Jun
20

Important Announcement Regarding Before-and-After School Enrichment Classes

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING

BEFORE-AND-AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES

After careful consideration and within the guidelines of our bylaws, the OES PTA has voted to discontinue our before and after school enrichment program (not to be confused with SACC) for several reasons:

1. Primarily, it is a safety issue for the children.  We cannot collect the children from their individual classrooms so we run the risk of a child going home on a bus to an empty house if they forget to go to enrichment and a volunteer doesn’t recognize/see them errantly go to the bus. This has actually happened resulting in a very young student going home to an empty, locked house with no guardian present. In addition, we have had parents fail to collect their children at 5:00 and volunteers have had to stay long after the program only to, ultimately, drive the children home themselves. This is an unrealistic expectation of our already small volunteer pool and makes them liable for the safe transport of another parent’s child. 

2. We do not have confidence that we will have a sufficient number of skilled and reliable volunteers (as we have in the past) to adequately identify and check in students on a consistent basis. Volunteerism has been consistently low and last minute throughout this school year – frequently only coming under the threat of event cancellation. We cannot in good conscience agree to provide for the safety and supervision of the children months in advance if we do not have a reliable, predictable and dedicated source of volunteer monitors.

3. As the program has most recently become an expense, as opposed to a revenue neutral or positive program, we cannot afford to hire, manage/supervise and pay an enrichment monitor, which we would want to have regardless of what FCPS requires. (FCPS has recently been exploring the possibility of mandating a permanent monitor for after school programs, but has tabled the requirement for now.)

4. Many of our classes are cancelled for lack of enrollment.

5. There are many private after school programs that pick up at our school giving our parents and students several viable alternatives that have broader service offerings.

6. After consulting with the administration, OES has no objection to our discontinuing our program.

Please note: The volunteers who have run the program to this point have been incredible. We are so grateful for their excellent and selfless service. This decision is in no way a reflection on their dedicated and skilled administration of the program to date.

Jun
20

Stay Connected with Oakton PTA

STAY CONNECTED OVER THE SUMMER WITH OAKTON PTA

OES PTA Facebook Page: CLICK HERE

Sign up here to receive emails on current happenings at OES:  CLICK HERE

Oakton Elementary School (OES): CLICK HERE

Jun
19

Order Your 2019-20 School Supplies Online NOW!

ORDER YOUR 2019-20 SCHOOL SUPPLIES NOW ONLINE!

Consistent: Supplies match student’s grade level supply list customized by OES teachers!

Convenient:

  • Customize your list! For example, if you already have a pair of scissors at home and headphones, take these items out of your list and save.

  • Order late into the summer. Order as late as three weeks before you need your supplies to receive them in time!

  • Orders will ship right to your home.

  • Free shipping! All orders over $50 will ship for free.

Cost Saving: School Tool Box buys directly from the manufacturer, which saves you money.

Risk Free: School Tool Box offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Fundraising: School Tool Box gives back a portion of the proceeds to OES. 

 

Community & Global Giving:  For every box of school supplies that School Tool Box ships, they will donate a meal to a starving child. 

CLICK  HERE to ORDER YOUR 2019-20 SUPPLIES NOW!

 

Questions:  Contact Nicole White

Jun
19

Kindergarten Summer Playdates are Coming!

SUMMER PLAYDATES!!

 

Do you have a rising Kindergarten OES student (starting Kindergarten in 2019-20)?  Or know someone who does?  

We will again be having our Kindergarten Summer Playdates so kids – and parents – can get to know other over the summer and see some friendly, familiar faces when school begins in the Fall.

 

To view the list of playdates, find more information, and sign up, CLICK HERE.

Playdates will be held at the Oakton ES playground. 

Jun
14

RISING 5TH GRADERS: Get a Head Start on Battle of the Books Over the Summer

 

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