Parker Roar Weekly Staff Newsletter

Week of August 30, 2021

Parker Elementary & Middle School * Oakland, California

Stronger Together Priorities This Week

  • Conduct Regular Student Masks Checks Throughout the Day.
  • School Climate/Culture Assemblies on Wednesday.
  • Teacher Evaluation SMARTe Goals due on Wednesday.
  • Complete Make-Up iReady Assessments.
  • Teacher Professional Development Day/No School on Friday.

We Welcome New Staff : Michaela Naught, Student/Family Support Case Manager & Danielle Mays, Elementary Music Teacher. Welcome to our team!

📸 Photo Features Last Week 📸

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Positive School Climate/Culture Assembly Schedule * September 1, 2021

9-9:45 am (K-3rd Grade); 11 am-12 pm (4th & 5th Grade); 12:10-1:10 pm (6th-8th Grade)

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Grades 1st-5th: iReady READING & MATH Make-Up Assessments This Week

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Central Office Virtual PD on Wednesday, September 1, 2021; 2-3:15pm

Zoom links & times located on OUSD Teacher Central website

  • SIPPS Beginning 101 PD
  • SIPPS Challenge 101 PD
  • SIPPS Extension 101 PD

No School/Teacher Professional Development Day Schedule: Friday, September 3, 2021

  • 8:30-12 pm: Site Based PD: EL Education Module 1 Backwards Planning & Math Planning
  • 12:30-3 pm: Central Office PD Offerings; Zoom links & times located on OUSD Teacher Central website : K-2 Early Literacy Data Analysis Session; SIPPS Plus101; Elementary Math PD; SIPPS Portal Overview; Middle School Science Assessment (FOSSmap); Secondary Math; Multilingual PD; Physical Education PD.
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Parker Literacy Team Meeting on Tue., August 31; 3-4 pm

Parker Attendance/PBIS Committee Meeting on Thur., Sept 2; 3-4 pm

Calendar Events for this Week

*Parker Pledge Class Assignment This Week: Mr. Funston (Grade 5); Send student to the office by 8:50 am.*

Aug 30:

  • iReady Reading & Math Assessment Make-ups
  • 2:45 pm Dismissal
Aug 31:
  • iReady Reading & Math Assessment Make-ups
  • 3-4 pm: Literacy Committee Meeting

Sep 1: Early Release Wednesdays; New Parking Lot Assignments Begin Today

  • Positive Climate/Culture Assemblies: 9-9:45 am (K-3rd Grade); 11 am-12 pm (4th & 5th Grade); 12:10-1:10 pm (6th-8th Grade)
  • 1:15pm Early Dismissal
  • 2-3:15 pm: Central Office: SIPPS PDs

Sep 2:

  • 9 am-2:30 pm: Principal Professional Learning
  • 3-4 pm: Attendance/PBIS Committee Meeting

Sep 3:

  • 8:30-12 pm: Site Based PD: EL Education Module 1 Backwards Planning & Math Planning
  • 12:30-3 pm: Central Office PD Offerings; Zoom links & times located on OUSD Teacher Central website : K-2 Early Literacy Data Analysis Session; SIPPS Plus101; Elementary Math PD; SIPPS Portal Overview; Middle School Science Assessment (FOSSmap); Secondary Math; Multilingual PD; Physical Education PD.

⚽️ Teacher Yard Duty Schedule This Week 👓

(Ms. Skipper & Ms. Lowery)

Please check every Monday for your coverage week.

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😷 Safety Central 😷

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💻 Assessments This Week 💻

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GRADE K: Letter ID by Sept 2nd

GRADES 1-3: iReady Math Week of 8/23; iReady Reading Make-Ups

GRADES 3-5: iReady Math Week of 8/23; iReady Reading Make-Ups

GRADES 6-8: Reading Inventory by Sept 17th

GRADES K-8: English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC) Initial Ongoing

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iReady Reading & Math Completion Rates as of August 27, 2021

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⭐️ Parker Site Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) Attendance Goals: Reduce Chronic Absenteeism; Achieve Minimum Student Attendance Rate of 98%. ⭐️


Week of August 23, 2021: K-5 Attendance Rates

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Elementary Attendance Celebrations

Congratulations to Mr. Power's Kindergarten class with the highest elementary attendance rate of all classes last week: 55%.

Week of August 23, 2021: 6-8 Attendance Rates

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Middle School Attendance Celebrations

Congratulations to Ms. Baxter's 6th Grade class with the highest school attendance rate of all classes last week: 71% 🎉.

