March 12 - Tickets Available for Live Oak Night at the Oakland A's

March 16-20 - Family First Week

March 17-20 Book Fair - CANCELLED

March 18-20 - Minimum Days (Conferences)

March 18, 6-8pm - Book Fair Family Night (with Ofie's Kitchen Food Truck from 5:30-8pm)

March 19 - PTA Meeting and Elections - RESCHEDULED to APRIL 23

March 24 - Run Club Resumes

March 24 - Minimum Day

March 25 - Special Spirit Day - Sports

March 26, 7pm - DVHS Band Festival

March 30, 7pm - DVHS String Festival

April 3 - Minimum Day

April 4-10 - Spring Break

April 11 - Live Oak Night at the Oakland A's

April 18 - International Fest  - MOVED TO MAY 9th

April 28, 7-8 - Kyle Dine Allergy Guy Presentation at Quail Run

April 29 - Special Spirit Day - Backwards

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October 31 - Halloween-Minimum Day

November 1 - No School - Staff Development Day
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Live Oak Education Fund
Gala Thank You and Makerspace Update
THANK YOU to all of you who attended our Great Gatsby Gala and supported Live Oak! It was a fun night for our parents, teachers and staff to celebrate Live Oak! We raised $77K on Saturday night!!

If you weren’t able to join us on Saturday and still want to make a contribution or weren’t able to raise your paddle in time, you can still help!! Our Fund-A-Need focus for the evening was Eagles Nest. The Eagles Nest was started as a Makerspace three years ago. Makerspace, or STEM, activities are important because they allow students to be innovative as they build, create, tinker, and explore. Every child needs to acquire problem-solving skills and technology literacy to be prepared for the 21st-century workplace. STEM integrates and applies math and science to create technologies and solutions to solve real-world problems by using an engineering design approach. The space is in need of a big refresh! Your donations will be used to help continue our students' curiosity about Makerspace and why it is essential to our future. Allowing students to explore and build will help them to discover their strengths and interests. These tools will allow students to work together cooperatively, engage in meaningful conversation, and create projects that involve building and creating.

Please DONATE NOW and make a donation to help refresh the Eagles Nest!!
School Updates
Spring Parent-Teacher Conference
Information (March 18-20)
As always, our school district has high regard for consistent parent-student-teacher communication. Teachers communicate with families throughout the school year, and spring conferences are just another way to collaborate around the support of your student. March 18-20 are designated as parent-teacher conference days for elementary school.

Spring conferences are intended for students when the teacher feels the need to speak with parents personally about student progress or if parents wish to meet with the teacher to discuss student progress. However, our conference
day availability will be designated for students with the greatest needs. You will hear directly from your child's teacher by March 6th, if the teacher feels it is necessary to meet.

Most students will not require a conference, as it is a follow-up conference. If you would like to have a conference at one of the scheduled dates in March, please notify your child’s teacher directly. March 18-20 students TK-5 will be on a minimum day schedule as follows:
  • All TK/Kinder AM: 8:00-10:30am
  • 1st-5th Grades: 8:00-11:50am
  • K1 am 8:10-11:30am
  • K1 pm 11:35am-2:55pm
  • Regular schedules for Preschool
  • K2 11:40-3:00
CAASPP Schedule - Mark Your Calendars
Parents - Please Make Plans to Ensure Your Students are Here!
Students in Grades 3-5th will be taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress this spring, in April and May (see below). Please make sure to avoid any travel, absences, including regular doctor, dentist or other appointments on these dates. If your child has earbuds, mark the earbuds with your child's name and send them to school to use on the assessments. If you do not have earbuds, LOES has headphones or students to use. More information will be coming later. For now, please mark your calendars and also consider the tips below to help prepare students for tests and minimize stress.

3rd-5th Grade State Testing Schedule
Test Taking Tips for Parents Preparing
a student for a Testing Session
  • Make sure your child gets an ample amount of sleep the night before the test. 
  • Mark testing days on your calendar to help remind you and your child when the testing will take place and plan your preparations.
  • The student should eat a nutritious and filling breakfast. Avoid high sugar cereals which can make the student hyper and/or unfocused. 
  • Make sure the student is on time (if not early) on the day of testing. 
  • Set a backup alarm to avoid the possibility of oversleeping.
  • If your child is sick please contact the school immediately to inform them. 
  • To minimize distractions please be mindful of scheduled doctor/dentist appointments.

Working with Students Who
are Anxious About Testing

  • Try not to put too much pressure on the student. Reinforce that as long as they worked hard in preparation and did their absolute best you will be proud of them.
  • Have the child visualize success. Encourage them to rehearse what it will feel like to get a good score on the test.
  • Work with them to focus on breathing. Stress is often caused by insufficient oxygen to the brain. Work with the student to take time before the test begins to take a number of deep, cleansing breaths, exhaling slowly. Focusing on breathing by taking some time when stress levels rise helps to focus the mind during testing.
  • Try to use positive language when talking about the expectations of the test. Do not over-inflate the student’s expectations but also try to avoid negative wording (e.g. replace “you are going to fail this test if you don’t study” with “if you don’t study you aren’t going to pass this test”).
  • Plan for a fun outing or treat for your child after the test has been completed.
  • Keep a positive attitude about testing in general around your child and emphasize their ability to demonstrate what they have learned rather than the consequences of not passing Test.
Live Oak PTA
Health Tips
Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the most important ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The California Department of Health and Contra Costa Health Services offer tips on how to protect you and your family from colds and flu.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Follow guidance from public health officials.

Kyle Dine, The Allergy Guy
Save the Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 7-8 pm, at Quail Run Elementary School
Kyle Dine is an educator and musician who performs at schools across North America raising food allergy awareness. After growing up with multiple food allergies, his goal is to help spread allergy awareness in schools through his fun, educational, and engaging assemblies. His songs help empower, support, and educate all children. This event is sponsored by the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs Health & Wellness Committee.
Live Oak Book Fair, March 17-20 - CANCELLED
The Book Fair Jungle is coming to Live Oak! Please join us to celebrate the love of reading. With every purchase, Live Oak earns book credits to add books to our school library.

Mark your calendars for our special Family Night on March 18th as well! We will have crafts, a special reading from Mrs. Tatum, and a visit from Clifford. Ofie’s Food Truck will be there serving up delicious food. For more information about book fair and to see the full menu, please visit the Live Oak PTA Website. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please sign up here.
International Festival

Please join us as we celebrate Live Oak’s annual International Festival on Saturday April 18th from 2:30-6pm in the Live Oak Courtyard. Information about many countries will be showcased - their location, heritage, culture, foods, dance performances and much more. Hope to see you all there.
Run Club Resumes March 24
Spring is coming - students are invited to join our Run Club, which is scheduled to resume March 24 (weather permitting). Run Club meets at Tiffany Roberts Park at 7:25am on Wednesdays. Students must be accompanied by an adult.
Oakand A's Step Up Fundraiser
Save the Date - Live Oak Community Night at the Oakland A's - April 11
The A’s take on the Yankees on Saturday, April 11 at 6:07pm. Following the game, we will be invited to sit on the outfield grass to enjoy the dazzling sky high FIREWORKS show! Tickets will be available starting March 12. Stay tuned!
Boxtops have gone digital! Instead of clipping, you can download the Boxtops app, register (designating Live Oak) and scan the eligible receipt. Every scan will earn 10 cents for the school!