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.



Only Two Dismissal Procedures

Even though we have very organized and specific procedures in place for dismissal and student pick-up, intermediate parents need to be mindful that there are 18 classes of primary students who will be dismissing only twenty minutes prior to intermediate dismissal. Many of these students have never been to school and this will result in congestion for about the first week of school. Bus drivers will be delivering new students to new addresses. The buses will be later arriving back to pick up our intermediate students. This will also result in your students arriving home a little later than usual the first week.


We want our parents informed and prepared for intermediate pickup, and each parent needs to become familiar with the TWO dismissal procedures that will be followed throughout the year. The video below illustrates and states the procedures that students and their parents will follow at the end of each day. If everyone will review and know these procedures, we are confident that we can keep our students, your children, safe.


Class Pictures May 1

CLASS PICTURES will be Monday, May 1 for Intermediate classes and Tuesday, May 2 for Primary classes. An order envelope will be sent home with your child today. If you would like to order a picture of the entire class, please place $10 CASH ONLY in the envelope that was sent home and return to your student’s homeroom teacher by Friday, May 5th.  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.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Cranford

Pam Cranford works quietly and diligently “behind the scenes” to make sure our students have the very best opportunity to succeed.  We are all so grateful for all she does! If you see Pam Cranford today, please take the time to wish her a very Happy Birthday!


Making Digital Citizenship a Priority

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Teaching our students how to navigate our digital world is a priority at White Oak Intermediate School.  We are blessed to be in a district that embraces the power and privilege of using technology to learn and collaborate with others.  We also recognize that power and privilege come with the need to understand the responsibility of the consequences of our actions when using the internet.  Students at White Oak Intermediate School complete a comprehensive course in Digital Citizenship to earn their web license.  Each year, they review the essentials of being a good digital citizen to get their license re-issued.  This year, instruction was enhanced through the curriculum provided by  Common Sense Media.  The tools provided by Common Sense make the perfect companion for parents and guardians who are looking for information and ideas to help keep their children safe while online.  Be sure to check them out!