OES Panther Press

August 29, 2021

Temporary Mask Mandate

On August 28, Mrs. Collins sent the following message via Parent Square:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The City of Cape Coral Charter School Authority, at a special board meeting last night, passed a motion implementing a temporary mask mandate for all students and staff. This policy will take effect on Tuesday, August 31st for 90 days or until community infection rates fall to a significantly safer level.

The Oasis Charter School System is experiencing high levels of contagion and infection in students and high numbers of students who are required to quarantine. Universal masking will provide another layer of mitigation to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Masks will be considered part of the dress code. Students will be provided multiple opportunities throughout the day to remove their masks (i.e. lunch, recess, P.E., anytime outdoors, and in any classroom when they can maintain 6 feet apart).

We will revisit the mandate at the next Governing Board meeting on September 14th to determine whether conditions favor the mandate being discontinued. As always, the Oasis School System’s highest priority is to keep all our students, families and staff safe.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools,

Jacquelin Collins


Temporary Mask Mandate Begins on Tuesday, August 31.

Dear Oasis Elementary South Families,

This year has already been more challenging than last year. These are unusual times where many students have a variety of thoughts, opinions, and ideas about what they are experiencing and what is going on in the world. Unfortunately, what some of them do share is fear and anxiety about their health and their future. I want you to know that despite all of the events and circumstance we are experiencing, that our teachers and staff continue to work hard to not only teach your child, but also provide much needed structure, a positive classroom environment, and continue to make them feel safe and loved. Despite all of the past, current, and future challenges, in the morning when students get out of their vehicles and off their bus, they are smiling and glad to see their friends and teachers. Thank you for trusting me and the staff at OES to fill that need for your child. We are honored and will always do our best for the students at OES.

MaryBeth Grecsek

No School on Monday, September 6, in honor of LABOR DAY.

The Oasis Elementary South Boosterthon Fun Run Kicks Off on Friday, September 3rd!

Our students are excited to have some fun and watch some great character lesson videos about kids who play sports with character.

Donating is open, so if you’d like to support our school you can

• Register your student on mybooster.com

• Share with extended family and friends

• Give if you are able to

Key dates to remember:

⭐️ Donating Opens - TODAY!

Register on MYBOOSTER.COM, Share, & Give!

⭐️ Program Launch - September 7th

⭐️ Event Day - September 15th

There’s also this very cool video called the Student Star Video that you can create for your student on the mybooster.com website. You’ll have to see for yourself, but you upload a photo of your child, and they become part of the video - your friends and family will think it’s pretty cool, too!

Mark Your Calendar: Important Oasis Elementary South Dates

8/31 Temporary Mask Mandate goes in effect (If a student is need of a mask, he or she may reach out to a staff member in the car line or on bus duty to acquire one.)

9/6 Labor Day No School

9/16 Yom Kippur No School

10/6 Photo Retakes

Boosterthon Dates:

  • DONATING STARTED - August 27th

  • Fundraiser Kick Off - September 3rd

  • Event Day - September 15th

A Note from Mrs. Gamboa...

Parents of a K-2 Student,

I hope you have settled into a reading routine with your child using the SSYRA Jr. books and the Rainbow Reading suggested books as a part of your nightly adventures. At the end of the first week of school, a letter was sent home about the two Reading Programs sponsored by the OES Library. Also, attached was the first of 6 Rainbow Reading cards. Please help your child read these books, to not only earn prizes, but to find the joy in reading and explore many different genres. These books can be read by the child or as a family. Family Reading time is a very important for children to develop their reading skills. All children have access to our e-Book collection which contains the SSYRA Jr. books from this year and some from the past. This year, K-2 students will earn a brag tag for each of the SSYRA Jr. books read. They will need their school Gmail address and password (your child's teacher will provide) to access the ebooks. You can download the app on a device, or go to: http://www.soraapp.com/library/oesfl Please reach out if you have questions.

