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Oakdale Elementary's Monthly Newsletter | October 2021

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Parent/Teacher Communication Wednesday October 13, 3:20-8:00 pm Thursday October 14, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Building a Strong Parent-Teacher Partnership

What makes the difference in how your child performs in school? The answer might surprise you. It’s not your child’s IQ, the teacher, the school, or your educational level. Although all of these play a part, study after study tells the same story. Children who do best in school have parents who are actively involved in their child’s education. One of the best ways to get involved is continue building a strong parent-teacher partnership.

I ask that you come prepared to your communication conference with questions and information that will help both you and the teacher strengthen the team effort you share educating your child.

We look forward to seeing all of you during conferences!

Thank you,

Mr. Jagels

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No School for Students October 14 - 18

Picture Retake Day - October 20

Did your smile look crooked? Did your eyes shut down? Did your hair stand up? Was the camera flash too bright? Did you forget your picture money? Did you happen to be absent on the first picture day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have your school pictures retaken on Wednesday, October 20th. Please stop by the front office if you'd like an order form. You may also order online through Martin Photography's website.

September High 5 Drawing

Congratulations to Kevin N. (2nd Grade Mrs. Bruning) and Amer C. (3rd Grade Mrs. Rodwell) for being selected as the September High 5 Drawing winners! They were able to pick three of their friends and work on their golf shot with our resident golfing pro and 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Schmitz. As a bonus, they were also treated to some lessons on our 3 Be's from some of our high school golf team students. Thank you Mrs. Schmitz and the WHS golf team for taking the time to reinforce positive behavior with our students!

Halloween Parade and Parties

Oakdale Elementary will continue with its tradition of our Halloween Parade and Party on Friday, October 29th with a few modifications. The parade this year will occur after the parties. Additionally, due to safety protocols, we are only allowing Room Parents to enter the building to hold the parties. If you are not signed up to be one of the two room parents in a classroom, you will not be able to enter the building. We apologize for this inconvenience, but want to ensure the safety of all our students and staff.

Halloween Party and Parade

  • 2:30-3:15 pm - Classroom Parties (room parents only)
  • 3:15 pm - Outdoor Parade around the playground (all invited)


The parade will begin at 3:15 p.m. and start near the cafeteria doors. The students will walk around the outdoor classroom sidewalk and then re-enter the building through the preschool doors. We ask that you not take your child from the parade for dismissal in order to ensure the safety of all students. After students come back inside, we will proceed with our regular school dismissal. At the parade, please return to your cars so traffic can flow smoothly. The back parking lot (basketball hoops) will be open and the church has graciously agreed to allow parking at that time as well.


Please remember we ask that costumes be on the fun and friendly side, free of scary or frightening masks or clothing with blood, gore, or weapons. Please reserve make-up for evening activities. If students bring a costume that includes any of these items, they will be asked to remove them or change. Students should bring their costumes at the beginning of the school day and should be able to get dressed in their costume without assistance. Thank you for honoring these requests.

Veterans Day Celebration

Please join us in honoring our Oakdale Community Veterans this Veterans Day with a reverse Veterans Day Parade on Thursday, November 11th from 10:30-10:50 a.m! Please invite your family members, neighbors, and friends who are past and current service men and women of all branches of our Armed Services to join us on this special day. Our students and staff will be lining the Oakdale drop off and pick up lane to welcome our honorees as they drive through our cue.

On this day all members of the Oakdale Community of Learners will be wearing red, white, and blue. Please talk with your Tiger about the veterans who may be in your family or circle of friends to invite them to our special event!

If you cannot make the event, we will again be recording the parade and sending a YouTube link later that same day to share with family, friends, and relatives.

This year, our students would like to recognize our Veterans with a hand-written card. If you have, or know of, a Veteran, please click the link below to provide mailing information so we can honor our Veterans and thank them for their service.

Thank You Veterans Day Link

* In case of inclement weather, we will send a school messenger email and text message by 9:00 am to alert families that the event will be cancelled.


