Weekly Bulletin

~May 4-8~Week 33~

Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible. —Robert M. Hutchins

Thank you!

Dear Colleagues,

I cannot express how much you are appreciated & valued; I do not say often but there's not one day that I don't get inspired by you, our children, and our families. Thank you for allowing me to work for you & with you. Every day, I see all that you do for our children and community and encourages me to do the same. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


SRI, EDL, DRA, SIRA & Math EOU Assessements begin next week!

May 4th - Assessment Window Opens

May 29th - Assessment Window Closes

June 3rd - ALL EDL/DRA scores need to be entered into Google shared data spreadsheet

K-5: ALL students to be tested on EDL & DRA

2-5: SRI (will take place during library time)

K-5: Math EOU

3rd: SIRA

Remember: We have ran out of of sub money, so EDL/DRA testing must be done during class time. If the situation changes, we will notify you ASAP. Don't leave this to the last minute, you will need all the time you can get.

Math EOU Data Documents


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

Robin's email:

Sorry about the confusion.

The final C-EoU is not on the official assessment calendar, and scanning is optional.

The assessment itself, however, is part of the core curriculum, and our recommendation is that all students take it. If you look at the bottom of pg. 19 of any purple guide (all grades), you can see the message teachers got.

Let me know if you have more questions.

Thanks, and happy Monday,


IMPORTANT INFO: Scanning is optional, but I'd like the data entered for our records & to ensure we have data for the BOY.

In addition, it is unknown as to when & how we will make time to discuss this. As you know, we are down to zero money for sub release time & all of our Wednesdays & staff meetings are fully booked.



Please expect for the following items in your box

1. Special edition Caught you being goods

2. Raffle tickets to issue to students for attendance during testing

3. Modified enrichment/prep schedule

4. Do not disturb signage

5. Make up test tracker

VIP: For each day of testing, please pick up snacks in the staff lounge.

CST Science - 5th grade

9:00-11:00 AM

DeWall - any 5th graders, please have them report to Mr. Zucker's class at 1 PM to take the CST Science test.

Zucker - CST Science will be administered after lunch. Please stop by Ms. Martinez's office to pick up the test materials.

Recess schedule during SBAC

May 4-8: Nunez, Zucker, Beck, Davis (11:00-11:15 AM)

*All teacher cover their own recess


Character Targets:

I can use perseverance to help me be more honest.

Community Assembly & Crew

Crew Group:

Ana & Maria
Ford & DeWall

Tapia & Cato

Hudson & Mazy

*Zucker & Perrone

Assembly Group:
Parchia & Udovic

Gudiol & Saleski

*Connie & Zucker

Reynoso & Superfine

*No community assembly/crew required for grades 5, Davis, Beck, & Ms. Connie during SBAC testing (May 4-8).


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May 6th PD Logistics

The following are the logistics to ensure that teachers get their 2nd prep and also be able to attend the PD at Tilden Campus.

Prep time: 1:40-2:30 PM (50 minutes of prep)

PD @ Tilden: 2:40-3:40 PM (1 hour of required PD)

PD @ Tilden: 3:40-4:10 PM (paid time comes from weekly collaboration budget)

Collaboration: 4:10-4:40 PM (30 minutes of collaboration - paid time comes from weekly collaboration budget)

What is Blended Learning?

PLEASE READ: What is the STNA survey?

The STNA survey is a needs assessment that all teaching & support staff need to take in order to assess the school needs to make blended learning a reality at our site. This assessment will provide the granters an idea as to how to support us with the infra-structure, tech proficiency, PD, resources, etc. before launching blended learning at our site.

I recommend that on May 6th after the DL PD, the last 30 minutes (from 4:10-4:40) be used to do the survey. This is paid collaboration time & this way, we do not have to use any other of our days.

Please bring your laptops, smart phones, or chromebooks to our Wed. PD at Tilden.

Thank you!

Expo-Coming Up!

