Welcome Back

Hello Oxford School Community!
Welcome to our 2017-18 school year. To those of you who are new to Oxford, expect to experience the safest, most supportive learning environment our Board has to offer. Despite the many challenges faced by our young in today’s world, when present at Oxford the overwhelming truth is that everyone belongs and contributes to a climate of hope and shared success.
It is undeniable that diversity enriches the learning experiences of all students. The expectation at Oxford School is that every individual in our building acknowledges the worth of every learner. This is so regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or political beliefs. At Oxford we embrace a culturally inclusive learning environment that encourages the level of trust necessary, regardless of differences, to enjoy each day in a place you want to be. How fortunate we all are, as members of the Oxford School family, to be able to contribute to such a community. It is true, that each one of us has gifts to offer, and also true is that we bring our own assumptions about each other. What makes ours a safe and supportive learning environment is the willingness to acknowledge our own ignorance. We know we must continuously challenge ourselves to adapt ways of learning and teaching practices to be more responsive to the unique needs of our children.
As we move together into this new school year, our mantra is that all we do we do with respect, patience, understanding, and a desire to be unified through peace and compassion. See you soon!

Don

Don Reardon
Principal

Photo Retakes

Lifetouch Photography will be at our school tomorrow afternoon to do photo retakes.  This is for anyone that missed the original photo day or are not satisfied with their original photos.

Also just a reminder that the original photo day orders were due back by October 12, so if you haven’t sent your order back yet, please sent tomorrow .

Oxford Updates October 12

Oxford Updates October 12, 2017

Please remind your children that Oxford School is a Scent Sensitive School. We have several students and staff that are adversely affected by scents.

JH Parent Portal information – if you have not previously set up your account, an envelope containing all of the information needed to do so is available to pick up in the office.  Trouble with your password or username? Parents who are having problems with passwords,  please hit “forgot password” and set a new one.  If you have forgotten your username please contact Mrs. Thompson at 902- 421-6763.

JH Phone Use Policy
The need to maximize time on task during the school day and eliminate those things that inhibit focused learning are targets all educators continuously address. While it is undeniable that personal digital assistants (PDAs) can be effective tools for learning, the benefits have often proven to be vastly outweighed by the distraction they pose while present in the classroom. Phones and personal devices used in schools have become a significant challenge for students(i.e. the curious increase in time spent in bathrooms, coincidently meeting best friends in quiet parts of the school, the increased request to listen to music – so as to better concentrate on their work, mastering typing with the device still in the pocket, needing to view the time despite the large clock in plain view on the wall, taking secretive pictures and video clips of others in the classroom, etc.) There are an endless number of current academic studies/scholarly articles available to help better understand the distraction they have become for everyone, especially students, during instructional time.

Please note: students are aware that phones being heard or seen during instructional time (anywhere in the building) will be held in the office until the end of the school day. A second time will require a phone call home. Please join me in an effort to help students regain their learning time by eliminating the distraction of personal devices. All students have been made aware that the public Wi-Fi access within the school is limited to lunch hour (12-1:00) and after school hours.

Halifax All-City Music is starting a new Gospel Choir this year. This choir is for singers from grades 5-9 and will rehearse at Cornwallis Street Baptist Church on Mondays from 4:00-5:30. The choir will be conducted by Cindy Cain. No audition required, no fee, everything is free. Come join us and sing! This Monday!

Dates to Remember:                                                                                                                        

October is Mi’kmaq History Month

October 17 – Picture Retakes (during afternoon classes)

October 18 – JH School Dance (6:30-8:30)

October 26 – Elementary Halloween Dance (6:30-8:00)

October 27 – Provincial PD DayNo Students

November 10 – Remembrance Day Ceremony (11:00-11:55)

November 13 – Remembrance Day ObservedNo School

November 22 – Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Grade 9 Take Our Kids To Work Day

Take our Kids to Work Day for the grade 9 students only, will be happening on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.    Grade 9 students will be receiving information packages today, Wednesday October 11, 2017 and Ms. Landry  will require the consent forms/risk assessment forms returned to her or their Healthy Living teacher.  The forms must be returned by October 27, 2017 in order for Ms. Landry to compile a list of where each student will be.  Parents  please contact Carolyn Landry with any questions.

