December Newsletter

Oakdale Newsletter

December 4, 2019

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Mark Twain Try to cheer someone up by playing a fun game, making a card, sharing a story, or just being present for them and actually listening.

Healthy Eating for Life

 

December is a perfect time to talk to our children about making healthy eating choices, even with all the feasting of the upcoming holidays. Although a few of our children do have Type I Diabetes now, Type II Diabetes in later life is becoming a national epidemic.  We do know that the habits our children develop in the early years can stay with them for life including contributing to Type II Diabetes in midlife and beyond. The rapidly developing brains of young children need vitamins, minerals, protein and fatty acids to help them learn and function.
So, we probably all know that fruits and veggies are good for us. Children are rapidly growing and need lots of calories. So, the trick is how do we fill up our students and still get them to eat healthy?

 

Well, believe it or not, one of the best ways to get finicky eaters to eat more fruits and veggies is exposure.  We offer many fruits and veggies every day to our students in the cafeteria and encourage them to take as much as they want of these foods. Make sure you choose healthy foods and model for your children.  It is also helpful to make sure that they eat at least a little of everything healthy that you eat.  Over time their tastes will start to lean toward the healthy food. The key is to keep the taste small and not overwhelming. 

Tips:

  1. Pair new foods with familiar foods
  2. Encourage students to try new foods, but avoid undue pressure and harshness.
  3. Don’t introduce new foods if your child does not feel well.
  4. Model by eating more fruits and vegetables yourself.  Mrs. Jones is frequently seen eating fruits, salads and veggies in the cafeteria.
  5. Yes, breakfast is extremely important!!! Children need some protein with their carbs at breakfast.  If you don’t have time for breakfast, our cafeteria serves it daily and it is only $.90 for the full priced meal.

 

READING ACHIEVEMENT– We are seeing steady growth in our students’ reading skills.  We are proud of the excellent work of our teachers and students!  And thanks for the support of our parents. Please keep reading!!!

You might want to try DYAD reading over the winter break:

  • Share one book.
  • Sit side-by-side.
  • Track the words with one smooth finger.
  • Read aloud together.
  • Keep eyes on words.
  • Talk about the text as you read.
  • Have fun!

 

Our Chief Example Skill of the Month is SERVICE.

In the book “Flourish”, Martin Seligman describes ways that we can thrive and two important ways are to build relationships with others and find meaning in our lives. You can help encourage this in our children by providing opportunities for them to help others.  This might be talking to a new student, smiling at someone who is lonely, collecting food for the Utah Food Bank, baking cookies or shoveling snow for a neighbor.  Service helps both the receiver and the person providing the service. 

Congratulations to Ms. Yates’ class for really showing the spirit of service and bringing in the most cans for our food drive.  Over the next few months you will be hearing often from our 5th grade with their idle free campaign to help keep our air clean.

Oakdale Calendar of Events

Office Hours:  8:15 am to 3:45 pm            

*All Fridays are early-out days at 1:40 pm.

Tues., Dec. 10 Choir Concert at Union Middle at 7 pm

Friday, Dec. 13- CEO of the Month Assembly 9:15 am

Tues., Dec. 17- BIZ Town for 5th gr.

Fri., Dec. 20- Sing-Along for students @ 9:15 am

            Last Day prior to Winter Break

Dec. 23-Jan. 5 Winter Break- No School

Jan. 6- School Resumes

Wishing you all the best for Happy Holidays! 

                       

                        Principal Jones

Bus Delays

BUS Delays
Sign up to receive Late-Bus Notifications by Text Message


We work hard to keep our buses on time. Under normal circumstances, your student can expect the bus to arrive within 1 to 2 minutes of its scheduled time. But with 167 daily bus routes to manage — and the inevitability of our drivers encountering inclement weather or construction-related detours and slowdowns — delays can happen. Canyons District has established communication channels to immediately notify families of bus delays. If a bus is running more than 15 minutes late, our Transportation Department will email or call you with information about the cause of the delay and expected time of arrival. New this year: Parents can opt to receive these and other District alerts via text message. Instructions for adding text messaging to your communications settings can be found at canyonsdistrict.org.

Snow Day Procedures

SNOW DAY PROCEDURES
What you need to know


Bundle up! With the arrival of the season’s first major snow, and more in the forecast for the Salt Lake Valley, there will be days in the coming weeks when traveling to and from school is challenging for families. Please give yourself extra time to walk and drive to school or arrive at the bus stop safely. On wet, wintry days, our schools are lenient with tardies because we want everyone arriving to school safe, sound, and ready to learn. Keep in mind that, while some of us would prefer to be hitting the slopes or staying tucked in bed with a good book, “snow days,” or school cancellations are rare in Utah. More often, the District will choose to delay the start of school in order to provide our partner cities with more time to clear sidewalks and streets. What factors do administrators weigh when deciding whether to delay or cancel school — and how are parents notified? Read more at canyonsdistrict.org.

 

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