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Teacher Times & Week at a Glance Week of 2.8.16


  • Shout out to Kathy for all her hard work with our striving readers! They've grown so much this year!
  • I want to appreciate Mariya for holding down the 2nd grade class last week so they could have a little bit more consistency. I felt comfortable knowing she was there until Jodi gets back.
  • Kathy & Julie, you guys have done incredible work with your reading groups. You've also been amazing thought partners and resources for everyone!
  • Shout out to 2nd-5th grade teachers and students for rocking the SRI & SMI this week! We're seeing some exciting growth thanks to all of your hard work!
  • Thank you Allison and Claudia for all of your hard work on the budget this week. It makes such a crucial difference for our school.
  • Thank you Julia and Moni for leading fantastic 100th day of school activities!

Actions Requested

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

This Week:

  • 2nd-5th Grade Teachers: The SRI and SMI are here! Please reference the schedule for any scheduling questions. Take time to prepare your students accordingly and reference this document for best practices. Let Maddie know if students need to make-up the test(s) due to absence and reach out the Maddie with questions.

  • Spelling Bee: Email Ryan with list of Spelling Bee contestants by Friday 2/5.

  • Math Night: Sign up to lead a workshop or volunteer for Family Math Night on Thursday, February 25th from 5:30-6:30pm. This year we would like to try something new. In order to make this a sustainable event year after year, we would like each grade level to create a math workshop kit. Even if you can't attend, we will pay you to make this kit so that other volunteers or teachers could potentially lead a workshop with it. TCN will provide bins to create these. This kit should include: at least 2-3 games and activities that span a K-2 or 3-5 grade level span to provide for a variety of levels and ability. It should have all blackline masters needed for each game (in a sheet protector), any manipulatives that will stay in the bin and clear, easy to follow directions (translated versions, if possible). Here are some links to a few sites and ideas to get your creative juices flowing: Family Math Night and Fun Math Games

As Needed:

  • Reimbursement Forms - Click here for a link to the OUSD Reimbursement Form. If you are not already set up as an external vendor, you will need to fill out this form as well.
  • Need to meet with Allison? Set an appointment here or check her calendar here
  • Need supplies, SST, buildings & grounds, COST referral etc.? Find the form you are looking for at
  • Want to share pictures, appreciations or upcoming events. Please email Jennifer with TT in the subject line by end of day Monday to be included in the next issue of the Teacher Times. Teacher Times will be sent out Fridays at 8am.

The Oakland Promise is here! Check out the video below that features our campus, some of our students, and our very own Mrs. Purdy!

Oakland Promise

Week of 2.8.16

Monday, February 8th

  • Alex Out
  • Coach Kenny at TCN
  • Staff Meeting [3:15pm - 4:30pm, B106]

Tuesday, February 9th

  • Coach Kenny at TCN
  • Hatschek Field Trip [8:30am - 1:30pm]
  • 3rd Grade Lawrence Hall of Science Bus
  • Allison Off Site [1:30pm - 4:30pm]
  • Student Council [3:00pm - 4:00pm, B104]

Wednesday, February 10th

  • Coach Kenny at TCN
  • TCN PD [2:15pm - 3:30pm, B106]
  • Action: Return Home School Folders to the FRC

Thursday, February 11th

  • Coach Kenny at TCN
  • Jennifer Off Site [Blended Learning PD]
  • Wired Parent Technology Series [8:30am - 9:30am]
  • Spelling Bee [2:00pm - 3:00pm]
  • ILT [3:15pm - 4:30pm]

Friday, February 12th

  • Coach Kenny at TCN
  • Panther Paw Assembly [1st Grade]
  • Pink Day & Valentine's Dance [3:15pm - 4:30pm]
  • 1st Grade Spelling Bee [9:15am Gelormino, 12:15pm Hatfield]
  • Action: Sign Weekly Attendance Reports

Week of 2.15.16

Monday, February 15th

  • President's Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 16th

  • Julia Out [Math PD]
  • Allison Off Site [12:00pm - 3:00pm]
  • Naturebridge Educator Visit

Wednesday, February 17th

  • Allison Off Site
  • TCN PD [2:15pm - 3:30pm, B106]

Thursday, February 18th

  • Allison Off Site
  • Extended Collaboration: K, 1st, 3rd, 5th
  • Bay Mobile on site for 4th grade [10:00am]
  • OUSD Spelling Bee
  • ILT [3:15pm - 4:30pm]
  • Action: Return Home School Folders to FRC

Friday, February 19th

  • Allison Off Site
  • Daniel Out
  • Extended Collaboration: K, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
  • Panther Paw Assembly - 1st grade
  • Action: Sign Weekly Attendance Report

Upcoming Events

  • Spelling Bee - Thursday, February 11th. Please choose 4 top spellers and email Ryan with students' names by February 5th. You can find more spelling bee info here.
  • Pink Day & Valentine's Dance: Let Allison know if you will be attending the dance. Your only role will be to have fun with the students! Please remember the following guidelines if you have a party in your classroom (here is an example letter)
  1. Students may wear pink or red clothes throughout the day on Friday Feb. 12th
  2. No candy on Valentine's day
  3. Classroom parties are optional. If you choose to do one, it shouldn't be longer than 30 min.
  4. No candy at classroom parties
  5. If your class does valentines, students who choose to bring them need to bring one for every student in the class.
  • Digital Learning Day (#DLDay) is on February 17th. In the spirit of technology integration, check out all the fun activities on
  • Oakland Running Festival - March 20, 2016. Come run or walk with TCN as part of the Oakland Ed Fund Team on Sunday March 20th. Support Oakland and have fun as a team! Register here!


  • Science Pacing Guides - Thank you Sarah for providing updated pacing guides. All pacing guides can be found in Drive.
  • New Tools for Teaching ELs - Bay Area Writing Project is hosting a weekend workshop on February 27th. Check out the website for more details and to register.
  • TCN Chromebook Use - Please read this document for TCN Chromebook Procedures and Norms.
  • Wireless Printing: Click here for directions to set up printing from your Chromebook to the new wireless printer in the teacher workroom.
  • The Marshall Memo - A Weekly Round-up of Important Ideas and Research in K-12 Education. Check out the current issue.
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