Bear Bulletin 10/17-10/21

Article Principal Cumbra

Hello Blue Oaks Families!! 

We have some really fun activities coming up in the next few weeks! Take a look at the information below about our book fair and also our upcoming dress-up days! Don’t forget the Bear Jamboree is this Friday from 4:30-6:00! Can’t wait to see everyone there! Our Kindergarten students are also going on their field trip to Bishop’s! What a blast! We had our first WATCH DOG on campus and it was so helpful. Please see below if you are interested in becoming a WATCH DOG.  Last week, I held my second coffee and conversation and I shared RCSD’s safety protocols. Click here If you would like to review the presentation.  

Thank you for reading the bear bulletin, 

Nicole Cumbra

Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.

Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from 10/17- 10/21in the library. 

This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet—your child’s digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

The countdown to more Bookjoy is on! Catch you at the Fair!

Happy reading!!! 


We will be having our next safety drill on Oct. 20th and we will be practicing an earthquake drill which we call a shelter.

Here is a great chart you can use to review the drill with your students. 

Congratulations to our students that have graduate from English Learners and are now reclassified as fluent English proficient.  They are “Smart Cookies”!

Here is the link to sign up! 


Don’t forget to have your TB test up-to- date, fingerprints done and fill out the volunteer category II application. 

Volunteer Category II

Live Scan

Volunteer Policy


Watch DOGS 22-23

Second Step

Second Step is our evidence-based social emotional curriculum that all our classes use on a daily basis to help teach empathy and problem-solving skills in a holistic integrated way.   For the next few weeks, all our students will be focusing on Empathy. Please check in with your student and be sure to ask them what they are learning and help them role play and practice. The more practice they get, the better they will be. Here is a video that you can watch and review. 

Problem Solver Steps

Empathy and Compassion


4 wks

TK/Early Lrng


1. Identifying Feelings (happy, sad)

2. More Feelings (surprised, scared)

3. Identifying Anger



1. Feelings 

2. More Feelings

3. Identifying Anger

1st grade


6. Identifying Feelings

7. Looking for More Clues

8. Similarities/ Differences

2nd grade


1. Identifying Feelings

2. Learning More About Feelings

3. Feeling Confident

3rd grade


1. Identifying Others’ Feelings

2. Understanding Perspectives

4th grade

Empathy & Learning Skills

1. Understanding Complex Feelings

2. Understanding Diff. Perspectives

5th grade

Empathy & Learning Skills

1. Taking Other’s Perspectives

2. Accepting Differences

Did you know that Blue Oaks has two PBIS teams?  We have a Tier 1 and a Tier 2 team. Below is more information about our Tier 1 team. 

The Tier I team is responsible for the development and monitoring of our site’s Tier I, universal foundations (e.g., expectations, consequences, and acknowledgments).   We monitor and support the fidelity of the Tier I implementation. The Tier I PBIS team’s operating procedures are to: meet at least monthly and have (a) regular meeting format/agenda, (b) minutes, (c) defined meeting roles and (d) a current action plan. The Tier I team will review and use discipline data and academic outcome data at least monthly for decision-making.  The PBIS team will share school wide data regularly with faculty and faculty will be able to provide input on universal foundations at least once a year. Educational Partners (students, families and community members) will also provide input at least once a year.  

PBIS Tier 1 Team:

Nicole Cumbra- Administrator

Mandy Murphy- Kindergarten teacher representative

Hannah Pierce- PBIS Lead and 5th grade teacher representative

Mindy Corr- Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)

Heather Schott- Parent representative

We had our first monthly meeting and reviewed our school-wide office discipline referrals.  Below is data for August and September:

August – 54 office referrals

September- 64 minor office referrals. 40% of those were for defiance, insubordination, and non-compliance in the classroom. - To address this concern, each teacher has a goal to pass out 20 bear hugs a day. It can be in their classroom or outside.  We are hoping this will encourage others to be safe, responsible and respectful 


Our school day for the 2022-23 school year will begin at 7:45 for all students

The dismissal time for TK: 11:07, Kindergarten – 12:47, and 1st- 5th – 2:03

Breakfast: 7:25-7:43

Early release day will be on Wednesdays 

Wednesday Dismissal: TK dismissal will be 11:07, Kindergarten 12:47 and 1st- 5th is 12:50. 

Office hours: 7:15-3:15

Bell Schedule 

Attendance Reminders:

Attending school and on time is critical for academic success.  Students need to be at school before 7:45 to access the playground through the gates.  At 7:45, the bell rings and at that time, our teachers must lock the gates and go to their lines.  If your student comes after 7:45, they need to come to the office. At 7:50 and after, a tardy slip will be given to your student.  

