Osgood Elementary School News
All students will be doing standardized testing in the next few weeks. Please try to schedule any appointments or absences outside your child's testing time. Also, be sure your child gets breakfast and a good night's sleep so they are ready for testing. If you have any questions about the tests or schedule for your child, please contact your child's teacher. Thank you.
Osgood Elementary has a new Facebook page. Please check it out to see all of the exciting things happening with our wonderful students and staff.
Let's Stay Healthy!
Please share this information with your children. Hand washing techniques, sneeze and cough etiquette are vital lessons in order to help keep all our students and staff healthy.
We are starting a new program to support our families here at Osgood. We will be collecting non-perishable food and hygiene items to be distributed to our families that may need some temporary extra support. Here's how it will work:
1) If you would like to donate non-perishable food or hygiene items, please drop them off at the Osgood office. We appreciate your generosity and support.
2) If you could benefit from some of the donated items, please contact the Osgood office 701-356-2190 or email@example.com. We will do our best to meet your needs with the available items. We are happy to give back and support our Osgood families.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!
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.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES & OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS
Students are asked to keep personal games, toys, and collector cards at home. Collector cards, such as sports cards, Yu-gi-oh cards, Pokémon cards, etc. are not allowed at school. Please tell your children not bring these items to school. We also ask that hand-held games, CD players, iPods, and MP3 players be kept at home unless the teacher has given permission for special circumstances.
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.
**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.
Second Semester Milk Payment
The option to pay for second semester milk has now been added to myschoolbucks.com. The amount is $36.00 and will cover milk that students have in the classroom during snack break. This payment is due by January 18, 2018. IF YOU PAID FOR THE FULL YEAR OF MILK IN THE FALL ($72.00) YOU DO NOT NEED TO MAKE THIS PAYMENT. PLEASE CHECK YOUR PAYMENT HISTORY BEFORE YOU MAKE AN ADDITIONAL MILK PAYMENT BECAUSE THE SYSTEM WILL NOT ALERT YOU OF A DUPLICATE PAYMENT. 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
Notes from Mrs. Toy
Forms & Flyers
School-Based Sealant Program
Seal! ND School-Based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program
In 2012, The North Dakota Department of Health, Oral Health Program (OHP) implemented the Seal! ND School-based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program. Public health dental hygienists visit schools two times a year (fall and spring) and provide direct preventive services, under standing orders of a dentist which include: oral health education, a screening, dental sealant and fluoride varnish application. A parent/guardian signed consent form is required to participate in the Seal! ND fluoride varnish and dental sealant program.
Services are provided to schools that are recognized as being in need by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Students attending pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (depending upon the school) with parent/guardian consent are eligible to receive the free oral health services. A goody bag consisting of a result sheet (what the child had done), toothbrush, toothpaste and floss will be provided to each child that is seen. In the West Fargo area, Maple Family Dental will be providing the services. Watch for more information to come!
District News & Updates
Impacted by the Government Shutdown?
New guidance from the US Department of Agriculture provides support for families impacted by the shutdown of the federal government. If your family’s income has been cut off due to the shutdown, you are eligible to apply for Free & Reduced Lunch. Information about the Free & Reduced Lunch program, including how to apply, can be found on our website.
Student Success Forum: Social Media
The third session of a four-part series on student success is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00PM - 8:30PM at Cheney Middle School.
Join West Fargo Public Schools' administrators and students, West Fargo Police Department, and representatives from various community agencies to get an inside look at how social media impacts the lives of our students and children today. Resources will be shared that will allow families to better understand the risks of the online world and best practices for responsible digital citizenship. Moderated and live broadcasted by AM 1100 The Flag WZFG.
It is that time of year again when weather can alter school day plans. Please review the district's weather procedures to better prepare in the event of a late start, early dismissal, or no school day. In the event of a weather-related closure, all evening activities and facility rentals will be cancelled and the West Fargo Sports Arena and Hulbert Aquatic Center will close.
FEET Parent Trainings
Families of students receiving special education services are invited to attend the following West Fargo Public School's Family Educator Enhancement Trainings (FEET):
- Introduction to Functional Behavior Assessment & Positive Behavior Support Plans - Thursday, December 6 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM CANCELLED
- Picture Communication - Thursday, February 26 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM
All three trainings will be held at the Leidal Education Center (Room #133), 207 W Main Ave, West Fargo, ND 58078. The Family Educator Enhancement Team (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. Childcare will be provided.