Please submit to Beatrice the following information in preparation to our May 21st Expo:

1. Name of expedition (both languages)

2. 2 Student Representatives (English & Spanish)

3. Any class that will be performing for our parents prior to the classroom presentation.

Deadline: May 15th



ALL teachers must do the following for any student in your intensive/intervention (in reading &/or math) groups before the end of the school year:

1. hold SLCs, parent conferences, or home visits

2. provide the families with a summer reading skills packet, reading logs, &/or math work

3. RazKids log-in & password

4. Copy of the students' latest assessment scores

VAPA Grant - Need your input!

Dear Staff,

I am preparing to write a VAPA (visual & performing arts) grant & I need your grade level's input.

As you know, we are hiring for a .9 FTE bilingual music teacher using our school budget.

Nevertheless, I would like to take advantage of this opportunity & see how I can bring additional resources to our school. Can you please take some time to talk to your grade level in survey their preference?

We also have an opportunity to apply for the Open Source (please see the description on attached document). The application is due May 15th but I would like to have it reviewed by the VAPA department on the May 4th meeting.

UPDATE: Spanish Immersion Summer School

The window to submit any applications for summer school officially closed on Friday, May 1st. If you have any applications, please return them to the office ASAP.

Strings Class!

Hello all,

I need to make some changes in the schedule for the next two weeks due to testing and our upcoming concert.


Monday, May 4 all beginners come @ 1-1:30 pm

Wednesday May 6 all beginning students will have class @ 1-1:30 pm.

Monday, May 11 All beginners come at 2:15-2:45 pm.


Tuesday, May 5 rehearsal @ 2:15-2:45 pm

  • Combined rehearsal with Ms. Hom's students rehearsal at this time!

Friday May 8th class @ 1-130 pm (normal time)

Tuesday May 12- Concert!!!!

  • Advanced students should come at 1:15 pm (this is earlier than normal)
  • Beginning students should report at 2 pm
  • The concert will be from 2:15-2:45.

The week of May 18 will be the last week of strings at normal times!

Please let me know if you have an questions and thank you for sharing your wonderful students with me.

Stephanie Holmes


Restroom Logs

Dear Colleagues,

We will be requiring for you to submit restroom logs for Friday, May 1st. We had an incident in the girls restroom in the main building where a student defecated in one of the stalls, smeared the feces all over the stall, toilet, & clogged the restroom. This incident occurred before 10 AM.

The restroom logs were required for all 2nd through 5th grade teachers. If you know of any student student that might have had been allowed to the restroom around that time, I am interested in knowing who they are. I am alarmed by this behavior & I see it extremely important to support the child in any way possible.

Library Books

Dear Colleagues,

As we are beginning to close out this school year, Todd will be sharing with you the list of outstanding books that need to be returned prior to be cleared (CICO).

In addition, he will also give your students a list of books owed, please make sure that help us out collecting these books. As you know, we do not have a budget for replacing these books, so any books that we can replace it helps significantly.

Thank you,

Chromecart Usage

Hello All,

Please review the SBAC Calendar; I will have a sign-up calendar in the main office for computer cart usage in the P.M. for those that want to practice with their kids.




Monday, May 4th

8:30-11:00 AM

SBAC testing for Mr. Zucker, Mr. Davis, & Ms. Beck

1:00-2:45 PM
CST Science Test - Mr. Zucker & 5th graders in combo class

Tuesday, May 5th

8:30-11:00 AM

SBAC testing for Mr. Zucker, Mr. Davis, & Ms. Beck

1:00-2:45 PM
CST Science Test - Mr. Zucker & 5th graders in combo class

Science Support - Duffy @ SEED

3:00-4:00 PM
Faculty Council Meeting

5:00-6:00 PM
In-coming 5th grade parent meeting & dinner

Location: P5

Wednesday, May 6th

8:45-10:00 AM

LOC Meeting: Neighborhood & School Safety

OPD & OUSD PD have been invited

Location: Cafeteria

9:30-10:30 AM
Beatrice & Simone @ school visit to observe potential music teacher for 15-16 SY

8:30-11:00 AM

SBAC testing for Mr. Zucker, Mr. Davis, & Ms. Beck

Prep time: 1:40-2:30 PM (50 minutes of prep)

PD @ Tilden: 2:40-3:40 PM (1 hour of required PD)

PD @ Tilden: 3:40-4:10 PM (paid time comes from weekly collaboration budget)

STNA Survey: 4:10-4:40 PM (30 minutes of collaboration - paid time comes from weekly collaboration budget)

Thursday, May 7th

8:30-11:00 AM

SBAC testing for Mr. Zucker, Mr. Davis, & Ms. Beck

1:00-2:45 PM
CST Science Test - Mr. Zucker & 5th graders in combo class

8:30-11:00 AM
Beatrice @ SPSA Support Session

Friday, May 8th

8:30-11:00 AM

SBAC testing for Mr. Zucker, Mr. Davis, & Ms. Beck

1:00-2:45 PM
CST Science Test - Mr. Zucker & 5th graders in combo class

8:30-11:00 AM
Beatrice @ SPSA Support Session

Office Staff - Enrollment Confirmation Numbers due to Beatrice

- PD Calendar -

What's coming up?

5/11 & 5/13 - HQSW Protocol during staff meeting & PD Wednesday

5/12 - SSTs

5/12 - ILT, review & identify areas of focus for the 15-16 work plan

5/20 - Expo Prep

5/21 - Expo @ 5:30-7:00 PM

5/28 - Scoring & uploads of assessments

6/3 - No PD - report card prep & planning for SLCs

6/8-11 SLC for intensive/intervention focus students

6/12 - Staff luncheon & CICO


Blended Learning Grant!

SEED was awarded the blended learning grant from the Roger's Foundation!

More information to come on the vision, plan, pilot, etc.

School Garden coming to SEED!

SEED has been contacted by Supervisor Keith Carson's office & we were given a grant to build a garden for students.

The grant is of at least $10,000 to invest at our site, along with volunteers to construct, teach students and help develop a curriculum on how to plant and care for the garden.

If you are interested in being part of the informational meeting, please join us in Beatrice's office on April 30th at 1 PM.

PBIS: Positive Behavior Intervention Support

Woohoo! SEED has been awarded a grant to enhance our character development program.

Through a grant to expand PBIS district-wide and we have the opportunity to bring SEED in to this new cohort for the incoming year.

Grant Details/Requirements:

  • Team of 4-8 members of the school community
  • attend 4 trainings per year
  • hold 1 monthly meeting throughout the school year to continue the work
  • Sub coverage provided by the district for all trainings
  • School gets a PBIS coach
  • Team participates in the yearly Northwestern Conferences (1-Oregon & 1-Seattle)

-2 people per conference

ATTENTION Culture & Climate Committee:

Paul, Priscilla, Victor, Mark, Beth, Anne, Simone

We will be participating at an all-day training on May 29th. Subs will be covered; please use the following sub code to call in your absence for that day: 9753312203-1150

This grant supports & compliments our Crew & character development!

Summer Professional Development

Please sign-up through OUSD On-Track for the following summer professional learning opportunities:

Reading Workshop Training!

July Training of Trainers for Reading Workshop
Elementary ELA is happy to announce that we are hosting a Teacher's College (TCRWP) Training of Trainers for Reading Workshop the week of July 27th. This 4-day (Monday-Thursday) professional development will allow 5 participants from each elementary site to attend. The goal is that each site will send those teachers that are willing to present key concepts learned during the institute back at the site during the August BBD. This team will also be provide literacy leadership throughout the year on their grade level PLCs. All participants will be paid the hourly rate of $22.99 an hour.
If you have any questions please email me at Julia.bennett@ousd.k12.ca.us

OUSD/OPL Summer Reading Lists!