Oxford Updates September 27

Oxford Updates

Please remind your children that Oxford School is a Scent Sensitive School. We have several students and staff that are adversely affected by scents.

JH parent Portal information – will be available to pick up in the office, if you have not set up your account. Parents that are having problems with passwords, please hit forgot password and set a new one. If you have forgotten your user name please contact Mrs. Thompson at 902 421-6763.

JH Phone Use Policy

The need to maximize time on task during the school day and eliminate those things that inhibit focused learning are targets all educators continuously address. While it is undeniable that personal digital assistants (PDAs) can be effective tools for learning, the benefits have often proven to be vastly outweighed by the distraction they pose while present in the classroom. Phones and personal devices used in schools have become a significant challenge for students(i.e. the curious increase in time spent in bathrooms, coincidently meeting best friends in quiet parts of the school, the increased request to listen to music – so as to better concentrate on their work, mastering typing with the device still in the pocket, needing to view the time despite the large clock in plain view on the wall, taking secretive pictures and video clips of others in the classroom, etc.) There are an endless number of current academic studies/scholarly articles available to help better understand the distraction they have become for everyone, especially students, during instructional time. Please note that students are aware that consequences for students being heard or seen during instructional time (anywhere in the building) will be held in the office until the end of the school day. A second time will require a phone call home. Please join me in an effort to help students regain their learning time by eliminating the distraction of personal devices. All students have been made aware that the public Wi-Fi access within the school is limited to lunch hour (12-1:00), and after school hours. This means that any use of phones when not permitted requires the use of data.

Dates to Remember:

September 27- Elementary Registration, self- identification, media consent for publication of student personal Information and Power School parent login are being sent home

September 28 – Orange Day – in recognition of the impact of residential schools Please wear something Orange

September 29 – PD Day – No Students

October is Mi’kmaq History Month

October 2 – Stone Soup day

October 2 – JH Registration, self-identification, media consent for publication of student personal information to be sent home

October 9 – Thanksgiving Day – No School

October 26 – Elementary Halloween Dance

October 27 – Provincial PD Day – No Students

Junior High Supplies

Junior High Supplies

Student Fees
$20.00 – Printing consumables, locker and lock rental, admission to special presentations and school wide events

Supplies
50 pencils, 50 pens, coloured pencils, ruler, white out, protractor, 1000 sheets of looseleaf, Large Binder ( ZIPPER recommended), package of dividers, 10 page protectors, 5 project covers, dry clean shoes, gym clothes, water bottle, pencil case, erasers, highlighter. Earbuds with a built in microphone. French immersion students should have a small French English dictionary.

Elementary Supply Lists

Grade 1

2- Boxes of Crayons – Crayola recommended
24- Pencils – Dixon or Papermate are recommended
3- White erasers
1- Blunt tip children’s scissors
6- Glue sticks (20g size recommended
1- Small plastic pencil kit box – Available at Dollarama
1-8 pack broad tip markers (Original colours – washable – Crayola recommended)
1-23 pack fine tip markers (Original colours – washable – Crayola recommended)
3-Pocket folders
5-Duotangs – preferred colours – red, green, white, navy and yellow.
2-Duotangs with pockets – red preferred
1-Nylon zippered courier bag Available at Dollarama
4-32 paged scribblers
1-Hilroy Exercise Book Plain Recycled, 9-1/8″ x 7-1/8″, 72 Pages (The Blue One)
3-Hilroy Exercise Book 1/2 plain 1/2 ruled, 9-1/8″ x 7-1/8″, 72 Pages (The Yellow One)
1-Hilroy Exercise Book 8mm Ruling Recycled, 9-1/8″ x 7-1/8″, 72 Pages (The Red One)
4-Whiteboard markers
5-Large zippered Ziploc type bags

