November 29, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

F.A.S.T. Testing Window

Students will begin testing on November 28. Testing continues through December 16.  Click here for more information about F.A.S.T. testing. https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/arm/page/fast-testing

December Calendar

Upcoming Events

11-30 to 12-9

The Holiday Shop will open 11/30 to 12/9. The Wonderland Gift Shoppes will provide an opportunity for the students to shop for their family. Gift prices start at less than $1, with 70% of gifts priced under $6, and all gifts are under $20. An envelope was sent home with your child with information. Visit Winter Wonderland Gift Card Option to see how family and friends can sponsor your child from afar without sending in cash. Note: It could take up to 24 hours for gift card funds to become available. They also accept cash or check.

December 1-

We are excited about our Winter Fest on Thursday Dec. 1st at 6:00 – 8:30. The evening will include many fun activities, food, and shopping. Our OES Chorus will be performing at 6:30 on the covered court for a holiday sing along. Activities, games, and bounce houses will be throughout the courtyard for students to enjoy. The $10 band will allow the students to participate at the booths throughout the evening. You may prepurchase the $10 band on Rycor in the parent portal. Food trucks will be available: Pizza Creator, Tacos & More, Kelley’s Hotdogs, Thirsty Lemonade, and IceDreammm. In the cafeteria there will be many vendors for you to shop for the holidays including Maria’s Farmhouse Boutique, Aromatherapy Bracelets, 5 Flags Apparel, Sugar Vibe, Branch and Vine Farm, Holistic Facialist, Cathy’s Chapstick’s, Alex’s Soap & Suds, Interiors by Cassandra, Hello Love Bug, Thirty-One Bags, Norwex and DoTerra, Chiropractor Dr. Patel, Tampa Homemade, Chateau Macaron, Face painting with Joy, Make Ur Creations, Peace + Plants Hippie Bakery, Rayda & Company, and KK Creations. Hope to see you there!!!

Wristbands are $10 on Rycor: https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/

December 7-

Our last Early Release Day of the school year is Wednesday, December 7th.  Dismissal starts at 1:50.

Other News

Parent Involvement Corner

PTA meeting: Our PTA will have a booth set up at the Winter Festival. Please stop by for information about how you can be part of this great organization.

Great American Teach-in: Thank you to our participants who made this day amazing. Our otters loved the opportunity to learn about all the different jobs.

Toy and PJ Drive

Our National Elementary Honors Society students are doing a school wide Toy and Pajama drive for kids in our community. Please feel free to bring in Toys and PJs that are new.

November 15, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

F.A.S.T. Testing Window

Students will begin testing on November 28. Testing continues through December 16.  Click here for more information about F.A.S.T. testing. https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/arm/page/fast-testing

Square 1 Art Fundraiser

The Square 1 Art fundraiser information was sent home. We wanted to share the link in case you still would like to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child’s art.

Simply search for your child’s art using Art Search https://shop.square1art.com/Shop/artwork/Search,  and enter state, school name, and your student’s name. Your student’s art and code will appear, and you may order!  Order by: 11/17/2022

You can also upload additional art if you like, using Art UploadIf you have questions, or need anything at all, contact customer care online https://www.square1art.com/contact/.

Thank you for supporting our school!

Ms. Grob and Mrs. Cuedek

Square 1 Art fundraiser coordinator

square1art.com/shop

Upcoming Events

November 16-

Great American Teach In Event!

11-30 to 12-9

The Holiday Shop will open from November 30 – December 9. This program will provide an opportunity for the students to shop for their family.  More information to come home soon.

December 1-

Oakstead’s Winter Fest will be held on Thursday December 1st from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.  There will be tons of Winter Activities to enjoy!  Meet Santa Otter Style, Winter Putt Putt, Bounce Houses, Dance Party, Glow Fun, Hot Cocoa Stand, Food Trucks, Community Vendors, and More!  Wristbands are $10 on Rycor: https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/

Other News

Parent Involvement Corner

PTA meeting: Please join our PTA. Our next meeting is December 12th @ 8:45 AM in the Media Center. The PTA membership is only $8 per person or $15 for two family members.

SAC meeting:  Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 P.M. in the Media Center.  There is no December SAC meeting.

Thanksgiving Break

We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving Break is November 21- November 25. We will welcome back students on November 28.

 

November 9, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Read-A-Thon: 11/1-11/9

This Wednesday is the last day to support our school Read-A-Thon. We appreciate your support; we have raised over $16,000 so far. We have 2 more days to reach our goal of $20,000! Here’s how to register for the Read-A-Thon!  School Identifier is: 5db6eef79c8a4

Upcoming Events

November 9-

Picture Retakes Day

November 11-

Veterans Day and Progress Reports Released 

November 16-

Great American Teach In Event!

November 17-

Square One Art Orders due

Other News

Parent Involvement Corner

PTA meeting: Please join our PTA. Our next meeting is November 14th @ 8:45 AM in the Media Center. The PTA membership is only $8 per person or $15 for two family members.

SAC meeting:  Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 P.M. in the Media Center

November 1, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Great American Teach-in: November 16th:

We would like to invite you to join us for our annual Great American Teach-In to share your career with the students at Oakstead Elementary School. This is always a fun-filled day that exposes our students to many new experiences and stresses the importance of your education, training, and how it has helped you to achieve your goals. Each presentation should be at least 20 minutes long but no more than 30 minutes. The first presentations will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the last will end at 2:45 P.M. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Zahrobsky at szahrobs@pasco.k12.fl.us     Great American Teach In.docx 

Read-A-Thon: 11/1-11/9

We are excited to announce our Fall Fundraiser. Our first ever Read-A-Thon will be a fun-filled event that will encourage students love for reading. This event will help to raise funds for staff appreciation, campus enhancements, classroom needs, student incentives, and school-wide events.  Here’s how to register for the Read-A-Thon!  School Identifier is: 5db6eef79c8a4

Upcoming Events

November 2 and November 8-

Health screenings will begin on November 2nd and November 8th for K, 1, and 3rd grade students. If you have not completed the Parent Bill of Rights Consent section on the Parent Portal, please do so.

November 11-

To honor our Veterans on November 11th, we are creating a video for the students to understand the significance of Veteran’s Day. If you are a veteran or a member of your family is a veteran, please complete the form below. If you have multiple veterans in your family, please complete the form for each veteran. Please complete the Mach Form before October 28th.  OES Veteran’s

Other News

Parent Involvement Corner

PTA: Please join our PTA. Our next meeting is November 14th @ 8:45 AM in the Media Center. The PTA membership is only $8 per person or $15 for two family members.

Lunch with Children:  Visitors must have an ID present and Raptor into our system. Students must be released with their teacher and prepared to walk with the class after lunch.  Parents are welcome to have lunch with their child, weather permitting. Due to our enrollment growth and safety commitment for all students, we limit our lunchtime visits to outdoor seating only. To ensure the safety and supervision of all children, parents may only have lunch with their children. No other children will be removed from the cafeteria. We ask that you limit your visits to once or twice a month. Lunchtime is one of the few times of the day where children can socialize with their classmates. Some students might choose to bring in a snack that can be consumed quickly due to an earlier or later lunchtime (i.e., granola bar). 

October 24, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Great American Teach-in: November 16th:

We would like to invite you to join us for our annual Great American Teach-In to share your career with the students at Oakstead Elementary School. This is always a fun-filled day that exposes our students to many new experiences and stresses the importance of your education, training, and how it has helped you to achieve your goals. Each presentation should be at least 20 minutes long but no more than 30 minutes. The first presentations will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the last will end at 2:45 P.M. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Zahrobsky at szahrobs@pasco.k12.fl.us

Read-A-Thon: 11/1-11/9

We are excited to announce our Fall Fundraiser. Our first ever Read-A-Thon will be a fun-filled event that will encourage students love for reading. This event will help to raise funds for staff appreciation, campus enhancements, classroom needs, student incentives, and school-wide events.  Registration will be on next week’s parent communication!

Upcoming Events

October 28-

Walk to School Event: Our PE Department will be hosting our annual Walk to School event on Friday, October 28th.  If you plan to participate, please meet the PE coaches at the Oakstead clubhouse at 9am. On Friday, October 28th, the students, and staff will enjoy a musical assembly from the Sunlake High School band members, who will share their commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

October 31st:

Our 2022 Book Character Parade is Monday October 31st at 10:00 am. Students may come dressed in their book character costumes with their book if they’d like to participate in the character parade at school.  Costumes MUST be school-appropriate and not scary, no weapons or props and no inflatable costumes. Parents are welcome to watch from the parent viewing area in the front of the school.  Please do not cross onto or through the parade route. The Parking is very limited at Oakstead, please consider walking or carpooling on Parade day.

Following the Book Character Parade, we will have Family Literacy Day. After the parade parents may come on campus until 11:00 to read with their child/children in the courtyard. Please use the link below to indicate if you are going to participate in Family Literacy Day. If multiple parents are participating, please complete the form for each person. Volunteer Mach Form: https://oes.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=33193

November 11-

To honor our Veterans on November 11th, we are creating a video for the students to understand the significance of Veteran’s Day. If you are a veteran or a member of your family is a veteran, please complete the form below. If you have multiple veterans in your family, please complete the form for each veteran. Please complete the Mach Form before October 28th.  OES Veteran’s

Other News

Health Screenings:

Health screenings will begin on November 2nd and November 8th for K, 1, and 3rd grade students. If you have not completed the Parent Bill of Rights Consent section on the Parent Portal, please do so.

Parent Involvement Corner

PTA: Please join our PTA. Our next meeting is November 14th @ 8:45 AM in the Media Center. The PTA membership is only $8 per person or $15 for two family members.

Lunch with Children:  We will open our campus during Quarter 2 for families to have lunch with their children. Visitors must have an ID present and Raptor into our system. Students must be released with their teacher and prepared to walk with the class after lunch.

Family Literacy Day: On Monday, October 31st, we will have Family Literacy Day following the book character parade. After the parade parents may come on campus until 11:00 to read with their child/children in the courtyard. Please use the link below to indicate if you are going to participate in Family Literacy Day. If multiple parents are participating, please complete the form for each person.
Volunteer Mach Form: https://oes.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=33193

October 17, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Grades 3-5 Science Week:

STEM Showcase Launch Week is here!  Students in grades 3-5 will take time each day during the week of October 18th to learn about the world of Space Exploration, Engineering, and Coding and discover the innovative work of scientists who are changing the world!

They will conduct classroom investigations and think about ways they use science to solve problems. Friday, October 21st is My Science Superhero Day. We encourage all students to dress like a scientist. Be creative and let’s celebrate science!

All Grades: Book Fair:

Book Fair is taking place Wednesday, October 12th – Friday, October 21st, and we are looking for volunteers to help!!  Thank you for your time and support and making this a successful event for our Otters!!! Please click on the link if you are interested!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0448aca72ea5fc1-fall

All Grades: Parent Teacher Conference Nights:

Several teachers are participating in Parent teacher conferences. Teachers should have reached out to families to schedule a conference for the nights of 10/18 or 10/20. If they did not reach out to you and you would like to meet with them, please contact your child’s teacher.

Upcoming Events

Red Ribbon Week:

October 24th begins Oakstead’s celebration of Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign focused on drug abuse prevention and healthy choices. Through fun activities and creative approaches, we strive to promote positive choices and a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for supporting Red Ribbon Week from home by encouraging participation and discussing these events with your child!

October 28-

Walk to School Event: Our PE Department will be hosting our annual Walk to School event on Friday, October 28th.  If you plan to participate, please meet the PE coaches at the Oakstead clubhouse at 9am. On Friday, October 28th, the students, and staff will enjoy a musical assembly from the Sunlake High School band members, who will share their commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

October 31st:

Our 2022 Book Character Parade is Monday October 31st at 10:00 am. Students may come dressed in their book character costumes with their book if they’d like to participate in the character parade at school.  Costumes MUST be school-appropriate and not scary, no weapons or props and no inflatable costumes. Parents are welcome to watch from the parent viewing area in the front of the school.  Please do not cross onto or through the parade route. The Parking is very limited at Oakstead, please consider walking or carpooling on Parade day.

