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April 2020 Newsletter

OAKDALE RUNNER “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak: Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Sir Winston Churchill April 2020

Mark your calendars:

The Oakdale Staff is planning a parade!  We miss our students and community. Right  now, the parade is tentatively scheduled for May 1.  We are working on a map as we have a large area to cover land-wise and will need to be able to travel in a straight  path. More info will be coming next week. We hope to drive through neighborhood beginning at 10 am to celebrate May Day which is May 1.

 

Remember to encourage your child as he/she tries new things. When your child tries, but does not succeed, offer even more encouragement to continue to work hard!

Dear Parents and Friends,

Hello!  Thanks again to all of  you who have graciously helped around school.  We have many parents and others who have volunteered in classrooms, helped with our School Community Council and assisted with the many activities of PTA.  We really can’t function with our parent, grandparent and community volunteers. We look forward to having your assistance again when school resumes.

Our Chief Example To Others Trait this month is “Courage”.  Many years ago, I read several stories about Eleanor Roosevelt that told of her courage in dealing with adversity.  She had a heartfelt concern for others and used that to carry out quite a few acts of service to our country while her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt was ill and paralyzed.  Eleanor was said to be shy, but fearless and acted with a quiet dignity. I also read an interesting book where the heroine tried to model after Eleanor by doing one thing she was afraid of every day.  I have always tried to encourage the children in my life to write down 25 things they are afraid to do and then circle 10-12 that they think they might accomplish in that year. They don’t need to pick the scariest, just something that gives them a little anxiety.  Maybe that is something that will help them manage anxiety like doing something kind for a friend, family member or neighbor.

It is difficult to define what courage is.  John Wayne said, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”  Perhaps a starting point for our children is to talk about what makes us scared and how we deal with it.  To be honest, one of my biggest fears was getting a hip replacement. Now I am so glad that I got the surgery done as I want to be able to continue to interact with people, and hopefully have a few adventures once it is again safe to do so.  For some folks, speaking in front of others is a huge fear. Maybe riding a bike or going hiking in the mountains causes anxiety. Right now, fears of getting sick or having loved ones get sick are prevalent and on the minds of many of us. Plenty of  adults and children are afraid to speak in front of others. It is especially hard for most of us to have difficult conversations. Another area that most of us struggle with is being willing to make mistakes and learn from them. It may be helpful to take a little time to discuss with your children what fears may be in your family and how you deal with them.  Sometimes, just taking baby steps to do something we want to do but have put off will be enough to develop our courage. And then once we complete the action, describe how it felt to take the step.

Mrs. Lori Jones

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January 2020 Newsletter

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together?
~ Vincent Van Gogh

Our Chief Example to Others this month is ‘”Grit? which involves promoting

strength, resilience and perseverance in children. Check out the following for more info.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

To have “grit” children need to be resilient. This means being able to handle challenges with ease instead of always viewing life as a struggle. Have you ever wondered why some youth get involved in dangerous activities and get trapped, but others continue to contribute to society in positive ways even when they have had to face many difficult situations?

The Search Institute has done some interesting research over the years and they have identified 40 concrete, positive experiences and qualities called Developmental Assets that have a tremendous impact on young peoples’ lives. These assets make it less likely that youth will get involved in problem behaviors and will engage in productive behaviors. This “power of the assets” can be seen across all cultural and socioeconomic groups of youth. You can find a great wealth of information and research for families, communities and schools at:

https://www.search-institute.org/

The assets are grouped into eight major categories for external and internal building blocks that help children and teen’s successful growth and development.

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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

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