The Owl's Nest November


Oakleigh Elementary School

Principal: Sharon Mason-
Assistant Principal: Lisa Grace-

The Principal’s Corner

Dear Families,

November is a time to welcome families into the school to celebrate teaching and learning. We look forward to seeing you during American Education Week, parent conferences, and the many activities that take place in November.

November 11, 2016 is designated as Conference Day for BCPS elementary students. Be sure to communicate with your child's teacher to arrange a personal conference time.

American Education Week is November 14-18. American Education Week is observed in our schools annually to inform the public of the accomplishments of our students and schools. Our goal is to involve parents in the education of their children. Thank you for taking this opportunity to visit your child at Oakleigh Elementary School. The following is a schedule with the dates and times that each grade level is welcoming parents into the classroom. Please contact your child’s teacher if you will not be able to visit at the scheduled time.

Tuesday, November 15, 9:00-11:00

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Wednesday, November 16, 9:00-11:00

Primary FALS

Fourth Grade

Thursday, November 17, 9:00-11:00

AM Pre-K


Fifth Grade

Intermediate FALS

Thursday, November 17, 1:00-3:00

PM Pre-K

IGE 3's

Happy Fall,

Mrs. Mason

Dates To Remember


November 1st- Parent Review of SPP @ 4:45 PM

November 1st- PTA Monthly Meeting @ 5:30 PM

November 4th- First Grade Fieldtrip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore

November 7th- PTA Family Spirit Night @ Pizza Hut 5:00-9:00 PM

November 8th- School's Closed for Election Day

November 10th- Report Cards Distributed

November 10th- Conference Day for Preschool 3's and PK- No School for PK and 3's


November 11th- Elementary Conference Day- No School for Students

November 16th- 5th Grade Field Trip to Mt. Vernon, Virginia

November 14th-18th: American Education Week & Book Fair in Library

November 24-25th- Thanksgiving Holiday- Schools & Offices Closed

November 29 - Chick-Fil-A Night


Hello Oakleigh Families,

A big Thank You to everyone who came to our Rock N Treat event, especially to our wonderful volunteers.

The Joe Corbi fundraiser items will be available for pick up between 3:30 and 6:00pm on Thursday, November 10th. We are unable to store items left behind. If you are unable to pick up your order, please make arrangements form another person to get it for you. Please contact us at Thank you for supporting the PTA.

Please remember that if you plan to go on any field trips with your student this year, you must bring a completed Volunteer Training Application and a copy of the Training Certificate. The staff needs time to process your application, please turn these in at least 3 days prior to when you plan on volunteering.

Our next Family Spirit Night is Monday, November 7th at the Pizza Hut on Joppa Rd between 5 and 9pm. Digital versions of the flyer will also be accepted.

We’re going bowling! Join us on Sunday, November 13th from 3-5pm at Parkville Lanes. You must order your tickets prior to the event, no tickets will be sold at the door. Order forms and payment are due by November 9th.

Have you joined the PTA yet? If you haven’t, it’s not too late. Everyone is welcome to attend our Monthly meetings. They are the 1st Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm.

Information on Volunteer Training, Family Spirit Nights, Membership, and much more can be found on the PTA’s website, Also, check out our Facebook Page.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Jean White – PTA President –

Nurse's Corner

Important Health Information:

Head Lice

With the end of summer fun including camps and play dates with sleepovers, head lice are a nuisance that are seen particularly in elementary school as students settle into the routine of the school year. Our schools, rather than being the proximate cause of infestation, are the locations of its identification. Throughout the United States, 6-12 million students are affected each school year.

Head lice (pediculosis capitus) are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the human scalp. They do not transmit disease. Adult head lice are hard to see. They are gray or brown in color and about the size of a sesame seed. Their eggs, called nits, are easier to find. Nits are tan or off white in color. Nits can also be black if a louse is ready to hatch. At first, nits may look like dandruff, but you will find that the nits are firmly stuck to the strands of hair. Nits will not flake off or wash off like dandruff.

The life cycle begins with a nit. Nits hatch after 7 to 10 days. Approximately 8 to 14 days after hatching, the louse is mature and lays eggs. An adult louse lives for about one month and lays 8-10 eggs per day.

Head lice do not jump or fly. They do not come from or live on animals. Head lice are NOT a sign of poor hygiene or uncleanliness. ANYONE can get head lice. Direct “head touching head” contact is the transmission mode. Head lice usually survive for less than one day away from the scalp, and their eggs cannot hatch at temperatures lower than those near the scalp. For this reason, it is less likely that head lice can be transmitted with things like combs, brushes, hats, head bands, scarves, barrettes or hair ribbons. It is much easier to get a cold, flu, ear infection, strep throat or pink eye.

Here are some clues that your child might have head lice: persistent itching of the head or feeling like something is moving in the head; excessive head scratching; a sesame seed size insect in the hair, around the ears and the back of the neck; tan, brown or white nits (eggs) approximately the size of a flake of dandruff and firmly attached to the hair shaft.

If you suspect that your child may have head lice, contact your health care provider as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. The school nurse should be notified if your child has pediculosis. All members of the household should be examined and treated if lice are observed, unless your usual source of health care advises other measures. The school nurse will monitor your child for 14 days and will screen close contacts of your child. Some examples of close contacts may be: Children who spend large amounts of time outside of school with each other, such as day care, camp, or at babysitters.

