La Escuelita TK-8 UPDATES

Monday, January 11, 2016


Join me in welcoming Rei Jackler, as our STIP Substitute on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays. Thank you Ms. Jackler for all the hard work and planning to make our MakerSpace a rich and engaging experience for our students.

....Thank you Patrice for creating the MakerSpace Preparation Schedule. This is your preparation time and Ms. Jackler will be teaching your class, however, you are also welcome to stay.


Monday: Faculty Meeting 3:00 pm

Wednesday: Parent University: " The Importance of Reading and How to Support at Home" 9:00 am

Thursday: This month we will have an additional half day Principal meeting this Thursday. Yolanda Cater is Teacher-in-Charge

Thursday: SSC Meeting 5:00 pm

F & P Assessment Window

F and P Assessments should be complete by Thursday, January 21.

Please let me know if you need Substitute coverage for your class.


For consistency across our school, continue to practice these procedures and expectations with your class reminding students that we expect all students to listen to and follow adult directions.

School Expectations to practice and discuss with your class:

  • asking an adult to go to restroom with a partner during recess
  • walking in covered, outdoor hallway areas
  • cafeteria expectations to walk, eat, recycle, clean, and wait to be dismissed to recess.
  • walking in covered, outdoor hallway areas
  • walking up and down the stairs
  • taking a knee when the bell rings and walking to line
  • cafeteria expectations to walk, eat, recycle, clean, and wait to be dismissed to recess.

January Character Trait: Perseverance

Oratorical Fest

Thanks to Mrs. Omowale, our Library Clerk, she is available to coach students this Thursday and Friday for the Oratorical Fest on Thursday, January 21 at 10:00 am. Please let her know if you would like her assistance.


There are various categories for classes: whole group and/or individual or small groups of students can learn and recite poems for our site competition on Thursday, January 20, 2016 at 10:00 am. This a great way for your class to practice speaking and listening, working together as a class team, and the opportunity to build students' confidence and the experience of being on stage before an audience.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 site competition, 10:00 am. If you have questions or need ideas for poems please let me know.

This year marks the 37th year of the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Fest--a rich community and district event that provides K-12 students, from the Oakland Unified School District and sister schools within Oakland's city limits, a platform to embrace the importance of literacy and oratorical skills.

Last year, over one thousand students presented and performed in the 2015 Oratorical Festival. We're hoping to top that number this year!

Please use the “Basic Facts” below link.

While the Oratorical Fest Website is currently being updated to reflect 2016 information, it still has essential guidance for teachers, parents, and students to prepare. Use the following link:

2: 30 pm Wednesday Professional Learning

2:30 pm Professional Learning: As we enter into the next half of our school year we will plan for the next data cycle.

We will look at our progress and set goals in grade levels so that we have a narrow focus for student growth in the next 6 weeks.

Informal Observations

If you would like to observe a grade level partner or another grade level to learn and share ideas, please let me know and I can arrange for coverage of your class while you learn.

Ms. Cater and I will visit classrooms this week to support our data cycle and observe best practices.