OES Panther Press

August 15, 2021

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First Week of School

Our students had an awesome first week back for another year at OES! Our Kindergarteners and students who are new to our school also did a great job acclimating. Aside from our severe weather during dismissal, everything went smoothly and our students seemed to enjoy getting to know their new classmates and teachers.

Mitigation Efforts

Over the weekend, a Parent Square notice was sent indicating that our school has had positive cases of COVID. In an effort to mitigate risks for students, we are going back to two cafeterias. One day students will be in the cafeteria and the next day students will be in the Breezeway. This will enable all students to face in one direction and have more distance between tables.


We are still providing masks to students who want to wear them, but did not bring them. Students who would like a mask, can reach out to a staff member in the car line or on bus duty.


Please remind your child to use hand sanitizer frequently while they are at school. Also, please review the City of Cape Coral Charter Schools Authority COVID Guidelines as well as the most current Illness Policy. Please refer to this policy if your child is experiencing symptoms. If your child is absent please email OES.Attendance@oasishs.org and your child's teacher.


We will continue to closely monitor this situation and make changes to mitigate risks to our students and staff as needed.

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.

PTO NEWS

Boosterthon is Coming Soon!

In just a few weeks, we’ll kick off our Oasis Elementary South Fun Run fundraiser. Pledging opens on August 20th and the program will launch September 3rd for the students.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 for Technology, School enhancements/Playground Equipment, Teacher/Staff/Student Appreciation and to strengthen our school community.

All students will participate in daily activities where they learn to be active while learning about Curiosity, Practice, Confidence, Humility and Endurance. We will also be following our school safety guidelines to ensure a safe and fun experience for everyone.

This year more than ever, we need additional funds to provide an excellent educational experience for all of our students. Sharing IS supporting! You can still be involved by simply SHARING about our fundraiser with friends and extended family online at funrun.com.

GET INVOLVED……..DOOR DECORATING - optional, but suggested!!

Doors decorating starts on Tuesday, September 7th after school (3:30pm) and must be complete by end of day, Monday, September 13th. Judging will be done on Tuesday September 14th, and winners announced on Wednesday September 15th. All decor must be removed by end of day on Friday, September 17th.

Each class is responsible for decorating their door in this year's Boosterthon Theme, "Sports City World Wide". The character traits are: Curiosity, Practice, Confidence, Humility and Endurance.

Teachers may do the decorating themselves, but are encouraged to get the help of their students, and/or parents.

Parent Participants will be coordinated by Teachers and not PTO.

GUIDELINES:

· Decoration is limited to DOOR ONLY and cannot impeded door function.

· Do not block window in Door—keep an opening.

· 3D decor is permitted

· All Decorating needs to be done after 3:30pm.

· Decor must include the “Sport City World Wide” Theme

· Winning doors are judged by Boosterthon.

We appreciate your support more than you know. More details to come as we get closer to kick off!

Thank You,

Oasis South PTO Board

Transportation

Lightning Alert

We have had very severe weather our first week of school. When lightning is very close it is vital to reduce student and staff exposure. Unfortunately, this results in a slower than normal car line. Please be patient and courteous while we work through the line and do our best to keep our students and staff safe. We will send a Parent Square notice as soon as it has been decided that we will dismiss under a Lightning Alert.


If your child is a walker, during Lightning Alert, they will not be dismissed until the alert is over. If you would like to pick your walker up, please join the front car line in your vehicle and car tag, and let the staff member calling names know your child is a walker. If you do not have a vehicle, you may walk up to the front office with a car tag or an ID. During lightning alert, the office staff is monitoring bus issues, the lightning situation, parent phone calls, and communicating with our staff. Please be prepared to wait, as we must verify your ID and escort your child to the front.

Car Line Procedures

Because we have 3 schools on our campus, and limited parking and through-ways, it is essential to be courteous and respectful. In order to facilitate OMS arrival and dismissal, please do NOT arrive before 7:50 am in the morning and 3:00 pm in the afternoon. Also, in the morning, our staff utilizes the third (right) lane to arrive at their parking lot. Please allow them passage through if they are struggling to get by.


Finally, dismissal usually takes much longer than usual the first week of school. Buses might arrive later than expected and our car line usually runs twice as long as usual. Last year, the first few days of car dismissal was close to an hour. While this is not the norm, please be prepared for the delay and plan activities and appointments accordingly. Also, 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 have 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 be ready to depart, (shoes on , bookbag packed up, ready to unbuckle and depart). Parents should stay in their 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.

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 give 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.
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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:

2022-2023 Kindergarten Wait List Information

For more information on registration for students entering Kindergarten in 2022-2023, please view this 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.

Fortify Florida

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