Following the Book Character Parade, we will have Family Literacy Day. After the parade parents may come on campus until 11:00 to read with their child/children in the courtyard. Please use the link below to indicate if you are going to participate in Family Literacy Day. If multiple parents are participating, please complete the form for each person. Volunteer Mach Form: https://oes.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=33193

November 11-

To honor our Veterans on November 11th, we are creating a video for the students to understand the significance of Veteran’s Day. If you are a veteran or a member of your family is a veteran, please complete the form below. If you have multiple veterans in your family, please complete the form for each veteran. Please complete the Mach Form before October 28th.  OES Veteran’s

Other News

Parent Involvement Corner

SAC: Our next SAC Meeting is 10/18 at 7 P.M in the WOW Room.

PTA: Please join our PTA. Our next meeting is November 14th @ 8:45 AM in the Media Center. The PTA membership is only $8 per person or $15 for two family members.

Lunch with Children:  We will open our campus during Quarter 2 for families to have lunch with their children. Visitors must have an ID present and Raptor into our system. Students must be released with their teacher and prepared to walk with the class after lunch.

Family Literacy Day: On Monday, October 31st, we will have Family Literacy Day following the book character parade. After the parade parents may come on campus until 11:00 to read with their child/children in the courtyard. Please use the link below to indicate if you are going to participate in Family Literacy Day. If multiple parents are participating, please complete the form for each person.
Volunteer Mach Form: https://oes.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=33193

October 11, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Book Fair:

Book Fair is taking place Wednesday, October 12th – Friday, October 21st, and we are looking for volunteers to help!!  Thank you for your time and support and making this a successful event for our Otters!!! Please click on the link if you are interested!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0448aca72ea5fc1-fall

Family Literacy Day:

On Monday, October 31st, we will have Family Literacy Day following the book character parade. After the parade, parents may come on campus until 11:00 to read with their child/children in the courtyard.  Please use the link below to indicate if you are going to participate in Family Literacy Day. If multiple parents are participating, please complete the form for each person.  https://oes.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=33193 

Parent Teacher Conference Nights:

Several teachers are participating in Parent teacher conferences. Teachers should have reached out to families to schedule a conference for the nights of 10/18 or 10/20. If they did not reach out to you and you would like to meet with them, please contact your child’s teacher.

Red Ribbon Week:

October 24th begins Oakstead’s celebration of Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign focused on drug abuse prevention and healthy choices. Through fun activities and creative approaches, we strive to promote positive choices and a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for supporting Red Ribbon Week from home by encouraging participation and discussing these events with your child!

Upcoming Events

October 13-

Our Next Dairy Queen Night is Thursday, October 13th from 5-7 P.M. A proceed of all sales will go to Oakstead.

October 17-

Teacher Planning Day on Monday, October 17- No School

October 28-

Walk to School Event: Our PE Department will be hosting our annual Walk to School event on Friday, October 28th.  If you plan to participate, please meet the PE coaches at the Oakstead clubhouse at 9am. On Friday, October 28th, the students, and staff will enjoy a musical assembly from the Sunlake High School band members, who will share their commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

November 11-

To honor our Veterans on November 11th, we are creating a video for the students to understand the significance of Veteran’s Day. If you are a veteran or a member of your family is a veteran, please complete the form below. If you have multiple veterans in your family, please complete the form for each veteran. Please complete the Mach Form before October 28th.  OES Veteran’s

Other News

Parent Involvement Corner

SAC: Our next SAC Meeting is 10/18 at 7 P.M in the WOW Room.

PTA: Please join our PTA. Our next meeting is November 14th @ 8:45 AM in the Media Center. The PTA membership is only $8 per person or $15 for two family members.

Lunch with Children:  We will open our campus during Quarter 2 for families to have lunch with their children. Visitors must have an ID present and raptor into our system. Students must be released with their teacher and prepared to walk with the class after lunch.

Hurricane Information:

After consulting with the state, we have now confirmed that we will have to make up some of the lost student instructional time we experienced due to Hurricane Ian. To preserve both the Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks, the District intends to make up the needed instructional time during Semester 2, so there are no changes to our calendar in Semester 1. The make-up time will occur as follows:

          January 3, a Tuesday, will now be a regular school day for students and staff. January 3 is currently on the calendar as a teacher planning day and a non-student day. Instead, both teachers and students will return for the Second Semester on January 3 as a regular school day. After consulting with the United School Employees of Pasco (USEP) regarding the impact of this change on the second quarter planning day for teachers, it was agreed that teachers would be permitted to complete their normal planning day activities at a time and manner of their choosing provided final second quarter and first semester grades are submitted on or before Friday, January 6, 2023. Providing this flexibility negates the need for teachers to return a day early from Winter Break, on Monday, January 2, 2023, for a rescheduled second quarter planning day.

  • February 20, a Monday, will be a regular school day for students and teachers. It is currently on the calendar as a non-school day for students and teachers and is Presidents Day.
  • All Early Release Days in Semester 2 will be full school days. That includes January 11, February 1, March 8, and April 12. The remaining Early Release Days in Semester 1 will remain in place as scheduled.

*Please make sure you make arrangements as necessary to accommodate this plan.

October 4, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Book Fair:

Book Fair is taking place Wednesday, October 12th – Friday, October 21st, and we are looking for volunteers to help!!  Thank you for your time and support and making this a successful event for our Otters!!! Please click on the link if you are interested!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0448aca72ea5fc1-fall

Upcoming Events

November 11-

To honor our Veterans on November 11th, we are creating a video for the students to understand the significance of Veteran’s Day. If you are a veteran or a member of your family is a veteran, please complete the form below. If you have multiple veterans in your family, please complete the form for each veteran. Please complete the Mach Form before October 28th.  OES Veteran’s

Other News

Parent Involvement Corner

PTA: Please join our PTA. Our next meeting is October 10th @ 8:45 AM in the Media Center. This meeting will be a board meeting.

Vendors- We are looking for vendors for our Winter Fest December 1st from 6:00-8:30. There will be a $30 fee to participate (All community sponsors vendor fees will be waived). If you are interested in becoming a community sponsor, please reach out to Oakstead Elementary PTA. If you are interested in being a vendor, please reach out to Shannon Jackson. srjackso@pasco.k12.fl.us

All Pro Dads: We are looking for parent volunteers to lead this program. If you are interested in All Pro Dads, please email Danielle McDowell dmcdowel@pasco.k12.fl.us  “All Pro Dad is on a mission to help you love and lead your family well.  We are a group of people passionately committed to bringing intentional focus to fathers around the world. Our message will inspire you to embrace who you are, give you tenderness of heart, and boldness of character as a dad and husband. We are consistently here for you to provide guidance and practical tips in raising your kids in a life-giving way.”

September 20, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

F.A.S.T. Progress Monitoring

F.A.S.T progress monitoring session will close on September 30th. Our parent night will be held at Rushe Middle School to discuss Assessment Information on October 4th from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.  Please register so we can provide child-specific information at this night.  Click Here to Register for October 4th Parent Night at Rushe Middle

Read-A-Thon

We are excited to announce our Fall Fundraiser October 1st -October 9th.  Our first ever Read-A-Thon will be a fun filled, weeklong event that will encourage students’ love for reading and help raise funds for staff appreciation, campus enhancements, classroom needs, student incentives, and school-wide events. There will be awesome prizes awarded for individual effort, top classrooms, minutes read, most spirited, donations earned and more. It’s going to be an Otteriffic week to Read and Play!

Upcoming Events

September 20th:

Our next SAC meeting will be held on September 20th at 7 PM in the Media Center.

October 3-

School Picture Day is Monday, October 3rd.

November 11-

To honor our Veterans on November 11th, we are creating a video for the students to understand the significance of Veteran’s Day. If you are a veteran or a member of your family is a veteran, please complete the form below. If you have multiple veterans in your family, please complete the form for each veteran. Please complete the Mach Form before October 28th.  OES Veteran’s

Spirit Days:

On Wednesday, wear your den shirt. On Fridays, wear your school spirit shirt.

Other News

Parent Involvement Corner

SAC: Our next SAC meeting will be held tonight, September 20th at 7 PM in the Media Center.

PTA: Please join our PTA. Our next meeting is October 10th @ 8:45 AM in the Media Center

Vendors- We are looking for vendors for our Winter Fest December 1st from 6:00-8:30. There will be a $30 fee to participate (All community sponsors vendor fees will be waived). If you are interested in becoming a community sponsor, please reach out to Oakstead Elementary PTA. If you are interested in being a vendor, please reach out to Shannon Jackson. srjackso@pasco.k12.fl.us

All Pro Dads: We are looking for parent volunteers to lead this program. If you are interested in All Pro Dads, please email Danielle McDowell dmcdowel@pasco.k12.fl.us  “All Pro Dad is on a mission to help you love and lead your family well.  We are a group of people passionately committed to bringing intentional focus to fathers around the world. Our message will inspire you to embrace who you are, give you tenderness of heart, and boldness of character as a dad and husband. We are consistently here for you to provide guidance and practical tips in raising your kids in a life-giving way.”

Volunteering:

If you would like to become an approved volunteer, please fill out the Mach Form on our school website. Volunteer link

September 13, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Media Center:

Our media center is now open for students to check out books!

Oakstead Guidance Information:

Dear Parent, Your K-5 child will be participating in the Safer, Smarter Kids abuse prevention curriculum in his or her class throughout this year when one of the School Counselors, Mrs. Cuviello or Mrs. Laurino, comes to visit. This curriculum will arm your child with the necessary skills to avoid difficult situations, without being explicit or in any way scary

The Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum teaches children a variety of skills to help protect them and problem-solve in various situations. The curriculum incorporates short video clips and in-class activities created by Lauren Book, M.S. Ed., educator and Chief Executive Officer of the Lauren’s Kids Foundation.

If you have any questions about the curriculum, please contact Katie Cuviello and Madison Laurino, your child’s School Counselors, at (813) 346-1500 or by e-mail at kcuviell@pasco.k12.fl.us + mlaurino@pasco.k12.fl.us. If you would like to learn more about the curriculum or review the Safer, Smarter Kids parent toolkit to learn more about the topics covered in the curriculum, please visit www.SaferSmarterKids.org.

Also – Please follow us on our School Counseling Facebook page to see the parent letter that goes along with that grade level’s lesson for the week. J

Most sincerely, 

Katie Cuviello & Madison Laurino

School Counselors

Upcoming Events

September 19th:

Our next PTA meeting is Sept. 19th at 9:00 AM in the Media Center.

September 20th:

Our next SAC meeting will be held on September 20th at 7 PM in the Media Center.

Spirit Days:

On Wednesday, wear your den shirt. On Fridays, wear your school spirit shirt.

Other News

Parent Involvement

Vendors- We are looking for vendors for our Winter Fest December 1st from 6:00-8:30. There will be a $30 fee to participate. All funding will support Oakstead Elementary directly. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Shannon Jackson if you are interested in becoming a vendor. srjackso@pasco.k12.fl.us

Community sponsors- If you are interested in becoming a community sponsor, please reach out to OES PTA for more information.

Veteran's Day:

To honor our Veterans on November 11th, we are creating a video for the students to understand the significance of Veteran’s Day. If you are a veteran or a member of your family is a veteran, please complete the form below. If you have multiple veterans in your family, please complete the form for each veteran. Please complete the Mach Form before October 28th.  OES Veteran’s

September 6, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Oakstead Specials Information:

Please click on the attachment for Specials beginning of the year important information.

Beginning of the Year Specials Info

Upcoming Events

September 7th:

Our next early release day is September 7th.  Oakstead will begin dismissal at 1:50 pm.

Our first hat Day will be held Wednesday 9/7. We will collect $1 from each participant in order to fund 5th Grade end of the year festivities.

Spirit Days:

On Wednesday, wear your den shirt. On Fridays, wear your school spirit shirt.

Other News

Parent Involvement

SAC: Our next SAC meeting will be held on September 20th at 7 PM in the Media Center.  Here are the parents that will be on SAC this school year: Elected this year: Joni Daner; Adam Blanton; Jessica Jecusco; Jason Gill; Crystal Poll; Raquel Harper; Tanya O’Neil; Martha Villarreal; Marissa Fodera; Crystal Groger; Cathy Frer.  Our returning members are: Greg Frer; Jamie Serrano; Alicia Riek

PTA: Please join our PTA. We will have an upcoming Dairy Queen night on September 8th from 5-7.  A portion of the proceeds from the dine in and carry out will go towards supporting our school.

Rainy Day Dismissal:

We will continue having regular dismissal on rainy days unless there is lightning within 2 miles. If lightning occurs, we will restrict cars to one lane and hold our walker and biker students in the media center. We will release students to their parent or when it is safe to release. 

