OES Panther Press

December 12, 2021

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This is our last week before Winter Break!

Reminder: Friday, December 17, is an Early Release Day.

Winter Break: 12/20-12/31

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe we are finishing up 2021! We had so much fun these last few weeks, being able to celebrate the holidays! Our teachers have worked so hard planning fun events for our students and making the days special. Our parents have been back on campus helping to deck our halls for our students' delights!


Wishing all of you a truly special and wonderful break! I hope you celebrate with your families and everyone you love the most! All of my best wishes to you and your families. May you have a happy and safe break, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!


MaryBeth Grecsek

Principal

Please remind your child to read every day for at least 15 minutes during Winter Break. Working on Freckle is also a great way for your child to keep learning over break.

Volunteers

We are so excited to have volunteers back on campus. Volunteers must have a completed and cleared gold form. Volunteers are encouraged to wear a mask when working closely with students.

K-Kids is collecting items for Special Pops Stocking Stuffers

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Science Fair for Grades 3-5

As we have done in past years, students in grades 3-5 will be submitting a Science Fair project. For more information, please view the document folder for each grade level. Projects are due January 17.

Mark Your Calendar: Important Oasis Elementary South Dates

12/17 Early Dismissal Day, students are dismissed at 12:30

12/20-12/31 Winter Break

1/10 Hurricane Make Up Day No school

1/11 Professional Duty Day No school for students

1/13 Watch DOGS Kick Off Meeting 5:30

PM Dismissal: Vehicles should not line up on campus prior to 3:00 pm, to allow OMS to dismiss safely.

Thank you for your generosity with the CCPD Toy Drive! It was a big success!

Thank you PTO!

We would like to thank PTO for all of their time and effort to make a wonderful Donuts with Santa event. We had a great turn out! Thanks also to the many parents, who volunteered to help with the many details that went into making the day special.

News from PTO

BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION

Please help us earn money for our school by using digital Box Tops! Click on the following link to learn more https://www.boxtops4education.com/How-To-Earn


Helpful hints:

  1. Download the app for Box Tops.
  2. When signing up, our school is listed as Oasis Charter Elementary School
  3. If you shop online or have digital receipts, you can email those directly to receipts@boxtops4education.com. Be sure to send it from the same email account you used to setup your Box Tops account.
  4. Receipts need to be scanned/emailed within 14 days.


Thank you for all you do to support our school!

Dress Code Reminders

As we return to school, please remember that students must follow our dress code. To view the entire dress code please click here.


Below are some reminders:


Fridays are spirit days, not a no uniform day. Jeans or jean shorts are permitted with a school polo or school t-shirt. No sweatpants, gym shorts, or leggings (as pants) are permitted.


Jackets and/or sweatshirts in sapphire, navy blue, or black only with no writing on it.


The length of all shorts, skorts, skirts and jumpers MUST be longer or at the point where the end of the fingertips reaches on the leg while the child’s arms are extended straight at their side.

A Note from Mrs. Gamboa...

SSYRA - Deadline

The deadline for students in grades 3-5 to read the 15- 2021-2022 SSYRA books is March 17, 2022. This is the first step to securing a seat in the Lee County Book Battle. Next, students will take a comprehensive AR test about all books. The top 6 scoring students will form the battle team and start preparing with a mentor coach for The Lee County Book Battle scheduled for May 20, 2022.

If your child is interested in participating in this process, please encourage them to read these books. Again, they must earn a 70% or higher on each of the AR test. They are allowed to retake one test only after they test on the others.



SORA – Oasis eBook Collection

Oasis Elementary South has their own eBook collection – SORA, containing this year’s SSYRA Jr. and SSYRA books, last year’s state nominated books, and other titles. All children will have access to this collection by using their school Gmail address and password (your child’s teacher will provide). You can download this app on a device, or go to http://soraapp.com/library/oesfl

2022-2023 Kindergarten Wait List Information

For more information on registration for students entering Kindergarten in 2022-2023, please view the document on our OES web site, regarding necessary forms required for prospective students who will be starting Kindergarten in August 2022. This year, we will be accepting electronic applications. This form is now available in the Parent Portal, under Prospective Students on our OES web site. It is important to apply early, as we usually have a Wait List, even for those with Sibling Preferences.

Yearbook Orders

This year we are happy to announce that we have a new yearbook company and a new yearbook advisor, Mrs. Blusiewicz.


Order your 2021-22 OES yearbook today! The deadline is December 17, 2021 and the yearbook is only available for purchase online at no extra charge! Order here. View the flyer here for more information.


For more information, please email Jannette.Blusiewicz@capecharterschools.org.

Waiting in the Carline on Oasis Blvd.

Our neighbors on Oasis Blvd. have asked that if you are in line on Oasis Blvd., that you do not block driveways. It is very difficult for those who are trying to enter or exit their homes, when cars are sitting, waiting for the car line traffic to move.


