Weekly Family Update # 13

November 8, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,

There is a lot of important information the newsletter this week, but here are some key highlights:

- School pictures are coming this week, the sign up is below.

- There is no school on Wednesday 11/11 in observance in Veteran’s Day.

- The Book Fair continues this week, use the links below to support the library and find some new books.

- Please encourage your student to keep their camera on during instruction in Zoom meetings, our teachers miss seeing those smiling Falcon faces.

- The Falcon Fund Fall Fundraising Campaign kicks off this week. Please help support our Falcon Foundation, they are an incredibly important support system for our students and staff.

- Check out the reopening presentation for more detailed information on our reopening plan and timeline, the short version is we are looking to open for students who opt for on-campus on January 19th in a simultaneous teacher model (one lesson, two environments) with a hybrid schedule where students would be on campus two days a week.

If you have not seen the live forum on Reopening Information, please see the link below. I have posted an FAQ on our website that is also posted below that answers many of the questions that have come up. This week we will submit our plan to the board to open with a simultaneous teaching model on January 19th. This is explained in detail in the reopening presentation, this model means that teachers will be teaching virtual students via Zoom and on-campus students, who will still be on a computer, in the classroom, at the same time. One lesson, two environments. The style of teaching will be a continuation of what is happening right now, meaning that the way teachers are engaging with students will be same, Canvas, Zoom, digital assignments, etc, some students, however, will be in classrooms on-campus while this is happening, while others will be at home. Students who opt to be on-campus will be utilizing a Chromebook to engage in their courses and interact with their virtual peers using Canvas and other digital tools. Students who opt to be on-campus will be on site two days a week and will be interacting with their classes digitally via Zoom just as they are now on the days when they are home.

More details will be included in the newsletter next week after the Board meeting scheduled for 11/12/20. I will also be sending out a message next week to resurvey all families on their choice to remain virtual moving forward or if they want to opt to have their students return to campus. Families have the option to change their mind from their original selection back in July.

I hope you all have enjoyed the change in weather this weekend!!

Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!

Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young


Oak Valley Middle School

Oak Valley Falcon Foundation

Coming to an email box near you - the Falcon Fund 2020 Fall Fundraising Campaign!

Check your email for all the information you need, and be sure to look here and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oakvalleyfalconfoundation for more fun facts about the Foundation and our funding needs.

THERE WILL BE PRIZES! Donors prior to December 8th will have an opportunity to win restaurant gift cards, and even a set of Apple AirPods! Made your donation already? Don't worry - we'll include you in the drawings. More details on those opportunities coming soon... donate now at www.OakValleyFalconFoundation.com

School Pictures This Week!

Lifetouch will photograph Oak Valley students on November 9th, 10th, 12th and 13th, from 2:00 - 6:00pm in the gym. To minimize the number of students on campus, you must reserve a time to have your student photographed. Click HERE or the image below to access the SignUpGenuis form.

This is the photo that will be in the OVMS 2020-2021 yearbook, so please be sure to reserve a time to bring your student to have their picture taken!

Please also adhere to the following protocols:

  • Only students will be allowed to exit vehicles and enter campus, parents must remain in vehicles. Masks must be worn at all times by all students, as well as follow social distancing guidelines. All students will have their temperature taken before entering the gym.
  • Please see the attached map to get a better understanding of the route and process.
  • One designated entrance and one designated exit will be used to help maintain social distancing and lessen the instances of students closely passing each other.
  • Students will be directed to the covered area near the main gate, next to the gym, to begin.
  • We will have markers to ensure safe distancing while waiting in line.
  • Once students are photographed, we ask that they exit the gym, to their vehicles, as quickly as possible.
  • Students will not receive their ID cards at this time.

Please adhere to the time you signed up so that the process is smooth for all of our OVMS families

Ordering information can be found at: mylifetouch.com, the OVMS Picture Day ID is: EVTQT3QQN

PTSA Breakfast Of Champions

Congratulations to our Breakfast of Champions winners for the month of October. Each month we highlight one of the 6 Character Counts! pillars; staff selects two students each year who embody those characteristics. Mr. Young delivered a certificate, yard sign, and a little breakfast treat to each winner. Thank to the PTSA for sponsoring this event each year!!

