May/June 2021 Newsletter

 

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108 W. New York Ave. Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone: 920.424.0420

 

Important Dates 

May 12 - Early Release 

May 24th-28th- Spirit Week 

May 27- Field Day for all students 

May 31- NO SCHOOL

June 3rd- Last Day of School 

 


Principal's Message

Hello Merrill Families! 

It's hard to believe that the end of the 2020-21 school year is coming to an end. It has definitely been a year to remember! I know this year has been a roller coaster for so many of us. I hope you all have time this summer to relax and have fun with friends and family. As we look forward to summer and plan for the 2021-22 school year, I have some important dates to keep in mind for the fall. 

 GTKY (Get To Know You) Conference/ Open House:  August 24 and 25 from 3:30 - 6:30

Fall Conferences: November 16 & 18 

We will have update supply lists for the 2021-22 coming out very soon as well. We also have some exciting events happening this spring as well before we end the year. 

We will be having a Field Day on May 27th for all students in grades 5K-5th. Due to COVID restrictions, only staff and students will be able to participate this year. We will also be having a 5th Grade Promotion on June 3rd. We are working on a way to share it virtually with all of our 5th grade families. 

I hope you all have a safe, healthy, and fun summer. 

Tanya Fenner 


 

Field Day

Get ready! May 27th is Field Day!

Rain date is June 2nd.

Please have your student bring a water bottle, an extra mask, and a change of clothes as some of the games will involve water. It would also be preferable that students are in athletic-type clothing as they will be participating in athletic events.

 


 

 


 

Attendance Procedures

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.

Thank you.

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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.


 

Health Information

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. 

*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!

 

 

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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.

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Sunny View offers ONLY the PCR test.

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If you test at a different location please be sure the verify that it is A PCR TEST


 

Free School Meal Pick Up 

Updated OASD Free School Meal Distribution
Free school meals are available at one distribution time and location only. The distribution will be Wednesdays from 5 - 7 p.m. at Oshkosh West High School (main parking lot - enter on Taft Avenue and exit on Eagle Street). Those accessing free meals cannot enter the school parking lot until 4:30 p.m. to allow students and staff to safely exit the area before the distribution begins.
  • Free Family Food Boxes: In addition to a week’s worth of school meals, families will also be able to receive Farm to Family Food Boxes - a partnership with Feeding America - which has been extended through the month of May. LEARN MORE
DIRECTIONS: All traffic must enter Eastbound on Taft Avenue (making a right turn into the parking lot). There will only be one line to enter the parking lot. Anyone attempting to enter Westbound on Taft (making a left turn into the parking lot) will be asked to continue down to the end of the line. This is to ensure proper traffic flow and safety. No one is to enter off of Eagle Street for the meal distribution. This entrance is only to be used by students, staff and athletics accessing the parking lot.
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.

 

 


 

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
Base Enclosure
LCD Screen
Keyboard
Palm Rest

Uncleaned Chromebook Case: $10.00 charge
Crumbs/food in/on case
Pet Hair
Coloring/Stickers
Broken Zipper

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:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day a written request is received. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

 


 

 

School Supply List for the 2021-2022 School Year

Supply List 

 


 

Kindergarten Welcome Letter 2021-2022

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