🎓 Middle School Spotlight 📒

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Upcoming Dates & Events

  • Middle School Assembly/Modified Lunch Schedule on Wed., 9/1/21: Lunch from 11:45-12:15; Assembly from 12:15-1:15pm in the Auditorium.
  • Administer the Reading Inventory Assessment Window: Week of 9/6/21
  • Student Elective Classes Begin on Tuesday, 9/7/21

🍎 Cafeteria & Lunch Procedures 🍗

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  • Students are to line up in line order in their classrooms and walk to the cafeteria with their teacher.
  • Students should sit only on stools and bench area marked with blue tape for additional spacing between each student.
  • Teachers remain with students at lunch for at least 5 minutes.

  • Each class is assigned two tables to eat at daily. Some tables will be moved outside the cafeteria for less crowding in the cafeteria.

  • Teachers will walk their students to the lunch line, supervise them as they get their lunch, escort them to their assigned lunch table, and monitor them as they begin to eat lunch. All teachers are provided a 30 minute duty free lunch, per OEA contract. Teachers are not required to eat with their classes; yet many teachers choose to do so in order to establish an orderly climate in the cafeteria.

  • Students must remain seated at their table until given instructions to recycle and line up for restroom and/or outdoor play. Student noise level will be monitored by the supervising staff and may range from 0 talk to quiet voices.

  • For more information, refer to pages 56-57 of the Staff Handbook.

Resources for the First 6 Weeks & Beyond

Technology Support

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Parker Weekly Data Report

Professional Development & Professional Learning Communities (PD/PLCs)

PD/PLC Schedule: September 1-14, 2021

  • Sept 1: 1:1:30-3 pm: K-5 Central Office SIPPS PD 1:30-3:30pm (Beg, Ext, Chall); 6-8 Central Office PD
  • Sept 3: 8:30-12 pm: Staff Development Day (El Ed Backwards Mapping M1 (2 hours) Math continued; 1-3:15 pm (Central Office PD)
  • Sept 8: 2-3:15 pm: EL Education Central Office PD

  • Sept 14: 1:30-3 pm: PLCs: Proficient PLCs; iReady Data Analysis

Teacher Feature

  • Instructional Guidance & Resources
  • Essential Student Supports
  • Instructional Videos
  • Lesson Slide Decks
  • Additional Resources

✏️ Students are Writing About What They are Reading 🖊

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Curriculum and Instruction Resources

Links & Resources Library

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OUSD Digital Library Information

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OUSD Library Services is excited to introduce a new way for all students and teachers to access great books - the OUSD Digital Library!


The OUSD Digital Library…

  • Is easy to use!

  • Has books kids want to read!

  • Is a resource for Distance Learning and beyond!


You can click this Sora link to sign in right now and give it a try or see resources on the Sora page on Teacher Central. An intro to the Digital Library will be available through Teacher Central.


If you would like a library staff member to reach out to someone on your site and help them get started, please fill out this form or email Jeannie Bruland, Secondary Literacy Coordinator, jeanne.bruland@ousd.org.

Positive Classroom & School Climate & Culture

From the Office Staff

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*New OUSD School Site Phone & Fax Numbers!

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  • New Contact Parent Information: Please inform the office staff if a family provides you with a new phone number, email, or address.

Language Translation Support

*OUSD Translation Services in the Office of Equity: OUSD Translation Services in Office of Equity: Use the link HERE to request translation services support. Mam translation support: Request for MAM translators - nathaniel.dunstan@ousd.org.


*Language Link Subscription-Paid Translation Services.

Girls Inc. of Alameda County: 2021-2022 Parker After School/Expanded Learning Program Provider

Fall 21-22 After School Program Parent Interest Form

Parents interested in enrolling their student in Parker's after school program for the 2021-2022 school year should complete and return this interest form to the Parker main office before the last day of school.

2021-2022 Parker Single Plan for Student Achievement Goals (SPSA)

*All students build relationships to feel connected and engaged in learning. Reduce referrals and chronic absenteeism rates.

*All students continuously grow towards meeting or exceeding standards in Language Arts. All students continuously grow towards meeting or exceeding standards in Math and Science. English Learner students continuously develop their language, reaching English fluency in six years or less. Improve student performance in Mathematics.

*Parker will increase teacher retention rates by 30%.

*English Learners students continuously develop language proficiency, reaching fluency in six years or less.

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Sept 6: Labor Day School Holiday; No School

Sept 7:

  • Evaluation Conferences

Sept 8:

  • 9:15 am: Lockdown Practice Drill
  • 2-3:15: Central Office EL Education Virtual PD; Central Office Secondary PD
  • 3:15-4:15: Parker School Site Council Committee Meeting
Sept 9:
  • Evaluation Conferences
  • Sept 10:
    • Evaluation Conferences

    💚 Mindfulness Message 💚

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    We are stronger together. Thank you for all that you do!

    Rocquel Colbert, Principal, Parker Elementary & Middle School