson L. (Mrs. Pontious 2nd grade) for being chosen for the November High 5 Drawing. They will be recording a video message announcing the first snow/ice day for Oakdale! Be on the lookout for their video on that first day.


December's High 5 Drawing is a chance to use Mr. Jagels' chair for a day. Several students have already told Mr. Jagels that they can't wait to see him sitting in a tiny chair for a day. Be sure to turn in your High 5's for a chance to win!

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Oakdale Safety Patrol for December 6-17
December 2021 Elementary Lunch Menu

Calendar Reminders

December

2 - Student Council Meeting, 3:30 pm

8 - WE-SIDE Unified Activity, 6:30 pm WHS Auditorium

9 - Don & Millie's Night

9 - 5th & 6th Grade Strings Concert, 7:00 pm WHS

13 - 5th & 6th Grade Band Concert, 6:30 pm WMS

16 - PBIS Student Council Meeting, 3:30 pm

Dec 22 - Jan 4 - No School, Winter Break


January

5 - School Resumes, 3:00 Dismissal

11 - Community Club Meeting, 6:00

13 - Don & Millie's Night

17 - NO SCHOOL for Students, MLK Day

22 - Donuts with a Grownup, 8-9:00 am

Community Club Meeting - EARLIER TIME

Join us at our next Community Club meeting on January 11th at 6:00 pm, at Oakdale. Come learn about what we have planned for the next couple of months and maybe make some new connections. Also this month, we will be hearing from Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Andrea Haynes, regarding the WE-SIDE Initiative. If you can’t make it, no worries, we distribute the recording following the event.

Don & Millie's Night

Dine at Don & Millie's on Thursday December 9th! Take a night off from cooking to raise money for Community Club. Be sure to let them know you are with Oakdale. Complete this form and turn in to enter your student for a prize.


Last month's prize winner was Ella L. from Mrs. Pontious' 2nd grade class. She won a water bottle and free kids meal from Don & Millie's!

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Community Club Website and Family Directory

This year you can gain FREE access to the family directory! So make sure to confirm or update your info on the Oakdale Community Club website details to get FREE access to the directory! Easily get contact info for birthday parties and playdates. See these helpful instructions for website assistance.

Don't Forget to TAGG

SHOP - Shop at participating local businesses.

SNAP - Snap a pic of your receipts with the TAGG app.

EARN - The business will donate a percentage to Oakdale!

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Oakdale Community Club Website

Bookmark this site for Oakdale Community Club Information!

Welcome To Oakdale - Home of the Tigers!

Oakdale Elementary's mission is to ensure academic excellence and to serve the unique needs of all learners.


Oakdale's Expectations:

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • (Be Kind)