September 12, 2021

Partnership with Grapefruit

We are very excited about adding optional weekly COVID testing for students and staff in partnership with professional testing experts at Grapefruit. Weekly COVID testing is an added preventative layer that allows us to maintain safe and healthy learning environments for our neighborhood schools. This is essential for our students to stay in school and thrive, and this is done in partnership with you, our parents, our staff, and our community. If you missed the town hall meeting information, you could view the recorded meeting here:

New guidance from the County Health Department

Based on Public Health Department recommendations we will no longer be able to accept home tests. Rapid tests are acceptable as long as they are performed in a clinical setting. If you or anyone in your household has been exposed to COVID-19, is awaiting a test to confirm the virus, or has tested positive, please keep your student home, call into the office, and await further instructions.

Please follow these steps:

Students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection may not return to campus until they have met CDPH criteria to return to school for those with symptoms:

1. At least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND

2. Other symptoms have improved; AND

3. They have a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.

Go to our Union School District website for more COVID-19 information, or go to sccphd.org for more information.

Independent Study Requests: Short Term

Vacations taken while school is in session can cost our school and district thousands of dollars each year. USD gets funding based on the number of students physically at school on a day-to-day basis. Please do not take vacations unless they fall on a school holiday or break if at all possible.

If a trip is necessary, parents may request a short-term independent study contract (for absences from 5-10 days) two weeks before the absence. To request an Independent Study Contract, parents will need to email Mrs. Taormina to discuss their plans. If a parent fails to notify the office two weeks before the trip, the student will be marked as unexcused for the duration of their absence.

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Oster School Site Council Positions Open for the 21/22 School Year

There are multiple School Site Council parent positions open for the 2021-2022 school year!

If you are interested in serving please send the information below via email to Mrs. Taormina taorminal@unionsd.org by Monday, September 20, 2021.

  • Your name (or name of nominee)
  • Your telephone number (or telephone number of nominee)
  • Your email address (or email address of nominee)
  • Short description of why you want to serve on the School Site Council

Purpose and Duties of School Site Council:

  • Meet for an hour from 3:00-4:00 (online) 4 to 5 times a year.
  • Assist in developing and approving the Single Plan for Student Achievement, also known as the School Plan or SPSA, as required by the district, state, and federal regulations.
  • Review with the principal, teachers, and other school personnel, the implementation of the SPSA and periodically assess the program's effectiveness.
  • Make modifications to the SPSA whenever the need arises.

Parents of English Learners-please save the date!

Our next District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) meeting will be held next week on September 15 from 3:15-4:15 pm on Zoom. We will be presenting information about the ELPAC and upcoming parent workshops, and our teacher leaders from our district EL Committee will share updates from each of their school sites. We hope to see you there!

Our community liaison, Paulina, will be simultaneously translating the meeting for our Spanish speaking parents.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 897 9226 7674


¡Llamando a todos los padres de los estudiantes de inglés! Venga y únase a nuestra reunión del Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de Inglés del Distrito (DELAC) esta próxima semana el 15 de septiembre de 3: 15-4: 15 pm por Zoom. Estaremos presentando información sobre el examen de ELPAC y de los próximos talleres para padres. Nuestros líderes de maestros del Comité EL del distrito también compartirán información de lo que está sucediendo en cada una de sus escuelas. ¡No se lo pierda!

Nuestro enlace comunitaria, Paulina, traducirá simultáneamente la reunión para nuestros padres de habla hispana.

Unase a la reunión de Zoom usando este enlace:


ID de la reunión: 897 9226 7674

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September 13: USD Board Meeting @ 6:00 pm

September 13: Oster's Chefs Night Out @ 6:00 pm

September 24: Oster Spirit Day (school colors: green and white)

Visit the Board of Trustees page for information on upcoming meetings.


