Ohlone Family Connection

April 29, 2022

Staff Appreciation Week

We love our students and families!

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Thank you, Families!

I had to start off this OFC with pictures from our much appreciated show of love and gratitude for our staff appreciation week. The decorated doors were fun and made staff feel like the stars they are. The flowers were beautiful and the homemade ones were just about the sweetest thing we have ever seen. The coffee cart and yummy lunch from Mendocino Farms put it over the top! Wow. We are so grateful to have families who are true partners and who make staff feel loved and appreciated. Thank you!

Tomorrow is our highly anticipated Spring Fling and Festival! This is a reimagined Harvest Festival along with our student talent show. If you have never attended in the past, this is a must-do! There will be games, booths, food, and most importantly, community. This is our time to reconnect :). I hope to see you and your children there. I will try to drag my big 15-year-old child with me. See you then!


Ohlone Principal

Coming Up Next Week

Saturday, April 30th - Spring Fling & Festival! 1:00-5:00

Monday, May 2

8:30-10:00 - PTA Executive Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 3

4:00-6:00 - K/1 Playdate & Campus Tour

Wednesday, May 4 - May the 4th Be With You!

Lunch - Student Council Meeting

Thursday, May 5 - Cinco de Mayo!

2:45-4:15 - CVC Planning Meeting

Friday, May 6 - School Lunch Hero Day!

Lunch - Movie Spirit Day for Students

Saturday, May 7 - Mothers' Day

On the Horizon

5/10 - Parent Leadership Team (PLT), 11:00-11:45

5/11 - Ohlone Playdate, 4:00

5/12 - Tree Planting (2021 5th grade gift), 4:30-5:30

This Saturday, April 30 Spring Fling & Festival!

This will be a special time for our community to finally reconnect. You don't want to miss this. I am looking forward to seeing students and families for this much anticipated event!

What is Spring Fling and Festival?

Once upon a time in (2019) Ohlone hosted two events, a Fall Harvest Festival to benefit the Farm and a Spring Fling to promote student talent and celebrate our community. This Spring we have combined the two events in hopes of building our Ohlone community, highlighting the farm, showcasing student talent and enjoying a day together in the sun.

Please, if you have kids that remember Harvest Festival tell them it is the same idea...just in the Spring. If this will be your first Spring Fling and Festival you are in for a treat! Live music, yummy baked treats, tasty food, handmade crafts, farm products, t-shirts and totes, beloved booths like wooden sign painting, caramel apples, popcorn hands, soap felting, butter making, and much more await you.

Let's celebrate together! Come for the entire afternoon or whatever time you can spare. Bring a blanket to enjoy the student performances and be ready with your ticket bracelet to enjoy over 18 booths, three naturalist tables, a plant sale, and lots of treasures from the market. Each of us has a role to play so sign up for your booth, lend an extra hand with set up or clean up and support the farm. Go Ohlone spirit!

Paly Robotics Today!

At lunch today, Paly Robotics hosted an interactive demonstration for Ohlone students. There were ball throwing robots and mechanical fun all around. So fun! Plus, it is always fun to see the bigs teach the littles :). I love high schoolers! Thank you for spreading the STEM, Paly!

4/5 Trades Day

What a fabulous event for Cluster 3! Thank you to all of our many many parents who came out for the day and worked behind the scenes to create stations for students to learn trades from the colonial period through a hands-on learning experience. Thank you to our teachers who put much time and effort in creating experiences for students that are meaningful and inclusive. Teachers are continuing their work as anti-racist educators to develop future experiences that are reflective, thoughtful, and supportive of all students. Please enjoy the pictures!

Farm Position Openings

If you have anyone who you think may be interested in a farm manager or farm science instructional assistant position, please let me know or share the postings below.

We are looking for someone with gardening and elementary education experience for the Farm Science Assistant position. Our farm manager should be comfortable around large animals and of course, love all things farm. The hours can be flexible. Thank you!

Elementary Farm Supervisor


Farm Science Instructional Assistant


K/1 playdate & Campus Tour

K/1 Playdate & Campus Tour - Tuesday, 5/3 from 4-6 pm

We’re back on campus - HOORAY! Come connect with your fellow K/1 families, meet Ohlone leaders from our PTA, CVC and Farm teams and tour Ohlone! Make new friends while we take families in small groups & introduce you to the wonders of our welcoming campus.

Site Council Inclusion Survey

Our Site Council is developing a new school climate survey focused on inclusion. Throughout the school year, Site Council has been discussing our priority of ensuring that every family at Ohlone feels included and celebrated. We are interested in hearing from families about what makes them feel included and what barriers may be impacting connection and building relationships. I hope you will take the time to share your honest feedback and reflections when the survey reaches your inbox. Your perspective is valued and appreciated. We look forward to taking tangible actions that will support a strong and inclusive community.

PTA President, Where Art Thou?

We know you are out there :). Please reach out to me if you are interested. This is an amazing opportunity to support your school community. We cannot have a school PTA without a president. Please consider and email me today! There is a free t-shirt and a jar of honey in your future.

School Mascot?

Student Council has been discussing the need/desire for an official school mascot. Some of the kids believe our mascot is the apple with the worm. Others do not think we have a mascot. Some do not know either way!

Students talked about finding out what students, staff, and families want first. They thought about breathing new life into an existing image or coming up with something new. Students are learning about this process that involves many stakeholders and takes time. They are gathering input from students first. Next, they will reach out to staff and then families. I have done this once before. This process does take time and may spill into next year. I'm looking forward to seeing what the Ohlone community comes up with!

In Case You Missed It

Right At School Program

Registration for Right At School's 2022/23 programs is now open. Please see the flyer below.

An important note: If families register before the end of the school year, you will lock in the current pricing. Once summer hits, tuition rates will slightly increase.