Community Soar Report
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Term One Reflections
Greetings Eagle Families,
November provides us with various reminders regarding the importance of reflection. From the end of a marking period, to Veterans Day, to Thanksgiving; November is filled with opportunities for us to pause and reflect. During these moments, it’s imperative that we celebrate our accomplishments as well as think about the things we could change to ensure that we are even more successful in the future.
Upon reflecting on the first 10 weeks of the 2020-2021 school year, I am incredibly proud and thankful for the dedication that our students, staff, and community members have exhibited. While the journey over the past several weeks has not always been smooth, we have learned so many valuable lessons about our new virtual learning environment. One thing that has stood out to me is the resilience of our students. Their adaptability and commitment to excellence has been demonstrated countless times throughout the first term. I hope the grit and perseverance that they have shown continues as we progress through the rest of the school year.
I would be remiss if I did not take time to extend a huge thank you to our parents and guardians for all of your hard work and support throughout the first term. I know the transition to and continuation of virtual learning is not easy. The virtual learning environment requires a tremendous amount of support and time from you, for which I am incredibly grateful. I know that without your direct support our students would not have been as successful as they were.
As I have shared in previous communications, I value your feedback. This includes reflections, suggestions, and celebrations. Our continued collaboration will help ensure that the OMS staff is able to provide your child(ren) with the best education possible. I hope that you will consider taking time to complete the “Term One Reflections” form. The responses from this form will be reviewed by administration as well as members of the OMS School Improvement/Leadership Team.
Again, thank you so much for your continued support. Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything as we move into the second term.
Daniel L. Enck
Attendance - Students should make every possible attempt to attend each synchronous session of their daily schedule. However, there will be times during the year in which a student is unable to attend due to connectivity issues, appointments, illness, etc. If your child misses a session or sessions for any of these reasons, please email a note to our attendance secretary, Ms. Nancy Sanders at email@example.com. Please include your child's first and last name, grade, date of absence, and reason for absence. If Ms. Sanders has any questions, she will reach out for clarification.
Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) - ELO is a new program for OMS and is accessible for ALL of our students. ELO provides students with an opportunity to seek guidance/clarification/help from an OMS staff member after school hours. ELO will utilize a "drop-in" model in which students will have access to a unique Google Meet link for our ELO staff. We are offering ELO on the following days/times:
- Monday: 4:00PM - 5:00PM and 5:00PM - 6:00PM
- Tuesday: 4:00PM - 5:00PM and 5:00PM - 6:00PM
- Wednesday: 4:00PM - 5:00PM and 5:00PM - 6:00PM
- Thursday: 4:00PM - 5:00PM and 5:00PM - 6:00PM
- Friday: 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Students can access the ELO Google Meet links by joining the Oakdale Middle School ELO Schoology Group with the following group code: RRMP-2M9S-VX69F
Library Media Updates -
Are you a spelling whiz? Consider joining the OMS Spelling Club. The club will meet on Mondays @ 2:30 pm in the Google meet omsweberelo. The school spelling bee will be on Friday, February 5, 2021.
Book club is under way! The book club meets during lunch from 12-12:30 pm, once a week through November 19. If you missed our first book, sign up for the December book club by sending Ms. Katelyn Weber a Schoology message or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Future books will be announced at a later date.
Curbside book pick up will be Monday, November 16 - Friday, November 20 from 8:00am - 5:00 pm. Please ensure that an adult can bring you to OMS to pick up the items. A cart labeled alphabetically will sit outside the front doors that week. Use the following links to put holds on specific book titles or click HERE to complete a Google Form to receive a holiday book bundle.
Schoology Group Code: S6ZM-8SNT-53NST
Term One Report Cards - Term One report cards will be mailed home on Thursday, November 19th.
Wednesday Rotations - We will continue our Wednesday "A-day" or "B-day" rotations through Term Two. The weeks for this term are as follows:
- Week of 11/9: A Week
- Week of 11/16: B Week
- Week of 11/30: A Week
- Week of 12/7: B Week
- Week of 12/14: A Week
- Week of 12/21: B Week
- Week of 1/4: A Week
- Week of 1/11: B Week
- Week of 1/18: A Week
- Week of 1/25: B Week
Please check out the first edition of "News From The Nest" - the student created digital magazine!
Please take some time to explore the artwork created by 7th and 8th grade students in Ms. Wetzel's visual arts class!
Construction update from Keller Brothers Inc.:
- Complete Exterior Framing and Sheathing.
- Complete storm and vent piping to the roof.
- Complete electrical rough ins to the roof.
- Install roof blocking and roof curbs.
- Start air barrier install at parapet walls ahead of roofer.
- Start duct work and water piping above ceiling elevations.
- Start install of brick ties and flashing at exterior walls.
- Start install of interior wall framing.
November look ahead key milestones:
- Roofing material delivery Monday November 2nd. Roofing to start Tuesday the 11/3.
- Complete interior wall framing.
- Start In wall plumbing and electrical rough ins.
- Continue duct work, water piping, refrigeration, and electric work above ceiling.
- Complete brick tie and flashing installs at exterior walls.
- Start exterior wall air barrier and spray foam install.
- Layout work and projected to start brick install by end of the month.
Mid-October Aerial Photo
Crews are wrapping up the exterior framing and preparing for sheathing.
Crews have finished all of the exterior sheathing.
Crews prepare for all of the interior framing.
Technology Tool - Read&Write Extension
The Read&Write extension for Google Chrome works within the Chrome web browser to support students in reading and writing. The R&W extension integrates with Schoology and can be used to read PDFs too. Using the extension, students can access spell check, predictive typing, dictionary, picture dictionary, read to, web search, screen mask to focus on chunks of text, talk & type, highlight, and create vocabulary lists. All of these are powerful tools to promote success in a digital environment. Please explore the following links to learn more about the Read&Write extension.
You may cantact Ms. Katelyn Weber with any questions about the Read&Write extension.
Important Dates/Upcoming Events
Tuesday, November 10th - First day of Term Two
Wednesday, November 11th - PTSA Virtual General Meeting @ 6:00
Tuesday, November 17th - OMS SGA Night at Chick-fil-A @ 5:00-8:00 (Monocacy Blvd location)
Thursday, November 19th - Term One Report Cards issued
Wednesday, November 25th - Schools Closed - Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, November 26th - Schools Closed - Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 27th - Schools Closed - Thanksgiving Break
Hebba Hassanein - President
Joyce Hamba - Vice President
Jonathan Munemo - Vice President
Lisa Nelson - Secretary
Suzanne Trotter - Treasurer
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
Wednesday, November 11th - PTSA General Meeting (Virtual) @ 6:00 -7:00
Friday, November 13th - Last day to submit information for the Student Directory
Thursday, November 19th - Last day for the Food Drive
Friday, November 20th - Deadline for all Reflections entries
PTSA Social Media Links and Website:
Facebook - @OakdaleMSPTSA
Instagram - @schoolOakdalemiddle
Twitter - @MiddleOakdale
Website - https://oakdalemsptsa.wixsite.com/mysite