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Manzanita SEED families March 2021

March is Women's History Month- Happy International Women's Day!

History-Making American Women | History

Message from our garden teacher Ms. Annie

As we roll into March many of our winter plants are ending their life cycles and making room for warm season plants. Since we haven’t been at school I’ve been trying to put in more perennials, so students can enjoy them when we return to campus. We now have new lavender and chocolate peppermint plants! The OUSD Harvest of the Month for March is oranges. Oranges are great snacks on their own but can also be delicious savory (in sauces) or sweet (in smoothies or cake). OUSD is offering live cooking classes for students once a month through the Harvest of the Month program. Join in on March 22nd from 5-6:15 with this Zoom ID: 89779088467. Find more information, including ingredients used in the cooking demo, at the OUSD HOTM website:

Seeking an Amazing School Site Leader for Manzanita SEED

Do you know someone who would be a phenomenal leader for Manzanita SEED?

We are currently seeking a school site leader for Manzanita SEED. Please spread the word and encourage your network of highly qualified, Spanish bilingual, equity centered candidates to apply to the eligibility pool.

Application Link

Sora: The Digital Library for OUSD Students, Families & Staff

OUSD Library Services is excited to introduce a new way for all students and teachers to access great books - the OUSD Digital Library through Sora! Sora is easy to use and includes many titles that are popular with students. There are books in both English and Spanish. This new digital library is a great resource for distance learning, but will continue to be available for years to come.

Students and teacher can sign into Sora with an OUSD username and password by:

  • Going to the Sora icon in Clever

  • Going to on any browser and selecting Oakland Unified School District from the list of schools

  • Downloading the free Sora app on your phone or tablet

To learn more about Sora now, please visit the Sora page on Teacher Central, or view this brief Sora Introduction Video. You can click this Sora link to sign in right now and give it a try.

Family Guide to Understanding ELPAC-English Language Proficiency Assessments for California

Attend a listening session to learn more about the districts reopening plans.

Oakland USD is holding listening sessions for families.

Information here :

February Students of the Month- focal value responsibility

I can take responsibility for my learning and for my choices.
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SEED has been selected as an equity champion cohort school. Our staff will attend Courageous Conversations training this spring

SEED staff have an opportunity, funded by Salesforce, to continue to engage in equity learning, as one of six schools in OUSD- six principals and their teams will begin the team training portion of our Equity Champions Cohort, with a specific focus on improving outcomes for African American students.

The purpose of the team is to deepen our understanding of race and equity, and build our collective will, skill, knowledge, and capacity, in our respective roles as educators, parents, or community partners to interrupt deficit-based language and thinking, and lead with empowering narratives, and culturally responsive, asset based practices. SEED staff will attend training March 25th and 26th, 2021!

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Over the next few weeks, OUSD will be closing our public distribution sites, and reallocating this labor to support the reopening effort.

  • As of Friday April 2, OUSD will close public distribution at Cleveland, Sankofa, WOMS, Life, Elmhurst, Garfield, Frick, CCPA, La Escuelita and Manzanita.

Starting on Monday, families who visit our public distribution sites will be encouraged to enroll in home delivery. We will process delivery applications as quickly as possible to ensure continuity of meal service. Nutrition service workers will have pen/paper applications available so families can complete the form on the spot. Families can also complete the online forms.

Resources for families in need:

Financial Resources:

1. Homies Empowerment: Help with utility, rent or mortgage payments. For City of Oakland resident, accepting applications until January 15, 2021 or until funds have been exhausted. Applicants will be selected by the Radical Love Awards Committee and notified of their application status via phone within 2 weeks of applying.

2. The Oakland Private Industry Council: Assistance with rent and utility bills. For City of Oakland residents, be affected financially by COVID-19 , have proof of Right to Work in the USA. Call the Oakland Career Center by the Lake: (510) 858-6742 or West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center: (510) 419-0392. For Spanish, call Mayra Ramirez at (510) 910-0986. One-time cash assistance of $599 per adult to people in need of financial support

3. Bay Area Community Services (BACS): Assistance with Rental Relief Fund, Phone: 510-238-5091 & 510-899-9289, apply online Website: (Must live in Oakland, Hayward, or Emeryville)

4. Spark Point (Stay Housed Program) Rental Subsidy 0-12 months tenant pays 30% of income; 13-24 months tenant pays 40% rent, Residents: Hayward, Union City, Newark, Fremont who are current on rent, must sign up for Spark Point program and attend financial assistance meeting through phone. Phone: 510-574-2003

