WOW! I can’t believe we are already in the second month of 2018! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family. As the Principal of Oak Knoll, I can’t tell you how much I LOVE working with you and your children. I truly look forward to coming to work every day and seeing the children’s smiling faces.
At this point, we have reached the half-way mark for this school year. This year has really flown by, and the second half I can imagine will go just as fast. I encourage everyone to stay abreast of things going on at Oak Knoll and within the district. You can do this by checking the school/district website and reading the papers that are sent home.
This flu season has been a rough one for everyone. It has hit many students and families hard. If your child is out sick, I ask that you send in a doctor’s note or a parent note when your child comes back to school. By sending in a note, you child has a documented absence that will not go toward truancy. If we do not receive a letter then that is an absence that will count toward truancy. After so many truant absences I can have our truancy officer look into the absences. I want to avoid this as much as possible. Please remember it is important for your child to be at school as much as they can, but understand that children get sick and need to stay home. If you have any questions about the new state attendance policy, please give me a call and I will explain it in more detail.
Lastly, I would like to encourage all parents to come out for the PTO meetings. Our PTO has been wonderfully supportive, and has done many positive things for our school and our kids such as providing shirts for Terrific Kid ceremonies, providing assemblies for the students, purchasing items for students to utilize at recess, purchasing a new projector for the library, organizing FUN day coming in June and providing our fourth graders with the fourth grade farewell, just to name a few. If you can’t volunteer your time, please be sure to join; your membership is also vital to the organization.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM OAK KNOLL:
- PTO MEETING
February 13th there will be a PTO meeting in the Media Center at 7:00 pm.
- TERRIFIC KIDS CEREMONY
Tuesday, February 13th at 9:15 am will be our Terrific Kids Ceremony for the months of January and February. The students who earn this honor will be notified by mail.
- SHORTENED DAYS
February 5th, 6th, and 7th will be shortened days for students in grades
1-4. (Teacher In-Service)
Kindergarten students will remain on regular schedule.
- SCHOOL CLOSED
School will be closed Monday, February 19th in observance of President’s Day.
- INVENTION CONVENTION
Do you like to invent things? Then the Invention Convention is the thing for you!! Third and fourth grade students have the exciting opportunity to participate in Monroe Township Schools’ 5th Annual Invention Convention! The program challenges students to invent or innovate using the invention process.
Inventing helps encourage creative thinking, develops problem-solving skills and allows students to experience the problem-solving method first-hand as they observe, collect data, analyze, evaluate, organize and revise. If your child is interested in participating, registration forms (available from the school’s TAG teacher) are due on Wednesday, February 14th. An optional parent informational meeting is on February 8th at 7:00 pm in the Oak Knoll auditorium.
- NEWS FROM THE CHORUS
Oak Knoll choir is hitting a high note! Six 4th grade students will represent the Oak Knoll choir on Saturday March 3rd at the 35th Annual South Jersey Elementary Honors Choral Festival. The festival will showcase students in grades 4 through 6 from all across the South Jersey area. The Oak Knoll representatives will be joining students from approximately thirty-eight other schools to form a massive two hundred plus member choir. The festival will be held at the Investors' Bank Performing Arts Center housed on the campus of Washington Township High School. The program will feature a wide range of music from various styles and cultures. The festival will be a huge success and a positive musical experience for all who attend.
- SCHOOL-WIDE OLEWEUS BRAVES MEETING
On Wednesday, February 21st the students are encouraged to wear their Bee a Buddy shirt or any school spirit wear. These meetings are held to promote a sense of community throughout the school!