Oakridge Connect 10/20/17




APS Open enrollment for medical, dental, etc: 

is Oct 1 – Oct 31st. See poster in workroom for open enrollment meeting dates and times at locations throughout the county.


Volunteer Information:

People who have been okayed for volunteering here at Oakridge have received a “You are cleared!” letter from Tameka Wilds. If you or they are unsure, simply contact Tameka or Dawn and we will look it up. When we are finished with the database, we will make it available to everyone.


Friendly Reminder:

Staff, please remember to be quiet during drills – especially teachers who stand on the front steps during fire drills.  The children are watching us and following our behaviors.  We are expecting them to remain silent, therefore we should model silence.  It’s only 2 minutes!  We can make it.

Messages from Dr. Wright:

Please join Pat Murphy for the first Supt’s Seminar of the school year with Dr. Joshua Starr who will share a briefing on the recently released PDK Poll Findings (see the attached summary).

  •       Joshua Starr became CEO for PDK International in 2015.
  •       Dr. Starr was previously superintendent of schools in Montgomery County, MD and Stamford, CT.

Academic achievement isn’t the only mission – PDK Poll 2017


Please read this article from Pat Murphy about Emotional Intelligence:


Link to Investigations on Blackboard: Here are the directions for accessing the investigations materials on blackboard.

  1. Go into blackboard
  2. Click on “For Staff” at the top toolbar
  3. Then click on “content” on the toolbar (it’s the second from the left)
  4. Select the Department of Instruction Folder
  5. Then select the Math folder
  6. Select Grade 2
  7. Select Investigations Resource masters
  8. Then select “content”

They are then listed as “u1, u2, etc.” masters.  When you click on a unit ex: u1 masters it will take you to a page where all the lessons and games from that unit.



School Store — Now on Fridays!

The CUBE team is running a school store to give kids more practice in counting money and calculating change. It is open from 8:40-8:50 on Friday mornings, in the hall outside the gym for designated grade levels.  Flyers are in Peach Jar (in multiple languages) to inform families of the schedule. Kids will learn about the store and practice “buying” the merchandise during CUBE class. Items for sale are erasers, bookmarks, pencil sharpeners and pencils. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback about the school store.

School Store Shopping Schedule

Friday, October 6 5th graders are invited to shop
Friday, October 13 3rd and 4th graders are invited to shop
Friday, November 3 2nd graders are invited to shop
Friday, November 17 1st graders are invited to shop

*Kindergarten students will shop later in the year.


Team Kids is Coming to Oakridge!:

Click here for the staff letter Team Kids staff flyer 2017

The Oakridge Printers are named/ located below 

Name of Printer

Location of Printer

ITC Printer Outside Kyle’s office (Room 279)
Trailer Printer Inside the trailer closet
Kindergarten Hall In Ms. Stallings Class (Room 250)
Teacher Workroom Copier In the Teacher workroom
Main Office Copier In the Conference room
Commons Area Printer Downstairs in 2nd grade commons area


K-12 Professional Development Opportunity: Teaching with Music-Related Primary Sources :On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Library of Congress will host a free, one-day workshop for K-12 educators interested in incorporating music-related primary sources into their classroom instruction.  In this hands-on, collaborative session, education specialists from the Library of Congress will model a variety of strategies for using music-related primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Through a series of inquiry-based classroom activities, educators will experience historic audio files, sheet music, song sheets, prints and photographs, and other resources from the Library’s collections. Most of these items are digitized and will be freely available online for teachers to use with their students. Certificates are available for teachers completing the workshop. Additional Information: Audience: K-12 music educators and teachers of other disciplines interested in incorporating music-related primary sources into their classroom instruction. When: Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 9 am – 4:00 pm. Where: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE, Washington, DC 20540 Directions here. The room will be open at 8:30 am. Attendees are encouraged to leave plenty of time for travel and to arrive early. How to register: Register online here! Apply now, as space is limited. Questions?  Please contact:


Kids Euro Festival

Oct. 21-Nov. 5, is one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America, bringing Europe’s most talented children entertainers to the Washington, DC metro area. It includes free performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, puppetry and magic.  Click Here to Learn More


Many teachers and students who enjoy GoNoodle will want to know about this band coming to town!