Congratulations to all of our winners for the month of Caring!

Joseph L.

Saniyah T.

Jason M.

Abigail B.

Jasper N.

Victoria A.

Tendo T.

Lena X.

Reece G.

Gerty R.

Harkirat H.

Mia M.

Gunnar M.

Rylee H.

Amitesh S.

Lauren S.

David L.

James G.

Laura H.

Parker H.

Lilah E.

Jeslyn T.

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Counseling Update

Falcons, our counselors are here for you! Click here for the latest update.

Reflections Program Awards

It is our pleasure to inform you that the following students' art pieces have been judged as Outstanding and are recognized with an "Award of Excellence" by our OVMS PTSA Reflections Program! Congratulations!

Award of Excellence - Photography

Addison S.

Bianca S.

Shiya U.

Award of Excellence - Music Composition

Izabella C.

Award of Excellence - Visual Arts

Bianca S.

Kavya G.

Sammy L.

Sarah C.

Sophie C.

Award of Excellence - Literature

Kavya G.

Award of Excellence - Dance Choreography

Bianca S.

Ella H.

Gloria Z.

Mandy W.

Shiya U.

In addition, their art pieces will be advancing to be judged by the Palomar Council.

Congratulations from the Oak Valley Middle School PTSA Reflections Committee!

Thank you for supporting the PTA Reflections Art program and your dedication to providing the students and families an amazing opportunity.


Andrea Montenegro

OVMS PTSA Reflections Program Chair

Adopt A Family

Once again, Oak Valley is teaming up with PTSA to support Oak Valley families in need of some extra assistance during the holiday season. We will be accepting cash donations as well as gift cards. To make a donation, click HERE or on the image below. If you would like to donate a gift card, please email Oak Valley Student Services Specialist, Sandy Stromberg at: sstromberg@powayusd.com.

November is Native American Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. Learn more here!

Quiz Bowl

Quiz bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, and more. There are also tournaments for individual players rather than teams. Organized quiz bowl competitions are available in most states and at grade levels from middle school up. If you are interested in joining Oak Valley's Quiz Bowl team, please sign up using the this link by November 12, 2020. Classes will be held via Zoom for the time being. More information will be sent out later.

Click Here for the OVMS Book Fair Trailer

Check out this Book Fair Trailer created by our very own OVMS Studios Club. These students wrote it, coded it, and published it in about two days. Thanks for your AMAZING work, Falcons!

The Book Fair Continues This Week

Our Scholastic Book Fair continues ONLINE until November 15th! All purchases benefit Oak Valley and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.

Enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, value packs AND the NEW Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book #15!!

  • All orders ship direct to home

  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*

  • All purchases support our school!

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/oakvalleymiddleschool5

Does your student like adventure & fantasy books, graphic novels, or books about how they can make a difference? Would your student like historical fiction, realistic fiction, or mystery books? Mrs. Chambers has these recommendations and more that she made for our OVMS students! Check out her suggestions here!

Feel free to contact Katie Burns at katie.n.burns@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Happy reading!

*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.

Click Here To Enter The OVMS Virtual Book Fair

The book fair runs 11/2-11/15. Come shop for some great books and help support the Library!


Wear your OVMS "Together We Are Stronger" shirt and get the following deals:

Choice Juicery in Del Sur

Every Sunday in October & November you will receive a free Super Boost with the purchase of any smoothie or bowl.

Chick-fil-A in Del Sur

Every TUESDAY in November stop by from 3pm-5pm and receive a complimentary ice cream! *No other purchase necessary.

Check Out Library Books

Falcons, the Oak Valley Library is available for you to check out books! You can request books from our in-house library collection to pick up from school on Thursdays and keep at home to read for two weeks before returning them. We will accept requests up until 2:00pm on Wednesdays for the following day.

Click HERE for more information and to submit your request.

PUSD Parenting 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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