August 30, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Parents

Please sign into Parent Portal to complete the Bill of Rights Survey and update contact information for your child. This is where you will view progress reports and report cards! You will need to complete this before you will have access to the platform. Progress reports will be available September 9th.

Upcoming Events

September 5th:

No School on September 5th.

September 7th:

Our next early release day is September 7th.  Oakstead will begin dismissal at 1:50 pm. 

Spirit Days:

On Wednesday, wear your den shirt. On Fridays, wear your school spirit shirt.

Other News

Parent Involvement

SAC: Our next SAC meeting will be held on September 20th at 7 PM in the Media Center.

PTA: Please join our PTA. We will have an upcoming Dairy Queen night on September 8th from 5-7.  A portion of the proceeds from the dine in and carry out will go towards supporting our school.

August 23, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Parents

Please sign into Parent Portal to complete the Bill of Rights Survey and update contact information for your child. This is where you will view progress reports and report cards! You will need to complete this before you will have access to the platform. Progress reports will be available September 9th.

Progress Monitoring/Testing

We are using F.A.S.T this year. F.A.S.T is a new progress monitoring assessment which will be given three times a year. This assessment will test your students grade level understanding and provide opportunities for growth. F.A.S.T. Informational Letter

Upcoming Events

September 5th:

No School on September 5th.

September 7th:

Our next early release day is September 7th.  Oakstead will begin dismissal at 1:50 pm. 

Spirit Days:

On Wednesday, wear your den shirt. On Fridays, wear your school spirit shirt.

Other News

Parent Involvement

SAC:  School Advisory Council is in the process of electing participating members for the 2022-2023 school year. Please click on the link to vote for your fellow SAC member. SAC Voting Ballot

PTA:  Please join our PTA. We will have an upcoming Dairy Queen night on 8/25 from 5-7. A portion of the proceeds from the dine in and carry out will go towards supporting our school. Join PTA Link

Transportation

Transportation: As a reminder all change of transportation is completed through Mach Forms on the Oakstead Elementary website. The Mach Form must be completed no later than 3:00 P.M. If you want to sign out your child it must be done before 3:20 P.M. after this time, you will need to wait for dismissal. Please be aware that consistency and routines help set your child up for success. We have had an abundance of transportation changes made over the past few weeks which disrupts academic time.

Buses- We are continuing to work with transportation in late arrivals and overcrowded buses. Bus 809 P.M. route has a need for a double run which will impact a timely dismissal.

Cars- Cell phone use is restricted to hands-free use while operating your vehicle in a school zone. The OES School Zone extends from Oakstead Blvd. to Joy Rd. When turning into the OES parking lot, please obey the posted speed limit and follow all of the crossing guard’s signals. All vehicles should park when in the Active Loading Zone. Do not get out of your car, or let students exit on the driver’s side. This is not a safe practice. Children cannot be dropped off in the parking lot. All children must be escorted into the school from the parking lot. NO EXCEPTIONS. Children can only be dropped off and picked-up via the car loop in the designated loading/unloading area.  As of October 1, 2019 House Bill 107 makes it illegal to hold and use a cell phone (texting or talking) while in a school zone. Violators can receive a $60 fine plus assessment taxes and fees, and three points on their driver’s license. 

Please make sure you have a yellow carline tag from this school year. Each family has a number that is used to call your child to the carline. If you do not have the appropriate carline tag, you will have to park and sign out child.

May 18, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Bell Times

New Proposed Bell Times for 2022-2023:  9:40 am – 3:50 pm 

Report Cards:

Final report cards will be generated after May 27th.

School Supply Boxes:

Please click here to purchase your supply box for next year.  Supply box prices will go up by $5.00 after May 25th.

Upcoming Events

June 4th:

Rays Day: Pasco County Schools Rays Spirit Day!  Buy your tickets now to join your friends, family, and educators at Rays Spirit Day!

Saturday, June 4, 2022, 4:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field
Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays
$19 each, Lower Level Seating
The top-selling school will receive a visit from Raymond and the Ray Team during the fall of 2022!

Tickets will be mailed to your billing address. If you would like them mailed to a different address, please add it to the notes section at checkout. Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, May 20, 2022.  A portion of each ticket sold will go back to the Pasco Education Foundation
and directly into the classrooms in Pasco County!
Buy Tickets

Media Books:

All media books are due back now. If your student has any media books checked out, they will be bringing a notice home listing those books.  We will be sending home overdue notices.  If you cannot find your students book(s) please send in a check made payable to OES or send in the exact cash amount listed on your notice as we do not have a way to make change.  We request that you refrain from purchasing a duplicate book as they will not be barcoded for our school.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Crouse in the media.  Her email is lcrouse@pasco.k12.fl.us

Other News

Principals Message

Please check out our 10 minute video that highlights the following:

-Additional Assistant Principal next year  (Welcome Mrs. Predmore.)

-Specialization of classes in grades 2-5

-Lunch and Lunch time changes next week

https://somup.com/c3hF2GthU4

Menu

Monday (Outside Bagged Lunch) Hamburger or Peanut Butter and Jelly

Tuesday (Outside Bagged Lunch) Hot dog or Peanut Butter and Jelly

Wednesday (Inside Cafeteria) Baked Chicken leg or Pizza or Peanut Butter and Jelly

April 26, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

April 29th-

Splash Day:  Splash Day is Scheduled for April 29th.  Students should come to school wearing their bathing suit and shorts, shoes and a shirt that can get wet.  (No flip flops)  Sunscreen must be applied at home.   Students will need to bring in a change of clothes to change into after the event, a towel, sunglasses, and a hat.

Kindergarten and New to Oakstead Registrations for 22-23 School Year:

All new student registrations will be completely online.  Documents will need to be uploaded to the portal.  This can be done from a computer, phone, or tablet.  Registration will open on April 18th , 2022 and continue throughout the summer.  If you are without internet or technology to complete this registration at home, we will have a device available in the front office for use.  

Upcoming Events

Staff Appreciation Week:

Staff Appreciation Week is the first week in May with the official day being May 3rd.  Show your teachers they are appreciated with a little note expressing your gratitude.  Your words mean so much to us.  Mrs. Steinacker and Ms. Ramirez are looking for some community help to make the staff breakfast.  If you have a griddle and can flip pancakes on May 4th from 8:00 am-10:00 am please let us know!

May 17th-

This summer our PTA will be holding elections for some key positions.  Email us if you are interested in learning about available positions.  Please come to see what PTA is all about at our next meeting on May 17th at 5:30pm. 

Other News

Administrative Professionals' Day

We would like to recognize and thank our secretaries for all their hard work every day but especially tomorrow for Administrative Professionals’ Day. 

Carline

Please remember to be hands-free with your cellphones while in the school zone. Especially the carline.

April 20, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Progress Reports

Progress Reports for Quarter 4 will be posted in your Parent Portal on Friday, April 22nd.

Kindergarten and New to Oakstead Registrations for 22-23 School Year:

All new student registrations will be completely online.  Documents will need to be uploaded to the portal.  This can be done from a computer, phone, or tablet.  Registration will open on April 18th , 2022 and continue throughout the summer.  If you are without internet or technology to complete this registration at home, we will have a device available in the front office for use.  

Upcoming Events

April 21-

Dairy Queen Night:  Please join us tomorrow 4/21/22 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Oakstead receives 10% of the money from sales made inside the building.  Stop by and say hi. 

April 29th-

Splash Day:  Splash Day is Scheduled for April 29th.  Students should come to school wearing their bathing suit and shorts, shoes and a shirt that can get wet.  (No flip flops)  Sunscreen must be applied at home.   Students will need to bring in a change of clothes to change into after the event, a towel, sunglasses, and a hat.

May 17th-

This summer our PTA will be holding elections for some key positions.  Email us if you are interested in learning about available positions.  Please come to see what PTA is all about at our next meeting on May 17th at 5:30pm. 

Other News

Staff Appreciation Week:

Staff Appreciation Week is the first week in May with the official day being May 3rd.  Show your teachers they are appreciated with a little note expressing your gratitude.  Your words mean so much to us.  Mrs. Steinacker and Ms. Ramirez are looking for some community help to make the staff breakfast.  If you have a griddle and can flip pancakes on May 4th from 8:00 am-10:00 am please let us know!

April 12, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

State Testing:

State and district testing continues this week. Attendance is very important to ensure students are tested in the environment they are most comfortable in. Please communicate with your child’s teacher if you know of an absence. click here for more information.

Kindergarten and New to Oakstead Registrations for 22-23 School Year:

All new student registrations will be completely online.  Documents will need to be uploaded to the portal.  This can be done from a computer, phone, or tablet.  Registration will open on April 18th , 2022 and continue throughout the summer.  If you are without internet or technology to complete this registration at home, we will have a device available in the front office for use.  

Upcoming Events

April 13-

Last Early Release Day:   This week we have our last early release day of the school year on Wednesday, April 13th, dismissal will begin at 2:20pm. 

April 15th-

No school on Friday:   Students and teachers do not have school on Friday, April 15th

April 29th-

Splash Day:  Splash Day is Scheduled for April 29th.  Students should come to school wearing their bathing suit and shorts, shoes and a shirt that can get wet.  (No flip flops)  Sunscreen must be applied at home.   Students will need to bring in a change of clothes to change into after the event, a towel, sunglasses, and a hat.

Other News

Ottertastic Shout-Outs:

We would love to hear from our community stakeholders.  We would like for you to recognize a faculty or staff member so we can celebrate with you.  This could be anything from a positive interaction, support in the classroom, activity in the community, or just a thank you.  We are excited to learn of all the amazing things our faculty and staff are doing to support our Otter Pond.https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=aaJT4khSVE6bZ7duOoYiIEKPu8ynSD9NjwwdIA_b8t1UNk03S0RXNDJZRTlPQzU0OVRWTEIyTTJEQy4u

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day:

This national celebrations official date is Thursday, April 28, 2022.  It is preferable for children in 3rd through 5th grade to take part in this observation.  Parents who want to take their daughter or son out of school to participate in the event must prearrange the student’s absence with his or her principal and teacher(s).

Supply Kits for 22-23 School Year:

This year families will have the option of purchasing a supply kit online instead of shopping for school supplies.  Supply kits are customized school kits that match the teacher’s supply list.  Kits will be available until July 4th and will be shipped directly to our school.  Please use this link to order.  http://www.schoolkitz.com/

March 30, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

State Testing:

Our state testing begins in April.  Please see the attached FSA Parent Letter 21-22.docx for details and dates, or click here for more information.

5th Grade Families:

Attention 5th grade parents! We only have 10 more 5th grade supplements available for purchase for $5.  The 5th grade supplement will be full of the special dedications for the 5th graders plus pictures of the end of the year events that are 5th grade only.  THE LAST DAY to buy a dedication for your 5th grader is MARCH 31st. No dedications will be accepted after this date.  Supplements will be available for pick up over the summer.   To order go to:  https://www.balfour.com/florida/land-o-lakes/oakstead-elementary-school 

Upcoming Events

March 31st-

Thursday, March 31st from 5:30pm-8:00pm.  

-community partners will be present

-Book Fair will be open for shopping

-food trucks will be on campus for purchase

-literacy themed crafts

-read alouds with staff members

April 4th-

Incoming Kindergarteners for the 2022-23 School Year:  Please join us on Monday, April 4th from 6:30pm-7:30pm to tour our campus, meet teachers and staff and explore a school bus.  Please share this information with neighbors and friends of incoming kindergarteners. 

Other News

Yearbook!

LAST DAY to pre-order yearbook is Thursday, March 31st. Yearbooks are $20. To order go to:  https://www.balfour.com/florida/land-o-lakes/oakstead-elementary-school 

March 22, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

State Testing:

Our state testing begins in April.  Please see the attached FSA Parent Letter 21-22.docx for details and dates.

5th Grade Families:

Attention 5th grade parents! We have added a new supplement this year for just 5th graders. This supplement will include your special dedication to your 5th grade student plus extra 5th grade only photos of all their special events through the last day of school!  This 8-page supplements fits perfectly inside your student’s yearbook. Supplements are only $5 and will be available for pickup during the summer. Pre-Sale Link: https://www.balfour.com/florida/land-o-lakes/oakstead-elementary-school 

Overdue Books

All media books are due back to the media prior to May 9th. Should you have any questions please contact Lisa Crouse in the media: lcrouse@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Upcoming Events

3-24

Thursday, March 24th is Dairy Queen Night from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.   Oakstead will receive a percentage of the sales that are made inside at the counter.  We do not receive any credit for drive through sales.

