Technology Tuesday Tip

As a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School, we think it is important to partner with parents to guide students safely through the sometimes hazardous waters of the internet.  That is why we will begin sharing every Tuesday a resource created by Common Sense Media designed to answer tough questions or give guidance to parents when it comes to their children and the online world.  Today’s resource is called, “Five Questions to Ask Before You Get Your Kid a Phone.”  You can read the article by clicking on the image below:

Class Pictures

CLASS PICTURES will be Tuesday, May 1 for Intermediate classes and Wednesday, May 2 for Primary classes. An order envelope will be sent home with your child on Monday. If you would like to order a picture of the entire class, please place $10 CASH ONLY in the envelope that is sent home and return to your student’s homeroom teacher by Friday, May 4th.  If you do not have the envelope that was sent home, just place your student’s name and their homeroom teacher’s name on an envelope and place the cash inside.
Students will receive an 8 x 10 class picture and a 5 x 7 fun shot with their $10 order. Please turn in a separate order for each child.

Happy Birthday, Pam Cranford

Pam Cranford will celebrate her birthday on Saturday.   Pam’s official job title is testing coordinator for the Intermediate School, but do not let her title deceive you.  Pam does so much for our campus, it would be hard to describe in a single blog post.  If you see her, please take the time to not only wish her a very Happy Birthday, but to express your appreciation for all she does for the staff and students on this campus and beyond!


Innovative Inventors

The fourth and fifth grade Gifted/Talented students took a trip to the Region 7 Education Service Center on Friday to participate in the Innovative Invention Convention.  Each group came up with a unique product, built a prototype, and detailed their process using a tri-board.  They each kept a detailed journal of their ideas, successes and failures.  White Oak students competed with over 80 other groups.  One team brought back the 3rd place trophy for Prototype Performance.  Students were extremely articulate when describing their new invention to the judge.  White Oak is so blessed to have these gifted students on our campus!


Why You Need a Car Tag for Car Pickup


Parents, you MUST HAVE a White Oak Car Tag hanging in your vehicle in order to pick up your child(ren) via the Car Pickup Line. This procedure is for safety and efficiency.  The car tag ensures the teacher calling for your student you have the authority to pick up that student. The car tag allows the teachers standing on the sidewalk with your child the ability to direct them safely and efficiently to your vehicle. If you do not have a car tag or if you have lost your car tag, please do not get in the pick up line.  Park and come inside the building to pick up another tag before getting in the pick up line. If you get in the pick up line without the required car tag, the staff person calling cars will ask you to park and go inside to pick up a tag.  They are available in the office. Thank you for working together with us to keep our boys and girls safe.


Instagram Basics

Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help kids thrive in a world of media and technology. According to their website, “Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century.”

Common Sense Media recently posted a guide to what parents should know about Instagram.  You can find the full article here.