Dec. 15, 2020

Sage News: Week of December 14, 2020

Week of December 14, 2020

Winter Break
Sage Oak will be closed in observance of winter break starting December 21st, 2020. Classes will resume on January 4th, 2021.

Bill of Rights Day - December 15th
Bill of Rights Day is the anniversary of the ratification of the first 10 amendments. Celebrate this Bill of Rights Day with LIVE virtual programs and great resources from the National Constitution Center.

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Cultivate & Create Contest Winners - Grades K-2nd 
Each week we will announce our Cultivate & Create Contest winners by grade level. This week, we are excited to feature our 3rd-5th grade winners!

Award of Excellence
Allison Lawrence, 3rd Grade

Dance/Choreography Submission: I Can Be Okay

Award of Merit
Nathaniel Lawrence, 5th Grade
Film Submission: Lego's Got Talent

Honorable Mention
Trenton Rawlings, 5th Grade
Visual Arts Submission: Panda in the Wild

Counseling Groups
Our second semester 7 Habits Counseling Group Interest list is now open. Based on The 7 Habits of Effective People book series, we will be working through these 7 habits and teaching students effective ways to thrive in school and life. Students will be divided into four groups based on their grade levels: TK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.

Please click on the link below for more information:

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Mental Health Matters
Many associate positive mental health with having positive self-esteem, however, more important than prioritizing self-esteem is prioritizing self-compassion. Self-esteem is often defined as how we feel about ourselves when comparing ourselves to others, while self-compassion is about treating ourselves nicely no matter what grade we get or how many goals we score. One way to practice self-compassion is by utilizing positive self-talk. Positive self-talk means ensuring your inner voice is encouraging rather than discouraging. After getting a bad grade on an essay, your inner voice might say “I’m so dumb. I’m never going to be a good writer.” Instead of accepting this self-talk, try reframing your thoughts into something less negative. For example, you could say, “I have trouble with writing. I could use extra help with that.”

Lesson Idea: MyleMarks, a Sage Oak community provider, has a variety of worksheets to help you practice the skill of positive self-talk. Like learning any skill, it may feel awkward and challenging initially, but with practice, positive self-talk is an important skill that will become a great tool in achieving positive self-compassion. 
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December Math Matters Newsletter
This month we are finalizing our focus on the eight mathematical practice standards as we dive into looking for and making use of structure and regularity in repeated reasoning. If you want your child to be more efficient when solving rigorous math equations, then ask your students the six questions found in the newsletter before they even begin to solve any problem!

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Time to Shine! Virtual Talent Show
Sage Oak is excited to announce our first ever Virtual Talent Shine  “A Time to Shine!” We hope to see many different talents including snowboarding, skateboarding, singing, playing an instrument, hula hooping, dancing, and magic tricks. Any talent or hobby is encouraged!  We are excited to see our Sage Oak students SHINE in 2021!

“A Time to Shine” videos will be compiled and emailed to the Sage Oak Community on 2/26/2021 with the announcement of the winners at the end of the show!

Virtual Talent Show Guidelines

  • Choose any talent/hobby of yours that you would like to share with the Sage Oak Community
  • FIll out Virtual Talent Show Submission Form
  • Participating students begin the video with a short introduction:
    • Name, Grade, Intro of Talent/Hobby (name of the song, dance, etc.)
  • Videos must be no longer than 3 minutes
  • Due date for submissions: January 29th, 2021
  • Judges, made of Sage Oak Teachers, will select a winner from each grade bracket.
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Sage Oak Letter Drive
This week is your last chance to participate in Sage Oak’s Letter Drive! There is still time to flood our communities with letters of encouragement and appreciation. The letter drive ends on December 16th!

Write a letter of thanks, draw a picture, create a card, or find another creative way to encourage, thank, or share kindness with someone in your community. Help us reach our goal by filling out the survey showing us how you participated!

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February 10th

If your student has a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, then Sage Oak's annual STEAM Day is for you! 

Click the link below for more information and to sign-up:

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Secondary Education
College Applications for CSUs as well as UC Merced, Riverside, and Santa Cruz are due tomorrow, December 15th. The common and coalition applications are due soon as well. If you need a college counseling appointment please click the link below.

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Calling all athletes and artists! Please send in photos of you practicing your talents to the yearbook at

State Testing 2021
We are still awaiting guideline specifics from the state as they continue to navigate the exceptional nature of standardized testing while maintaining safety for students and teachers during COVID-19. While there will be more details to come after the winter break, we can share that we expect that students will predominantly be testing remotely this year. As you continue to work toward successful academic progress and prepare for testing, feel free to contact your teacher for support.