UNPRECEDENTED NEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Can you help?
If you have ever thought about donating to help others, this is time and this is the year.

We have many in need and this year’s events, the pandemic, the ice storm and job losses, have greatly added to that need.

We have estimated the amount of those needs to be $10,000 this year. To date, we have only raised one tenth of that amount.
 
You may make a donation for Christmas gifts for ASTEC children by clicking the button below.
NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 24 FOR PREK-5
Elementary Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 24th through Google Meet. Teachers will be contacting parents to schedule a specific time for each scholar.

There will be no school November 24 for PreK - 5th grade.
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Conferencias de padres y maestros de primaria y no hay clases el 24 de Noviembre para Pre K al 5to Grado.
 
Las Conferencias de padres y maestros de primaria se llevarán a cabo el Martes 24 de Noviembre a través del Google Meet. Los maestros se comunicarán con los padres para programar un horario específico para cada alumno. 
CHROMEBOOK AGREEMENT FORMS
Parents, if you have not signed the chromebook agreement please do so as soon as possible at the elementary school office. 
 
If ASTEC has to go to distance learning due to COVID-19 or winter weather only those with a signed agreement on file will be able to take home a Chromebook.
 
If we do not have a chromebook on file your child will NOT be able to take a chromebook home. 
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Padres, si no han firmado el acuerdo del Chromebook. Háganlo lo antes posible en la oficina de la primaria. 
 
Si ASTEC tiene que ir al aprendizaje a distancia debido al COVID-19 o la clima, solo los estudiantes con un acuerdo firmado en el archive podrán llevarse una Chromebook a casa.
 
Si no tenemos un Chromebook registrado, su hijo NO podrá llevarse un Chromebook a casa.
ATTENDANCE INFORMATION
When a student accumulates too many absences, there are severe consequences imposed by the State of Oklahoma.
 
First and foremost, students fall behind in their work, and they lose credit earned when they have more than 9 absences. 
 
Students who have 10 days of absence in a row, or 15 days or parts of day in a semester are withdrawn and are then reported to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS will revoke driver’s license privileges until the scholar returns to school for a period of 60 days with good attendance.
 
Don’t lose out on your education, credit towards graduation, or your driver’s license. Additionally, there are serious legal consequences, as Oklahoma County’s truancy division is notified. Just attend classes and invest in your future.
 
*Students whose only absences were during the ice storm will have allowances made for them.
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS FOR PHOTO PACKAGES
Photo packages, for scholars who were photographed on Monday, 11/16, may be paid for via credit card. This link will only be active until Monday, 11/23.
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Los paquetes de fotos, para los estudiantes que fueron fotografiados el Lunes 16 de Noviembre, se pueden pagar con tarjeta de crédito. Este enlace solo estará disponible hasta el Lunes 23 de Noviembre.
OCTOBER SCHOLARS OF THE MONTH
ELEMENTARY PLAYGROUND - HELP NEEDED
We Need Your Help To Build Playground Equipment
 
ASTEC Elementary School’s playground is coming soon and we are looking for a few community helpers to help us build one of the pieces of equipment for our playground. This is part of a community build grant we received to purchase this piece for our playground.  
 
Please let Ms. O’Connor, the Elementary School Headmaster know by calling the school at (405) 947-6272 if you would be willing to assist with this project.

As soon as we have the date for the build, we will contact you with more information.
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Necesitamos su ayuda para construir equipos de juegos
 
El patio de recreo de la escuela primaria de ASTEC llegará pronto y estamos buscando algunos ayudantes de la comunidad que nos ayuden a construir uno de los equipos para nuestro patio de recreo. Esto es parte de una subvención de construcción comunitaria que recibimos para comprar esta pieza para nuestro patio de recreo.
 
Informe a la Sra. O'Connor, directora de la escuela primaria, llama a la escuela al (405) 947-6272 si está dispuesto a ayudar con este proyecto.

Cuando tenemos la fecha de construcción, nos pondremos en contacto con ustedes para darte más información.
NOT RECEIVING SCHOOL PHONE CALLS?
Last week, several calls went out to remind scholars about Picture Day. If you did not receive calls, please update your phone number with the site secretary by calling 405-947-6272.
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La semana pasada, se enviaron varias llamadas para recordarles a los estudiantes sobre el Día de las Fotos. Si no recibió llamadas, actualice su número de teléfono con la secretaria llamando al 405-947-6272.
2021 INTERNATIONAL AVIATION ART CONTEST
The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is inviting Oklahoma youth from ages 6 to 17 to participate in the state’s 2021 International Aviation Art Contest. The art contest encourages students to reflect on aviation by having them design their artwork based on aircraft highlighting this year’s chosen theme, A Friendlier World with Air Sports. 

DIGITAL WALLET GRANT
Oklahoma Stay In School Fund & Bridge The Gap Digital Wallet

In an effort to further expand the grant funds to Oklahoma families in need, the income eligibility threshold for the Bridge the Gap Digital Wallet grant has been lowered. Now, families who make at or below 185% of the federal poverty level will be eligible to apply. For reference, 185% is the income level commonly used to determine eligibility for free/reduced school lunches.

