Weekly Staff Bulletin

~April 21-25~Week 31~

Tests & Assessments

Grades 3-5

SWT 3 - Opens April 21st

Closes: 5/16

Scan by: 5/22

Grades 3-5

SBAC - Field Testing Window

ELA & Math

3rd: test in AM - 4/21 through 4/25

4th: SBAC practice - 4/21 through 4/25 in the PM

Opens April 7th

Closes May 16

~What's going on this week?~

Monday, April 21st

3:00-4:00 PM

Staff Meeting

Location: Mr. Zucker's classroom


Gender Spectrum - Gender 101 Training

Tuesday, April 22nd

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Beatrice @ Principal's Meeting

3:00-5:00 PM

ILT Meeting


I. 2013-2014 IR Results

II. 2014-2015 EL Priorities

III. Vertical Meetings Foci

IV. Summer Work: expeditions with program priorities

Wednesday, April 23rd

2:00-3:00 PM

Vertical Team PD

Location: Mr. Zucker's class


I. IR Results

II. Dual Language Focus & Program Priorities for 2014-2015

*Collaborative Notes Due

Thursday, April 24th

10:30 AM -12:30 PM

Rexo Walkthrough

3:00-4:30 PM

Faculty Council Meeting

3:00-6:00 PM

Teacher Leadership Collaborative for ELA, Math, & Science Leads

Friday, April 25th

3 PM

Attention 1st & 2nd grade teachers

Spanish Immersion Summer Program recommendations due through Google shared document.

-Criteria for recommendation in your box

Estrellita Professional Development

Saturday, April 26th, 8am-3pm

6701 International Blvd

Oakland, CA

Attention all TK & K teachers, Estrellita Training will be hosted by CUES.

You will be compensated for your time.

Please bring the following:

- K-1 Teacher's Guide

- Implementation Checklist

- Assessment Component (1 Instruction Guide, 1 Student Booklet, 1 Individual Record)

Dia del Nino Celebration & Flea Market Fundraising Event

Sunday, April 27th, 11am-3pm

2409 27th Ave

Oakland, CA

Please join us in celebrating our children on this fun-filled event!

~Safe/Welcoming Environment~

Stranger Danger

After our last Wednesday PD on Stranger Danger, please take time during your morning meetings to discuss the stranger-danger strategies.

We are currently working with Annette Oropeza to bring a Stranger-Danger assembly to our campus. I will keep you posted on the dates & times.


Diving into deeper learning: Marc Chun at TEDxDenverTeachers

SIRA - Science Instructional Reflection and Assessment

3rd Grade Instructional Plan for Structures of Life

3rd grade - link to download the entire Instructional Plan for Structures of Life: http://goo.gl/TsCjZN

Reminder: this tool is to be used hand-in-hand with their FOSS Teacher Guide.

Finally, we are offering a stipend three-hour PL session on June 18, 9:00 - 12:00 for all 3rd grade teachers to learn about the SIRA in preparation for next year. It is strongly recommended that at least one of your 3rd grade teachers attend the session, and all are welcome. There will be a make-up session offered in August or September, but we hope that all schools can be represented in June.

Thanks for your partnership,

Claudio Vargas
Coordinator, Elementary Science

Oakland Unified School District

Math Performance Task Data Chats

Math Data Chats need to be schedule by no later than the end of the month. Please submit your dates to Nora ASAP.

PE Schedule for this week: WEEK 3


9:05-9:35 AM - Ms. Elana

1:55-2:25 PM - Ms. Hudson


9:05-9:35 AM - Ms. udovic

1:55-2:25 PM - Mr. Mayock


9:05-9:35 AM - Ms. Mazy

1:55-2:25 PM - Ms. Superfine



Dear Colleagues,

Please make sure that you take attendance in a timely manner; we are noticing that quite a number of us are needing gentle reminder calls to take attendance. Help us out & take attendance! :-)

Spanish Immersion Summer Program

In-coming 2nd & in-coming 3rd graders have been selected to participate in the 2014 Spanish Immersion Summer Program. 25 students from each grade will be recommended by the current 1st & 2nd grade teachers. Criteria of priority students is located on the white board, & in the teachers' boxes.

  • ONLY 20 students from each selected grade levels will be chosen.
  • When does summer school start/end? June 23rd through July 18th
  • Recommendations are due: Friday, April 25th
  • Our parent coordinator will reach out to the families of the students selected to return the applications.

Bulletin Boards

Let's update our hallway bulletin boards!

Please ensure that when posting student work that we identify the CCSSS alignment or the expedition theme.

Parents, community, students, and our colleagues enjoy seeing these bulletin boards!

Teacher Recess Supervision

REMINDER: We need you to honor the recess schedule; please show up to your assigned duty. Thank you for your support!

Friday's Community Assembly

Week 31

TK/K: Mr. Saleski & Ms. Elana

1st: Ms. Superfine & Ms. Hudson

2nd: Ms. Ortiz

3rd: Ms. Perrone

4th: Mr. Bien

5th: Mr. Zucker

Emerging Leaders

New Leaders is hosting information sessions:

  • April 22nd at 5:30pm at UPA
  • April 30th at 4:00pm and 5pm at Hoover
  • Confirming: May 7th at 4:00pm at Life


Laura Robell

Managing Director, Bay Area

New Leaders

cell: 415.308.2903


2nd Round of Accelerometers

April 28-May 2: Data Collection Week for Oakland Schools

Grant Opportunities!

As we shared last month, the application window for Target's $2,000 arts and early childhood reading mini-grants is open until April 30:

Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grants
"Target funds in-school arts programs that enhance students' classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs, and workshops in schools. Programs must take place between September 2014 and August 2015."
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: April 30
Apply here.

Early Childhood Reading Grants
"Target funds programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Reading grants support programs such as library story times and family reading nights. Programs must take place between September 2014 and August 2015."
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: April 30.
Apply here.

As always, these and other mini-grant opportunities can be found on our Mini-Grants page.

UC Berkeley's Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is looking to bring free mini-lectures and hands-on activities to your classroom or after-school program "to help students [in grades K-12] realize the potential of exploring a future studying science and engineering." If your school is interested in hosting Berkeley's BMES for one of these sessions (and/or you want more details), please emailbenj@oaklandschoolsfoundation.org.