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:


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. 


  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

November Newsletter

Principal's News
"Our Chief Example to Others" (CEO) Skill This Month is Gratitude

Dear Parents and Friends,

This month we will be focusing on the character trait of gratitude with our students.  I was recently reading about the many ways to express gratitude and came across a wonderful story about how one man expressed gratitude for all that he had been given by offering to help fifty to seventy-five families with a gift of approximately $5 during the Great Depression of 1933.  $5 today doesn’t seem like much, but 86 years ago it was really the equivalent of $100.  The man called himself B.Virdor and wanted to help these families so “they will be able to spend a merry and joyful Christmas.” Virdor was an anonymous name and he was actually a Jewish man who came to the U.S. from Romania.  He did well for himself and wanted to help others. He revealed almost nothing about himself in the newspaper posting and asked that those in trouble write to him, care of general delivery and describe their “true circumstances.”  He promised to keep all identities a secret and that they would never know his.

The Great Depression was a time of overwhelming despair.  Many children actually starved to death and were sent to orphanages because their families could not care for them.  Although Virdot was not really rich, he was able to do something meaningful that provided hope for others and expressed his gratitude.  His identity remained a secret for nearly eight decades, but his grandson discovered the letters that were written to him.  The story is in the book “A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness – and a Trove of Letters- Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression” by Ted Gup.  Knowing my own father’s stories of growing up right after the depression and how he was frequently hungry, couldn’t go to college because he had cardboard in his shoes and needed to support his mom has given me an appreciation for all that I have.  I wonder if sometimes, our children (and adults), do not understand how wonderful it is to have food or warm clothes, even if we don’t have the newest cell phone, car or video game. 

Would you please join us in helping our children identify the things in their lives to be grateful for?  Just discussing three things every night or jotting them down can bring awareness to be grateful. Even better would be to ask relatives to share some of the hard times they experienced growing up and what they are most grateful for now.

You might also want to ask your student how they liked our rewards assembly with Scales and Tales.  They got to see and even touch some amazing reptiles! Pictures will be posted on Facebook.

I want to let you know how grateful for all of the caring parents and families that we have at Oakdale!

                                    Principal Jones

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