Panther Press

March 2, 2020

Preparedness for COVID-19 at OES

The safety and security of our students is paramount. Please read the important communication from Mrs. Collins, regarding the health and safety of our children and staff. One of the most effective means to prevent illness is hand washing. Please review this flyer from the CDC, on hand washing/hand sanitizer best practices. The School District of Lee County has a link to many useful resources on this topic.

Rally 2020

This year's Rally was a not only a fun filled fundraising event, but also a wonderful time for families and staff to experience an afternoon of being together and enjoying each other's company. Many volunteers contributed their time and talent. Additionally, members of the Foundation spent countless hours to create this successful day. We are so grateful for all the time, energy and effort put into this lovely event.

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A HUGE thank you to PTO for providing funds for our new PE Equipment!

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Dr. Seuss, Early Release, Field Days

We certainly have a busy week upcoming week.

Read Across America: We will be having readers and activities to honor Dr. Seuss for Read Across America.

Early Release: Wednesday is Early Release Day. Specials and lunch schedules will be different. We will dismiss at 12:30.

Field Days: We are excited about Field Day with our new equipment! Students may wear their School Spirit shirt, (or Dr. Seuss shirt on Friday) with school appropriate bottoms. At some grade levels, there are still volunteer spots open. If you are interested, please Click here to volunteer on Field Day. Parents who plan on coming to see the fun should have already completed the RSVP provided in last week's Panther Press.

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Mind Up Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum

This week in MindUP, students will learn about Lesson 14. Performing Acts of Kindness

(To learn more about this curriculum visit Mind Up.)

Please ask your child about the Kindness Tree growing in our OES cafeteria. :)

Cold and Flu Season

OES has had an increase in illnesses. Please remind your child of the importance of hand washing/hand sanitizer and also keeping their hands away from their face. Teachers are doing their best to keep surfaces disinfected and our custodial staff will be doing extra cleaning. Also, our school policy states that a fever is considered 100.0 or higher and the student must remain at home at least 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without the use of medication.

This includes refraining from all on-campus after school clubs and activities. Please reference our illness policy located in the link below:

A Message from Mrs. Gamboa...


The Oasis Library Read-a-Thon started last Monday and runs through March 6. A flyer with information about this fundraiser was sent in your child's folder. As your child builds their minutes and/or raises funds, they will receive additional prizes.

I want your student in Grades K-2 to earn a DRESS OUT OF UNIFORM COUPON to be used Friday, March 6. However, it requires them to register their Read-a-Thon page by March 4th. Your donations are appreciated, but we are looking for students to also record their reading minutes. As students raise funds, they can shop for prizes on the Read-a-Thon page. These prizes will be sent to our school after the Read-a-Thon ends to be distributed.

Students must register their Read-a-Thon page no later than Wednesday, March 4th, to receive this coupon. If you need your child's Read-a-Thon code, please email stating your child's name, and teacher. I will provide another copy with instructions.

Teachers will send the coupon home on March 5th, as a reminder for the child to dress out uniform on March 6.

Note: Students in grades 3-5 have a different dress out of uniform day- March 27th, due to a conflict with Field Day.

At the end: Each grade level's "Top Readers" most minutes and students with the most sponsorship as measured by the most money raised will get a $10 Scholastic Book Fair coupon to spend at the Scholastic BOGO in March.


Many students are reading to reach a milestone in the SSYRA Jr. (K-2) and SSYRA (3-5) Reading Program.

The deadline to read for a milestone is Monday, March 23, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. Note: They must have read at least 8 books to attend the Election Party and all 15 to earn a seat on the Battle of the Books along with earning 70% or higher on the AR Test.

For the 3-5 SSYRA books, we will continue to give out the dog tags through May 15, or until our supply is depleted.

Please make sure if your child is reading to reach a milestone of 3, 8, 12, or 15, that they advise their classroom teacher allowing their reading log card to be updated.

Thank you for encouraging your child to reach for the highest summit of READING!


