Oak Hill Observer
January 20, 2023
Hello OHE Families,
Happy Lunar New Year! The year of the rabbit is considered yin, and, compared to its light, more active counterpart, emphasizes the importance of rest. The rabbit is a symbol of intellect and cautiousness. As the lore goes, the rabbit was among the 12 animals who raced to the Jade Emperor in a cosmic contest that ultimately determined the order of the Chinese zodiac signs. Though it was a weak swimmer, the rabbit used its brain, opting to cross the river portion of the course on a raft. Like the rabbit, we love to help our students be critical thinkers and look at multiple ways to find solutions. Cheers to a restful and productive new year!
If you have been by the campus lately, you may have noticed the land clearing across from Oak Hill on School Rd. A new complex consisting of 300+ Multi-family and townhomes is being built on this land. The school and PTA are working with the developers to minimize the impact to Oak Hill during their construction which may take several years before completion. The good news for Oak Hill is that this development will bring sidewalks and a dedicated crosswalk along School Road. We will keep you updated with any information pertinent to Oak Hill Elementary in regard to this development.
Please check the calendar sections and Latest News for current updates about our school. Thank you, as always, for all of your support and for being a part of this community.
Your Proud Principal,
- January 22: Family Fun Event @ Madrone's 11am-2pm
- January 23: CAC Meeting 3:30pm
- February: Black History Month
- February 3: Spirit Day! Wear RED for Heart Health.
- February 6 - 10 - Counselor Appreciation Week
February 15-16: Parent Teacher Conference Evenings
- February 17: Early Release Day
- February 20: School Holiday
- February 27: Spring & Class Pictures
- March 13 - 17 - Spring Break
Family Fun Event at Madrone's- This Sunday!
Online Registration and Transfer Request Portals now open!
Due to technical difficulties, the online registration for the 22-23 school year and the 23-24 school year will now open concurrently starting January 16th. Out of district families will also be able to register online.
Here are the important links for these two activities:
Enrollment landing page: https://www.austinisd.org/enroll
Important dates and deadlines: https://www.austinisd.org/transfer/dates-deadlines
For questions, please use the districts Let’s Talk https://www.austinisd.org/letstalk and click on “Student Services: Enrollment, Records, & Transfers” (See image below.)
Holocaust Remembrance Week
The week of January 23rd is Holocaust Remembrance Week. In 2019, SB 1828 was passed in acknowledgment of the Holocaust’s ongoing significance. This bill calls for each district to determine age-appropriate instruction for students on the Holocaust.
Oak Hill will observe Holocaust Remembrance Week in the following ways:
- Students in grades K-5 will engage in a read aloud of the book Hold on to Your Music by Mona Golabek.
- This text is the children's version of The Children of Willesden Lane by the same author, and an approved reading listed on the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission's website.
- Students in 5th grade will engage in a book study of Hold on to Your Music.
- Students in grades K-5 will watch Mona Golabek in concert as part of the Willesden READS project.
The Willesden READS project is part of a national effort led by the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation, and Discovery Education the week of January 25. Parents are invited to watch the concert via live stream if you would like to preview or view. You must register for the concert to receive a link. Click here to register and view the concert on demand from 10am January 25, 2023- 10 am February 25, 2023. You can view an overview of the project here.
Salute is AISD’s annual celebration to recognize some of the district’s outstanding team members for their continued dedication to student excellence and achievement in our schools.
District staff, families, and the community are invited to submit a nomination for a staff member they believe represents the very best of AISD. This year's Salute Awards ceremony will recognize the winners in five categories, along with honoring Teachers of Promise and Teachers of the Year.
Nominations will close February 3rd at 5pm.
AISD Budget Meetings
As we prepare for the FY2024 Budget year, please join us in conversations about Austin ISD’s 2023-24 budget. There will be several occurrences between January and May to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the district's priorities, plans for staffing and programming, and how you can get involved in the budgeting process with your campus.
An updated calendar is available at https://www.austinisd.org/budget
Friday Assembly Reminders
- Due to space, participation is limited to the first 50 parents to sign up.