3-25 to 4-1

Book Fair will be open from March 25th to April 1.  We will be open on Thursday March 31st from 5:15 to 7:30 pm for parents to shop.  You can shop online anytime between 3-25 and 4-1.  Book Fair 3-22.pdf 

We will have TWO food trucks on campus during book fair night. 

-Pizza Creator

-Softee the King

Other News

Field Day

Our PE department wants to give a very special shout out to all the volunteers that helped make the day a success.  We are very grateful to belong to such an amazing community.

Kids Heart Challenge

Together we raised $8,609.93 for the American Heart Association.  Our PE Department will receive a combined give-back of $700 for PE equipment and supplies! 

 

March 9, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

5th Grade Families:

Attention 5th grade parents! We have added a new supplement this year for just 5th graders. This supplement will include your special dedication to your 5th grade student plus extra 5th grade only photos of all their special events through the last day of school!  This 8-page supplements fits perfectly inside your student’s yearbook. Supplements are only $5 and will be available for pickup during the summer. Pre-Sale Link: https://www.balfour.com/florida/land-o-lakes/oakstead-elementary-school 

Overdue Books

All media books are due back to the media prior to May 9th. Should you have any questions please contact Lisa Crouse in the media: lcrouse@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Upcoming Events

3-9

March’s Early Release Day is March 9th. We will begin dismissal at 2:20 pm.

3-10

Picture Day is March 10th- more information to follow

3-11

Field Day is March 11th.  Wear your CLASS Color shirt.  Ask your teacher if you are not sure.

Other News

Kids Heart Challenge

Our American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge event will begin on February 28th! Your student will learn about heart, brain and vascular health, and meet kids with special hearts! Here’s how you can help:

Register: http://www2.heart.org/goto/oaksteadotters

Take the challenge: Be Active or Be Kind

Share with friends and family through social media, text and/or email

You can help your class win the classroom challenge! Our goal is to have 100% of our students register online and take the challenge.

Book Fair

Please mark your calendars our Spring Book Fair will be next month.  On campus shopping days for students will be 3/25/22 – 3/31/22.  More information will be coming soon.

Spring Break

Pasco County Schools will be closed the week of March 14th – 18th.  Teacher Planning Day is March 21.  Classes will resume on March 22.

February 25, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

5th Grade Families:

Rushe Middle School course cards are due back Monday, March 1st

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Performance:

Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students are invited to perform on the Oakstead Stage March 1st.  The Kindergarten Performance is at 6:30pm, followed by the 1st grade performance at 7:30pm.  Please drop your child off at the music room 15 minutes prior to their scheduled performance. Please have your child wear their nicest outfit for this special performance on the Oakstead Stage.

Overdue Books

Media overdue book notices will be coming home the beginning of the week.  Please try to look for overdue books.  If you cannot find them the overdue notice will indicate the cost of replacement.  Checks can be made payable to OES or you can pay by the exact cash amount as we do not have change. After Spring Break if your child has an overdue book(s) they will not be able to check out any other books until their account has been rectified. Should you have any questions please contact Lisa Crouse in the media: lcrouse@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Upcoming Events

Health Week Days

Monday 2/28:  American Heart Association Fundraiser Kickoff-Wear Red!

Tuesday 3/1: Sweating to the Oldies- Wear 80’s themed clothes

Wednesday 3/2:  Wacky about Wellness –  Wear wacky clothes or wacky socks

Thursday 3/3:  Be a Wellness Hero-Dress like your hero

Friday 3/4:  Take me out to the ballgame -Wear your favorite baseball shirt or an team shirt

3-6

Join us for the OES Spring Sprint on March 6th.  Check the OES website or Facebook @ OES Spring Sprint Family Fun Run for more information. 

3-9

March’s Early Release Day is March 9th.

3-10

Picture Day is March 10th- more information to follow

3-11

Field Day:   Save the Date—Field Day is March 11th

Other News

Kids Heart Challenge

Our American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge event will begin on February 28th! Your student will learn about heart, brain and vascular health, and meet kids with special hearts! Here’s how you can help:

Register: http://www2.heart.org/goto/oaksteadotters

Take the challenge: Be Active or Be Kind

Share with friends and family through social media, text and/or email

You can help your class win the classroom challenge! Our goal is to have 100% of our students register online and take the challenge.

Book Fair

Please mark your calendars our Spring Book Fair will be next month.  On campus shopping days for students will be 3/25/22 – 3/31/22.  More information will be coming soon.

Spring Break

Pasco County Schools will be closed the week of March 14th – 18th.  Teacher Planning Day is March 21.  Classes will resume on March 22.

February 8, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Digital Resources

Please have your children continue to work on Zearn (math) and Lexia (ELA) when at home.  These are research-based programs that are proven to increase student achievement.  Click Otter Pondcasts Videos for videos on how to access the resources.  

Progress Reports

Quarter 3 Progress Reports have been posted.  Access them in your myStudent Parent Portal.  Please contact the front office if you have not set up a Parent Portal.

Upcoming Events

2.16

Chick-fil-A:  Spirit day is Wednesday, February 16th, all day!!!

Kindness Campaign

OES Kindness & Service Campaign: February 1st – 28th, 2022

Random Acts of Kindness: Students will be challenged to complete Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) – Teachers will be provided calendars for all students, with a Random Act of Kindness on each day. As the student does each RAK, they will ask their teacher to initial the day. At the end of the month, the students will count their acts and turn these in. The 3 classes with the highest numbers will win a movie/popcorn party!

Friday, February 11th: Team Up for Kindness! Students are encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey/shirt.

Monday, February 14th: Kindness Makes the World Go Round; Spread the Love!  Students are encouraged to wear Valentine’s Day-themed colors/attire today (e.g. red, pink, white).

Tuesday, February 22nd: 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).  We will take a rainbow picture with two students from each class who are wearing their color.

Friday, February 25th: Be a Force for Kindness!  Students are encouraged to wear Star Wars/Space attire.

Spring Sprint 2022

Oakstead’s Physical Education Department is holding their very own 5k and 1 mile Fun Run!  If you have a company or know anyone that would be interested in sponsoring, please see the attached flyer .   Join us for the OES Spring Sprint on March 6th.  Check the OES website or Facebook @ OES Spring Sprint Family Fun Run for more information.  Sign up through parent portal or Active.com to insure your shirt size.

Other News

School Counselors Week

The week of February 7th to 11th is National School Counselors Week.  Please take a few minutes to thank our school counselors and support staff who work with our little otters every day.

Carline

Please remember to be hands-free with your cellphones while in the school zone.  Especially in the carline! 

February 2, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Performance

Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students are invited to perform on the Oakstead Stage on March 1st.  The Kindergarten Performance is at 6:30 pm followed by the 1st grade performance at 7:30 pm.  Please drop your child off at the music room 15 minutes prior to their scheduled performance. Please have your child wear their nicest outfit for this special performance on the Oakstead Stage!

Upcoming Events

February 2

Early Release Day:  Our next Early Release day is Wednesday, February 2nd.  Dismissal will begin at 2:20pm.  

Kindness Campaign

OES Kindness & Service Campaign: February 1st – 28th, 2022

Random Acts of Kindness: Students will be challenged to complete Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) – Teachers will be provided calendars for all students, with a Random Act of Kindness on each day. As the student does each RAK, they will ask their teacher to initial the day. At the end of the month, the students will count their acts and turn these in. The 3 classes with the highest numbers will win a movie/popcorn party! 

Tuesday, February 1st: Crazy for Kindness!

· Students are encouraged to wear mismatched outfits and/or crazy hair!

· Random Acts of Kindness Challenge starts!

Friday, February 11th: Team Up for Kindness!

· Students are encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey/shirt.

Monday, February 14th: Kindness Makes the World Go Round; Spread the Love!

· Students are encouraged to wear Valentine’s Day-themed colors/attire today (e.g. red, pink, white).

Tuesday, February 22nd: 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).

We will take a rainbow picture with two students from each class who are wearing their color.

Friday, February 25th: Be a Force for Kindness!

· Students are encouraged to wear Star Wars/Space attire.

Spring Sprint 2022

Oakstead’s Physical Education Department is holding their very own 5k and 1 mile Fun Run!  If you have a company or know anyone that would be interested in sponsoring, please see the attached flyer .   Join us for the OES Spring Sprint on March 6th.  Check the OES website or Facebook @ OES Spring Sprint Family Fun Run for more information.  Sign up through parent portal or Active.com to insure your shirt size.

Other News

Carline

Please remember to be hands-free with your cellphones while in the school zone.  Especially in the carline! 

January 25, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Performance

Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students are invited to perform on the Oakstead Stage on March 1st.  The Kindergarten Performance is at 6:30 pm followed by the 1st grade performance at 7:30 pm.  Please drop your child off at the music room 15 minutes prior to their scheduled performance. Please have your child wear their nicest outfit for this special performance on the Oakstead Stage!

4th and 5th grade Chorus

Students in the 4th and 5th grade who love to sing can join Chorus!!  Please fill out and return the permission form by Monday, January 31st.

Upcoming Events

Spring Sprint 2022

Oakstead’s Physical Education Department is holding their very own 5k and 1 mile Fun Run!  If you have a company or know anyone that would be interested in sponsoring, please see the attached flyer .   Join us for the OES Spring Sprint on March 6th.  Check the OES website or Facebook @ OES Spring Sprint Family Fun Run for more information.  Sign up through parent portal or Active.com to insure your shirt size.

Kindess Campaign

OES Kindness & Service Campaign: February 1st – 28th, 2022

Random Acts of Kindness: Students will be challenged to complete Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) – Teachers will be provided calendars for all students, with a Random Act of Kindness on each day. As the student does each RAK, they will ask their teacher to initial the day. At the end of the month, the students will count their acts and turn these in. The 3 classes with the highest numbers will win a movie/popcorn party! 

Tuesday, February 1st: Crazy for Kindness!

· Students are encouraged to wear mismatched outfits and/or crazy hair!

· Random Acts of Kindness Challenge starts!

Friday, February 11th: Team Up for Kindness!

· Students are encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey/shirt.

Monday, February 14th: Kindness Makes the World Go Round; Spread the Love!

· Students are encouraged to wear Valentine’s Day-themed colors/attire today (e.g. red, pink, white).

Tuesday, February 22nd: 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).

We will take a rainbow picture with two students from each class who are wearing their color.

Friday, February 25th: Be a Force for Kindness!

· Students are encouraged to wear Star Wars/Space attire.

Other News

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for some help getting the incentives sorted out and distributed to the classrooms. We have hit SOOO many goals that we are busy making sure all the students are getting the prizes they have earned.** Please make sure you have filled out and approved by Pasco County School. If you have any questions please let us know at pta.oakstead@gmail.com. Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/qtqujiF

January 12, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

PreK Parents

Please reach out to your child’s teacher to obtain a parking pass.  This will allow you to skip the carline and park your car in the front parking lot.

100th Day of School

January 20th is our 100th day of school.  We are celebrating by dressing like we are 100 years’ old.  Be on the look out for pictures of our creative otters.

Upcoming Events

1-12

Early Release:  Our next early release day is Wednesday, January 12th.  Students will be dismissed beginning at 2:20 pm.

Spirit Night

January 12 is Spirit night at Brick City Eatery.

16540 Pointe Village Dr., Lutz, FL 33558

3p – 9p   Dine-in or Carry-Out

Other News

Otter Olympics

The PTA is so excited to announce the Kick-Off of this year’s Otter Olympics.  On Friday, January 14th, student will participate in Opening Ceremonies of the 4th Annual Otter Olympics.  This is our annual fundraiser that provides funds for the school to assist with technology upgrades, student activities, teacher appreciation and school enhancements.  Our goal this year is $40,000 with a portion of the funds going toward the completion of the Otter Pad, our new outdoor learning and gathering space.   Visit the Oakstead PTA Facebook page for more information.  Please register your student today! Parent registration link:
https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/register?school_uuid=5db6eef79c8a4

Volunteers

The PTA is so excited to announce that it’s time for our OTTER OLYMPICS!! This is our annual PTA fundraiser, and we need you to help make this event possible. Otter Olympics is successful because of our amazing volunteers- please make sure you have filled and and been APPROVED by the Pasco County School Board. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us pta.oakstead@gmail.com  We’re using SignUp.com to organize our event.  Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/VQwpyFb

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

January 3, 2022

Grade-Specific Information

Arrival and Dismissal Information

PLACE opens:  6:30am

Latest PLACE drop-off: 9:30am

Carline Starts: 9:50am

First Bell: 10:00am

Tardy Bell: 10:10am (Instruction Begins)

Latest time to notify office of pick-up: 3:30pm (Use Otter Runner)

Latest time to sign out a student:  3:50pm

Dismissal: 4:20pm (Instruction Ends)

Earliest PLACE pick-up:  5:00pm (or when carline is complete)

PLACE closes: 6:00pm

Health and Safety

Please remember to have students complete the student self screener https://livepascok12fl.sharepoint.com/:w:/s/SSPS_Resources/EbuK-f8EySBFrrmGzymI0uMB_86yhFAHR68-RhcETmOingdaily.

