Weekly Family Update # 16

November 29, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,

It has been an incredible week! My family and I spent time together playing Legos, watching holiday movies, walking all over the neighborhood, delivering Character Awards to many of our Falcons, baking, drinking lots of holiday drinks from Starbucks, Zooming with family and friends, and enjoying the perfect San Diego weather. I hope you have had a fantastic break and are refreshed and recharged. We are back to learning tomorrow!!

Some Quick Reminders:

- Giving Tuesday 2020 is this week on December 1st. Our Falcon Foundation’s Fall Fundraising Campaign is in full swing. Please consider a donation to the Foundation's Falcon Fund 2020 as you make your giving plans. See the information below on how you can support our Falcons.

- Check out the reopening update below and presentation for more detailed information on our reopening plan and timeline.

- The survey window to select your learning option as we look to reopen OVMS closes on Friday, Dec. 4th. Please make sure to read the detailed information below.


As we continue to plan to safely reopen Oak Valley Middle School, pending current health orders, on January 19, 2021, we are interested in hearing from all of our families. In early August, you submitted a survey asking whether you wanted your student to return to learning at Oak Valley on-campus or engage in a virtual learning setting. We understand that as public health data has been changing and personal experiences have occurred, your previous response may have changed.

Once students return, our school will follow a simultaneous teaching model, meaning, teachers will instruct both on-campus and virtual students at the same time. To maintain social distancing, on-campus learners will come to school on either Mondays & Tuesdays OR Wednesdays & Thursdays. Days of the week will be determined by alphabet to coincide with siblings attending the same days. All students will participate in independent virtual learning on Fridays.

We are providing families with a window to reassess the learning model for your children. Please complete the form linked below to identify if your student plans to remain accessing his/her classes virtually or in-person as described in the reopening information below and also on our website.

Please complete this form for each child that you have attending OVMS by FRIDAY, December 4th, 2020. We will use this data to continue the planning process.

For families that do not respond to the survey, placement of your student will default to your previous selection from the survey in early August.

I cannot thank this community enough for all of your patience as we navigate this unusual time.

Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!

Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young


Oak Valley Middle School


Reopening Information

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Click Here to View the Family Presentation Slides

Click Here to View the Family Presentation Slides from the live forum on 10/28/20

Click Here to View the Reopening YouTube Presentation

Click Here to View the Reopening YouTube Presentation from 10/28/20

New Announcements

Oak Valley Falcon Foundation

Giving Tuesday 2020 is this week - December 1st. As you make your giving plans, please consider a donation to the Falcon Foundation's Falcon Fund 2020 - Supporting Falcons wherever they learn. We know that times are unusual, and we are grateful for any amount that is meaningful to your family. Thank you for helping to make Oak Valley Middle School the place where our students are proud to say "We Belong Here"!

Donations can be made at www.oakvalleyfalconfoundation.com and are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

PTSA Breakfast Of Champions

Congratulations to our Breakfast of Champions winners for the month of November. Each month we highlight one of the 6 Character Counts! pillars; staff selects two students each year who embody those characteristics. Mr. Young delivered a certificate, yard sign, and a little breakfast treat to each winner. Thank to the PTSA for sponsoring this event each year!!

Congratulations to all of our winners for the month of Citizenship!

Jack S.

Tyler L.

Aaron F.

Graham W.

Alex G.

Michael H.

Chloe K.

Rayyan D.

Luke J.

Jason G.

Addison W.

Clare N.

Michaela Jordyn T.

Emma R.

Rana A.

Stephanie Q.

Haseeb B.

Hannah H.

Diem S.

Maia M.

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What we're thankful for (Teachers and Staff Edition)

Classified, Certificated, and Volunteers of the year

This past week we had a celebration for our Classified and Certificated Employees of Year and our Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations to all of our winners, Rachel, Tanya, Meera, and Donna!!

Continuing Information

Jersey Mike's Fundraiser

ASB is teaming up with Jersey Mike’s for an ASB fundraiser on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, from 3:00 - 9:00pm at Jersey Mike's on Bernardo Center Drive. You will get a free regular sub with a minimum $4.00 donation to Oak Valley!
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Adopt A Family

Once again, Oak Valley is teaming up with PTSA to support Oak Valley families in need of some extra assistance during the holiday season. We will be accepting cash donations as well as gift cards. To make a donation, click HERE or on the image below. If you would like to donate a gift card, please email Oak Valley Student Services Specialist, Sandy Stromberg at: sstromberg@powayusd.com.
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PTSA/Shutterfly Fundraiser

If you’re getting ready to order your Holiday or New Years cards please consider using OVMS’s New Shutterfly Store Front to purchase custom photo cards or gifts. It’s super easy just enter through our custom OVMS Shutterfly Storefront at: http://ovms.shutterflystorefront.com.

With every purchase made through the storefront Shutterfly will give OVMS 8% of their profit. You must enter through this site in order for OVMS to benefit. You can also still log into your account and use coupons!

Check Out Library Books

Falcons, the Oak Valley Library is available for you to check out books! You can request books from our in-house library collection to pick up from school on Thursdays and keep at home to read for two weeks before returning them. We will accept requests up until 2:00pm on Wednesdays for the following day.

Click HERE for more information and to submit your request.

Virtual Learning Resources

PUSD Parent Academy

The Poway Unified Parent Academy is the one-stop shop where parents can come to see and learn about the different types of educational technology tools that teachers are using with students in the district. These resources will make it simpler and easier for parents to understand what teachers use to engage students in meaningful ways in a virtual environment that highlights student collaboration. Click on the link HERE to check it out!
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The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, jjimenez@powayusd.com