Dear Staff and Students of the Oak Bluffs School:
I sent all the money that we raised with "Quarters for Kenya" to the Mutunyi Primary School and this is the letter I received back. I just wanted to thank all of the kids that brought in quarters. We are going to help them buy lots of books!!
Firstly, a huge congratulations to you for coming up with such an innovative fundraising idea and to all those that supported you at Oak Bluffs School. What a truly amazing achievement.
Finally, I’d like to confirm that we have gratefully received the US$ 875 you have so generously raised and donated to Mutunyi Primary School. We have contacted Faith Riunga, head of the Lewa Education Program, who has been in touch with the Head Teacher of Mutunyi Primary, who is absolutely delighted and sends his hearty thanks. They are in great shortage of books and your donation will meet a genuine need at the school and bring learning opportunities to hundreds of children.
The Head Teacher will shortly be sending a list of the books that are needed, at which point we will be able to proceed with buying and sending them to Mutunyi Primary School. We will be sure to keep you updated.
Once again, enormous thanks from us all!
Very best wishes,
Chief Operating Officer
P.O. Box 743 Uhuru Gdns. Nairobi 00517 Kenya
Back to School Night Dates
Grade 3 – Tuesday 9/23 @ 6PM
K – Wednesday, 10/1 @ 6PM
Project Headway - Wednesday, 10/1 @ 6 PM
Grade 1 – Thursday 10/2 @ 6PM
Grades 5-8 - Wednesday, 10/8 @ 6 PM
School results from last spring’s MCAS testing were released this past week. Children’s individual reports will soon follow. These reports once again show that the Oak Bluffs School is filled with high achieving students and instructional staff. Our 2014 Progress Performance Index (PPI), a school’s “measuring stick” in the context of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), demonstrates that we perform in the 89th percentile among schools across the Commonwealth. Our PPI ranks highest on the Island for the second year in a row, earning the Oak Bluffs School the highest designation of Level 1.
I am particularly proud of the following –
All Students Tested:
Annual PPI of 90 and Cumulative PPI of 100 – We gained extra credit for decreasing the number of warning scores in math and English language Arts.
Students in our High Needs Category:
Our high needs population, which includes our children with special needs, our English language learners, and our low-income population achieved a very high annual and cumulative PPI rating of 85. We gained extra credit for decreasing the number of warning scores in math and English Language Arts.
I get so few opportunities to crow about our staff. So I wish to recognize their tremendous efforts. Year in and year out they dig down and meet an increasing challenge with diminishing resources. Their commitment to children is second to none. It is because of their efforts and those of our children that our school continues to rank among the highest in the Commonwealth.
This week the Meadow Farms Fundraising envelope are being sent home. The due date for the forms and the money is October 10th. This is one of our largest fundraisers and your support is greatly appreciated. The money raised goes to supplying buses for our fieldtrips, donations towards the 5th and 8th grade trips, teacher appreciation wish lists and many more. This is a great way to support our school.
Proud to be from OB!!!!
PLEASE remember that if you have qualified in the past, a new Free & Reduced Lunch Application needs to be completed and submitted at the beginning of each school year. Also, federal income guidelines change every year. If you have not qualified in the past, you may qualify now. PLEASE take the time to review and submit an application. All members of your household should be listed. REMEMBER - Applications are always available in the office and may be submitted at anytime during the school year should you have a change in income due to seasonal employment. All information is kept CONFIDENTIAL.
This letter is intended to inform you that a couple cases of head lice have been discovered in school. Please do not be alarmed, head lice is a common occurrence in schools. All of the students in the classrooms affected directly have been checked and parents of those children found to have lice have been notified.
The spread of head lice can be controlled with prompt diagnosis and effective preventative treatment. Children found to have head lice may attend school once treatment has been initiated and the lice is no longer active (live bugs).
The first thing you can do to prevent the spread of lice is to discuss the subject openly with your family. Lice can affect anyone, regardless of hair length or hygiene. Lice cannot fly or jump, they can only crawl and therefore are usually only spread through head to head contact. Please help by reminding your children not to share hats, hair brushes, helmet, etc. Head lice are tiny insects that live only on peoples scalp and hair. They hatch from small eggs (nits) that are firmly attached to the individual hairs near the scalp and they cannot be easily moved up or down the hair (as can specks of dry scalp/ dandruff). They look like grains of sand and small sesame seeds and can be found anywhere on the head, but most often are located near the ears and back of the head. Lice can survive one to two days away from the scalp and hair.
If you notice your child has an itchy head, check their hair for evidence of lice. If you suspect your child has lice, please notify the school nurse, Lana Schaefer at (508) 693- 0951, ext 281.
For information on how to diagnose or treat head lice, consult your family physician, pharmacist or school nurse for recommendations. There are resources available in the nurse’s office.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Don't forget to check "Nurses Notes" on the school website for more up to date info!
Rehearsals for the play are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, after school until 4:30. Children should be picked up in the back parking lot.