In order to protect the health and safety of employees, staff, and students, all those who access Pasco County School locations must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19 daily. If you answer YES to any of the questions, you should NOT be on campus. Access the Visitor Screener or the Student Screener online. Employees should use the Employee Self-Screener.

February 23, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

FSA updates

Our testing schedule has been extended to allow us to continue to follow safe distancing when having students on campus. A detailed schedule will be shared in next week’s newsletter. MSOL families will have a scheduled time to bring their students to the building. 

5th Grade Families

Rushe Middle School course cards were sent home with students on Friday and need to be returned before March 5th. 

Dr. Seuss Week

The week of March 1st is Read Across America celebrating Dr. Seuss. Please join us in celebrating by wearing the following themed outfits. Dr Seuss Week[1].pdf 

Monday: My Many Colored Days – Wear as many colors as you can

Tuesday: Cat in the Hat – Wear red and white with your favorite hat

Wednesday: Fox in Socks – Wear silly or mismatched socks

Thursday: Oh! The Places You Will Go – Dress for success (Spring Picture Day)

Friday: Green Eggs & Ham – Green spirit day

Upcoming Events

Early Release Day

Our next early release day is Wednesday, March 3rd.

Picture Day

Picture day is Thursday, March 4th. Please do not wear green or you will be invisible with the green screen.

Wellness Week

Save the Date!  Wellness Week is from March 8th to March 12th.  Oakstead has partnered with our PTA and the American Heart Association to bring you a week of fun, healthy tips, and more!

Other News

Parent Survey

Your voice matters! We value your opinion and appreciate you taking the time to complete this short survey. Your anonymous opinion gives us feedback to improve our school, identifies things that are working well at our school, and helps us plan for the future. The survey will run from February 15th – February 28th. Please click on this link to complete the survey. https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/154779/p2593

Florida Prepaid College Information

Open enrollment is February 1st through April 30th. Florida Prepaid College.pdf 

Kindergarten Registration for 21-22

Kindergarten registration is typically the first week in May. If you know of any incoming Kindergarten families please have them follow our website and we will update the banner once we receive the date of registration. Any other new families will be able to register by appointment during the summer. Please email Mrs. Nagy with any questions: cnagy@pasco.k12.fl.us

February 16, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

5th Grade Families

Middle Schools have been reaching out to get information to our 5th grade students and their families.  Rushe Middle School will be here on campus, Friday the 19th to speak with students about their school and opportunities and choices students will have next year.  Course cards will go home with students on Friday and need to be returned prior to March 5th. 

6th Grade Math

All 5th grade students will take a math placement test to guide decisions for math instruction in 6th grade.

FSA Practice

3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade classes will have practice test days after Spring Break. You may visit the department of education’s website to preview the practice test at  https://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/

Upcoming Events

February 17

Be a RAINBOW in Someone else’s cloud! Students are encouraged to wear their grade level color. Pre-K/K- Red, 1-Orange, 2-Yellow, 3-Green, 4-Blue, 5-Purple

February 16

PTA Meeting:  This month’s PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th at 5:30pm via zoom.  The link will be sent out the day before the meeting.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86895565450pwd=YUhHM2Y4ZWpUUjVKYllNMGNSQVhKUT09

SAC Meeting: This month’s SAC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 pm via zoom. The link will be sent out the day before the meeting. 

Other News

Parent Survey

Your voice matters! We value your opinion and appreciate you taking the time to complete this short survey. Your anonymous opinion gives us feedback to improve our school, identifies things that are working well at our school, and helps us plan for the future. The survey will run from February 15th – February 28th. Please click on this link to complete the survey. https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/154779/p2593

Updated COVID Quarantine expectations

When a student tests positive for COVID, we will no longer be quarantined based on cohorts. Instead, we will follow the secondary schools’ model of interviewing and using seating charts. All classrooms, lunchrooms, and buses will follow tight seating charts to avoid the need to quarantine entire classes in the event of a positive case.

Lunchroom News

We allow unopened snacks to leave the cafeteria with students after their lunchtime except for milk and cold items. Students are encouraged to bring their water bottles to lunch with them. Lunchroom monitors will fill water bottles if needed. 

Registration for 21-22

Kindergarten registration is typically the first week in May. If you know of any incoming Kindergarten families please have them follow our website and we will update the banner once we receive the date of registration. Any other new families will be able to register by appointment during the summer. Please email Mrs. Nagy with any questions: cnagy@pasco.k12.fl.us

February 9, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Classes begin at 9:40 am

It is important that students arrive to campus with enough time to get breakfast (if they choose) and walk to class by 9:40am. 