- Parents need to sign up HERE by noon the Thursday before.
- Once the form reaches 50 people, it will no longer accept responses.
- The next 3 Fridays are listed for now and we will add additional dates for the spring semester.
- Parents must enter the building through the front door only AT ALL TIMES.
- We ask that each parent that is attending sign up and assembly is limited to PARENTS only at this time.
- Please make sure you are able to attend if you sign up so as not to take that spot from someone else.
- Parents can only stand in the back of the assembly due to space concerns. Please do not sit in the line with your child.
- Please model appropriate assembly conduct for students by not having side conversations.
If you are able to sign up, the office will pre-print a badge for you and you can pick it up on the front porch beginning at 7:20. If you have not been on campus this year, you will need to check in at the main office with your ID before assembly to get your badge.
We will continue to add dates to this form, so you can use the same link (above) to sign up for future dates. Thank you for following the rules of the campus to make sure things run smoothly and everyone stays safe. We appreciate you!
Students Leaving School Early
If your child needs to leave early for an appointment, please notify your child's teacher and the front office. When you arrive at the school, you can come to the front door or call from your car and then we will call for your student. We will not call for students until you are here. With our new schedules (and a new phone number system) please leave PLENTY of time (at least 10 minutes) from the time you call us to the time your child is ready to leave. If you have an appointment right after school, it is best to pick up your student no later than 2:45 to avoid the dismissal crunch. **If you have not had your driver's license scanned into our Raptor System in the last year, we will ask you to bring in your driver's license to the office***
Middle School Information Page
Hi 5th grade families!
This will be a one stop shop for all middle school information. We will update it as we receive new information from middle schools, so keep checking back periodically. Middle School Information 2022-2023
SEL Trait of the Month: Integrity
According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, Integrity means acting in a way you know to be right and kind in all situations. This month, we are going to focus on having more integrity in our school. We would appreciate your help in discussing this at home. Simply choose kindness all the time - even if no one will notice, even if you're tired, even if you feel like it's someone else's turn. You will always feel better if you choose to do what is right and kind in all situations.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking about how you can show more integrity:
Clean up your work or play areas without being asked.
Help others who are struggling, even if an adult isn't there to see you do it.
Always tell the truth.
Complete all your chores or work before doing something else that you'd rather do.
Apologize if your words or actions hurt someone, without being reminded.
Follow the rules, even if an adult isn't there to see you do it.
If you make a mistake, ask for help.
Don’t Let Exercise Take a Holiday
Don’t take a holiday from exercise. Be the role model your kids need. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week and try to stay active during the holidays.
Physical activities your entire family can enjoy include:
• Jogging or running
• Even housework!
• Remember to be a CATCH MVP family—Move & Stay Active, Value healthy eating, and Practice healthy habits. Make physical activity a family affair this holiday season!
Oak Hill Bond Information
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With the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, students, staff and visitors are not required to wear face masks when on school properties, unless they have tested positive for COVID-19. Note: Per CDC guidance, individuals with a positive COVID-19 result will be required to wear a mask for five days after returning from quarantine/isolation.
- Masks are not required, but are encouraged at any time of the school day or in any school space.
- Masks are optional at all times.Face masks will continue to be provided for any student, staff, or visitor upon request.
All students, staff, and visitors will be allowed to make their own choice.
Close Contact and Contact Tracing
Campus administrators will notify all families of positive cases on the campus using a standard notification letter. Individual classroom letters will not be sent home.
With masking now being optional, all students and staff at the campus may be considered close contacts when there is a positive case identified.
Campus Administrators will not be required to track close contacts.
Any asymptomatic individual (except those who have tested positive) may remain at school as long as they are asymptomatic.
Testing sites are located at specified district sites and can be found on the COVID-19 district webpage.
All sites will accept insurance, medicaid, and self-pay.
Site will be updated whenever vaccines are available.
Oak Hill Elementary
Location: 6101 Patton Ranch Road, Austin, TX, USA