Osgood Elementary School News
Please wear GREEN on Monday, March 25 for Cerebral Palsy Awareness! Let's see if we can fill Osgood with GREEN!
Fall Kindergarten Pre-Registration
When: March 25 and 26, 2019
Time: 4:00-7:00 pm
Where: Osgood Elementary School (for students living in our attendance area)
Who: All children that will be attending kindergarten in the fall
Incoming kindergarten students for the 2019-2020 school year must be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2019. Please bring birth certificate and immunization record. All West Fargo Elementary schools will hold pre-registration at the times listed above for students living within each elementary boundary. Call the Osgood office at 701-356-2190 with questions.
All 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be doing state testing next week. 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.
We Will Have School
Due to the scheduled snow make-up days, school will be in session on:
These were originally "no school" days, but all staff and students will be in school now due to the cancelled snow days.
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).
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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
Online registration is coming to West Fargo Public Schools! Look for further details and communications to be sent to families later this spring as we prepare for implementing the process for next year.
High School & Middle School Names
At the March 11 regularly-scheduled meeting, the School Board voted 6 - 1 in favor of naming the district's third middle school Heritage Middle School. The new middle school will open for the 2020-2021 school year and will serve students from Legacy Elementary School, Horace Elementary School, and Deer Creek Elementary School. Heritage Middle School will be located at 6350 76th Ave S, Horace, ND 58047. The School Board also voted 4 - 3 in favor of naming the district's third high school West Fargo Horace High School. The new high school will open for the 2021-2022 school year and will serve students from Heritage Middle School. The official address for Horace High School is to be determined, but it will be within the city limits of Horace, on the same campus as Heritage Middle School.
The Momo challenge is the latest online ‘challenge' that has understandably caused many parents concern. Although there have been lots of media stories in the last week, there is no verified evidence that this ‘challenge’ has caused harm to children, and more recent investigations have found it to be fake news. Despite this, it is clear that it is causing distress among parents and children.
The Momo character — the disfigured face attached to a bird’s body — was, in fact, a prop named ‘Mother Bird’ made in Japan three years ago for an art exhibition. It was claimed that the Momo challenge was ‘played’ over WhatsApp. The Momo character allegedly asked would-be participants to contact ‘her’ and do a series of challenges — the final challenge being suicide.
Although the Momo challenge is now being reported as a hoax, the reports, warnings, and disturbing images could still cause distress to children. It’s important that parents talk to their children about it. The best way to start is to ask a general question about whether they have seen anything online that upset or worried them. Explain that there are often things that happen online that can be misleading or frightening and that some things are designed to get a lot of attention. Parents need to follow their child’s lead — introducing a worrying subject to a child who isn’t familiar with it might lead them to investigate. On the other hand, avoiding mentioning it won’t provide a chance for a good discussion. Take your child’s lead and whatever you decide about overtly talking about these kinds of topics, make sure that they know that contacting strangers and doing anything at all that they are asked to do online or off that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable is not OK.
West Fargo Public Schools will hold kindergarten preregistration from 4:00PM - 7:00PM on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26.
With the exception of Deer Creek Elementary School, all families go to their neighborhood school to preregister. Deer Creek Elementary School families should preregister at Legacy Elementary School.
Each registered child must provide a copy of a current immunization record and proof of identity (birth certificate, visa, I-94, or other government-issued ID). Preregistration is still possible without these documents.
Children must be five years old on, or before, July 31, 2019 to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020.
If you do not know which school your child will attend, enter your address online at www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. Preregistration is an opportunity for parents to complete the necessary paperwork; students need not attend. Students and families will be invited back to meet staff and tour the schools at August's Back to School Night.
New Middle School & High School Transition Plan
At the February 11 School Board meeting, the Board approved the grade level transition plan recommended by the Strategic Transition task force:
- 6th-9th grade students to attend the new middle school in 2020-2021
- 9th-10th grade students at the new high school in 2021-2022, 9th-11th grade students in 2022-2023, and 9th-12th grade students in 2023-2024