January 10, 2021

Mrs. Taormina's Message

Happy New Year, Oster families, and welcome to 2021! This past week was the beginning of the second half of the school year. The staff and I were excited to welcome students back to school, albeit not how we had hoped or planned. As the staff begins to think about the remainder of the school year, we remain focused on the students' health and well-being and providing an enriching distance learning experience for them with the idea to return to in-person learning in the near future.

Governor Newsom recently shared California’s Safe Schools for All Plan. I was pleased to hear the Governor and his administration are committed to providing as much support as possible to make in-person learning a priority and safe for students and staff. We will be watching how public health conditions evolve in the coming weeks and will update you as circumstances change. We are extremely proud of our students and families. We know how hard this is. With all of us continuing to work together, we can help slow the spread of the virus in our area and in California, creating the opportunity to get students back on campus.

DL Centers Resume Tomorrow

The Oster Distance Learning Support Centers (DLSC) will resume this Monday, January 11th. Thank you to our dedicated and talented DLSC leaders for providing such caring support for our on-campus students.

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Mark your Calendars!

  • January 11: Distance Learning Support Centers resume; USD Board Meeting @ 6:00 pm
  • January 12: Oster's School Site Council Meeting 2:45 (via zoom)
  • January 13: Oster's Chef's Night Out
  • January 15: Professional Development Day (No School for Students)

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Holiday (No School)

  • January 25: Science Quiz

  • January 28: TK/Kindergarten Registration Orientation (via zoom)

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Oster Spirit Day: Wear Your Favorite Color, January 14th

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Oster's Chef's Night Out

Our next Chef’s Night out is January 13th from 4-8 PM at Noodles & Company. Noodles & Company offers many vegetarian options and they offer a free delivery option (via their website). 25% of sales will benefit Oster! English Flyer: http://bit.ly/Noodles1 Spanish Flyer: http://bit.ly/NoodlesSpanish

Oster's Science Quiz

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Parents/Guardians of the winners please email osterhsc@gmail.com to claim your student’s prizes.

Our next quiz will be Monday, January 25th.

  • If your student is already registered with the Cougar Science Quiz, there is no need to register them every month.

For new participants who want to join the quiz, the link to register will be posted on our Oster HSC website one week before the upcoming quiz date.
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You’ve all heard the story of Aladdin and the Genie of the lamp. Now you can be a part of the storytelling! This is a Starting Arts virtual production offered to Oster students in 3rd through 5th grade. Rehearsals will happen over Zoom. During tech week, the director will help students create video recordings that will be professionally edited into a movie. In May, Starting Arts will host a virtual watch party so that students can invite friends and family (from anywhere!) to see their talent, hard work, and dedication in action! Production starts February 3rd, 2021. Visit https://bit.ly/osteraladdin for more information and to register.
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New Challenge for Oster's Yearbook

MY FAVORITE BOOK - Here’s an easy photo challenge to start the New Year. Grab your favorite book, place it near your smiling face, and take a picture. If you have a favorite series, and you can get more than one book in the shot, go for it! We’ll get fun yearbook photos and great book recommendations in one place! Check out the flyer for more details and how to submit your photos.

Oster Yearbooks on Sale

The Oster 2020-2021 Yearbooks are now on sale. Early bird pricing is available through January 31, 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

The yearbook price increases to $30 on February 1, 2021--so order yours today and save!

Oster's Community After School Activities and Programs

Please check as new programs continue to be added!

Even though we're distance learning, Oster has partnered with outside vendors to provide enrichment programs for the kids! Please click on the link below to view current offerings. Check back frequently as new programs/sessions get added.

Oster's after-school activities are linked here.

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Education Fund Update:

The winners of our second Education Fund contest were Ms. Blomseth and Ms. Hudson's classes! They will receive coupons for a free pizza at their next material pick up from their teachers.

The Education Fund is still open. Your direct donation, and any employer match, will help us pay for the student, school, and faculty programs that we have committed to for this school year. Since we fund about $250 per student each year, the suggested donation per student is $250. No matter what you donate, we encourage every family to participate in this critical fund drive. Click here to donate

January Meeting

Join us for the next Oster HSC meeting on Thursday, January 14 at 6 PM via Zoom
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Food Services will resume regular weekly Garb and Go Meals starting on January 11th.

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 11 AM - 1 PM
  • Please stay in your car and wear a mask or face covering. Staff will come to you.
  • Walk-up community members may pick up meals from a distribution table.
  • Meals are available for any student 18 years old and younger.
  • No paperwork/identification is required.
  • Students do not need to be present.
  • Pick-up only - no eating at the school.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Diane Nunes at (408) 558-4203 or nunesd@unionsd.org.

Pick-up Location
Dartmouth Middle School
5575 Dartmouth Drive

Express Pick Up at San Jose Public Library

Miss having real books in your hands?

San Jose Library Express Pickup is an outdoor service for picking up hold requests that available Monday – Saturday from 1 – 6 PM at select library locations.

Check out this site for more information: