Staff Weekly Bulletin

~March 16-20 ~Week 27~

Much to be thankful...

Dear Colleagues,

This past week went by so fast and I reflect back; a few of the things that bring so much pride is the dedication & passion that I see in you! During our data chats, you shared your strategic moves to support our students with their literacy, you advocated for them, & recognized their individual needs. Thank you for this! This is why we do this endless & difficult work.

Special thanks goes out to Wally-we are very fortunate to have him in our team. He has come to SEED & taken leadership in supporting us all with the SSTs. Wally, thank you for your help. It's not a perfect system, but with you-it sure feels that we are on the right track to supporting our children more intentionally. When you see our colleague, please thank him.

We are also very proud of Julio & Marisol; they continue to support us in improving our attendance by reaching out to our families, providing them support & resources. They have a challenging job, but they do it with so much dedication to our kids & community. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Simone-thank you so much for being such a leader & advocate for all of our families & students. We are very fortunate to have you in our team! Keep inspiring us!

Nancy & Todd-what we do without you?! We are so blessed to have you be part of our family. With your support, SEED has seen so much positive change in the operations, business, relationships within the staff, but most importantly in the lives of our children. THANK YOU!

Marcel & Coach C - thank you for supporting the structures & routines that foster a safe environment. We are very fortunate to have you as part of our community.

Anne & Priscilla - your leadership is evident in many aspects of our learning environment. With your support, we keep the vision of expeditionary learning & best practices at the forefront. Thank you for inspiring us & helping us stay the course.

Mentor teachers - thank you for continuing to support our new staff; we see the work that you do & our kids are definitely benefiting of your leadership.


Here is SBAC Interim Recommendations from T&L link (both Elementary & Secondary).

Elementary Interim SBAC Tools

  1. ELA SBAC Interim Administration

  2. Elementary Math SBAC Interim - Lesson Plan

  3. Elementary Math SBAC Interim - Discussion Prompts

  4. Elementary Math SBAC Interim Administration

  5. ELA SBAC Interim Preparation

March Testing

5th grade- Physical Fitness Test
  • Closes 3/21
  • Check in-3/27-28

3rd-5th Grade
SBAC Intermin for ELA & Math

  • March 2nd - 27th
  • Teacher training: Monday, March 16th from 3:00-4:00 PM
  • By no later than March 19th, a designated grade level needs to begin administering the Interim SBAC.

SBAC Summative

  • March 30- Opens
  • May 15 - Closes

Monday, March 16th finish with pending DATA CHATS.


Character Targets:



Community Assembly & Crew

Assembly Group:

Ana & Maria
Ford & DeWall

Tapia & Cato

Hudson & Mazy

Zucker & Perrone

Parchia & Udovic

Gudiol & Saleski

Connie & Zucker

Reynoso & Superfine


Students own Their Progress - Using Data with Students Video

Students Own Their Progress - Using Data with Students

Data Chats with your students...

-"This approach to assessment is key to ensuring that schools achieve educational equity."

Expeditionary Learning Core Practices emphasizes the importance of student-engaged assessments to build student ownership of learning, focus students on reaching standards-based learning targets.

I invite you engage your students in conversations about their individual/classroom data & set goals for reading, math, habits of scholarship, & attendance. I am firm believer of empowering our children with this information so that they can make informed decisions on their education.

Please see the links below to access data resources to use with your students.

Data Letter to Families...

Dear Colleagues,

Last Thursday, a data letter was shared with you to distribute to your families. This letter needed to have gone out with the report cards. Thank you in advance for sending it out; if you have not done so, make sure it goes out no later than Monday, 3/16.

Parent Data Letter, click here for a soft copy.

Instructional Rounds are coming to SEED!

WHEN: Thursday March 26th 8:15am-12pm.

This link shares come information on the process of the Instructional Rounds: Instructional Rounds Google Site. During our rounds, we will use the resources with the team.

District partners will also be focusing on the 4 T's of Literacy (Text, Talk, Time, & Task).

They will also be asking our students the following questions (we got this!):
1. What is your reading level?

