Oakridge Connect 1/27/17




February Calendar: The February Activity Calendar is available here Feb2017AC

Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) – This year all VPI applications must be submitted to the Early Childhood Office and APS Welcome Center between 2/1/17 and 4/18/2017. Applications will not be accepted at  schools. The Early Childhood Office and APS Welcome Center are located at 2110 Washington Blvd, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22204. The office hours are 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday. The Early Childhood Office and Welcome Center will stay open until 7:00 PM on Thursdays throughout the application window.You can reach the Welcome Center by phone at 703-228-8000.

Pre-K Information Flyer: 2017-2018 VPI at APS InfoEnglish

Montessori Information Flyer: 2017-18 Montessori at APS InfoFlyer_English

Montessori Information Night Flyer: Montessori Information Night 2017 flyer English

Heelies Alert. Heelies (those sneakers with roller wheels on the bottom) have been outlawed at Oakridge due to safety issues.

Pokemon Card Update. Pokemon cards may only come out of students’ backpacks during recess.

Oakridge Spirit Wear Sale. The PTA is hoping to get rid of old stock. T-shirts are $10 and sweatshirts are $15. email jmplatz@aol.com if you want to buy 1 or 2 or 3!

Valentine Reminder. No candy.



Wanted: Burgin would like to borrow a copy of the book A Kiss Goodbye by Audrey Penn (author of The Kissing Hand). Need 4 copies by early February for a project!

Thank you everyone. My Oakridge family made my birthday truly special. Please know that it is YOU ALL that make my days so wonderful. Each one of you have something uniquely special that you bring to this home we call Oakridge. So I celebrate you each and every day. (From Dawn)

Needed: A reasonably priced live wedding painter and a “hobby” photographer who has a portfolio, is willing to edit his/her photos, and can provide us digital work. See Dawn Amin-Arsala

“O” Wow!


Audrey Nolan 1/30

Catherine Gaudian 2/4


  • Friday, 1/27, Group/Faculty Picture Day
  • Monday, 1/30,
  • Tuesday, 1/31,
  • Wednesday, 2/1, VPI Application Process Begins
  • Thursday, 2/2,
  • Friday, 2/3, Grade Preparation Day – School Closed for Students

Information Items:

Reading (Katie Donnelly)
Books & Bytes (Karen Bentall)
ESOL/HILT (Cathy Gaudian/Samantha Doland)
Gifted Services (Greg Chapuis)

Save the Date!  Once again, in conjunction with the Science Fair, we will be having our annual STEAM Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activities) at Oakridge.  The evening event is scheduled for Tuesday March 7th, from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  Families are invited to come see science fair projects and participate in a variety of hands-on STEAM activities led by teachers and volunteers.

If you’d like to volunteer your time and expertise and help run a STEAM station please contact me. This is a fun, family event because all of YOU volunteer each year! Please help spread the word to new staff members. The more teacher volunteers the better!

ILT (Julia Souvlis)
Math (Tracy Gaither)

MOSAIC (Dawn Amin-Arsala)







(Tom Patchen)

Your Mosaic Team representative has all updates on Mosaic Activities.

Upcoming events: Thursday 2/9, 4th grade Jane Franklin Dance Company: Migration. in the gym 9:30 am; Thursday March 16, 2017 Secret Garden 9:15-10:00 K, 2, 1, PK, 10:30 – 11:15 3, 4, 5 gym ; Magpie Living Planet 12:05-12:50 PK, K, 2, 1:20-2:05 1, 3 gym


Staff who want to purchase Spirit Wear before the upcoming spirit week – Sell Teachers Spirit Wear for Spirit Wear Day

Professional Development (CLASS)
School Wide Expectations (Erika)
Science (Sean Jones)
Social Studies (Kristen Wolla)
Specialists  (Sean Jones)
SPED (Jen Crain)
Tech (Kyle Taylor)
Testing (Latanja Thomas)