Weekly Family Update # 37

May 17, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,


I hope you all have had a fantastic weekend. The school year is winding down. I cannot believe there are less than 4 weeks until summer vacation! There will be a lot of important information coming up in the next few newsletters about the end of the year including the process for collecting items that need to be returned to school like textbooks and signed registration documents, the passing back of items that belong to students, yearbooks, and promotion information.


We will start our wind down of school with an opportunity for students to retrieve their PE Clothes and clean out their locker, return Choir Attire (for those in Choir), and return any Library Books (NOT TEXTBOOKS yet). Please carefully read information below about how you can sign up for a time to come to campus.


Students are currently still participating in Distance Learning, therefore, we are not collecting textbooks, instruments and/or Chromebooks at this time. In the next few weeks we will have a similar process for returning these items to school as well as returning items back to families including including textbooks, medications, student work, registration documents, technology, and other items. More information will be included in this newsletter each week.


This week is our annual ASB sponsored St. Baldrick's fundraiser to support childhood cancer research. Look for the message below to sign-up to shave your head in solidarity with children who are battling cancer.



Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!


Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young

Principal

Oak Valley Middle School

coyoung@powayusd.com

8th Grade Promotion T-Shirts

Hi 8th Graders! As a gift to you, on your promotion, ASB is giving you a commemorative t-shirt!


Please enter your name and size on this Google doc by Wednesday, May 20th; get your response in so you don't miss out on your FREE t-shirt!

PE Locker Clean Out, Library Book Return, and Choir Attire Collection

This week we being the process for students to retrieve their PE clothes and clean out their locker, return Choir Attire (for those in Choir), and return any Library Books (NOT TEXTBOOKS yet).


Please read the following information carefully about how you can sign up for a time to come to campus:


Please use the SignupGenius link HERE to select a time to come to campus. This will help us better coordinate and control the total number of people on campus at any one time. Please also adhere to the following protocols:


PLEASE NOTE: Masks must be worn at all times by all persons, adults and students, during this process and families are asked to follow social distancing guidelines. We also ask that families quickly move through this process and leave campus promptly. Thank you!


Library Books

There will be a collection cart in front of the school near the Gym/MPR where you can place any library books that students have checked out. Please NO TEXTBOOKS! We will be collecting those closer towards the end of the year.


Choir Attire

If your student has choir attire to return, there will be a collection box near the front of the GYM/MPR where you can place your items.


PE Lockers/Clothes

We will be using the following procedure for students to clean out their PE lockers:


1. One designated entrance and one designated exit will be used to help maintain social distancing and lessen the instances of people closely passing each other. You will be directed to the blacktop area behind the gym to start. We will have markers to ensure safe distancing while waiting in line.


2. OVMS staff will direct you when you can enter the locker room with your student(s) to gather their belongings from their PE locker.


3. Please know that only 1 adult and 1 student may be allowed inside the locker room (unless there are siblings). Any additional family members will be asked to remain in the car.


4. Please work with your student to ensure they know their locker number and lock combination prior to coming to campus. This will make the process smoother for everyone. Please check with your student as all OVMS students wrote their locker information inside their planner at the start of the year.


5. You will then exit out the gym towards the parking lot.


6. Please know that while we are beginning this process this week, there will be ample opportunity in the upcoming weeks to retrieve your student's PE belongings.


** If you no longer want what is in your student’s locker or the lock, please email Oak Valley Assistant Principal, Shannon Chamberlin, at schamberlin@powayusd.com with the locker number and we will donate the contents. **


7. Please see the map below to get a better understanding of the route and process.



Please adhere to the time you signed up so that the process is smooth for all of our OVMS families.


Students are currently still participating in Distance Learning, therefore, we are not collecting textbooks, instruments and/or Chromebooks at this time. In the next few weeks will be have a similar process for returning these items to school as well as returning items back to families including textbooks, medications, student work, registration documents, technology, and other items. More information will be included in this newsletter each week.

Thank you for your patience and support!

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Counseling and Student Services Information

Click here for an update from your Counselors and Student Services Specialists. Please share this information and the activities with your Falcon student.

PUSD Updates

Click here for the latest updates from Poway Unified School District.

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New Student Enrollment

Due to the emergency school closures, Poway Unified School District has updated the new student enrollment process for the 2020-2021 school year. While schools are closed, the enrollment process will be completed electronically. You can view enrollment information on the PUSD website. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process together. We look forward to helping you prepare for the upcoming school year, and can't wait to meet our new students once schools reopen.

No Place for Hate

In March, a group of Oak Valley students participated in the first ever PUSD "No Place For Hate" Conference. Check out this video which features Oak Valley student, Ava U.!


I am so proud of the work our NPFH Committee, OVMS Peer Leaders, and ASB Students completed this year to make our Falcon community a more kind and compassionate place for all students.

ASB & St. Baldrick's

ASB is proud to announce that we are moving forward with our annual support of St. Baldrick's to help raise money for childhood cancer research. Any support that you can offer is truly appreciated, you can make a small donation by clicking on this LINK, OR you can sign up to SHAVE YOUR HEAD in solidarity with children who are battling cancer!


It is not too late to sign up for our annual Head Shaving Event, which will be virtual this year and held on May 22. Please consider being a shavee as we do our part to battle cancer! Thank you for your support, it is more important than ever in these uncertain times!


Sign-up HERE


Stay tuned to see some of your favorite teachers stand in solidarity by shaving their heads!

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Attention 6th Grade Parents!

All students entering the 7th grade in August will need to be up to date with their immunizations. Attached to this message is a list of all required immunizations. Please email your child’s immunization record to our health tech, Anne Shaughnessy ASAP, ashaughnessy@powayusd.com.

Internet for All

The San Diego Country Office of Education has put together the following list of resources for families that are in need of internet service. Click the link below for more information!

https://covid-19.sdcoe.net/Distance-Learning/Connectivity-Resources

The California Emerging Technology Fund has has provided this link to affordable offers as well as a number to call (1-844-841-INFO (4636)) someone who can assist parents:

http://www.internetforallnow.org/get_affordable_internet_today

PUSD App

Did you know PUSD has an app?

On the PUSD app, you can:
1. Choose which schools to follow in Settings
2. Receive emergency messages from the alert center
3. See what's happening on the calendar
4. Follow along with the News Stream
5. Catch the latest sports scores


And MUCH MORE! Download for FREE on the App Store and Google Play Store.

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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, jjimenez@powayusd.com