April 2021 Newsletter
108 W. New York Ave. Oshkosh, WI 54901
April 5th - Class Resumes after Spring Break
April 14th - Early Release @12:30pm
April 15th - Dental Bus
April 22nd - Dental Bus
Forward Exam Testing in April:
April 12-16 eAcademy
April 13-15 Grade 5
April 19-23 Grade 4
April 26-30 Grade 3
Hello Merrill Families!
I hope everyone had a safe, relaxing, and fun spring break. Here are some updates and reminders as we head into a sunny spring!
As the weather gets warmer and warmer, please remember to have student dress in "layers" to help with cold mornings and warmer afternoons outside. Also, don't forget those water bottles to help students stay hydrated throughout the day. As our weather heats up, water bottles help all of our students out because we have only bottle fillers turned on our drinking fountains.
All 3-5 grade students, please remember the Forward Exam testing will begin next week. Please avoid scheduling appointments for your son or daughter during their testing times if at all possible. Students will do a practice of the test with their teachers ahead of time. The best preparation for them is to continue to learn at school. At home, please help to ensure your student gets a good night's sleep before testing and eats breakfast. The schedule is above.
Merrill Elementary will be selling yearbooks through Network Photography. The yearbook will cost $12 this year. Please follow the link below to prepay. There will be no paper order forms.
Here is the link for the online ordering of the Merrill yearbook. The prepay link will be closed April 9th.
IMPORTANT: We do not receive any extra yearbooks. We only receive the ordered amount. Please don’t miss your opportunity to order.
You can also find the online ordering at www.networkphoto.net, select FALL PREPAY, and type in Merrill.
It is important for children to develop good habits at an early age and to learn that school is important. We need all parents to set a good example by having their children arrive at school on time, not taking their children out early and not allowing their children to miss school unless they are ill or there is a family emergency. Please try to arrange doctor’s visits or family errands after school hours.
We also expect all students to arrive at school on time. The practice of arriving to school, work or other appointments on time is a life skill. As parents and adults in the workforce, we know the importance of punctuality. As parents we are our children’s first and most influential models of this critical life skill that will help our children become more successful.
Please call (920) 424-0420 if your child is going to be absent for a school day. Please make this call before 8 AM. If your child is leaving for an appointment during the school day please also call in so we can have your child ready and at Door 7 for you to pick them up.
It is important that you call in if anyone in your home is ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Reminders from the Office
STUDENT ARRIVAL TIMES: Students are to line up in their designated lines after 7:30am but prior to 7:40am. When the first bell rings at 7:40am if they are not already in their line, they need to come in through Door 7. Students are considered tardy after 7:45am.
PICK-UP TIMES: For the safety of all students, please make sure that you are on time to pick up your child. You should be at school when students are dismissed at 2:45pm. They will be dismissed out Door #8. If you are unable to be at school at 2:45pm, you should make alternate arrangements for your child's pick up.
Please remember to send a mask with your child to school each day. We do have disposable masks available if a student forgets their mask, but we have a limited supply of those and we are starting to get low.
All students are required to wear a mask prior to entering the building.
The Oshkosh Area School District’s Annual Student Update (Enrollment) for returning K-12 students and for new 4K students will take place April 1 - September 1, 2021. Students must be enrolled by September 1. However, the sooner you complete this process, the better!
This annual enrollment process is required and secures a student’s place at school for the next school year. The process is done through the Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal and includes updating demographic and contact information. NOTE: Fees and payments for the 2021-2022 school year cannot be paid until mid-August, additional information will be provided at that time.
Instructions: CLICK HERE for step-by-Step Instructions
NOTE: This process should be completed on a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet. It is not recommended to use a cell phone.
Link: CLICK HERE to log in to your Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal and click on the “Online Registration” link (located on the bottom left side of the home screen)
NOTE: This link will be active/available as of 8 a.m. on April 1, 2021.
HELP: If you do not have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal Account OR need your password reset complete the following form: https://forms.gle/bEXT8Wd8t5c2dcTC8
Contact: If you have any questions or need assistance during the online annual enrollment process you can contact your child’s school office OR the OASD Administration Office at 920.424.0395.
In-person Support: If you need in-person assistance / access to a device or internet, a Central Registration Day will be held at Oshkosh North High School on August 10, 2021. More information will be provided in the coming months.
Additional information regarding the 2021-2022 school year, including important dates, will be provided to families by their child(ren)’s school.
Thank you for choosing the Oshkosh Area School District for your student’s educational experience. We look forward to continuing to work with your family to meet your student’s individual needs and provide them with the best education possible.
