Oneka Elementary Newsletter

August, 2022

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Welcome Back!

The 2022-2023 school year is upon us and it is going to be amazing! We are beyond excited to welcome our Early Childhood and PreK students for the next year or two, and to permanently have Kindergarten and first grade students return to our building.
WBLAS Back to School Website

Please access this site for information regarding busing, nutrition services, academic calendars, classroom supply lists by school, the Annual Family Update and more.

Teacher Assignments for K-5, 2022-2023

On Thursday, August 25th, students and families will be able to access their teacher assignment by logging into ParentVUE (link below). At this time, families will also be able to sign-up for a Welcome Back Conference and/or a Kindergarten Orientation with their child(ren)'s teacher(s).

ParentVUE by Synergy is our new Student Information System that supports student demographics, schedules, attendance, grades and more. ParentVUE is replacing Skyward Family Access and is being used for the 2022-23 Online Annual Family Update.

Welcome Back Conference Sign-up Information

On Thursday, August 25th, families will receive an email with a link to Sign-Up Genius for selecting a Welcome Back Conference with their child(ren)'s teacher(s). Should you have any difficulty with this process, please contact your child(ren)'s teacher(s) for assistance in securing an appointment.

Welcome Back Conferences & Kindergarten Orientation Round 1

Wednesday, Aug. 31st, 1-8pm

Oneka Elementary School

Students and their families will meet their teacher, see their classroom, set up their locker and desk or learning space, and participate in a quick reading assessment in the media center.

Welcome Back Conferences & Kindergarten Orientation Round 2

Tuesday, Sep. 6th, 11am-6pm

Oneka Elementary School

Kindergarten Orientation Round 3

Wednesday, Sep. 7th, 8am-2pm

Oneka Elementary School

First Day of School!

  1. Wednesday, September 7th, for students in grades 1-5
  2. Thursday, September 8th, for students in Kindergarten
  3. Monday, September 12th for Early Childhood and PreK students

School hours:

  • Arrival/Drop-off begins at 7:30 am
  • Academic day begins at 7:45 am
  • Dismissal begins at 2:15 pm

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Please note that meals will NOT be free for all students in the 2022-2023 school year. Breakfast costs $1.70 (free for Kindergarten students). Lunch costs $2.95 for early childhood (at locations where meals are provided) and elementary (through grade 5), and $3.25 for secondary students (grades 6-12+).

Free or Reduced-Price School Meals

Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, but please know that a new application must be submitted each year. To apply, complete the Application for Educational benefits online or in paper form as soon as possible. Paper applications can be found in your school office or by contacting Nutrition Services. Additional benefits may be available to students who qualify such as lower or no fees for activities, testing and more. See additional information here.

Please contact Nutrition Services at 651-407-7515 or with any questions or for a paper application.

Depositing money into student lunch accounts

Families may deposit funds into their student’s lunch accounts via SmartSchoolK12 at this link, or students may deposit money into their accounts before school or during lunch in the school cafeteria. Any unused balance from the 2021-22 school year will carry over to be used for the 2022-23 school year.

Please contact Technology at 651-407-7637 or with any questions related to depositing money via SmartSchoolK12.

Full Day PreK Morning Drop-off and Afternoon Pick-up

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Construction Project

Our new addition construction begins this school year! It will be noisy, it will be messy, at times, it will be disruptive. I ask all of us to be flexible and patient during this time, as I know it will be challenging for our students to overcome some of the distractions of such a large scale project.

As a reminder, we are adding a cluster of five classrooms to the front of our building, and will be renovating the media center to open it up to the hallway to make it more inviting and a “hub” for the school.

Here is what to expect:

  • Staging and set up will be starting now. Crews will begin bringing in equipment, signage, and setting up the fencing around the work zones.

  • NO PARKING IN NORTH LOT (bus loop). The construction crew will need to use that space for staging and to more easily access the work zone.

  • We will not have access to Door B at all this year, and will have limited access - EMERGENCIES and DRILLS only - to Door C.

  • Most of our patio space in the front will be fenced off for construction.

  • September 12th will be the first day of construction. Crews will spend September working on setting the foundation for the addition. Here is the proposed timeline for project:

    • Late September - outside wall comes down

    • Oct/Nov - walls go up

    • Late Jan - roof complete

    • Feb - windows in

    • March - interior work begins

    • May - start emptying out Media Center

    • June - August: Media Center renovation and final touches on new addition

  • Please talk in depth with your children about the construction, including:

    • Keeping their distance from the project - CRITICAL

    • At times, inside the building they will experience…

      • Noise

      • Messiness & blocked off areas (near Doors B and C)

      • Smells

      • Construction workers in the building: they will be easily identified by uniforms and hard hats

      • Possible power surges

      • Possible fire alarms when not a scheduled drill - I will have the crews alert me when they expect this to happen so we can prepare our students, but please know it may be an hour or less notice.

  • As the construction unfolds, there will undoubtedly be changes to the timeline which I will make sure to keep you informed with updates.

Oneka Construction Project

Check back monthly for updates on our expansion project!

Fall Picture Day!

Tuesday, Sep. 13th, 8am-2pm

Oneka Elementary School

Information for ordering fall pictures will be coming soon!
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Oneka PTA

Please consider joining our incredible PTA this year! This website contains all the information you need to help support our school and/or join the PTA.

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Oneka Elementary Student & Family Handbook

Please refer to this document for detailed information about our school and daily procedures.

About us

School Day: 7:30 am - 2:15 pm

School Office Hours: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Extended Day Hours: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm

Attendance Line: 651-288-1802
Health Office: 651-288-1803

*Photo courtesy of Vrieze family