The Owl's Nest April
OAKLEIGH ELEMENTARY 410–887-5238
The Principal’s Corner
Hello Oakleigh Families,
Welcome Spring! We look forward to a brief break and then returning to focus on academic growth. Students in grades three, four, and five will take PARCC assessments for reading and math beginning on April 24. Look for more specific information from your child's teacher regarding specific dates.
Please help support a safe and secure dismissal for all of our 650 students! Send a signed note to your child's teacher if you need to change your child's typical dismissal routine so staff can be prepared. Only emergency changes should be made after 2:30. This includes picking up early in the office.
As the weather warms, be on the lookout for more children walking to and from school. Please be alert and follow all traffic and parking rules. We continue to have difficulty with illegally parked cars that interrupt the flow of traffic leading to unsafe situations for students. A sincere thank you to all parents who consistently comply with parking regulations.
All the best,
Mrs. Sharon Mason
Hello Oakleigh Families,
Have you checked out the PTA's website lately? You can find information about events, fundraisers, volunteer training, membership, and more at www.oakleighpta.org.
Yearbooks can still be ordered online until Sunday, April 16th. The PTA's website has the link and code to use for ordering.
Oakleigh is heading to Camden Yards on Friday, May 19th to see the Orioles take on the Blue Jays. Tickets are only $10 each and we get to see a great fireworks display. Orders and payments are due by Wednesday, April 19th. Additional forms are available on the PTA's website and in the school's office.
Our next Family Spirit Night is Monday, April 24th at Pie Five on Campbell Blvd in Nottingham.
Please contact me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out how you can become more involved with the PTA at Oakleigh.
Jean White - PTA President
Spring has finally sprung! Our Kindergarten Students enjoyed their Weather units and Animal Kingdom units. The upcoming unit in reading will be all about Transportation. Please continue to practice sight words daily and allow your child to read aloud to you or someone nightly as well.
In math our students have finished up their shape unit. Ask your child to identify and describe shapes all around them! Students are continuing to work on addition and subtraction. Please practice counting to 100 and join in on the dreambox fun!
They are able to access dreambox and a variety of digital resources and databases.
Students can login to their BCPSOne account by going to:
Students will be going on a field trip to Goucher College to watch the play Skippyjon Jones II. All field trip money will be due mid April. Our trip is planned for May. Please return the field trip slip signed with exact amount of money. This trip is for students only.
Kindergarten round up for next year is approaching, if you have a child entering Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year please call the office for a May appointment.
Thank you for your support,
The Kindergarten Team
1st Grade News
Happy spring to our first grade families! It is hard to believe it is already April. Students enjoyed our recent field trip to Goucher College to watch the play The Cat in the Hat. In reading, our first graders are having fun working with nonfiction texts, particularly reading and writing how-to texts.
In math we are in unit 6, which involves addition and subtraction story problems using numbers up to 20. Students are completing activities to deepen their number sense and playing games to increase their fact fluency.
Again, we continue to encourage parents to give students time to work on dreambox at home. Over the last few weeks our classes have been participating in the Dreambox Spring Math Challenge! We have been competing with other schools to complete the greatest number of dreambox lessons each week. Students can login to their BCPSOne account by going tohttps://bcpsone.bcps.org/. They are able to access their lesson tiles, dreambox, and a variety of digital resources and databases.
The First Grade Team
2nd Grade News
In reading, we will begin our mysteries unit! We will read different mysteries in order to identify the plot, problem/solution, and major events in the story. We will also discuss how an author develops the characters and structure in a mystery story. At the end of the unit, we will write our own original mysteries! Visit the local library to pick up some mysteries to read together at home! Also, please keep practicing phonics words and fluent reading at home.
In math, we are beginning unit 6. We will continue to use efficient strategies to solve story problems and will be introducing three digit numbers. Please continue to practice math facts, skip-counting, and counting coins at home!
Thank you for the continued support!
3rd Grade News
The fourth quarter is under way and we are busily preparing your student for fourth grade. With the next year in mind, please continue to reinforce the importance of completing homework every night. Not only does it reinforce academic concepts, but it also promotes responsibility. Third graders will continue to have homework in reading and math Monday-Thursday.
In Math, students will study many geometric and measurement concepts, including the attributes of quadrilaterals, telling time, and finding area and perimeter. Mathematical concepts are everywhere, so try to incorporate them into everyday conversation at home (fractions, time, multiplication, division, etc.).
Our Safe Racer unit is under way and the students are experiencing a hands on cooperative learning activity. After the conclusion of the races, students will be given an opportunity to analyze the data to determine the winner. It certainly is a great learning lesson to try and try until you are successful!
In English Language Arts, students have been learning about how solving problems leads to new inventions and innovations. For our culminating event, we will have a special guest come to Oakleigh to present on the process he follows when approving patents. Then students will have an opportunity to collaborate with a small group of classmates to create their own invention. Afterwards, they will present their invention to our special guest, Mrs. Pabis and Mrs. Tagliaferro, and their peers.
Students are learning about healthy habits in unit two of the Health curriculum. They will determine what characteristics make them unique, what is included in a well-balanced meal, and how to set goals for themselves. Talk about some great life skills!
The Third Grade Team