The Walkie Talkie
Joaquin Miller Elementary Newsletter, April 2016
We have several busy weeks ahead of us with state testing, several community events, the JM Science Fair, and living history days. The third, fourth, and fifth graders will be taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, sometimes referred to as the SBAC. Your child’s teacher should be providing you with a testing schedule for the coming weeks. We ask that you feed your kiddos a healthy breakfast and ensure they get plenty of sleep throughout the testing window. Also, please do not schedule any doctor’s appointments or other events that will take them away from school during this time.
The third, fourth, and fifth grades also have their Living History Days coming up. The fifth-graders have American Revolution day on April 13th. The third-graders have Rancho day on April 20th. The fourth-graders have African-American Migration to California Day on May 18th. All three of these events require additional support form parent volunteers to make them successful. Please consider joining in on the fun at these events!
The month of May will include numerous community events! Would you like to share your business or profession with JM students? Consider taking part in Career Day on May 13th. Flyers will be coming home with your kiddos. May 13th is also Asian Pacific American Literature Read-In Day and we are looking for volunteers to come in to read books to the students. Please email me if you are interested. Nina Senn, Vice President of the School Board, will be reading to a few classes and attending the career fair as well! We will have Grandparent’s Day on May 11th. On this day, students can invite their grandparents to come in and read stories in their classrooms.
These are just a few of our upcoming events, so please check Konstella and www.joaquinmiller.org to keep up-to-date on all of our events!
- Thank you to our Joaq-a-Thon coordinators, Cathy Carr & Jen Belmont for bringing students and families together for a fun and incredibly successful event!
- We will vote for the 2016-17 board at our 4/19 community dinner and PTA meeting. This is a huge opportunity to voice your opinion - potentially large decisions will be made as a result of discussions in this meeting, so don't miss it! Nominees for the 2016-17 Board are: President: Danielle Morse, Exec. VP: OPEN, Treasurer: OPEN, Recording Secretary: Shereen Cambra, Financial Secretary: OPEN, Membership & Family Engagement: Cathy Carr, Fundraising: Sutapa Balaji, Volunteer Coordinator: Natasha Desai, Pam Boyle, Annette Dinsmore, Historian: Kristine Kopchik
JM Science Fair - 4/27
JM’S GOT TALENT!!!! Talent & Variety Show 5/6
Principal's Reading Challenge Success!
Order Your Joaquin Miller 2015-16 Yearbook
Healthy Kids Running Series
The Healthy Kids Running Series coordinated by JM mom, Andrea Johnson, is a supportive, encouraging race series aimed at getting kids active. Ages 2-8th grade are encouraged to race and the race series will be April 10, 17, 24 & May 1, 15. Registration is open, sign up today at: https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Oakland/HealthyKidsRunningSeriesOaklandCA
Montclair Library Book Art and Craft Contest
Create something new and interesting from an old book in honor of National Craft Month! Ask at the library for an old books to use, then enter your art piece by 4/30. More information at: https://montclairlibrary.wordpress.com/unbound/ or contact Children's Librarian Sally Engelfried at (510) 482-7810
Auction Party Thank You - Lost in Translation
Thanks to hosts the Kissum, Levine, Franzoia/Cox, Morse, Pincus/Gallagher, Romero and Rutherford families for an incredible Lost in Translation auction party! The LiT gathering features an extraordinary setting, outstanding sushi, and some serious karaoke. This year the power went out, but the show went on! Thanks to all who participated!