Presidents Day

Schools are closed for students and teachers on Monday, February 15th to celebrate President’s Day.

Upcoming Events

February 10th- Chick-Fil-A day

Please join us in supporting our school on Wednesday, February 10th. Just mention you are from Oakstead Elementary School. Orders may be placed curbside or with the app. www.chick-fil-a.com/cypresscreektowncenter Spirit Day flier 20210210[1].pdf 

Feb 12th- Valentine's Celebration

Teachers are planning Valentine’s activities for Friday, February 12th, and will share specific classroom plans with their families. Please reach out to your student’s teacher if you have any questions.

All of February-Kindness and Service Campaign

This week we began our annual kindness & service campaign which continues until February 26th. The School Counseling Department has planned this year’s activities to help our students learn about caring for others. Attached are highlights of this year’s campaign. We encourage our MSOL students to participate in our theme days from home and send us pictures!  KindnessParentLetter_2021.docx 

Other News

PTA Meeting

This month’s PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th at 5:30pm via Zoom.  The link will be sent out the day before the meeting.

SAC Meeting

This month’s SAC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00pm via Zoom.  The link will be sent out the day before the meeting.

February 3, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be posted on your Parent Portal on Friday, February 5th.

FSA Schedule

All FSA testing will need to take place on campus. The state determines the testing schedule and specific dates will be shared with our Oakstead families once we have them. The testing window is below:

Grade 3 Reading: April 5th -16th 

Grade 4-5 Writing: April 5th -16th

Grade 4-5 Reading: May 3rd-14th 

Grade 3-5 Math: May 3rd-14th 

Grade 5 Science: May 10th-21st 

Extended School Day

One of the requirements of our Florida Department of Education Spring Education Plan is to provide an extended day program to meet the needs of our struggling students and students returning from MSOL needing additional face to face instruction. Students that qualify for this program have been invited and will begin on February 8, 2021.

Upcoming Events

Feb 8th- 100 Days of School!

Our 100th day of school is Monday, February 8th. Many classes will be incorporating activities around their daily lessons that include the celebration of our 100th day.  

Feb 12th- Valentine's Celebration

Teachers are planning Valentine’s activities for Friday, February 12th, and will share specific classroom plans with their families. Please reach out to your student’s teacher if you have any questions.

All of February-Kindness and Service Campaign

This week we began our annual kindness & service campaign which continues until February 26th. The School Counseling Department has planned this year’s activities to help our students learn about caring for others. Attached are highlights of this year’s campaign. We encourage our MSOL students to participate in our theme days from home and send us pictures!  KindnessParentLetter_2021.docx 

February 10th- Chick-Fil-A day

 Please join us in supporting our school on Wednesday, February 10th. Just mention you are from Oakstead Elementary School. Orders may be placed curbside or with the app. www.chick-fil-a.com/cypresscreektowncenter Spirit Day flier 20210210[1].pdf 

Other News

Yearbooks for Sale

It is not too late to pre-purchase your yearbook for ONLY $13.00. Click here to order https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/.  Yearbook sales 20.21 poster.pdf 

Cold Weather

We have experienced some cold weather this week. Please encourage your child to dress appropriately when coming to school. 

When sending a jacket to school please write your child’s name on the inside. We have over thirty jackets in the lost and found bin.  Stay posted as we will be sending out another video shortly.  

January 27, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be released on Friday, February 5th.

February Reading Challenge

We took a little break from our reading challenges but we’re back for February! Our otters love to read! Our reading goals for each student are: 

  • Primary Grades K-2: Our goal for our primary students will be to read 20 minutes each night. As they log their minutes, they will color in their heart with each heart totaling 100 minutes. When they fill up their heart, they will turn it into their teacher. Their teacher will make a collage of all the hearts that the class fills up and totals those minutes! 
  • Intermediate Grades 3-5: Our goal will be to read 30 minutes each night. As they log their minutes, they will color in their heart with each heart totaling 120 minutes. When they fill up their heart, they will turn it into their teacher. Their teacher will make a collage of all the hearts that the class fills up and totals those minutes!

Extended School Day

One of the requirements of our Florida Department of Education Spring Education Plan is to provide an extended day program to meet the needs of our struggling students and students returning from MSOL needing additional face to face instruction. Students that qualify for this program will be receiving an invitation this week with details and timelines. 

Upcoming Events

Feb 3rd- Early Release Day

Our next early release day is Wednesday, February 3rd. Our dismissal time will be 2:08 pm.

Feb 8th- 100 Days of School!

Our 100th day of school is Monday, February 8th. Many classes will be incorporating activities around their daily lessons that include the celebration of our 100th day.  

Feb 12th- Valentine's Celebration

Teachers are planning Valentine’s activities for Friday, February 12th, and will share specific classroom plans with their families.

All of February-Kindness and Service Campaign

Next week begins our annual kindness & service campaign, which kicks off on Monday, February 1st, and continues until Friday, February 26th. The School Counseling Department has planned this year’s activities to help our students learn about caring for others. Attached are highlights of this year’s campaign. We encourage our MSOL students to participate in our theme days from home and send us pictures!  Monday, February 1st is “You OTTER Be Kind!” day Students are encouraged to wear any OTTER ATTIRE, which could include school shirts.  

Other News

5th Grade Yearbook Dedications!

Congratulations on your student’s accomplishments here at Oakstead! To celebrate this accomplishment you can create a dedication to your son or daughter in the 2020-2021 Oakstead Elementary School yearbook. This personalized message will be with them for a lifetime. Dedications will be created and paid online in the Parent Portal. Each dedication is $5.00 for 30 words or less.

January 19, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Quarantined Classes

In the event your child’s class needs to quarantine please review the attached parent guidance handout.   Parents/guardians are not to join their child’s online classes or be visible on their child’s zoom. Click here

ESOL Families

Next February 10th, the Pasco Schools ESOL department will host the 2021 Spring Parent Leadership Council Meeting via ZOOM, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Parents are required to register using the flyer’s information to obtain the ZOOM link via email, which will be sent on the day of the meeting. PARENT LEADERSHIP FLYER.pdf   www.pasco.k12.fl.us/esol/page/parents 

Birthday Treats from the Cafe

If you are ordering birthday treats for your child’s class, please complete the online form found on our website https://oes.pasco.k12.fl.us/2020/08/birthday-celebrations/ and email our new cafeteria manager Sheri Dibiasi at sdibiasi@pasco.k12.fl.us.  Please order and pay a few days in advance so that they are not missed. Treat Order Form.pdf Treat Menu.pdf 

Cafeteria Snacks

We are working with our cafeteria team to develop a snack schedule so that families will know when their student can purchase a snack.  Kindergarten and 1st-grade students will only have snacks available for purchase on Fridays.  

Upcoming Events

January 20- DQ Night

Our Dairy Queen  night is Wednesday, January 20th from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Remember it only counts for our school if you order your food inside.  We have had many staff members attend to spend some downtime with their students and we hope to see more students there next week. 

Report Cards

Report Cards January 22nd

Quarter 2 report cards will be posted on Friday, January 22nd.  It is important that parents have registered in their portal account prior to allowing for immediate viewing of student grades on the 22nd.

Other News

Yearbook Cover Winner

We had many fabulous submissions to this year’s yearbook cover.  Congratulations to this year’s winner Lily Kerns.   All submissions will be featured throughout the yearbook. 

January 12, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

1-12-2021

  • Report Cards (All Grade Levels):  Quarter 2 report cards will be posted on Friday, January 22nd.  It is important that parents have registered in their portal account prior to allowing for immediate viewing of student grades on the 22nd.
  • CogAT (2nd Grade Only):  CogAT results will be released the week of the 19th.  Parents of students that qualified for additional screening will be notified.

Upcoming Events

1-12-2021

  • January 13-  Early Release Day:  Our first early release day of the year is January 13.  All Pasco County Schools will be released two hours earlier.  Our 4:08pm dismissal time will be moved up to 2:08pm. Future early release days:  February 3, 2021, March 3, 2021, and April 7, 2021

  • January 18- Martin Luther King Jr. Day:  Schools will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • January 20- Dairy Queen Night:  Our Dairy Queen spirit night is January 20 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Remember it only counts for our school if you order your food inside.  We have had many staff members attend to spend some downtime with their students and we hope to see more students there next week. 

Other News

1-12-2021

  • Car Line:  Some reminders for families using the carline.  We are now loading 18 cars at a time.  It is very important that you do not switch lanes as this will change the order that students are lined up in.  Once your child is in your car please remove your car tag.  This lets our staff know that you are all set and ready to go.

  • Lost and Found: We have many items including sweatshirts and jackets in the front office leftover from our cold winter.  Please view the attached video  to see if any items belong to you.  If you identify an item please call Mrs. Harrison at 813-346-1502 to schedule a pick-up time. 

  • Birthday Cookies:  If you are ordering birthday cookies for your child’s class please email BOTH our new cafeteria manager Sheri Dibiasi at sdibiasi@pasco.k12.fl.us and Mrs. Ritzko at jritzko@pasco.k12.fl.us.  Please order and pay a few days in advance so that they are not missed.  

  • Pasco County Park and Rec Activities:  Please see the attached flyer for information about cheer and dance.

1-12-2021

  • Reading Celebration:  Winning classes from both November and December will be celebrated this Friday with a popcorn party.  We enjoyed these challenges and hope to continue with more in the spring.  Here are the classes we will celebrate Friday:

     

    November

    December

    K

    Mrs. Sprague

    Mrs. Bilancione

    1

    Mr. Tyson

    Mr. Tyson

    2

    Mrs. Hudak

    Mrs. Gault

    3

    Mr. Kilmer

    Mr. Kilmer

    4

    Mrs. Cook

    Mrs. Herd

    5

    Mrs. Reamer

    Mrs. Ramsey

    G

    Mrs. Campbell

    Mrs. Campbell

     

December 16, 2020

Grade-Specific Information

12-16-2020

  • MSOL Information:   If you ordered something from the online holiday shop and have not yet picked it up please stop by the front office between  8:30am -4:30pm.  If your student is returning to campus for the 2nd semester you should receive an email with information about our return kick-off prior to January 6th.  It’s not too late to change your mind.  If you would like for your child to return to campus for traditional instruction in January please reach out to Ms. Ramirez during the winter break.   

  • Human Growth and Development:  Our Human Growth and Development Unit will be taught during the 3rd quarter to all 4th and 5th grade students during their science time.  Letters will be sent home to those families after the new year.

Upcoming Events

12-16-2020

  • Holiday Spirit Week: 12/16-12/18

    Wednesday: Flannel Day! Students may wear their favorite flannel shirt.

    Thursday: Snow Day! Students may wear white or a snowman

    Friday: Pajama Day: Students may wear pajamas. No slippers.

Other News

12-16-2020

  • This week’s December’s Reading Challenge Class Leaders:

    Kindergarten: Mrs. Sprague’s Class

    1st Grade: Mrs. Poll’s Class

    2nd Grade: Mrs. Gault’s Class

    3rd Grade: Mrs. Kern’s Class

    4th Grade: Mrs. Holcomb’s Class  (2nd week in a row)

    Gifted Team: Mrs. Campbell’s Class

    Keep reading and sending in those ornaments.  Each ornament is worth 100 minutes of at-home reading. 

12-16-2020

  • 2021 Early release days: We will begin early release days in January.  Our dismissal time would change from 4:08pm to 2:08pm on those days.  Students will still have specials and lunch.

    January 13, 2021
    February 3, 2021
    March 3, 2021
    April 7, 2021

December 8, 2020

Grade-Specific Information

12-8-2020

  • This week’s December’s Reading Challenge Class Leaders:

Kindergarten: Mrs. Billancione’s Class

1st Grade: Mrs. Poll’s Class

2nd Grade: Mrs. Renzoni’s Class

3rd Grade: Mrs. Martinez’s Class

4th Grade: Mrs. Holcomb’s Class

Gifted Team: Mrs. Campbell’s Class

Keep reading and sending in those ornaments.  Each ornament is worth 100 minutes of at-home reading.

  • December’s Reading Challenge:   For the month of December, we will be tracking our students’ minutes read as a school. Our reading goals for each student are: 

    • Primary Grades K-2: Our goal for our primary students will be to read 20 minutes each night. As they log their minutes, they will color in their Christmas ornament with each ornament totaling 100 minutes. When they fill up an ornament, they will turn it into their teacher. The classroom teacher adds the ornaments to the class tree and records total minutes on the class tree!

    • Intermediate Grades 3-5: Our goal will be to read 30 minutes each night. As they log their minutes, they will color in their Christmas ornament with each ornament totaling 100 minutes. When they fill up an ornament, they will turn it into their teacher. The classroom teacher adds the ornaments to the class tree and records total minutes on the class tree!

Upcoming Events

12-8-2020

  • Dairy Queen Night: Our Dairy Queen night is tomorrow night (12/9) from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. 10% of the dine-in or take-out sales will be donated to Oakstead Elementary School.  The drive-through sales do not count towards the fundraiser. So park your car and come inside to say hi to us. flyer 
  • Holiday Spirit Week: 12/14-12/18

    Monday: Holiday Cheer Day! Students may wear their favorite holiday outfit.

    Tuesday: Baking Day! Students may wear their favorite apron.

    Wednesday: Flannel Day! Students may wear their favorite flannel shirt.

    Thursday: Snow Day! Students may wear white or a snowman

    Friday: Pajama Day: Students may wear pajamas. No slippers.

