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OAES Friday Notes - Friday, June 7, 2024

Portland Public Schools Summer Meals Program for Kids and Teens 18 or Younger

The Portland Public schools will be operating various summer meal sites across the city of Portland this summer.

Meals are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

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OAES Friday Notes - Friday, May 31, 2024

Why Does Ocean Avenue School Have Student-Led Conferences?

The Power of Student-Led Conferences

In today's educational landscape, there's been a remarkable shift from traditional parent-teacher conferences to the empowering practice of student-led conferences. This move has been happening across Maine and the U.S., including Portland Schools. Unlike the conventional setup where adults take the lead, student-led conferences put students squarely in charge of their educational path. Please know parents can ask for an additional meeting with your child’s teacher. You can also contact the teacher prior to your conference to ask them to save five minutes to talk without the student.

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OAES Friday Notes - Friday, May 17, 2024

Can You Share Why Screens Are Used at School?

The Nuances of Screen Time: Navigating the Educational Landscape
In an era where technology permeates every aspect of our lives, determining the appropriate amount of screen time for children has become a formidable challenge. Parents, educators, and caregivers find themselves grappling with concerns about the potential impact of excessive screen exposure on children's development. However, amidst these concerns, emerges a crucial distinction between passive screen time and purposeful engagement with educational content.

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OAES Friday Notes - Friday, May 10, 2024

Helpful Information As We Enter Into the Final Weeks...

As the end of the school year fast approaches, we thought sharing some practical tips and general advice on supporting your child would be helpful.
 

Of course, this time of year brings many fun special events and celebrations. However, the close of another year can also bring a range of emotions for students (and adults) that can sometimes be challenging to navigate. Here are a few thoughts/ strategies to consider.

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OAES Friday Notes - Friday, May 3, 2024

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is May 6-10!

We have different surprises for each of our staff members all week. You can help by sharing words of appreciation. Sometimes, staff at schools beyond classroom teachers are overlooked. We celebrate all of our staff during this week. Please take some time over break to share your words with several staff members ~ ed techs, specials teachers, admin assistants, nurse, lunch aides, crossing guards, etc.

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