OES Panther Press
January 2, 2022
We hope everyone had a restful, safe, and healthy break. Our staff is looking forward to having our students back at school!
As you know, our community transmission levels are at a high level for COVID-19. Until positivity rates go down and in an effort to minimize transmission at school for our staff and students, we will be reinstating the following protocols:
- Frequently wiping down desks
- Restructured lunch schedule/seating
- Fogging areas when there is a positive case
- Face coverings are strongly recommended
- Provide maximum physical distancing when possible
- Limit volunteers on campus
- Water fountains will not be turned off, but students should bring water bottles to make sure they stay hydrated
Still in consideration are whether or not to go forward with Field Trips and Clubs. We will communicate with you as soon as those decisions are made. We have a Watch Dog meeting scheduled for next week. For now, it will remain on the calendar, but it may be virtual or rescheduled.
Although the CDC has changed some quarantine protocols, currently the Florida Department of Health return to school protocol has not changed yet. What currently remains the in place is that exposed staff and students who are in close contact do not have to quarantine unless they show symptoms and/or test positive.
If your child is ill or awaiting test results, please do not send them to school and continue to report any positive cases to the school.
I know this is not the way any of us had hoped to start the new year, but I am grateful that our students can still attend school and am hopeful that this current situation will not last long. In spite of all the changes, we will be very glad to see your children and continue to help them learn and grow, regardless of these ever changing circumstances.
Because this is a continually changing situation, we will be sure to communicate with you as we make changes to our protocols. As always, I appreciate your patience with this fluid circumstance.
No School for Students on January 10 and 11.
The Watch Dog meeting is tentative. Depending on circumstance, it may be rescheduled or changed to a virtual meeting. We will let you know.
Science Fair for Grades 3-5
Mark Your Calendar: Important Oasis Elementary South Dates
1/7 Last Day of Quarter 2
1/10 Hurricane Make Up Day No school
1/11 Professional Duty Day No school for students
1/13 Watch DOGS Kick Off Meeting 5:30 (tentative)
1/17 No School in honor of Martin Luther King JR. Day
PM Dismissal: Vehicles should not line up on campus prior to 3:00 pm, to allow OMS to dismiss safely.
News from PTO
BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION
Please help us earn money for our school by using digital Box Tops! Click on the following link to learn more https://www.boxtops4education.com/How-To-Earn
- Download the app for Box Tops.
- When signing up, our school is listed as Oasis Charter Elementary School
- If you shop online or have digital receipts, you can email those directly to email@example.com. Be sure to send it from the same email account you used to setup your Box Tops account.
- Receipts need to be scanned/emailed within 14 days.
Thank you for all you do to support our school!
Dress Code Reminders
As we return to school, please remember that students must follow our dress code. To view the entire dress code please click here.
Below are some reminders:
Fridays are spirit days, not a no uniform day. Jeans or jean shorts are permitted with a school polo or school t-shirt. No sweatpants, gym shorts, or leggings (as pants) are permitted.
Jackets and/or sweatshirts in sapphire, navy blue, or black only with no writing on it.
The length of all shorts, skorts, skirts and jumpers MUST be longer or at the point where the end of the fingertips reaches on the leg while the child’s arms are extended straight at their side.
A Note from Mrs. Gamboa...
SSYRA - Deadline
The deadline for students in grades 3-5 to read the 15- 2021-2022 SSYRA books is March 17, 2022. This is the first step to securing a seat in the Lee County Book Battle. Next, students will take a comprehensive AR test about all books. The top 6 scoring students will form the battle team and start preparing with a mentor coach for The Lee County Book Battle scheduled for May 20, 2022.
If your child is interested in participating in this process, please encourage them to read these books. Again, they must earn a 70% or higher on each of the AR test. They are allowed to retake one test only after they test on the others.
