Oakleigh Owl News

October 2021

A Message from the Principal

Hello OES families,

Happy fall! We have officially completed one month of school! It has been wonderful to see so many families at arrival and dismissal as well as during our virtual back to school night. While things are not completely back to normal, we are pleased to have students back in the building and focusing on face-to-face instruction. I can’t thank you enough for your support as we have put procedures and practices in place to keep our students and staff safe.

I would also like to thank you for your patience as we have worked to ensure a continuum of learning for students who have been quarantined due to a potential Covid exposure. Teachers are working to be sure that if a student is absent for any reason, that are able to make up work. Please remember, if you child is not feeling well, please keep them home.

As a reminder, students must wear a mask to school daily and on the school bus. Please be sure your child has a mask that is suited for them. We know there will be times that students forget, and we have some extra masks. However, their own mask that fits properly is always the best way to protect them as well as others.

As we return to many of our typical instructional practices, students will engage in multiple assessments in order to determine reading and math levels. Students will need their computers for some of this testing. We are asking that devices and chargers be sent to school and left at school for the time being.

The PTA is resuming activities and is planning Trunk-or-Treat for October 14th! We are excited to provide this to our families as it has been a well-attended event that brings out the whole community! Details will be coming soon from the PTA.

We are looking forward to a fantastic school year!

Mrs. Metheny

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School closed for Professional Development Day Friday October 15th!

Spotlight on PE

PE is a great opportunity for students to build their motor skills, apply strategy, maintain their health, and build positive relationships with their peers. In this first month of PE, we have practiced rules and etiquette with K-5. Grades K-2 is currently practicing moving in open space safely while demonstrating locomotor skills like running, jumping, and skipping. Grades 3-5 are practicing movement strategies in tag-based games.

Oakleigh has a new sensory path located at the Merry Little Playground Square! Local Eagle Scout Ryan Moran from Troop 130, a student at Perry Hall High School, created this path as part of his eagle scout project. He worked with Councilman David Marks and Loch Raven Optimist Club to get this project completed. Students started using the path on September 27th! It is a huge hit!

Social Work Corner

Welcome back!!! We are so happy to have our students back in the schoolhouse with face-to-face instruction. School Social Workers work in collaboration with school administration, staff, students, and parents. School Social Workers provide Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons to our students. SEL is the process through which students, parents, and school staff learn and apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel, and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

In the next few months, we will identify the tenets of Social Emotional Learning in this newsletter.

I look forward to working with students, parents, and staff to strengthen our school community during this school year!

Ms. Kersey, LMSW School Social Worker (mkersey2@bcps.org)

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Our 5th Annual Trunk or Treat will be held on October 14th from 5-7 PM. Keep an eye out for fliers coming home soon to be a volunteer or sign up to attend this event. We look forward to having this event again this year!