A Note from Dr. Dickemper

Message From The Principal

Welcome to the 2017-2018 academic school year! This year promises to be exciting and engaging for our students. The Oakville Elementary staff and PTO have already planned numerous events to promote learning in creative ways and offer community building activities throughout the coming months. Please introduce yourself to me and the office staff if you have not already done so. We are excited to welcome you and help you successfully transition into the OES family!

Important Dates

  • August 14 Meet the Teacher Night and Ice Cream Social: Students will be given the opportunity to meet their teachers and learn about Mehlville School District Curriculum. Please bring your school supplies to this event. Kindergarten students will be able to ride the bus for the first time with their parents and participate in a scavenger hunt. OES family members will be treated to ice cream by our PTO. (Kindergarten through second grade will attend from 6:00-6:45. Third Grade through fifth grade will attend from 7:00-7:45)

  • August 16 is the first day of school! School hours are from 8:45 AM until 3:35 PM. Kindergarten parents are welcome to attend our annual “Boo Hoo Breakfast” hosted by the OES PTO after dropping off your students. This is a great chance to hear about the school from other parents and build your school network.

  • August 21 is the Total Solar Eclipse event at OES! Students will have the opportunity to participate in fun science stations and watch the solar eclipse with special glasses. Please have the students dress in light clothes, wear sunblock, and bring water bottles for hydration.  

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Please use the Mehlville School District bus system if possible. OES also has a before and after school supervision program facilitated through the YMCA. Information about Y-Care will be available at our Meet the Teacher Night. We will continue to unload and load buses in the front of the building. Commuting students need to be dropped off in the back of the building between 8:30 and 8:45. These students will need a book to read until the bell rings. Commuting students will also be picked up in the back of the building. Each student/family will be given an identification number. It is important that your child memorize this number. Students must get office approval and have written permission from a parent in order to walk to school or to walk home from school.

Parent Involvement and Awareness

OES has a tradition of strong parent support and involvement. Please consider joining the OES PTO. Our PTO meets on a monthly basis and supports numerous extracurricular learning opportunities. The PTO purchased Chromebooks, a rock climbing wall, and garden beds last year. I am excited to see what we can accomplish together this year.

The OES staff attempts to communicate frequently and clearly with our parents. Teachers have newsletters and will use a plastic folder to send home important materials. The office and our PTO also have monthly newsletters. We will also communicate through email blast, phone calls, and traditional print handouts. Please follow Oakville Elementary School on Facebook for frequent snapshots of what is occurring at school. You may also follow me on Twitter @chaddickemper.

I use “Remind” to immediately communicate with parents via texts during unexpected events like inclement weather or power outages. To get these notifications go to rmd.at/oesparent and follow the instructions the instructions to sign up for Remind.

School Lunches

School lunch prices are expected to increase, but that decision has not been formally made at the time of printing this letter. Official changes will be communicated via email before the beginning of the school year.

Supply List

All pre-ordered school supplies will be ready for students at Meet the Teacher Night. Otherwise, a supply list has been included in this mailing. Students will not change clothes for gym classes, but they should wear tennis shoes and appropriate clothing on gym days. Please let us know if your family needs any assistance with acquiring school supplies. We can help.

Medical Information

Kristi Lanham and Laurie Smith will continue to serve as the school nurses at Oakville Elementary. Please contact them at 467-5830 if you have any information regarding immediate health issues, including severe allergies. A blue emergency form will be sent home on the first day of school. Please make sure you update any emergency numbers and have completed any remaining immunizations prior to the beginning of the school year.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!
Dr. Chad S. Dickemper Principal Oakville Elementary

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