Wildcat Weekly

Week 5, September 19-23, 2016

Our Vision

Garfield Elementary School’s vision is that ALL Garfield students will grow into caring and creative adults prepared to graduate from college and succeed in life.

We plan to achieve our vision by living our school values of:

- Hard Work, Perseverance, and Education

- Teachers, Students, and Families as Partners

- Healthy Families, School, and Community

- Diversity As Our Strength

School Culture

1:1 Parent Meetings

Thank you for building positive relationships with all families! We are currently at 82% parent participation rate! Help us reach our 95% parent participation goal. Thank you to staff that turned in feedback and participation forms to Hassan.

Please turn in your feedback and participation form to Hassan. Currently 84% of teachers have returned forms.

LAZER LINE/Recess Detention

Please continue to remind scholars to walk in a LAZER line when returning from recess. If scholars are not lining up from recess, they should be given a detention slip by their homeroom teacher. The detention area will be on the upper yard and their slip should be signed by an adult. Please feel free to read more about it here

Mandated Reporter Training--DUE BY OCTOBER 14

All OUSD staff must complete their annual mandated reporter training. By law, this training must be completed every year by all school district employees. This year, all training is provided online through PDGo--you can log in--here using your OUSD gmail account. Then click on the link to "Keenan Safeschools." If you have any questions, please contact Seth Eckstein at Seth.Eckstein@ousd.org.

Updates and Announcements

Donors Choose

Congratulations to everyone who received funding for projects through Donors Choose. It takes about 20 minutes to set up an account and write a proposal for your project. This month, teachers at Garfield had the following projects funded:

  • Ms. Calef--Cozy Carpet for Science Discussions
  • Ms. Baugher--Classroom Supplies to Fuel the Year
  • Ms. Landheer--Building a Diverse Library for our Room

If I missed your project, please send me an email and I will make sure to include it in next week's Wildcat Weekly. Typically, Garfield receive's a fax that let's us know that a project was funded.

Safety Patrol

4th and 5th grade teachers, are there emerging leaders in your class that exhibit the traits of maturity, responsibility and leadership? If so, they may be ideal candidates to serve on Garfield's School Safety Patrol. In the coming weeks, Oakland School Safety Patrol will visit Garfield and present a 5-minute presentation to your class about the program as well as distribute applications to students of interest.

La Clinica Dental Services at Garfield

In an effort to increase access to health and wellness, for our scholars, our partners at La Clinica will be providing 6 weeks of on-site dental services to our kiddies BUT they require parental consent. As you engage parents, please encourage them to return dental consent forms (provided during registration) for their children. Please let me know if you require additional dental consents.

Teacher's College PD

Last Friday, 3-5th grade teachers were able to participate in a Teacher's College PD. We are lucky that we were able to have staffers come to Garfield earlier in the school year. At Garfield, we want to try to limit the number of staff off site on Teacher's Garfield PD days. We typically have 4-5 subs on site supporting classes that are participating in PD. Thank you Katie Wolfram and Katie McLane for supporting on Friday with the sub schedule! Thank you teachers who took additional scholars on Friday!

Garfield is on Instagram

Follow our Instagram page! IG: garfield_elementary_school to see all the wonderful things happening at our school. Please send Hassan any videos or photos that you'd like shared with the community and he will be sure to add them. If you have a caption that provides context, please send that along with your images.


SRI testing will be this week and it would help if students come with their Google login information, you can find more information here

Please remember to review chrome book expectations with your class.

Coaches Corner


Teachers, please note the updates for F and P testing around accuracy, writing about reading, and AR tests. This might require additional time, so please be mindful of how long it might take to test your entire class.

  • F and P for new students needs to be entered on Illuminate by 9/30
  • F and P for continuing students needs to be completed by 10/28 and on Illuminate by 11/2
  • SuperStars Literacy is completing F and P for TK/K- Thanks SSL!


CELDT testing in progress for Kindergarten and 1st grade

Shout out to Ms. Tai! Our Newcat program is up and running!


A special thanks to Ms. Landheer and Mrs. DeBorde for volunteering to participate in our fishbowl! You both rock!

Great work everyone on starting to narrow in on a specific social skill that you want your scholars to practice. The social skill you have chosen will guide your planning for the next few weeks.

We know that the end of the day is hectic, but just a reminder that PD starts at 1:35pm. We want to make sure you all get a solid amount of planning time.

Important Upcoming Dates


3:15p-4:30p Staff Meeting in Room 268

SRI Testing begins


Earthquake Drill


1:35-2:30p SEL PD

2:35-3:15p K/1 Self-guided PLC Grade levels decide whether this takes place during the additional prep during the day or after school

3:00-4:00p COST


3:15-4:15p Faculty Council in Room 268


Picture Day


Shoo the Flu at Garfield