Think College Now

Teacher Times & Week at a Glance Week of 3.23.15


  • Thank you Leanne for sharing RAZKidz information with teachers! Thank you to teachers for updating RazKidz levels for kids and sharing the info with families!

  • Thank you to the entire TCN family for the amazing belated birthday wishes. A special thanks to Kyla's class, Ms. Alex, Ms. Noonan and Ms. Noonan's class for singing Happy Birthday to me! I have never felt so appreciated, it was an overwhelmingly wonderful experience. I appreciate each and every one of you that I interact with at TCN for welcoming me into your community and being a part of my growth as a coach. Thank you so much! -Coach Lisa

  • I would like to appreciate Allison and Sarah (and anyone else who contributed) for typing up Donorschoose Projects for us and posting them! Thank you for doing things like this to make our jobs just a little bit easier! - Emma

Actions Requested

While reading the TT, please add important dates to your personal calendars or to-do lists and click the links!

  • Thank You Card for Adonal Foyle, Roy "Zazu" Byrd, and Stephen for coming to TCN to do an assembly. Email Allison if you could have a few students write a thank-you or if you could do a class thank you with student's names [Monday, 3/30]
  • Conduct TGDS Peer Observations: Accept the invitations & complete before 4/20/15. Leave warm feedback in an email or post-it; we will debrief formally 4/20.
  • Home School Folders: Please send home folders on Monday and send to the FRC Thursday.
  • Art Board: This is 1st/4th Grade's month. Thank you for updating the board!
    Enter your students’ total minutes
    in the Reading Goal Tally Spreadsheet. This will help student council, ILT, and the team monitor our progress [Monday, 3/16]
    Tally minutes daily so student council representatives can collect them daily
    Sean/Aishya/Cece/Melanie – Mrs. Lewis
    Lota/Estefany - Mr. Smith’s class
    Adrian/Aniah– Ms. G.
    Jimena – Ms. Hatfield
    Sabina/Kiana – Ms. Purdy
    Alfredo/Vida – Ms. Coufal

As Needed:

  • Add important dates to the Internal Calendar (field trips, family meetings, special events, or absences) or email Allison, Arcelia, and Michelle to add it. Please also invite Allison to the event, and email key people affected or who would benefit from an FYI such as the main office, coaches, specials/prep/intervention teachers. This communication will help ensure a strong team to best serve our students. [ASAP]
  • Need to meet with Allison? Set an appointment at
  • Need supplies, SST, buildings & grounds, COST referral etc.? Find the form you are looking for at
  • Need to meet with Allison? Click on a time at

Week of 3/23

Monday, March 23th
  • Brenda Off-site
  • Naturebridge Educator Visit
  • 5th Grade Interim SBAC [10:30-12pm]
  • Faculty Council [3:15-4:00, B102]

Tuesday, March 24th

  • 3rd Grade Field Trip to MOCHA
  • Maddie/Allison Off-site
  • ILT [3:15pm-4:30pm]
  • 2nd Grade Camping Meeting [5:30-6:30pm, B105]

Wednesday, March 25th

  • No Science
  • 3rd Grade Interim SBAC [8:30-10am]
  • TCN/ICS Parent Academy [9-10:30am, Cafeteria]
  • TCN PD [2:40-4:10pm, Tilden 4551 Steele Street, Oakland<- NEW LOCATION!]

Thursday, March 26th

  • Family Fitness [7:30-8:15am, Gym]
  • CCEC Farmer's Market [8:15-10am, The Yard]
  • Allison Off-site
  • 4th Grade Interim SBAC [8:30-10am]
  • Student Council [3-3:45pm, B107]
  • Literacy Night [5-6:30pm, Cafeteria]

Friday, March 27th

  • Panther Paw Assembly - 1st Grade [8:30-8:45am, Gym]
  • Jennie Out
  • Coach Lisa Out
  • Family Literacy Workshop [9-10am]

Week of 3/30

Monday, March 30
  • Kyle Out
  • OEA Meeting [3:15pm]