2. What strategy or skill are you working on?

3. What are you learning about today?

We are looking for at least 1 teacher lead that can join the rounds. Please submit your interest to Beatrice at your earliest convenience.

What will be our focus? Our current COI focuses on HQSW through writing with evidence using C-E-R. These instructional rounds need to support what we already doing & they can inform our practice. Their feedback can provide some insight as to our progress towards this target.

As we approach the date, I will share with you to schedule. Stay tuned! Please see below a helpful article that can support you more information on the traits of literacy.

NOTICE: Reading Intervention Groups w/Volunteer

Dear Colleagues,

Reading intervention groups have been cancelled until further notice. Our volunteer, Ms. Mary had to rush to New York to see her mother & we do not know when she will return.

Thank you,

Spring Reclassification Coming Up!

The below link includes a list of students that better clarifies which students need to take SRI or DIBELS during the mid-year optional SRI and DIBELS window in order to be reclassified.

The following is the timelines for Spring Reclassification:

  • March 16th - site leadership receives documents for reclassification
  • March 24th - Deadline for Teacher Input document & any appeals
  • April 3rd - Parent Communication delivered
  • April 17th - Reclassification window closes



Dear Colleagues,

We need your help! Our attendance has been at an all time low & we need you to help to encourage your students to come to school. Most importantly, you have more direct contact with the families. We ask that when you have contact with the families of your students with the most severe attendance that you bring up the importance of attendance. Please let them know that we are here to support them & that SEED has resources; refer them to Marisol. See below for the link of the latest report.

Students are sorted by color & by grade level:

Red - severe chronic absences

Orange - moderate chronic absences

yellow - at risk

Classroom Newsletters!

Dear Colleagues,

We have been very busy and with work-to-rule, some things get done (or not), but I ask that you continue sharing your grade level newsletter with the office staff. Families are aware that the newsletter provided important homework information & also understand that their children are currently not receiving homework.

Nevertheless, you can still use this valuable resource to communicate with the families on the many ways they can support their children with literacy, expeditions they are currently working on, the math unit their children are currently on, etc.

I invite you to post the newsletter in the office; we can help you post them as well.

Board Games during Lunch

Dear Colleagues,

In efforts to support student engagement & find alternatives for those students that are not particularly keen of playing sports, during lunch recess, Mr. Marcel & Coach C developed a board game schedule.

The schedule is posted in the playground, we have a designated Junior Coach monitoring the games. This schedule lists 2 games per day.

Games Available:
1. Chutes & Ladders
2. Candy Land

3. Tetris Jenga

4. Uno

5. Twister

6. Connect Four

If there is a high demand of the board games, the Recess Duty Schedule (version with Coach C's light duty) will allow an equitable way for students to participate.

Classroom Passes

Colleagues, I have observed some looseness with the classroom/restroom passes. I have been sending students back to class if they do not have a pass & will continue to do so. I will also walk them back to class & provide you a gentle reminder. Please make sure that you enforce this.

Our School-Wide Agreement:

TK-1st - a buddy with restroom pass

2nd-5th - ONE student out of class at a time WITH A PASS


Monday, March 16th

Data Chats Schedule:
9:15-10:00 - 4th, DeWall

10:00-10:45 - 3rd, Perrone

10:45-11:20 - K, Maria

11:20-12:00 - 1st, Linda

12:00-12:45 - TK, Mazy

12:45-1:30 - K, Natasha

1:30-2:15 - 5th, Mark

AGENDA for TK-2nd grade

3:00-3:05 PM Community Circle in room P5
3:05-3:30 PM April Crew Planning

3:30-4:00 PM Bulletin Board Set up

3:00-4:00 PM SBAC Training

Location: P5

Required Staff: 3rd through 5th grade teachers, SDC, Kevin Eback, Nancy, Wally

4:00-7:00 PM Data Summit Meeting

Location: Tilden

Confirmed staff: Beatrice, Beth, Anne
We need one more member of the ILT or lead to join us.

Beatrice's Tuesday Schedule

7:30-8:00 Paper work/emails/budget

8:00-8:30 Yard

8:30-9:00 Community Meeting w/4th graders

9:00-10:00 Operational Meeting

10:30-11:30 Classroom Walk-throughs

11:30-12:00 Principal's Lunch

12:00-1:00 Yard

1:00-1:35 Observation

1:35-2:00 Yard

2:00-2:30 Meeting with Marcel & Coach C.

2:30-2:45 Office Work

3:00-5:00 ILT Meeting

Tuesday, March 17th

3:00-5:00 PM
ILT Meeting

Location: Beatrice's Office


1. SSC Sub-Committee Presentation

2. English Learners & strategic plan

3. EL MYR Data

  • implications, student data, crew
  • 15-16 SY commitments & agreements

4. Trauma Informed Elementary School pilot

5. Teacher Content Lead Report Out

Beatrice's Wednesday Schedule

7:30-8:00 Paper work/emails/budget

8:00-8:30 Yard

8:30-10:00 Classroom Walk-throughs

10:00-10:30 Yard

10:30-11:30 Classroom Walk-throughs

11:30-12:00 Principal's Lunch

12:00-1:00 Yard

1:00-1:30 Prep for COI

1:30-2:00 Parent Meeting

2:00-3:00 COI Week 4

Wednesday, March 18th

10:30-11:30 AM

4th grade Girl's Focus Group

2:00-3:00 PM

COI Focus: HQSW with writing with evidence via C-E-R

3/18 - COI PD Week 5, click on this to access the documents.

  • Bring to this session 3 student writing samples with rubric (no videos, please)
  • Bring reflective question for group support & input
  • Discuss refinement of lesson for final writing piece

Grade level collaboration notes due this week.

3:00-3:45 PM

Multilingual Pathway Staff Informational Meeting, click to view letter.

Location: P5

Presenter: Katherine Carter

*Please join us; this meeting will provide you the opportunity to learn about the work that has been taking place to grow multilingual pathway programs in OUSD. SEED families have taken a key role with Katherine's leadership & guidance.

Updated PD Calendar, click here!

COI Week 6 - April 1st

  • Bring 3 HQSW writing samples, rubric, & student reflections
  • Celebration of successes
  • Reflection & Next Steps
  • HQSW Protocol - TBD

Beatrice's Thursday Schedule

7:30-8:00 Paper work/emails/budget

8:00-8:30 Yard

8:45-9:45 Coffee with the Principal

9:45-10:00 Office Check-in

10:00-10:30 Yard

10:30-11:30 Classroom Walk-throughs

11:30-1:00 Beatrice @ Superintendent's Luncheon

2:15-3:00 Meeting w/Duffy

3:00-4:00 IEP

5:30-6:30 Multilingual Pathway Parent Meeting

Thursday, March 19th

8:45-9:45 AM

  • Cafecito

Duffy @ SEED all day; classroom observations & support

5:30-6:30 PM

  • Multilingual Pathways Parent Meeting
    Location: Auditorium

Beatrice's Friday Schedule

7:30-8:00 Paper work/emails/budget

8:00-8:30 Yard

9:00-10:00 Kinder Playground Design Meeting

10:00-10:30 Yard

10:30-11:30 Classroom Walk-throughs

11:30-12:00 Principal's Lunch

12:00-1:00 Yard

1:00-2:00 Walk-throughs

2:00-2:45 Custodial Meeting

2:45-3:00 Yard

Friday, March 20th

ALL DAY- Coach C at a training

Due: new math groupings to Beatrice

McCarthy Donation to SEED!

McCarthy donated $1,000 to Manzanita’s school beautification day - March 31st!

Austin Schalich

Sr. Project Engineer

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Sunday, March 22nd - Important Race Information...

We will be celebrating all racers on Friday morning on the yard at 8:30 am. Please be there if you can!

All racers need to pick up their number and shirt at the Oakland Convention Center (10th and Washington in downtown Oakland) on Saturday, between 9 am and 5 pm.

We will have a pre-race picnic, also this Saturday, at Jefferson Square Park (7th and Jefferson, also in downtown) from 11 am to 1 pm. This is where you can pick up your Manzanita SEED decal to iron on to your racing shirt!

Sunday is race day!

