Weekly Family Update #14

November 6, 2022

Principal's Message

Hello Falcons,


Wow, I cannot believe that November is already here; the school year is flying by! This past week was filled with activities, a professional development day, Character Chamption awards, Halloween, parent conferences, whew! Our professional development day on Monday was fantastic. Teachers love learning and honing their craft, and I really appreciate the time we get to spend learning together.


Don’t forget about daylight savings time, "Spring Forward and Fall Back", clocks moved back one hour last night.


Reminder, there is no school on Friday 11/11/2021 in remembrance of Veterans Day.


Oak Valley Calendar Items:

All Fridays: School Spirit Day! Wear Falcon Blue!

November 11 : No School Veterans Day

November 21-25: No School Thanksgiving Break

November 28- Dec 2: The Scholastic Book Fair


Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!


Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young


Colin Young

Principal

Oak Valley Middle School

The ASB Fall Carnival and Scarecrow Contest was a Fantastic Time!

Schedule for the week of November 7-11

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New Information

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California Healthy Kids Survey

Dear Falcon Families,


Poway Unified School District and Oak Valley Middle School are conducting a survey of parents as part of our school and district continuous improvement process. We value parent input greatly and appreciate your participation in the short survey found at the link below. The survey answers should be specific to our school site. If you have students at more than one school, you will need to do a separate survey for that school using that school’s link.


The Parent survey is aligned with the state mandated California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) given to students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11, and an individual site Staff Survey also to be conducted this month. We will be using these student, staff, and parent surveys to gain a better understanding of our parents’ view of our schools and how we can best support our students. All of the survey results will be used as part of our state required Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).


Thank you for your assistance.


Please click on the link HERE and you will be taken directly to our school’s survey.

Thank you,


Mr. Young and PUSD

The BOOK FAIR is coming…November 28 to December 2!!

Mark Your Calendars!


The Book Fair is coming to the Oak Valley Middle School Library! The dates and times are as follows:

  • Monday, November 28 7:40am - 3:15pm
  • Tuesday, November 29 7:40am - 3:15pm
  • Wednesday, November 30 8:00am - 3:15pm
  • Thursday, December 1 7:40am - 3:15pm
  • Friday, December 2 7:40am - 1:00pm


Students will have opportunities to visit the book fair with their Language Arts Class, during lunch and before or after school. Parents are welcome to stop by and shop during school hours. Books make fantastic gifts for any occasion - birthdays, holidays and just because. Check off items on your gift list and support OVMS at the same time. We look forward to seeing you at the Book Fair!


All proceeds benefit the Oak Valley Library. Thank You for supporting our Falcons!


Book Fair Needs VOLUNTEERS

Calling all Volunteers! Please sign up for a shift (or more) on the OVMS Book Fair Volunteers Sign Up to help out in person at the book fair. We need helpers to run the cash registers and assist students with their purchases. We appreciate any time and help you can offer!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AAAA82BAAF85-oakvalley

FREE COVID Test Kits

We have a supply of COVID test kits for our families. If you would like a box of 2 tests, please stop by the office and pick one up. They will be available inside the front door of the office.

ASB October Newsletter

Falcons, the October edition of the ASB Welcome Home newsletter is now available! Click HERE or on the image beside; it is also attached to this newsletter. Enjoy!

What I Wish My Parents Knew Workshops

Parents/guardians are invited to attend the upcoming What I Wish My Parents Knew

workshops on November 9 (middle school parents) at Bernardo Heights MS, and November 15 (high school parents) at Del Norte HS.


We will offer a series of interactive workshops on topics identified by students as their greatest challenges today. These include:


• Managing Anxiety and Depression

• Managing Social Media

• Establishing Guardrails

• Communicating With Your Student


Please come and get involved in the discussions!

It’s Not Just About Free or Reduced-Price Meals

Please Help Increase Our School Funding by Filling Out This Application!

Although school meals are now free to all students, the application for free and reduced-price meals is still very important. School funding depends in part on the number of students at our school that qualify for free or reduced-price meals. With all students now eating for free, fewer families are completing the application and our school is at risk of losing much-needed educational funds. Plus, students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals may also be missing out on discounts on bus transportation, home internet, SAT and AP tests, and college application fees!


Even if you did not qualify before but your income has changed, you may qualify. For example, children from a family of four are eligible if the total gross (pre-tax) household income is less than $4,279 per month, or less than $51,338 per year. Household income information is confidential and applying online is quick and easy.


Apply online at MySchoolApps.com, or pick up a paper application in the school office.

Oak Valley Celebrates Diversity

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. Learn more here!


Join us as we learn about, champion, and celebrate, what makes us uniquely different as individuals and what binds us together as one Falcon Family. This is what makes us exceptional Falcons.

Continuing Information

Tickets for the Oak Valley High School Musical are now on sale!

Tickets for the Oak Valley High School Musical are now on sale! Come see your fellow students, friends, and family perform! OVMS students have two performances on Saturday, November 12th at Del Norte Theatre!


Link to purchase tickets for the Friday, November 11th 5:00pm show HERE.

Link to purchase tickets for the Friday, November 11th 7:00pm show HERE.


For more information about the show or Music Pillars, click HERE. 60% of ticket sales go right back to OVMS. Please do not purchase tickets from a cell phone or iPad, it needs to be done on a computer! For help on how to purchase tickets, please watch the video HERE.


Email lexy@musicpillars.com with any questions,
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Bicycle, eBike, Scooter, Riding

Students may ride a bicycle, eBike, scooter, or skateboard to school. Children must wear a helmet, provide a lock for the bike, and follow safety rules/laws. A permission form, obtained from the office and also found HERE, must be completed and on file with the office for students who wish to ride their bikes to school. Bikes and other vehicles must be walked once on school grounds. No rollerblades, scooters of any kind or skateboards are allowed on campus. All modes of transport must be secured in the bike enclosure during the school day.

Falcon Foundation Update

Advertise Your Business while Benefiting the Students at Oak Valley Middle School through the School’s Foundation

Watch: https://vimeo.com/752261509


Contact Tim Skoglin for more information: tim@skoglinrealestate.com or 858.592.0100

Updates from the Attendance Office

Requesting Early Release For Your Students

Please remember to call the Attendance Hotline to request an early release for your student. If you leave us a message, we will make our best effort to have your student waiting for you when you arrive at the Welcome Center to sign them out.


We are currently short-staffed in the office and during lunch supervision. Calling ahead will allow us to notify your student before they go to lunch. With over 750 students at lunch at one time, finding students can be challenging and time-consuming while you wait.


Please remember to call the Attendance Hotline for early release, absence & late arrivals: 858-676-6963.

Updates from the Health Office

Medication at School

If your child requires medication at school, the “Authorization for Medication Administration” form must be completed and signed by a CA physician and parents. The form can be located per the link below. All medication must be provided in the original container along with the completed medical form by an adult to the school site on or before the first day of school. This form is required for all prescription and over the counter medications including but not limited to supplements, cough drops, inhalers, acetaminophen & ibuprofen, etc. If your child needs to self-carry a medication, please contact the school site health technician for guidance.


Authorization for Medication Administration

Authorization to Self-Carry Medication


For children with allergies, please provide the Life-Threatening Allergy form signed by a CA physician and parents along with an epi-pen to the health office by the first day of school.

Life Threatening Allergy Plan


For additional information on student medication and medication administration, please visit the PUSD Health Services webpage.

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The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, jjimenez@powayusd.com
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