La Voz de Las Semillas

Manzanita SEED Monthly Family Newsletter

After a start to our school year that felt like a rocket ride, Manzanita SEED is beginning to settle into the familiar rhythms of the school year. We are excited to say that while we have had a few COVID cases so far this year, we had no “community spread” within SEED - that is, no additional students tested positive as a result of being in class with a COVID-positive person. We are grateful for the overwhelming support from our families around ensuring that everyone wears a mask when on campus, and ensuring that their students are prepared to wear their masks every day.


Although it may feel for families and teachers like we are returning to a familiar routine, we continue to remind ourselves that students are navigating less familiar ground as they are so much younger and have less experience than adults do in school. Please continue to check in with your students about their experiences at school as we know that students are re-learning (or learning for the first time, for our first graders and younger) school routines, social skills, and grade-level content that may feel more challenging after a year of remote learning.

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What's Blossomed at SEED Lately?

  • Last week was National Community Schools Manager Week! We thank Misty Waters for her incredible work to build a strong, supported, united school community. Misty tells students that her role is to be a feelings helper for both kids and adults, so we want to share our feelings of love and gratitude for her!

  • Last week we had an introduction to some amazing visiting arts teachers, including SEED parent Hector Lugo, who together as the AfroLatinx Music Alliance (ALMA) will be providing music and dance enrichment this fall for all our students!

  • Thanks to parent and teacher advocacy, OUSD will fully fund the ST Math program at SEED this year! ST Math is a fantastic math learning software that teaches students math skills through games. We’re so excited to have this program back!

  • On Friday September 24 we held our first all-school assembly of the year! During this assembly, held outside on the yard and kept to 20 minutes for COVID safety purposes, we sang our school song, learned about Latinx Heritage Month, and heard announcements from our 4th and 5th graders. We are excited to bring this tradition back once a month - information about our next assembly will come out in October on ParentSquare!

  • On Friday September 24 we held THREE emergency drills! In the morning we practiced what happens if there is an emergency outside the building and we need to move inside classrooms and lock our doors. In the afternoon we practiced what happens if there is an earthquake, and then what happens if there is a fire. Students did great, following directions quickly and quietly. At home you can reinforce our drills by asking your students what they did during each of these drills, and reminding them that we practice what to do in an emergency so that if one happens, we all know what to do to keep ourselves and each other safe.

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Upcoming Events in October

  • 10/1: Minimum Day for teacher data conferences - please pick your child up at 1:30 unless they attend the EBAYC after-school program or another ASP that follows school schedules.

  • 10/7: Coffee With the Principal on Zoom 9:00-10:00 am

  • 10/11: Indigenous Peoples’ Day - no school

  • 10/12-10/22: Minimum Days for goal-setting conferences - please pick your child up at 1:30 unless they attend the EBAYC after-school program or another ASP that follows school schedules.

  • 10/21: PTU Meeting 5:30 on Zoom - register below with the PTU to receive invitation

  • Halloween Events TBA - check ParentSquare for more information later in October
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Reminders & Requests

Please remember…

  • Please do not send your students to school if they have any symptoms of any illness at all - not just respiratory symptoms! If a student has any symptoms of illness they must remain home and can return once their symptoms have improved, they have been free of fever for 24 hours, and can send a negative PCR COVID test. Send all PCR results to irma.rodriguez@ousd.org, rocio.gutierrez@ousd.org, misty.waters@ousd.org, and rachelle.mcmanus@ousd.org. We are required by OUSD and by Alameda County DPH to take all reported symptoms very seriously.

  • Yes, our uniform policy is in effect! While your child is welcome at school in whatever clothes they come in, our red shirt uniforms help create a community tone and help to distinguish our students from MCS students. Any red shirt is acceptable. We are currently low on logo shirts in the office, but we will work with our fundraising committee to order more soon. The last Friday of every month is free dress day!

  • We have been noticing many students bringing “sometimes food” - that is, sweet or salty treats - to school. Please remember that we are a healthy food only campus. Items like candy, soda, and chips are not allowed as lunches or as snacks. This promotes healthy choices among our students, helps children maintain a consistent energy level over the course of the day, and supports student behavior - as you can imagine, a treat that everyone wants a piece of can be very disruptive.


Ways families can help…

  • We need a Parent Advisor for the Safety Patrol program! The Advisor would need to be able to commit to either the drop-off (morning) or the pick-up (afternoon) shift every day and support parent volunteers and 5th grade students who are helping support a safe drop-off and pick-up. Contact Misty Waters if you would like to be considered for this important role!

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PTU Updates

The Parent Teacher Union serves as the nucleus of all our parent groups. Includes organizing parent classroom leaders, listening to and elevating parent and teacher concerns, grade level fundraising activities, and working in conjunction with all other SEED family committees.

Regular Monthly meetings will be held on the third Thursday of Every Month. The next meeting is 10/21/21 at 5:30pm. Check out the most recent meeting minutes here!


The Manzanita SEED Parent Teachers Union would like to connect with you!

Please share your contact information to be connected with other parents and to receive updates and announcements from the PTU.

https://tinyurl.com/SEED-Directory2021

Community Resource Updates

BFE (Black Family Engagement)

This group serves as a place to build community and support our families who identify as descendents of the African Diaspora, and to strengthen resources and support for our students and their families in dual language programs. The BFE will meet monthly - stay tuned to ParentSquare for meeting information.


Los Amigos De Manzanita SEED

A not for profit 501c3 corporation that was formed in 2014 to allow the SEED school community to receive grant funds designated for non-profits and collect parent-raised funds. The mission of Los Amigos is to promote the welfare of Manzanita SEED students at home, in school, and in the community. Los Amigos works in partnership with the parents and the school principal, however the principal holds the final decision making for fund allocation.


All donations made to Los Amigos De Manzanita SEED are tax deductible. Our Tax ID number is 46-5612668.


Coffee With the Principal

Continuing a long-standing tradition of Ms. Lang’s, Ms. McManus will hold “coffee with the principal” every first Thursday of the month. These events will be held on Zoom for now. This is an opportunity for parents to communicate their needs, questions and observations to Ms. McManus and to hear from the principal around important updates. There will always be Spanish translation available - we want to hear all voices!


Coffee With the Principal will be held on the first Thursday of every month at 9am. The next event is Thursday, October 7 at 9am at this Zoom link.


Get up! Show up! Never Give Up! September is Attendance Awareness Month!

This year, the possibility of missing more school than usual for illness or quarantine is real. Still, now, as always missing school means missing opportunities to learn. This month, students will explore how to stay safe and engaged in learning at school or in quarantine. Please communicate any concerns you have around attendance. We are here to help.


This month, our amazing teachers will be sharing a district wide presentation in their classrooms about why Everyone & Every Day Counts! Please ask them about it! Participating schools will be entered into a monthly attendance drawing to virtually meet a very special guest!

September is National Latinx Heritage Month!

From September 15 to October 15, 2021 we celebrate and promote the history, culture, and contributions of Latinos. We invite all students, parents and staff to celebrate the many contributions of Latinos during this month by using the resources provided. How will you celebrate?