La Escuelita TK-8 UPDATES

Monday, January 11, 2016

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and the time to do just what you wanted. As we enter a new year I wish you and your loved ones all the best in 2016!


For consistency across our school, continue to practice these procedures and expectations with your class reminding students that we expect all students to listen to and follow adult directions.

School Expectations to practice and discuss with your class:

  • asking an adult to go to restroom with a partner during recess
  • walking in covered, outdoor hallway areas
  • cafeteria expectations to walk, eat, recycle, clean, and wait to be dismissed to recess.
  • walking in covered, outdoor hallway areas
  • walking up and down the stairs
  • taking a knee when the bell rings and walking to line
  • cafeteria expectations to walk, eat, recycle, clean, and wait to be dismissed to recess.

January Character Trait: Perseverance


Monday: Faculty Meeting

Wednesday: Parent University(Morning Session)

Thursday: Ms. Rose off site at Principal Meeting. Yolanda Cater is Teacher-in-Charge

SSC Meeting PM

Friday: Faculty Council (FC) 8:00 am

Oratorical Fest

Thanks to Mrs. Omowale, our library clerk, who is available to coach students on Thursdays and Friday. Please contact her if you would like her assistance.


There are various categories for classes: whole group and/or individual or small groups of students can learn and recite poems for our site competition on Thursday, January 20, 2016 at 10:00 am. This a great way for your class to practice speaking and listening, working together as a class team, and the opportunity to build students' confidence and the experience of being on stage before an audience.

Thursday, January 20, 2016 site competition, 10:00 am. If you have questions or need ideas for poems please let me know.

This year marks the 37th year of the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Fest--a rich community and district event that provides K-12 students, from the Oakland Unified School District and sister schools within Oakland's city limits, a platform to embrace the importance of literacy and oratorical skills.

Last year, over one thousand students presented and performed in the 2015 Oratorical Festival. We're hoping to top that number this year!

Please use the “Basic Facts” below link.

While the Oratorical Fest Website is currently being updated to reflect 2016 information, it still has essential guidance for teachers, parents, and students to prepare. Use the following link:

2: 30 pm Wednesday Professional Learning

2:30 pm Professional Learning: As we enter into the next half of our school year we will plan for the next data cycle.

We will look at our progress and set goals in grade levels so that we have a narrow focus for student growth in the next 6 weeks.

Collaborative Planning Survey

Due to our limited time to plan on Wednesdays. I am suggesting a few options for us to create the valuable time needed to plan and share language arts ideas with your grade level partner.

1: Before School Planning: 8:00 am-8:30 am (Twice a week): Stipend provided.

2: Every 6 week Cycle Planning: Substitute coverage and you plan for 1/2 day.

3: Extend our Weekly Wednesdays by 45 minutes: Stipend provided.

4: Change our preparation schedules to align same planning time.

5: Other ideas and suggestions.

EMAIL me or see me with you number choice 1,2,3 or 4 preference by Tuesday.

Informal Observations

If you would like to observe a grade level partner or another grade level to learn and share ideas, please let me know and I can arrange for coverage of your class while you learn.

Ms. Cater and I will visit classrooms on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to support our data cycle and to capture best practices.