Think College Now

Teacher Times & Week at a Glance Week of 4.27.15


  • Thanks Kyla for sharing this awesome Pride Poster & displaying it in honor of LGBTQ Month!

  • Thank you teachers for taking the CALL survey - I know it was long!

  • Shout out to Arcelia for a model visit with OUSD. The visitor said that Arcelia has 'impeccable organization of records and a great understanding of what is needed to reduce chronic absence'. Thank you Arcelia for all you do for ICS & TCN!

  • Thank you teachers for completing the summer school referral list! Thank you Liz for calling families! Thank you Arcelia for registering students!

Actions Requested

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


  • Medications for Field Trips: Please bring a copy of your list with you on field trip, along with any medications your student has in the office. Nancy will be updating the list on an ongoing basis, so if you have another field trip coming up, please check the turquoise Field Trip Binder for the most up to date copy to bring w/ you.

This week:


  • Home School Folders: Please send home folders on Monday and send to the FRC Thursday.
    Enter your students’ total minutes
    in the Reading Goal Tally Spreadsheet. This will help student council, ILT, and the team monitor our progress [Monday, 3/30].
    Tally minutes daily so student council representatives can collect them daily
    This template may help:

As Needed:

  • Add important dates to the Internal Calendar (field trips, family meetings, special events, or absences) or email Allison, Arcelia, and Michelle to add it. Please also invite Allison to the event, and email key people affected or who would benefit from an FYI such as the main office, coaches, specials/prep/intervention teachers. This communication will help ensure a strong team to best serve our students. [ASAP]
  • Need to meet with Allison? Set an appointment at
  • Need supplies, SST, buildings & grounds, COST referral etc.? Find the form you are looking for at
  • Attendance before Field Trips: Please take attendance using ABI before you leave for a field trip and leave a hard copy of the roster in the office (this is what Arcelia will use to update when students are tardy).

SBAC Testing!

During the next few weeks 3rd-5th Grade students will be taking the new common core state test, the SBAC. We want to minimize disruptions for testing grades and make sure everyone knows the schedule.

For all information TCN testing go to

Here you will find the schedule (, classroom activities, etc.

Schedules: Testing will take place in the mornings until approximately 10:30am. Testing students will have extended recess until 11am.

4th Grade SBAC: 4/27-5/1

3rd Grade SBAC/5th Grade Science CST: 5/4-5/8

Week of 4.27.15

Monday, April 27th
  • 4th Grade SBAC
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip - Tule Ponds
  • Yesley @ TCN
  • Rogers Family Foundation photographer (Kyle, Moni, Jennie, Katie, Leanne)
  • Faculty Council [3:15-4pm]

Tuesday, April 28th

  • 4th Grade SBAC
  • Celia @ TCN [8:30-3pm]
  • Nutrition Class [9-10:30am, ICS Parent Center]
  • COST [10-11am]
  • ILT [3:15pm-4:30pm]

Wednesday, April 29th

  • 4th Grade SBAC
  • Allison Family Office Hours [8:30-9am]
  • TCN PD [2:15-3:30pm, 2nd Grade Classroom]

Thursday, April 30th - last day to buy A's tickets

  • 4th Grade SBAC
  • Rosa Out
  • Family Fitness [7:30-8:15am, Gym]
  • CCEC Farmer's Market [8:15-10am, The Yard]
  • Student Council [3-3:45pm, B108]
  • Playworks Game Night [TCN v. Manzanita, 6:45-7:30pm, TCN Gym]

Friday, May 1st

  • 4th Grade SBAC
  • Kyla Out
  • Michelle Out
  • Panther Paw Assembly - 2nd Grade [8:30-8:45am, Gym]
  • Marisa Moss Author Visit [3rd/5th 10:30-11:15am, 4th 11:30-12:15pm]

Week of 5/4

Monday, May 4th
  • 3rd Grade SBAC & 5th Grade Science CST
  • Moni out
  • Teacher Appreciation [3:15-4:15pm, Gym]