Thank you for helping us to be good neighbors.

Changes to the Quarantine Policy

Recently, the State of Florida issued a new Emergency Rule, which impacts quarantine policies. The new rule states that students will still be identified as close contacts when they are exposed to a positive COVID case, however, if the student is asymptomatic, the parent/guardian can choose whether or not the child will quarantine. If you receive a Close Contact alert through Parent Square, please notify your teacher whether or not your child will be quarantining or not.


You can read the entire Emergency Rule Order here. You can also view the graphic Decision Tree, which shows the flow of decisions made when there is a positive case.


As always, we thank you for your flexibility, as we navigate through these changes in protocols and policies. Please continue to encourage your child to make healthy choices at school.

Transportation

When leaving campus after arrival and dismissal, please only turn right on Oasis Blvd. This helps keep the traffic flow moving.

Car Line Procedures

Students will NOT be released to cars without a current school issued car tag. Parents without a car tag will be directed to park and report to the office and present a driver's license to have their child released to them.



AM DROP OFF: All car drop off is in the back. No cars may drop off in the front, near the office, as that is where our buses unload.


AM DROP OFF PROCEDURE: Vehicles should not line up until 7:50 am. Vehicles will enter at the OHS entrance. There are two lanes of traffic. (The third lane on the right is for staff, who need to drive to their parking lot). Also, as vehicles approach the drop off location, please have your child ready to depart, (shoes on, bookbag packed up, ready to unbuckle and depart). Parents should stay in their vehicle and have their car in PARK. If you are in the second lane and a staff member has not come to assist, please hold your arm out the driver's side window to alert staff that a child is still in the vehicle. For safety reasons, it is essential that students wait in their vehicles for staff to open their car door. All vehicles will remain stopped until all students have exited to the sidewalk. A staff member will signal when it is time for the lines of traffic to proceed.


PM PICK UP: K-1 and their siblings will be picked up in the front. Students in grades 2-5 will be dismissed in the back, (same as the AM Drop Off location).


PM PICK UP PROCEDURE: Cars should not line up for dismissal until after 3:00 pm. Vehicles will be directed in by our Security person at the OHS entrance to the campus and wait in line until dismissal starts at 3:30. A staff member will read the car tags as cars approach and have the cars move forward toward the pick up location. Parents should wait in their vehicle. Staff will be directing children. While students are loading, all cars should be in PARK.

Extra Car Tag

It is our school policy for all vehicles to have a current car tag, in order to pick up students. Every student was given one car tag at Open House. If your family will need a second car tag, please complete this survey. In order to submit the survey, you will need your child's 2021-2022 teacher assignment.

Walkers

If your primary residence in FOCUS is listed as 1.5 miles or less, and you would like your child to be dismissed with walkers, please complete this Walker Request. Students who do not live within 1.5 miles from school will not be able to dismiss as walkers.

New Sign In/Sign Out Policy

This year, parents of students who arrive late or are leaving early must sign their child in/out with the office. Our office staff will greet you at the door.
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Dress Code

Please check our Dress Code carefully before purchasing shoes and clothing for school. Students will not be permitted to wear clothing that is not within our dress code. All uniforms should have our new logos on them.


Please note: Slip on shoes are not permitted. This includes VANS style shoes.

Communication

Systemwide and Schoolwide Communication

Once again this year, we will use Parent Square as our main form of communication. We use Parent Square for weekly information, upcoming events, changes in dismissal, weather issues, COVID notices, and other pertinent information. It is vital to to be reachable through this system. It is available through email or an app.


Families who attended OES last year, will already be registered. Students who are new to OES and are not already registered in Parent Square, will receive an email invitation asking to activate the account. This email will be sent to the email you used to register, (and the email that is in FOCUS). You may need to check your junk or spam email, as it sometimes goes there.


See below for a sample of what the email will look like.

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Parent Portal

The Parent Portal on our web site has lots of good resources. You can access our Dress Code, order shirts, familiarize yourself with our Health Policies, and find out more about our Early Dismissal procedures.


EARLY DISMISSAL

If you have to pick up your child early, email OES.dismissalchanges@oasishs.org and CC the teacher.


Be sure to include the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Grade
  • Teacher
  • What time you are picking them up
  • Are they returning afterwards?
  • Reason

Reminder: We do not dismiss after 2:45 pm daily.


ATTENDANCE

Email all attendance notices to: OES.Attendance@oasishs.org


Be sure to include the following information:

  • Student First and Last Name:

  • Grade:

  • Teacher:

  • Date of absence(s):

  • Parent Name:

  • Parent Cell Phone Number:

  • Reason for absence:

  • And attach any documentation you might have for the absence:

Fortify Florida

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.For more information on Fortify Florida, click here. There is also an app available for download. To submit a tip click here.