OES Family Newsletter

December 2021

Oakland Braves!

It's hard to believe we are well into the second nine weeks already. We want to continue to thank you for your active involvement in your child's educational experience here at Oakland Elementary. If we can be of any assistance please contact your child's teacher or administration in the front office.

Look What's Happening at OES

Upcoming Important Dates

December 3 - Fall Picture Make-Ups

December 7 at 7PM - Virtual Family Code Night ( Link to RSVP; Link to Join LIVE)

December 8 - Early Dismissal

December 14 at 6PM - Sailing Through the Holidays! (At OES)

December 16 - Progress/Interim Reports Issued

December 20 - 31 - Winter Break

December Spirit Days!

Thursday, December 2 - Wear your favorite holiday flannel

Friday, December 3 - Wear your holiday best (also picture retake day)

Monday, December 6 - Candy Cane Lane Day (Wear Red & White)

Tuesday, December 7 - Twinkle Tuesday (Light up your wardrobe with glitter, tinsel, or lights)

Wednesday, December 8 - Wacky Wednesday (Wear your wacky holiday socks)

Thursday, December 9 - Tree Topper Thursday (Wear your favorite holiday hat)

Friday, December 10 - Ugly Holiday Sweater Day!

Tuesday, December 14 - Dress as your favorite holiday character

Thursday, December 16 - Holiday PJs (No slippers)

Virtual Family Code Night

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Sailing Through the Holidays at OES

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Please refrain from parking in areas that are not designated for parking. Parking in a Fire Lane is a ticketable offence. Thank you for helping us stay safe at OES and making sure emergency vehicles can access the front entrance as needed.

OES Can Food Drive

The Oakland Elementary Braves will be participating in the 2021 Salvation Army’s Annual Food Drive starting Monday, November 1, 2021 through Friday, December 3, 2021. The program is designed to put smiles on the faces of those families in the community who are in need of additional support during the holiday season. The following are some guidelines:

  1. Students and staff are asked to donate non-perishable food items.

  2. Students and staff are asked to place items in a box in the classroom.

  3. School Counselor, Mrs. Tysinger, will come by on Friday to collect items.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the School Counselor, Mrs. Tysinger.

Thank You,

Mrs. Tysinger

OES School Counselor

Upcoming Early Release

All Suffolk Public Schools will have an Early Release Day on

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

If you need to pick up your child and do not have a car rider tag please arrive prior to 12:55 p.m. with a photo ID.

  • Parent Pick Up (Car Riders) - 1:05 p.m.

  • Bus Dismissal - 1:15 p.m.

If your child will be using a different mode of transportation home due to early release, please communicate this to your child’s teacher in writing. Be sure to instruct your student to give his/her teacher the transportation note first thing in the morning.

Thank you!

Upcoming Early Release Days:

January 12

January 26

February 9

February 10

February 23

March 8

March 9

March 23

April 6

April 27

May 11

May 25

June 8

Technology Tip of the Month

Chromebooks should be charged every night. It would be helpful to add charging your child's Chromebook to their nightly routine. Also, siblings should not have access to each others computers or log in information. This is a security/safety issue.

Transportation Changes

If your child will be using a different mode of transportation please communicate this to your child’s teacher in writing. We cannot take transportation changes over the phone for safety reasons.

Sharing Food

Currently, students are not allowed to share food with their peers. This is due to COVID-19 and allergies. This includes but is not limited to candy, treat bags, birthday cupcakes, lunch, etc. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.


It is extremely important during this time that if your child is sick you keep them at home. If your child has a fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea they must stay home. If they are sent to school sick they will be seen by the school nurse and a parent or guardian will have to pick them up from school. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!

Communication/Home Access Center

Please make sure that the school keeps updated contact information on file for you. We should have an updated phone number, email address, and mailing address. This information is used to keep you informed of upcoming events and important school topics.

Also, please check Home Access Center (HAC) frequently to ensure that you are updated on your students' academic progress.

2nd Nine Weeks Key Testing Dates

Gifted Winter Testing (Referred Students Grades K-5) Nov. 22-Dec. 17, 2021

History Performance Assessment (Grade 3) Dec. 9-17, 2021

Kindergarten Talent Pool (Grade K) Jan. 3-Feb. 4, 2022

PALS - Mid-Year Testing (Grades Pre-K-3) Jan. 5 -Feb. 3, 2022

History/English Integrated Performance Assessment (Grade 5) Jan. 6-12, 2022

Science Performance Assessment (Grade 3) Jan. 12-14, 2022

ES Mathematics Checkpoint Assessment 1 (Grade 1-5) Jan. 18-28, 2022

History Performance Assessment & Checkpoint Assessment (Grade 4) Jan. 31, 2022