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Oakdale Roadrunner Dash

October 10, 2020

Calendar of Events

  • Oct 14    Picture Retakes- Online and parent-led students from 11-noon
  • Oct 15-16    Fall Recess- No School
  • Oct 20-23    Eastman Adams open studio times for Fall Pictures
  • Oct 29   Virtual Halloween Parade- More info to come

Hello Oakdale Families & Friends,

This week we begin our new blended learning model until winter break, at which time Canyons Board of Education will determine the duration of this model.  From now until then teachers will prepare 1-2 hours of review work to be completed on Friday.  Teachers have also developed a structured checklist to help you and your students understand what should be done for Friday learning.   

Our goal for Friday learning is to provide a review from Monday-Thursdays classwork and can be completed independently or with minimal support.   Should you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your students teacher or myself. 

Yesterday, we also began our Free Sack Meals to Fuel Friday’s At-Home Learning.  Our awesome cafeteria staff spent Thursday preparing a sack meal for Breakfast, Lunch and an extra snack for Friday.   The meals are free of charge as long as our Federal Grant remains in place.  Meals are distributed at the end of the day on Thursday to allow for quick refrigeration. 

Deidre Walbeck
Principal

Important things to know

Safety Drill of the Month: Lockdown drill
A lockdown drill is used when there is an immediate threat of violence in or around the school.   The purpose is to minimize visibility while sheltering students, staff and any visitors.

COVID Update: Did you know…Time in quarantine could be cut in half for Canyons students and employees who were wearing masks during the moments they were possibly exposed to COVID-19 while at school.  Under guidelines released by Utah government and education officials on Thursday, Oct. 8, quarantined students and employees who test negative for COVID-19 after the seventh day from their last exposure — and, importantly, only if they were wearing masks at the time of exposure — can return to in-person learning, activities, and work. The previous length of the quarantine as mandated by health authorities was 14 days. Mask Up!

Looking to Switch Learning Options?   Requests Accepted Nov. 1-8   Throughout the pandemic, we have worked to provide families with in-person and remote learning options so they can choose what works best for them given their educational needs and health considerations.   We are committed to this commitment, and knowing circumstances can change we will soon be inviting families to submit end of grading period requests to switch learning options.  Requests will be available Sunday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 8.  whether you want to switch from in-person to one of two remote learning options available or from remote to in-person, will need to submit a change-request by Nov. 8.  No late requests will be accepted.   Learning changes will take place on Monday, Nov. 23.    If you want to stay with your current choice no action is required.

Air Quality :  With our cold season coming soon and with all the smoke in the air with wildfires, Canyons uses the Utah DEQ website to determine whether or not students can go outside.   Should your child suffer from asthma or respiratory issues please call the office to schedule a time to speak with the school nurse about developing a health plan for your child.

Last Week to apply  SALTA Testing: Apply to Test for Placement in Canyons’ Advanced Learning Program It can be difficult to know if your child is a high achiever or exhibiting signs of being a gifted learner. Every child is unique and no two gifted children are alike.  But there are tests to assist parents in determining whether their children would benefit from placement in an educational setting, such as, Canyons School District’s SALTA magnet program for advanced learners.  Students in kindergarten through the seventh grade can apply online to test into the SALTA program starting Monday, Sept. 21 through midnight on Friday, Oct. 16. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept late applications.

PTA Reflections Contest: The Reflections Theme for 2020-2021 is “I Matter Because. . .”.   PTA Reflections welcomes, free of charge, students from all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts.  The entries are due by the cut off date of October 23, 2020 (date change), categories are literature, 2D art, 3D art, film, dance/choreography, Photography, and music.  Please visit the Utah PTA website to enter, parental assistance is required.

Picture Retakes –   Please join us on October 14 for picture retakes in the Kiva, simply check in at the office. Eastman Adams has added additional dates to October 20 and 21 studio times, the new dates are October 20, 21, 22, and 23rd.   Appointment times are from 9:00-5:00 at Eastman Adams, simply visit their website at eastmanadams.com to schedule a time.

Oakdale Roadrunner Dash

August 28, 2020

Calendar of Events

  • Sept 7    Labor Day – No School
  • Sept 8      Accidence Assessment  – District Assessment (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Sept 9    Picture Day
  • Sept 23, 24   Parent Teacher Conference
  • Sept 23, 24   Say Boo to Flu Clinic 3:30-7:00 PM
  • Sept 24    Thursday – Early Out – for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Sept 25   No Student day.
  • Oct 2  K-5 Trimester Midterms

Hello Oakdale Families & Friends,

WOW!  Oakdale has AMAZING students and HURRAH, our school year has begun.  Thank you so much for all your hard work this week, as I visited classrooms, students were happy to be back, engaged in work and dedication to being safe at school.   

