August 30, 2020

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Principal's Challenge

This week's challenge recognizes the hard work being done by our firefighters to keep us all safe so let's show our cougar gratitude. Make a card or create a picture that shows your appreciation for our firefighters. This week a box will be placed outside the front office doors between 8:00AM and 3:00PM for you to place your cards and notes in. We will deliver all of the notes, cards, and pictures to our local firefighters.

A Guide to Distance Learning at Home

With an ever-changing online learning landscape, our kids are spending an exorbitant amount of time in front of a screen. What impact does that have on their well-being? How can we ensure that our kids are learning?

Join Common Sense as we will explore three practical ways parents can integrate distance learning purposefully in their home. Families will leave with resources and a plan to address our current educational realities.

Participants will learn:

  • Specific strategies to engage their child in learning

  • Strategies to keep your child/teen motivated during distance learning

  • Specific ways to integrate tech tools effectively

This FREE parent live-streamed webinar event will occur on September 15, 2020 from 5pm to 6pm.

RSVP by clicking this link.

Tickets are limited for the attendees who can participate in the webinar. Tickets for watching the live-streamed event on YouTube will be available once the attendee tickets are gone. You will receive the link to the webinar or the YouTube viewing a few hours before the event.


At Home Learning Tips

  • Establish routines and expectations.

  • Have a dedicated space for online meetings that are quiet, free from distractions, and well lit with a flat surface for the device, a workspace, and any necessary materials.

  • Balance screen time and non-screen time activities. Encourage your student to complete the PE activities that are suggested by their teacher.

  • Students should take brain breaks and move regularly as they study.

  • Discuss what your student is learning and ask questions.

  • Establish times for quiet and reflection.

  • Remain mindful of your student’s stress and anxiety.

Annual Parent Notification

The Annual Parent Notification was sent electronically to families by email. You should be able to electronically sign the form and submit it. If not, you can print out and sign the pages that require signatures and email a photo or scanned copy to taorminal@unionsd.org

Please sign and submit by 9/1/2020.

Attendance During Distance Learning

During At Home Learning in the Spring, attendance requirements were relaxed by the State and District. This year, there are more defined distance learning attendance guidelines from the California Department of Education, including an expectation of live daily interaction. Please note that attendance is taken daily during the zoom meetings and includes student work.

If your student is not able to attend distance learning for whatever reason please remember to call in your student's absence to the attendance line, even if you have notified the teacher. With their busy schedules, they may not have a chance to relay the message to the office until later in the day. Please leave a message with the date of the absence, your child's first and last name, who their teacher is, and why they are absent. It is important that you call first thing the morning of the absence so that you do not receive a phone call later in the day. The Attendance Line number is 408-267-4887.

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September 4th-Staff Learning Day (No On-line Learning for Students)

Our teachers will be participating in staff development training next Friday to help deepen their understanding and delivery of rigorous distance learning instruction which provides individual learning success for all students. Making our curriculum accessible and challenging online will remain our constant focus. Balancing all of this with daily opportunities for social-emotional growth and well-being will be a task we are excited and prepared for.

September 7th -Labor Day (No On-Line Learning for students)

September 9th - HSC Board Meeting

October 1st-9th -Parent/Teacher Goal Setting Conference

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These programs are not Union School District sponsored events.
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Join us for our first HSC meeting of the school year!

Wednesday, September 9 @ 6 PM

Via Zoom - link will be posted 24 hours prior

Please take a moment to connect with your Oster HSC by registering on Membership Toolkit. It’s an easy way to stay up to date on the latest news. https://osterhsc.membershiptoolkit.com/login

After-school enrichment offerings start September 14! These are Zoom-based classes for music, art, language, dance, and more. Many are exclusive to Oster students so they can continue to build a community outside of the classroom. https://osterhsc.membershiptoolkit.com/afterschool-offerings