SORA – Oasis eBook Collection
Oasis Elementary South has their own eBook collection – SORA, containing this year’s SSYRA Jr. and SSYRA books, last year’s state nominated books, and other titles. All children will have access to this collection by using their school Gmail address and password (your child’s teacher will provide). You can download this app on a device, or go to http://soraapp.com/library/oesfl
2022-2023 Kindergarten Wait List Information
For more information on registration for students entering Kindergarten in 2022-2023, please view the document on our OES web site, regarding necessary forms required for prospective students who will be starting Kindergarten in August 2022. This year, we will be accepting electronic applications. This form is now available in the Parent Portal, under Prospective Students on our OES web site. It is important to apply early, as we usually have a Wait List, even for those with Sibling Preferences.
Waiting in the Carline on Oasis Blvd.
Thank you for helping us to be good neighbors.
Changes to the Quarantine Policy
Recently, the State of Florida issued a new Emergency Rule, which impacts quarantine policies. The new rule states that students will still be identified as close contacts when they are exposed to a positive COVID case, however, if the student is asymptomatic, the parent/guardian can choose whether or not the child will quarantine. If you receive a Close Contact alert through Parent Square, please notify your teacher whether or not your child will be quarantining or not.
As always, we thank you for your flexibility, as we navigate through these changes in protocols and policies. Please continue to encourage your child to make healthy choices at school.
When leaving campus after arrival and dismissal, please only turn right on Oasis Blvd. This helps keep the traffic flow moving.
Car Line Procedures
Students will NOT be released to cars without a current school issued car tag. Parents without a car tag will be directed to park and report to the office and present a driver's license to have their child released to them.
AM DROP OFF: All car drop off is in the back. No cars may drop off in the front, near the office, as that is where our buses unload.
AM DROP OFF PROCEDURE: Vehicles should not line up until 7:50 am. Vehicles will enter at the OHS entrance. There are two lanes of traffic. (The third lane on the right is for staff, who need to drive to their parking lot). Also, as vehicles approach the drop off location, please have your child ready to depart, (shoes on, bookbag packed up, ready to unbuckle and depart). Parents should stay in their vehicle and have their car in PARK. If you are in the second lane and a staff member has not come to assist, please hold your arm out the driver's side window to alert staff that a child is still in the vehicle. For safety reasons, it is essential that students wait in their vehicles for staff to open their car door. All vehicles will remain stopped until all students have exited to the sidewalk. A staff member will signal when it is time for the lines of traffic to proceed.
PM PICK UP: K-1 and their siblings will be picked up in the front. Students in grades 2-5 will be dismissed in the back, (same as the AM Drop Off location).
PM PICK UP PROCEDURE: Cars should not line up for dismissal until after 3:00 pm. Vehicles will be directed in by our Security person at the OHS entrance to the campus and wait in line until dismissal starts at 3:30. A staff member will read the car tags as cars approach and have the cars move forward toward the pick up location. Parents should wait in their vehicle. Staff will be directing children. While students are loading, all cars should be in PARK.
Extra Car Tag
New Sign In/Sign Out Policy
Please check our Dress Code carefully before purchasing shoes and clothing for school. Students will not be permitted to wear clothing that is not within our dress code. All uniforms should have our new logos on them.
Please note: Slip on shoes are not permitted. This includes VANS style shoes.
Systemwide and Schoolwide Communication
Families who attended OES last year, will already be registered. Students who are new to OES and are not already registered in Parent Square, will receive an email invitation asking to activate the account. This email will be sent to the email you used to register, (and the email that is in FOCUS). You may need to check your junk or spam email, as it sometimes goes there.
See below for a sample of what the email will look like.
If you have to pick up your child early, email OES.firstname.lastname@example.org and CC the teacher.
Be sure to include the following information:
- Student Name
- What time you are picking them up
- Are they returning afterwards?
Reminder: We do not dismiss after 2:45 pm daily.
Email all attendance notices to: OES.Attendance@oasishs.org
Be sure to include the following information:
Student First and Last Name:
Date of absence(s):
Parent Cell Phone Number:
Reason for absence:
And attach any documentation you might have for the absence: