Osgood Elementary School News
NOVEMBER 27, 28 AND 29.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with family and friends!
Winter Clothing Drive!
Colder weather is upon us and we have a number of students who may be in need of winter gear to keep them warm this winter. We will be accepting new and gently used winter gear donations in the office.
Please encourage your child to look through the lost and found if they are missing any items. It is located just outside the office. It is growing and we don't even have snow on the ground yet! All items not claimed will be donated in December. Thank you.
Please be sure that students are dressed appropriately for the weather. Students go outside for approximately 20 minutes each day either before or after lunch. As winter approaches, all students should have a warm coat, snowpants, boots, hats and gloves. Please mark all items with your child's name to prevent them from getting lost. Students go outside unless either the temperature or wind chill fall below -15 degrees. If you are unable to provide winter clothing for your child, please contact the office.
The school district weather guidelines can be found at: Weather Guidelines
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).
Upcoming Intramural Dates
Pickleball- Oct 21 & 22
Oct 28 & 29
Volleyball- Nov 18 & 19
Nov 25 & 26
Hockey- Dec 9 & 10
Dec 16 & 17
Contact our PE teachers at the email listed below with any questions or to request a form be sent home with your child. Thank you.
EPOLIAK@west-fargo.k12.nd.us - Ms. Poliak
GSTRUBE@west-fargo.k12.nd.us - Mr. Strube
CCOMPTON@west-fargo.k12.nd.us - Mr. Compton
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 7:50 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.
From the Nurse
As school has been in session, we want to reiterate information about head lice. Current guidelines from the ND Department of Health recommend children NOT be excluded immediately from school when head lice are found. We must remember that head lice are a nuisance, but not harmful. However, West Fargo Public Schools will continue to follow a NO NITS Policy. If the school finds a student with head lice or nits (head lice eggs), the parent is contacted and the student will be sent home. The student needs to be checked in by the school nurse when they return to school. Head lice is transmitted through prolonged close head to head contact. Transmission is more likely to occur between family members, overnight guests and playmates that spend a lot of time together. Due to the low risk of transmitting head lice at school and to maintain confidentiality, letters will NOT be sent to parents of classmates and classrooms will NOT be checked. Parents are encouraged to check their child periodically for head lice. If you are concerned your child may be infected or you need help in identifying head lice, please contact a health care professional, school nurse or public health department. Please contact your school nurse with any questions. An excellent resource is available at www.ndhealth.gov/head-lice/.
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.
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.
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.
Notes from Mrs. Toy
District News & Updates
West Fargo Public Schools, Justin’s Break the Silence, and AM 1100 The Flag WZFG are pleased to co-host the second of four forums geared toward sharing information on the hot-button issues impacting our youth today. The keynote for the evening is Jeff Yalden, a renowned speaker highly regarded as North America’s number one teen mental health speaker, consultant, expert witness, and advocate on mental health and suicide. The forum is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 from 7:00PM - 8:30PM at the Dakota Medical Foundation.
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!