OYSTER-ADAMS BILINGUAL SCHOOL
WEEKLY BULLETIN


December 11, 2009


Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in an inclusive community of learners dedicated to academic excellence and creativity that develops globally responsible leaders who are bilingual and bi-literate in
Spanish and English.





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SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
2009-2010
 

DECEMBER

5th-6th & 12th-13th
Christmas Tree Sale
Oyster blacktop


7th-
 Parent Conference Day
12:00 pm-7:00 pm
 NO SCHOOL

7th- 14th-
Bilingual Book Fair, Oyster cafeteria

15th-
OCC Board mtg.
6:00 Adams campus

16th-
OA LSRT mtg.
6:00 Oyster campus

Dec.21-Jan.1
 Winter Break
NO SCHOOL

JANUARY

4th-
 Students return to school
  
15th-
  NO SCHOOL for students (prof. dev.)

18th-
Martin Luther King Jr.
NO SCHOOL

19th-
OCC Board mtg.
6:00 Oyster campus
 
22nd-
Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
End of second term

27th-
OCC general  mtg.
6:00 Oyster campus


FEBRUARY

   12th- 
NO SCHOOL for students (prof. dev.)
 
15th-
President's Day
NO SCHOOL

16th-
OCC Board mtg.
6:00 Adams campus

24th-
OA LSRT mtg.
6:00 Oyster campus
 
MARCH

1st-
Parent Conference Day
12:00 pm-7:00 pm
NO SCHOOL  

16th-
OCC Board mtg.
6:00 Oyster campus

17th-
OA LSRT mtg.
6:00 Adams campus

19th-
NO SCHOOL for students (prof. dev.)
 
26th-
Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
*End of third term
 
Mar. 29-Apr. 5
Spring Break
NO SCHOOL

APRIL

 6th-
Students return to school
 
16th-
Emancipation Day
NO SCHOOL
 
19th-
Report Cards issued

20th-
OCC Board mtg.
6:00 Adams campus

28th-
OA LSRT mtg.
6:00 Oyster campus
 
MAY
 
17th-
Parent Conference Day
12:00 pm-7:00 pm
NO SCHOOL

18th-
OCC Board mtg.
6:00 Oyster campus

26th-
OA LSRT mtg.
6:00 Adams campus
 
31st-
Memorial Day
NO SCHOOL
 
JUNE
 
16th-
OA LSRT mtg.
6:00 Oyster campus

18th-
Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
Last Day for students
End of fourth term
 


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A Message from
Principal Liang-Aguirre




December 11, 2009

Dear Oyster-Adams Community:

 

This week, I was browsing through the books at our wonderful Book Fair when a little book, Children Learn what they Live by Dorothy Law Nolte, caught my eye.  I flipped through it knowing that as a parent, I can always use inspirational reminders to be the best role model for my own children.

 

Leafing through the pages helped me reflect on the power we hold as adults in our children's worlds-both at school and at home. I thought specifically about the wonderful role models the Oyster-Adams students have in our collective parent body. 

 

What might they learn from you?  They will learn about hard work and volunteering (look at all of the volunteers we have had to manage the book fair and to sell holiday trees), helping others (students are collecting books and DVDs for sick children), the power of community, passion for bilingualism and multiculturalism and strong advocacy for what you believe in.

 

Sadly, however, I also have to think of some of the more negative examples that some of our parents have modeled for our children this year.  Faculty, parents and students have witnessed parents yelling at security officers because they want to park in the turn-around at Oyster during morning drop off. I have been forwarded hurtful and insulting emails that were sent to teachers and staff. It pains me to say we've had parents yell at, insult, and humiliate a variety of personnel in phone conversations, conferences and in public meetings.

 

What might this teach our students? Is respecting others negotiable?  Are disagreements justifcation for yelling and insults?

 

The book highlights how our parenting styles, our communications and our actions all teach our students values.  The book has numerous examples, including the first which is "If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn."

 

All of us adults have the responsibility to live by the Oyster-Adams Community Actions:  Act with Integrity, Live Graciously, Lead by Example and Think Globally.  None of us is perfect.  As a staff, we have difficult conversations about where we may have shown poor judgement in our actions or in our communications, and we learn from these.  Our staff is even formally evaluated on their customer service and professionalism. Personally, I am humbled everyday by the enormous effort it takes to communicate effectively and efficiently with the school's stakeholders on the topics that are important to them.  I have been successful at times and other times I have failed.

