The Oxford Update

Oxford Elementary School

Looking Back! What A Year!

It is hard to believe that the second trimester of the school year ends on Wednesday, March 17th! This year, while different and at times difficult, is certainly flying by! It was at this time last year that we were figuring out how to do school in a new global pandemic. We were frantically making learning packets, figuring out technology needs, delivering school meals via the bus, and worrying about what lie ahead of us.

We could not have gotten through the last year without the support and encouragement of our amazing OES School Community. You encouraged us while we figured out how to educate your child from a distance. You willingly came to school to pick up learning packets, Chromebooks, meals, in fact, you came to pick up anything we asked you to. We can't tell you how much that meant to each and every one of us. Thank you!

We have learned a lot over the last 12 months. There have been growing pains because change is hard, especially when they are changes that are new to everyone. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to learn with our students in the building this year and we appreciate all that our families have done to make that possible. By masking, social distancing, completing COVID pre-screenings before sending your child to school, sending in camp chairs so we can learn outside, and so much more, we have been able to keep students in the school with very minimal interruptions. Thank you!

As we make our way into this final trimester of the school year, we want you all to know that we will continue to be vigilant in keeping our students safe at school. Together we can make sure that we are able to continue to learn in person for the remainder of the school year. Thank you for helping us make this happen. We can't do it without you!

With much thanks,
Miss Karnes


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How to help your child with math at home

Each week, for the next several weeks, we will share one tip about how to help your child with math at home, even if you hate math. This year one of our school goals is to improve our students' math achievement and we think you can help at home as well. Here is the first tip to help your child with math at home.

Tip #1: Avoid saying you’re bad at math. Stay positive!

This is probably the most far-reaching tip in terms of how much it will benefit your child. If you feel inclined to say something like “It’s fine that you’re bad at math, so was I,” bite your tongue! Counterintuitive to many, research suggests that the concept of being a “math person”—or not—is a myth. Even if that’s firmly how you feel right now, one of the best ways to avoid passing math anxiety on to your children is by steering clear of negative messages about math. Instead, try focusing on difficulty and effort by saying things like, “I understand how difficult this is for you. It was difficult for me too,” or “Don’t worry if it feels like math problems take more effort than some of your other assignments. You may not understand it yet, but I am confident we can work it out together.”

- Excerpt from 7 Tips for Helping Your Child with Math at Home (When You Hate Math), by Richard Blankman

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Ms. Coy's STEM Class Growing Algae

Important Dates to Remember: March 15 to March 19

Tuesday, 3/16 - Ms. Nicholas' class at Roberts Farm

Wednesday, 3/17 - Wear Green St. Patrick's Day, Early Release Day, dismissal 1 hour early

Thursday, 3/18 - Parent-Teacher Conference Day, No School for students

Friday, 3/19 - Teacher Workshop Day, No School for students

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Oxford Elementary School

Tiffany Karnes, Principal

Denise Bourgoine, Assistant Principal

Arica Monahan, School Nurse

Jill Knight, Secretary

Christine Merrill, Secretary