Oakstead will continue to practice ongoing cleaning protocols throughout the day and sick employees and students will be required to stay home.

Upcoming Events

1-12

Early Release:  Our next early release day is Wednesday, January 12th.  Students will be dismissed beginning at 2:20 pm.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Pasco County Schools will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch for all students for the remainder of the school year. Lunch times have been adjusted by 30 minutes.

Other News

Bus Bands

Students will receive new colored bus bands to wear on their backpacks if they ride a bus HOME from school.  Please encourage your child to keep this band on and intact for the next two weeks.

In some ways, Tuesday will be like the first day of school in August; everyone will be adjusting to a new schedule and patience is important. We will have safety precautions in place, just like we have during the first week of school. This will result in temporary delays that will be reduced as we all adjust to the new schedule.

We have opened a Transportation Call Center today for bus pass questions during normal business hours. The Call Center phone numbers are listed below. The Call Center also will be available this week Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The information is posted prominently on the district home page.

Call Center phone numbers:

  • 727-774-2500
  • 813-794-2500
  • 352-524-2500

Otter Runner

When a change needs to be made in how your child goes home, parents will fill out an “OTTER RUNNER” request. All requests are made from our school website: https://oes.pasco.k12.fl.us/

December 14, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

2nd Quarter

 The end of the 2nd quarter is December 17th.  Reports cards will be uploaded on January 11th.

New School Hours

Beginning in January, Oakstead’s new student hours will be 10:10am-4:20pm.  We know that this might not be ideal for many families, however we encourage you to be positive and supportive so that we can maintain a strong focus on academics.  If you are changing how your child gets home from school or you are picking your child up early please use the link on our website. 

Assistant Principal Intern

Our student enrollment has increased to 1,062 with a significant number of new students starting in January.  We were lucky enough to receive an allocation for an assistant principal intern.  Mr. Chris Symons (previous 5th grade teacher at Oakstead) will be joining our administration team after the New Year.

Upcoming Events

Theme Dress Days

Wednesday, December 15th- Holiday Hat Day 

Thursday, December 16th- Elf/Sock Day 

Friday, December 17th- Ugly Sweater Day

12-18 to 1-3

Christmas Break:  Pasco County Schools will be closed from December 18th -January 3rd.  Students return on Tuesday, January 4th.

Other News

New Bus Numbers

The transportation department should have sent out via phone message, text and email updated bus information including stop times and bus number.  If you did not receive this information you can log into the parent portal to view the new times. 

Old #:          New#:

C601-3 –> C615-4

S719-3 –> S703-4

S720-3 –> S702-4

S727-3 –> S704-4

S731-3 –> S736-4

S738-3 –> S705-4

S739-3 –> S706-4

S741-3 –> S707-4

S785-3 –> S785-4

S802-3 –> S789-4

Land O Lakes Little League

Registration for the spring baseball and softball season is now open for ages 4-16.  If you have any questions please contact littleleaguelol@yahoo.com.

December 7, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Sunshine State Dance Party

We had 50 students qualify for our Sunshine State Celebration.  Students had to have passed at least 8 Sunshine State Reader Quizzes by December 1st.  These students will get to participate in a Glow Stick Dance Party on Wednesday, December 15th at 3:00 pm. Congratulations!

Friday is Bag Lunch Day

Forms were sent home with students for families to indicate if a student was bringing a lunch from home or requesting a school provided lunch. If you did not request lunch from the cafeteria please send your child in with a lunch from home.  Because of the presentation from Sphere’s Bubble Show, lunch times have been slightly adjusted. Students will be eating with their teachers either in the classroom or outside.

After school is Winter Fest! 

National Elementary Honor Society Information

Have you noticed all the great things that Oakstead is doing for our community?  Our NEHS students are proud to lead these service projects.  Please see the attached flyer for information about NEHS and criteria for joining.NEHS Info.pdf 

Upcoming Events

Theme Dress Days

Wednesday, December 8- Pajama Day (Early Release Day)

Thursday, December 9- Snowman Day  (Kindergarten Farm Field Trip)

Friday, December 10- Holiday Shirt Day (Bag Lunch Day, Bubble Show, Winterfest at Night)

Monday, December 13- Flannel Day

Tuesday, December 14- Candy Cane Day (PTA Meeting)

12-2 to 12-9

Holiday Wonderland Shoppe:  Students will shop with their class starting December 2nd thru 9th.  Contact PTA at pta.oakstead@gmail.com for any questions.

12-8

Early Release Day:  Our next early release day is Wednesday, December 8th.  We will begin dismissal at 1:50 pm.

12-18 to 1-3

Christmas Break:  Pasco County Schools will be closed from December 18th -January 3rd.  Students return on Tuesday, January 4th.

Other News

Yearbook

Yearbooks are on sale online now through the end of March. Visit the online store to order. Yearbooks are $20. Attention 5th grade parents! We have added a new supplement this year for just 5th graders. This supplement will include your special dedication to your 5th grade student plus extra 5th grade only photos of all their special events through the last day of school!  This 8-page supplements fits perfectly inside your student’s yearbook. Supplements are only $5 and will be available for pickup during the summer. Pre-Sale Link: https://www.balfour.com/florida/land-o-lakes/oakstead-elementary-school

Carline update

Please be sure to drive outside the painted No Parking area when coming through the carline.  It is painted with white stripes to allow for a safe area between students waiting and cars moving.  Also, a reminder that it is Florida Law that all cell phone use be hands free in a school zone.

November 30, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

5th Grade Field Trip

We are excited to announce that we were able to reschedule the JA Biztown field trip for Monday December 6th!  We did need to go with a different bus company which increased our total cost for buses by $900.  While we have some fundraising money (for our end of the year celebration) that we can use, any monetary donations to help offset the cost would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

On Monday December 6th ALL students will need to be dropped off at the school between 8:30 and 9:00 AM. Students are to wear professional attire for their Biztown experience. We will be back before 3 PM and it will be a normal dismissal. If you were chosen as a chaperone and are now unable to attend, please let your homeroom teacher know immediately! 

Bring Your Own Device

Students are encouraged to bring their own devices to school.  Please see the attached information sheet with details.  Students are using their devices here at school for academics including Lexia and Zearn.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific information and if you need log-on codes to work at home.  

Upcoming Events

Theme Dress Days

Wednesday, December 1st-Blinking necklace day

Thursday, December 2nd-Wear Red and Green  

Friday, December 3rd-Favorite Shopping outfit

12-2 to 12-9

Holiday Wonderland Shoppe:  Students will shop with their class starting December 2nd thru 9th.  Contact PTA at pta.oakstead@gmail.com for any questions.

12-8

Early Release Day:  Our next early release day is Wednesday, December 8th.  We will begin dismissal at 1:50 pm.

12-10

Winter Fest:  Save the date.  Oakstead is super excited to host Winter Fest on campus December 10th from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  

12-18 to 1-3

Christmas Break:  Pasco County Schools will be closed from December 18th -January 3rd.  Students return on Tuesday, January 4th.

Other News

Parent Survey

Thank you for those who have completed our online survey.  The survey window is open until Friday, December 3rd.   If you have not already done so, please take 5 minutes today to participate in the family survey that will help our school improve our communication, academic programming, and overall experience for you and your child.  You are the most important people in your child’s life, and we want to ensure you have the opportunity to shape their school experience.   

As a reminder, survey responses are anonymous and will only be used to inform future family engagement strategies. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We value your input and look forward to working with you more closely in the future to ensure a great learning experience for your child. 

Holiday Shoppe Volunteers

 PTA needs volunteers starting December 2nd  to make our Holiday Shop a success and for our students to purchase holidays gifts for friends and family members. Sign up here – https://signup.com/go/oXQBFMO   In order to volunteer on campus you must be an approved Pasco County School Volunteer. If you have any questions please reach out to the PTA at pta.oakstead@gmail.com

Cell Phones

Please remind your children to keep their cell phones off and away while on campus.  We have had two accidental 911 calls this month due to cell phones being leaned on in a way that triggered the emergency call.

November 16, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Upcoming Instructional Mandates

-November 8th-12th -Holocaust History Education Week 

-November 11th-Veterans Day 

-November-Native American Heritage Month 

Progress Reports

Pasco County will post progress reports on Friday, November 12th.  Please make sure you are signed up to view your child’s report prior to this day.  

NWEA MAP Testing Window

Oakstead students will be scheduled to take their winter assessments between November 29th and December 16th.   

Thanksgiving Week

Pasco County Schools will be closed November 22nd through November 26th. 

Upcoming Events

11-9

Come and see our 4th and 5th grade chorus perform the Veterans Day concert here at Oakstead tonight at 7:00 pm!

11-10

Early Release Day:  Pasco County’s next early release day is Wednesday, November 10th.  Oakstead will dismiss at 1:50pm. For $1.00 students will be able to wear a hat on early release days.  The money raised will be used to support 5th-grade end-of-year activities. 

11-11

Cookie Dough Fundraiser: Orders will be arriving on campus Thursday, November 11th.  Car Rider families will use the inside/right lane of the carline to pick up orders during the regular dismissal times.  All other families should come through the carline between 4:30pm-6:00pm.  If you ordered the strawberry cheesecake it has been substituted with chocolate chip.  

11-17

Great American Teach-In:  Oakstead will host a virtual GATI on Wednesday, November 17th.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher for more information.  

Other News

Otter Learning Motto

 Today is a great day for learning! I will work hard and look for opportunities to grow. I will do my very best with what I can. Today, I will achieve success. 

New School Hours

Beginning in January, Oakstead’s new student hours will be 10:10am-4:20pm.  We know that this might not be ideal for many families, however we encourage you to be positive and supportive so that we can maintain a strong focus on academics. 

Car Riders

Please do not arrive in the carline for drop off prior to  8:40am.  We have had several families arriving on campus prior to 8:40 am.  Our car loop does not open until 9:00 am.  We need to have our fire lane open and available for emergencies.  With the number of families arriving before 8:40 am teachers and staff are unable to get into the parking lot because parents are blocking the car loop.  Beginning Monday November 15th, only the right lane will be used prior to 9:00 am.  This will allow the left lane to be open for emergencies.  We encourage families not to arrive on campus prior to 9:00 am.   

Winterfest

Save the date.   Oakstead is super excited to host Winterfest on campus December 10th from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Keep a look out for more details.  I hear Santa will be attending.  

November 2, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Square One Art

It’s time to order your child’s art from Square 1 Art!  The order packets are on their way, but you can get a head start by going online in the links below. All orders due November 17, 2021.  Square1Art.com/shop 

Spirit Days

November Mondays wear Red to show Gratitude.  Fridays are Otter Spirit day.   Wednesdays Kindergarteners wear their teal team shirts.

5th Grade

Yearbook cover:  A flyer is going home with all the information about the yearbook cover art contest. If your student would like to enter the contest, entries are due no later than December 3rd to Mrs. Stevic or Ms. Grob, our awesome Art teachers. 

Constitution Essay Contest

Congratulations to Aubrey Ofoulhast! Aubrey placed second in Pasco’s annual constitution essay contest! Congratulations are also in order for the following 5th grade students who received honorable mentions:  Izabella Crockett, Emma Saclarides, Cody VanOpdorp , Treyson Workentin, Noa Ron, Paul Patrocinio, Rosaria Cage, Destin Martin, Amalia Esajas, and Analise Ossa!! Way to go Otters!!!   https://www.pascoclerk.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=153

Upcoming Events

11-9

Save the date to come and see our 4th and 5th grade chorus perform here at Oakstead on Tuesday, November 9th .

11-10

Early Release Day:  Pasco County’s next early release day is Wednesday, November 10th.  Oakstead will dismiss at 1:50pm.   

