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Teacher Times & Week at a Glance Week of 12.7.15


  • Thank you Asase for creating Overdue Book Reports and getting them to teachers. Shout out to Emma's class for NO overdue books!
  • Thank you Julia for sharing your students' most recent reading data with volunteers, interventionists, and partners. It is exciting to share in your students' successes.
  • Thank you Jennifer for leading the charge with Hour of Code! I can't wait to see what our students can do!
  • Thank you to all teachers for the incredible culture of literacy you've created at TCN. Our OUSD visitors were so impressed by the classroom environments, the consistent systems throughout the school, and the level of rigor present in all classes.
  • Huge shout out to Jennie and Jennifer for all of your tech work. There is a TON of work you're both doing behind the scenes to get the technology our kids need. Thank you for being such savvy advocates!
  • Thank you to all teachers for your hard, intentional work around report cards. We know it will pay off next week!

Actions Requested

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

This Week:

  • Update the Unity Night Performance & Project spreadsheet to include the performance and art project you will do during Unity Night on December 11th.
  • Enter requests for Report Card Support (more info on report cards below in resources).
  • Complete Report Cards by Monday, December 7th at 10am. See the Report Cards 15-16 Drive folder for all the information you need, including everything from this week's PD such as the TCN Report Card Guide (including resources from other grades).
  • Do you need Words Their Way (WTW) books? Enter your needs into the TCN WTW Needs Tracker 15-16 by Friday, December 4th, after you administer your WTW Spelling Inventory.

This Month:

  • Red/Yellow Card Tracker - Please use this tracker, saved on Drive, to update your students' red and yellow cards.
  • Books for Classrooms! Every classroom is receiving 100-150 books. Make sure you reference this email from Maddie to make sure the books are ready for students by winter break.

As Needed:

  • Reimbursement Forms - Click here for a link to the OUSD Reimbursement Form. If you are not already set up as an external vendor, you will need to fill out this form as well.
  • Need to meet with Allison? Set an appointment here or check her calendar here
  • Need supplies, SST, buildings & grounds, COST referral etc.? Find the form you are looking for at
  • Want to share pictures, appreciations or upcoming events. Please email Jennifer with TT in the subject line by end of day Monday to be included in the next issue of the Teacher Times. Teacher Times will be sent out Fridays at 8am.

Week of 12.7.15

Please note the minimum day specials schedule here.

Monday, December 7th

  • Minimum Days - Report Card Conferences
  • Book Fair [Library]

Tuesday, December 8th

  • Minimum Days - Report Card Conferences
  • Home Visit Training [4pm - 7pm]
  • Book Fair [Library]

Wednesday, December 9th

  • Minimum Days - Report Card Conferences
  • Maddie Offsite [Principal PD]
  • Book Fair [Library]
  • SSC [3:15pm - 4:30pm]
  • ASP's Winter In Lak'esh [4:30pm - 5:45pm, gym]

Thursday, December 10th

  • Dina's Birthday!
  • Minimum Days - Report Card Conferences
  • Wired Parent Technology Series [8:30am - 9:30am]
  • Book Fair [Library]
  • ILT [3:15pm - 4:30pm]

Friday, December 11th

  • Minimum Days - Report Card Conferences
  • Panther Paw Assembly - 5th grade
  • TCN Parent Rep Meeting [9:00am - 10:00am]
  • Book Fair [Library]
  • Panther Party
  • Unity Night [5:00pm - 7:00pm]

**Hour of Code Week**

In honor of Computer Science Education Week, schools throughout the country are participating in an Hour of Code. Learn more about Hour of Code here.

Week of 11.14.15

Monday, December 14th

  • Staff Meeting [3:15pm - 4:30pm]

Tuesday, December 15th

  • Nutcracker Performance [9:00am - 9:45am]
  • Student Council [3:00pm - 4:00pm]

Wednesday, December 16th

  • CCEC Drill: Earthquake/Fire [9:15am - 9:45am]
  • TCN PD [2:15pm - 3:30pm]
  • Winter Reading Recital [1:45pm - 2:45pm, Reading Partners room]

Thursday, December 17th

  • Sarah Out
  • ILT [3:15pm - 4:30pm]
  • TCN Happy Hour [5:00pm - 7:00pm, Lost and Found]

Friday, December 18th

  • Sarah's Birthday
  • Sarah Out
  • Panther Paw Assembly - 4th

Upcoming Events

  • Book Fair: December 7 - 11, TCN/ICS Library. See this document to sign up to take your class for a preview. Students can shop after school only. Regular library will not take place during the Book Fair.
  • Unity Night - mark your calendars for TCN's annual Unity Night on Friday, December 11th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm. More info to come!
  • Nutcracker Performs at TCN - Once again, we are lucky to have the Nutcracker come to TCN for a short performance. It will be held in the gym Tuesday, December 15, from 9:00am - 9:45am.
  • Family Math Night - Get ready! Math Night is coming...Thursday, February 25 from 5:30-6:30. The goal of this evening is to make it an engaging event where families feel excited about doing math at home and supporting their students. After the new year, we will share more information about the format and schedule of the event. In the meantime, here are some links to a few sites and ideas to get your creative juices flowing: Family Math Night and Fun Math Games
  • Oakland Running Festival - March 20, 2016. Believe it or not, March will be here before we know it. Last year, a group of teachers/staff/families from TCN participated in the 5k at the Oakland Running Festival. We'd love to get a group going again this year, so mark your calendars!


  • December Schedule ZigZags: The next couple months are full of different activities and schedule changes. This document has all the details you need.
  • What are ZigZags? Kyle shared some great resources and a video about ZigZags and how using them can help some of our students when schedules change. This website is also full of resources and videos.
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program - Click here to see November's menu of fresh snacks.
  • TCN Chromebook Use - Please read this document for TCN Chromebook Procedures and Norms.
  • Wireless Printing: Click here for directions to set up printing from your Chromebook to the new wireless printer in the teacher workroom.
  • The Marshall Memo - A Weekly Round-up of Important Ideas and Research in K-12 Education. Check out the current issue.
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