 

I ask you to think about the enormous impact a hurtful email or a rude communication has on the teachers and staff in our community.  You have high expectations of us, as well you should, and everyone is working incredibly hard to meet our goals and to serve our students best.  Our teachers and staff -especailly the new ones- need and deserve your support to grow and learn from experience. It is in all of our interests that they want to make Oyster-Adams their long-term professional home.

 

We all have had moments where we are not proud of our demeanor and where our passion may have taken over our ability to "Live Graciously." Here are some ways to avoid the pitfalls of disrespectful communication:


1)       If you have a concern with something at school or in the classroom, approach the teacher or staff member with the intent to clarify and do not make accusations or assumptions without getting the other perspective first.

2)       Email is dangerous and often misinterpreted.  While convenient, we are now a society that relies on quick emails that communicate our current emotion.  They are often less thoughtful and don't allow for the reading of body language or facial expressions. If it's a delicate matter, please ask for a meeting.

3)       Finally,  if you're thinking that you may have been less than gracious at some point this year, apologies are always welcome and help build stronger relationships moving forward.

 

Thank you for working together to create a safe and caring learning environment for everyone-children and adults alike.

 

Enjoy the weekend with your family!

 

--Monica Liang Aguirre




ANNOUNCEMENTS &

REMINDERS

NEXT WEEK (December 14-18):

 

Monday:

  • 6:00PM: LSRT Meeting (Primary Campus)

Tuesday:

  • 6:00PM: OCC Board Meeting (Intermediate Campus)

Thursday:

  • 1:45PM:  "Peace Concert" (Intermediate Campus Winter Celebration)

Friday:

  • 1:30PM:  "Free to Be You and Me" (Primary Campus Winter Celebration)

 

ENJOY YOUR VACATION!  School resumes on January 4th at 8:45AM!  



CALLING ALL PRE-KINDER and KINDER Siblings! 
Lottery season is upon us!  Please fill out the attached form if you have a child who is a sibling of a current Oyster-Adams students and whom you would like to enroll as a Pre-Kinder or Kindergarten student for 2010-2011. Click here  This is for our planning purposes only, and is NOT THE LOTTERY. Please return this information to us before going on vacation.

Simone Welch and the 5th graders made headlines
in The Washington Post Express Newspaper dated November 24th on a field trip with seventy (70) fifth graders during an outdoor science lesson. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/22/AR2009112202232.html.

 

Primary Campus Specifics

Holiday Program: 
Share the children's excitement and join us for a holiday program with a twist: "Free to be - a comprehensive manual for living on planet earth." The program will start at 1:30pm, on Friday, December 18th.

Counselor's Corner: From Fran Arch

Dear Parents,

It's hard to believe it's December. It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming everyone back from summer.   I hope everyone had a wonderful and well deserved rest over the Thanksgiving holidays.

You may have noticed by the elevator at the primary campus,  the winners of the "Golden Pearl Awards" "Las Perditas".  As you know, our school is dedicated to our Four Community Actions:  Acting with Integrity, Living Graciously, Leading by Example and Thinking Globally. 

In our first advisory, we all were working on Acting with Integrity: Being honest, being respectful of ourselves and others and leaving our space nicer than when we found it.  All guidance lessons were focused on this theme.  At the end of the first advisory, the teachers and the specialists on both campuses chose students who exemplified this theme.  It was hard to only choose two from each class because so many of our students demonstrate this quality. But we're on to 2nd advisory and our theme is "Living Graciously".  I will be doing lessons in the classrooms focused on being polite, thinking of the other person, taking turns and all around courtesy towards others. 

To further this theme, the primary campus will be involved with a community action project.  We are asking the students to bring in their "gently used" DVD's that they don't watch anymore so we can donate them to the local hospitals through the STARLIGHT FOUNDATION.  This is a national organization that has a Washington DC office dedicated to providing support for children who are suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses.  The STARLIGHT FOUNDATION provides entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.  These DVD's will be distributed over the holidays to Children's Hospital, Howard, Georgetown and Walter Reed.  The beauty of these DVD's is that they can be sanitized for use with many children.