11-12

Progress Reports:  Pasco County will post progress reports on Friday, November 12th.

Other News

Community Service Project

Food Drive:  Oakstead Elementary and our NEHS Chapter is partnering with Metropolitan Ministries again to serve our local community. All donations will help feed families during the week of Thanksgiving. Our otters donated over 1000 items for our recent Hygiene Drive and we know we can make a huge difference this Thanksgiving for so many families. We ask that all donated items be brought to school by Friday, November 19th. We have created a suggested list of nonperishable food items by grade level to ensure we are able to gather a variety of items:

PreK/K – Peanut butter, jelly, cereals
1st Mac & Cheese, soups, granola bars
2nd Pasta, spaghetti sauce, fruit cups/canned fruit 3rd Oatmeal, apple sauce, juice boxes
4th Packs of individual bottled water, Pasta, spaghetti sauce
5th Peanut butter, canned vegetables, crackers

Other items to consider: canned meat, tuna, rice, boxed pastas, etc.

October 26, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

5th Grade

Yearbook cover:  A flyer is going home with all the information about the yearbook cover art contest. If your student would like to enter the contest, entries are due no later than December 3rd to Mrs. Stevic or Ms. Grob, our awesome Art teachers. 

Report Cards

Student report cards post October 26th in myStudent.  Please log in to your Parent Portal account to review report cards. 

Upcoming Events

October 29

Our 2021 costume parade is Friday the 29th at 10:00 am. Please review the details of the parade and print the attached parking pass if you plan to stay to stay in the parent viewing area. Parking is very limited at Oakstead with our enrollment up to 1,055 students.  Please consider walking or carpooling on Parade Day.  Students may come dressed in their book character costumes with their book if they’d like to participate in the character parade at school.  Costumes MUST be school-appropriate and not scary, no weapons or props and no inflatable costumes. Parents are welcome to watch from the parent viewing area in the front of the school.  Please do not cross onto or through the parade route. Parade Route[1].pptx Character Parade.docx 

October 26 to 29

Red Ribbon Week is October 26th to 29th.

Monday October 25, wear red
Tuesday October 26, wear a hat & Walk to School event
Wednesday October 27, fun socks day
Thursday October 28, clothing from a past decade
Friday October 29, costume or fall themed clothing (Book Character Parade Day)

Other News

Flu Vaccine

If you would like your child to receive the flu vaccine here at school please complete the attached consent form and send it in prior to October 28th.  Students will be called from class on October 28th to receive the vaccine from Florida Health Heroes.

Community Service Project

Thank you so much for your support for our first schoolwide community service project!  We collected well over 1,000 hygiene items for our homeless community.

October 19, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

3rd Grade Parents

Please see the attached resource for 3rd-grade parents.   Pasco County Schools aims to ensure that all third-grade students have the necessary reading skills to be successful in grade four and beyond. To be promoted to fourth grade, a student must score a Level 2 or higher in reading on the FSA English Language Arts assessment.

K, 1st and 3rd Families

Health Screener: Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd-grade health screenings are scheduled for Friday, October 22nd.  If you do not want your child screened please send in a written opt-out notice prior to screening day.

Kindergarten-vision and hearing

1st-vision, hearing, height and weight

3rd-vision, height and weight

Upcoming Events

October 26

Walk to School Day “Just Walk Away from Drugs!!”  Students and parents are encouraged to walk or bike to school in awareness of National Walk to School Day and Red Ribbon Week.  We will be taking the nature trail through Oakstead from the Oakstead Clubhouse.  Meet there at 8:50 am on Tuesday, October 26th.

October 29

Our 2021 costume parade is Friday the 29th at 10:00 am.  Please review the details of the parade and print the attached parking pass if you plan to stay in the parent viewing area.  Parking is very limited at Oakstead with our enrollment up to 1,055 students.  Please consider walking or carpooling on parade day.   Parade Map.  

October 26 to 29

Red Ribbon Week is October 26th to 29th.

Monday October 25, wear red
Tuesday October 26, wear a hat & Walk to School event
Wednesday October 27, fun socks day
Thursday October 28, clothing from a past decade
Friday October 29, costume or fall themed clothing (Book Character Parade Day)

Other News

Spirit Gear

Oakstead sweatshirts and hoodies for sale until 10/27.  Order online. https://badgesofhonor.net/oakstead-elementary-school/

Community Service Project

Our first schoolwide community service project runs from 10/18-10/22.  We are collecting hygiene items for our homeless community.

October 12, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

2nd Grade

Our 2nd-grade students are scheduled to take the CogAT on Tuesday, October 19th.  The CogAT test measures the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student compared to age mates and grade mates. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  Oakstead will use the results from this test to consider if students might need further interventions or enrichments within their day.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is October 26th – 29th. Please see the attached flyer with information about the week and our theme days.

Spirit Days

Go Rays:  Now that our Tampa Bay Rays are back in the playoffs, we are allowing employees to wear appropriate Rays gear on the days the Rays are playing. 

Spirit Days: October Mondays wear Orange to show Mindfulness.  Fridays are Otter Spirit day.   Wednesdays Kindergarteners wear their teal team shirts.

Upcoming Events

October 12

Girl Scouts: Girl Scouts will be here at Oakstead on Tuesday, October 12th, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the cafeteria.

October 13

Chick-fil-A School Sprit day: Dine-in or drive-thru….Grab some chick-fil-a  on Wednesday, October 13th.  Just tell them you are ordering from Oakstead Elementary School.

October 14

Make-up Picture Day will be Thursday October 14.  Please remember to not wear green. Make-ups are given to new students, students who were absent on picture day, students who ordered a package or have proof of an order and are returning the package on make-up day.  Please contact Gigante directly with specific questions:(813) 907-1078 or https://www.giganteproductions.com/ 

October 29

Oakstead Elementary’s Annual Book Character Parade is Friday, October 29th at 10:00 am.  Students may come dressed in their book character costumes with their book if they’d like to participate in the character parade at school.  Costumes MUST be school-appropriate and not scary, no weapons or props please.  Parents are welcome to watch from the parent viewing area in the front of the school.  Please do not cross onto or through the parade route. Halloween Parade.docx Parade Route[1].pptx 

Other News

Biker/Walker Gate:

We open the biker/walker gate at 9:20am when staff is present to supervise.  Students should not be arriving prior to this.  We have had many students arrive early and they are unsupervised during a very busy time on Lake Patience Road. 

Spirit Gear

Oakstead sweatshirts and hoodies for sale until 10/27.  Order online. https://badgesofhonor.net/oakstead-elementary-school/

Community Service Project

Our first schoolwide community service project  runs from 10/18-10/22.  We are collecting hygiene items for our homeless community.

October 5, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

2nd Grade

Our 2nd-grade students are scheduled to take the CogAT on Tuesday, October 19th.  The CogAT test measures the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student compared to age mates and grade mates. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  Oakstead will use the results from this test to consider if students might need further interventions or enrichments within their day.

Sunshine State Reader Celebration- Grades 3-5

Our first SSYRA deadline was Friday, Oct 1. Students who have read and passed the quiz for FOUR books by Friday, Oct. 1st will be invited to an ice cream bash on Friday, Oct. 8th.  Please click the Sunshine State 2021-2022 Parent Letter.pdf to see additional opportunities for your child to participate in the Sunshine State Reader Celebrations.

Volunteers- All Grades

When teachers need volunteers, they will send messages out to their families.  Remember that all volunteers must be approved through Pasco County Schools.  We are not yet having visitors during lunch.  PTA also looks for volunteers to assist with schoolwide events, so please follow their webpage and Facebook page.  More information can be found here: OES PTA

Gifted Parent Night

All Pasco County parents of gifted-identified students are invited to join us for a virtual evening full of informative sessions on engagement and independent learning strategies. Event and registration information is below and on the attached flyer. Please contact Jhoanna Estrada, in the Office for Leading and Learning, with any questions. 

Event: Gifted Parent Night.  Date: 10/14/2020.  

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Location: Virtual.  Register Here

Upcoming Events

October 4- 8

 Our Book Fair is scheduled for October 4th through October 8th. Scholastic also offers an eWallet option for parents to add money online instead of sending money to school. Our school earns 25% of all purchases.   Parents can shop online from October 1st through the 14th https://www.scholastic.com/bf/oakstead

October 6

Our next Early Release day is October 6th.  Oakstead will begin dismissal at 1:50 pm. 

October 14

Make-up Picture Day will be Thursday October 14.  Please remember to not wear green. Make-ups are given to new students, students who were absent on picture day, students who ordered a package or have proof of an order and are returning the package on make-up day.  Please contact Gigante directly with specific questions:(813) 907-1078 or https://www.giganteproductions.com/ 

October 29

Oakstead Elementary’s Annual Book Character Parade is Friday, October 29th at 10:00 am.  Students may come dressed in their book character costumes with their book if they’d like to participate in the character parade at school.  Costumes MUST be school-appropriate and not scary, no weapons or props please.  Parents are welcome to watch from the parent viewing area in the front of the school.  Please do not cross onto or through the parade route. Halloween Parade.docx Parade Route[1].pptx 

Other News

American Fundraiser

Our fundraiser is underway now until Friday, October 8th.  To register your child online, visit www.fundsrus.net and enter Registration Code: 651208417 Congratulations to our current lead class Mrs. McKee!

Asbestos

Please see the attached notification of inspections for asbestos.

Student Covid Testing

Pasco County Schools will offer free covid-19 testing for students Monday through Friday by appointment.  Click on the attachment for details.COVID Testing 2021 English.pdf 

Carline Reminders

When teachers, students, staff, and parents follow arrival/dismissal expectations, we all work together to keep everyone safe. The OES parking lots can be incredibly busy places in the morning when children arrive and in the afternoon during dismissal. Safety is the primary concern of the school staff, but it requires everyone’s participation. Many parents use the OES parking lot during drop off and pick up. Following these safety tips can help increase your situational awareness and safety while driving on our campus.

  • Park in designated parking spaces. The grassy area is used as an overflow area only. 
  • Always yield to pedestrians. Be aware of children walking between cars and crossing the parking area. Remember children may not always look both ways before venturing in or across the parking area.
  • The speed limit on school grounds is to be kept at or below 10 mph and drivers must operate their vehicles with care and caution at all times.
  • Be sure to drive the proper direction through parking lots. Always exit the parking lot on the west (toward the bus loop) end. 

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Thank you for partnering with us in your student’s education and safety. 

September 29, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Spirit Days

 October Mondays wear Orange to show Mindfulness.  Fridays are Otter Spirit day.   Wednesdays Kindergarteners wear their teal team shirts.

Flu Vaccine

If you would like your child to receive the flu vaccine here at school please complete the attached consent form and send it in prior to October 28th.  Students will be called from class on October 28th to receive the vaccine from Florida Health Heroes.

Reflections

 Is your child creative?  Then we welcome you to participate in the OES PTA Reflections program. This year’s theme is, “I can change the world by….”.  Submissions are due October 26th.  All participants will receive an award and may move on to county, state, or US finals!  Please click here for more information

Upcoming Events

October 4- 8

 Our Book Fair is scheduled for October 4th through October 8th. Classes will sign up for a day and time for students to shop.  We will open the Book Fair for family shopping on Tuesday October 5th from 5:00-7:00 pm. There will be an online shopping and previewing link that we will send out closer to the event.  Scholastic also offers an eWallet option for parents to add money online instead of sending money to school. Our school earns 25% of all purchases.   Parents can shop online from October 1st through the 14th https://www.scholastic.com/bf/oakstead

October 6

Our next Early Release day is October 6th.  Oakstead will begin dismissal at 1:50 pm. 

October 14

All Pasco County parents of gifted-identified students are invited to join us for a virtual evening full of informative sessions on engagement and independent learning strategies. Event and registration information is below and on the attached flyer. Please contact Jhoanna Estrada, in the Office for Leading and Learning, with any questions. 

Event: Gifted Parent Night.  Date: 10/14/2020.  

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Location: Virtual.  Register Here

Other News

American Fundraiser

Our fundraiser is underway now until Friday, October 8th.   Congratulations to our current lead class Mrs. McKee!

Guest Teacher

Are you interested in becoming a guest teacher?  Please reach out to Mrs. Thompson or Ms. Ramirez to have all your questions answered.  You can work as little or as much as you like.  What a great way to get on campus and spend time with our young Otters.  813-346-1500

Carline Update

Our carline has been ending at 4:10 pm.  Please be sure to be in the line by 4:00 pm so all students can be loaded into cars before 4:10 pm.

