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