As the temperatures begin to cool down, please ensure your student is dressed appropriately for the weather. Recess will be held outdoors, except when the equipment is excessively slick or rains are heavy, we will typically go out for recess, even when there may be a bit of mist or sprinkling of rain. We want all students to stay warm, healthy, and get plenty of fresh air and exercise. Students will not have outdoor recess when either the air temperature or wind chill factor is 10 degrees fahrenheit or lower.

EY Spotlight - Check out What's Happening in EY and Opportunities for All Students!

Attendance at WHS Football Games

Westside families -

We are encountering problems at our Varsity Football Games at Westside High School involving our students. Specifically, we have noticed an increasing number of elementary and/or middle school students unaccompanied and/or unsupervised during and after games.

This last week, our staff and security noted a group of younger students together in our parking lot more than 30 minutes after the stands had emptied; needless to say, it was concerning to see a group of 10-13 year olds, alone, at 10pm on a Friday night.

This is creating safety concerns, as well as crowd control and behavioral issues for our security, staff members, and other students and families. While we encourage our younger students to attend games, whether football, softball, basketball, etc., we remind you they must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. In addition, we remind all students they are expected to sit/stay in the stands to watch the game and not congregate near concession stands and restrooms.

Thank you for your support in helping Westside High to be a welcoming and safe place for all of our fans, student athletes and visitors.

Westside Community Schools

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Battle of the Books

Mark your calendars to join us for the 2022 Battle of the Books on March 19, 2022 at Westside Middle School!

This annual Westside district tradition provides an opportunity for teams of 3-5 students in 4th-6th grade to participate in a quiz bowl-style competition where they answer questions based on content from the 2021-2022 Golden Sower nominees.

Visit our FAQ or rules page for more information about the event. Team registration is October 1 - 22!

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Calendar Reminders


6 - Homecoming Parade & Pep Rally @ WHS

13 - 14 Bookfair

13 - Parent Teacher Communication, 3:20 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

14 - Parent Teacher Communication, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

14 - Don & Millies Night

14 - 18 No School for Students

20 - Picture Retakes

29 - Halloween Parties, 2:30 p.m.


9 - Community Club Meeting, 6:30

11 - Veteran's Day Reverse Parade

11 - Don & Millie's Night

24 - 29 No School, Thanksgiving Break

Community Club Information

Annual Fundraising Campaign

Due to the generous donations from our families so far, we are HALFWAY to our goal with our annual fundraising campaign! Don't stop now, we only have 150 more students to sponsor to reach our goal! Please see the flyer below for more information.
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Book Fair is Back!

Join us for our in-person book fair during parent teacher conferences on October 13th and 14th. The book fair will be located in our library. Feel free to stop by either before or after your conference to purchase a book or two to help support our Community Club. If you can't make it to the school on those two days, feel free to shop online. The online sale goes from October 7th until October 20th. Please see the flyer below for more information.
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Community Club Meeting

Join us at our next Community Club meeting on November 9th. Come learn about what we have planned for the next couple of months and maybe make some new connections. If you can’t make it, no worries, we distribute the recording following the event.

Don & Millie's Night

Dine at Don & Millie's on Thursday October 14th after conferences! Take a night off from cooking to raise money for Community Club. Be sure to let them know you are with Oakdale. Complete this form, and turn in to enter your student for a prize.

Community Club Website and Family Directory

This year you can gain FREE access to the family directory! So make sure to confirm or update your info on the Oakdale Community Club website details to get FREE access to the directory! Easily get contact info for birthday parties and playdates. See these helpful instructions for website assistance.

Don't Forget to TAGG

SHOP - Shop at participating local businesses.

SNAP - Snap a pic of your receipts with the TAGG app.

EARN - The business will donate a percentage to Oakdale!

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Oakdale Community Club Website

Bookmark this site for Oakdale Community Club Information!

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Welcome To Oakdale - Home of the Tigers!

Oakdale Elementary's mission is to ensure academic excellence and to serve the unique needs of all learners.

Oakdale's Expectations:

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • (Be Kind)