September 21, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Increased Student Numbers

With our increase in student enrollment we have earned two new teacher allocations. We will be adding a kindergarten and 5th-grade teacher.  Our new kindergarten teacher, Emily Green, starts on Monday.  Welcome Ms. Green. 

Gallup Survey

Gallup Education has more than 40 years of data and analytics in the field of education.  For the last seven years, Pasco schools has participated in the Gallup Student Poll.  As we continue our partnership with Gallup, our students in grades 5-12 will be invited to participate in the Gallup Student Poll during the survey window of September 27 through October 22.  This confidential and anonymous survey will ask questions in the areas of engagement, hope, belonging, and social and emotional learning.  The survey questions will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. After the poll closes, Gallup will aggregate and analyze the results. Every participating school and district will receive a scorecard.  This initiative will give us a wealth of specific and actionable information that will help us lead our schools. If you have any questions, please call the Office for Accountability, Research, and Measurement at 813-794-2343. 

Upcoming Events

October 4- 8

Our Book Fair is scheduled for October 4th through October 8th.  Classes will sign up for a day and time for students to shop.  We will open the Book Fair for family shopping on Tuesday the 5th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. There will be an online shopping and previewing link that we will send out closer to the event.  Scholastic also offers an eWallet option for parents to add money online instead of sending money to school. 

October 14

All Pasco County parents of gifted-identified students are invited to join us for a virtual evening full of informative sessions on engagement and independent learning strategies. Event and registration information is below and on the attached flyer. Please contact Jhoanna Estrada, in the Office for Leading and Learning, with any questions. 

Event: Gifted Parent Night.  Date: 10/14/2020.  

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Location: Virtual.  Register Here

Other News

American Fundraiser

Our fundraiser kicks off this Friday.  Please see the attached information. Hint….COOKIES

Girl Scouts

See the attached flyer  for information about Girl Scouts.

September 14, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Progress Monitoring Plan Updates

Previously in Pasco, students receiving Tier II and Tier III supports received a PMP and some type of intervention was put in place to support students. The reality is that many students will need Tier II support at some point throughout the year. Very few students master new content the first time, every time and a certain amount of reteaching and reinforcing will always be necessary. The reteaching and reinforcement for Tier I and Tier II occur in the classroom through differentiated instruction and can also occur through other second-chance learning opportunities such as test corrections or retakes. The ongoing nature of these interventions and the rate at which students move in and out of needing Tier II supports is not conducive to establishing a formalized individual student plan. 

If your student is eligible for a Progress Monitoring Plan, their teacher will send home specific information along with an invitation to join them in the co-development of a plan to support your student and improve their areas of struggle. You will then receive monthly communication from your child’s school with information on their progress and next steps for learning growth. 

If your student is not eligible for a PMP it does not mean that they will not receive additional supports that they may need throughout the year, it just means that at this point in the year, their assessment data does not indicate a significant deficiency in grade-level expectations. Students are continually monitored and assessed with interventions being put in place for students when need is demonstrated. Additionally, progress is routinely monitored and communicated to families via Progress Reports, Quarterly, Semester, and Year-Long grades. 

If your student previously had a PMP in place and are not identified as needing the intensive layer of supports, they will not continue with their PMP, however, Tier II interventions will be provided as needed, their progress will continue to be monitored and a plan can be initiated any time that achievement data and/or grades demonstrate a significant need. 

Increased Student Numbers

With our increase in student enrollment we have earned two new teacher allocations. We will be adding a kindergarten and 5th-grade teacher by the end of the quarter. 

Upcoming Events

September 16

Our first Dairy Queen night of the school year is this Thursday from 5-7 pm. Oakstead receives a percentage of sales for all orders that are placed at the inside register. (Drive-through orders do not count towards our school.)

 

September 21

PTA Meeting:  We are having a general membership meeting on Tuesday, September 21, at 6:00 pm in the media center. We will be discussing upcoming volunteering opportunities. Volunteers must be pre-approved by completing the volunteer application on the district’s website.  

SAC Meeting: Our first SAC meeting will be on September 21 at 7:00 pm via ZOOM. The link will be sent out to SAC members. Please reach out to cnagy@pasco.k12.fl.us if you did not receive the link.

October 4- 8

Our Book Fair is scheduled for October 4th through October 8th.  Classes will sign up for a day and time for students to shop.  We will open the Book Fair for family shopping on Tuesday the 5th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. There will be an online shopping and previewing link that we will send out closer to the event.  Scholastic also offers an eWallet option for parents to add money online instead of sending money to school. 

Other News

Masks

At this time masks are optional at school and we did not receive funding to purchase disposable masks. If your child chooses to wear a mask it will need to be provided from home.

Spirit Days

September Mondays wear Purple to show tenacity.  Fridays are Otter Spirit day.   Wednesdays Kindergarteners wear their teal team shirts.

Carline News

Cell phone use is restricted to hands-free use while operating your vehicle in a school zone. The OES School Zone extends from Oakstead Blvd. to Joy Rd. When turning into the OES parking lot, please obey the posted speed limit and follow all of the crossing guard’s signals. All vehicles should park when in the Active Loading Zone. Do not get out of your car, or let students exit on the driver’s side. This is not a safe practice. Children cannot be dropped off in the parking lot. All children must be escorted into the school from the parking lot. NO EXCEPTIONS. Children can only be dropped off and picked-up via the car loop in the designated loading/unloading area.

  • As of October 1, 2019 House Bill 107 makes it illegal to hold and use a cell phone (texting or talking) while in a school zone. Violators can receive a $60 fine plus assessment taxes and fees, and three points on their driver’s license.

Our school day ends at 3:50 pm. Please consider not joining the carline until 4:00 pm to avoid the traffic jam on Lake Patience Road.   

September 7, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

New Reading Series

We received the shipment of our new MMH reading materials and are looking forward to getting these materials out to our teachers and students this week.  This year our district will be using Fountas and Pinnal levels to instruct students.  Teachers will also be using Dibels to diagnose and instruct students with very specific intent.  Parent conferences will be scheduled at the end of the quarter to review and share data.  

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be posted, for students in 1st – 5th grade to the parent portal on Friday, September 10th.  Please make sure you can access the portal prior to this date.  We would like all families who have had students quarantined or isolated during these first weeks of school to know that teachers will use the information they have to update you on your child’s progress. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Upcoming Events

September 8

Wednesday, September 8th- our first Early Release Day. School dismissal begins at 1:50pm

 

September 9

Picture Day is Thursday, September 9th! Online order link –https://www.giganteproductions.com/order-1

 

Other News

Lunch and Snack

Please log in to your child’s lunch account and set the parameters for how many snacks your child can purchase and if you would allow your child to purchase a second lunch.  Without setting this up ahead of time children are able to purchase multiple snacks and lunches.  Go to myschoolbucks.com or Click Here

Reporting a Sick Student

Continue to use the student self-screener and keep children home that are exhibiting symptoms.  If your child takes a covid test please report the results to our school nurse.

August 17, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

NWEA Testing

Our fall MAP testing window started yesterday. Students will be assessed over the next two weeks to gain baseline data. Teachers will be reaching out to parents to share the results of this test by the end of August. Please see the attached parent letter for more information. 

School Counseling Department

Please see the two attached documents from our school counselors, Mrs. Cuviello and Mrs. Speed. There is a handout that explains their role at OES, as well as an overview letter of the curriculum that is used for their monthly classroom lessons.

Upcoming Events

Open House

Our Open House has been POSTPONED until later in the fall. 

 

Other News

Chorus

Forms are being sent home with 4th and 5th-grade students that are interested in joining our chorus. Completed forms are due before September 3rd and rehearsals start on September 7th.

August 11, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Emergency Cards

If you were unable to attend our Meet the Teacher day last week your child will come home with their emergency cards tomorrow. Please complete these as soon as possible and return them to school. 

Dismissal

Please be patient during our dismissal these first few days. We are checking and double-checking each student as they get on buses and head out to the carling. If your child is a car rider please have them practice responding to their last names.  

Upcoming Events

8-31

Open House: Our Open House is scheduled for August 31st. This will be a time for families to see inside their children’s classrooms and learn about their day. Families will need to sign up for a time to attend. More information will be coming from teachers the week of the 16th.  

 

Other News

School Fees

We appreciate all the support from our families in prepaying their student fees. If you still need to pay your fees please sign in to the portal to pay.

Visitors/Volunteers

We are unable to have visitors or volunteers on campus at this time. We are hopeful that communication will be sent out soon allowing us to fully open our campus back up.  

Covid Information

Please continue to follow our district’s website for up-to-date information regarding Covid-19 and our schools.   https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/comm/page/pasco-county-schools-covid-19-protocols-2021-2022

Parents and staff who need to report a confirmed positive case or close contact with a positive case can self-report the case using the COVID Notification form. The form will automatically be sent to the district’s COVID Response Team, and your school or workplace will be notified. Please note that if you are reporting a positive case, you must upload a copy of the positive test results. Cases can also be reported by contacting your school or workplace. It is also recommended that you contact the school to report the absence.

May 18, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Extended School Day

The last day for Extended School is Thursday, May 20th.

Upcoming Events

Theme Days!

Thursday, May 20th is “Neon Day”! 

Wednesday, May 26th is World Otter Day!

 

Other News

Device Return- MSOL Families

May 25th:  5th grade MSOL students will return their devices

May 26th: Kindergarten thru 4th graders will return their devices 

Device Return Schedule for Wednesday, May 26th:

Kindergarten MSOL students- 11:45am-12:30pm

1st Grade MSOL students:  11:00am-12:00pm

2nd Grade MSOL students:   12:30pm-1:15pm

3rd Grade MSOL students:  1:15pm-2:00pm

4th Grade MSOL students- 2:00pm-2:30pm

Please return:

Oakstead Devices (Sanitized and Fully Charged)

Math Manipulatives

Reading Materials

Students can keep their Eureka Math Books.

May 11, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Device Return: MSOL families:

5th grade MSOL students will return their devices on May 25th and Kindergarten-4th graders will return their devices on May 26th. 

Kindergarten Camp:

Oakstead will be offering a two hour kindergarten camp experience prior to the start of the school year.  This opportunity will be for all registered incoming kindergarten students.  Please see the attached flyer  for more information. 

District Finals

Students will be taking a District Final during the window of May 10-26.  For this school year, District Finals serve as additional evidence for a student’s grade or progression.  District Finals are computer-based tests.  Please see the following link for more information.

Upcoming Events

Theme Days!

Thursday, May 13th is Purple for Cancer Awareness!

 

May 13th

Come on out and visit with Mrs. Steinacker on Thursday, May 13th for Dairy Queen night from 5 to 7 pm!

May 14th

Our annual Sunshine State Reading Celebration is on May 14th!  We will host an evening event here at Oakstead for all students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th that have read and passed all 15 Sunshine State Books and Tests.  More details will be sent out next week.

Other News

All for Books! Update

Our school raised $19,519 for classroom libraries.  It is a privilege to work in a community where literacy is a priority both at home and at school. 

 

Masks:

After May 28, masks will be optional. We will encourage the wearing of masks or face coverings – especially in gatherings of large groups – and we will encourage safe social distancing. But masks will no longer be required.

May 5, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Kindergarten Camp

Oakstead will be offering a two hour kindergarten camp experience prior to the start of the school year.  This opportunity will be for all registered incoming kindergarten students. Please contact the office for more information.

Masks:

Due to the ongoing pandemic, for the remainder of the school year we will continue to require that students, staff, and visitors wear masks on our campuses and in our office buildings. As a school district, we have worked together to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, and masks have played a large role in that effort. We remain optimistic that masks will no longer be necessary in the fall, and are making plans for a much more normal 2021-22 school year.

Bus Loop:

We have had a few cars dropping off students in the bus loop to avoid waiting in the car line.  This is a safety concern and all car riders need to be dropped off in the car loop.  If you have any questions about this procedure please reach out to the school.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Theme Days!

Monday, May 3rd is “Team up with a good book.” (Wear your favorite sports shirt or jersey)

Tuesday, May 4th is “Reading is out of this world.” (Wear your Star Wars gear)

Wednesday, May 5th  is “Reading brightens your world.”  (Wear bright colors)

Thursday, May 6th is “You OTTER be Reading day.”  (Wear green or otters)

Friday, May 7th is “Tour a good Book day.”  (Dress like a tourist)

May 7th

Our annual Sunshine State Reading Celebration is on May 7th!  We will host an evening event here at Oakstead for all students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th that have read and passed all 15 Sunshine State Books and Tests.  The deadline to qualify for the celebration is May 3rd.

