The Oxford Update

Oxford Elementary School

Parent Letter From Superintendent Colpitts

To: Parents and Students

From: Superintendent Rick Colpitts

Date: November 3, 2020

RE: Placement of Students

Dear Parents,

The end of the first quarter and trimester is fast approaching. We recognize that the learning experiences your child may have engaged in since the pandemic began are very different from what existed in prior years but hope that the experience you chose for your child is working well.

The district will assume the learning experience your child is currently having is what you choose for your child going forward unless we hear otherwise.

If parents want to change their child from his/her current learning experience to a different learning option there is a process below that outlines how changes will be made, and a deadline.

The district’s overall position on distanced learning is that whenever in-person learning is permissive and possible, it is the preferred method of learning.

The following additional guidelines will be used when making decisions about placement:

Class sizes will be kept within our ‘normal’ range and meet required distancing. A change of location may be needed to create enough classroom space. New registrants may be required to attend a neighboring school that has more capacity. As a last resort, some classes may need to move to an AM/PM schedule.

Students whose parents selected the remote learning option are required to meet the expectations outlined below. The principal will change a remote learning student to in-person learning if the student (and families) have not met these expectations when participating in remote learning:

  1. attend daily classes online

  2. complete and submit assignments

  3. participate in all individual conference sessions

  4. meet academic growth expectations

  5. have reliable internet access (packets will not be provided)

We are hopeful that the learning environment that you have chosen is working well for your child to be successful. However, if you feel a change is needed, this is the process for requesting a change in placement:

  • Complete a Change Request form at this link or contact your school secretary to have a form sent to you.

  • Complete the form by Saturday, November 14th

  • Principals will make the placement decision after reviewing the parent request form and speaking with the parents. This is consistent with current Board policy JGAB-Assignment of Students to Classes.

Reminders About Holiday Travel

As the holidays approach and we all begin to make plans for where we are celebrating, we wanted to share a few reminders regarding travel outside of the State of Maine. Per Maine CDC guidelines, anyone traveling outside of the State of Maine will need to quarantine for 14 days on their return OR receive a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to school. Please consult the Maine CDC website for an updated list of states that are exempt from the quarantine and testing requirements. These guidelines are constantly changing so please make sure you are consulting the Maine CDC website, your doctor's office, or the school nurse to ensure you know what the expectations are for your child's return to school.

Feel free to reach out to the school nurse, Mrs. Monahan, if you have any questions or concerns about this requirement or your child's health.

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The 100 Mile Club

Oxford Elementary School's 4th and 5th-grade students have been participating in the Mount Everest Challenge while being out at Roberts Farm. Each class records their steps for the day and are working towards reaching the top of the mountain. So far all of the classes together have walked 1,765,968 steps or 883 miles since the start of school! Awesome job to everyone! Keep up the hard work. We are about halfway up the mountain.

The 100 Mile Club #stayactive #healthyliving

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Oxford Elementary's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Click the button above to visit our first ever Virtual Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair is open through November 18th. Happy book shopping!

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WinterKids Winter Games

Join us this January for an entire month of fun & engaging indoor/outdoor activities & challenges with the WinterKids Winter Games!

Sign your class up to participate (it's FREE!) at…/winterkids-winter-games/

In this year of many challenges, we are adapting the Games for 2021 to be less competitive and more inclusive. With outside being the safest place to be, our goal is to provide resources for students that are focused on the outdoors, require little screen time, and are easy for teachers and parents to implement, whether kids are in a hybrid or remote learning model. We look forward to having you be a part of the fun!

Important Dates To Remember

All week - Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, 11/10 - Mrs. Tucker's class to Roberts Farm

Wednesday, 11/11 - No School, Veterans' Day

Thursday, 11/12 - Ms. Kirby's class to Roberts Farm

Friday, 11/13 - Fun Friday: Wacky Hair Day

Oxford Elementary School

Tiffany Karnes, Principal

Denise Bourgoine, Assistant Principal

Arica Monahan, School Nurse

Jill Knight, Secretary

Christine Merrill, Secretary