The Oxford Update

Oxford Elementary School

Morning Drop Off

This is a friendly reminder that students do not enter the building until 8:30 AM. We do not have staff on duty before that to supervise students. If students are dropped off before 8:30, please know that they will be waiting outside. Please make sure they are dressed to be outside in the weather.

We hope you can join us for our Family Literacy Night on January 30th!

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Heard In the Cafeteria

In honor of the upcoming holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American Civil Rights Leader, and his famous I Have A Dream speech, Ms. Bourgoine asked students and teachers in the cafeteria what their dream was for the future. Here is a sampling of what they had to say.

I have a dream :

To be a farmer when I am an adult- Ryan D

Of retiring - Mrs. Bracy

To stop all the bullying, littering, and breaking of laws.- Jenna H

Of world peace- Kayden C

To meet a unicorn- Rayne

To help as many kids as I can- Mrs. Pike

To fix world hunger- Wyatt S

That people weren't poor anymore- Madlyn

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The three most important times of connection in your child’s day

The three most important times of connection in your child’s day are:

1) When they wake up in the morning

2) After your longest separation in the day (when they get home from school, you get home from work, after their nap, etc.)

3) Immediately before bed

If you dedicate just 5 minutes of time to each of these three crucial opportunities for connection, you will notice a drastic difference in your child’s demeanor, willingness to listen and cooperate, and overall behavior.

1) When they wake up in the morning

Ideas for connecting in the morning:

  • Greet your child warmly with “good morning” and “I love you”

  • Spend a few minutes snuggling in bed together

  • Let your child help you make breakfast

  • Talk about any dreams your child may have had

  • Do some morning stretches, yoga, or a fitness routine together

2) After your longest separation in the day (when they get home from school, you get home from work, after their nap, etc.

Ideas for connecting after your longest midday separation:

  • Talk about the cherries and the pits of your day (highs and lows)

  • Help your child with their homework

  • Prepare a yummy snack together

  • Play a game your child enjoys

  • Go for a walk or bike ride together

  • Allow your child to help with dinner preparation

3) Immediately before bed:

Ideas for connecting before bed:

  • Read books together

  • Recap your day and listen to your child’s day

  • Massage calming essential oils onto your child’s feet

  • Practice deep breathing and relaxation with your child

  • Perform some calming yoga poses together

  • Snuggle in silence and wait for your child to speak first (I guarantee this will help your child to open up)

Some Final Tips for Staying Connected

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world, and oftentimes it can feel like you are just struggling to survive. It can be easy to wish the difficult stages of sleepless nights, tantrums, and total dependency on you away. Remember, your child only has 900 weeks of childhood.

Excerpt from the Holistic Family Blog

School Safety Informational Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 6:30pm

79 Pleasant Street

Oxford, ME

Our district has enhanced its safety procedures to include providing mental health supports, monitoring behavior patterns and increasing staff awareness of risk factors. We also recognize the lockdown procedures that we, as well as experts across the country, believe will increase the chance of staying safe. The enhancements we will teach our staff and older students are known as ALiCE. Join Superintendent Colpitts to learn information on the district's enhanced safety practices and training.

Important Dates: January 20th to January 24th

1/20 - No School in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/21 - Ms. Kirby's class to Robert's Farm

1/22 - Community Playgroup for Birth to 4 yr. olds 9 AM to 11 AM

1/23 - School Safety Informational Meeting 6:30 PM OES Cafeteria


1/30 - Family Literacy Night, Reading Is Out of this World, 5 PM to 7 PM (RSVP by calling 539-4456 if attending)