OALC Outreach

Updates from the Lions' Den

Upcoming Transition

Happy Friday, OALC students and families! By now, you should have received an email from Superintendent Cory McIntyre regarding our pivot to distance learning starting on Monday, November 9th.

Please read that email thoroughly, as it has important information regarding what school will look like going forward. Additionally, next week while we are still in hybrid learning, teachers will ensure that scholars are well-prepared to be successful in distance learning; thus, please attend school on your designated day next week so that we can help you best prepare for distance learning.

In the meantime, please make sure technology is ready to go:

  • Chromebooks are in working order
  • WiFi is up and running (if it is not, please look at the Internet Essentials program in the Resources section of the newsletter, or talk to a staff member at school)
  • District 279 and OALC social media accounts are followed (if they are not, please use the links below to follow)
  • Contact information is up-to-date in ParentVUE

Per Superintendent McIntyre's email, breakfast and lunch will be provided similarly to how they were during the first two weeks of school. Next week's newsletter will have additional information regarding meal distribution.

While we all certainly want to be engaged in in-person learning, we know that we must do our part to keep our community safe. And, we will work together to make distance learning successful for all.

Vote. Your voice matters.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. We do not have school, so if you are 18, please use that day to vote. For more information, see below or the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. If you have any questions, your social studies teacher should be able to help.

You can register to vote on Election Day!

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during the in-person absentee voting period or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular in-person absentee voting site -- or to your regular polling place -- to register and vote. You should bring valid ID and, if the ID does not list your current name and address, also proof of residence. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Minnesota Voter Registration Rules:

To register in Minnesota you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of Minnesota for 20 days before the next election
  • Maintain residence at the address given on the registration form
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day
  • If previously convicted of a felony, have completed or been discharged from your sentence
  • Not be under a court‑ordered guardianship in which the right to vote has been revoked
  • Not be found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
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As a reminder, every day that students are not in the school building, they need to check in with every teacher by 3:20 p.m., or they will be counted absent. In order to check in, students can send an email, message via Schoology, text via Remind, submit an assignment, or attend a Google Meet.

If students are not feeling well, they should stay home. If they are not well enough to check in and continue working on assignments, please call the front desk at 763-391-8890 to notify the school of their absence.

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Please complete the free and reduced-price lunch application as soon as possible. Not only is this important to ensure free or reduced meals for our scholars, but it also helps to eliminate or reduce fees, such as those associated with technology, materials, field trips, sports, and more. Furthermore, it provides the district with additional funding.
Students will be served free breakfast and lunch on their in-person days.   Students will take home a breakfast and lunch bundle for their distance-learning days.

OALC Deliverables


Way to go, Ambrosia!

Ambrosia (Honey) T. is so motivated this year to complete credits toward graduation. She has a plan, is keeping to her schedule, and is working every single day, even while eating sugar rice in her bed on Google Meet. She is also keeping a positive, determined attitude, and it's definitely working for her!

Ambrosia was nominated by Ms. Nelson.

Way to go, Holly!

I seem to insert myself into Holly's space morning, noon, and night with technology questions. She is always, ALWAYS, patient and helpful. I am blessed to have her as a colleague, friend, and neighbor!

Holly was nominated by Meg S.

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If you've seen Disney's Coco and want to learn more about Día de los Muertos, check out this information from the History Channel or this information from National Geographic.

There are a few events happening around the city this weekend to celebrate the day and honor ancestors, such as this one at Midtown Global Market, one at Indigenous Roots, or one on the West Side of St. Paul.

OALC Reads

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Students, if you have books checked out from any District 279 school, please return them to Holly in the Media Center, and she will get them to where they need to go.


There are a number of resources available. If you need assistance and do not know where to start, please contact the OALC, and we can help direct you in the right direction.
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The Family School Coordinator program is a program of and funded by the Northwest Hennepin Family Service Collaborative in partnership with PrairieCare, a psychiatric group that provides mental health care for children, adolescents, and adults across Minnesota. Family School Coordinators can offer the following to students in need: provide skills-based support; work closely with teachers and other school staff to support and improve functioning in school; assist families in navigating through the potentially confusing array of school and community support services; team with the student, family members, and school staff to address mental health needs; and offer referrals to other, more intensive services when needed.

Please reach out to your school social worker or counselor if you are interested in this service for your student.

Social Media

Please consider following the OALC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

District 279 also has excellent information and updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow the OALC on social media

Other Ways to Stay Connected

Communication is essential, especially during these uncertain times. Staff members are always available via email. Students can also reach their teachers via Schoology message or Google Meet.

Please also consider staying connected with the OALC in the following ways:


The OALC has three additional days of conferences planned for the 2020-2021 school year: November 18, February 10, and April 6.

Weekly Newsletter

This newsletter will be updated weekly and will be accessible via the OALC website, via teachers' Schoology pages, and via social media.

District Multilingual Facebook Pages

The following Facebook pages have information from the district, specifically for Latino, Hmong, West African, and Vietnamese families.

OALC Schedule
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