Weekly Family Update # 11
October 25, 2020
Hello Falcon Families,
Can you believe this cool weather, finally a weekend that feels like Fall! My kiddos and I enjoyed some Halloween movies over the weekend and decorating pumpkins. I love this time of year!
Reminder: Monday 10/26/20 is a non-student day reserved for parent/teacher conferences. Students will not have any school work assigned or Zoom meetings on this day. For those of you who are new to middle school, conferences are done a little differently than in elementary school. We have teacher-initiated conferences for students who are in need of a direct parent conference. The conference criteria is typically for students not performing at proficient levels, as determined by the teacher based upon objective data and student work. Staff members will reach out directly to the families of those students who are in need of a parent conference. Teachers may also be scheduling conferences at other times next week based on need during:
1. Office hours
2. Late start on Tuesday, 10/27
3. Asynchronous work time (provide instruction via Zoom for the beginning of class followed by asynchronous work for the remainder of the period).
Unfortunately, we cannot honor requests for conferences from the families of students performing at proficient levels or above, there just is not enough time, but teachers will be available to answer parent questions via email.
Please join me on Wednesday, October 28, at 5pm for a Virtual Parent Informational Presentation. This forum will include information about current reopening challenges, possible schedule models, and also an opportunity to answer questions from the community.
This event will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel. If you are not able to attend live, the forum will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel and linked to our website. The link to the live presentation can be found HERE.
During this forum I will do my best to address your questions, explain our current reopening challenges, and absolutely give out all of the information that I have. After the presentation, I will create and post on our website an FAQ that highlights the main points.
As we look at when and how we can safely reopen, I want to assure families that as a parent of children, I want our school open for kids, but as a principal, I must ensure that it is safe and responsible to do so. Currently, we have opened our school to students enrolled in some of our specialized academic programs and are working on bringing back groups of students who are struggling academically in the next two weeks.
I know you have many questions and concerns, and I hear you. I have a Reopening Team made up of teachers and classified employees and we are actively working on sorting out all of the necessary details to be prepared to open our school to those families who want to return. The safety of our students and staff will be critical, and Poway Unified School District has created an updated School Reopening Guidebook which explains crucial information about safety, cleaning, PPE, virtual schedules, buses, and more. You can find the updated Reopening Guidebook HERE.
This Friday, October 30th, ASB will be hosting our annual Halloween spirit day during lunch via Zoom. Students are invited to join in for some fun. Login instructions are being given to students in the weekly ASB announcements during Connections class. If your student wishes to dress up on Friday, we ask for your support by reinforcing with your student the specific guidelines below that provide greater clarity to our costume expectations. Most importantly, all costumes must meet Oak Valley’s dress policy.
1. Costumes may not include full face masks or cover the face.
2. Costumes may not be violent or suggestive.
3. Costumes may not have anything simulating a weapon.
4. Costumes may not suggest racial attitudes that reinforce stereotypes about, mock or mischaracterize a culture, group of persons, an individual person or a religion. We are asking students to refrain from dressing up as fictionalized stereotypes that marginalize any one culture.
At Oak Valley, we have respect for all cultures. Thank you for your support.
Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!
Beaming with Falcon Pride,
Oak Valley Middle School
School Picture Information
The Book Fair Is Coming - Preview Now Available!
You can check out some of the titles that will be available on our virtual OVMS PTSA Scholastic Book Fair HERE. The Book Fair will start on November 2nd!
PTSA General Association Meeting
Hello OVMS Families!
The PTSA would like to invite you to our first General Association meeting of the year on October 28th at 7pm via Zoom.
Zoom information to attend the meeting will be sent to all PTSA members through Totem.
Be sure to join the OVMS PTSA!
Red Ribbon Month
The Red Ribbon campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. This year we are celebrating the entire month of October by taking a stand against drugs and show intolerance for drug use and the consequences to all Americans. By participating in our Friday spirit weeks, we can pledge to live a drug free life and pay tribute to DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who was killed in 1985. Thanks for participating.
Falcons, your counselors are here for you, click here to view this week's newsletter.
OVMS Studios Club
Do you want to learn how to create amazing films and animations? If you do, you should join OVMS Studios, a club at Oak Valley. We will teach you everything from the basics, no experience is required. For more information, view this video. We will also submit the films we create to many contests, including the prestigious iVie festival, which is essentially an Oscars for aspiring filmmakers. Last year our club had tremendous success by getting 3rd in a film competition. We meet weekly via zoom meetings from 3:00-4:30 on Tuesdays. Our first meeting will be on September 29th. This will be more of an informational meeting, and we will discuss what we want to accomplish in the coming year. Sign-up information is in the above video, but you can also sign-up here.
Oak Valley Falcon Foundation
Welcome “back” to school, Falcon Families! While school looks different and a little strange for now, we still have the same world-class educators and exceptional students filling our Zooms, Kahoots and FlipGrids. Your Oak Valley Foundation is already working behind the scenes to help fund programming, equipment, training and materials to support all Falcon students and faculty. Did you know Foundation donations funded the shade structures that are part of the new building? We were getting our campus ready for outdoor learning before it was cool! Want to learn more about past and future funding plans? Be sure to follow the Oak Valley Falcon Foundation on Facebook
We need your help funding the budget gaps between what Oak Valley is given for expenses versus what we need to maintain our highest standards in education. Can you help with a donation of $150 or more to fund things like Science class lab consumables that students can use at home? What about $300 to support our Gateway to Technology or Art electives for much needed, non-funded supplies? Make your tax-deductible donation now at www.oakvalleyfalconfoundation.com and help us support learning for all of our Falcons!
The Foundation is run by parent volunteers, and with only three short years at the school, our board is ever-changing. Want a voice in fundraising and spending? We’d love to have you join our board of directors. Contact Foundation President, Darrell Keller, at email@example.com for more information.
Check Out Library Books
Falcons, the Oak Valley Library is available for you to check out books! You can request books from our in-house library collection to pick up from school on Thursdays and keep at home to read for two weeks before returning them. We will accept requests up until 2:00pm on Wednesdays for the following day.
Click HERE for more information and to submit your request.
PUSD Parenting Academy
The Poway Unified Parent Academy is the one-stop shop where parents can come to see and learn about the different types of educational technology tools that teachers are using with students in the district. These resources will make it simpler and easier for parents to understand what teachers use to engage students in meaningful ways in a virtual environment that highlights student collaboration. Click on the link HERE to check it out!
The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, firstname.lastname@example.org