Weekly Family Update #36
April 25, 2021
Hello Falcon Families,
Now that we are back from Spring Break, we are in the homestretch of the school year! I love this time of year. The weather is warmer and summer is on the horizon.
Thank you Falcon Families for completing your online registration for the 2021-2022 school year. If you still need to complete this process, us the link HERE to get started. Please complete this as soon as you can. The deadline is April 30th. We will use this important enrollment information to plan for 2021-22 staffing and budget purposes.
Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!
Beaming with Falcon Pride,
Oak Valley Middle School
Schedule for the Week of April 26-30
Falcons, our counselors are here for you! Click here to view their latest update.
PUSD 2021-2022 Continuing Student Registration now Open!
Online Continuing Student Registration is now open and will run until April 30, 2021. All continuing PUSD students must complete this process.
Get started here. This will allow for the proper placement of your student for the 2021-2022 school year. This annual digital process will allow a family to complete one single “family” packet instead of completing one packet per student. Packets can be completed using any computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection.
Poway Unified School District is excited to share with you our learning options for the upcoming school year. PUSD will be offering five different learning options for 2021-22:
· Full-Day In-Person Instruction (TK-12)
Please watch this video to learn more: https://youtu.be/6YT_r3ZXf-c
You can also check out PUSD’s website for more information.
More detailed information regarding staffing and learning options will be forthcoming following the conclusion of the registration period, which includes an initial family commitment survey.
Principal's Virtual Coffee
If you are interested in joining Mr. Young, you can RSVP using the link HERE.
Falcons, Remember to Bring Your ID Card Each Day
Students need to continue to bring their ID cards each day as they will scan into our attendance kiosk each morning upon entry to campus. If you have not picked up your ID card, please come to the library for help.
Wanted: All student writers for a short writing contest due April 30th.
The library is hosting a very short contest to finish the story of the ‘The Sleeping Library’
The Sleeping Library tale is available on the OVMS Library Resource Center page on Canvas or at the library door on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and the week we return from break. Read the story and write the ending.It’s that simple. It will not be judged on length, but on the originality and seamlessness of how you end the story. Can you bring the story to an engaging conclusion with some of the elements captured from the original story? What will be your take or twist on our fairy tale?
Email it to email@example.com with the subject “The Sleeping Library ending.
At the top of the page, please include:
Your full name
Your language arts teacher’s name
And the date:
You may also choose to deliver a hardcopy to the library with the same information included at the top of the page.
A winner will be announced on May 5, 2021 at the library door and/or an email sent with the prize! All writers welcome and good luck.
P.S. To access the above link, you will need to be in your PUSD Google Drive.
The Sleeping Library Short Story Contest is Happening Now!
OVMS 8th Grade Yard Signs!!
We are so excited and happy to share with you that the Oak Valley PTSA will be sponsoring standard 4mm OVMS 8th Grade Yard Signs as a GIFT to our 8th Grade Class of 2021!!
(OVMS 8th graders only/1 per student)
More information on distribution to follow.
The OVMS PTSA Team!
Oak Valley Coding Club Guest Speaker Series
The Oak Valley Coding Club, in collaboration with MIT Alumni club of San Diego, with be hosting a Guest Speaker Series for 2021. The aim of this series is to inspire students to pursue STEM careers. Topics are not limited to computer programming, but will also provide important outside perspectives on real world career paths. Speakers will share their personal stories, introduce students to their field of expertise and share about their passions.
- April 10th: Entrepreneurship - Establishing a startup
- May 1st: Trying to Make a Sun on Earth for a Renewable Energy Source + Some Demos
Please see the flyer HERE for more details and zoom login information.
You can RSVP for one or more of these speaker sessions HERE.
To visit our club webpage, click HERE.
Thanks so much for our Coding Club for proving this opportunity for all Falcons!
Caring Connections Counseling (CCC)
Continuing Schedule and Reopening Information
Health Office Notes
Please remember to be proactive and prescreen your student at home prior to leaving for school. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home. If your child has developed any one of the symptoms below while at school, they must be sent home immediately. Parent(s) will be notified to pick up their student immediately.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Per the CDC Guidelines (use link below of Decision Tree updates as of 2/22/21):
The individual may return based on one of the following:
a) 10 days from the day symptom(s) first appeared, AND improved symptoms and no fever (or fever reducing meds) for the last 24 hours.
b) With proof of negative PCR COVID viral test (no rapid results test accepted for negative results), may return immediately if symptoms are greatly improved AND student has been fever free (without fever reducing meds) for 24 hours.
c) A signed note from a licensed MD, DO, NP, or PA (who manages that condition) must: confirm the chronic diagnosis (i.e., cites labs, date-of record when diagnosed); include provider’s contact information; explain how symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19; and be accompanied by signed consent for school to interact with MD, DO, NP, or PA.
Please call Mr. Ennis in the Health Office at 858-487-2939 ext. 6129 for any questions or concerns.
Health Symptom Screening Information
If at-home screening is not possible, please come to the Welcome Center before entering campus to check your temperature.
More information on the self-screening process can be found below in the Health Office Notes message later in this newsletter.
We will return to our normal morning drop off route now that we are no longer taking temperatures.
On-Campus Students Reminders
For our families that are returning to campus. Please read over our Reopening Plan and Family Handbook carefully. There is lots of important information and reminders in those documents. All on-campus students must return a signed PUSD Health and Safety Agreement in order to be on campus. This form can be found HERE. We will be collecting these forms as students are dropped off and will have blank copies available in the Welcome Center if families need.
Here are some key reminders:
1. Please make sure you return the PUSD Health and Safety Agreement Form when you drop off your student. You can find the form HERE.
2. All students must come to school each day with a fully charged Chromebook.
3. All students will need to bring with them each day headphones, any needed school supplies, PE appropriate clothing (on the day they have PE), water bottle, independent reading book, and a packed lunch.
4. Students must wear a clean mask each day. We recommend bringing a second mask on the day they have PE.
5. Students who are on campus will go to their connections teacher for both connections and office hours. They will be able to zoom into to any classroom to ask questions. Students can also use this time to finish up work.
Learning Preference Change Request
We appreciate your patience.
PE for On-Campus Students
Welcome Back Falcons!
The PE team is so excited to have students coming back to campus – We have missed you!
Some information for an easy transition:
Students will not be dressing out in the locker room or using PE clothes. All Falcons must come to school dressed in appropriate athletic attire and tennis shoes on their PE days in order to receive credit for the daily activities.
Things you might want to send with your student on PE days are:
1. Extra face mask
2. Water bottle
3. Hand sanitizer
4. One warm days, a hat/visor, and sunscreen.
As we prepare to bring students back to campus, please review the OVMS Family Handbook and familiarize yourself with our school rules and procedures.
Weekly Bell Schedule and Monthly Calendar
Please see the attached weekly bell schedule HERE and below.
There is also a monthly calendar attached HERE and below. We will follow this same weekly schedule pattern for the reminder of the year, unless the School Board changes our current school model, with the exception of a few weeks where we have to adjust for holidays. Please look at both of these documents closely.
Asynchronous Fridays are a day for students to work independently and for teachers to have time to prep, grade and collaborate as seen in the details presented at the last Board Meeting (bulleted below) as well as work with students needing support. This is still a work in progress and staff will continue the conversation to adjust as we move forward.
· Review and preview work from the week to deepen learning
· Review feedback and complete corrections
· Independent learning time
· Reduce screen time
· Additional support time with peers and staff
· Provide timely feedback to students; including grades
· Review assessments and plan based on student needs
· Complete required COVID attendance tracking
· Professional learning
· Office hours to provide support to individual student