OUSD/OPL Summer Reading Lists Available
These lists are incorporated into TeachingBooks.net. The lists are searchable by genre, grade level, text complexity, and subject content. Here are the permanent links:
Elementary Secondary
Please find more in-depth programming for the summer on these OPL websites:

OUSD Book Giveaway!

OUSD Book Giveaway Each Wednesday
District Library Services is moving and there are too many books! We have a selection of new and used books from pre-school to adult. Also some teaching aides and materials.
DATES: April 29, May 6 & 27, June 3 & 10
TIME: 1-5pm
LOCATION: District Library Office, 4551 Steele St. - Tilden campus; plenty of parking
Download the Flyer

Goodbye Edusoft!

OUSD1: One Platform for Teaching Tools & Student Data
Say goodbye to Edusoft for next year!
Illuminate will be our new online assessment system as part of OUSD1 - our new one stop shop for teachers. OUSD1 will provide one starting place for accessing all online resources using the same sign on information. As part of OUSD1 we will also be transitioning from ABI to Aeries.net for attendance and grade reporting. This month we are working with school representatives and other partners to build a comprehensive training and support plan. Go to the OUSD1 website for more details. Stay tuned for more exciting news on OUSD1!

Elem. NextGen Science & Language Development Institute

WHO: PK-5 Teachers of Language Learners, with preference given to Science Focus Schools (60 teachers max)

WHAT: NGSS Science, Language Development & Unit Planning

WHEN: Tues., June 16 - Fri., June 19, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

WHERE: Manzanita SEED, 2409 E. 27th Street

HOW: Register via OnTrack (Coming soon!); Paid @ $150/Day

CONTACT: Dale.Rogers-Eilers@ousd.ca.k12.us (ELLMA) or Claudio.Vargas@ousd.k12.ca.us (Science)

ILT CCSS Retreat (Hosted by OUSD)

This is a required training to provide the necessary time for school teams to learn and plan together on the following topics:

1. Results Based Professional Development

2. Positive School Culture and Climate

3. Aligning Scope and Sequence of CCSS

Who: Principals & 4 ILT members.

Location: Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

Dates: Elementary June 15th and 16th*

Time: 8 AM - 4 PM

Food: Breakfast & Lunch provided daily

Payment: Teachers will be paid the teacher leader rate of $30.12 an hour

Next Steps: Register on "On Track" under the title: Instructional Leadership Team for the Elementary.

Summer Math Lead & Principal CCSS PD

Free Math PD for Principals & Math Leads.

Math in Common site leaders will build greater coherence through shared strategies for CCSS-M implementation, specifically connected to their district’s prioritized vision and outcomes.

When: June 25 and 26.

Where: UC Davis

Registration, accommodation, mileage, and most meals will be provided through OUSD's participation in Math In Common, a network of districts funded generously by the Bechtel Foundation. Teacher Leaders can receive Professional Growth Hours for their participation.

We hope you'll take advantage of this great opportunity.

Phil Tucher, Mathematics Manager

Alan Smith, Chief of Schools

Expeditionary Learning Workshops

Hello leaders of EL schools,

We are delighted to announce the release of the EL National Professional Development Catalog and Calendar for 2015-16! The catalog is comprehensive - please look it over to see descriptions of our 3- and 5-day institutes, site seminars, and regional offerings, as well as important information about the national conference, registration & logistics, and how we approach PD.

The catalog and calendar are posted on our website under Educator Resources>Professional Development. Note that though the catalog includes the calendar (on p. 6-7), there is also a separate calendar, as many people like to refer to it as a stand-alone document. We hope this helps you and your staff as you plan for the coming year.

***SEED will send 3 teachers to 3 out of the 4 Workshops listed below. Please submit your interest to Anne, Priscilla, or Dinah so that we can begin planning accordingly.

Primary Literacy, December 7-9, Atlanta, GA

Becoming Close Readers of Complex Text- Upper Elementary, January 25-27, Detroit, MI

Deeper Learning in Math- Elementary, March 14-16, Salt Lake City, UT

Assessment in Daily Instruction, September 17-19, Denver, CO