A Note from Dr. Dickemper

A Message From The Principal
Posted on 11/22/2017

Hello December, and hello OES families! It seems like a blink of the eye since I was greeting kindergarten families for the August “Lion Hunt” and we were just beginning the school year. I want to thank everyone who has helped to get us to this point in the school year, from our dedicated teachers to our volunteers to our generous families and advocates. We’ve acquired an unexpected number of Chromebooks, provided our students with lifelong memories like the Monster Mash, and continued our efforts to improve student achievement, engage kids, and push innovative learning in our classrooms. I wish each family relaxation, togetherness, and a sense of peace as the holidays arrive. You deserve it. On another note, colder weather is here. The change of weather always presents challenges to families. Please remember that students need to be appropriately dressed for colder weather. We will go outside unless the windchill is below twenty degrees or there is precipitation. If you are the parent of that one fifth grade boy who only wears shorts (and every year there is always one fifth grade boy who only wears shorts,) then please call me. I can help. Also, please let us know if you are in need of a winter coat. We can also help with that. It’s also important that students continue to arrive to school on time. Students who arrive after 8:45 will be counted late and must be signed in by a parent in the office. I have also noticed an increase in the number of students who are being dropped off before 8:30 without a parent. This cannot happen. Please call me if there are any unusual circumstances impacting your family. I may be able to help.

I will communicate any “snow days” in a variety of ways. Parents will be notified by phone by the district. I will post information on our school Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram page. I will also send out notification via my Remind 101 texting program. I recommend that you follow some of these social media accounts if you are not already doing so.

Otherwise, we will return to January and enter one of the most important stretches of the school year. There are fewer schedule interruptions in January and February, so it’s critical that content is taught and students make solid gains in learning. Please limit vacations and other absences. I promise that Spring Break will be here before we know it, and I want my teachers to have the ability to reach students within their classrooms.

Dr. Chad S. Dickemper Principal Oakville Elementary

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