Thank you to our Students for doing such a great job walking their bikes and scooters.  We have a few additional important reminders for next week, one I would like to highlight is to please park in designated areas for the safety of our students, using the “designated crosswalk” with an adult.  Below, please find additional important reminders to help us continue in our great start back to school.  

You’re all amazing, and it’s my pleasure to work with you and your students. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.   

It’s great to be a Roadrunner!

 

Deidre Walbeck

Important things to know

Parent Connection – Check this link.  Our Canyons School District Website has a parent resource page for Online and Parent-Guided learning.  You will see a variety of information, resources, wellness resources, technology tools, to contact information and more.   

Face Covering Updates

  • Face Masks  – Next week our Teachers will be sending home two cloth masks for each student in the building.   Please watch for them in your students backpack.   All masks will look the same, you may want to consider writing names on the mask or making it identifiable for your students.   
  • Students and Lanyards – Each student has been given a lanyard to attach their masks to during lunch and recess time.  We will be asking students to tuck those lanyards into their shirts as a precaution to not get caught on playground equipment.  The Lanyards we’ve provided are breakaway lanyards, but we always want to be careful.   

 How was your first week?  I’ve had many families and friends reach out to me from our community expressing concern about staying connected with Oakdale.  Whether you’re participating in “in person” or “online” or “Parent-Guided” learning you are a part of Oakdale and will still want to stay connected.  We’re looking for ideas and ways to accomplish this vision, to begin, please share a photo with us showing what your first few days of school looked like.  You can share it with us via our Oakdale Facebook page, or Padlet .  We’ll make a video of all submissions to share with our Oakdale family and friends as a start to helping us stay connected.   

Parking procedures

We need your continued help to keep our students safe during drop off and pick up times. Please follow our safety procedures for the parking lot.  All drop off and pick up lanes have been studied and designed for a reason. If these procedures are not followed, possible safety hazards for students are created. Please understand the following:

  1. We need everyone to drive slowly and carefully through the drop-off and pick-up lanes. These are the two lanes closest to the building. Do not park in areas blocked by cones. 
  2. Students and parents need to cross the parking lot in designated crosswalks.  We need adults to model this so the little ones do not get hit by a car. 
  3. Please do not block the far north lane that is for parking and drive through only.   School buses and emergency vehicles  cannot get around cars that block their paths. This causes frustration for everyone. 

Daily Symptom Checker

Establish a Back-to-School Morning Routine.   Brushed teeth? Combed hair? Temperature taken?  Check, check, check!  We are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are asking families to add daily temperature checks to their morning routine.   Keep children home when they have any of the follow symptoms:

  • Fever (temp. of 100.4 or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Decreased sense of taste or smell
  • Sore throat

COVID-19 Safety Precautions for a Safe School Year  

The Governor’s Office, state and local health authorities and our municipal partners have outlined specific safety procedures and precautions for reopening schools, and Canyons District has built a safety framework in line with those requirements. Below are links to a manual the District has created, which thoroughly explains the steps schools are taking and the role of families, students and employees in maintaining, safe, welcoming and prepared schools. We are asking all families to review the manual, including those with students who have signed up for Online Instruction or At-Home, Parent-Guided Instruction. PLEASE NOTE: After reviewing the manual, we ask that:

  • You sign a form acknowledging your receipt of the information and confirming that you have reviewed relevant sections with your children. The form can be downloaded and printed from the links below. 
  • Please send completed forms to school with your student or email them to your student’s teacher. 

 This is a great opportunity for families to reassure their children, talk about all that schools are doing to keep them safe, and help them feel empowered to do their part through daily temperature checks, good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering, and practicing physical distancing. Thank you for your understanding and support.  

Acknowledgement of Procedures Form: (ENGLISH | SPANISH).

An Introduction to Our New Principal

Hello My Oakdale Friends

My Name is Ms. Walbeck and I am going to be your new Principal at Oakdale Elementary.   This link or QR code will connect you to a video message from me, to you. Please respond and say hello, I’m excited to meet you, and if you have any questions send me a message.  Just click on the green button to record, It’s the circle with a plus sign.  Excited to meet you!

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