Yearbooks!

Yearbooks for Sale:  Yearbooks will no longer be available online for presale as of midnight Wednesday, April 28th.  Any leftover yearbooks will be available for purchase in the front office via check or cash for $15 beginning Monday, May 3rd while supplies last. *MSOL students can pick up pre-paid yearbooks in the office during school hours beginning Monday, May 3rd.

 

Other News

Staff Appreciation Week

Staff appreciation week is the first week in May.  We are encouraging families to support teachers by participating in the Read-a-thon that will raise money for classroom libraries. 

USF Summer Camp Information:

Our school was notified that registration for all virtual University of South Florida (USF) Summer Camps is NOW OPEN!  A limited number of scholarships are available to allow access for all families to participate. Click here to apply for a scholarship!  USF is offering a special discount for our school that can be applied during registration! From now until May 15th, you can use the unique code OAKSTEAD10 to receive an additional 10% off any of the camps listed below.

USF Elementary CyberCamp (Grades 3 – 5)

USF Everyone Can Code (Grades 4 – 6)

USF Summer K-5 Math Camp

Click here to get started!

April 20, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Upcoming Theme Days!

Thursday, April 22nd is “Earth Day.”  (Wear Blue and Green)

Wednesday, April 28th is “National super hero day” (Wear a superhero shirt)

Monday, May 3rd is “Team up with a good book.” (Wear your favorite sports shirt or jersey)

Tuesday, May 4th is “Reading is out of this world.” (Wear your Star Wars gear)

Wednesday, May 5th  is “Reading brightens your world.”  (Wear bright colors)

Thursday, May 6th is “You OTTER be Reading day.”  (Wear green or otters)

Friday, May 7th is “Tour a good Book day.”  (Dress like a tourist)

Upcoming Events

May 3rd to May 7th

All For Books:  Oakstead will be participating in a Read-a-thon event from May 3rd to May 7th.  Proceeds will be used to provide teachers with updated classroom libraries. 

May 7th

Our annual Sunshine State Reading Celebration is on May 7th!  We will host an evening event here at Oakstead for all students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th that have read and passed all 15 Sunshine State Books and Tests.  The deadline to qualify for the celebration is May 3rd.

Other News

Staff Appreciation Week

Staff appreciation week is the first week in May.  We are encouraging families to support teachers by participating in the Read-a-thon that will raise money for classroom libraries. 

Yearbooks!

Yearbooks have arrived! We have a few copies left for purchase in the parent portal for $13.00.  While supplies last. https://www.studentquickpay.com/pasco/

 

April 13, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

eSchool Option

If you wish to enroll in an online school model for the 2021-2022 school year, Pasco eSchool is now accepting applications in myStudent. The application is visible to all current Pasco students in the Parent Portal, under “Available Forms.”

April 19-

Kindergarten registration is scheduled for April 19th. If you know of any incoming Kindergarten families please have them follow our website and we will update the banner once we receive more information. 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

Upcoming Events

April 12th to 16th-

We are very excited to announce that our Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be in person for on-campus students and online for our MSOL students.  All students have the option to shop online 4/8/21 – 4/16/21.  Our in-person shopping is for on campus students only and will be Monday 4/12 – Friday 4/16.   Parents are not permitted to come shop as in the past, we apologize for any inconvenience.  We are highly encouraging families to take advantage of the eWallet.  It gives students instant access to secure, contactless funds.  Cashiers can look students up by name or by the teacher as well.  All remaining balances will be returned to the card used at the end of the Book Fair.  You can add funds and shop the fair by visiting our Book Fair online at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/oaksteadelementaryschool1 or simply scanning the QR code below. We will only accept eWallet or cash as forms of payment (NO checks). flyer 

4-14

Wednesday, April 14th is “Tie Dye Day.” 

4-15

Dairy Queen night is this Thursday from 5pm-7pm.  Our school receives proceeds from all sales that are made inside the building.  Drive thru sales do not count.  So come on in and visit with us.

Other News

PTA Information

The Oakstead Elementary School PTA will be holding annual elections at the General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the OES media center with a virtual option via Zoom.  If you would like to run for a position or obtain additional information regarding any of the positions, please visit our website: Https://oaksteadpta.weebly.com or contact Kimberly Kunze at oesrecsecretary1@gmail.com

April 6, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

FSA Testing Starts This Week

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students will begin FSA testing this week.  Here is the testing calendar.  Please note that there are some instances when students will test on a different day than scheduled.  In those cases, parents will be notified ahead of time. 

Upcoming Events

April 7-

Our final early release day is April 7th. We will begin dismissal at 2:08pm. There is no Extended School Day on Early Release Day.

April 8-

Thursday, April 8th is “ZOO DAY.”  Wear your favorite animal shirt.

April 12th to 16th-

We are very excited to announce that our Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be in person for on-campus students and online for our MSOL students.  All students have the option to shop online 4/8/21 – 4/16/21.  Our in-person shopping is for on campus students only and will be Monday 4/12 – Friday 4/16.   Parents are not permitted to come shop as in the past, we apologize for any inconvenience.  We are highly encouraging families to take advantage of the eWallet.  It gives students instant access to secure, contactless funds.  Cashiers can look students up by name or by the teacher as well.  All remaining balances will be returned to the card used at the end of the Book Fair.  You can add funds and shop the fair by visiting our Book Fair online at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/oaksteadelementaryschool1 or simply scanning the QR code below. We will only accept eWallet or cash as forms of payment (NO checks). flyer 

April 19-

Kindergarten registration is scheduled for April 19th. If you know of any incoming Kindergarten families please have them follow our website and we will update the banner once we receive more information. 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

Other News

PTA Information

The Oakstead Elementary School PTA will be holding annual elections at the General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the OES media center with a virtual option via Zoom.  If you would like to run for a position or obtain additional information regarding any of the positions, please visit our website: Https://oaksteadpta.weebly.com or contact Kimberly Kunze at oesrecsecretary1@gmail.com

Florida Prepaid College Information

Open enrollment is February 1st through April 30th.  Go to myfloridprepaid.com and use Promo Code PASCO2021 to save $25 when you enroll.  

March 31, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

FSA Parent Letters

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students will begin FSA testing next week.  Please see the attached FSA parent letter

Pasco County Schools Free VPK

Registration for Pasco County’s Free VPK program begins tomorrow, April 1st.  Seats are based on a first come first serve basis.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Report Cards

Report cards posted on March 30th in the Parent Portal.

Upcoming Events

April 2-

We do not have school on Friday, April 2nd.

April 7-

Our final early release day is April 7th.

April 12th to 16th-

We are very excited to announce that our Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be in person for on-campus students and online for our MSOL students.  All students have the option to shop online 4/8/21 – 4/19/21.  Our in-person shopping will be Monday 4/12 – Friday 4/16.  We are Highly encouraging families to take advantage of the eWallet.  It gives students instant access to secure, contactless funds.  Cashiers can look students up by name or by the teacher as well.  All remaining balances will be returned to the card used at the end of the bookfair.

April 19-

Kindergarten registration is scheduled for April 19th. If you know of any incoming Kindergarten families please have them follow our website and we will update the banner once we receive more information. 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

Other News

MSOL Updates

Pasco County will not be offering MySchool Online as an option for next school year.  Please see the attached video from our Superintendent.

March 24, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

Report Cards

Report cards will post in the student portal on March 30th.

Wellness Week Update

Our Wellness Week was a huge success!  Families raised over $15,000 for the American Heart Association and our school has earned PE equipment and other incentives.  Congratulations to our teacher winners of the $25 Amazon gift card for most registered students in each grade: Kindergarten: Mrs. Peloquin; 1st grade: Mrs. Soto; 2nd grade: Mrs. Renzoni; 3rd grade: Mrs. Hulling; 4th grade: Mrs. Thompson; and 5th grade: Mrs. Campbell!

Upcoming Events

April 2-

We do not have school on Friday, April 2nd.

April 7-

Our final early release day is April 7th.

April 12th to 16th-

Our book fair will run from April 12th through April 16th.  The Book Fair will run similarly to the holiday shop.  Students will be able to walk through and select books and items which they will be able to purchase.  More information will be coming.

Other News

Car Loop Updates

Under Florida Statute  316.305 As of October 1, 2019, Florida drivers are not be allowed to hold cell phones in their hands in work or school zones. Drivers in these zones will not hold the phone up to their ear, type anything on their screen, or even hold their phone to read their GPS.

March 9, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

FSA Dates

We will begin state testing the week of April 5th. Click here to view testing calendar or see below.  Please note that there are some instances when students will test on a different day than scheduled.  In those cases, parents will be notified ahead of time. 

Kindergarten Registration for 21-22

Kindergarten registration is scheduled for April 19th. If you know of any incoming Kindergarten families please have them follow our website and we will update the banner once we receive more information. 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

Upcoming Events

PTA Information

The Oakstead Elementary School PTA will be holding annual elections at the General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the OES media center with a virtual option via Zoom.  If you would like to run for a position or obtain additional information regarding any of the positions, please visit our website: https://oaksteadpta.weebly.com or contact Kimberly Kunze at oesrecsecretary1@gmail.com

Letters of Intent must be completed to be considered for a position. The form must be submitted to your child’s teacher, the front office, by Friday, March 26, 2021, so they may return the form to the PTA mailbox by the end of the day. 

Other News

Otter Pad Update

Please watch the attached video to hear about our new Otter Pad!

https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/creVYuWpwE 

Car Loop Updates

Everyone has been doing a great job following our car loop procedures.  Please remember to stay in the lane you were sent to and not cross the white line. Please remove your hanging name tag once your child is in your vehicle.  

March 2, 2021

Grade-Specific Information

FSA Updates

We will begin state testing the week of April 5th. A testing calendar will be sent home in another email for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade families.  

February Reading Challenge Winners:

Kindergarten Class Winners:  Mrs. Mantzaris and Mrs. Sprague                                                                   

Top Kindergarten Readers with 400 minutes: Lena Allen, Jaxson Booza, Harlan Wright, Victoria Ciceron, Jenna Mutter, Alexander Wilson, Arsh Patel, Kullen Barnes, Azalia Paz, Mahli Medina, Avery Arrington, Luke Osborn, Tyler Demidov

1st Grade Class Winner:  Mr. Tyson                                                            

Top 1st Grade Reader: Grace Gerges

2nd Grade Class Winner:  Mrs. Hudak                                                            

Top 2nd Grade Reader: Eli Laaninen

3rd Grade Class Winner:  Mrs. Cytryszewski                                                            

Top 3rd Grade Reader: Luka Latinovic

4th Grade Class Winner:  Mrs. Herd                                                            

Top 4th Grade Reader: Lyla Atkinstall

5th Grade Class Winner:  Mrs. Ramsey                                                          

Top 5th Grade Reader: Dominick

Self-Contained Gifted Class Winner:  Mrs. Gartland                                                           

Top Reader: Amelia

Upcoming Events

March 3- Early Release Day

This month’s Early Release Day is tomorrow, March 3rd. Our dismissal time is 2:08 pm.  Extended School Day is Cancelled on this day. 

March 4- Picture Day

Picture day is Thursday, March 4th. Please do not wear green or you will be invisible with the green screen. Oakstead Flyer.jpg 2021 GPI – Spring Green Screen Master 14_21-Final.JPG 

Kids Heart Challenge/Wellness Week

We have partnered with the American Heart Association and our PTA to help our students learn about health and wellness. Each day students will learn facts about how to have a healthy heart.   Classroom teachers are sending home envelopes with students today with information about how to help raise money for The American Heart Association. Students will have the opportunity to win prizes and help our school raise funds for the PE department. 

Other News

Literacy Week

We are in the middle of Literacy Week as we celebrate reading across the school. Please join us in celebrating by wearing the following themed outfits. 

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

Supper Program

Students that are on campus after school for either PLACE or Extended School Day will be entitled to receive an afternoon meal through the supper program. 

Volleyball Club

Club Steel Sports Facility is offering a volleyball camp over spring break. Please see the attached 2021 Volleyball Progams.pdf  for more information. 

Campus Improvements

Please click the link below to watch our video about what is happening with the courtyard next to the cafeteria!

https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/creVYuWpwE 

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.