Please join us for our first Chef's Night Out event tomorrow, September 13, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM! Chipotle Mexican Grill is hosting us and has several delicious options to choose from, including a kid's menu and many vegetarian options. 33% of sales from our event will be donated back to our school to help support our teachers and students. Please bring the promotional flyer to the restaurant when placing your order or show it on your smartphone. If ordering online, use code LKAQR6Q in the "promo" field before checkout. (Spanish language flyer) See you there! Go Cougars!
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First Meeting in the Books - Check the Website for Minutes
Chef’s Night Out at Chipotle on 9/13 from 5-9pm Check Website Calendar for more information.
Science Quiz is back. Go online to see the links to sign your student up to win prizes.
Volunteers are needed. Please go online to sign up. Three positions we would like to highlight are:
Social Media Coordinator
Membership Coordinator
Silent Auction Volunteers
Art Vistas is here. Homeroom Persons can expect more information from the Head Docent in the next few weeks.

Website : http://osterhsc.membershiptoolkit.com Email: osterhsc@gmail.com

Before and After School Activities at Oster

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Valley Sports Camp

Join Valley Sports Camp at their After School Multi-Sport or Basketball Enrichment Class for boys and girls grades 1st-5th. Classes will be held on Wednesdays or Thursdays and will begin the week of September 13th. Our after-school class introduces and practices character building traits, referred to as our 'Word of the Day, through various age-appropriate sports and games. In the hour class, the kids are introduced to a new trait each week (i.e., responsibility, teamwork, perseverance.) Then, kids play a few games while focusing on these traits. At the end of each hour, the kids gather with their coach and compliment/recognize anyone that they saw portraying the Word of the Day. Games are not only age appropriate but allow children of all athleticism to feel successful. To learn more about Valley Sports Camp's after school program, please visit https://www.valleysportscamp.com/afterschoolenrichment/oster or call Jeff Mercer at 831-331-5324.

*This is not a Union School District Sponsored Event.

Beginning Band

Learn to play Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, or Percussion if your student is in Grades 2nd-5th. Classes will be held Tuesday mornings from 7:20-8:00. To register, please go to:


*This is not a Union School District Sponsored Event.

Bay Area Chess Club

BayAreaChess combines fun and learning while promoting a team spirit where everyone helps each other succeed and improve. Our chess program will cover the very basics for new students to the game and we can challenge experienced players with more advanced concepts. Students will have the opportunity to learn the moves of the pieces, opening strategy, tactics, checkmates and endgame play. Students will also learn valuable life skills through chess, such as winning and losing with grace, sportsmanship, planning and team spirit. Our mission is to transform and enrich the lives of students through chess. For more information click here: Oster21Fall (bayareachess.com)

*This is not a Union School District Sponsored Event.

Math Olympiad's at Oster

Are you fascinated by numbers? Want to sharpen your problem-solving skills? The Math Olympiad club is just for you. This club is open to grade levels 4th-5th and funded by Oster's HSC. The Math Olympiad club will be held online this year.

  • Weekly practices will be emailed to the students starting in October.
  • The five monthly contests will be held through Zoom from November to March
  • Up to 35 students can participate. Assessment may be needed if multiple students show interest.

For registration, please visit: https://forms.gle/uJBYsJHkgqUF9q7J6

Register your interests before September 17th.

Free Math Tutoring from Leigh High School Students

Is your student in need of some extra Math support? Sign up for free one-to-one online Math tutoring for 1st-5th grade students taught by Leigh High School Students. For more information, please click on the flyer below:


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Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

Click here for more information.

COVID Resources and Protocols

With schools now in session, make sure to keep students home to rest if they have any of the following symptoms:

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USD COVID Response and Protocols

Click here to learn more about COVID-related guidance and policies for USD schools.

USD COVID Dashboard

During the school year, USD will publish the count of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on a weekly basis. Data counts will be updated on Tuesdays for the previous week.

To ensure privacy, names or identifying information of positive cases will not be disclosed.

Click here to view the dashboard.

Reminders from Santa Clara County Public Health

The county has various testing sites for people with symptoms; find one at: www.sccfreetest.org

Reminder: Masks are required in indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.