So in the spirit of "Living Graciously" and knowing that some children will not be at home in the coming holidays, please support us in this effort.  Please help your children look through their old DVD's to donate to this gracious cause.  There will be a box in the lobby at the primary campus to collect the DVD's over the next 3 weeks so look for it!

Finally, your children are a delight. Working with them is a sincere pleasure.  Let's find those old DVD's!

 
Intermediate Campus Specifics
 

Holiday Program: 
"Peace Concert." Thursday, December 17, 1:45PM in the gym. Songs in Spanish and English that celebrate peace.
 

Student Council Elections COMING first week in January!
Student Council Speeches will be held on Thursday, January 7 at  2:00 p.m. in  the Gym. The following is the list of nominees for President, Vice-president Treasurer and Secretary. Please encourage your child to work hard preparing his/her speech. This year we would like that students put all their energy into working on their speeches rather than campaigning to get student votes. We have asked students to work on four topics:
  • What is it that I want to do for the school? For the community? For the world?
  • What abilities and experiences do I have that would make me a good president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer?
  • Why do I think it is important to be bilingual?
  • How, under my leadership, will I help the school to improve and help us to be the best school in the district?
The following student council members are running for office. The student council decided that the President should be from the Middle School and the Vice President, should be from the 4th and 5th grade to ensure equal representation in our "executive branch" of student government. The Secretary and Treasurer can be from any grade. The candidates are:


President

Emily Vanegas (8th)
Brenda Perez  (8th)
Nathalie Dary   (6th)
Ben Topa (6th)

Vice President

Cameron  Boucher-Khan (5B)
Fiona Lynch  (4A)
Gabriel Sylverstein  (4A)
Elena Wehebrink  (4C)

Secretary

Alexis Hidalgo - (5A)
Sophia Claman - (6th)
Lucia Garcia Gallegos (4B)
 
Treasurer

Ana Mundaca (4C)
Saśl Ortiz  (7A)
Kennedy Elmore( 6th)





OYSTER-ADAMS SPORTS


 



Upcoming Basketball Games:
  • Tuesday Dec 15: 4/5 Girls v. Lafayette at Adams
  • Wednesday Dec 16: 6-8 Boys vs Emery (location to be determined)
  • Thursday Dec 17 4/5 Boys v. Eaton at Eaton

Come cheer on the Tigers!
 



NEWS FROM THE OCC


December 11, 2009

Hello Oyster-Adams Community!
 
Board Meeting: The next OCC board meeting is scheduled for December 15, 6-8 pm at Adams. Minutes from past meetings can be found on the OCC section of the Oyster-Adams website (http://www.oysterbilingualschool.com/).
 
Book Fair: The Book Fair is going on, I hope you will all stop and visit and purchase any of the wonderful books they have available. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Laura Kleinmann (kleinmannlaura@hotmail.com). It's a wonderful event with many wonderful selections in Spanish and English.
 
Christmas Tree Sale: The sale is going on this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, December 12-13. Please stop by and purchase your Christmas trees and help the school at the same time. If you are able to volunteer some time, please be in touch with Karen Smith (ksmith@urban.org).
 
If you need to be in touch with me: email - alvaradojay@gmail.com or cell phone: 202-557-9888.
 
Thanks,
Jackie Alarado
OCC Co-Chair
 



NEWS FROM THE LSRT


December 11, 2009
 
The next LSRT meeting will be Monday, December 11 at 6:00PM in the Primary Campus Teachers' Lounge.




OCA NEWS

 
December 11, 2009

NO OCA NEWS THIS WEEK



OYSTER-ADAMS BILINGUAL SCHOOL


Monica Liang Aguirre, Principal
Ibis Villegas, Assistant Principal
Sandi Baer, Intermediate Campus Coordinator


Oyster Campus (PreK - 3rd Grade)
2801 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel:  202/671-6130
Fax: 202/671-3087

Adams Campus (4th - 8th Grades)
2020 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel. 202/673-7311
Fax. 202/673-6500

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