MLA Bulletin

September 19, 2021

A Message from Bri and Violeta

Dear Families,

Wow! What a whirlwind of a month September has been! From the Governor's visit to Back to School Nights to camping trip planning to watching our very own MLA student, Donario Simon, become a super star, we have been very busy with so many exciting things. This bulletin includes some important meeting invites and information about technology. Please read carefully.

In this bulletin, you will find important updates about the following:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Shifts in COVID Protocol
  • At-Home Technology Requests
  • Dangerous TikTok trend
  • New enrichments!

Thanks for reading.

With love,

Bri and Violeta

Upcoming Events

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COVID Protocol Update and Q/A with Bri

Updated COVID Protocol:

  • MLA follows the District's COVID protocol, which uses the Alameda County Public Health Department's guidance as its baseline. As guidance shifts due to what is being learned about the virus, some of our protocols shift as well.
  • In this document, you will find an updated running list of questions and answers regarding COVID protocol at MLA. We will update these answers whenever there is new information, and highlight the changes in yellow.
  • This document can soon be found on the MLA website as well on the COVID tab.

COVID Protocol Q/A with Bri:

  • Thursday, September 23, 6:30pm-7pm (right before the PTSA meeting)
  • Same zoom link as the PTSA meeting, which begins at 7pm

Technology Requests

The District is working hard to ensure every OUSD student has access to WiFi and a laptop in their home. This is to ensure students remain connected to instructional materials if a child is sick or in quarantine.


1. If you BORROWED an MLA chromebook during distance learning, please bring it back to school THIS WEEK. We are still missing approximately 100 chromebooks, which is making it incredibly challenging for our students to access technology equitably in the classroom.

2. If you received an Oakland Undivided computer during distance learning, you do NOT need to return your computer. This is yours to keep.

2. If you need a computer or hotspot, please complete the Tech Check Survey as soon as possible. Students who do not have a computer in their home will be loaned an Oakland Undivided computer.

New Enrichments!

New TK-5 Enrichments:
  • We are excited to share that all MLA students in TK-5 now have access to visual art, music, and library weekly!
  • Due to the generosity of our parents and the hard work of our PTSA fundraising team, we were able to make this dream a reality (for context, students have only been guaranteed weekly library class in the past, with some art OR music sprinkled in).
  • This is an exciting addition to our program and is only possible due to parent generosity. Please sign up for the PTSA listserv to learn how you can help! 2021-22 Family Survey

After School Music Opportunities:

  • Beginning Band (6th-8th): On Thursday afternoons, Ms. Gold is offering beginning band to students who are learning a new instrument. If your child is interested, please ask them to check in with Ms. Gold.
  • Intermediate Band (6th-8th): On Wednesday afternoons, Ms. Gold is offering intermediate band to students who have basic proficiency in an instrument. If your child is interested, please ask them to check in with Ms. Gold.
  • Choir (3rd-5th): On Wednesday afternoons, Maestra Kate is offering a choral singing opportunity for our 3rd-5th graders. Please see this flyer to learn more.

Staying Informed with the PTSA

PTSA Updates (including t-shirt sales, community events, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities) will now be shared in a separate bulletin, drafted and managed by the PTSA. Please complete this 2021-22 Family Survey to be added to the PTSA email list. If you do not complete this survey, you will not receive the PTSA updates.

To volunteer on campus, you must have clearance through the Oakland EdFund. Please click here to complete the volunteer clearance process.

Destructive TikTok Trend

Unfortunately, there is a new TikTok trend going around that encourages students to steal large and expensive items from their schools and post videos of them on TikTok. We trust that our students at MLA would never intentionally do something to harm our community. However, we are asking for family support to ensure our students know the importance of respecting school property.
  • Please have a chat with your kiddos, especially if they have their own phones and/or social media accounts.
  • If you notice any items in your home that seem like they belong in our school, and may have made it home by mistake, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • This is especially important right now, as one of the items that is disappearing from school sites is soap dispensers. While everyone loves a good-hearted prank, removing supplies that keep us safe is neither good-hearted nor in alignment with our school's core values.

Thank you for your support.

PTSA Meeting and COVID Q/A with Bri

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 6:30-8pm

This is an online event.

6:30-7pm: COVID Q/A with Bri

7-8pm: PTSA Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 87036678882
Passcode: 6o0ktCjo

MLA SSC Establishment Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 5:30-6:30pm

This is an online event.

All are welcome!

Meeting Notice and Agenda Linked Here

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 81684638634
Passcode: l39uRh1O

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