GRADE 2

3 boxes – # 2 pencils
2 pkgs – white erasers
4 – large glue stick
1 – scissors
1 – white glue
1 – ruler
1 – water bottle
1 – scotch tape
1 – pencil sharpener
1 – medium sized freezer bags
1 pkg – labels
4 – Plastic folders with pockets
6 – Multi colored folders with pockets
2 pkgs – markers washable
2 pkgs – colored pencils

1 box- crayons
1 pkg -construction paper
1 – Hilroy large 30 sheet scrapbook
2 pkgs – loose leaf lined 150 pages
4 – Hilroy scribblers 80 pgs
4 -Hilroy 72 pages 1/2 plain-1/2 interlined 23.1cmx18cm
2 – 3 ring binders
1 – paint the primary colors
1 pair – indoor gym shoes                                                              1

GRADE 3

4 duo-tang covers with fasteners for looseleaf, should not have pockets just clips
1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow and 1 green
1 400 pkg of looseleaf
colored pencils, sharpened
pencil sharpener (One that collects the shavings)
markers
pencils, Dixon or Papermate are recommended
2 glue sticks
2 white erasers
1 pair of scissors
1 cloth pencil case
1 pkg of construction paper
1 sketch pad
3 large hilroy scribblers
2 sheets of bristol board
2 – 1-inch binders, one red, one black

GRADE 4

4 duo-tang covers with fasteners for looseleaf, should not have pockets just clips
1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow and 1 green
1 400 pkg of looseleaf
colored pencils, sharpened
pencil sharpener (One that collects the shavings)
markers
pencils, Dixon or Papermate are recommended
2 glue sticks
2 white erasers
1 pair of scissors
1 cloth pencil case
1 pkg of construction paper
1 sketch pad
3 large hilroy scribblers
2 sheets of bristol board
2 – 1-inch binders, one red, one black

GRADE 5

4 – 80 page scribblers (no coils)
4 – 32 page scribblers (no coils)
2 – duotangs (all different colours, if possible)
1 – duotang with two side pockets
2 campfire/heritage notebooks
1 composition/journal book

1 package of markers
40 pencils
4 pens (different colours)
2 highlighters (different colours)
1 pencil box/case

1 pencil sharpener
1 ruler (cms)
scissors
3 erasers
2 glue sticks

GRADE 6

1 package of pre-sharpened pencils, HB lead
2 blue pens
2 erasers
1 pencil sharpener
2 large glue sticks
1 roll of clear tape
1 box of Kleenex
1 highlighter
1 30cm clear plastic ruler
1 pair of scissors
1 hard pencil box or container
1 package of pre sharpened color pencils
1 package of washable markers
2 Campfire or Heritage style notebooks
2 packages of tab dividers
4 one inch hard-covered binders (blue, black, red, green)
1 package of 200 sheets looseleaf
1 heavier thickness homework folder
6 duotangs (yellow, orange, red, green, light blue, black)
2 80 page scribblers
2 32 page scribblers
1 package of assorted construction paper
1 yellow pocket folder

Please just bring basics (pencil case and paper) for the first day of school. We will let the children know what is needed at school and when to bring it as well as the materials that can be stored at home until they are needed throughout the year. It is also important that all materials be clearly labeled.

Knights in the News!

Knights in the News!
Check out this feature on our successful Imhotep FLL Robotic Team
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/nova-scotia/sable-island-horse-deterrent-halifax-students-global-innovation-awards-1.4135293

STOMP and Ms. Cain Perform on CBC.

A huge shout out to our students who performed on CBC Info Morning on Friday February 24th.

Check out this link to view their performances.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/info-am-black-cultural-centre-for-nova-scotia-performances-1.3998108

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Oxford Report to Community

Our Oxford School Report to the Community is available at the following link.

http://www.hrsb.ca/sites/default/files/schools/community-reports/oxf2016.pdf

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