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Principal NeCastro's Message for Families (updated April 12th, 2021)

Hi Forest Oak Families, 

We hope everyone had a nice spring break. School resumes tomorrow. It is important that you are self-screening with your child each day before coming to school. See below for the self-screening tool. Reach out to Nurse Colleen with any questions or health concerns. 

Student Schedule

April 12: School resumes/ Beginning of the 4th Marking Period  

April 14: Asynchronous Learning Day

April 19: State testing begins for students in grades 3, 4, and 5 

April 21: Asynchronous Learning Day and State Testing for remote students 

Great Schools Clean Streams Contest

New Castle County’s 2021 Great Schools Clean Streams contest is back again this year. Help Forest Oak win a prize by taking a pledge to dispose of cooking oils and grease in the trash and not pour it down the drain. Tell your family and friends to take the pledge and select Forest Oak Elementary as the school when pledging! The school with the most pledges will win a prize. This contest runs from April 12 to April 30.

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, April 13th at 6:00p.m. via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 944 3248 7030

Passcode: 927287

Discover Red Clay K!

Save the Date for Fun Virtual Events on April 29

Red Clay welcomes new students and families for the 2021-22 school year!

Tune in to our virtual events on April 29 to learn all about Red Clay's outstanding kindergarten programs. Meet kindergarten teachers and staff, take a virtual tour of our elementary schools, see inside a kindergarten classroom, and discover how easy it is to register your youngster for kindergarten with Red Clay.

All of the following schools will hold virtual events at 4:15 PM and 5:30 PM on April 29 via Zoom:

Austin D. Baltz Elementary School, Brandywine Springs School, William Cooke Jr. Elementary School, Forest Oak Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School, Highlands Elementary School, William C. Lewis Dual Language Elementary School, Linden Hill Elementary School, Marbrook Elementary School, Anna P. Mote Elementary School, North Star Elementary School, Richardson Park Elementary School, Richey Elementary School, Evan G. Shortlidge Academy

Stay tuned for more details about these events.

Take Home Meal Opt Out Form

Red Clay Cafe is committed to providing nutritious meals to our students whether they are learning in class or at home. Currently, students will receive a Take Home Breakfast and Lunch for asynchronous Wednesdays. If you wish for your student(s) to NOT receive a take home meal(s) please provide their information below. If entering for multiple students please hit "submit another response" after submitting for your first student.

State Testing Schedule for Students in Grades 3-5

Linked below is the upcoming DeSSA testing schedule for Forest Oak Elementary School. Note that all testing will occur in person.  The state testing is for students in grades 3, 4, and 5.

For remote learners in grades 3, 4, and 5, transportation will be provided on Wednesdays for students within the feeder pattern to test at Forest Oak. Remote students will be split up into smaller groups to make sure everyone is socially distanced when testing.  Any questions about testing, please email Shane Rifenburg at

Important Information from the Nurse

Self-Screening Tool

It is really important for each of our students to conduct the self-screening tool each day before coming to school. The self-screening tool can also be found on the Red Clay website:

Do not send your child to school if she or he is sick. 

It is important to know if your child comes to the nurse with any of the symptoms listed on the screening tool, they will be sent home and may not return without a doctor’s note. 

If you are called to pick up your sick child, you will need to come as soon as possible within the hour. 

If a child tests positive for Covid-19 please notify the school nurse and we will work with the Department of Public Health to determine when your child can safely return and if any further steps need to be taken.

Colleen Sauder

Forest Oak School Nurse

(302) 454-3417,



Erin NeCastro

Principal of Forest Oak Elementary