Panther Press

September 8, 2019

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Art murals from Mrs. Calabrese's art class pictured above.

Growing Leaders: Walking Kindergarten and First Grade Siblings to Class

Our Growing Leaders philosophy starts with our youngest students. Many of our older siblings are demonstrating their leadership skills by walking their younger siblings to class in the morning. This helps them build their leadership qualities, but does not strengthen the resiliency and independence of their younger siblings who are being walked to class.

One strategy to build independence and self-confidence in our Kindergarten and First grade students is for them to work towards independently walking themselves to their classroom without the assistance of their older sibling. Students will be able to continue walking KG and 1st grade siblings, (2nd grade and older should already be walking to class without an escort) until the end of first quarter, which ends October 11th.

Beginning October 15th, all students will be expected to successfully and independently walk themselves to their classroom. Of course, as always, there are staff and Safety Patrol assigned to locations the entire way throughout the hallways who are ready to assist. In preparation for this date, please encourage your helping student, to slowly fade out their assistance, each day so their younger sibling will be prepared to walk themselves.

They can do it! Your older students will be proud that they instilled the confidence in their younger sibling and the younger student will be so proud when they have the confidence to walk to class on their own.

Our Neighbors

Please be mindful of our neighbors in the morning and the afternoon. If you see someone trying to back out of their driveway, please stop and wave them out. Your courtesy would be so appreciated. Thank you for your help.

Building a Positive Digital Footprint & Social Media Responsibilities

Over the next two weeks, our SRO, school counselor and administration will visit every fourth and fifth grade classroom to discuss Social Media and being a good digital citizen. Most of our content will be coming from Common Sense Media, which is an independent, research backed non-profit organization whose mission is to help families and educators provide a safe digital environment.

Upon completion of the presentation, students will have access to a Google Classroom, which will include the resources used as well as an assignment for follow up and reflection. Students who submit the most authentic and outstanding assignment submissions will work on a small Student Leaders committee, for the purpose of creating a "Junior" version of using electronic devices responsibly, for third grade students.

Mind Up Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum

This week in MindUP, students are continuing to learn about Focused Awareness: The Core


This lesson focuses on their daily practice to relax their minds and be mindful of what is going on in their day.

(To learn more about this curriculum visit Mind Up.)


Thank you to all of the parents and families who have connected to the PBIS app. Please keep in mind, our teachers are still learning this system and how to best utilize it within their classroom.

View this short video for a brief overview.

This week at OES...

OES Back to School Dance for Grades 3-5 OES cafeteria, Wednesday, 9/11, 3:30-5:00 pm

PTO Meeting, OES cafeteria, Wednesday, 9/11, 6:30-7:30 pm

WATCH DOGS meeting, OES cafeteria, Thursday, 9/12, 6:30-7:30 pm

Next week...

Interim Report Day Monday, 9/16

PTO Boosterthon Superhero Fit Challenge Friday, 9/20

Due Dates- Please be mindful of due dates on flyers, students may be turned away if submitted after the date.

Parent Survey

Please take a moment to participate in this Parent Survey for our system's Town Hall discussion on September 26, 2019. We value your feedback. If you have children attending more than one school, please fill out one survey for each school by September 19th.

Reminder: Car tags must be yellow. If you have last year's tags (blue) or no tag you will not be able to pick up your child, until you check out in the office.

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders

Please do not honk at car line- this encourages students to run out before all traffic has stopped

Remind your students to stay behind the yellow lines for arrival and pick up. This ensures that they are a safe distance from the vehicles.

Day Care Vans- If your child takes a daycare van in the afternoon, parents need to communicate absences or changes in dismissal with the daycare as well as the school.

A Note from the Library

Mrs. Gamboa has been hard at work, preparing for the 2019-2020 SSYRA book club. If you would like your child to participate, please read the SSYRA JR Parent Letter, 2019-2020 SSYRA Book ,List, SSYRA Parent Letter. They are also accessible on Friday Flyers.

Reminder: Volunteers and lunch visits will start at the end of September.

Early Dismissal and Transportation Changes

●If your student needs to have a dismissal change email:

●If a student needs to be picked up from the front office prior to dismissal time, they must be picked up before to 2:45. No dismissals will be made after this time.

Fridays, Jeans Pass and Rally No Uniform Days

Friday Dress Code for Spirit Day will be: Spirit Shirt (Spirit Shirts include Grade level shirts, PTO or Foundation related shirts, Rally shirts, K-Kids shirts, any OES affiliated shirt,) with Dress Code shorts, pants or skorts.

Jeans may be worn on Fridays ONLY if a student purchases a PTO purchased Jeans pass.

If a student has a No Uniform Pass, purchased at last year's Rally, they may wear any school appropriate shirt or pants only on Friday. (Note: These are no longer available for purchase)

Out of Field Teachers

Florida State Statute 1012.42 recognizes that teacher at times must be assigned to duties in a class outside the field in which the teacher is certified. The following teachers at Oasis Elementary are certified, but are assigned to a class outside their areas of certification and are required to take appropriate steps to comply with the statutory regulation. The following teachers are in training for ESOL or Gifted certification.

Altini, Janet- Gifted

Arroyo, Esmeralds -ESOL

Brook, Teresa- Gifted

Calabrese, Nicole-ESOL

Foster, Stefanii-ESOL

Gutierrez, Stacy-Gifted

Ordway, Jamie-Gifted

For more information, read the Out of Field letter posted attached below.

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PTO & Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation

A Message from the Foundation...

The Cape Coral Charter School Foundation invites you to a 70's disco party fundraiser with proceeds benefiting all four schools. Please view this flyer for more information.

A Message from PTO ...

Please join us for the PTO meeting, Wednesday, September 11th, in the OES cafeteria from 6:30-7:30. We hope to see you there!

Also, dads, grandpas, and other significant male family members...don't forget to attend our WatchDog meeting, 9/12 at 6:30 in the OES cafeteria.

Boosterthon begins this Tuesday, 9/10. We’re only a few days away from kicking off the Super-HeroFit Challenge, PLEDGING IS NOW OPEN! Register online at FUNRUN.COM and start getting pledges! Next Tuesday, our 2-week fundraising program will officially begin on campus, and we’re so excited! We’ll start with a Pep Rally, and then your family will gather pledges and enter them on FUNRUN.COM. At the end, every student will participate in the Super-HeroFit Challenge!

This year, our goal is to raise $36,000 for NEW TECHNOLOGY, and we need your help! Please begin thinking about friends and family who could pledge your student for the Oasis Super-HeroFit Challenge. Look for a Pledgebook to come home on Tuesday with more information. And don’t forget to save the Super-HeroFit Challenge date—Friday, 9/20. More details to come. Thank you for supporting our school.

Free Money!

Please see the attached flyer below for easy ways to raise money for our school. This includes, Box Tops, (see link for how to go digital) Amazon Smile, and Coca-Cola.

Official OES Facebook Page Launch

In addition to our web site, Twitter, PTO OES Families Facebook page, we have launched an official OES Facebook page.