Koo Koo Kanga Roo, are playing 2 shows in Vienna, VA on Their fall tour.Both on Saturday Nov 25th. Early all ages show. Get yourTickets here:  Also they have a brand new Halloween Dance-A-Long video called “Monster Moves”. Watch it here:


“O” Wow!


Walker, Adrion 10/19

Welch, James 10/20

Hoffman, Mary Ann   10/22


 October Activity Calendar ’17

  • Friday,
  • Monday,
  • Tuesday,
  • Wednesday,

Early Release for students – 1:26 PM ( don’t forget to sign up for the PD here at Oakridge 2-4 PM, more info in the PD CLASS box located below)

  • Thursday,

P/T Conferences – No School for students

  • Friday,

P/T Conferences – No School for students

Information Items:

Reading (Katie Donnelly)
Books & Bytes (Karen Bentall)  Reminders for library books that are more than 10 days overdue will be in your boxes on Wednesday 10/25.  When you meet with parents, please ask them about these overdue books and check that their students are reading at home every day.
ESOL/HILT (Cathy Gaudian/Samantha Doland)

 APS Interpreter Services:

  • APS provides interpreter services year round. If you need interpretation aside from conferences,  contact Ms. Magzoub and she can make schedule it for you. More info at this link:  APS Interpreter Request 
  • Also, each APS school has a special phone called the “Language Line” which provides immediate access to an interpreter  if you need to contact a family by phone. Please see Ms. Magzoub if you need this service and she will be happy to help!

VDOE LEP Participation Plan:

English Learners: Guidelines for Participation in the Virginia Assessment Program• LEP students are eligible for certain accommodations on SOL tests, as well as other assessments done in school. The document attached details the accommodations. ESOL teachers will follow up with specific grade levels by next week about appropriate accommodation options for students identified English Learners (ELS).  2017-18 LEP Participation Guidelines

GWU Graduate Certificate Program:

Do you want to learn more about teaching English learners? Do you want to earn a TESOL Certificate? Through a collaboration with George Washington University (GWU), APS is able to offer teachers an opportunity to enroll, for FREE, in the TESOL Certificate Program to Improve Instruction for English Learners, taught by GWU. This online learning course includes four graduate level classes completed over a 16 month period. Please see attached flyer for program details and application process. The program begins in January 2018 and will fill up quickly. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the ESOL/HILT Office at x6095.  GWU ESOL Cert Program

Gifted Services (Greg Chapuis)
Math (Corrine Magee)  Supporting English Learners in Math Workshop November 9, 2016 4:00-5:15 in the Oakridge Library.  Sign up in ERO 2018260801This PD will focus on how to plan, support and scaffold instruction for English Learners in a Math Workshop. Strategies for teachers as they work with English Learners will be the focus of the content taught through the structure and components of Math Workshop, including a number sense routine, mini-lesson and guided math groups. Participants will have an opportunity for recertification points with the completion of a reflection.

MOSAIC (Dawn Amin-Arsala)


Parent Teacher Organization (Tom Patchen)





Professional Development (CLASS)


When: October 25th, 2017 (2:00-4:00 pm)

Where: Oakridge Library

SRN: 2018260701

Title: Class Concept Development

What: Oakridge teachers will continue their dialog about thinking and learning as they delve deeper into Concept Development. CLASS® unpacks the dimension of Concept Development with specific Indicators and Behavioral Markers. The workshop will reflect upon the CLASS® components while promoting opportunities for discussion around meaningful and personalized instruction. Teachers will dialog and reflect upon the process of learning, how higher-order thought processes are promoted, and how much thinking is going on within the classroom

School Wide Expectations (Enis Al-Majeed)
Science (Sean Jones)
Social Studies (Kristen Wolla)
Specialists  (Sean Jones)
SPED (Colleen Shelton)
Tech (Kyle Taylor)
Testing (Mignote Yirdaw)  I have shared on Google Doc information about testing windows for this school year.  It also has information about dates to keep in mind (early release, holidays etc.) as we consider testing dates.  You all have access to edit the file but please let me know when you do so I can keep track of it all. Here’s the link:


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