Weekly Family Update # 10
October 18, 2020
Hello Falcon Families,
On Wednesday, October 28th, at 5:00pm, I will be hosting a Virtual Parent Forum with updates about reopening Oak Valley to students. This forum will include information about possible schedule models, current reopening challenges, and also an opportunity to answer questions from the community. This event will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel. Logistics about viewing the presentation will be sent to families in the newsletter next week.
I welcome your questions about reopening. If you would like to submit a question, please use the form linked HERE. While I may not know the answer to every question, I will do my best to address as many and I can and I will absolutely give out all of the information that I have. I will also create an FAQ after the presentation that will be posted on our website. Please submit your questions by Thursday October 22nd.
Last Friday was the end of our first 6 week grading period. Progress reports can be found in Synergy or on the ParentVue app. For more information about Synergy, please see the Parent Resources tab of our website or for login help please view the video HERE.
I really appreciate this community. This has been a difficult 7 months for all of us. I know we are all anxious to return to normal and I hope we can as a community soon.
Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!
Beaming with Falcon Pride,
Oak Valley Middle School
Click here to submit a question for the Reopening Virtual Forum on 10/28/20
Apply For the "No Place For Hate" Student Committee
Please share this information with your student:
Students, we want your voice. We are seeking to build a student committee of about 12-15 Oak Valley students who are diverse in nature, and represent and reflect our complete student body. We seek a diverse group of students who are able to speak to their experience as a learner at our school, and are passionate about being part of a team who seek to continuously improve student culture and school culture through this work. We want you to bring your authentic and honest selves to this committee as you represent your peers and Oak Valley Middle School.
What do I do:
1) Watch this 2 minute video on “NP4H” at Oak Valley Middle School - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3EhvNNtQdc
2) If you wish to apply to be on the NP4H student committee, click this link - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflkVTGXkS2OnC_79F1KPIWmUrje6t-Sqz6WcEkLV4UoEXnqw/viewform
Timeline: The deadline for students to apply is next Friday 10/23/2020.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any NP4H staff committee member. That includes Stephanie Connors, Sandy Stromberg, Kristen Abboud, Kenya Bohn, Scott Wild, and Colin Young.
ASB Newsletter....Hot Off The Presses!
The first edition of the ASB "Welcome Home" Newsletter is now available! Click HERE to view.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Spooky season is coming up and boy do we have a fun challenge for you. ASB is hosting a pumpkin decorating contest. Use this link to submit your photos! The categories are: Most School Spirit, Most Creative, and Most Halloween-ish. All submissions are due by October 21st and we will announce the winners for each category on October 30th. If you post your pictures on Instagram and tag @oakvalleyasb you could get a shout out. Good luck and may the best pumpkin win.
We have a few clubs that are up and running. You can find more information on the Oak Valley website.
· OVMS Studios Club
· Science Olympiad
· Oak Valley Peer Leaders/No Place For Hate
· Oak Valley Coding Club
· OVMS Pride Club
· Speech and Debate club
· Math Counts
The Book Fair Is Coming!
OVMS is having an Online Bookfair November 2nd to November 15th.
Save the dates for some EPIC ADVENTURES and book shopping to support the OVMS library!!
WEAR your OVMS "Together We Are Stronger" shirt and get the following deals!
Choice Juicery in Del Sur
Every Sunday in October & November you will receive a free Super Boost with the purchase of any smoothie or bowl.
Mostra Coffee in 4S Ranch
Every TUESDAY in October Mostra coffee in 4s ranch will give you 15% off your entire order!
Chick-fil-A in Del Sur
Every TUESDAY in November stop by from 3pm-5pm and receive a complimentary ice cream! *No other purchase necessary.
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, our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Have your students been complaining about sore eyes from looking at a computer screen. Reducing the blue light that is emitted from computers may help.
How to Turn Off Blue Light on Computers:
Chromebooks (“Night Light”):
· At the bottom right, select the time.
· Select Settings
· In the "Device" section, select Displays.
· Under "Night Light," turn on Night Light.
· Under "Color temperature," adjust the color.
Apple Computer (“Night Shift”)
· On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Displays, then click Night Shift.
· Select Manual to turn on Night Shift.
· Night Shift remains on until the next day or until you turn it off. To turn it off, deselect Manual.
Windows (“Night Light”)
· Select Start > Settings > System > Display > Night light settings.
· You can then turn the filter on and adjust the intensity
Apple iOS (iPad, iPhone)
· Option 1:
o Open Control Center. Firmly press the Brightness control icon, then tap the brightness icon to turn Night Shift on or off.
· Option 2:Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift.2 On the same screen, you can schedule a time for Night Shift to turn on automatically and adjust color temperature.
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, email@example.com