Oxford Updates Nov 8th

Oxford Updates
Nov 7th 2016

Remembrance Day Service
Students, staff and members of the local community will be taking time at 10:55am on Thursday November 10th to pay respect to the many veterans and active members of our military. The service will be held in the gym.

School Closures
No School November 11th – Remembrance Day
No School November 14th – Assessment and Evaluation Day

There is a PTA meeting on Nov. 9th at 6:30pm

There will be a SAC meeting on November 22nd at 6:30pm.

Oxford Updates Nov 1st 2016

Oxford Updates
November 1st 2016

Important Dates:

November 2nd – Take our Kids to Work Day – Grade 9
November 4th – Shawarma Stop Orders Due
November 5th – Grade 9 Trip Bottle Drive
November 6th – Daylight Savings Ends – Clocks Fall Back 1 hour
November 9th – PTA Meeting at 6:30pm
November 10th – Remembrance Day Assembly
November 11th – No School – Remembrance Day
November 14th – No School – Assessment and Evaluation Day
November 21st – Grade 7 Immunization Day # 1
November 24th – Report Cards go home with students.

Changing Weather:
It is important for all parents to have a plan around school closures in the event of inclimate weather. Please follow this link to the HRSB site to learn more about the potential of school closures.

With colder days means students may need different layers of clothing. Please be sure that students clothes are labeled with their names. Students in elementary school should keep all extra layers in their book bags, but often students forget to do this and things go missing. Please check the Lost and Found often for missing items.

It is still very important that students stay hydrated at school. Please send students with water bottles.

Shawarma Dates:
A clarification on dates. Orders will be delivered on Monday Nov 7th, 21st, 28th, Dec 5th, 12th and 19th.

Remembrance Day Assembly:
An invitation to any families members who are veterans, or members of the service to join us for our school Remembrance Day service on Thursday at 11am. I asked that you please RSVP to our school by calling 902 421 6763 or emailing smiles@hrsb.ca.

Cadets, Scouts and Guides Wanted
We are looking for cadets, scout and guides who are interested in being a part of our school color party on Nov 10th at the school wide remembrance assembly.

Oxford Updates October 23rd

Oxford Updates
October 23rd /2016

Photo Re -Takes Oct 25th
The school photographer will be on site Tuesday Oct 25th to take any retake photos. Students should return old photos or have a written note from the parent to get their photos taken again.

Chess Club
The Oxford School Chess Club will begin to meet on Tuesday, November 1st for Grades 3-9. There will be various 4 week blocks for Grades P-2. The club will run until the end of January, followed by the annual school tournament that runs from February to April. During club time, there is typically a 5-10 minute lesson or puzzles, followed by friendly matches with other students. Coaches do circulate around the room providing tips, and encourage students to mix it up by playing a variety of players. The goals are to have fun playing chess while demonstrating great sportsmanship. Grade Primary: Club time will be 2:35 until 3:05 on November 1, 8, 15, 22. Grade 1: Club time will be 2:35 until 3:05 on November 22, 29; December 6, 13. Grade 2: Club time will be 2:35 until 3:05 on January 10, 17, 24, 31. Grades 3-9: Club time will be 3:10 until 4:00 every Tuesday starting November 1. There will be no chess on December 20 nor January 3. If you have any questions, please contact the chess coach, Frank King: kingf333@icloud.com
Chess Sign up forms are available outside Ms. Singers classroom.

Oxford School Advisory committee will have its first meeting on October 25th at 6:30pm. This meeting will be an opportunity for the committee to get to know one another, review school priorities and goals for 2016-2017. If you are interested in participating in the SAC please contact Ms. Miles at 902 421 8652, or email smiles@hrsb.ca

Take Our Kids to Work Day

On Wednesday Nov 2nd, Grade 9 students will be taking part in Take Your Kids to Work Day. Since 1994 this project has grown into a Nation Wide event. with over 400,000 Grade 9 students participating. Grade 9 students will go to work with a parent, relative, an adult friend or a community member. A risk assessment will be required if a child if a child is not under the supervision of a family member. As with any off site event there are forms to be completed. Please contact the school guidance office for more info.

We SCARE Hunger

Oxford School is collecting donations for Feed NS, Please Donate your non perishable food.

Family Halloween Dance and Costume Party

On Thursday October 27th Elementary students and their families are invited to the gym to celebrate in costume. Admission is free and non perishable food donations will be add to the WE SCARE hunger food drive. There will be a canteen available with snacks and drinks for cash purchase. All students must be accompanied by a caregiver.

No School October 28th

Staff will be attending conferences around the province on Friday October 28th

Grade 9 Take Your Kids to Work Day

On Wednesday Nov 2nd, Grade 9 students will be taking part in Take Your Kids to Work Day. Since 1994 this project has grown in to a Nation Wide event. with over 400,000 Grade 9 students participating. Grade 9 students will go to work with a parent, relative, an adult friend or a community member. A risk assessment will be required if a child if a child is not under the supervision of a family member. As with any off site event there are forms to be completed. Please contact the school guidance office for more info.
or check out the following

WE DAY – We Scare Hunger!

