January 2020

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

Smart Start at Oster

On Monday, January 7th many of our classrooms participated in Smart Start. The purpose of the day was to provide students with fun, hands-on, and engaging activities to help support the transition back to school. Teachers offered a variety of activities involving the arts, cooking, music, movement, engineering, technology and science. It was a great start to the new year!

Safety Reminders

Oster currently has 648 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. The designated areas for students and families to play and socialize are the following: upper-grade garden, green tables by the cafeteria or the grass area in front of the school. TK and Kindergarten students who are done at 11:30 cannot play on any play structure and must have an adult with them at all times for supervision.
  • Please respect the red zones in front of the school office. They are red because 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.

Highlighting Oster Pride!

Recently Oster's Home and School Club ran a Yearbook Cover Contest. I would like to thank all the participates for submitting their entries. They were all very unique and creative which made the decision very difficult. The students voted and the winner is......
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Oster Spelling Bee


Fourth and fifth graders at Oster recently had the opportunity to participate in the annual Spelling Bee. A written test was held in December and from that, 13 semi-finalists were chosen. After many exciting oral rounds of questions, Oster is proud to announce that Sanviti Amarnath from Mr. Sinclair’s class is the school champion. She will go onto the next round which is an online test that could qualify her for the regional bee. Second place went to Sanaya Shroff in Mr. T’s class and third place went to Minkyul Kim from Ms. Plane’s class. The other finalists were Priya Prabhu, Huda Vora, Clement Koh, Sophia Liu, Megha Somayaji, Emma Shim, Shiyun Lu, Aviroop Pal, Sidona Danyom and Santosh Mahhov. Congratulations to all our awesome spellers!

District News and Updates:

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Relay for Life

Relay for Life is kicking off this year’s 2020 event on Thursday, January 23 at “We and Our Neighbors” from 6:30-8:00PM. Location is 15480 Union Ave. Leigh High School will be hosting this year’s Relay on April 24-25, and we are hoping to have a large showing of support for this amazing cause. Information will be shared on this year’s “theme”, as well as raffles and important information. We hope you can attend. For more information please contact Carol Hofheimer at prettypopcorn@aol.com

Join USD for a Parent Education!

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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 February 28, 2020. 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 2020-21 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

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Monday, January 20th: Martin Luther King Day (No School)

Tuesday, January 21st: TK/Kindergarten Orientation Night 6:00 pm @ Oster

Friday, January 24th: Crazy Hair Day!

Tuesday, January 28th: Oster Choir Performance @ 5:30 and 6:00

Monday, February 3rd: Student Council Food Drive Begins

Wednesday, February 5th: Home and School Club Meeting @ 6:30