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Manzanita SEED families January 2021 Happy New Year!

Attend a listening session to learn more about the districts reopening plans.

Oakland USD is holding listening sessions for families.

Information here :

December Students of the Month- focal value perseverance

I can persevere even when things are difficult for me.

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Message from our garden teacher Ms. Annie

Happy New Year! The garden is starting to become very green with the help of the rain. I’m hoping to plant some perennials that we can enjoy once we are back together again, and for the years to come at SEED. Oakland Unified is launching some new programs for Harvest of the Month. At food distribution on Monday, January 25th a baked macaroni and cheese with spinach will be a meal served in celebration of January’s HOTM- cooked greens. The Harvest of the Month calendar will also be given out, which your student has received in years past. For more Harvest of the Month ideas check out OUSD’s Health and Wellness Youtube page!

SAVE THE DATE: Jan 19th 3pm supporting students at home

Save the date: Bilingual parent workshop. Come join SEED Social Worker and OUSD Behavior Specialist for a discussion and support session around helping your children do their best during distance learning.

We know that distance learning is hard, and now that we are a few months in, let's get together and brainstorm some ideas for how to improve student's work areas, engagement with zoom classes, and assignment completion. Come with questions and ready to learn new ideas!

SEED - Supporting Students at Home /Ayudando a los estudiantes en casa

Tuesday, January 193:00 – 4:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 81867049140
Password: 076787

Resources for families in need:

Financial Resources:

1. Homies Empowerment: Help with utility, rent or mortgage payments. For City of Oakland resident, accepting applications until January 15, 2021 or until funds have been exhausted. Applicants will be selected by the Radical Love Awards Committee and notified of their application status via phone within 2 weeks of applying.

2. The Oakland Private Industry Council: Assistance with rent and utility bills. For City of Oakland residents, be affected financially by COVID-19 , have proof of Right to Work in the USA. Call the Oakland Career Center by the Lake: (510) 858-6742 or West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center: (510) 419-0392. For Spanish, call Mayra Ramirez at (510) 910-0986. One-time cash assistance of $599 per adult to people in need of financial support

3. Bay Area Community Services (BACS): Assistance with Rental Relief Fund, Phone: 510-238-5091 & 510-899-9289, apply online Website: (Must live in Oakland, Hayward, or Emeryville)

4. Spark Point (Stay Housed Program) Rental Subsidy 0-12 months tenant pays 30% of income; 13-24 months tenant pays 40% rent, Residents: Hayward, Union City, Newark, Fremont who are current on rent, must sign up for Spark Point program and attend financial assistance meeting through phone. Phone: 510-574-2003

5. Catholic Charities East Bay: The only assistance they are providing is rental. They will only pay delinquent rents. Phone:(510) 768-3100, Hours: 8:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday – Saturday, Languages: English & Spanish, website:

6. One Fare Wage Emergency Fund: Cash gifts to workers such as restaurant workers, gig workers and other hourly workers) Website:

7. The Unity Council: Rental payment assistance for Low-Income Oakland residents impacted by Covid 19 - any immigration status, also assists with accessing benefits like temp unemployment/food stamps, cash assistance and supportive services available to eligible. Phone: (510)535-6900, apply online:; website: Email:

8. Seasons of Sharing: Assistance with rent & deposit. Phone: 510-272-3700, web:

9. Alameda County Social Services SSA: General Assistance (GA) and Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) General assistance program designed to provide relief and support to indigent adults who are Not supported by their own means. Phone 510-263-2420 East County, Website:

10. Oakland LGBTQ Community Center: ER Housing and Rental Assistance for ALL low-income individuals and families, Hours of Operation Office Hours: Monday through Friday,12:00 pm- 8:00 pm, Phone: 510-882-2286, apply online:, email:

11. Centro Legal de la Raza: (Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund) Housing & Resource assistance. Visit website:

12. Street Level Health Project: (Small Cash Grants for Day Laborers and Their Families in Oakland) Phone: (510)-533-9906, Website:

13. CA Dept of Social Services (CDSS): Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAP) Provides monthly cash benefits to aged, blind, and disabled NON-Citizens. Phone: 916-651-8848, website: 14. Housing Resources, help paying rent & others:

Utility Resources:

1. The Unity Council WIOA Grant: Utility & rental assistance for All Alameda county, Phone: 510-535-6101, website: Telephone: 510-535-6101 Apply here:

2. PG & E (Reach program): One-time bill assistance up to $300, has payment arrangement and extensions also. Phone number: 1-800-933-9677, website:

3. PG & E (Cares program): PGE discount up to 20% or more, apply online:

4. EBMUD; Phone number: 1-866-403-2683, Apply Online:

5. Spectrum Community Center: (LIHEAP Program) PGE bill pay, for Alameda County, proof of low income required. You can have PGE Care program and still get assistance, if you are on unemployment you qualify. Phone numbers: 510-881-0300 ex 216 & 510-881-0300 ex 226, website:

Cleaning/Hygiene Resources:

1. Homies Empowerment: (FREEdom Store) Any Alameda County resident can pick up cleaning supplies, toiletries, diapers and food. Open every Tuesday from 10-4pm at 7631 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA. Website:

2. East Oakland Collective: Food / Diapers/ Cleaning supplies, Any Oakland Resident. Distribution days (pick up or drop off) are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday's each week, between 1 PM - 4 PM. Call or text at 510-990-0775. Email:, website:

3. TRYBE: Food/Diapers/Cleaning Supplies - Any Oakland Resident, delivery of food and supplies on Wednesdays. Phone: 510.567.4654, email:, website:

4. KAISER: also sends a care-kit that has hygiene supplies for its members.

Food Resources:

You can call the Food Bank at (510) 635-3663 so that you (or a friend if you are in isolation/quarantine) can set up pickup of canned/fresh food. · Here is a list of food distribution services for pickup of food:

Health Insurance Resources:

We have health insurance technicians that can help you apply and see what you qualify for by calling 1-800-422-9495. Here is their website where you can also locate a doctor close to you:

· You may also apply for health care benefits online via Social Services Agency here: Telephone • 510-263-2420 • 1-888-999-4772

Please also visit our ACPHD Resources Residents website to read other community resources

Antiracist Educators chat with the principal

Thank you to those who joined our conversation on antiracism this month. Our next meeting will be held February 9th at 4pm. We do not record these meetings to maintain privacy related to courageous sharing.

Our family coordinator Misty Waters will send out a meeting reminder the week of the meeting. Bring a SEED parent friend and join our conversation!

This link will be used for the meeting-Join Zoom Meeting ID: 86545939023

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The Manzanita campus is hosting food distribution each Monday from 8am-12:00pm.

Enter campus using the E. 26th Street entrance, you can enter by car to reduce contact and encourage social distancing.

Food delivery is available for those who need it.

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Photo Credit-Maestra Rivas

SEED family committees-Meeting dates and times

SSC-school site council-normally 1st Monday of the month at 4:30pm parent leads Breanna Hill and Frankie Ramos

Black Family Engagement (BFE)- 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:00pm

parent lead Pecolia Manigo

Los Amigos de Manzanita SEED Fundraising Committee- 1st Tuesday of the month 6:30pm parent lead Rebecca Anderson

PTU-parent teacher union- meeting 2nd Thursday of the month (meeting times alternate) parent- leads Maria Zavaleta, Myeisha Jones and Karen Choury.

Contact Misty Waters, family coordinator with questions

Onward to 2021!

Diane G. Lang, Principal

Manzanita SEED Elementary School