We Scare Hunger
Our October campaign for our We Day group is We Scare Hunger. We will be collecting non-perishable food items during the month of October for Feed Nova Scotia. Students can bring these to school and they will be collected in their classrooms.

Oxford Updates October 16th

Oxford Updates
October 16th 2016

Host Family Needed
International Services is urgently looking for a welcoming host family for an international student from Germany. The student is a lovely young girl currently studying grade 10 at Citadel High School. She has many interests, and is a member in the local Halifax Trojans Aquatic Club. If you are interested in receiving more information about hosting this student, please contact :
Martine Adriaensen
Director, Nova Scotia International Student Program
Facilitator International Services HRSB
33 Spectacle Lake Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Canada B3B 1X7
Phone: 1 902 464 2000 Ext: 2182
Email: madriaensen@hrsb.ns.ca

We Scare Hunger
Our October campaign for our We Day group is We Scare Hunger. We will be collecting non-perishable food items during the month of October for Feed Nova Scotia. Students can bring these to school and they will be collected in their classrooms.

PTA Elementary Halloween Dance
On Thursday Oct 27th from 6 – 7:30pm there will be an Elementary Family Halloween Dance. This is a costume party and will be held in the gym. Students attending are to be accompanied by a caregiver. Thanks to PTA and school staff for making this fun event a possibility.

Grade 9 Field Trip
Grade 9 Students will be travelling around the city to various off site educational events. A reminder that Permission Forms are due Monday Oct 17th.

Provincial African Nova Scotian Educational Partners
Community consultations are happening October 18, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Community YMCA Gottingen Street 2269 Gottingen Street Halifax
See attached for more information.

Teacher Provincial Conference Day
Friday October 28th there will be no school as teachers are travelling to various professional conferences around the province.

Mi’kmaw History Month

Wikewiku’s. Mikwite’tmnej teli Mi’kmawi’k

October is Mi’kmaw History Month

For More information follow this link


Oxford Updates October 4th

Stone Soup:
On Thursday Oct 6th we will be holding our Annual Garden Harvest Stone Soup Lunch. A team of volunteers will be working with Grade 7 – 8 students to prepare a vegetable soup that will be served at lunch hour. We are asking students to bring in a vegetable to add to the soup. We are hoping for students to bring one of the following: carrot, onion, zucchini, turnip, beans to contribute to the soup.

Head Lice:
A reminder for parents and guardians that it is important to regularly check your child’s head for lice. This a common issue that can impact any family.
The following link will provide you with information about lice prevention, treatment.

Lunch Orders
Pizza Forms are due back on Oct 5th, European Pantry Orders are due back on Oct 7th.

Junior High Dance
Wednesday Oct 12th will be our first JH dance. 6:30 – 9pm in the gym, $5.00, A reminder that we use the gym door off Willow St. Guest Request Passes will only be accepted until Friday Oct 7th, these must be signed by a parent.

Clothing Orders
Order forms are available from Ms. Veinotte, sample clothes are available to try before or after school.

Thanksgiving: School will be closed on Monday Oct 10th for Thanksgiving Holiday.

Oxford Update Sept 20th

Oxford Updates
September 20th 2016
School Board Elections

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NSschoolboardelections/
Twitter: @SchoolBoardElec

Are you looking for a way to meaningfully contribute to education in Nova Scotia? Are you interested in youth and students? Have you ever considered running for school board? Elections will take place on October 15, 2016!

As part of a Governing School Board, School Board Members have a variety of roles and responsibilities. Here are a few highlights to consider:

Key roles of the Governing School Board:
• Communicator: School boards maintain consistent communication with members of the community to address public education issues of local importance.
• Planner: School boards develop plans to address student needs, and to actively participate in local communities.
• Policy maker: School boards help to create policies that outline expectations of board administration, teachers and students.
• Supporter: School boards support parents, students and the community on education issues that affect our system.
• Educator: School boards make important decisions that determine the direction and quality of public education.
Each regional school board has district seats, an elected African Nova Scotian member, and an appointed First Nations Representative. The provincial school board, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, is an Acadian school board delivering programming in French.

Attached is a helpful guide for people interested in learning more about running for school board. You can also visit www.schoolboardelections.ca for more information.

PTA Executive Meeting

There will be a meeting on Monday September 26th of the PTA executive committee. It will take place at 6:30pm in the library.

Picture Day
On Sept 27th Photographers will be here for school photos, Students are expected to return the photo information card sent home on this day.

Curriculum Night
Teachers and staff at Oxford school will be on hand to meet families and discuss the curriculum, there will be ice cream 🙂 This takes place on Sept 29th at 6:30 – 8pm

Professional Development Day
September 30th there will be no classes for students. Staff will be expected to report to building for professional development .

Oxford Updates September 12th

Oxford Updates

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.

Curriculum Night

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.

Picture Day
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.

Lunch Hour:

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.

Lunch Monitors:

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.

Cyber Safety

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.

Emergency Drills

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).

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