January 2019

Happy New Year!

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Smart (re)Start Day - January 7th

We are going to do our fabulous Smart (re)Start once again on January 7th, the first day after we come back from Winter Break. Coming back from any long break can be stressful on many children so like last year, we want to make the first day back fun, hands-on, and engaging. Teachers will be teaching a lesson that they are passionate about that fits the above criteria to all students in that grade level. Students will be rotating throughout the day within their grade level, experiencing a variety of activities involving the arts, cooking, music, movement, engineering, technology, and science. We hope to get students reinvigorated about returning to school and giving them a positive mindset for the new year. Please share with your children the fun day they will have when they return on January 7th! I shared this video last year that our district technology department created from our 2017 Smart (re)Start day. Please share with your children so they are excited about returning in the new year:


OPEN ENROLLMENT: Intra-Inter District Transfers

Intra-District Transfers

The Union School District Board of Trustees endorses a neighborhood school concept. The Board, however, recognizes that parents may wish to choose a school of attendance other than the assigned school. Therefore, the Board of Trustees believes that parental choice among the district’s public schools should be included as an integral feature of a well-rounded educational environment.

Home school attendance areas are established to optimize the use of existing facilities and to avoid crowded conditions. However, requests for Intra-District Transfers may be made for reasons of personal preference based on the needs of the family or child.

If you are interested in having your child attend a school within Union School District but outside of your home attendance area, you must complete an Intra-District Transfer Request. Pick up an application from the receptionist at the Union School District Office, 5l75 Union Avenue, complete and return it to the District Office by 4:30 p.m. on March 1, 2019. Intra-District Transfers will only be honored if space is available at the receiving school. Requests received after that time and date will be placed on a waiting list status. If there are more requests than openings at any particular school, a lottery selection process, as required by the Education Code, will take place.

Any Intra-District transfers approved for the first time for the 2008-09 school year and all subsequent years will be reviewed yearly to determine continued placement based on academic progress, behavior, attendance, and finally space at the site. Once an intra-district transfer is approved, you do not have to re-apply, and the transfer is in effect through 5th grade for elementary schools and 8th grade for middle schools, unless otherwise noted on the transfer. Union School District BP 5116.1

Inter-District Transfers

If you live outside of Union School District and are currently on an Inter-District Transfer to Union School District, our District Policy does not require you to reapply for the 2019-20 school year, however, your home district Policy may be different, so please check with your home district.

Based on our District Policy and the Inter-District Contract, your child’s academic progress, behavior, and attendance will be reviewed. If all are acceptable you will be welcome to remain in the District as long as space is available. Space determinations are often not certain, however, until late in August and possibly as late as October 1.

If you are by choice returning to your home school, please let your site know as soon as possible. If any of the criteria above is not met, we will let you know in writing so that you can enroll your child in his/her home school. Union School District BP 5117

Safety Reminders

Oster currently has 656 students and another 40 from our Deaf and Hard of Hearing family. Safety is of the utmost importance for all of our children. We need our parents to support us with the following safety protocols:

  • Please do not give your child permission to play before school begins on any of our playgrounds, including our kindergarten playground. Students may play after school, ONLY if they have adult supervision. TK and Kindergarten students who are done at 11:30 cannot play on any play structure until 2:50 p.m. and again, must have adult supervision.
  • Please respect the red zones in front of the school office. They are red because the space must be available for emergency vehicles. There are times when we may need to call 911 and we cannot afford to delay emergency personnel because someone has not followed our safety protocols.
  • If your child arrives late to school, please park and escort them to the front office. We have little, little people walking in late all by themselves and it really concerns our office staff when we peek outside and do not see any parent around.
  • Children should not jaywalk anywhere. Our crossing guards have witnessed parents calling their children to hurry up and jaywalk. We have had children hit in the past, so please teach your children to follow all safety rules.

Looking for Substitute Teachers

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of students? Then substitute teaching may be the right job for you! Union School District is seeking kind and compassionate people to join our team of substitute teachers. As a substitute, you can set your own schedule, gain valuable classroom experience, and enjoy a great source of supplemental income. If you would like to learn more about becoming a substitute teacher, please contact Lenette Solis at the District Office (solisl@unionsd.org or 408-377-8010).