Dear Oyster Adams Families,
I wish you a great long weekend. As a reminder, there is no school on Monday due to a federal holiday. Also, due to the majority of DCPS in-person personnel receiving their second dose on 2/15, DCPS has decided to make 2/16 a virtual day for all. Having received my second dose this week, I am grateful for this decision because our teachers and staff need a day at home to let their bodies do the healing it requires. You can see the Chancellor’s announcement about 2/16 below:
Next week on Tuesday, February 16, all DC Public School students will have a day of virtual learning and in-person programming will not take place that day.
This schedule adjustment is being made to provide flexibility for school staff who are receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine the day prior, should they experience any side effects.
On February 16, all students will learn virtually and should plan to log online per their normal class schedule. Meal service will continue as planned from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at locations listed at https://coronavirus.dc.gov/food.
More than 2,700 DCPS staff received the COVID-19 vaccine in January and will receive their second doses this month on February 15 or 20. We thank our partners at DC Health and Children’s National Hospital for supporting our staff vaccination clinic.
New! Bilingual Reading Stages Parent Workshop with our TAG teachers
On Wednesday, February 17th, learn about the stages of reading and reading strategies you can use with your child in English and Spanish with the TAG reading teachers!
Morning Coffee Sessions:
8:30-9:00 AM - 1st grade Reading Strategies with Ms. Hainer & Sra. Hurtado
Meeting ID: 825 6776 2606
9:05-9:35 AM - 2nd/3rd grade parents Reading Strategies with Ms. Hainer & Sra. Hurtado
Meeting ID: 864 1507 0934
Afterwork Happy Hour Sessions:
4:45-5:15 pm - 1st grade parents with Ms. Colton & Sra. Bustios
Meeting ID: 856 0137 4522
5:30-6:00 pm - 2nd/3rd grade with Ms. Colton & Sra. Bustios
Meeting ID: 896 7459 1882
Updated! OA Celebrates BHM
February is Black History Month! Last year Mr. Benson took beautiful portraits of some of our Black/African American students and faculty at Adams to use in our celebrations. If your child attends Oyster or you are new to the community and want to include your portraits this year (we may use them in social media and they will be forwarded to the BHM parent co-chairs to use in the virtual activities they are planning with families) please add them to the album. You can add student portraits or family portraits.
See here for the BHM community events that are already being planned including a cooking class and panel on Black superheroes for kids and families!
Topic: OAs Black History Month Cooking Class; it’s a family affair! We will create recipes from the African Diaspora. Our final product will be mouth-watering and photo-worthy. A professional chef will take us on a cultural culinary journey full of flavor and fun. When you register, you will be sent a list of necessary ingredients.
Time: Friday, Feb 19, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Zoom Meeting Info:
Meeting ID: 834 7366 0678
New! Reopening Update
This week we accomplished the following:
- Conducted our first round of asymptomatic testing for term 3. 80 children were tested and we are happy to report no positive cases.
- Hosted our second round of weekly PK4 outdoor play dates*
- Launched 2nd grade exploratory play with Mr. Benson and Mr. White*
- Launched outdoor socio-emotional learning support for students in 6th and 8th with Srta. Morales, Ms. Foley and Srta. Mazier*
*will expand to safely serve more students soon
Coming up next:
- Launch of 1st-grade exploratory play with Mrs. McKillop
Updated! Are there any seats left?
For the full data set of the offer made thus far, please click here.
Total OA Student Population (TOASP): 732
% of Offers of TOASP: 43%
Total offers made: 315
Total in-person learning seats available: 131 (not including 40 Pk for expeditionary learning or any of the outdoor learning pilots)
# of accepted seats: 114 (36% acceptance rate)
# of declined seats: 184 (58% decline rate)
# of seats currently pending (Parents have 48 hours to decide): 17 (5%)
The following classes are now closed:
Kinder IPL with Sra. Ambrosio and Sra. Fuentes
1st grade IPL with Ms. Ventura and Mr. Smee
2nd grade CARES with Mr. White and Srta. Cairo
3rd grade IPL with Ms. Colton and Srta. Ortiz
4th grade IPL with Sr. Carrasco and Srta. Ferrufino
4th/5th combo CARES with Srta. Elvira
6th/7th IPL with Sra. Panama
New! OCC Committees
We need your ideas. We need your ideas and talents to make Oyster-Adams better for everyone! Please consider volunteering or nominating someone else to serve on one of the OCC's new working groups. Each group will be composed of both Board members and OA parents.
- OCC Organization and Recruitment
- OCC Finances
- Communications and Community Engagement
New! Summer Basketball Camps for Girls:
St. John’s College High School/HoopE
For girls in rising grades 3-8
Dates: July 19-23, 2021 AND July 26 - 30, 2021
Maret High School
For girls in rising grades 6-10
Dates: July 26 - 30, 2021
Update! Technology Requests
If your student needs a device to participate in SY20-21 virtual learning, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a device for your student. Once reserved, Ms. Viera will contact you directly regarding pick-up instructions.
Reminder! SY20-21 Yearbook (Pictures Needed!)
Despite how crazy of a school year it has been, we are going to do our best to make sure we remember it through our 2020-2021 school yearbook, but we need your help! Please submit pictures of your students learning virtually in the SY20-21 Yearbook Pictures Google folder, under the appropriate grade-level folder.
Reminder! Term 3 Supplies Kit Distribution (Feb. 16-19)
As we end Term 2, teachers and staff are gearing up for Term 3 to start next week. In preparation, we will be ordering Term 3 supplies kits, which will be available for pickup at your child’s school (Oyster: PK4-3rd, Adams: 4th-8th) from Tuesday, February 16-Friday, February 19. We will send out additional communication regarding Term 3 supplies pickup in the coming weeks.
Join HER Initiative for a run/walk anytime between March 13-21. To register, click this link and pay the $15 registration fee by February 26. Proceeds will go to The Oyster Adams COVID Relief Fund to help support our community during this difficult time.
Reminder! Interested in Coaching Sports?
If you are interested in coaching an Oyster-Adams sport either this school year (if approved) or next school year, please email Stuart Logan, our ES Athletics Director, at email@example.com. See table below for our sports offerings.