February 7, 2021

Reopening Informaion

Last week surveys were sent to TK through third-grade parents, asking them to select in-person or distance learning models for their student(s). We will be using this information to configure classes for the remainder of the school year. We expect to share class placement information with parents by Wednesday. A similar survey will be sent to fourth through fifth-grade families on Wednesday.

Below you will find an FAQ section, addressing some questions you may have around school reopening. As additional questions arise, I will share more information in upcoming newsletters.

I had a great parent turn out for my principal's coffee. If you were unable to attend you can view the presentation slides and video here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1kldEar4LjN8PoFm_53C5evzuqFqladRJsZybhxqyTLA/edit?usp=sharing

USD Reopening Information Linked Here

Find information on the Reopening of Schools, Wellness Resources, Distance Learning and COVID-19 Links

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Entry and Exit Gates

Oster now has six different drop-off and pick up locations (map attached below). If you have more than one child and would like to drop them off and pick them up from one location, please contact me so that we can decide which location would be best and the paths that your children should take to their classrooms. Children will not be lining up. They will walk directly from their drop off location to their classroom and enter the room when they get there.

Another reminder that parents will not be allowed on campus when students return.

USD Board Meeting Monday, February 8, 2021 at 6 PM

Join Superintendent Denise Coleman on Monday evening for the February Regular Board Meeting. Discussion topics include an update on the reopening of schools, an update on Governor Newsom's proposed 2021-2022 budget.

Visit the Virtual Board Meeting page on USD website for the meeting agenda and livestream link.

Recent Community Meeting Hosted by Superintendent Denise Coleman

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Carlton Community Meeting - 2/3/21 @ 6PM

USD Partners with Color Labs for Routine On-Site COVID-19 Testing for Employee

As shared at previous Board Meetings, USD has partnered with Color (Valencia Labs), the State of California’s approved COVID-19 testing lab, for routine on-site COVID-19 testing. This routine testing is intended for all staff who work on campus and is also available to staff who work remotely as well (sorry it is not open to other family members.)

Last week to Participate in Principal's Kindness Challenge

Let's show some Oster love to our local healthcare workers! My principal's challenge for students and families is to create a Valentine(s) for them. A box will be placed outside the office (8:00-3:30) for students to drop off their Valentine(s). Friday, February 12th, I will deliver them to our local healthcare facilities. My goal is to collect over 500. WE CAN DO THIS! #Go Cougars

USD Food Service Menu and Information

Happy February!! Wow, the time is just flying by. Below is the direct link to the Food Service Website. The website is very mobile-friendly.

Lots to celebrate this month. We are offering Good Luck, Family Fun, and Love.

Here you will find the menu and other Foodservice information.


All meals are complimentary.

Please email Pam Tilton if you have any questions regarding meals and meal service.


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Dates to Remember

  • February 8: USD Board Mtg. @ 6:00

  • February 11: HSC Mtg. @ 6:00

  • February 15-19: Presidents Week Break (No School)

  • February 22: First Day for In-Person Learning TK-2nd Grade

  • February 26: Crazy Hair Day

Oster's Science Quiz

We have exciting Science Quiz news! We are introducing a monthly theme that will allow students to prepare for the quiz. The February theme is SPACE! Good luck on the upcoming quiz, which will be held on Monday, February 22.

Past and Present Science Quiz winners: we’d love to get photos of you with your prizes for the yearbook. Send photos to oster.usd.yearbook@gmail.com

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Mark your calendar for our virtual Scholastic Book Fair - March 1-14, 2021

Childcare Information at Oster: USD Extended Care Program

  • Provides before/after school care for K-5

  • Open on all school days as well as Staff

  • Development Days.
  • Camps during school and summer breaks

  • STEAM Activities, Homework Support,

  • Outdoor Group Games, School Technology

For registration information click here: Extended Care Registration

Please contact the following people if you have questions:

· For financial or registration questions, please contact Kristi Martik (martikk@unionsd.org)

· For programmatic questions, please contact Andra Feldman (feldmana@unionsd.org) or Valeria Montes (montesv@unionsd.org)

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Join us for our next HSC Meeting on Thursday, February 11 at 6PM via zoom

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Thanks to everyone who has submitted photos. We have received Yearbook Portraits from 70% of the student body. For those who haven’t yet submitted a portrait, PLEASE be on the lookout for an email from your teacher with your upload link. PLEASE submit your photos by February 12. We cannot guarantee that portraits received after February 12 will be included in the yearbook. If you have any issues uploading your portrait, please contact oster.usd.yearbook@gmail.com.

$25 Early bird yearbook pricing ends Friday, February 12. You can order online at: http://bit.ly/OsterYB
The price increases to $30 on February 13--so order yours today and save!

Yearbook Challenge

HATS OFF TO OSTER! - This month’s photo challenge is FUN hats. Put on your favorite, fancy, whacky, dapper, festive, or crazy hat, and snap a picture. Make sure your hat AND your face are in the picture. What kind of hats? Basically ANY HAT EXCEPT a baseball hat. Unless that baseball hat has giant sequins, or spikes, or ears, or horns, or a fake ponytail, or a beard attached. Then it also qualifies as a FUN hat. Send your photos to oster.usd.yearbook@gmail.com - subject Hat Challenge.

The yearbook price increases to $30 on February 13, 2021

The Oster 2020-2021 Yearbooks are now on sale. Early bird pricing has been extended through February 12, 2021. Oster is again using Balfour to produce our yearbooks. All orders need to be placed directly through Balfour. You can order online at: http://bit.ly/OsterYB

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If you shop on Amazon, please consider adding Oster Elementary Home and School Club as your selected Amazon Smile charity. Amazon donates a percentage of qualified purchases back to Oster through this program and every little purchase helps. If you're not a member, consider joining this FREE giving program at smile.amazon.com to support your school.

Did you know Amazon Smile is now available for your mobile device? Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone. And thanks for supporting Oster!