Tuesday, May 5th

  • 3rd Grade SBAC & 5th Grade Science CST
  • Smith's Class Goes Camping
  • Family Nutrition Class [9-10:30am]
  • COST [10-11am]
  • ILT [3:20-4:30pm]

Wednesday, May 6th

  • 3rd Grade SBAC
  • Smith's Class is Camping
  • Allison's Family Office Hours [8:30-9am]
  • TCN PD [2:15-3:30pm; 1st Grade classroom]

Thursday, May 7th

  • 3rd Grade SBAC & 5th Grade Science CST
  • 1st Grade Field Trip (Crab Cove)
  • Family Fitness [7:30-8:15am, Gym]
  • CCEC Farmer's Market [8:15-10am, The Yard]
  • 4th/5th Grade Visitor: Holocaust Survivor [1:15-2:15pm, Gym]
  • Student Council [3-3:45pm, B107]
  • 3rd-5th Grade Migration is Beautiful Workshop [5-7pm, B203]
  • Playworks Game v. Jefferson [6:45-7:30pm, Gym]

Friday, May 8th

  • 3rd Grade SBAC & 5th Grade Science CST
  • Maddie & Emma out
  • Panther Paw Assembly - 1st Grade [8:30-8:45am, Gym]
  • TCN School Game Time [3:30-4:30pm, Yard]

Give Math Core Curriculum & Math Expressions Feedback!

Our OUSD Team Math would like to invite interested teachers to join us for a feedback session about our Core Curriculum with Math Expressions!

Date: April 30th, 2015

Time: 4 to 6 pm

Location: Tilden Campus

Stipend: $22.99/hr

Dinner will be provided at the end of the session.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP on the google form

If you can not attend but would like to give your feedback click

Come help us make our Core Curriculum with Math Expressions even better for our students!

Coming Up!

Monday, May 11th

  • Alumni Night! All alumni and current/former staff are invited! [5-6:30pm, Gym]

Thursday, May 14th

  • Science Fair [5:30-6:30pm, Gym]

Friday, May 15th

Thursday, May 28th

  • Open House [5-6:30pm, TCN Gym]
  • Pac Union Fundraiser [4-8pm, Monaghan's On The Hill - join after Open House :)



Free books from OUSD!

April 29, May 6 & 27, June 3 & 10 [1-5pm]

WHERE: District Library Office (Tilden) 4551 Steele Street, Oakland

WHO ARE INVITED: OUSD Teachers, library staff and volunteers, parents, and caregivers


Want to organize a classroom party or food sale check out the OUSD Healthy Food Guidelines. All foods given to students must meet these guidelines:


If you suspect bullying or if a student/parent reports it to you, please use these 'Bullying Resources' resources found on Drive ( You will find a form for reporting and investigation.


In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day Add a project that supports creativity by sharing the link on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #createthanks. The top 10 projects will get fully funded!


The TCN Science Fair is coming up about a month after Spring Break. Teachers can find resources in the Teacher Collaborative Folder on Drive (Science at TCN) and at Talk to Brenda if you need support of have questions.

CCSS (Common Core) & SBAC Resources:


K-2 Simple Chromebook Login
For K-2 students:

  1. Student turns on Chromebook
  2. Student clicks the K 2 Simple Lo icon and then Enter
  3. The OUSD TCN student launch page will open

For 3-5 students:

  1. Student turns on Chromebook
  2. Student ignores simple login and clicks Add user at bottom left of screen to login.

Support TCN & Buy A's Tickets!

Think College Now is excited to participate in the Oakland A’s Step Up to the Plate for Education program for the 2014 season! Everyone has the opportunity to purchase special fundraising tickets for select A’s games. A portion of each ticket will go directly back to TCN. To purchase tickets and view the available games, please our link:

TCN A's Game! [Plaza Outfield]

Friday, May 15th, 7pm

7000 Coliseum Way

Oakland, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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