November 15, 2020


I hope you'll consider tuning into the Board meeting on Monday evening for the most current information about USD's reopening plans. If you are interested in hearing the conversation and the district's reopening plans, please click the link below to watch the Livestream of the meeting.


After Monday's meeting, I will be sending home a lot of information about what the return to school will look like, how long the school day will be, how many days a week students will be on campus, and so on. Also, you will be receiving a second survey about returning to school, but this one will require you to make a binding decision about whether or not your child(ren) will return to campus or remain in Distance Learning.

To assist in your decision process and give more information, the district has compiled a list of Reopening Frequently Asked Questions for you to view.

Feel free to reach out to me before or after Monday's meeting. As always, I'm available to answer any lingering questions or to discuss your concerns.

USD's Reopening Plan

A helpful resource for parents to answer some frequently asked questions.

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Principal's Challenge for November

Tis the season to be grateful. This month's principal's challenge is to create a poster of all the people and things you are grateful for using pictures and/or words. Students are welcome to use a variety of materials to decorate their posters. They can also cut out photos and words from magazines and glue them on. If they already made a poster, students can make a second poster, including more things from nature or places they like to visit or special people in their community. Photos of gratitude posters can be uploaded to: https://photos.app.goo.gl/BRkoBHLMdjrs71jk7

Year Book Contest Cover

Attention all Oster artists! We invite all students to enter their original artwork into our Yearbook Cover Contest.

Since it is so essential to our learning this year, we have chosen TECHNOLOGY as our theme for the 2020-2021 yearbook. Think about all the ways you use technology, then use your creativity and imagination to incorporate this theme into your cover design. The winning design will be featured on the front cover.

For full details and submission requirements, please see the contest flyer at: https://bit.ly/OsterYBContest

Entries are due Friday, December 11.

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Don't Forget this Friday, November 20th is Oster Spirit Day. Share your family pet or stuffed animal on Zoom.

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Oster Needs Your Support!

The Oster Home & School Club is an all-volunteer parent and community organization open to all Oster families. Our objective is to provide programs and activities that enrich the education of each student attending Oster Elementary School.

Each year we raise 100% of the funds necessary to support core enrichment programs in areas such as reading, math, music, and science that are not covered by the State or District. Although this school year looks very different, there are several critical programs that need to be funded. First, our upper-grade play structure is in need of replacement, and our goal is to get that taken care of while the students are away from campus. We have also provided each teacher with an additional $100 each for supplemental resources they may need during distance learning. Additionally, because of the COVID crisis, we are not able to hold in-person fundraisers this year, which means your donations are extremely important.

Our goal is to raise $40,000 through the Education Fund by November 20, 2020. Your direct donation, and any employer match, will help us pay for the student, school, and faculty programs that we have committed to for this school year. The class with the most participation will be rewarded with a prize!

Since we fund about $250 per student each year, the suggested donation per student is $250. No matter what you donate, we encourage every family to participate in this critical fund drive.

HSC November Newsletter

The November edition of the HSC newsletter is up on our website at https://osterhsc.membershiptoolkit.com/hscnewsletters. Check it out for all the latest news and upcoming activities from your Oster HSC.
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Mark your Calendars!

  • November 16: USD's Board Meeting @ 6:00 PM

  • November 20: Oster Spirit Day (Share your family pet or stuffed animal)

  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break (no school)
  • December 1: Oster's SSC Meeting @ 3:00 PM (via Zoom)
  • December 10: HSC Board Meeting
  • December 18: Spirit Day (Pajama Day)
  • December 21 - January 1: Winter Break (no school)

COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County Latest news for the community. November 14, 2020

The holiday season is just getting started, but COVID is not taking a break. Santa Clara County and other counties throughout the Bay Area are seeing a sudden, rapid spike in COVID-19 cases and a significant increase in hospitalizations.

The average number of new cases per day in Santa Clara County has more than doubled since early October. With transmission and hospitalizations on the rise, health officers in counties across the Bay Area are tightening local rules for high-risk indoor activities where the virus spreads more easily.
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Happy Diwali!

As we come together to celebrate with Diwali sweets, gifts, and good wishes, let’s remember to keep each other safe. Share greetings virtually, drop off mithai (sweets) at a distance, and leave diyas at doorsteps as gifts. Prioritize your health and the health of others.

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