January 2021 Newsletter

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January 4th   Virtual Learning Resumes   
January 11th

Hybrid Learning Starts 

January 18th  NO SCHOOL  
January 21st   Picture Day  
January 22nd Picture Day  


Principal's Message


Happy New Year Merrill Families! 

I know that the first of January usually brings New Years resolutions for people, myself included. However, with all the unprecedented things that happened in 2020, I thought it would be best if I just focused on each individual day. My goal is to just be kinder to the people around me and myself. 

As we enter January, please keep a few dates and information in mind.

HATS! GLOVES! and BOOTS! - It's that time of year again. Please remember to have your child layer up with clothing and wear appropriate outdoor gear. ONLY students with snow pants and boots will be able to play on our playground equipment. Without this gear, students will only be able to use the black top. 

January 11th, we return to Model 3, Hybrid. Students in group A will come Tuesday and Friday.  Students in group B will come Monday and Thursday. Wednesdays are virtual for all students. 

January 18th is an inservice day for staff. No students will be in attendance that day. 

On January 21st and 22nd, we will have our rescheduled Picture Days. Both e-Academy and in person Merrill students will be having their pictures taken. Please look for updated emails as we get closer to those dates. 

The Merrill staff is so excited to have our students back! We can't wait to see you all again. Take care and stay healthy Merrill Families.

Tanya Fenner



Model 3: Hybrid Schedule Begins January 11

Students will be returning to a Hybrid Schedule beginning January 11, 2021. Your child(ren) will be attending in-person the same days every week as shown in the schedule below. Wednesdays will be virtual learning days for ALL students. 



Attendance Procedures

Please call (920) 424-0420 if your child is going to be absent for that 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 your child is ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If anyone living in your house tests positive for COVID-19 we need to know. 


Please make sure that your student is properly dressed to be going outside. They will need snow pants, boots, winter jacket, hat, and gloves EVERYDAY!


Picture Days - Rescheduled!

Picture Days have been rescheduled! The new dates are January 21st and 22nd. Each group will have their pictures taken on their in-person school day. 

Eacademy students, we would love to see your smiling face on picture day. January 21st between the hours of 8am-11am and January 22nd between 7:15am-10:30am. Come within those hours to Door 7 we will have you sign in and walk you up to get your picture taken. Parents please note only students will be allowed in the building. 

If you have already used the prepay option please know that the money will be applied to your students pictures. 

Here is the link for parents to order pictures and pre-pay online for them.  This option is the best as it alleviates having more physical contact and lets parents order directly from their homes.

Merrill Elementary - School Picture Pre-Pay Option

Or click here for the PDF order form for you to print off and send with your child on picture day. We will be sending these forms home Thursday January 14th and Friday January 15th please watch for these in your students' backpacks!



Lighted School House Openings - After School Care 

Our Lighted School House Program has openings in 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: evan.hollnagel@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Phone number: 920-410-3973



Health Note 

Please click here and here for notes from the School Nurse.  


Please be sure to notify the school office if your student is showing Covid-related signs or symptoms, even while they are learning at home. Symptoms include: 

*Fever/ chills


*Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


*Muscle or body aches


*Loss of taste or smell

*Sore throat

*Congestion or runny nose

*Nausea or vomiting


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!



Free School Meal Pick Up 

Meal Distribution During Model 3: Hybrid Learning: Meal distributions will continue to occur on Wednesdays ONLY at the following locations and times:

  • North High School (circle drive in front of school) from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

  • West High School (in front of door 20) from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

  • West High School (in front of door 20) from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

  • North High School (circle drive in front of school) from 5 - 6 p.m.

NOTE: No school meals will be sent home with students at the end of their in-person learning days at this time. Families looking for additional school meals for virtual learning days are asked to visit the distribution sites on Wednesdays to receive those meals.

Meal Distribution Details:

Meals will be distributed for five days at a time and will include a breakfast, lunch, and supper for each day. Milk will be offered with all meals. Meals are available and are free to anyone age 18 and under.  Children do not need to be present to receive free meals, a parent/guardian or sibling may pick up meals.  Children do not need to be enrolled in the Oshkosh Area School District to receive free meals. 



Returning Materials 

Please be sure to return any supplies and books that went home for your student during Virtual Learning. 

Art List 



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. 



Caregiver Series


Grief is a result of a loss. This school year (and 2020 in general) has created a lot of loss and uncertainty for children. In this episode we talk with Kaelee Heidemann, School Counselor at Traeger Elementary about grief, how it might be playing a role in your child's behavior, and how caregivers can help. Please take a look!

Kids and Grief 

Past Editions:

Making It Through

Importance Of Sleep

Learning Spaces & Schedules

Increasing Focus: Breaks, Flexible Seating, & Focus Tools

Setting Expectations

Adult Self Care during Distance Learning



Employment Opportunity 


The OASD has a lot of open positions in the Food Service Department. The following are the openings in our food department:

CT Elementary - Lunch Shift - 

Emmeline Cook - Breakfast Shift - 7:00 -9:00

Emmeline Cook - Lunch Shift - 10:50 - 12:30

Oakwood - Lunch Shift - 10:30 - 12:45

Read - Lunch Shift - 10:15 - 12:15

Webster Elementary - 2 Lunch Shifts available - 10:35 - 12:50

Carl Traeger Middle - Lunch Shift - 10:30 - 1:00

Merrill Middle - Breakfast Shift - 7:15 - 8:45

South Park - Lunch Shift - 11:25 - 1:35

Webster Middle - Lunch Shift - 10:45 - 1:30

West High - Assistant Cook Float - 6:30 - 12:30 - 5.5 hours per day or more if needed

West High - Assistant Cook - Temporary Position - 7.75 hours per day 6:15 - 2:30

North High - Assistant Cook - 5 hrs per day - 11:00 - 4:30 

North High - Cook Helper - 4.5 hrs per day - 10:45 - 3:45

Substitute Workers - flexible to work at any school


You can apply on WECAN for any of the above positions.  Or you can call the Food Service Office with any questions they have. 

Jenny Wallace

Food Service Secretary

Oshkosh West High School

375 N Eagle St

Oshkosh, WI 54902




Math Corner

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