Oakdale Family Newsletter
From The Principal
I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and had a chance to unwind and spend time with family and friends. We are about to embark on our last few weeks of school with your incredible children.
I want to start by sharing an update with the entire community regarding our beloved teacher, colleague and friend, Christine Stec. Christine received a cancer diagnosis just over a week ago that required her to take a medical leave for the remainder of this year. Her students will be in the capable hands of instructional coach, and veteran teacher Nina Mancinelli for these last few weeks of school. Christine is incredibly strong, and we are sending her all of the good energy we have as she starts her treatment journey. Many of you have reached out to me to ask how you can help. Oakdale has begun two different projects that we welcome your participation in.
1. A positivity jar: We are collecting notes, cards, letters of positivity and good wishes for Christine to dip into whenever she needs an encouraging word.
2. A gift card basket: practical or creative, something to help with costs, or something to relieve some stress. Anything goes!
These items can be directed to me at Oakdale, and I will ensure all of these gifts and notes make it to Christine.
While this news weighs heavy on our minds, we also saw our students thriving and growing at Oakdale this past month in many ways and this brings us all so much joy. We had the Oakdale Musical, The All Town Band Concert, The Oakdale Spring Concert, and the Dedham Public Schools District Art Show. Our students also conquered MCAS, and enjoyed field trips to the zoo, the library and to Plymouth Plantation. For some students, these were their first field trips ever! We had multiple exciting guest speakers and presenters come in to see our children and we even had a few "normal" days mixed in here and there.
Coming up are several exciting events:
Pride Celebration at Town Hall This Friday
Oakdale will be hosting a table, alongside the other DPS schools at the event. Hope to see you there!
Flag Day Parade June 14th
We can’t wait to represent Oakdale in The Flag Day Parade! Stay tuned for a permission slip to be on the float going home next week. Big thank you to Tom Rowlings, Sabrina Weldon and The 5th Grade Student Council for putting together our parade float!
Name The Street Raffle
There are still a few days to put your entry into the raffle if you are hoping to participate! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Family Fun Night June 9th
Please read below in the PTO update to learn more!
All School Field Day June 10th
Students should wear their Oakdale Apparel to celebrate the day!
5th Grade Promotion Ceremony June 16th
5th grade families are invited to join us outside on the blacktop at 9:15am for a fantastic celebration. If the weather doesn’t look favorable, festivities will move into the gymnasium.
Last Day of School
June 21st is our last day of school and will be a noon dismissal. There is no school on June 20th, in observation of Juneteenth. We clap out our 5th graders on the last day of school. At 11:50, we will call all the students to line the hallways to cheer for our 5th graders. They will make their way around the school and out the double doors closest to the picnic tables by the playground. All 5th grade families are invited to come and cheer for your students!
DPS Summer Work
All summer work for Oakdale Students will be posted on the DPS website before the end of the school year. If you need anything printed for you before the school year ends, please just let your teacher know, and we are happy to get you paper copies.
Thank you Oakdale Community for another amazing year of learning, laughter, support, friendship and growth. As always, if you need anything please contact me at any time.
From the PTO
The PTO needs your help!
Our end-of-year Family Fun Night celebration on June 9 from 5:00-8:00 pm is going to be a blast, but we need your help to make it even more fun!
In past years, a highlight of the event has been a raffle with lots of great prizes. We would love to do it again this year, so we are asking for donations from the Oakdale community.
Any donation, big or small, would be much appreciated! We can combine several smaller items to make up a cool package!
Here are some ideas what could be donated:
• A gift certificate from your business.
• Ask a friend who owns a local business for a gift certificate
• Tickets to sporting events, museums, etc.
• A service (manicure, haircut, baking, party planning, etc)
• A gift card or certificate that you may never use
You can also purchase a gift card, or item to donate. Or write a check/Venmo to Oakdale PTO and we’ll purchase something for you
No donation is too small!
If you are able to help, please send in your item with your child to school. We’ll have a box set up in Ms. Boudrow’s office.
We also need a few more volunteers to help Family Fun Night run smoothly.
If you can donate your time, please up sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0845ACAB28ABF85-family
Crocodile River Music performing for the whole school.
Workshops happened at each grade level with Crocodile River before the all school assembly.
Students clapping and drumming with the music.
Oakdale performed a song all together. Not a dry eye in the house!
The District Art Show at DMS was spectacular.
Red, White and Blue spirit day last Friday.
Ms. English, Ms. Lukoff, Miss Sullivan, Mrs. Stec, Ms. Campo, Ms. Stipo and Ms. Mancinelli
Ms. Weldon's class made poppy art in honor of Memorial Day.
Students also put flags in window boxes and the front lawn in honor of our fallen service members.
May 31st - Book Fair Week
June 3rd - 5th Grade Field Trip
June 3rd - DHS Senior Clap Out 11:00am
June 6th- Incoming 1st Graders visit Oakdale!
June 7th - Incoming First Grade Families visit Oakdale
June 9th- Family Fun Night 5-8
June 10th - Oakdale Field Day
June 10th - 1st and 2nd grade visit DPL
June 13th- Book Swap Week
June 14th - Flag Day ( Oakdale Float in the Parade that night!)
June 15th - 5th Grade Field Day afternoon
June 16th - Step Up Ceremony 9:15am Outside ( weather permitting)
June 17th- Last Full Day
June 19th- Father’s Day
June 20th - Juneteenth, No School
June 21st - Last Day of School,Noon Dismissal
DPS Summer Program Registration Now Open!
Dedham Public Schools are excited to open registration for some great enrichment programming this summer! Students will discover plenty of unique opportunities to nurture curiosity, friendship, and creativity through a multitude of offerings and experiences from July 5 through July 29. With a wide variety of topics and activities, there’s a chance for every child to dive into new subjects, like Eco-Explorers, enhance English Language proficiency, or learn new skills and uncover new interests at the Avery Institute, in a positive and engaging learning environment. Each day is full of fun and discovery, led by experienced faculty who share their expertise in one or a variety of offerings. All programs for students grades K - 5 are offered at Avery Elementary School this summer.
For our 5th grade friends who are moving on to DMS - make sure you check out the TREK program - a summer transition program for students moving up from elementary school to Dedham Middle School. There is also a NEW Middle School level Eco-Explorers program this year.
Click HERE for more information on all DPS Summer Programs.