Classes begin at 8:00 am. Students are met on the upper yard by their teachers and walked to class. On Wednesdays, classes are dismissed early. Please note that no playground supervision by Oxford Staff is available before 7:45 am.
We cannot be responsible for children dropped off before 7:45 am or left on the playground after 2:30pm.
After school, you may meet your children on the upper playground at dismissal time, and teachers will walk students who take the bus down to the bus stop at the Walnut Street gate. Students may NOT wait in front of the school on Oxford Street. If you are late to pick up your child, you can find him or her in the office.
There is no after-school yard supervision (unless your child is enrolled in the Oxford Afterschool Program).
2012-2013 Teachers and Staff Roster
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Oxford Calendar of Events and Holidays
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Berkeley Unified School District Calendar of Events and Holidays
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Now included on this page are calendars for 2012-2013!
2012-2013 Oxford Elementary School Handbook
School Handbook PDF
Oxford School News (weekly newsletter)
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Oxford School News
After School Program (O.A.S.I.S.)
The Oxford Elementary after school program is called "O.A.S.I.S. - Oxford After School Inspires Students." It runs Monday though Friday, from the end of the school day until 6:00pm. On early dismissal days the O.A.S.I.S. program also starts early, as soon as classes let out. Note that there is no after school care the first week of school (Wednesday though Friday).
The program does not take place on school holidays.
The monthly fees are on a sliding scale based on gross monthly income and family size. We are committed to working with our families to ensure that anyone who needs after school care can take advantage of our program. Registration takes place during the first week of school.
Breakfast and Lunch Program
All students receive the annual Elementary School Menu, featuring the breakfast and lunch menus for the year, and information about the BUSD Nutrition Services. Please refer to this menu for details about the food services at Oxford, or click here to go to the BUSD Nutrition Services website (where a pdf of the menu is available).
Oxford Elementary now serves Universal Breakfast free to all students, every day. These breakfasts include a healthy entree, fresh fruit or fruit juice, and milk. Some classes have their breakfasts first thing in the morning, and other classes have it as a snack just before morning recess. The Universal Breakfast program was started in 2005 as a pilot program at LeConte Elementary School. Since then it has spread to other Berkeley Public Schools, and now all schools have Universal Breakfast. It is funded through a federal grant and state reimbursements, and aims to provide students with trans-fat-free corn-syrup-free food in the morning.
A hot lunch is served every day, and is $3.25 per day. Free and reduced price lunches are available to those who qualify. Lunches include an entree, fresh fruits and vegetables, grain, salad bar and organic milk. Milk For children bringing their own lunch, organic milk is available for 50 cents. Money and checks should be given to the classroom teacher on Monday mornings, or on the same day of the purchased lunch. Checks should be made payable to "BUSD Food Service". Parents can pay for school lunch online! Please click on this link to access mySchoolBucks.com, a fast and simple online payment center. Candy, soda, gum, and sunflower seeds are not allowed at school.
Children are to arrive at school between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. prepared to go to class and start the day as part of the class community. Daily instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. When children are late, they disrupt the learning of other students. IT IS THE PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE CHILDREN AT SCHOOL ON TIME. Students coming to school late must sign in at the office and get a pass to class. Please be advised that students who are 30 minutes late three times or absent 3 days are truant according to the California Education Code.
State financial support for Oxford Elementary is based on the actual attendance days of its students. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary for parents to:
- Call the school office to report your child's absence (644-6300);
- Send a dated note of explanation on the first day the child returns to school after an absence;
- Send a dated note when you want your child to be excused early for a medical reason;
- If you take your child from Oxford during school hours, you must sign him or her out in the office.
The State of California Education Code lists offenses which may be grounds for restricting or suspending a child from school. As parents and teachers, our first goal is to help children understand why certain behaviors are unacceptable, and to give them appropriate ways to solve problems they encounter. General Rules that all other rules relate to are:
- Be Safe
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be an Ally
A Note About Suspension
When other means of correction fail to bring about good conduct that allows teachers to teach, all students to learn, and office workers to do their work, California's Education Code, Section 48900 provides for suspension from school of students who have "disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties." At Oxford School, due to lack of space, suspension requires that students remain at home.
Conflict Resolution at Oxford
To help children settle their problems in a successful, healthy way, Oxford teachers and staff have received training in and committed themselves to promoting development of conflict resolution skills with all our students. In a process called "Talk It Out", the children are directed to:
- Stop. Cool off.
- Talk and listen to each other.
- Find out what you both need.
- Brainstorm solutions.
- Choose the idea you both like.
- Make a plan. Go for it!
There are three "Talk It Out" rules:
- Treat each other with respect.
- No interrupting.
- Work to solve the problem.
In the case of an extremely severe earthquake or other disaster, children will be kept at Oxford until you and your children can be reunited. We have school-wide procedures, a plan to care for the safety and well-being of all students, and some supplies for the emergency. If the building needs to be evacuated, we will "set up camp" on the lower playground. At no time will your child be left unattended. Should the entire school site including the lower playground be unsafe, your child will be transported, upon instruction from the Superintendent, to another site. If telephone service is disrupted, parents will be notified by the AM radio stations KCBS/740, KRE/1400, KSFO/560, and /or KGO/810 where school populations have been placed. Parents should tell their children what to do if an earthquake occurs while he/she is walking to school or returning home. If you would like to help us be prepared for major emergencies, contact Deanna Woods, the school secretary, at 644-6300, and she will pass your name along to the "Disaster Committee".
School Governance Committee
Our parent/guardian representatives to the School Governance Council are: Malik Bell, Carl Kempf, Josh Miele, Rick Patterson, Elisa Stewart, and Tonia Wells. Lea Baechler-Brabo and Matt Needham are alternates. The staff members of the Council are: Ray Adams, Lauren Brollier, Mike Della Penna, Aaron Grayson, and Andrea Hosmer. These are the only voting members but participation is welcome from all families who want to attend and give input. The group will be analyzing the school achievement data and creating a new 3-year plan.
School Site Plan