Oakleigh Owl News

February 2022

A Message from the Principal

Greetings OES families,

I hope you are all doing well. It has been a long start to 2022 with many interruptions to instruction with snow days and adjustment for potential virtual learning. It has been difficult to get into a routine. It appears things are stabilizing. Before and after school activities have resumed and hopefully, we are returning a more consistent schedule.

As you know, the second marking period ended on Friday January 21st. Teachers have been working diligently on report cards. If you have a 4th or 5th grade student who has an I (incomplete) for a grade, there is still time to turn in the assignment. Incompletes turn into an E two weeks after report cards go home. We want student to have every opportunity to show what they know and earn high marks. Report cards will be distributed on Monday, February 7th.

As we move into February, we will be celebrating and honoring Black History month through a variety of school wide activities. During this month we want to share information about famous African Americans and historical figures who have contributed so much to changing and shaping our society.

As a reminder, we are entering testing season and it is extremely important that all devices and chargers are at school so students can access the needed program. If you still have a charger at home, please send it to school with your child.

Thank you for all you are doing to support school safety. This includes sending your child to school with a mask and discussing with them the importance of wearing it correctly. We have seen a great improvement in students who are arriving with their mask and students are doing a much better job wearing their mask correctly.

We are seeing some students arriving at school very early. Please make sure your child is not at school alone prior to arrival time which is 8:35. We do not have staff on duty until that time to be outside supervising students.

As a reminder school will be closed on February 21st, for Presidents Day.

Thank you for another great month at Oakleigh. Stay warm and safe.

Mrs. Metheny - Principal

Spotlight on Physical Education

In Oakleigh's PE program, 3rd-5th grade recently finished the FitnessGram tests to measure their Health Related Fitness. During that time, K-2 was practicing fitness stations with modified exercises that they could easily do. We are finishing up a basketball unit for 3rd-5th and dribbling skills for k-2. Our next unit is rope jumping for K-5! During this unit, we will be participating in the Kids Heart Challenge. Every PE course in Schoology has a red folder with KHC information. We want to spread awareness for heart health and raise money for the American Heart Association. All the money that we raise STAYS IN MARYLAND. If you can, please register and start spreading the word. To get started, download the KHC app, OR go to HEART.ORG/KHC, OR scan this QR code! Questions? Email Mr. Asher. Jasher2@bcps.org.

Mental Health Corner- From Ms. Kersey

"A recent study on New Year’s resolutions found that about 40% of Americans set resolutions at the start of the year, and less than half are successful after six months. We all want to make positive and impactful changes in our lives, but how can we make the changes last?

Keep them realistic. When setting resolutions, it’s important to take time to reflect on the change you wish to see and what you realistically can do to achieve that change. By taking smaller, more achievable steps towards your goals, there is a greater chance that you will keep them.

This applies to all kinds of resolutions, including mental health. You can help manage your mental health symptoms by taking small steps every day."

Using these steps from Mental Health First aid may help one in achieving goals through the year:

  1. Make time for self-care
  2. Be Kind to Yourself
  3. Make sleep a priority
  4. Limit your screen time (social media, etc.)
  5. Learn more about mental health
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  • Monday, February 7th- Report Cards Distributed
  • Monday, February 21st- President's Day, School Closed

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