Oka ~ The Remainder of November

Thank You to everyone who joined others for Movie Night & Silent Auction last Friday, hope you had a fantastic time!  Thank You to those who helped contribute items to the numerous Silent Auction baskets, and congratulations to those who had winning bids!  Also, we want to extend a huge shout-out of appreciation and thank you to our PTO, for their help in organizing everything, to make this such a successful event, especially to the Brecht, Reed, and Wood families!!


Volunteer Policy Update – Attached to this week’s email, is a letter detailing important information on soon-to-take-effect changes.  Please review the attached letter carefully, as it contains additional next steps, toward furthering student safety.  For those individuals who are at a Level 2 Volunteer, or who would potentially be chaperoning a field trip, the information contained is extremely important. 


School Safety & Safety Mindfulness – As previously communicated, our staff has engaged in a full-day of training in various areas of school safety, and we conducted a school-wide drill during Recess, that gave students the opportunity to practice a Lockdown Drill, when they weren’t inside of a classroom, all within the past ten days.  Our goal is not to to create fear, but instead to be more proactive in developing instinct and knowledge for students and staff. 

The November 8 training, was based upon the work of the Safe Schools Task Force (SSTF).  This group consists of teachers, classified staff, administrators, parents, community members and first responders; and a recommendation was made to focus on additional professional development.  Specifically, the SSTF’s recommendations included training all FVSD employees on emergency life-saving measures (Stop the Bleed) and implementing a district-wide emergency communication system (Titan HST).

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign initiated by the American College of Surgeons in response to the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.  The goal of the Stop the Bleed campaign is to provide educators with essential life-saving skills that help to prevent loss of life due to severe bleeding. During the November 8th professional development day, FVSD staff members received hands-on Stop the Bleed instruction from certified trainers provided through the District’s partnerships with Fountain Valley Fire Department, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and Fountain Valley Regional Hospital. 

In addition, the November 8 professional development day included initial training for staff on Titan HST - an app-based, two-way, emergency communication system that leverages the latest technology to empower information sharing among staff members in the event of an emergency.  Titan HST will allow administrators to receive emergency alerts from staff, lockdown campus instantly, request safety status updates, and maintain constant communication with staff during a crisis.  During the initial phase of implementation, FVSD staff will use the Titan HST app internally; however, we are excited to share that plans are in the works to expand access to our parent community in early 2020.



Early Entry Kindergarten – This Monday, November 18, is the start of the registration process for those families who are looking to have their child be part of Early Entry Kindergarten, beginning in February 2020.  Please check out www.fvsd.us for further information, and to complete the on-line interest form.


Girl Scout Food Drive – The Girl Scout troops on our campus are continuing to collect various food items, to support Second Harvest Food Bank.  Please check out the attachment for further information and specific items.  Thank You for helping support others in our community, especially as we head into the holiday season.


As a final reminder, students will off of school for the entire week of November 25-29, and after this week, school will resume on Monday, December 2.


Thank you for your continued support of Oka…and Go Wolfpack!


Erik Miller