December 6, 2020

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Oster Student's Showing Gratitude

As shared in my last newsletter, the county's COVID case numbers continue to rise, so our district will pause the reopening timeline until our county returns to the Red Tier. Once we are in the Red Tier, our district will reevaluate plans based on community data and revised rules and regulations. Until then, Oster, we will continue to plan and prepare for moving to stage three of our reopening plan and will share more information as it comes.

I have received numerous questions regarding the recent Santa Clara County Regional Stay at Home Order and whether this impacts us as a school. The new order does NOT affect our current Distant Learning Centers or our Wednesday Games and Activities Club, so we will continue to remain open, serving those students who were signed up to participate.

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Mark your Calendars!

  • December 10: HSC Board Meeting @ 6:00 PM (via Zoom)
  • December 14: USD Board Meeting (Oster presents)
  • December 18: Spirit Day (Pajama Day)
  • December 21 - January 1: Winter Break (no school)
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Calling all Shutterbugs! The Oster Yearbook team needs your help collecting yearbook photos during this very different school year, so we are introducing our Yearbook Photo Challenge. We will have different themes over the next several months, but our first photo challenge is “My favorite Holiday/Winter Activity.” Think about the things you love to do during this time of the year and take a picture of yourself doing it. Check out the flyer for more details and how to submit your photos.

Year Book Contest Cover

Attention all Oster artists! We invite all students to enter their original artwork into our Yearbook Cover Contest.

Since it is so essential to our learning this year, we have chosen TECHNOLOGY as our theme for the 2020-2021 yearbook. Think about all the ways you use technology, then use your creativity and imagination to incorporate this theme into your cover design. The winning design will be featured on the front cover.

For full details and submission requirements, please see the contest flyer at https://bit.ly/OsterYBContest

Entries are due Friday, December 11.

Oster Yearbooks on Sale

The Oster 2020-2021 Yearbooks are now on sale. Early bird pricing is available through January 31, 2021. Oster is again using Balfour to produce our yearbooks. All orders need to be placed directly through Balfour. You can order online at: http://bit.ly/OsterYB

The yearbook price increases to $30 on February 1, 2021--so order yours today and save!

Oster Science Quiz

Special Holiday Edition of the Cougar Science Quiz - Monday, December 7th.

Because the fourth Mondays of both November and December are affected by school breaks, a special edition of the Cougar Science Quiz for all levels will be held on Monday, December 7th. If you registered for a previous science quiz, you do not have to reregister. New participants can register on the Science Quiz webpage.

Art Vistas for Good Fundraiser

Art Vistas, Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization that provides art education to students in Union School District. Their operating cost is covered by program fees and fundraising efforts throughout the year. This year, Art Vistas has come up with a fundraising effort that has a dual-approach: to help Art Vistas while also supporting local artists by enabling them to sell their handcrafted art.

With Art Vistas for Good, a percentage of the proceeds will be given back to local artists to support their work, and the rest will be donated to Art Vistas.

To view available art pieces or if you would like to learn more about Art Vistas for Good, visit: https://www.artvistas.org/art-vistas-for-good.html

Leigh High School Science Event

Leigh High School SNHS (Science National Honors Society) is hosting an interactive science event series for elementary schoolers every other Sunday from 2-3 PM.

Their first event is this Sunday, December 6th, where students will use household materials to create capillary action labs, rock cycle Rice Krispies, and surface tension art! The SNHS members will guide participants through activities and go into the science behind each experiment.

Anyone interested in attending can sign up for the event @ https://tinyurl.com/decsciencesunday!

Virtual LEGO® Winter Camps and Workshops with Brick Tech

Looking for a fun way to spend your winter break building with LEGO® and learning about STEM? Come join Brick Tech as we spend the holiday season imagining and creating projects themed after The Mandalorian, Frozen, Pokémon, and Polar Express. All camps and workshops will be hosted virtually using Zoom and will use the LEGO® materials you have at home, no need to purchase special pieces. Check out all of our upcoming programs at www.bricktech.org and start building with us!

Please note: This is not a Union School District sponsored program/event

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The next Home and School Club meeting is Thursday, December 10 from 6 - 7 PM via Zoom. Link to be published on the HSC website calendar the day of the event. Please join us!

Education Fund Drive

The next round of the Education Fund drive started on Monday, November 30 and runs up until the holiday vacation on December 18. The class with the highest participation will get free pizza!

Each year Oster HSC raises 100% of the funds necessary to support core enrichment programs in areas such as reading, math, music, and science that are not covered by the State or District. Although this school year looks very different, there are several critical programs that need to be funded. First, our upper-grade play structure is in need of replacement, and our goal is to get that taken care of while the students are away from campus. We have also provided each teacher with an additional $100 each for supplemental resources they may need during distance learning. Additionally, because of the COVID crisis, we are not able to hold in-person fundraisers this year, which means your donations are extremely important.

Your direct donation, and any employer match, will help us pay for the student, school, and faculty programs that we have committed to for this school year. Since we fund about $250 per student each year, the suggested donation per student is $250. No matter what you donate, we encourage every family to participate in this critical fund drive. Click here to donate
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