April 18, 2021
In-Person Schedule FAQ's
We are excited to be expanding our in-person instructional hours 8:00-12:00 for students on May 3. Below you will find some frequently asked questions and the related answers around this next stage in our reopening.
- Can students who are currently in distance learning move to in-person instruction?
- Will my child be able to remain with his/her teacher?
Oster'ss plan is to keep students with their current teacher as much as possible. If circumstances require a move to another classroom, families will be contacted.
- Will vaccinations be required for students?
We will not be requiring vaccinations for students.
- Will students have a recess/snack break?
Yes, all students will have recess time with their class. This will also be an opportunity to eat a snack from home.
- When will we know more about the schedule of students remaining in distance learning?
Many of our teachers will be providing simultaneous instruction, meaning that they will be working with both their in-person and distance learners at the same time. The teachers will be providing Zoom links and sign in schedules prior to May 3.
- Will students be able to meet with teachers in the afternoon?
Teachers will have a number of responsibilities in the afternoons. This will include parent communication, student feedback, team collaboration, and planning. Students with questions or needing support should reach out to the teacher.
- Will Transitional Kindergarten also be expanding their in-person instruction?
Yes. TK schedule will be 7:50-10:50 Monday-Friday.
- How will my child's special education services be impacted?
Students will continue to receive their services, but the schedule may change. Some services may be provided while students are on campus (8-12), similar to a traditional school year. Other services may take place outside of these hours. Your child's case manager will contact families with any changes.
- With the schedule change, will Extended Care still be available?
Yes, Extended Care will adjust their sessions to accommodate the schedule change.
- Will there be Covid testing for school staff?
Yes, all school staff members will continue to be tested twice per month.
- What are Extension Activities?
Extension activities offer students access to STEAM, PE and art. This program is run by USD activity leaders and will take place from 12:00 to 2:30. There is very limited space available, so priority will be given to students with IEPs, English language learners, low socio-economic status, homeless, foster youth, and students with parents or guardians who are essential workers. Families will be notified about their child's enrollment in the program prior to May 3rd.
- Will teachers be leading the Extension Activities?
Extension activities will be provided by activity leaders, not by classroom teachers.
- Are students still limited to two cohorts?
There is no longer a limit on the number of cohorts.
- Will parents be able to volunteer in classrooms?
The guidelines still do not allow for volunteers on campus.
Oster Elementary 2021 Silent Auction
We are so excited to continue with one of our favorite fundraisers of the year – the Silent Auction! Every year Oster hosts this event to raise funds for our teachers, students, and school enrichment programs. Our event will be held virtually this year so all families can participate. The Silent Auction will be held May 14-16, 2021. Details regarding the address for the silent auction are to follow.
To add more items to our inventory for auction, we are asking families to donate entries to a grade-specific basket that will be compiled by our Silent Auction volunteers. The themes for each grade level’s basket is as follows:
TK/Kindergarten: Cooking at Home (ex: pasta, sauces, cookbooks, utensils, seasonings, etc)
1st Grade: Disney (ex: memorabilia, Disney items, movies, puzzles, etc)
2nd Grade: Sports (ex: items with local sports teams, hats, tickets, etc).
3rd Grade: Coffee and Tea (ex: gift cards, coffee beans or tea bags, mugs, etc)
4th Grade: Relaxation (ex: bath salts, skin care, candles, etc)
5th Grade: In the Garden (ex: seeds, plants, gardening tools, books, etc)
If your child attends school in person, you may send your donation to their class where there will be a collection box in each room. If your child is distance learning, drop off days will be on Mondays and Fridays in front of the office. The last day to collect items for the baskets will be May 7th.
Interested in helping with the Silent Auction this year? We need you! Please email Samantha at Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org and join our wonderful team!
We look forward to seeing you virtually at the Silent Auction!
-The Oster Home and School Club
Important Reminder about Absences
Daily school attendance is very important. If your student cannot attend his/her in-person or distance learning class, please remember to call the school attendance office first thing in the morning and notify the teacher.
Please note that if your child misses in-person instruction for the day, this will be treated as a typical in-school absence. Moving forward, teachers will assign makeup work upon a student’s return to in-person school. This means that in-person students will no longer be able to attend distance learning classes on the day of their absence, except if they are quarantining. Should you have concerns about your child being able to attend 5-days per week consistently, please don’t hesitate to contact your teacher or Mrs. Taormina.
Dates to Remember
May 3: First Day of In-person Schedule Change 8-12 (M-F)
May 10: USD Board Meeting
May 13: HSC Board Meeting
May 14: Oster Spirit Day (Disney Day)
May 31: Labor Day (no school)
June 4: Last Day of School
UMS Cheer Try Outs
USD Summer Camp
Union Summer Camp is open to all Union School District students entering grades TK-6 and is a great place for your child to build long lasting friendships. Students can join an action-packed day camp that includes a variety of hands-on learning opportunities surrounding engaging and exciting themes. This year's summer camp will be on the Guadalupe campus.
For more information please see the fliers below. You can also contact Andra Feldman at email@example.com. For questions about financial assistance, please contact Kristi Martik at firstname.lastname@example.org.