Osgood Elementary School News
Picture packets went home with students September 20. Picture retakes will be Friday, October 11. If you would like them retaken, please send your order envelope or picture packet (stating the reason for having retakes) to school prior to that time. Thank you.
Starting October 1st 2019, per North Dakota State Law, West-Fargo Schools will enforce exclusion for non compliant immunizations. Please make sure your school nurse has a copy of your students up to date immunizations.
North Dakota Century Code 33-06-05-01 requires any child admitted to school be required to receive the immunizations according to the recommended schedule set forth by the state department of health. Any child not adhering to the recommended schedule must provide proof of immunization or a certificate of immunization within 30 days of enrollment or be excluded from school or early childhood facility.
Students who are not vaccinated may be excluded from educational or extracurricular activities if there is a threat to their safety due to an exposure. Additional note, in case of a disease epidemic, inadequately immunized children or children with an exemption form on file would not be able to attend school until there is no longer any danger of further spread of the disease in question.
The West Fargo Public School district implemented a student bus tracking system, (RFID card program), three years ago. The program is intended to help the district staff account for elementary students as they access our school bus services. The system tracks where, when and which bus a student boards and exits. This valuable information is used to find lost students and gives the district an easily accessible list of students in the event the bus breaks down or is involved in a traffic accident.
Student Expectations: The district expects each student Kindergarten through 5th grade student who rides a general education bus on a regular basis to have a RFID card attached to their backpack. The student is expected to scan their RFID card each time they board and exit a bus.
7:30 am Morning Drop Off - please do not drop off your child earlier than 7:30 am, there's no supervision before that time unless they attend the morning YMCA program. Thank you.
**Breakfast is only served from 7: 30 am to 7:45 am
**Pick Up - Doors are unlocked for parent pick-ups at 2:45 pm. Students are not dismissed to parents between 2:30 and 2:45 as we load our busses and daycare vans. Thank you for your cooperation.
Prescription and non-prescription ("over-the-counter") medications required by a student shall be administered by a parent at home or by the student's medical provider if possible. Parents shall use every effort to have medication administration times set for time periods other than school hours. When this is not possible, within the limitations set by this policy, the West Fargo Public School's trained staff or school nursing staff may assist in the administration of medication during school hours. The West Fargo Public Schools retains the right to refuse to administer medications or provide other medical treatments. No prescription or nonprescription medication should be carried by a student or kept in his or her locker unless the authorization for self-administration has been completed.
School personnel will administer no prescription medication unless prescribed by a licensed prescriber and have the authorization forms signed by both the parent or legal guardian and the licensed provider.
School starts at 8:00 am
We have had many students arriving late to school. Students that are tardy to school lose valuable educational and instruction time. Walking in late to class repeatedly can create a disruption to the class and draws unnecessary attention to students. Arriving at school on time and ready to learn is key to the success of all students. We only want what is best for all students and feel powerless to provide them with the education they need and deserve when they are tardy. As you know, it takes parents, students, and teachers working together to ensure a suitable learning environment for your child. Please help us by making it to school on time a priority. If you have any questions please feel free to call the school at 356-2190. Thank you for your cooperation.
Osgood Elementary will be screening all students for social behavior needs using the SAEBRS screening tool. We screen behavior and social skills because we know they impact children’s ability to learn. The tool consists of a survey filled out by school staff on all students in the building. This screening will take place two or three times a year. Results will be used to determine students who could benefit from social skills or emotional/behavioral support. If your child is determined to need additional support, you will receive further notice. Please call Mrs. Toy if you have questions.
Why is SARB/school attendance Important?
What is SARB?
School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is composed of representatives from various youth-serving agencies to help truant or recalcitrant students and their parents or guardians solve attendance problems through the use of available school and community resources.
What is chronic absenteeism?
A student is chronically absent if he or she misses school 10 percent of the time or more for any reason.
Why is school attendance important?
Research shows school absences can have a lasting impact on learning. One study on third grade reading level found the following:
- Chronically absent children gained 14 percent fewer literacy skills in kindergarten than those who attended more regularly.
- For students chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade, only 17 percent scored proficient.
- Only 64 percent of third grade students who missed nine days or fewer in both kindergarten and first grade were reading at grade level.
- Only 43 percent of third graders who missed more than nine days both years were reading at grade level.
- Only 41 percent of students who were absent 18 or more days in either kindergarten or first grade could read at grade level. (chronic absence)
- Of the students who missed 18 or more days in consecutive years, only 17 percent were reading at grade level. (chronic absence)
According to a Utah study
- On average, being chronically absent in one grade increased the odds of being chronically absent in the next grade by nearly thirteen times.