Other News

12-8-2020

  • Reindeer Run Shirts & Medals:   Thank you to our OES families that have signed up for the Reindeer Run. If you signed up prior to November 20th your OES student will be bringing home your shirt and medal this week.  If you signed up after the Nov. 20th date we will send shirts and medals home as soon as they arrive (hopefully by the beginning of next week!).  ***Don’t forget to join the online FB group (OES Reindeer Run) to post pictures and for updates!!!

  • Yearbook Sales:  Yearbook Sales  Begin November 20th. You can pre-purchase your yearbook for $13.00 via the Parent Portal.  https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/

12-8-2020

  • Birthday Cookies:  If you are ordering birthday cookies for your child’s class please email our new cafeteria manager Sheri Dibiasi at sdibiasi@pasco.k12.fl.us.

December 1, 2020

Grade-Specific Information

12-1-2020

  • December’s Reading Challenge:   For the month of December, we will be tracking our students’ minutes read as a school. Our reading goals for each student are: 

    • Primary Grades K-2: Our goal for our primary students will be to read 20 minutes each night. As they log their minutes, they will color in their Christmas ornament with each ornament totaling 100 minutes. When they fill up an ornament, they will turn it into their teacher. The classroom teacher adds the ornaments to the class tree and records total minutes on the class tree!

    • Intermediate Grades 3-5: Our goal will be to read 30 minutes each night. As they log their minutes, they will color in their Christmas ornament with each ornament totaling 100 minutes. When they fill up an ornament, they will turn it into their teacher. The classroom teacher adds the ornaments to the class tree and records total minutes on the class tree!

Upcoming Events

12-1-2020

  • December 1st to 7th: Annual PTA Holiday Shop:   https://wonderlandgiftshoppes.store/     The online shop is still open and our in-person preview for students begins this week.  The shopping planner below is only to help guide your child through the shop on Preview Day.  Once they complete the preview they will receive their budget envelope and shop information to bring home.  Virtual shopping with free shipping to the school goes on until December 7th. In-person shopping starts December 7th and ends December 11th. You can also order online after the 7th, but shipping will be only to your home for an additional charge.
  • December 1st to 11th: Canned Food Drive: Members of our National Elementary Honor Society are hosting a canned food drive the first two weeks of December. All non-perishable food items collected will be donated to Metropolitan Ministries. Please send in all donated items to school between December 1-11
  • December 1st to 11th: PJ Drive: Our Gifted Cohort is sponsoring a PAJAMA DRIVE for the month of December as their community outreach project! These pajamas will be given to children living in shelters or in foster care. All pajamas need to be turned in by Friday, December 11.
  • Dairy Queen Night: December 9th

Other News

12-1-2020

November’s Reading Challenge Winners:  Our School-Wide Goal was 336,450 and we read 172,747.
  • Kindergarten Winners:  Mrs. Sprague’s Class with 7,000 minutes/ First Place:  Chase Elliott-900 minutes (Mrs. Neeley’s Class)
  • First Grade Winners:  Mr. Tyson’s Class with 7, 300 minutes/First Place:  Logan Hobson-630 minutes (Mr. Tyson’s Class) /Second Place:  Grace Gerges-610 minutes (Mr. Tyson’s Class)/Third Place:  Rilee Benton-585 minutes (Mrs. Poll’s Class)
  • Second Grade Winners:  Mrs. Hudak’s Class with 6,780 minutes/ First Place:  Dominic Bellino-1,500 minutes (Mrs. Saenz)/ Second Place:  Sophie Cuviello  (Mrs. Saenz) and Kenzi Bryan (Mrs. Hudak) with 1,000 minutes
  • Third Grade Winners:  Mr. Kilmer’s Class 7,500 minutes/ First Place:  Tamar Calmes-700 minutes (Mrs. Martinez)/ Second Place: Ariella Ajibola-600 minutes (Mrs. Martinez)/ Third Place:  Ella Mizell-200 minutes (Mrs. Martinez) 
  • Fourth Grade Winners:  Mrs. Cook’s Class with 6,300 minutes/ First Place:  Isabell Discepola-1,000 minutes (Mrs. Cook) Second Place:  Andrei Turnaov-900 minutes (Mrs. Cook)/ Third Place:  Tina Zheng, Claire Barrera, Jackson Thornton-800 minutes (Mrs. Herd, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Cook)
  • Fifth Grade Winners: Mrs. Reamer’s Class with 5, 600 minutes.
  • Gifted Team Winner:  Mrs. Campbell’s Class with 18,300 minutes.