Greetings! Welcome to the September Mentor Monday.

My friends, each day brings us just a little closer to volunteering with students this year.

Here is the update.

  • We are currently processing the fingerprint clearances and signing those newly required confidentiality policies. Once clearances are approved, I will have the badges here in the office.
  • We have a test team learning the Google Meets platform and they began their training last week. Our test school, Lew Wallace is ready to practice and share their Google Meets Classroom knowledge with the test team.  We anticipate rolling out some type of training by early October, just in time for you to mentor.
  • I continue to be optimistic in that I believe we will be mentoring by mid-October. I will reach out to all of the schools again to confirm our partnerships and their ability to coordinate our sessions. Then, I plan on forwarding coordinator information to each of the volunteers who have agreed to start in October for scheduling.
  • The new library database is in production with a tentative set-up time for October. No more paper sign-out sheets! The Oasis library/resource room will be open and available with social distancing, hand sanitizer and masks, Monday through Friday, 9am to 3:30pm.

I thank everyone for staying on the team whether you will start this fall, in January 2021, or you are patiently waiting for in person mentoring.

Welcome new reading mentors!

Welcome to our new volunteer reading mentors who we recently trained all online! Yes, this pandemic created the opportunity to embrace technology at Oasis. We are boldly trying new things like Zoom and Google Meet with lots of patience and a sense of humor.

We continue to recruit new volunteers. If you know another avid reader who is patient, funny, interesting, flexible, compassionate and who enjoys interacting with students, please refer them to our program. You are the best advertising for the program.  I truly think that once we start mentoring, we will be in even greater demand to support our students and teachers.

Just for Fun

Supporting our teachers

A musical interlude

The most unusual instruments of the world

Featured Book

Kid Tested Session Plan

This month’s kid tested session plan thanks to Lynn M and recorded by Joan March.  Do you have an idea that worked really well with a student? Contact Oasis to set up an interview to share!

I thank you for this opportunity to share.

Stay safe and be well. You are needed and appreciated!