Oster Spirit Days

Our Student Council has voted and come up with our Spirit Days for the year. In December, we had a fun Pajama Day the Friday before we went on our two-week break. On January 11th, we had our Grade Level Spirit Day, where each grade level had to wear a certain color. Below are the remaining days, in case you would like to mark your calendars.

  • Friday, February 15th is Crazy Hair & Sock Day
  • Friday, March 22nd is Matching Day (Find a friend or two to match with for the day)
  • Friday, April 26th is Head to Toe Purple Day in honor of Relay for Life
  • Friday, May 24th is Hawaiin Day

Our Spirit Days are meant to help build our community spirit in a fun, playful way. It is not required that children participate, so please do not let your child feel pressured about dressing up.

Yearbook Cover Contest

All students are invited to enter our annual Yearbook Cover Contest. The theme this year is Dr. Seuss. Children are encouraged to get creative, bold, and innovative. The winning student's artwork will be featured on the front cover of our yearbook. We will also have grade-level winners, and their artwork will be displayed on the back cover of the yearbook. All entries must be received by Wednesday, February 27th. Students should turn in their entries to their classroom teacher. A flyer was sent home with requirements and tips, but I have also listed them below. This is the last year that our AMAZING Dina Rabago will be creating our school yearbook so a big THANK YOU to her!!


  • Submit artwork on an 8.5x11 piece of white paper only (Vertical/Portrait orientation only)
  • Include the words: Oster Elementary
  • Include the school year: 2018-2019
  • Write student and teacher name lightly on the back side of the paper
  • Submit your entry to your classroom teacher by Wednesday, February 27th
Tips for a Winning Entry:
  • Use bright and bold colors to fill the page, including the background
  • Mix up your medium: crayons, watercolors, markers, oil pastels, etc.
  • Use the entire sheet of paper
  • Keep it neat and clean

If parents have any questions, they can email Dina at dina_rabago@sbcglobal.net

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Funding for Upper Grade Garden

Sometimes it is magical how things fall into place. Rebecca Taylor, our garden guru, was looking for funding to begin the upper-grade garden project. A couple weeks later, I get connected to Cathy Jackson (family picture above) who had children who graduated from Oster years ago. She shared that her granddaughter, Kayci would be a student at Oster in a few years and she wanted to donate or fund a project at Oster. She shared that she wanted to give back and loved the idea of supporting a garden project since gardening is one of her own passions. I gave Cathy's information to Rebecca and the two of them have created a plan/project to beautify our upper-grade garden that sits behind the portables off of Lencar. A warm thank you to Cathy Jackson for funding this important endeavor and a special thank you to Rebecca Taylor for being the mastermind behind all of this Oster beautification!

Geography Bee

Oster’s 5th graders recently participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee. It was a challenging and fun experience and we are excited to announce that this year’s champion is Zach Schaeffer from Mr. T’s room. Second place went to Alex Zimmer, also from Mr. T’s room. Rounding out the top three was Jude Troyanovsky from Ms. Plane’s room. Zach has taken an online test which may qualify for the state competition. The other finalists were Lilly Murphy, Ruby Yu, Parker Shu, DeMarco Macias, Hayoon Song, Kayla Imasa, Alenena Masters, Madeleine Saunders, and Evan Jordan. Congratulations to all our geography stars!

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This wonderful fundraiser that is close to our hearts is back. Pennies for Patients raises money to help support the mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sixteen years ago, Oster lost a student, Emily Coyne, to Leukemia. She lost her 10 year battle against Leukemia, shortly after her fifth-grade graduation. The Oster staff who were here during that time are still impacted by the loss. Leukemia is the number one killing disease of children under the age of 16, and we want to help find a cure. We encourage everyone to look for loose change, skip a day of Starbucks, or pack a lunch, and then donate the money you would have used to our annual fundraiser. We will be collecting money February 25th - March 1st. On behalf of the Oster staff, we thank you graciously for your donations and support!