OES Virtual Learning

April 26, 2020

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Themed Learning Week

This week, our teachers have planned some special learning units. Some classes will be learning about Oceans, Poetry, Earth Day, Friendship and other unique learning themes. We hope our students enjoy these specials lessons their teachers prepared for them.

End of the Year Wrap Up

The announcement of the extension of Virtual School until the end of the school year requires us to think of alternate ways to finalize the school year. We are working on a schedule for students to pick up their personal items left at school, as well as a time for families to turn in the Chromebook and any library books they still may have. We will also have class pictures and yearbooks to distribute. Most of these pick ups and turn in times will be towards the end of May or the first week in June.

We are planning alternate 5th grade promotion activities and will be in contact with 5th grade families to share the details.

We know this isn't the way anyone wants to end the year and closure will feel differently. But one thing that is apparent to me week after week of our Virtual School is the way our families, students, teachers, and staff have pulled together and worked as a team to make it the best it can be for our students. I am so appreciative of everyone's grace and efforts during this time.

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Pets of Third Grade Students are Enjoying the Learning!

Bus Transportation Application for 2020-2021 School Year

Parents must complete a separate form for each child in their family that is requesting transportation. Deadline is end of business day (5:00 pm) on June 15, 2020 for guaranteed transportation for the first day of school. If you miss the deadline, transportation cannot be guaranteed for the first two weeks of school.


Preparation for the 2020-2021 School Year

We will be sending out information for the next school year over the next few weeks. Just like the Transportation form, we will be making most of our forms electronic. We will also have information on our new logo and shirt colors for the 2020-2021 school year. Families will not be required to purchase new uniforms with the new logos and colors. They will still be able to wear uniforms with the previous logo and colors.

We will also be sending out communication for our new Kindergarten students who will be starting school this August.

Extra Zoom Meetings Just for Fun

Don't forget to check your teacher's Google Classroom announcements to find out when our extra fun and social time Zoom meetings are being held. Our staff has come up with some fun ideas, like playing games, scavenger hunts, challenges, and Show and Tells. If your child is feeling lonely, or needs a change of pace, be sure to attend these meetings.

Taking Care of Your Family's Emotional Well Being

This week, we are highlighting some resources from Mind Up. They have put together some resources for our students, while they are at home.

One Book Connects

Oasis Elementary is about to embark on a special project called #OneBookConnects. Students will have the opportunity to read the same book together, a book called, A Boy Called Bat, by Elana K. Arnold. – even though we’re all at home. Reading this book together will enable your family to share the joy of reading and reconnect with our school community.This is an optional activity for students. This book is available for free on EPIC.

Please view the flyer for more details.

Fourth Quarter Interims

Mrs. Lowe, our Information Specialist, will make the fourth quarter interims viewable in the student FOCUS account. If parents have already set up and have an established FOCUS account to view their student information, they just have to log in to the FOCUS account and the report card should be viewable on the dashboard by the end of the week.

If parents have NOT already set up an established FOCUS account to view their student information, they will have to get their parent account verified. The verification process may take up to a few weeks. In order to set up a parent account, parents will need the Student ID number, (NOT the Social Security Number). If you do not know your child's Student ID, please reach out to your child's teacher. Teachers will only be sending student ID's to the email account that they have been using with the parent all year.

See the attachment below for details on the Parent FOCUS account verification process.

Have you downloaded the Focus Community App yet?

The Focus Community App provides parents, students, teachers, and administrators a streamlined way to access the information they want, when and where they want it.

The School District of Lee County's Focus Community App is available for download on both the Google Play and Apple App stores. Download it today!

Student Monitoring with Google Accounts/Chromebooks

Please remind your student that the use of their Google account (@oasishs.org) and school issued Chromebooks are monitored for inappropriate use. Because we continue to get alerts, even while students are home, we will be contacting parents to inform them of the inappropriate search or site that a student attempted to reach.

Extra Resources for Families

The State of Florida has accumulated lots of resources for student learning.

Wide Open School, from Common Sense Media, has a variety of fun and engaging activities for your family to enjoy.

Finally, Sal Khan, from Khan Academy has Daily Homeroom for parents, with some interesting topics on distance learning, including balancing working from home while monitoring your child's virtual school, and other issues related to COVID19.