Mrs. R. Gamboa – Teacher Librarian

2021-2022 SSYRA Jr. Book List

The One and Only Dylan St. Claire by Kamen Edwards

The Yawns are Coming by Christopher Eliopoulous

The Barnabus Project by Fan Brothers

How to be a Pirate by Issac Fitzgerald

Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. Gomez

Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris

Fussy Flamingo by Shelley Vaughan James

You Matter by Christian Robinson

Roy Digs Dirt by David Shannon

Unicorns are the Worst by Alex Willan

The Shark Report by Derek Anderson

Puppy Problems by Paige Braddock

See the Cat by David LaRochelle

Geeger the Robot by Jarrett Lerner

Ready for School by Bob McMahon


Students in Quarantine

Thank you for your understanding while we all navigate Covid-19. To keep students learning while in quarantine, we are currently providing two options for families.


Pick up packets and have students complete work at home while out.

Student will receive a Q code for attendance if they turn in all completed work upon returning to school.

If work is not completed, the attendance code will be changed to AE- absent excused.

Packets can be picked up between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm daily.


Student will use Google Classroom (and packet work if necessary) to complete work at home while out.

Student will receive a Q code for attendance if they complete all necessary work in Google Classroom.

If work is not completed, the attendance code will be changed to AE- absent excused.

Use this form to request a Chromebook if needed while your student is in quarantine. Chromebooks and packets can be picked up from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm daily.

Please allow 24 hours for teachers to prepare packets and Google Classroom assignments.

Illness Symptoms

Please review the City of Cape Coral Charter Schools Authority COVID Guidelines as well as the most current Illness Policy. Please refer to this policy if your child is experiencing symptoms. If your child is absent please email OES.Attendance@oasishs.org and your child's teacher.

If your child is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID, please keep them home. For more information, please refer to the Oasis Guidelines, which includes the latest illness policy.

If a student is need of a mask, he or she may reach out to a staff member in the car line or on bus duty to acquire one.


Boosterthon Fun Run is Coming Soon!

Oasis Elementary South Fun Run fundraiser starts soon. Pledging opened on August 20th and the program will launch September 3rd for the students.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 for Technology, School enhancements/Playground Equipment, Teacher/Staff/Student Appreciation and to strengthen our school community.

All students will participate in daily activities where they learn to be active while learning about Curiosity, Practice, Confidence, Humility and Endurance. We will also be following our school safety guidelines to ensure a safe and fun experience for everyone.

This year more than ever, we need additional funds to provide an excellent educational experience for all of our students. Sharing IS supporting! You can still be involved by simply SHARING about our fundraiser with friends and extended family online at funrun.com.

GET INVOLVED……..DOOR DECORATING - optional, but suggested!!

Door decorating starts on Tuesday, September 7th after school (3:30pm) and must be complete by end of day, Monday, September 13th. Judging will be done on Tuesday September 14th, and winners announced on Wednesday September 15th. All decor must be removed by end of day on Friday, September 17th.

Each class is responsible for decorating their door in this year's Boosterthon Theme, "Sports City World Wide". The character traits are: Curiosity, Practice, Confidence, Humility and Endurance.

Teachers may do the decorating themselves, but are encouraged to get the help of their students, and/or parents.

Parent Participants will be coordinated by Teachers and not PTO.


· Decoration is limited to DOOR ONLY and cannot impeded door function.

· Do not block window in Door—keep an opening.

· 3D decor is permitted

· All Decorating needs to be done after 3:30pm.

· Decor must include the “Sport City World Wide” Theme

· Winning doors are judged by Boosterthon.

We appreciate your support more than you know. More details to come as we get closer to kick off!

Thank You,

Oasis South PTO Board


AM Car Line

In the mornings, if your vehicle is in the second lane, furthest from the curb, please have your child remain in their vehicle until a staff member can open the door and escort them to the curb side. If you are in the second lane and a staff member has not come to assist, please hold your arm out your driver's side window to alert staff that your child is still in the vehicle.

While you are waiting, please make sure your car is in PARK, until the line proceeds.

Car Line Procedures

Because we have 3 schools on our campus, and limited parking and through-ways, it is essential to be courteous and respectful. In order to facilitate OMS arrival and dismissal, please do NOT arrive before 7:50 am in the morning and 3:00 pm in the afternoon. Also, in the morning, our staff utilizes the third (right) lane to arrive at their parking lot. Please allow them passage through if they are struggling to get by.