- A student who was chronically absent in any year, starting in the 8th grade, was 7.4 times more likely to drop out of school than a student who was not chronically absent during any of those year.
Osgood Elementary is seeking a part-time Reading Corps tutor to work with Kindergarten through 3rd grade students who need extra support learning to read for the 2019-20 school year. Reading Corps tutors work one on one with a caseload of students for 20 minute sessions each on a set daily schedule. This part-time AmeriCorps position requires a commitment for the entire school year August to May, 5 days a week. Tutors work during the school day while school is in session. The position is 4 hours a day with a monthly stipend of $620 and an education award of $2,255. AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides monthly stipends in lieu of an hourly wage. The education award can be used for college tuition and current student loans. Tutors who are 55 or older may choose to transfer their education award to a child, grandchild or foster child.
INTERESTED CANDIDATES MUST APPLY THROUGH THE WWW.NDREADINGCORPS.ORG Training is scheduled for August 27-29, 2019 in Fargo. The position begins at the start of the school year.
The Little Red Reading Bus
Still have books that you checked out at the Little Red Reading Bus this summer?
You can return them to your school library or to the West Fargo Public Library. Thanks!
Please do not send a sick child to school to be assessed by the nurse. If your child has an elevated temperature, rash, diarrhea, or is vomiting at home, DO NOT send the child to school.
Children will the following symptoms should not be sent to school and/or school activities:
- Thermometer indicates a temperature of 100 degrees or more
- Undiagnosed rash or sores
- Contagious infection diagnosed by a health care provider
Children may not return to school until:
- Their temperature has remained below 100 degrees for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or other medications.
- There has been no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without the use of over the counter medications.
- When a student has been diagnosed with a contagious infection and was given prescription medication, the student may not return to school until they have taken the medication a full 24 hours and their temperature has remained below 100 degrees for 24 hours.
LUNCH VISITORS: Our lunch procedures are going extremely well and the students are doing a fantastic job going through the line and punching in their ID numbers and we appreciate you practicing at home. We want to continue to foster that independence in our students and make sure they are successful during the school day. With that in mind, we won't allow lunch visitors in August or the first part of September so those routines can be firmly established. If parents would like to come eat a hot lunch at school with their child, we will start that after three weeks. Kitchen staff does not prepare extra meals to limit waste, so parents need to call the school office by 9 am and reserve a hot lunch. Office staff will ask which lunch choice you would like so you can share the experience of school lunch with your child. Meals for an adult are $3.70 and must be paid in the school office with cash (exact change) or check. Fast food from outside restaurants is not allowed in the school lunchroom. Thank you for your cooperation.
Notes from Mrs. Toy
District News & Updates
2019 West Fargo High School Hall of Fame
Mark your calendars for an evening to honor those committed to excellence at West Fargo High School! The West Fargo Educational Foundation will host the annual hall of fame event on October 3, 2019 from 6:00PM - 10:00PM at the DoubleTree by Hilton West Fargo. The evening will include dinner, induction program, games, and a raffle. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the West Fargo Educational Foundation.
The first Family Educator Enhancement Team (FEET) meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24 from 5:00PM - 6:30PM at the Leidal Education Center (Room #138), 207 W Main Ave, West Fargo. FEET is designed to assist families who have children with special needs by connecting them to available educational partners.
If you wish to attend, please RSVP one week prior to the event at: http://bit.ly/2ktCAYa. Free childcare provided. Free event.
West Fargo Public Schools, the West Fargo Police Department, and AM 1100 The Flag WZFG are pleased to co-host the first of four forums geared toward sharing information on the hot-button issues impacting our youth today. The forum is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8 from 7:00PM - 8:30PM at the Dakota Medical Foundation.
The most recent issue of WFPSchools Scoop is now available. WFPSchools Scoop is a quarterly publication for all West Fargo Public Schools families. An electronic edition of WFPSchools Scoop is emailed every September 15, December 15, March 15, and June 15 via the Blackboard Messaging System. The publication includes communication from district administrators, as well as district updates and new.
School-Based Sealant Program
Seal! North Dakota School-Based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program
In 2012, The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) implemented the Seal! North Dakota School-Based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program. The dentist and/or dental hygienist visit each school two times a year (fall and spring), to provide direct preventive services. Services include: oral health education, dental exam/screening, teeth cleaning, dental sealants and fluoride varnish application. A parent/guardian signed consent form is required to participate in the Seal! North Dakota Program.
Any student who does not already have a regular dentist may sign up if they have a completed and signed parent/guardian consent form. A result sheet (what the child had done), toothbrush, floss, and a small prize will be provided to each child that is seen. Maple Family Dental will be providing the services at your school; watch for more information to come!