5. Catholic Charities East Bay: The only assistance they are providing is rental. They will only pay delinquent rents. Phone:(510) 768-3100, Hours: 8:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday – Saturday, Languages: English & Spanish, website:

6. One Fare Wage Emergency Fund: Cash gifts to workers such as restaurant workers, gig workers and other hourly workers) Website:

7. The Unity Council: Rental payment assistance for Low-Income Oakland residents impacted by Covid 19 - any immigration status, also assists with accessing benefits like temp unemployment/food stamps, cash assistance and supportive services available to eligible. Phone: (510)535-6900, apply online:; website: Email:

8. Seasons of Sharing: Assistance with rent & deposit. Phone: 510-272-3700, web:

9. Alameda County Social Services SSA: General Assistance (GA) and Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) General assistance program designed to provide relief and support to indigent adults who are Not supported by their own means. Phone 510-263-2420 East County, Website:

10. Oakland LGBTQ Community Center: ER Housing and Rental Assistance for ALL low-income individuals and families, Hours of Operation Office Hours: Monday through Friday,12:00 pm- 8:00 pm, Phone: 510-882-2286, apply online:, email:

11. Centro Legal de la Raza: (Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund) Housing & Resource assistance. Visit website:

12. Street Level Health Project: (Small Cash Grants for Day Laborers and Their Families in Oakland) Phone: (510)-533-9906, Website:

13. CA Dept of Social Services (CDSS): Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAP) Provides monthly cash benefits to aged, blind, and disabled NON-Citizens. Phone: 916-651-8848, website: 14. Housing Resources, help paying rent & others:

Utility Resources:

1. The Unity Council WIOA Grant: Utility & rental assistance for All Alameda county, Phone: 510-535-6101, website: Telephone: 510-535-6101 Apply here:

2. PG & E (Reach program): One-time bill assistance up to $300, has payment arrangement and extensions also. Phone number: 1-800-933-9677, website:

3. PG & E (Cares program): PGE discount up to 20% or more, apply online:

4. EBMUD; Phone number: 1-866-403-2683, Apply Online:

5. Spectrum Community Center: (LIHEAP Program) PGE bill pay, for Alameda County, proof of low income required. You can have PGE Care program and still get assistance, if you are on unemployment you qualify. Phone numbers: 510-881-0300 ex 216 & 510-881-0300 ex 226, website:

Cleaning/Hygiene Resources:

1. Homies Empowerment: (FREEdom Store) Any Alameda County resident can pick up cleaning supplies, toiletries, diapers and food. Open every Tuesday from 10-4pm at 7631 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA. Website:

2. East Oakland Collective: Food / Diapers/ Cleaning supplies, Any Oakland Resident. Distribution days (pick up or drop off) are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday's each week, between 1 PM - 4 PM. Call or text at 510-990-0775. Email:, website:

3. TRYBE: Food/Diapers/Cleaning Supplies - Any Oakland Resident, delivery of food and supplies on Wednesdays. Phone: 510.567.4654, email:, website:

4. KAISER: also sends a care-kit that has hygiene supplies for its members.

Food Resources:

You can call the Food Bank at (510) 635-3663 so that you (or a friend if you are in isolation/quarantine) can set up pickup of canned/fresh food. · Here is a list of food distribution services for pickup of food:

Health Insurance Resources:

We have health insurance technicians that can help you apply and see what you qualify for by calling 1-800-422-9495. Here is their website where you can also locate a doctor close to you:

· You may also apply for health care benefits online via Social Services Agency here: Telephone • 510-263-2420 • 1-888-999-4772

Please also visit our ACPHD Resources Residents website to read other community resources

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Photo Credit-Maestra Rivas

SEED family committees-Meeting dates and times

SSC-school site council and SELLS site English Language Learners subcommittee-normally 1st Monday of the month at 4:30pm parent leads Breanna Hill and Frankie Ramos


Black Family Engagement (BFE)- 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:00pm

parent lead Pecolia Manigo


Los Amigos de Manzanita SEED Fundraising Committee- 1st Tuesday of the month 6:30pm parent lead Rebecca Anderson


PTU-parent teacher union- meeting TBD (meeting times alternate) parent- leads Maria Zavala, Myeisha Jones and Karen Choury.

Click here for our online calendar-

Contact Misty Waters, family coordinator with questions

Diane G. Lang, Principal

Manzanita SEED Elementary School