Our school secretary also runs an attendance report twice a month and that allows me to reach out to our families that may have 3 or more unexcused absences.  Unexcused absences are for any reason besides your student being sick or attending a doctor/dentist appt.  When this happens, a letter is sent out letting families know that their student is now considered truant.  If more unexcused absences occur, more letters are sent out and a meeting will need to be scheduled. I understand there are many reasons why our students may be absent and I am always happy to work together to come up with a plan that can support attendance.  If you receive a letter and have any questions, please let me know. 


Blue Oaks will now be offering breakfast before school from 7:25-7:43. It is open to all students and will be served in the multipurpose room. Our bear necessities: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful will be followed while students are having breakfast. 

Students will enter through the front doors and will have choices of breakfast items.

Any student that wants to eat must be in the MPR by 7:35 to allow time to eat breakfast as the bell rings at 7:43.


Blue Oaks PTC is a fundraising and activity oriented non-profit organization. Our mission is to work toward bettering the educational and social experiences of our children, support the school staff, and connect Blue Oaks families through organizing fun events and activities. We are so excited for this school year and would love for you to join us! Click HERE to join!

PTC Into Video 

COVID Information

Under current state requirements, full-day in-person instruction will continue, and masks and social distancing are not required. 

Quarantine guidelines allow exposed students to continue attending school if they remain asymptomatic regardless of vaccination status. RCSD encourages parents and guardians to monitor students’ health and keep them home if they run a fever or exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

School sites will continue to support and work with students and families as much as possible in a COVID-19-related situation. 

It is recommended that students test before returning to school. All school sites have free test kits available for pick up at the front offices.

For further information regarding all protocols and guidelines associated with COVID-19, please visit the RCSD website


RCSD understands that when you send your child to school, you are entrusting us to keep them safe, and RCSD remains committed to ensuring the safety of our students, staff, and visitors. The RCSD Board of Education has recently authorized $2 million to outfit our schools with a six-foot perimeter fence and equip every classroom with classroom-safe locking doors and operable blinds. Be on the lookout throughout the year for these safety updates.

Once school is in session, every site will continue to practice regular lock-down and emergency drills throughout the year to ensure students and staff are comfortable knowing what to do in an emergency.

In addition to physical safety updates on our school sites, RCSD wants to remind parents/guardians about gun safety measures to take at home. The Roseville Police Department has provided the following gun safety guidance to ensure that guns stay safely out of children’s hands. 

Lost and Found

Please make sure that all clothing, playground balls, lunch boxes and other items brought to school are clearly marked with your child’s name. We accumulate a vast assortment of misplaced property during the school year.  The Lost and Found is located in and behind the rear, west door to the multi-use room. You are welcome to check it during school hours. All abandoned items in the Lost and Found are donated to charitable organizations at various times during the school year.

 As a Reminder- Pick Up/Drop Off

Traffic in and around Blue Oaks School presents the number one safety hazard to children and adults!  

We request your cooperation. 

Speed Limit- It is very important to drive slow when picking up or dropping off your student.  Many families are driving fast through the crosswalks, causing students and families to be alarmed.  Please be respectful of all our students and community and drive slow! 

SUPERVISION- Supervision doesn’t start until 7:30. We ask that you do not drop off your student before 7:30. Please plan accordingly so that your child can be at school at 7:30 or after. 

The WEST PARKING LOT – in front of the Kindergarten wing -  is designated for drop-off and pick-up of transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grade students by private vehicle, only. Watch for children! Children may not go into parking lots unless they are with an adult. All students entering the west side parking lot must use the crosswalk on Halesworth. DO NOT stop or park your vehicle except in a designated parking spot.  Remain in your car when at the yellow curb and pull all the way up to the end of the yellow curb. 

The DROP-OFF/PICK-UP AREA in front of the Multi-Use Room is for school buses and daycare agencies only. Please do not drop off or pick up students on Horncastle Ave. There is no supervision.

The EAST PARKING LOT – in front of the Adventure Club and the upper grades playground is designated for drop-off and pick-up of third, fourth and fifth grade students by private vehicle, only.  There is no crosswalk in this parking lot.  Children may not cross or enter the parking lot unless accompanied by an adult. DO NOT stop or park your vehicle except in a designated parking spot.  Remain in your car when at the yellow curb.


If you wish to park your car, kindly pull into a designated parking space.

Thank you for respecting the privacy and property rights of residents on streets adjacent to school.

We request that you walk your child/children to school whenever possible to cut down on traffic and pollution, promote healthy life habits and enhance the safety of all.

10/31: No School

11/1: No School

11/14-11/18: Conference Week- Minimum Day Schedule

11/21-11/25: Thanksgiving Break

RCSD Website

Blue Oaks Website

Blue Oaks 2022-2023 Handbook


CareSOLACE – provides a free expedited coordination service for students’ and families’ mental health and wellness support.

RCSD Enrichment Resources – a variety of online essential skills resources (math, English, typing, etc.) for your student to practice throughout the year.

RCSD Sora – free access to thousands of online books through the Placer County library.