Oakhurst Elementary

October 8, 2020

From the Principal

Hello Oakhurst families,

What a great week it has been at Oakhurst! This week I had the chance to visit several virtual classrooms. Many students and teachers are thriving in the virtual setting. I loved hearing students share their mathematical thinking in kindergarten and share their understanding of digraphs in first grade. I can't wait to check in with some of our second grade classes next week.

Thank you parents for selecting an initial learning choice. We are able to sure up some of our plans knowing the numbers. If you haven't made a selection, please make an initial decision before the end of day tomorrow. Our COVID Readiness team is continuing its work on our plan. Tomorrow we will send a special e-blast that contains more information regarding our plan. While our presentation won't answer all questions, we hope it will help you to make a more informed decision. Since our work is ongoing, we will be sharing tidbits of information along the way. Additionally, CSD will soon release a COVID manual to answer other questions you might have. We will be sure to let you know when it is available, as well as the deadline for making a final learning choice for your child. We understand how important it is for parents to receive pertinent information regarding our plan and know how difficult it is for some to make a choice. As always, thank you for supporting our process.

Principal Sanders

Nurse Notes

As we prepare for in person learning, please ensure that the health portion of the Annual Data Update (through the parent portal) is complete. If your child will require medication at school, please complete the updated CSD Authorization of Medication Administration form for each medication. Care plans(asthma, seizure or diabetes) from your healthcare provider need to be updated each school year as well. If you have any questions regarding health forms for your child, please feel free to reach out to me at ddurham@csdecatur.net.

Here are some brief videos on mask wearing for younger aged students:

CDC- https://youtu.be/Mn6axdkbGd4

Cincinnati Children's Hospital - https://youtu.be/XQQYlC7gI4s

American Academy of Pediatrics - https://youtu.be/05FEAJh_tNE

From the Oakhurst PTA

Take 5 Minutes to Fundraise and Help the Oakhurst PTA!

Help the Oakhurst PTA fundraise without giving up any extra time or money! Contribute by simply doing your everyday shopping, and our community partners will give a percentage of sales back to our school through charitable giving. Be a part of enriching the learning experience for all children! Take that well deserved five minute coffee break, and click here now (( PLEASE INSERT THIS HYPERLINK for 'click here now': https://oakhurstelementarypta.org/custom-page-4/ )) to take a few super easy steps to support Oakhurst through Box Tops for Education, Publix, Kroger and more!

From City Schools of Decatur

Complete your Learning Choice Selection as soon as possible:

Please be sure to complete your Learning Choice Selection as soon as possible. Just log into the Parent Portal to make your selection. Your selection will assist in the planning of the next phase of our dual in-person and virtual learning structure. The sooner you respond, the sooner we can finalize our plans; please make it a priority to respond as soon as possible. For more information, refer to the email that was sent on October 1 which you can find here: https://www.smore.com/vy037.

Important Message from our CSD School Nutrition department:

CSD Meal Service will continue with its current meal distribution delivery process until October 30. Meal Service distribution will transition to pick-up only on November 2.

The school district will continue delivering meals until October 30th for digital learners and any child under the age of 18 (or under the age of 21 for youth with special needs) on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until October 30. If you have any additional questions, you can email meals@csdecatur.net.

From Safe Routes to School: Walk Anywhere Week October 5-9

Safe Routes to School invites families to “walk anywhere” this week, as part of our “Walk and Roll to School”. Share your photos on social media! Click here to view the Walk Anywhere Week Flier.

From the Decatur Education Foundation

DEF needs mentors, could one of them be you? DEF is seeking 15 adult volunteer mentors for their AIM Scholars Mentoring Program. AIM mentors are paired with 3rd grade students and “meet” regularly throughout the year. In just 2-4 hours per month, mentors help connect their mentees with educational and enrichment activities so they can find their passions and develop life skills. For more information, please visit decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring.

From the CSD Special Education Department

Special Needs Trusts Planning Virtual Meeting

October 15th 6-7:30 pm

RSVP to Cheryl Grant cgrant@csdecatur.net

* There will be a Q&A portion to the meeting. We request that as you RSVP, you submit your questions in advance. Deadline for question submission is October 14th @ 12pm.

Special Needs Trusts Meeting

The Special Education Department is hosting a Special Needs Trusts meeting covering the various trusts that would benefit children and adults with disabilities. Come and learn as our guest speaker, attorney Kristen Lewis, explains the financial assets protection that Special Needs Trusts provide.