The Dental Bus will be coming to Merrill on April 15th and April 22nd. If your child's forms were returned to Merrill they will be receiving dental services on one of these days. The Dental Bus will not interfere with your child's Forward testing if they are in grades 4 and 5. We will accept dental forms until Friday April 9th at 2:45pm. Please call 920.424.0420 if you need another copy sent to you.
Wisconsin state law requires schools to provide staff and students with basic awareness materials to prevent suicide. We are sharing this information with all families through the newsletter so that you are also informed of the suicide warning signs. Please contact me or our school counselor if you have any questions about the information or specific concerns regarding your child.
Lighted School House Openings - After School Care
Our Lighted School House Program has openings in almost every grade. If your student could benefit from having extra help with classwork, or you have trouble getting a ride home for your student when school ends, please reach out to Mr. Evan.
Email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone number: 920-410-3973
Please be sure to notify the school office if your student is showing Covid-related signs or symptoms.
*Fever/ chills *Cough *Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing *Fatigue
*Muscle or body aches *Headache *Loss of taste or smell *Sore throat
*Congestion or runny nose *Nausea or vomiting *Diarrhea
It is important that schools are able to keep track of student illnesses, especially with this year’s virus. We appreciate your help with this. Thank you!
Quick refresher on Testing. In order to come back to school when Symptomatic (meaning runny nose, headache, muscle pain or body aches, sore throat, congestion, nausea, fatigue, fever, Shortness of breath, cough, New loss of taste and smell, vomiting, diarrhea) OR returning to school because you have been named as a close contact to a symptomatic person you MUST have a Negative PCR test.
The ONLY time we are able to take a RAPID ANTIGEN test is when you are SYMPTOMATIC and you test positive for COVID on that Rapid Antigen test.
IF (for instance) go to UWO and are symptomatic and you take the RAPID test and you test NEGATIVE we CANNOT accept that test, you would need to go back inside the UWO center and take the PCR test. Meanwhile, after testing you must remain at home (along with siblings of the symptomatic student) until the test results are back. PLEASE call the School or Nurse and let them know. We do need a snap shot or email of the test in order to return. Please send this to our Nurse Cell Phone at: 920-509-0265
Depending on where you go to get tested ALL TESTS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL so please ask for a PCR test.
UWO give a Rapid Test and PCR test.
Sunny View offers ONLY the PCR test.
If you test at a different location please be sure the verify that it is A PCR TEST
Free School Meal Pick Up
We will once again be partnering with Feeding America to help distribute the Farm to Family boxes along with our school meals. To accommodate for this, we will be going down to one meal distribution on Wednesdays. The distribution will be from 5:00-6:30pm at Oshkosh West High School.
Family food boxes will be available to anyone in the community. Five days worth of meals from the school district will also be available for any child 18 and under. We encourage families looking for meals for eAcademy students, meals for student's virtual days or meals for children not yet enrolled in school to visit this distribution.
We are asking that anyone interested in picking up boxes or meals not enter the parking lot prior to 4:30pm to ensure students and staff can safely exit the parking lot before the distribution begins.
2021-2022 Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment (requesting to attend another school outside OASD)
Click link below for more information.
Deadline is April 30th, 2021 at 4pm.
Having issues with your Chromebook?
Follow these steps if students experience Chromebook difficulties:
Step One: Problem-solve by using these Chromebook Troubleshooting Tips.
Step Two: If students are unable to solve the problem on their own please call (920)424-0420 and we will put you in contact with our wonderful Media Assistant.
Step Three: If our media assistant determines that the student device needs to be sent in for repair, and if the family is not under quarantine or experiencing symptoms, a drop off time will be set up. District Learning without Limits Handbook expectations apply to all devices in all learning models.
Student Chromebook End of the Year Checklist
Students are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook they have been issued by the OASD. We will be using the following guidelines when Chromebooks are collected at the end of the school year. All Chromebooks will need to be returned in the condition they were checked out to you. Chromebooks need to be cleaned, charger returned and case free of any debris. Please see the list price below if this is not followed.
Uncleaned Chromebook: $10.00 charge
Uncleaned Chromebook Case: $10.00 charge
Crumbs/food in/on case
Missing Chromebook Keys: $10.00 charge each
Missing Chromebook Charger: $25.00
Missing Chromebook Case: $15.00
These charges will be added to your students IC account.
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Model Notification of Parent Rights
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:
The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day a written request is received.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
The right to know that school districts can disclose education records to each other without parent consent if student is enrolling or transferring to another district.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by a school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Note: for a review of additional details for each of the above items, please go to the following website: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/lea-officials.html
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