It is unlikely head lice can be prevented. Typically, we do not send letters home to inform parents about head lice in school. We would not send letters home to inform parents about colds or strep throats. There is no evidence to support sending letters home will prevent transmission of head lice or colds. However, routine checks by parents at home (monthly) using a bright lamp or by a sunny window is a good way to detect and treat early infestation, thereby preventing the spread to others.

Have a safe and health fall!

Autumn is here!

At this beautiful time of the year, many students appear to have health concerns due to seasonal allergies/ other health conditions.

If your child complains of itchy , red eyes, coughing , sneezing, dry, itchy skin, and/or persistent itching to scalp/ hair, please consult your child's health professional for evaluation.

Flu season is Here! It is time to get your flu shots!

  • The flu is a contagious disease that spreads across the United States every year, between October and May.
  • Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is usually spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.
  • A dose of flu vaccine is recommended every flu season. Children 6 months through 8 years of age may need two doses during the same flu season. Everyone else needs only one dose each flu season.
  • The Flu vaccine can:

-Keep you from getting flu

-Make flu less severe if you do get it

-Keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people

  • It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after vaccination, and protection lasts through the flu season.

Any questions, please call Mrs. Levy RN 410-665-0362

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Kindergarten News

Hello Families,

Our Kindergarten field trip to Farmer Stan's Agricultural Center was excellent. We had perfect weather and fantastic volunteers! We highly recommend completing the volunteer training in advance for our spring trip. The Kindergarten students really enjoyed the visit from the fire station and Buster the Bus. The children have learned about fire safety and bus safety rules. Thank you again for volunteering in and out of the classroom!


The Kindergarten Team

1st Grade News

Happy fall to our first grade families! In reading, our first graders are finishing Unit 1, which focuses on elements of fiction texts. Students have been identifying and describing story elements, including the characters, setting, and major events. Please be sure to practice high frequency words and phonics words each night!

Our students have started unit 2 of math, which focuses on geometry! They have enjoyed using pattern blocks to compose, decompose, and sort shapes based on their common attributes. We are also excited about our upcoming field trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore on November 4th! Thank you to all parents that have been volunteer-trained and will be chaperones for the trip!


The First Grade Team

2nd Grade News

Happy Fall!

This month, we are finishing Unit 2 of reading. We are reading nonfiction text to identify the main idea, details, and text features. For our final project, we will create an informational sign to describe the life changes of an animal. In math we are beginning unit 2. We will be exploring and learning about 2-D and 3-D shapes. We will also be looking closely at rectangles, quadrilaterals, and symmetry.


The Second Grade Team :)

3rd Grade News

Third graders will continue to apply their writing skills as they begin their Animal Research Project! Ask your child what endangered animal they are learning about. You can use this wonderful opportunity to check out books from your local library or search the web for information to read about other endangered animals together. Students can record this reading time on their reading homework log.

After completion of Unit I in Mathematics, students have acquired a solid understanding of both multiplication and division. We are now exploring estimating with 2 and 3 digit addition and subtraction problems, place value concepts, and data interpretation in Unit 2. Please continue to promote multiplication fact fluency at home by quizzing your student with flash cards. The goal for third graders is to be fluent in their multiplication facts by the end of the school year.

As the weather turns cooler, please remember to send your student to school with appropriate clothing, including a jacket. Most days we are outside for recess; therefore, we want your children to be comfortable and able to get outdoor exercise. Also, continue to reinforce good homework habits and check planners every night!

Thank you for your continued support!

The Third Grade Team

4th Grade News

Happy Autumn from the 4th grade! The first term has ended, and the air is getting chilly. Since we will be going out for recess every day possible, please double check that your child leaves the house with warm clothes so they can go out and enjoy the changing seasons.

Please keep an eye out for a note in your child's planner regarding the upcoming conference day. We will be scheduling them with both of your child's teachers, to keep everyone in the loop.

As we move further into the school year, please continue to reinforce our routines. No mechanical pencils, please. Most planners are getting signed, as well as being used to communicate. As we develop math skills, please, please help your child memorize their multiplication facts. They are required for much of the math we do - multiplication, division, and eventually, fractions. All students have been signed up for, and papers went home allowing you to sign up at home. Please encourage your child to practice each day.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher. As a team, we can help ensure your child's success.

Art News

The art room would like to welcome Miss Reger as a student intern from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Miss R will be working with us during the 2nd marking period along with Mrs. Kerr. She is very excited to be with us at Oakleigh and has many wonderful ideas for art lessons during her stay.

Library Media News

Please save the dates for our Book Fair in the Library November 14-18. Hope to see you there!

Music News

This month we are continuing our learning in music class with more movement, dancing, singing, rhythm reading and instruments. We are really starting to understand all the rules and expectations of the music class which is creating a wonderful learning environment where we can make some great music!
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Instrumental Music with Mr. Mitchell!

We are continuing to become more and more comfortable with playing the first few notes on our instruments and are already making some great music happen! Bravo!!! Encourage your children to practice consistenly and with a purpose. A friendly reminder to check the schedule to know when your child must bring their instrument to school. Please make sure that parents/guardians sign each night they practice on their practice chart. The Winter Concert is fast approaching in December! More details to come soon!
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