Community SOAR Report

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August 2021

It's Almost Here!!!

Greetings Eagle Families,


In just a few short days, OMS will open its doors as we officially kick-off the 2021-2022 school year on Wednesday, August 18th. I want to thank all of the students, parents/guardians, and community members who participated in our Open House and Back to School Night events this past week. These events were a great way to prepare for the upcoming year and allowed our entire school community to reconnect. If you were unable to attend the Back to School Night, you can access the informational presentation that was shared by clicking HERE.


As I shared with families last week, please continue to closely monitor your email for Find Out First messages from OMS and FCPS as this will be our primary means of communication throughout the school year. If you have any questions about the upcoming school year or about anything found in this newsletter, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!


Sincerely,


Daniel L. Enck

Principal

Car Rider Arrival and Dismissal Traffic Patterns and Procedures

All car rider drop-off and pick-up will occur in the side parking lot off of Oakdale School Road. OMS staff will be in the side parking lot to assist with traffic flow, student crossings, and vehicles safely exiting from the parking lot. Please pay close attention to their guidance. OMS staff will be highly visible over the next few weeks helping with the flow of traffic. During these first few weeks, I ask for your patience and understanding as everyone becomes familiar with our arrival and dismissal procedures. Parents/Guardians who are dropping students off AFTER 8:12AM or picking students up BEFORE 3:00PM should use the main parking lot and the front entrance of the school.


OMS Arrival Traffic Procedure

  • All traffic should follow Oakdale School Road past the middle school and turn left into the OMS side parking lot.
  • Upon entering the parking lot, all car traffic should stay to the left and follow staff guidance as you proceed towards the student drop off location near the front of the parking lot (illustrated by a “stop” sign on the map).
  • Once you reach the drop-off spot, students should exit the car and follow the guidance of the OMS staff member(s) at that location.
  • After the students have safely crossed and are on the sidewalk, the car should follow staff guidance, yield to any exiting busses, and proceed to exit the parking lot onto Oakdale School Road.


OMS Dismissal Traffic Procedure

  • All traffic should follow Oakdale School Road past the middle school and turn left into the OMS side parking lot.
  • Upon entering the parking lot, all car traffic should stay to the left to begin forming lanes of parked cars (OMS staff will be present to help with this process).
  • All bus riders and walkers will be dismissed first beginning at 3:12. Once all of the busses have cleared, we will stagger dismissal for our car riders (at roughly 3:25).
  • As student exit the building, OMS staff will help students cross to their cars and begin releasing one row of cars when it is safe.
  • Please do not move your car until a staff member has released the row you are parked in.
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Important Information

Attendance - If your child is unable to attend school due to an illness or doctor's appointment, or any other reason, please email a note to our attendance secretary, Ms. Nancy Sanders at oms.attendance@fcps.org. Please include your child's first and last name, grade, date of absence, and reason for absence. If Ms. Sanders has any questions she will reach out for clarification.


Bus Information - Bus stop information is currently available at https://www.fcps.org/transportation/bus-stop-information-online. Please visit the website to look up your child's bus number and pickup/drop off times. Also, plan to confirm the times closer to the first day of school as there could be changes.


Cell Phone Policy - Oakdale Middle School has implemented the "Off, Away, and Out of Sight" cell phone policy for the last several years. While students are in the school building during the instructional day, they are to keep their cell phones, "Off, Away, and Out of Sight".

  • Parents/Guardians - if you need to contact your child please call the front office at 240-236-5500 and we will get the message to your child as soon as possible.


Face Coverings/Masks - Frederick County Public Schools will be requiring all students and staff to wear face coverings inside our schools for the start of the 2021-22 school year.

More detailed information about this requirement is provided in The Superintendent’s Update, found at this weblink:

There will be no requirement to wear face coverings outdoors; however, it is strongly recommended particularly for those who are unvaccinated.

The requirement to wear face coverings on school buses continues to be in effect.

* Please note these allowable exceptions to mask wearing:

  • Medical condition
  • Disability
  • Developmental immaturity
  • Other health or safety concerns as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control


School Bell Schedule - You can click HERE to access the 2021-2022 OMS Bell Schedule. Included on the bottom of the bell schedule are a few important times for students and parents to be aware of. Please note that the dismissal times for bus riders and car riders are estimates and may be delayed the first several days until we are able to establish a routine.

  • All students should be in the building by 8:06 to ensure that they are in their first period class before the final bell rings at 8:12.


School Supply List - You can click HERE to access the 2021-2022 OMS Essential School Supply List. If you are unable to purchase any of these supplies, please reach out to the OMS front office at 240-236-5500.

  • Students WILL NOT be using hallway lockers this year. Students will be permitted to carry their backpacks/bags with them from class to class. Students will continue to use PE lockers and the school will provide a standard combination lock for all PE students.


Schoology - For the 2021-22 school year all teachers will use the Schoology platform for instruction, grading and communication. Frederick County Public Schools uses Schoology as its learning management system (LMS). Schoology provides course management, mobile learning, and communication tools. Learn more about navigating Schoology at *www.fcps.org/schoology.

  • Parents/Guardians - Did you create an account? Watch our short parent view videos on how to customize your user experience.


Technology Fee - Annual Technology Fee for an FCPS issued Chromebook has been eliminated for the 2021-22 school year. Students are responsible for damaged or loss of devices and may be charged for repairs.

  • 1st Repair - $30

  • 2nd Repair - $60

  • 3rd Repair - $120

Important Dates/Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 18th - First Day of School

Monday, September 6th - Schools and Office Closed - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7th - Schools Closed - Rosh Hashanah

SOARING at OMS

Keep track of what's happening at OMS through the official OMS Twitter page

PTSA Updates

Introducing the 2021-2022 PTSA Board of Directors:

President - Dora Alfaro

Vice President - Jonathan Munemo

Vice President - Joyce Hamba

Secretary - Lauren Drennan

Treasurer - Mindi Valukas

Membership Coordinator - Kara MacLean


PTSA Social Media Links and Website:

Facebook - @OakdaleMSPTSA

Instagram - @schoolOakdalemiddle

Twitter - @MiddleOakdale

Website - https://oakdalemsptsa.wixsite.com/mysite


Contact Us:

oakdalemsptsa@gmail.com