Osgood Elementary School News
Hello Osgood Families,
It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of September. Time flies when you are having fun! Students and staff have been doing amazing work here at Osgood. We are so proud of their effort and work.
Thanks goes out to the families for following our morning and afternoon routines. It has really helped that students are only dropped off at 7:30 if they are having breakfast and those who are not waiting until 7:45 or later. Teamwork makes the dream work!
One last item, the weather is getting a bit chilly at times. Please make sure your child has a sweatshirt, jacket and maybe even gloves and a hat that you can put in their bag. This way they will be prepared for the changing weather when we go outside for recess.
Have a great week everyone!
WFPS Elementary Attendance in the Hybrid Learning Model
Student “Synchronous” On-Site Attendance: Taken by school for the 2 days the student is in school. Please follow standard protocol and call the office to report any absence and reason why.
Student “Asynchronous” Off-Site Attendance: Taken once a week and recorded on Wednesday. Attendance is based on the student making a “reasonable” attempt to complete the off-site assigned work.
What is determined a “reasonable” attempt will be at the professional discretion of the teacher.
Class meetings taking place on Wednesdays are encouraged for all students but will not be considered for attendance purposes. Teachers will record these meetings to be viewed later if students are unable to attend online through Microsoft Teams at the designated time.
Mark your calendars because picture day is coming!
When: Tuesday, Nov. 10 (for M/T group)
Thursday, Nov. 12 (for Th/F group)
Virtual students may come either day!
There will not be retakes in the building this year. If you needed retakes you would need to go to Scherlings. More information about pictures will be coming home closer to the actual day of pictures.
Parent Teacher Confererences
We will be having Parent/Teacher conferences on Wednesday, November 4 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Thursday, November 5 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. These will be done virtually. You will sign-up online and then your child's teacher will send you a TEAMS link to meet on for the conference. If you need a phone conference instead, please let your child's teacher know. Remember there is one conference time per child and the conference time is 15 minutes. Please use the following link below to sign-up for your conference. If you need any assistance, please contact your child's teacher or the school at 701-356-2190.
We look forward to meeting with you!
Through federal education law, parents have the right to request information on the professional qualifications of the teachers and paraprofessionals at our school. If you are interested in learning this information, please contact the school administration office at (701) 356-2190. Upon this request, you will receive a detailed explanation of the licensing, education, and experience of each of our teachers. You will also receive information regarding the names and qualifications of the paraprofessionals at our school(s).
NO SCHOOL for all students
October 22 and 23, 2020
Starting October 1st 2020, 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), four 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 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.
Morning Drop Off - If your child is having breakfast you may drop them off no earlier than 7:30 am. There is no supervision before that time unless they attend the morning YMCA program. If they are not having breakfast we ask that you try to drop them off in-between 7:45-8:00 to help with the physically distancing of students. Thank you with your help in this matter.
**Breakfast is only served from 7: 30 am to 7:50 am
**Pick Up - We will be doing a gradual release of parent pick up this year. Due to the busyness at dismissal time we are asking parents that if you need to pick your child up early please do so by 2:15 so that we can get your child to you before we start our dismissal procedures. Thank you for your cooperation.
School starts at 8:00 am
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.
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.