Please review the AR Fun Day letter, from October, to remind your child of the criteria to earn this super fun day. Please note: The third quarter deadline is approaching. The last day of the quarter is March 12th.

E-Book Collection

Our E book collection contains most of the 2019-2020 SSYRA books along with a few audio books.

You will have 14 days to read, but if you finish early simply go into the account and click RETURN. This will free the copy for someone else and allow your child to check out another ebook.

To access Sora program in the browser,

visit or download the Sora app (Apple or Android) and search for Oasis. Students will sign in using their Oasis Google account username and password.

Username: first

Password: Children in grades 3-5 know their passwords

A letter containing this information was sent home in September.

Please utilize this wonderful resource and CHECK OUT and RETURN often.

Rainbow Reading

The K-2 Rainbow Reading Program is in full swing now. All students received the red reading log at the beginning of the school year. As you and your child read the books listed on the sheet and it is returned during their library visit, they will spin for a prize and receive the next colored log.

The goal is for students to read through the colors of a rainbow and reach "PURPLE". Then they will join us during our Purple People Party in May. During this party, students will wear purple, and eat purple foods, play games, and enjoy time with other readers. The last day to turn in a Rainbow sheet is May 1st.

If you need another red sheet, please send an email and include the student and his or her teacher's name to the request. This is a fun time for your child to explore books in varying genres from your home and public library. Also, they can search for books in the school library during their Specials visit.

Thank you for supporting your child's education.

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Thank You Mrs. Davis for a Wonderful Science Night! We Had Lots of Young Scientists Participate!

Lunch Visitors in the Cafeteria

Thank you to everyone for following our rotating lunch schedule. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

Due to Early Release, Wednesday's lunch times will not be at their regularly scheduled time.

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Wednesday, March 4th is an Early Release Day: Students dismiss at 12:30.

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Watch DOGS and Kids Had a Fun Kickball Event!

Spring Pictures

Spring Pictures are coming soon. This is a pre-paid event. Only students who are buying a package will have their picture taken. If parents are ordering, packages can only be paid for on Picture Day with cash or check, (payable to Joe Capasso) Please note: you can also order your child's class picture on this order form.

Order envelopes are forthcoming. Students do not need to wear uniforms, but are encouraged to dress their best in school appropriate clothes.

Dates for Pictures

K-2: March 11th

3-5: March 12th

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This week at OES...


This week...

Monday, 3/2: Read Across America Week

Tuesday, 3/3 SSYRA JR Book Club (GR: K-2)

Wednesday, 3/4: Early Release Day 12:30 Firehouse Sub Spirit Night; PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

Thursday, 3/5: K-2 Field Day Nutty Scientist (GR: K-1); K Kids

Friday, 3/6: 3-5 Field Day Nutty Scientist (GR: 2-3)

Next Week:

Monday, 3/9

Tuesday, 3/10 Leadership Club (GR: 4-5)

Wednesday, 3/11: Spring Pictures (K-2); ECO Club (GR: 3-5)

Thursday, 3/12 Spring Pictures (3-5) Optimism Club (GR: 2-3 and GR: 4-5); Nutty Scientist (GR: K-1); Chick Fil A Spirit Night (5:00-8:00 PM) Last day of Third Quarter

Friday, 3/13: Professional Duty Day No School for Students

No School for Students: March 13th.

March 16th-March 20th: School Closed due to Spring Break

Volunteering in the OES Cafeteria on Pizza Days

If you would like to help out on our Pizza Days, (Fridays) in the cafeteria, please use this sign up link. (This link has been updated for 2020).

Early Dismissal and Transportation Changes

●If your student needs to have a dismissal change email:

●If a student needs to be picked up from the front office prior to dismissal time, they must be picked up before 2:45. No dismissals will be made after this time.

Fortify App

The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear. FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.

The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. For more information visit:

Official OES Facebook Page Launch

In addition to our web site, Twitter, PTO OES Families Facebook page, we have launched an official OES Facebook page.