The Owl's Nest January


Oakleigh Elementary School

Principal: Sharon Mason-
Assistant Principal: Lisa Grace-

The Principal’s Corner

Happy New Year!

January is a time for renewed focus and commitment to academics. Students will complete MAP assessments in January for both reading and math. Scores for students in grades 2-5 will be measured against their scores from the fall to determine how much growth has been made so far this year. Students and teachers have been working hard, so I expect to see great results.

I have exciting news to share! Oakleigh Elementary will receive additional funding next year through a Title I grant. The funding will help support academic and behavioral goals for our school. I will share more information as it is made available to me.

Have a wonderful January!

January Dates To Remember

January 3rd- School Reopens

January 13th- 2nd Marking Period Ends

January 13th- 3 Hour Early Dismissal for Students

January 16th- Schools and Offices Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Day

January 17th- No School for Students- Professional Day for Teachers

January 26th- Distribution of Report Cards


Hello Oakleigh Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the Winter Break. Thanks to the staff, PTA members, and our business partners for supporting Oakleigh’s PTA.

The yearbook committee is starting to work on the pages for the book. Please send any photos from the Fall to Jean at

Due to the school’s renovation, the PTA is not able to hold our events at Oakleigh. We are looking at other venues to hold our Family events.

Mark your calendars…

January 3rd – PTA monthly meeting at 5:30pm

January 18th – Family Spirit Night at Bertucci’s 11:00am-10:00pm

January 26th – PTA Night at Chuck-E-Cheese 3:00-9:00pm

Stay connected – Check out the PTA’s website, and our Facebook page for event information, PTA flyers, Spirit Items, resources, membership information, and much more.

Take Care,

Jean White (PTA President)

Pre-K News

Happy New Year. We are looking forward to learning more letters and words throughout the rest of this school year. Please continue to read to your children every night. As the weather turns colder, please remember to send your child to school with a hat and mittens. We try to go outside daily. If you haven't replaced your child's extra clothing please do so as soon as possible.

Kindergarten News

Dear Parents and Families,

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday break! Kindergarten students are excited to be back at school. This month we begin our next science exploration kit. We will be discussing the weather and seasonal changes that occur. Ask your child about weather maps and changes in the temperature. Our Math unit will focus on measuring and counting. Please continue to have your child practice counting from 1-100! We will begin looking at subtraction as well. Ask your child about Dreambox! The Kindergarten children love answering math questions and earning tokens! Keep up the good work with reading as well. The children are learning more sight words and beginning to write more words! Ask your child how to blend sounds together! Just keep reading!

Stay Warm,

The Kindergarten Team

1st Grade News

Dear Families,

Our first grade school year is flying by fast! In reading we have moved into unit 3, which focuses on types of fiction including plays and folktales. In math, students have been working hard with identifying, writing, and using numbers to 120. In health, students have been learning about teeth and ways to keep them clean and healthy.

We are very excited that our devices have arrived! Students have been using them on a daily basis in all academic areas. The devices are extremely motivating and are great for differentiating student learning! Please allow students to use their BCPS One resources at home as well!

The First Grade Team

2nd Grade News

Dear Families,

We hope you had an enjoyable holiday break! Second grade is eager to jump back into learning. During reading this month, we will begin unit 4 of reading. We will read nonfiction texts to gather information. In math, we will continue to look at odd and even numbers. Keep practicing those math facts!

Looking forward to a great second half of the school year,

The Second Grade Team

3rd Grade News

As we move forward into the second half of the school year, please remember to refresh your child’s supplies. Notebooks and folders may need to be replaced due to wear and tear and also check if additional pencils and glue sticks are needed. Many students still do not have earbuds for their devices, which are necessary to cut down on distractions when the students are using them. Wal-Mart, the Dollar Store, and Walgreens all carry inexpensive earbuds. Also, as the weather has turned cold, please send your child to school with a winter coat, a hat, and gloves as we go outside for recess if the temperature allows.

Has your child told you about a story that we have read together in class? If not, ask them about "The Roadrunner's Dance" or perhaps you would like to know about "Martina the Beautiful Cockroach". Now that your child has had the opportunity to engage in reading some exciting fables and folktales, they will be creating a fable of their very own! Encourage him/her to be thinking about what the moral of their fable will be. Also, thank you for all of your support with "The Great Poetry Race". It has proven to be a great way to improve your child's fluency and hopefully they have had fun reading with you too.

The third quarter brings us back to multiplication and division in Mathematics. Close attention will be placed on solving story problems using both operations. The goal for students is to develop a much deeper understanding of both multiplication and division, including how they are related to each other. Please allow your children to practice their math skills by utilizing Dream Box independently at home. The students enjoy playing the online games which build their foundational skills in math.

As always, please email or call with any questions, concerns, or compliments!

The Third Grade Team

4th Grade News

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! It's hard to believe the year is almost half over! As we come back from the holiday mood, we will be working hard to re-establish routines and our best habits. This may be a good time to talk about resolutions and putting our best efforts in, as we grow closer to being fifth graders, with more responsibilities. In math, we're working through division, so please keep practicing the multiplication facts. They are so very important to division, as well as fractions. In ELA, we are continuing to improve our writing skills, and delving deeper into our reading. Social Studies and science have us learning more about early American history, and keep an eye out for info about a late winter STEM Fair. And as always, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for cold weather, as we go out for recess as often as possible, and soon our tissue supply will be seriously dwindling. Please send in a box if possible. Second half of the year - here we come!

5th Grade

Hello Oakleigh Families,

Happy New Year Parents! We hope you had a relaxing and restful Holiday break. In the month of January, be sure to check BCPS 1 to keep up to date grades for your child. The marking period ends on Friday, January 13th. Also, band students be sure to remember your instruments on band days, Monday mornings, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The year has been going fast and we are hoping for a fantastic 2017!


The Fifth Grade Team


We are still enthusiastically collecting Box Tops for Education. Please continue to send in valid (please check the expiration date) box tops from the products that come into your home. Last year we raised $1400.00, which was used to purchase a variety of items to be used here at school. This year so far, we have already raised $1,000.00, and we are hoping to expand this fantastic start before the March deadline. As an added incentive, if your child brings in box tops, there is a small prize for every set of 50. To ensure proper credit to your child, it's best if they come in a bag or envelope, with your child's name, as well as their teacher's. So please keep clipping and saving. It's really adding up to help, and everyone's "little bit" can add up to something great.

Physical Education News

As the weather has become colder, please keep in mind that students still need sneakers or tennis shoes for safe participation in Physical Education. If your student is wearing boots, please consider sending a pair of shoes that they can change into for class so that they do not miss any of their classwork.

Thank You.

Mr. Strevig and Mrs. Bornman


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