Weekly Family Update # 4

September 6, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Falcons Families,


We have had a great first week here at Oak Valley. Lots of teachers were broadcasting from their classrooms and I was able to pop in and say hi. I cannot thank this community enough for your patience and grace as we have prepared to get this school year going. We had a few glitches this past week and some families needed help with technology, but overall, it was a great success. There were so many huge smiles in little Zoom boxes. It was amazing to see our students engaged in conversations with their teacher and with their peers. School is back!! It made me so happy to see our Falcons again. We will continue to work hard this week to get students back in the swing of school. Teachers are spending extra time on social/emotional supports and creating a kind and caring Virtual Learning environment. This will be critical as we move forward.


If you are still having connection issues, or your student is confused on where they should be, please reach out to main office number, 858-487-2939 and we will help! There is a button below that links to the new PUSD Parent Academy. This is a huge resource filled with lots of information on how to navigate the various programs used in PUSD. I highly recommend you check it out. As a staff, we will continue to refine and align our process as we move forward to make navigating Canvas as easy as possible for students and families.


We had a great kick off to the new school year and I look forward to seeing our student’s brains engaged in thinking and learning again! I hope everyone has a relaxing day off tomorrow. Remember that Tuesday is our weekly late start day, school will begin at 9:30. The bell schedule is linked below in this newsletter.


Have a wonderful Labor Day Falcons!



Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young

Principal

Oak Valley Middle School

coyoung@powayusd.com

Click here for the Weekly Counseling Office Update

Our counselors are here for you Falcons! Make sure to check the latest update from the Counseling office.

Click Here to View the OVMS Virtual Learning Guidebook

Our staff has created a Virtual Learning Family Guidebook which answers some of the most common questions that have come up over the past few weeks. Please read through this valuable resource.

Click Here to View the Virtual Learning Bell Schedule

Click here to view the update Virtual Learning Bell Schedule and Even/Odd Calendar. A paper was given to all families at Registration to keep at home.

PTSA

Welcome back Falcon Families. Our PTSA is here to support the students, staff, and community of Oak Valley Middle School.


Be sure to join Oak Valley PTSA! Joining is quick and easy and membership is only $20.00.

Please use this LINK link to join PTSA online.


Back to school means it is time to get your Oak Valley Spirit Wear! This year we have an online store that is open, fully stocked, and ready to go. We have new items this year. Get your Spirit Wear now by clicking this LINK.

Thank You From ASB

GREAT TEAMWORK! Our first ASB event for the new school year was a success! We collected over 480 canned foods held in conjunction with school registration week. Thank you everyone for your generosity during these challenging and uncertain times. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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Foundation

Welcome “back” to school, Falcon Families! While school looks different and a little strange for now, we still have the same world-class educators and exceptional students filling our Zooms, Kahoots and FlipGrids. Your Oak Valley Foundation is already working behind the scenes to help fund programming, equipment, training and materials to support all Falcon students and faculty. Did you know Foundation donations funded the shade structures that are part of the new building? We were getting our campus ready for outdoor learning before it was cool! Want to learn more about past and future funding plans? Be sure to follow the Oak Valley Falcon Foundation on Facebook


We need your help funding the budget gaps between what Oak Valley is given for expenses versus what we need to maintain our highest standards in education. Can you help with a donation of $150 or more to fund things like Science class lab consumables that students can use at home? What about $300 to support our Gateway to Technology or Art electives for much needed, non-funded supplies? Make your tax-deductible donation now at www.oakvalleyfalconfoundation.com and help us support learning for all of our Falcons!


The Foundation is run by parent volunteers, and with only three short years at the school, our board is ever-changing. Want a voice in fundraising and spending? We’d love to have you join our board of directors. Contact Foundation President, Darrell Keller, at ovfalconfoundation@gmail.com for more information.

Do You Still Need a Chromebook?

Do you need a Chromebook?


Please email Ms. Gigi at ghotaling@powayusd.com. She can reserve a Chromebook for you and make sure you are online and ready for your classes. Please be patient, she is responding to ALL emails and will help you as soon as possible.

Poway Unified 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