November 8, 2020

Report Card Time

You should be receiving your child's report card via email between November 6-10 from your child’s teacher. Please look over the report card with your child, and spend some time praising them for their accomplishments. It is also a good time to set reasonable goals for the remaining time while distance learning. Whether your child brings home good marks or poor ones, your reaction may have a greater effect on your child than you realize. Your attitude, and how you talk and listen to them, can make a huge difference in how your child responds and sets goals for the future. Also, it's important to put this report card in perspective and remember this trimester was graded while distance learning. As with most things this year, report cards will look different than in the past. Teachers will be giving marks in some standards, but not others. Certain standards have been identified as “essential standards”

Essential Standards are the priority for 2020-2021, however, students will receive exposure to all Common Core Standards. The remaining standards may be given an optional progress indicator, “E” for embedded. This indicates a standard not specifically being assessed, but embedded and integrated in the curriculum and content area in other ways. “E” marks are based on observation, student participation, and work samples.

Parent Contact Information Needed

Earlier this year, parents were sent an email from “Registration Support” to update your child’s emergency data in their PowerSchool Enrollment Portal. This information is critical, especially with the upcoming re-opening of our campus. Another email was sent to families on Friday, November 6 who have yet to complete their updates. Please look for the email and complete your child’s updates as soon as possible. It is very important that we have the correct contact information for both parents as well as your emergency contacts. Please remember that the emergency contacts are people other than the parents who can be reached during the school day if we cannot get ahold of you in the event of an emergency. Please contact our office if you have any questions. Thank you

Reopening Plan

A copy of USD's Reopening Plan is attached which may be helpful in answering some of your questions with regards to in-person learning. Hybrid schedules, cohort options, and more will be shared in the coming weeks.
Also, please remember to mark your calendars for the November 16th Board Meeting, 6:00 pm. Superintendent, Denise Coleman will provide the community with the latest update regarding the reopening plan and in-person learning.
USD's Reopening Plan

A helpful resource for parents to answer some frequently asked questions.

Principal's Pumpkin Challenge

Thank you to those who participated in the Pumpkin Challenge. All the submissions were so creative and thoughtful!
Pumpkin Challenge

Oster's Science Quiz

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Thank you to everyone (families, teachers, and friends) who encouraged students to participate in the October Science quiz. This was reflected in the 100 new registrations, and excellent participation for this month’s quiz. A big shout out to all the kids who enthusiastically took the quiz.

A note for Science Quiz Families,

  • If your student is already registered with the Cougar Science Quiz, there is no need to register them every month.

  • For students who want to register now, the link to register will be posted on our Oster HSC website a week before the next quiz.

Please confirm that your student is signed up for the right level. Level 1 is for 1st grade. Level 2 is for 2nd and 3rd grades. Level 3 is for 4th and 5th grades. If you need to change their registration, let us know at osterhsc@gmail.com and we will move them to their respective grade levels.
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Oster Needs Your Support!

The Oster Home & School Club is an all-volunteer parent and community organization open to all Oster families. Our objective is to provide programs and activities that enrich the education of each student attending Oster Elementary School.

Each year we raise 100% of the funds necessary to support core enrichment programs in areas such as reading, math, music, and science that are not covered by the State or District. Although this school year looks very different, there are several critical programs that need to be funded. First, our upper-grade play structure is in need of replacement, and our goal is to get that taken care of while the students are away from campus. We have also provided each teacher with an additional $100 each for supplemental resources they may need during distance learning. Additionally, because of the COVID crisis, we are not able to hold in-person fundraisers this year, which means your donations are extremely important.

Our goal is to raise $40,000 through the Education Fund by November 13, 2020. Your direct donation, and any employer match, will help us pay for the student, school, and faculty programs that we have committed to for this school year. The class with the most participation will be rewarded with a prize!

Since we fund about $250 per student each year, the suggested donation per student is $250.

No matter what you donate, we encourage every family to participate in this critical fund drive.

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Mark your Calendars!

  • November 11: Veterans Day (No School)

  • November 12: HSC Board Meeting 6-7 PM (via Zoom: Link will be posted on HSC Website)

  • November 16: USD's Board Meeting

  • November 20: Oster Spirit Day (Share your family pet or stuffed animal)

  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 21 - January 1: Winter Break

COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County

Latest news for the community.

November 7, 2020

Don't be fooled this flu season
With colder weather comes flu season, and with COVID-19 also circulating in our community, flu shots are even more important this year. Each winter, people sick with the flu crowd hospitals and urgent care clinics, resources that may be needed for COVID-19 patients. Flu shots can prevent a disease that hospitalizes 200,000 Americans every year.

How does the flu shot benefit you?
  • Best way to avoid getting the flu
  • Reduces missed work and school due to the flu
  • Prevents flu-related hospitalizations
  • Protects those you care for, work with, and live with
This year, people with flu symptoms will likely have to get a COVID-19 test, stay home from work, and isolate away from their families while awaiting results. Symptoms of the flu can be similar to early symptoms of COVID-19.

It is easy to get a flu shot at our many locations. No health insurance is needed and everyone is welcome regardless of immigration status.

Protect your family, friends, and community. Reduce your chance of ending up in the hospital with severe flu by getting a flu shot today. Continue to wear a face covering, keep more than 6 feet apart from others, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
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GREAT RESOURCE - FREE TUTORING From the Santa Clara Public Library.