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Our annual Harvest Festival will be on Saturday, October 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is a fabulous community event and we invite all family members to join us. There will be a variety of games, prizes, food trucks, great raffle baskets, a pumpkin patch, and most exciting of all, our haunted house. If children would like to wear a costume, they may do so as long as it is not gory, bloody, violent, or too scary for our younger students. Please log onto the Oster H&SC website and look for the volunteer link. Each class will also be hosting a raffle basket. If you cannot volunteer then you may want to consider donating to your child’s class basket. It’s going to be a fabulous, fun evening, so please come out and join us!


Oster Spellathon is here! We have moved it to October, since our 5th graders will be going to Science Camp in January this year. We encourage you to help your children practice their words. All spelling tests will be administered next week, October 2nd - 6th. This is the only Science Camp fundraiser where 100% of the money goes to your child's account. Our Home and School Club would like all money returned ASAP, or at least by October 20th. Thank you for your support!

Annual Notice of Physical Education

Union School District strives to provide the highest quality educational experience for our students. Included in that is a high quality physical education (P.E.) program in our elementary schools. California Education Code governs how much PE is taught in each classroom. As per California Education Code 51210(g), first through sixth grade teachers are required to teach 200 minutes of physical education over 10 instructional days. It is at the discretion of the classroom teacher as to how and when these minutes are distributed over this time frame. We are providing this notice to inform parents/guardians that, if they have questions regarding P.E. minutes, they should first contact their child’s teacher or principal. If they are not satisfied with the school’s response, they may contact the Director of Learning & Innovation. If there is an interest in filing a formal complaint with the district regarding P.E. minutes of instruction, parents are to use the District’s Uniform Complaint Procedures. Forms are available at each school, the District Office, and on the www.unionsd.org web site. We in Union School District encourage a well-rounded educational experience, and physical education is a strong component of that experience.

Global Read Aloud

Once again this year, many Oster classrooms will participate in the Global Read Aloud project. Beginning in October, and running for 6 weeks, classrooms from around the United States and the world agree to read a common book. Teachers read the book aloud to students and partner with a class to share thoughts and explore activities. Students use a variety of online tools to connect with their partner class. For example, some use Seesaw, Padlet, or quick YouTube videos. At the end of the project, classes meet using Google Hangouts or Skype. Students love seeing their partner class’s school, playground, and neighborhood. Our students get to compare and contrast their lives with the lives of the students in the partner class.

Having an authentic audience deepens students understanding of the book. And, this has been a powerful tool in broadening our students’ understanding of other areas of the United States and (maybe) the world.

Last year, Mr. Todd Sinclair encouraged other teachers to join him in GRA with this YouTube video. https://youtu.be/KBYS8AHA4X8