Oct. 10, 2022

Sage News: October 10, 2022

Week of October 10, 2022

Question of the Week
Sage Oak families - Each week we will send a short Question of the Week survey! This will be a weekly opportunity for you to provide valuable feedback on Sage Oak events, resources, and activities. We encourage you to look for the question of the week in the Monday Sage News. The survey will remain open until Friday morning. Thank you for your consideration!

Columbus Day & Indigenous Peoples Day
Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day take place today, Monday, October 10th. Click below for informational resources:

Virtual Learning Academy Prospective Parent Webinar
Our next webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th at 4:00 pm. This webinar is designed for parents to learn more about our Virtual Learning Academy (VLA). Use the link below to register and learn more. Please share with anyone you feel may be interested.

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Sage Stage- Shamiel Gary
Join us on the Sage Stage Friday, October 14 at 9:00 am to welcome Shamiel Gary! Shamiel is an inspirational, former NFL player committed to impacting lives through professional speaking and community service. When he’s not speaking, Shamiel spends his time as an entrepreneur focused on real estate, mentoring, and writing.

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Counseling Corner
Save the date! Thursday, October 20, at 4:00 pm, the Sage Oak counseling team will host a parent webinar on internet safety. Students have access to the world through the internet, and it’s easily available on their computer, tablet, Chromebook, or cell phone. Knowing how to keep them safe is essential. 

 

Being safe online means teaching kids how to protect themselves from the harm and risks of engaging inappropriately online, which may affect their physical safety, mental health, and well-being. Our webinar will cover technology addiction, online privacy, enticement/ grooming, sexting, and cyberbullying. This will include strategies, parental controls, and resources to manage their online activity. The content and resources shared are intended for any parent whose child utilizes a technological device for school or fun. Please click below to register for the meeting and you’ll be sent the Zoom link. We hope you can join us!
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Dewey Awards - Nominate a Teacher
Students are invited to submit the story of a teacher that impacted their life. Submit your written (minimum of 300 words) or video (minimum 3 minutes) story entry by Friday, October 28th, 2022. Three stories will be selected by our review board to each receive a $1,000 grant, awarded to the charter school of their choice. 

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Health & Safety Notice - “Rainbow fentanyl”
The health and safety of our students and staff are a priority at Sage Oak Charter Schools. Therefore, we wanted to make you aware of some concerning trends we are seeing in California with opioids and specifically the drug fentanyl

Fentanyl is an extremely potent and dangerous synthetic opioid. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency recently identified a new trend in which “rainbow fentanyl” appears in bright colors and in many forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that can resemble sidewalk chalk or candy, especially “Smarties,” so we feel it is important to be alert around Halloween time. Please be aware that any pill (regardless of its color, shape, or size) that does not come from a healthcare provider or pharmacist can contain fentanyl and can be deadly. Oftentimes, people purchasing or taking these pills are unaware that they contain fentanyl.

Things You Can Do 
  • If you find any pills that you are unfamiliar with, do not touch them. Call local law enforcement for removal, if necessary. 
  • Speak with your child about this information so that they know the risks of buying or sharing prescription medication or other drugs, and that fake pills are out there. 
  • Call local law enforcement if you or your student have seen these rainbow-colored pills. Speaking up may save a friend’s life! 
  • Contact the 24/7 Mental Health & Substance Use Access & Assessment Hotline (888-724-7240) to get help for a friend or loved one struggling with substance abuse.
As a school community, it’s important for us all to be informed and work in partnership to keep our students safe.