Newsletter October, 2019
Early Release Reminder
Early Release Day is Wednesday, October 9 and students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Make sure your students know where they should be at dismissal time. All Staff have meetings that they need to attend.
Contacting your student’s teacher
OASD received new a new phone system in summer. When you call the school there is an automated system - it gives you the option of selecting either the office or using an extension for the teacher. Please be aware that the phone call will go directly to their voicemail if you choose the teacher.
If you choose to go through to the office - we can transfer you to the teacher, however it will still go through to the voicemail and then the teacher will call you back.
If you have a message for your student you can leave it on the voicemail or send them an email. The office staff are able to “chat” with the staff also, so as to not interrupt the learning time.
I’ve placed all of the teacher extensions and emails on the website in the Announcement section.
Check with your child’s teacher as to what time during the day the Fall Party will be in their classroom. Teachers can be contacted via email or telephone, as each teacher as an extension. Teacher emails are their firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture Day- Retake Day
As you know, our Picture Day was Thursday, August 22, during Get to Know You Conferences. Students that were absent or wish to have their photo retaken, our Picture Retake Day is Thursday, October 18th.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your photos/orders, please contact Network Photography.
The Webster Way
PBIS - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
The Oshkosh Area School District has adopted the PBIS program throughout the District over the past couple of years. PBIS emphasizes that classroom management and preventive school discipline must be integrated and working together with effective academic instruction in a positive and safe school climate to maximize success for all students. What this means for your kids is that we emphasize positive acknowledgements for positive, expected behavior--”Norms”. Students who are following the norms may earn tickets that they can enter into drawings for a chance to participate in activities or prizes. These drawing are held monthly. In addition, students may choose to save their tickets to use to purchase special prizes on the “Cart of Awesomeness” or activities in their classroom.
School Miscellaneous Information
All visitors coming to the building after 7:45 a.m. and anytime during the school day, will need to press the front security buzzer located at Door #20 and report to the office. If the visitor is staying they will need to sign in and wear a visitor badge while they are here.
Security Door #20
Most days in an elementary school are busy for the office. Often times the office staff is either on the phone or helping staff/students. We must ask you the reason you are visiting before we can unlock the door. Therefore, we ask that you be patient and we will get to you as soon as possible. We are able to call out to you if we miss the initial buzz.
If your child is going to be absent or late for school for any reason, please contact the office at 424-0460. You may leave a message on the voice mail system to report the absence. If you email the teacher, please also email the office. Absences are considered “unexcused” if we do not hear from a parent/guardian. Students who are absent from school more than 10 minutes of any part of the day without a proper excuse, shall be recorded as unexcused. A student who is absent less than 10 minutes of a day shall be recorded as tardy. The times a student enters or leaves the building will be documented and the system will calculate the absence accordingly and uniformly across the district. Please keep this in mind as you schedule appointments for your children. It is always best to schedule appointments during non-school hours. Students are expected to be in class from 7:45 to 2:45 daily.
The District’s attendance policy aligns with State DPI attendance policies. To view the Oshkosh School District’s attendance policy, please click on the following link OASD Board Policies. You will need to scroll down to the PDF links and download the 400 Series policies. Scroll to the 431 section for student attendance.
Webster Stanley Elementary will recognize student birthdays monthly. Each month students will be called to the gym and will receive a birthday book.
Change of Clothing
Our younger students are strongly encouraged to keep a change of clothing in their backpack in the event they soil their clothes due to recess activities, lunch spills or health issues. Due to space limitations, we do not keep extra clothing. In addition, parent of students who have ongoing bathroom accidents may need to be called to assist their student, if necessary.
Your Child’s Health
In order to promote a healthy environment at school for your children, we ask that you be particularly alert to the beginning signs of illness in your child. Keeping them home during an illness until they are completely well will help prevent spread of illness to others in the school. The following are some symptoms to watch for:
-Thick mucus from the nose -Persistent, productive cough
-Fever of 100.0 or higher -Toothache or tenderness
-Nausea or vomiting -Diarrhea
-Swelling of jaw -Red eyes
-Excessive Drowsiness -Discharge from eyes or ears
-Sore throat -Persistent Sneezing
-Earache -Persistent abdominal discomfort
-Any rash that is not normal
If your child has any of these symptoms at school, you may be contacted. You will be expected to make arrangements to pick your child up from school as soon as possible.
An emergency telephone number where parents can be reached either at home or work must be on file at the school. Please update any number changes or corrections via the parent portal. Children may not return to school within 24 hours of a fever.
To assist us in providing the best possible care for your child at school, please keep us informed of any changes in your child’s health status-including medication changes, allergies, etc., by contact our school health office: Marni Noldin via email email@example.com
Our schools report their daily illnesses to Winnebago County Health Department in order to keep close tabs on any increases in illness. Nurses and administrators in our district are notified of any outbreaks from the health department.
Volunteer Application Process
Thank you for your interest in volunteering within the Oshkosh Area School District. Please complete an online application by visiting the Oshkosh Area School District’s Human Resources webpage at:
The classroom teacher will determine and notify you if you are chosen to volunteer. If chosen to volunteer, please complete the volunteer application. *your application will be processed upon request of the teacher* The information will be kept confidential. It is the policy of the Oshkosh Area School District to require all volunteers to complete a Criminal Background Check Authorization every school year. The Oshkosh Area School District will complete all necessary background checks. A record of arrest or conviction does not automatically prohibit volunteer service.