A Note from Dr. Dickemper

A Message From The Principal
Posted on 01/29/2018

There are a number of opportunities to be engaged in and to support our school this February. Trivia Night will be held on Saturday, February 3, and is always one of the most entertaining evenings of the school year. Please consider getting a table or supporting us through the trivia night raffles that take place. Pizza sale order forms are also due Tuesday, February 6th. It is my hope these fundraisers will allow us to keep acquiring technology and to fulfill the vision of our PTO. The PTO is also throwing a “Family Fling” on Friday, February 9th. This event is a dance that makes for a great evening out with family and friends.

We have already enrolled over fifty kindergarten students for next school year. Our kindergarten teachers will conduct a “Kindergarten Screening” on Thursday, April 12. This screening is designed to get to know our newest students better, to learn about their strengths, and to give parents ideas of ways to best prepare for kindergarten. Please contact the office if you have an incoming kindergarten student and have not signed up for a screening time.

Mrs. Salters and I have started to plan for MAP testing this spring. All MAP testing is conducted online this year and the recent acquisitions of Chromebooks allows us to test students later in the testing window and therefore cover more curriculum prior to testing. It preliminarily looks like we will be able to conduct all of our MAP testing during the first two weeks of May. Please do whatever possible to avoid absences during these two weeks if you have a child in third through fifth grade. Mrs. Salters and I will put out a definitive schedule with the March newsletter.

Finally, it appears (Knock on wood.) that we have gotten through the worst of our illness outbreak at OES. Attendance rates have stabilized in the mid-nineties percentages. That being said, I am still reading reports the flu season is not expected to be over for some time. Please remember that students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Nurse Kristi Lanham has already sent out information about influenza and will be happy to answer any wellness questions you may have during cold and flu season. We will continue to monitor health at OES and will conduct extra cleaning and sanitizing in any classrooms that have high numbers of ill students. Thank you for your support and vigilance during this time of the year. Our goal is to help kids learn, but their safety is always placed at the forefront of our decisions.

Dr. Chad S. Dickemper Principal Oakville Elementary

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