If you have already applied, you do not need to take any action. All applications will be re-reviewed and if you now qualify, you will receive an approval email in about 2-3 weeks. Families who are now eligible to apply under the new guidelines are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

What is the grant? 

The Digital Wallet grant will provide $1,500 directly to 5,000 low-income Oklahoma families so that they can purchase curriculum content, technology and school supplies for their students for the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of school type.

The funds are meant to help families who have faced hardship or changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic shutdown. The grant will empower families to choose and purchase what materials are most necessary to make their children successful academically.

For more information visit this website: https://online.factsmgt.com/grant-aid/inst/4N28Z/landing-page
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
DESAYUNOS Y ALMUERZOS GRATIS para todos los estudiantes hasta Diciembre. Llame a la secretaria al 405-947-6272.
THANKSGIVING DURING A PANDEMIC
Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but we are being warned, they can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Follow these tips to make your Thanksgiving holiday safer.

The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your own household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer.

Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer

Avoid getting together with members who do not live in your home. If you decide not to follow this strong recommendation:
 
Wear a mask
 
  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.
 
Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.

  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or flu.
  • Keeping 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
 
Wash your hands
 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
 
Other

  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask, and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
  • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

Hosting a Thanksgiving Gathering

Avoid getting together with members who do not live in your home.

If you choose not to adhere to this strong recommendation and are having guests to your home, be sure that people follow the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer.

Other steps you can take include:

  • Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.
  • Limit the number of guests.
  • Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows.
  • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
  • Have guests bring their own food and drink.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.

Thanksgiving Travel

Avoid travel and getting together with members who do not live in your home

Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.

If you do travel
 
  • Check travel restrictions before you go.
  • Get your flu shot before you travel.
  • Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.

Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities

Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you.

  • Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.
  • Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.
  • Watch television and play games with people in your household
  • Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and movies at home.
  • Find a fun game to play.

Shopping

  • Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the winter holidays.
  • Use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up.
  • Shop in open air markets staying 6 feet away from others.

Other Activities

  • Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others (for example, leave them on the porch).
  • Participate in a gratitude activity, like writing down things you are grateful for and sharing with your friends and family.
TALKING TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19
Share simple facts about COVID-19 that are appropriate for your children’s understanding:

• Define what it is. COVID-19 is caused by a germ (virus) that can make the body sick. People who have COVID-19 may have a cough, fever and trouble taking deep breaths. But some people, especially children, who have the virus may not feel sick at all or may have mild symptoms such as those of a cold.

• Explain how it spreads. Most commonly, the virus that causes COVID-19 enters people's bodies when it's on their hands and they touch their mouths, noses or eyes. A virus is so tiny that you can't see it. This is why it's important to wash your hands often and try not to touch your mouth, nose or eyes. If someone who has the infection coughs or sneezes on you from a close distance — closer than six feet — then that also can spread the virus.

• Talk about what's being done. You're hearing so much about COVID-19 because it's a new illness that has not been seen before. Experts around the world are working hard every day to learn about COVID-19 and how to keep people safe.

Be sure to discuss how your children can stay safe:

• Take practical steps. Encourage frequent and proper hand-washing — especially when coming home, before meals, and after blowing the nose, coughing or sneezing. Show them how to sneeze or cough into a tissue and throw it in the trash or cough into a bent elbow. Clean and disinfect frequently touched items and surfaces around the house.

• Demonstrate effective hand-washing. Show your children how to create tiny soap bubbles by rubbing their hands together and how to get the soap between fingers and all the way to the ends of their fingers, including their thumbs. Encourage your children to sing the entire "Happy Birthday" song twice (about 20 seconds) so they spend the time they need to get their hands clean.

• Stay home more. As school and events are canceled and the family is staying home more, explain to your children how this can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Let them know that when the risks of COVID-19 become much lower or go away, they can look forward to being back in their normal routine.

• Practice social distancing. Avoid close contact with people outside of home, even if they don't appear to be sick. Pretend there's a bike between you and the person you're standing near, keeping about 6 feet apart from each other. Instead of giving high fives, fist bumps or hugs to people outside your family, give smiles and waves to say hello.

• Don't forget ways to stay healthy. Healthy habits include eating a well-balanced diet, getting regular physical activity and getting a good night's sleep.
LET'S DO OUR PART OKC!
FAST AND FREE COVID-19 TESTING
IMPORTANT DATES
 Thanksgiving Break
November 25-27
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Christmas Break
December 21-January 5
CONNECT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Did you know you can get daily updates about our programs and our scholars on our Facebook page? Just click here to find our official page and hit the "like" button!
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¿Sabía que puede obtener actualizaciones diarias sobre nuestros programas y nuestros académicos en nuestra página de Facebook? ¡Simplemente haga clic aquí para encontrar nuestra página oficial y presione el botón "Me gusta"!

HELPFUL LINKS
NEED HELP?
Families facing a difficult financial time may contact their school headmaster for a waiver for activity fees or or school supplies.
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Las familias que enfrentan un momento financiero difícil pueden comunicarse con el director de la escuela para obtener una exención de las tarifas de las actividades o los útiles escolares.
CONTACT US

(405) 947-6272
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