February 14, 2021

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No School February 15th-19th (Winter Break)

In-Person Learning Begins Monday, February 22nd for TK-2nd Grade Students

Reopening School

Update on Reopening Plans (3rd-5th Grade)

Thank you to our 3rd-5th grade families for filling out the parent survey. We are currently sorting through the data and are working on classroom configurations. You will receive a notification sometime during the week of March 1st regarding your child's placement.

As a reminder:

Safety protocols: Union School District is in alignment with Santa Clara County Health Department and California Safe Schools for All guidelines for returning students to in-person instruction. Our approved safety protocols include daily home health screens, mask requirements for all students and staff, physical distancing, campus cleaning, and disinfecting protocols, as well as other measures while on school campuses.

Classroom Capacity: To ensure the necessary space for physical distancing in classrooms, in-person classroom capacity will be restricted per state and county requirements. Cohort sizes may be adjusted downward when the available classroom has less space than the standard.

Teacher/Class assignments: Every effort will be made to keep students with their currently assigned teacher, however, there may be assignment changes based on how many students choose to remain in distance learning instruction as well as the number of staff able to return.

Placement priority: Our priority is to keep students with their current teacher(s) whenever

possible. When we cannot accommodate all students in a particular class, students in these categories will be prioritized:

  • An Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Struggled with attendance during distance learning
  • Struggled academically with multiple failing grades or a need for additional intervention supports
  • English language learners, low socio-economic status, homeless or foster youth

Sibling Schedules: Every effort will be made to keep siblings on the same schedule. Should you have additional scheduling concerns, please contact me directly.

USD Reopening Information Linked Here

Find information on the Reopening of Schools, Wellness Resources, Distance Learning and COVID-19 Links

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Entry and Exit Gates

Oster now has six different drop-off and pick-up locations (map attached below). If you have more than one child and would like to drop them off and pick them up from one location, please contact me so that we can decide which location would be best and the paths that your children should take to their classrooms. Children will not be lining up. They will walk directly from their drop off location to their classroom and enter the room when they get there. However, during the first week of in-person learning, teachers will be out on the blacktop, ready to receive their students and show them their classroom location.

Another reminder that parents will not be allowed on campus when students return.

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Wednesday's Games and Activity Club Returns (Grades 3-5)

I am excited to share that Wednesday's Games and Activity Club is back by popular demand. However, it was challenging to get staffing for this session. Many previous activity leaders were unavailable, so at this time, we can only offer one session to students in grades 3-5 only. Spaces will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with very limited space.

The Games & Activities Club will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 3rd from 12:30-1:30

  • Wednesday, March 10th from 12:30-1:30

  • Wednesday, March 17th from 12:30-1:30

  • Wednesday, March 24th from 12:30-1:30

  • Potential Rainout day: Wednesday, March 31st from 12:30-1:30

For more information and registration, please click the links below:

Parent Flyer- English

Parent Flyer-Spanish

Oster Games & Activities Club Registration Form

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Stop by our upcoming February Grab & Go Meals Pick Up Days between 11 AM and 1 PM

  • Closed for Presidents' Week Break (Feb 15-19)
  • Monday, February 22
  • Wednesday, February 24
  • Friday, February 26

Location: Dartmouth Middle School (5575 Dartmouth Drive)

Note: There will be no pick up on during the Presidents' Week Break. Come by on February 12th to pick up bulk packages of meals.

  • Please stay in your car and wear a mask or face covering. Staff will come to you.
  • Walk-up community members may pick up meals from a distribution table.
  • Meals are available for any student 18 years old and younger.
  • No paperwork/identification required.
  • Students do not need to be present.
  • Pick up only - no eating at the school.

If you have questions, please reach out to Diane Nunes at (408) 558-4203 or nunesd@unionsd.org. y questions regarding meals and meal service.


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Dates to Remember

  • February 15-19: Presidents Week Break (No School)

  • February 22: First Day for In-Person Learning TK-2nd Grade

  • February 26: Crazy Hair Day

  • March 2: SCC Meeting @ 2:45

  • March 8: USD Board Meeting @ 6:00

  • March 11: HSC Meeting @ 6:00

  • March 14: Daylight Savings

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Share your Crazy Hair Pictures Here!

Show your Oster School Spirit!

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Mark your calendar for our virtual Scholastic Book Fair - March 1-14, 2021

Childcare Information at Oster: USD Extended Care Program

  • Provides before/after school care for K-5

  • Open on all school days as well as Staff

  • Development Days.
  • Camps during school and summer breaks

  • STEAM Activities, Homework Support,

  • Outdoor Group Games, School Technology

For registration information click here: Extended Care Registration

Please contact the following people if you have questions:

· For financial or registration questions, please contact Kristi Martik (martikk@unionsd.org)

· For programmatic questions, please contact Andra Feldman (feldmana@unionsd.org) or Valeria Montes (montesv@unionsd.org)

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Thanks to everyone who has submitted photos. We have received Yearbook Portraits from 70% of the student body. For those who haven’t yet submitted a portrait, PLEASE be on the lookout for an email from your teacher with your upload link. PLEASE submit your photos by February 12. We cannot guarantee that portraits received after February 12 will be included in the yearbook. If you have any issues uploading your portrait, please contact oster.usd.yearbook@gmail.com.

$25 Early bird yearbook pricing ends Friday, February 12. You can order online at: http://bit.ly/OsterYB
The price increases to $30 on February 13--so order yours today and save!

Yearbook Challenge

HATS OFF TO OSTER! - This month’s photo challenge is FUN hats. Put on your favorite, fancy, whacky, dapper, festive, or crazy hat, and snap a picture. Make sure your hat AND your face are in the picture. What kind of hats? Basically ANY HAT EXCEPT a baseball hat. Unless that baseball hat has giant sequins, or spikes, or ears, or horns, or a fake ponytail, or a beard attached. Then it also qualifies as a FUN hat. Send your photos to oster.usd.yearbook@gmail.com - subject Hat Challenge.
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Did you know Amazon Smile is now available for your mobile device? Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone. And thanks for supporting Oster!