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Elementary Students Invited to Reconsider Learning Options, Requests Accepted through Feb. 14

With the end of the second term approaching, we are again providing students a chance to revisit their learning options.

The elementary-school window for submitting end-of-grading-period change requests is Sunday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 14. Those wanting to shift from in-person to one of two remote learning options available, or from remote learning to in-person instruction, will need to complete a change-request form by Feb. 14. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any late requests.

Learning option changes will take effect with the start of the third term on Monday, March 8. No action is required of families who wish to stay with their chosen path.

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. This second change-request period is consistent with that commitment.

The three learning options available are the same as described at the beginning of the year: In-Person Instruction; Online Instruction; or Parent-Guided, District-Supported At Home Instruction. An explanation of those options can be found at canyonsdistrict.org.

Change requests will be submitted using the same Skyward Family Access portal families used to register for school at the beginning of the year. Families simply log in to Skyward, click on the “online forms” button, select “Term 2 Change-Request Form,” and follow the prompts. Please watch this tutorial for more information, or call the Main Office should you need any assistance.

Questions? Please contact our school’s Main Office.

Oakdale Roadrunner Dash- Jan 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

Calendar of Events

  • Jan 20 Supplemental Kindergarten application window opens

  • Feb 24 & 25
    Parent-Teacher Conferences – will be held Virtually as in the Fall

  • Feb 26 No Student Day (Compensatory Day)

  • Jan 5 – Feb 5  Teacher of the Year Nomination Window

  • Dec 1 – Feb 19

    Open Enrollment Permit Window

Hello Oakdale Families & Friends,

I wanted to share my gratitude for all that you have done to support Oakdale.   We have extremely amazing parents and guardians.  I have several important items as we move into next week.   

5th Grade Science Fair Winners – we have some very talented students who love science, and it shows.  We had several entries which made it challenging for our judges.   This year, Oakdale will be able to send 3 fifth grade projects to the district science fair, which takes place on January 25, 2021, from 4:00-7:00 PM.  The students representing Oakdale at the CSD Science and Engineering Fair will be: 

  • Norah P:  Do Different Liquids Make Orbeez Grow Bigger Than Others?
  • Eloise W: Static Electricity.
  • Ariana M: Does Smell Affect Taste?

Incoming Kindergarten Students for 2021-2022 School Year – It is important for us to obtain an accurate list of all children qualifying for Kindergarten for our upcoming school year.  If you have a child that will be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2021, the child qualifies for next year’s Kindergarten program.   The state requires that all school districts in Utah abide by the same Sept 1st entrance cut-off date.  Please call the school or go to the following link, Oakdale Kindergarten for 2021-2022. If you know of a neighbor that has a qualifying kindergarten child. Please share this information with them and encourage them to call the school at (801)826-9550. We would be happy to help answer any question or concern you may have.  

2021-2022 Supplemental Kindergarten
Applications for Supplemental Kindergarten will begin starting on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. Canyons District will begin accepting online applications for its Supplemental Hours of Kindergarten Instruction program for the 2021-2022 school year.  The opt-in, tuition-based program is offered at schools based on community interest and available space in the building. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Spaces are limited if you are interested in registering early.

It’s a great week to be a Roadrunner!  

Deidre Walbeck
Principal

Important things to know

Teacher of the Year,  This is the time of year to nominate candidates for Teacher of the Year from Oakdale Elementary. TOY nomination window is open  Jan. 5 – Feb. 5. Please review the link with the fillable form that can be completed, or the TOY nomination can be picked up in the main office.   Please return nominations to Deidre.Walbeck@canyonsdistrict.org or deliver them to the main office.

Criteria: The Teacher of the Year must have taught at least one year. The teacher must have demonstrated the ability to reach students at all levels, establishes and maintains a positive learning environment, uses a variety of evidence-based instructional techniques to provide students with a high-quality education, and is responsive to parents and patrons.

Free Meals for Students Extended through End of 2020-2021 School Year
Canyons School District is extending its free meal service through the end of the school year. This means all students — whether they are learning in the classroom or remotely — can receive free lunch and breakfast through June 30, 2021. There’s no need to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-authorized benefit, which was originally set to expire at the end of December. All students are automatically eligible.

New Emergency-Closure Guidelines for Snow Days.While some of us look forward to snow days as a free day for hitting the slopes, sledding, or relaxing on the couch, under Utah law these missed days of instruction have to be made up later in the year, often on a holiday or by adding an extra day to the end of the school year.  

In line with efforts this year to keep students safe and learning, the Canyons Board of Education has chosen to take advantage of an option allowed by the Utah State Board of Education to treat “snow days” as remote-learning days. The new guidelines are in effect for the 2020-2021 school year to be reviewed by the Board and Administration for possible continued adoption.  Please see the link above for more information.  

School Permits: Tuesday, Dec. 1 marks the start of the window for applying to attend a school other than your neighborhood school in 2021-2022. So-called School Choice transfers, or permits, are allowed under Utah law, and CSD families can apply for these transfers online through Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.

 

Ready for ‘Big Kid’ School? • Time to get a jump on planning for kindergarten

The start of the 2021-2022 school year might seem like it’s light-years away, but when it comes to making arrangements for kindergarteners to attend school, the time to start planning is now. While students who are 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2021 won’t be heading to class until late next summer, there are several decisions parents and guardians will need to make before then — and it’s better to start sooner than later.

“Parents need to think about which option they want, the half-day option that we offer, or the Supplemental Hours of Kindergarten Instruction program we offer as well,” said Canyons Teacher Specialist Leigh Ann Fisher. “This may determine the school their child attends, because if their boundary school isn’t offering the Supplemental program, then they need to think about, ‘Where am I willing to travel to take my child so that they have that option to have the Supplemental program as well?’”

Starting on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m., Canyons District will begin accepting online applications for its Supplemental Hours of Kindergarten Instruction program for the 2021-2022 school year. Computers are available at Canyons schools for families who do not have Internet connectivity at home. The opt-in, tuition-based program is offered at schools based on community interest and available space in the building. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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