  • Full Marathon starts at 7:30 am
  • 5K starts at 7:45 am
  • Kids Fun Run starts at 9:20 am
  • Half marathon starts at 9:15 am
  • All at Snow Park (19th and Harrison).

Ask somebody to take your picture crossing the finish line! Otherwise the race organizers will try to sell you a photo for way too much money. After you get your medal, come to the Post-race picnic in Snow Park! I will text our exact location to your phone number.

See you soon!


ATTENTION: 3-5 grade teachers - PBL Institute at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Hi all,

Here's an intriguing opportunity for the elementary crowd. To go, you need a team of 2-4 third-fifth grade teachers. A week in Monterey sounds pretty fun!

  • Project-Based Science Teacher Institute at Monterey Bay Aquarium: Project-based science supports the shift to more student-centered teaching. The hands-on, collaborative nature of projects provides a learning experience that models best science-teaching practices and integrates Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards. Engage students in authentic inquiry-based science as they investigate conservation issues connected to their lives and their environment. $100 per day stipend upon program completion and housing is provided during the summer institute. Apply in teams of 2-4 third-fifth teachers from the same or nearby schools (email Casey at to find other SFUSD colleagues to apply with). Opportunity to participate in Level II next summer! Information & application here. Monday, July 20 - Friday, 24.Follow-up sessions are Saturdays: October 17, 2015; January 9, 2016; May 7, 2016.

Teaching & Learning Math Team!

The Teaching and Learning Mathematics Team is looking for teachers to participate on the Mathematics Core Curriculum Production Team (CCPT), which will meet 2 to 3 afternoons in April/May and have a 2-week institute from June 15-19 and 22-26. We will be doing the important work of revising our OUSD Math Core Curriculum Guide which includes revising the Key Learning Experiences (math tasks). Stipends and food will be provided, thanks to our grant funding.

We are looking for:

  • Teachers who have expertise in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and connecting that to ongoing and future classroom practices and district initiatives
  • Teachers who have used the Core Curriculum math units including the Key Learning Experiences
  • Teachers who have experience in producing curriculum
  • Teachers who collaborate well with colleagues
  • Recommended: Teachers with past experience on the Core Curriculum Production Team (CCPT)
  • Recommended: Teachers who have attended Assessment For Learning
  • Recommended: Teachers from Mathematics Inquiry Cohort Schools (2012-14) or Mathematics Focus Schools (2014-15)

    Please forward this email and application to select teachers at your site who exhibit these qualities, or send us the names and contact information for anyone you recommend. The application is due March 20. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you,

    Robin Lovell

    OUSD Professional Development Opportunities

    Teacher Professional Development

    • There are pd offerings provided by Teaching and Learning on 1st and 4th Wednesdays. Please sign-up on On-Track. 1st and 4th PD Offerings

    • TK and K Professional Development opportunity for Teachers: April 25, Tilden Auditorium, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. TK PD Flyer

    • Bay Area Writing Project has released their summer pd offerings. Please see the summer flyer and registration details: Bay Area Writing Project.


    Please see the attached documents to get ready for reviewing your upcoming Math data. Math Analysis Tools

    LISTAS 2015 Conference - Student Participation

    Hi all,

    I wanted to share this information about LISTAS - an upcoming conference for Latina girls in the Bay Area held at Canada College in Redwood City on May 2, 2015.

    The conference includes a day of STEM 2 (science, technology, engineering, math and management) workshops and inspirational speakers for young women in grades 8 - 11.

    LISTAS Conference Goals:
    • To encourage and motivate young Latina women and their families to pursue careers in historically underrepresented fields
    • To connect young Latina women and their families with professional role models in various STEM2 fields and who are active in their community
    • To create awareness of local thriving companies and high skilled jobs

    See below for more details.

    District 5 Director Roseanne Torres was also putting out the word to see if folks know people who might be interested in helping support the event financially, e.g with money to rent a bus for OUSD students to get to the conference in Redwood City.

    Xochitl and other event organizers are OUSD graduates who want to give back to the community. The event is all volunteer and they are looking for donations if you have suggestions! They are also looking to see if there are partners in OUSD who might be interested in partnering around the conference long-term.

    In unity,

    Katy Núñez-Adler