Oakleigh Owl News

November 2021

A Message from the Principal

Hello Oakleigh Families,

Happy Fall! It is hard to believe we have reached the end of October and almost the end of the first marking period. I would like to start by thanking the Oakleigh PTA for an amazing Trunk-or-Treat event on October 14th. It is always an amazing event, but this year was by far the best! It was wonderful to see our students at a social event. If was wonderful to see students cheering each other on during musical chairs. The comradery was amazing to watch!

As you know, we continue to practice safety measures in the midst of the pandemic. To ensure that students remain safe, please be sure to send students to school with a mask each day. Wearing a mask is the greatest protection against the virus for elementary school students since they cannot be vaccinated.

The pandemic has impacted all of us in many ways. To better support our families, we now have a food bank. Families can shop weekly for canned goods, some toiletries, and frozen foods. Please look for monthly times on Schoology.

As a reminder at school will be closing three hours early on November 5th for the end of the marking period. Elementary Conference Day is November 24th. Teachers will be sending information at the beginning of the month for you to sign up for an in-person or virtual conference.

Students’ devices and chargers should remain at school unless directed by the teacher to take home or if your child is quarantined. We need the devices for testing. If you have lost or misplaced the charger, please let your child’s teacher know.

If your child is missing a jacket, please have them check the lost and found. We have a collection of coats, hoodies, and jackets that have been left in various places around the school.

As always, thank you for all you are doing to support your child’s education. We could not do this work without you!

Mrs. Metheny

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Spotlight on Library!

Hello, Oakleigh families!

It’s your friendly neighborhood librarian! I am so thrilled to be back in the classroom with your children. It has been wonderful seeing their smiling faces every day.

I wanted to share some of the important topics we have been discussing thus far, and what will be coming up in the next few months.

Across all grade levels, students are learning about Digital Citizenship – ways that they can be safe online while also having fun and positive interactions with others.

We cover several topics such as:

· balancing media and non-media activities

· cyberbullying

· strong passwords

· keeping games fun and friendly

· reliable vs. unreliable resources

· what information is private and not to be shared

These lessons not only apply to them now but will carry on into the future.

In the next few months, your children will be engaging in the following units of study:

Kindergarten -- fiction books, author studies, nonfiction books

First Grade -- making text connections, tangrams, visualization in stories

Second Grade – community pride, what makes great books great, cultural traditions around the world

Third Grade -- what makes you unique; poetry conventions; research unit on money earning, saving, and spending

Fourth Grade -- how to promote great books, online reading strategies, healthy media habits

Fifth Grade -- Newbery, Coretta Scott King and Schneider Award winning books; historical graphic novels, careers in STEM

One more thing: BOOK FAIR! We will be having a book fair during the week of November 15-19. We will be having evening events where families can come and purchase books. More details are coming soon! Keep an eye out on Schoology!

I look forward to continuing work with your children. Despite the uniqueness of the circumstances, I am proud of each one of them.

Mrs. Varounis

Social Work Corner

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

More than 1 out of every 5 students report being bullied, according to the National Bullying Prevention Month (NBPM) campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. This might be happening to someone you know and care about.

"The campaign is held during the month of October and connects communities around the world to help prevent bullying. This past year, a worldwide pandemic and a growing movement for racial equity and social justice have highlighted the need to unite communities for a better future. It is more important than ever to join in creating a world that is kinder, more accepting, and more inclusive.

Take action at school, at home, in your neighborhood, at a local business, or in your workplace to show that you care about kids being safe at school, online, and in the community".

Are you interested in becoming an advocate against bullying? If so, visit Pacer's web site at https://www.pacer.org/bullying/.

Ms. Kersey