Tuesday, March 31st

  • NO SCHOOL - Cesar Chavez Day

Wednesday, April 1st

  • Kyle Out
  • Aim High Applications Due
  • Allison's Parent Office Hours [8:30-9:00am]
  • 5th Grade IGTC Lesson [9-10am]
  • TCN PD [2:15-3:30pm, E101]

Thursday, April 2nd

  • Leanne On-Site
  • Rosa Off-site
  • Family Fitness [7:30-8:15am, Gym]
  • CCEC Farmer's Market [8:15-10am, The Yard]
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Exploratorium
  • TCN's Culture & Climate Team Meeting - For this first meeting, this will be a space for yard supervisors, staff, and teachers to partner and brainstorm solutions and ideas for issues arising on the yard. [3:30-4:30]
  • 5th Grade Family Meeting [5-6pm, B207]

Friday, April 3rd

  • Katie, Leanne, Maddie Out
  • Panther Paw Assembly - Kinder [8:30-8:45am, Gym]
  • Parent Rep Meeting [9-10am, Cafeteria]

Accademic Resources

CCSS (Common Core) & SBAC Resources:


Adapting Morning Meeting for ELL students



2nd & 3rd Grade Guided Reading: Saturday, March 28th 8:30-3:30pm, Chabot Space & Science Center, Paid,

Kinder & 1st Grade Guided Reading: Saturday, March 28th 8:30-3:30pm, Chabot Space & Science Center, Paid

Leadership Opportunities:

Opportunity to apply for a professional learning with Stanford to help implement Common Core Standards in ELA and Mathematics, and the Next Generation Science Standards. If selected, fellows receive a $2,000 stipend and some really meaningful training to support folks in the field.

If you are interested, please visit:

Funding Opportunities:

Khan Academy is thrilled to announce some help for schools in the form of free devices (e.g., Chromebooks) and free home internet access!

Here’s how it works: If ...

  • A majority of your school's students are in the Free and Reduced School Lunch Program
  • Half of the eligible students at your school (those in grades 3-12) sign up for LearnStorm
  • Students do at least half an hour of work on their math skills in LearnStorm

Then the school will unlock free devices and home internet access for students:

  • will fully fund classroom technology up to a value of $7,500 for smaller schools (for example this could buy one laptop cart plus 30 Chromebooks for a school) and up to $15,000 for schools with more than 300 students through

  • Internet Essentials from Comcast will fully fund 6 months of free home internet access for all eligible students and their families.


"Double Your Impact" Campaign for Teacher Projects on


Oakland Reads 2020 (OR2020) is currently offering a "Double Your Impact" campaign to match donations to classroom literacy projects posted by Oakland teachers

OR2020 has committed $25,000 to "double the impact" of donations made to eligible classroom projects, ultimately providing one-half of the funding for projects that meet their fundraising goal. Since January, OR2020 has matched nearly $11,000 in donations for 45 projects at 19 schools. Click here to view the current list of qualifying projects.

OR2020 encourages teachers to post projects to (see eligibility requirements below) and take advantage of this match! Teachers can create a profile and set up a project through the teacher portal.

IMPORTANT: In order to qualify for the OR2020 match, projects must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Location: An Oakland public school (district or charter) or preschool where at least 65% of students qualify for Free/Reduced Price Lunch
  • Age: Grades PreK – 2
  • Subject: Literacy & Language
  • Total cost: $1,000 or less

A fact sheet with more information is attached, please share broadly with your networks. Feel free to contact or 510-899-7914 with questions.

Support TCN!

Think College Now is excited to participate in the Oakland A’s Step Up to the Plate for Education program for the 2014 season! Everyone has the opportunity to purchase special fundraising tickets for select A’s games. A portion of each ticket will go directly back to TCN. To purchase tickets and view the available games, please our link:

TCN A's Game! [Plaza Outfield]

Friday, May 15th, 7pm

7000 Coliseum Way

Oakland, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.