Students will NOT be released to cars without a current, school issued car tag. Parents without a car tag will be directed to park and report to the office and present a driver's license to have their child released to them.

AM DROP OFF: All car drop off is in the back. No cars may drop off in the front, near the office, as that is where our buses unload.

AM DROP OFF PROCEDURE: Vehicles should not line up until 7:50 am. Vehicles will enter at the OHS entrance. There are two lanes of traffic. (The third lane on the right is for staff, who need to drive to their parking lot). Also, as vehicles approach the drop off location, please have your child be ready to depart, (shoes on , bookbag packed up, ready to unbuckle and depart). Parents should stay in their vehicle. For safety reasons, it is essential that students wait in their vehicles for staff to open their car door. All vehicles will remain stopped until all students have exited to the sidewalk. A staff member will signal when it is time for the lines of traffic to proceed.

PM PICK UP: K-1 and their siblings will be picked up in the front. Students in grades 2-5 will be dismissed in the back, (same as the AM Drop Off location).

PM PICK UP PROCEDURE: Cars should not line up for dismissal until after 3:00 pm. Vehicles will be directed in by our Security person at the OHS entrance to the campus and wait in line until dismissal starts at 3:30. A staff member will read the car tags as cars approach and have the cars move forward toward the pick up location. Parents should wait in their vehicle. Staff will be directing children.

Extra Car Tag

It is our school policy for all vehicles to have a current car tag, in order to pick up students. Every student was given one car tag at Open House. If your family will need a second car tag, please complete this survey. In order to submit the survey, you will need your child's 2021-2022 teacher assignment.


If your primary residence in FOCUS is listed as 1.5 miles or less, and you would like your child to be dismissed with walkers, please complete this Walker Request. Students who do not live within 1.5 miles from school will not be able to dismiss as walkers.

New Sign In/Sign Out Policy

This year, parents of students who arrive late or are leaving early must sign their child in/out with the office. Our office staff will greet you at the door.
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Dress Code

Please check our Dress Code carefully before purchasing shoes and clothing for school. Students will not be permitted to wear clothing that is not within our dress code. All uniforms should have our new logos on them.

Please note: Slip on shoes are not permitted. This includes VANS style shoes.


Systemwide and Schoolwide Communication

Once again this year, we will use Parent Square as our main form of communication. We use Parent Square for weekly information, upcoming events, changes in dismissal, weather issues, COVID notices and other pertinent information. It is vital to to be reachable through this system. It is available through email or an app.

Families who attended OES last year, will already be registered. Students who are new to OES and are not already registered in Parent Square, will receive an email invitation asking to activate the account. This email will be sent to the email you used to register, (and the email that is in FOCUS). You may need to check your junk or spam email, as it sometimes goes there.

See below for a sample of what the email will look like.

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Parent Portal

The Parent Portal on our web site has lots of good resources. You can access our Dress Code, order shirts, familiarize yourself with our Health Policies, and find out more about our Early Dismissal procedures.


If you have to pick up your child early, email OES.dismissalchanges@oasishs.org and CC the teacher.

Be sure to include the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Grade
  • Teacher
  • What time you are picking them up
  • Are they returning afterwards?
  • Reason

Reminder: We do not dismiss after 2:45 pm daily.


Email all attendance notices to: OES.Attendance@oasishs.org

Be sure to include the following information:

  • Student First and Last Name:

  • Grade:

  • Teacher:

  • Date of absence(s):

  • Parent Name:

  • Parent Cell Phone Number:

  • Reason for absence:

  • And attach any documentation you might have for the absence:

2022-2023 Kindergarten Wait List Information

For more information on registration for students entering Kindergarten in 2022-2023, please view this document, on our OES web site, regarding necessary forms required for prospective students who will be starting Kindergarten in August 2022. This year, we will be accepting electronic applications. This form is now available in the Parent Portal, under Prospective Students on our OES web site.

Fortify Florida

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.For more information on Fortify Florida, click here. There is also an app available for download. To submit a tip click here.