Welcome to Oakwood Elementary School

Dear Oakwood Families:

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter as the principal of Oakwood Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition that has fostered the growth of so many outstanding students.

I have had many interactions with parents, teachers and students and from these conversations, it is clear there are strong relationships in place to provide the best possible academic experience for our students. I look forward to fostering these relationships and working with teachers and staff to provide a world-class educational experience for each and every child.

I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 20 years with a background of teaching elementary students in grades 2, 3 and 6. My administrative experience has been in both elementary and secondary schools. I began my career in Wayzata as an Associate Principal at Wayzata High School. I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to Oakwood and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

On a more personal note, I also am able to look at school issues from a parent perspective. My husband is an elementary teacher in the metro area and I have two children. My daughter and son are in middle school and high school. I experience what it is like to walk into a school situation or event and not fully understand the process, and have been challenged as a parent to make difficult decisions around my own children’s education.

Along with teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Oakwood by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners. This year we will be implementing a new language arts curriculum, CCC Collaborative Literacy Program, across the district and will continue to focus on student growth-academically, socially and emotionally. Through the use of data, we will analyze areas to strengthen our instructional practices and strategies. We will continue to learn, embrace and celebrate others’ race, ethnicity, cultures, religions and abilities. Together with the support of our PTA, we will provide exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities for all students.

It is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors—teachers, students, parents and community partners—is excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment. Please feel free to contact me anytime to introduce yourself, discuss any questions that you may have about the upcoming school year, or just to say hi. I’m looking forward to a great year!

Your Partner in Education,

Sarabeth deNeui

Oakwood Handbook

Pick-up / Drop-off Procedures

  • Before you can use this service, you will need to file a signed "Drop-Off/Pick-up" form with the school office. These forms are available in the school office.
  • Parents need to go over these procedures with their child(ren), and be sure that they understand them clearly.
  • Enter and exit slowly with caution and watch out for children. You may not be on your cell phone at this time.
  • Drop-off will begin at 7:35-7:45 a.m. This is the official time for students to enter the building. Doors will be locked until that time. You cannot drop off your child and drive away prior to seeing a school staff member.
  • Follow all official school personnel, arrows and all signs when entering and exiting.
  • Students should be ready to exit the vehicle on the right side of the vehicle only.
  • No parking will be permitted in this drop-zone, parents need to stay with your car.
  • Students will never be allowed to cut across the drop-off zone. They must stay on the sidewalk or walk area.
  • Students must enter the building at the marked entrance.
  • Students will not be allowed to ride to or from school with other families, without being listed on the Pick-up/Drop-off form.
  • If a person other than the designated driver comes
 to pick up your children, they will be required to park in the front and come into the office to sign them out.
  • Failure to follow these rules may result in the loss of privileges to use this area.