As most of you know, Dr. Dingman is on a medical leave that will likely last through most of January. During that time, Mr. Lindgren will be serving as the Acting Principal. Mr. Lindgren will be handling all day to day matters at the school until Dr. Dingman returns.
Attached is the letter that was mailed home in early November regarding the procedures used to determine school delays or closures, as well as how everyone will be notified. Remember, it is highly unlikely that school will be canceled. Occasionally, we may have a late start. Whenever a delay or closure decision is made, families will be notified using our telephone/email/text alert system, along with the app notification for your phone. These are in addition to the television and radio news.
Often, surrounding districts will be on a delay or closed. If you do not receive a message, and do not hear our name on the TV or radio, we are operating on a normal schedule. Please do not assume that just because surrounding districts are on a delay or closed that we are. You will be notified if Oakesdale is delayed or closed.
Our drivers are excellent and student safety is always the primary force in making these decisions. Thank you.
Thanks to the local Masonic Hall, the students of Oakesdale in grades K-5 participated in the Books for Bikes contest over the last month. Students earned a ticket for every 15 minutes of reading, and last Thursday, a special assembly was held to draw the winner of the bike. Teachers donated many prizes to recognize the students who read so much, but the grade prize was a shopping trip with Mr. Lindgren to pick a new bike. The winner was Caiden Himes, who thanks to the Masonic Lodge in Oakesdale, now has a new green bike and a helmet. Thank you to all the students who worked hard to earn tickets, and thanks to those who donated prizes. As always, it was a great event.
For the third year in a row, the Oakesdale School District has received generous awards from the Hagan Foundation. This year:
$10,000 was awarded to the Ag Program for a new computer system to operate the new plazma system that was purchased with last year’s Hagan grant.
$8000 was awarded to Mrs. Reed and the Science program for Robotic Kits.
$1500 for Ms. Hubert to create Calm Down Caddies, to help students calm down when they are “having a moment” along with specific aides to help students experiencing significant trauma.
$1000 for Mrs. Lindsey Brown for a take home reading backpack program.
The Hagan Foundation supports great ideas and our staff has them. Thank you to the staff for working to get the best possible “stuff” for our students and thank you to the Hagan Foundation for the generous grants.
The Hagan Foundation was established in 1997 by Cornelius E. Hagan, Jr., a retired Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist in Spokane, Washington. The mission of the Foundation was simple but reflected his strong heart-felt beliefs:
“…to contribute to non-profit organizations where the least amount of money will do the most good for the greatest number and provide the opportunities and tools to support education in its broadest sense with an emphasis on youth.”
For more information on the Hagan Foundation, please visit http://www.haganfoundation.com
The Elementary Christmas Program will be Tuesday, December 20th in the gym at 7pm. If you have children in grades Pre through 6, they are in the program. Students must be at school that day to be able to perform in the play. Please watch for a note from the teachers telling you what time to have your children here and what to wear. Also, for anyone in the community that wants to come watch, the program is a wonderful Oakesdale tradition and we look forward to seeing you here.
For the last several weeks, students and families of the Oakesdale School have been bringing non-perishable food and toiletry items for the Tree of Sharing. This year the goal was to bring 500 items. With the tremendous generosity of our families, it will not surprise me when this goal is surpassed. Also, as part of the season of giving, the Oakesdale Chapter of the National Honor Society spent December 13th working the Santa Express, a fundraiser for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Students wrapped and packaged gifts and helped young shoppers find the perfect gifts. We are proud of our students and they way they represent us within our own community, and elsewhere.
The Oakesdale Nighthawk Volleyaball team traveled to Yakima on Thursday, November 10th to compete in the state tournament on November 11-12.
The Nighthawks first played Neah Bay, winning in 3.
The Nighthawks played Pateros in the quarter finals, winning in 3.
In the semi-finals the Nighthawks played Almira-Coulee-Hartline, winning in 3.
The championship was a repeat from last year with the Nighthawks facing the Pomeroy Pirates…and the Nighthawks won in 3.
Congratulations to the great group of girls and thank you to Coach Brown and Coach Reed for such a great season.
On Thursday, October 6th, students in grades 4-8 traveled to Felt’s Field and participated in stations focusing on robotics, a wind table, and and introduction to flight session where they explored a real airplane and were taught the fundamentals of flight. The students were taught by one of the museum’s volunteer pilots. Also part of the trip was the Museum of Flight’s Flying Gizmo assembly. The students had a great time and the staff at the museum were very impressed with the Oakesdale students.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Hagan Foundation, the Primaries have implemented a full perceptual motor program that aids the academic and physical development of our students. This is a program unique to Oakesdale and is allowing the students to not only grow and improve in their school work, but also their motor coordination and brain development. Look forward to more photos as each week new rotations will be implemented.