Last week marked the start of another great year at Oxford School! The start of a school year is full of emotions. When visiting classrooms I saw so much joy on our students faces. Despite all the heat it certainly is great to be back. Oxford Updates is a newsletter for parents, students and the community to help you stay informed about the school and school events. This week’s addition is a long one as we have lots of information to share.
School Review Meeting
On Wednesday, September 14, the Halifax Regional School Board will be making decisions related to the Citadel High school review process.
Our school was one of the five schools involved in this review.
If you were planning to attend, please note the meeting will start at 7 pm at the school board office, 33 Spectacle Lake Drive, Dartmouth.
Mark your calendars as parents/guardians and students are invited to curriculum night on Sept 29th at 6:30 – 8:00pm. More info about this event to come in future Oxford Updates.
School Photos will be taken on September 27th during the school day. All students present that day will have photographs done by school photographer. These are used for student ID’s and our school information system. Parents may also purchase school photo packages.
Elementary Students will be going to play at 11:55 each day, coming into the school to eat in the gym between 12:30 – 12:35, before returning to class.
Junior High Students will be able to access the outdoor basketball courts each day after 12:35. Junior High Students are asked to wait at the North West side of the school to allow the younger students to clear the area without congestion.
Junior HIgh Students will be able to access intramurals and space to eat in the gym/stage at 11:55 – 11:30 each day.
We are seeking adults interested in working as lunch monitors. We need people available to work from 11:50 – 1:05. The hourly rate for regular Lunch Monitors will be $12.76 per hour and when vacation pay is added, it totals $13.27 per hour effective August 1, 2016.
Water Bottles / SunScreen / Layers
It is hot outside and may continue to be for the next few weeks…(wishful thinking..)
Student may benefit from wearing sunscreen, having water bottles with them, and dressing in layers that can be removed as the day warms up.
As a school, a community we all play a role in keeping students safe. A reminder to all that using the internet to communicate positive messages is always welcome. However unkind and disrespectful communication is not tolerated at school. Any digital messaging that impacts the school climate can become a school issue and may involve actions from our school teaching and administration team as well as our liaison with the Halifax Regional Police.
Information / Consent Forms / PowerSchool Access
This week expect to get multiple forms coming home with your students. Registration Forms are to help us update our records, these contain self identification sections that impact our funding and supports, please take time to fill out these forms as accurately as possible. Media Consent Forms are for giving the school and the HRSB permission to use images of your students using digital media, The internet acceptable use form is something to go over and sign with your student. PowerSchool access letters will also come home with each student.
We will begin holding school side evacuation, lockdown, hold and secure and re-location drills with students this week. Please talk with students about these drills as they can be stressful and it is important for student safety that they are able to remain calm, and follow the procedures with ease.
In an Evacuation (fire drill) students are expected to cooperate with teachers by quietly and orderly forming a line and walking with their teachers to their designated meeting spot outside the school.
During a Hold and Secure students are expected to cooperate with teachers and remain in the classroom for the duration of the drill.It is important for students to remain calm during these drills. The doors to the building remain locked and no one may enter or exit during a hold and secure. Instruction continues in the classroom.
In a Lockdown students are expected to quietly move to a secure position in the classroom, while the teacher locks and covers doors and windows, students are expected to stay silently in position for the duration of the drill. The exterior doors of the school remain locked and no one may exit or enter during a lockdown. Office staff are also in lockdown during these drills. We ask that our Liaison with Halifax Police assist in assessing the effectiveness of the drill and may be present during a drill.
During a Re – Location Drill students will practice evacuation and then walk a route towards our off site destination. ( St. Teresa’s Church).