OES Family Newsletter

November 2023

What's Happening at OES!

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, November 6, 2023 - End of the First Nine Weeks

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - No School (Clerical Day)

Friday, November 10, 2023 - No School (Veterans Day)

Friday, November 17, 2023 - Report Cards Distributed

November 22-24, 2023 - No School (Fall Break)

Friday, December 1, 2023 - Fall Pictures (Make-ups Only)

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A Note From Our Principal...

I wanted to express my heartfelt gratitude for allowing your student(s) to participate in Principal Appreciation Month in October. All the cute spirit days, kinds words, and gifts warmed my heart. Your support and encouragement mean the world to me, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity to work with your incredible student(s). It's a pleasure to be a part of their educational journey.

With Love,

- Ms. Myrick, PrinciPAL

Safety First!

Just a few safety reminders:

  • Morning drop off is from 9:00 - 9:25 a.m. Parents should remain in his/her vehicle and join the car rider drop off line to drop students off at door number 4.
  • If students arrive anytime after 9:25 a.m. parents must park and escort his/her student into the building and sign the student in as tardy.
  • Please always have a photo ID available when picking up your student.
  • When entering the building you may only enter through the main entrance (door 1) and must ring the buzzer. (Please do not allow others into the building, everyone must be buzzed in by office staff.)

Virtual Family Engagement Event

VA Living Museum on Monday, November 13, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. Information about the event is included on the flyer. The focus of the event will be on Virginia Ecosystems.


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Free Books!

The Title I department is excited about the Scholastic nonfiction book packs opportunity for our students. Next week, students will be receiving their book packs along with a letter explaining the purpose of the packs and offering suggestions for home use.

Oakland's Library Corner

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It is extremely important that parents communicate in writing how their student(s) will be getting home. It is recommended that parents stay as consistent as possible with transportation to and from school. If you would like your child to ride the school bus home please have them ride the bus to school. This helps eliminate confusion at dismissal time.

If at anytime parents need to change transportation, please communicate this with your child's teacher in writing.

Car Rider Procedures

Student Drop Off - 9:00 - 9:25 a.m. (Only at Door #4)

  • Please have students exit the car nearest the sidewalk (passenger side).
  • Parents are asked to remain in their vehicle.
  • Please do not pass cars or double park, forcing students to walk in traffic.
  • Please follow the direction of the car rider staff.
  • Drop off is at Door #4. Students should not be dropped off at the front entrance unless they are late for school.
  • Students that arrive after 9:25 a.m. have to be escorted in the building through the front entrance by a parent/guardian.

Student Pick Up - 3:40 - 4:00 p.m.

  • Your 2023-2024 Tag must be visible until your child is in the car with you.
  • Please be prepared to present your photo ID.
  • Please refrain from lining up for pick up prior to 3:30 p.m. to avoid traffic backup on Godwin Blvd.
  • Please follow the direction of the car rider staff.
  • Parents are asked to remain in their vehicle.

Those arriving after 4PM may need to enter through the front entrance and sign their student out from the front kiosk.

Lunch with Students

Parents are welcome to have lunch with their student(s). Due to limited space parents will need to make reservations in the front office for lunch.

Volunteers Welcomed

If you wish to volunteer at any Suffolk Public School please complete the Volunteer Connect form linked here. Teachers and school staff will reach out to you with volunteer opportunities.

Communication/Home Access Center

Please make sure that the school keeps updated contact information on file for you. We should have an updated phone number, email address, and mailing address. This information is used to keep you informed of upcoming events and important school topics.

Also, please check Home Access Center (HAC) frequently to ensure that you are updated on your students' academic progress.

Attendance Matters

Attendance is an important part of your child's academic success! Both excused and unexcused absences affect academic progress and state reporting/accreditation status. Please keep students in school as much as possible. We want your child to be successful and our school to remain Fully Accredited!

If your child must be absent from school please be sure to notify the front office. You may send in a paper note or email our attendance clerk, Mrs. Moore at robinmoore@spsk12.net.

Approved Snack List

Approved Snack List

Below is a list of suggested snacks that parents may bring for classroom celebrations and school parties:

Fresh Fruit
Special K Red Berry Bars
Frozen Yogurt
Quaker Rice Crisps
Baked Cheetos
Oven Baked Potato Chips (Frito Lay)
Wheat Thin (Nabisco)

See the Amazon Healthier Generation Smart Snacks online store for additional items such as:

Pepperidge Farm, 100 calories Whole Grain Cheddar Goldfish
Doritos, Reduced Fat
Nutri-grain Cereal Bars- Mixed Berry
Honey Maid, Teddy Grahams
Cheetos, Cheese Puffs Reduced Fat
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Whole Grain
General Mills, Simply Chex Snack Mix
Cheetos, Fantastix Flamin Hot

More details on SPS policy linked here.

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