Annual Events and Activities at Oakdale Elementary
Adventure Connection – District sponsored before and after school care for Oakdale students. Hours are 6:30-8:45 am, and 3:15-6:00 pm. A fee-based program, applications required.
Ashland Productions play – Sponsored by Ashland Productions and based out of the Maplewood Community Center, students in grades 1-5 have an opportunity to participate in a musical theater experience. This is an extra-curricular activity, and families must pay a participation fee.
Choir – 4th and 5th grades students may participate in choir, in addition to the regular music class held during the day. Choir is optional, not required. Students practice in the morning before school and parents are responsible for providing transportation to school. The choir sings at special school events like Veterans Day and the Volunteer Breakfast, as well as at outside events such as the Mall of America and community retirement homes.
Conferences – Meetings with teachers held twice per year in the Fall and Spring, with both day and evening hours available. Teachers discuss student progress, studies, or concerns. Typically conference sign-ups take place at Open House in August.
Family Dance – A dance night held at Oakdale Elementary, with a DJ and snacks available to purchase. Students will have just completed a dance unit in phy ed class, so this is a great opportunity to show off their moves! Admission to the dance is free, and students must be accompanied by an adult.
Family Involvement Day – Families join students for part of the school day for some learning and fun activities.Family Nights – Evening games and activities for all Oakdale Elementary families, focusing on specific instructional areas such as math or reading. Families learn tips for reinforcing learning at home. Snacks and prizes provided.
5th Grade Graduation – Held in the afternoon on the last day of school. A ceremony to recognize and congratulate the 5th-grade class as they move on to middle school. Families are welcome to join us for the ceremony.
Frosty Bingo – A fun school-wide activity for students the day before winter break. Students play bingo and have to sing a song of their choice while running through the halls (the one time a year they are allowed to do so!) to claim their prizes.
Jump Rope for Heart – An optional activity for students to raise pledges and jump rope on a specific day during their specialist time. Parents are welcome to attend and cheer on the students. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.
Kindergarten Information Night – Generally held in February, Kindergarten Information Night is for families who have children enrolling in Kindergarten the following September.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test - This assessment helps district staff monitor individual student growth and assess strengths and weaknesses. MAP tests are taken on the computer and adjust to student responses to find instructional levels. MAP results help teachers plan instruction and help the district to evaluate the successes and improvement needs of its schools and programs.
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test - The MCA tests in reading, math, and science help schools and districts measure student progress toward the state’s academic standards. The MCA reading tests are administered in grades 3-8, 10. Math is administered in grades 3-8 and 11. Science is administered in grades 5 and 8, and once during high school (grade 10 for most District 622 students). Test results are reported to the public, parents, and students, and are used to monitor trends in student achievement. They are also used to determine if schools and districts have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal act.
Open House – Held an evening the week before school starts, families visit Oakdale Elementary to meet teachers, visit classrooms, drop off school supplies and put money in their lunch account.
Parent Input Forms – A form that gives parents the opportunity to share concerns or comments on their student’s learning style and educational needs, used for informational purposes during the class placement process. The form does not guarantee the student will be placed with a particular teacher, and all placement decisions are at the discretion of the Principal.Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) – The PTA collaborates on many events with Oakdale Elementary, and sponsors various “fun”-draisers to purchase items to benefit all students and staff at the school. The PTA holds bi-monthly meetings at Oakdale Elementary at 6:30 pm and all parents and families are welcome to participate.
Picture Day – All students have their pictures taken for the yearbook. Families have an option to buy a photo package, but it is not required. Picture retakes are scheduled approximately one month after picture day.
Targeted Services – After school enrichment classes targeting specific academic areas in which students may need help. Students who qualify receive invitations to participate and class sizes are limited to small groups of 5-15.
Track and Field Days – Students participate in activities as part of Phy ed class – relay races, etc. The events take place during the school day, with a break for lunch and recess. Parents are invited to come and watch their student take part in the activities.
Veterans Day Program – A special program honoring Veterans and their families. The Oakdale choir performs, and Veterans are invited to join us as special guests. A light breakfast for Veterans is served after the program.
Vocal concerts – An opportunity for students to showcase what they are learning in music class.
Volunteer Breakfast – As a “thank you” to volunteers at Oakdale Elementary, we host a light breakfast to recognize their time and efforts with Oakdale students throughout the year. Our choir also performs.