Newsletter - December 2021

Oakwood Elementary School

1225 N. Oakwood Rd. #920-424-0315

Principal:  Mrs. Susan Martin

December 8th

- Early Release @ 12:30 pm

December 14th

- K-2 Winter Concert @ Alberta Kimball Auditorium @ 6:30 pm

December 23rd - 31st

- No School for Staff and Students--Winter Break








Oakwood School Families,


That is how we are feeling as a school family! This last year has been extremely difficult as we have all navigated through some of the most challenging experiences of our lives.  Never in our lives could we have imagined that we would be wearing masks and bouncing in and out of virtual learning. We want to thank you for your continued patience, flexibility, and understanding as we all work together to educate our children.  We were proud to see our school report card score rise and are hopeful that it will continue to do so.

We also want to express our appreciation for your overwhelming support of our recent Scholastic Book Fair.  Your generosity allowed us to purchase a large variety of new books for every classroom in our school.  Your children were THRILLED to see the box of books coming into their classrooms!  It was also heartwarming to hear them cheer for their classmates that won the raffle prizes.  What a spirit of caring!

Promoting reading and a love of reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child.  On that note, I wanted to take a moment to talk a bit about the books that your child should be reading at home.  At school, we assess to determine a student’s independent and instructional reading levels.  These are two very different levels.  An independent reading  text is one that your child can access very quickly and read with very few errors. Think of an independent level as the highest level you would ask a child to read without help.  These are the books that we would send home with your child.  They are used to build stamina, fluency, and increase their love of reading.   An instructional reading text is a level that requires additional instruction.  The text is a bit challenging for the student and requires support from the teacher.  These are not books we would send home with your child.  These are books we use in the classroom in guided reading, small group, or one on one conferences.  Please feel free to ask your teacher, our reading specialist Mrs. Gehrke, or myself for any clarification on this information.

We want to take this opportunity to wish you and all of your families a wonderful holiday season.  We look forward to 2022 and all the changes it may bring. :0)

Wishing you Well,

Susan L Martin - Principal

(920)424-0315  EXT 4502



The following Wednesdays ALL STUDENTS will be dismissed at 12:30 pm. Make sure your child(ren) knows what their family plan is...parent pick-up or after school care. Parents please plan accordingly on these days.

  • December 8th
  • January 12th
  • February 9th
  • March 9th
  • April 13th
  • May 11th


The month of November was very busy for our student council.  We helped run a very successful food drive for the Salvation Army.  Our school was able to collect 2,797 items this year!  We will make many families very happy with our generous gifts. 

Several of our student council members were able to walk together in our Oshkosh Holiday parade on November 18th.  It was a cold night, but our hearts were filled with happiness to keep us warm.  It was so great to see so many families from Oakwood as we walked down Main Street.  Here are a few pictures of our fun time together. We even had a surprise visit from Pointer from the Wisconsin Herd! 



Once again, Oakwood students are collecting plastic bags, dry-cleaning plastic and flexible coverings for the NexTrex recycle contest.  This is our fourth year participating in this contest.  The Trex company uses the plastic in their alternative wood decking materials.  As of today, we’ve collected almost 1,000 pounds of plastic!  As you know, plastic bags can only be dropped off at participating retailers and not in your personal recycle bins at home.  This year, North High School Communities’ students, are teaming with our 5th graders to continue teaching and supporting this important program.

You can support this program and help the environment by:

·        Sending your plastic with your students

·        Dropping off at the office

·        Bringing it to the car pick-up after school and handing it to the staff in the parking lot

For more information, go to NexTrex. Contact Nancy Levesque for more information.


The kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students are pleased to present their Winter Concert, “Winter Wonderland Adventure”, on Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 pm in the Alberta Kimball Auditorium inside Oshkosh West High School.  For anyone in attendance, per District policy, ALL persons are required to wear a face mask while inside Oshkosh West High School and Alberta Kimball Auditorium.

The students have worked very hard throughout the year and they are eager to share what they have learned. I have provided a program for the winter concert should your child want to practice at home-(Which I am thrilled to hear about when they tell me!)



“Let It Snow”

“Jingle Bells”

“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”


1st Grade

“Deck the Halls”

“Home for the Holidays”

“Frosty the Snowman”


Second Grade

“Sleigh Ride”

“Auld Lang Syne”

“Winter Wonderland”


YouTube Link for practicing at home: 

K-2 Winter Concert Playlist




Hats, mittens, scarves, boots, and warm winter coats are essential during the winter months.  Students will be going out for recess if the temperature is above 10 and the windchill is above 0.  Snow pants and boots are required to play on the playground equipment or field. Please label ALL clothing, particularly snow pants.




OASD eAcademy Mid-Year Enrollment AND Withdrawal Period

The Oshkosh Area School District is pleased to announce a mid-year enrollment period for the District’s eAcademy, a fully online school for grades K-12.  The mid-year enrollment period will take place November 29 through December 10, 2021, at 3 p.m., and will allow students to enroll IN or OUT of eAcademy for the 2021-22 second semester.  For more information about enrolling/withdrawing from eAcademy for second semester, please visit the eAcademy Website at: 

LEARN MORE!  The Oshkosh Area School District eAcademy is a fully online school for grades K-12.  eAcademy is partnered with the Wisconsin eSchool Network, which is a collaborative network of online programs throughout the state of Wisconsin.  The program has been developed in collaboration with online learning experts and is based on years of research and best practices for excellence in virtual learning.  Students who participate in the OASD eAcademy enjoy all the benefits of being a OASD student, including earning an OASD diploma and participating in extracurriculars, while receiving a customized, student-centered education that meets individual educational and social needs. 

CONTACT US!  If you are looking for additional information to further assist with your enrollment decision, feel free to reach out to the OASD eAcademy coaches/staff at each level:  

Kim Groth - Elementary -

Melissa Schiek - Elementary -

Jean Framke - Coach West HS -

Jennifer Thede - Coach North HS -

Julie Ruck, SPED Virtual Support Teacher -

Lisa Lieder - Program Coordinator -

Trina Anderson - Principal -



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Sign up for our NEW Youth Basketball League!

Boys & Girls in Grades 1-6

$30 per Player

Volunteer Coaches needed!

More information and Registration at


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If you or your child have/has a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell:

  • Keep your child and any siblings that are not vaccinated home from school and contact your school nurse and the office for attendance. 

If you or your child have/has at least two or more of the following symptoms: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/runny nose or nausea:

  • Keep your child and any siblings that are not vaccinated home from school and contact your school nurse and the office for attendance.

If your child has ONLY a fever or ONLY vomiting or ONLY diarrhea:

  • Keep the symptomatic child home and notify the school which symptom your absent student is experiencing. 

Please be aware that we are attempting to follow up with any absent children that do not have a reason given, so we can do our best to be proactive with Covid-19 symptoms and keep as many children in school learning as possible. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding while we work through the pandemic. 



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Community Flyers and Events

The Oshkosh Area School District invites families to explore all that Oshkosh has to offer. A variety of community events, activities, and resources are available on the District's new Community Links webpage. This listing is updated in real-time so please check back often to stay in the know!

Community Events and Flyers