JM Staff Bulletin

Week of May 2, 2016


Dear AMAZING Teachers and Staff,

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to you all! I hope you know just how much I truly appreciate each and every one of you. You all make my job easier! Your students are so fortunate to have you as their teachers and we are incredibly blessed to have such a caring and warm community of colleagues. I hope you will take some time this week to reflect on all of the positive teaching experiences you have had throughout your careers, and I look forward to celebrating with all of you on Wednesday!

Grandparent's Day - May 11th

Please notify your parents about what your class will be doing on Grandparent's Day. If parents email me, I will direct them to contact you. We will be sure the basketball court is open for additional parking on this day.

Talent Show Rehearsals/Shows

Run-Through/Blocking Rehearsals - Tuesday

K-2nd: 11:00 - 12:30

3rd-5th: 1:00 - 2:50

School Day Shows - Friday

K-2nd: 8:30 - 10:00

3rd- 5th: 10:15 - 12:00

SEL Overview

Remember to do the SEL overview with your grade level team if you haven't done so already. Make a copy of the survey and rename it with your grade level. Then, share it with me. Here's the link:

Pinks and Blues

Since we will not have a meeting/PD this Wednesday, please schedule a PLC time to meet with your grade level team prior to next Wednesday's meeting to do your "pinks and blues". Next Wednesday, we will meet together as a group to review the classes and gather feedback from teachers across grade levels.

Yard Duty!

Please remember to be outside for your scheduled yard duty times!! Set a reminder on your phone or computer if necessary. Thanks!

With appreciation,


This Week

Monday: ILT (3:00 - 3:40); Personnel Committee Meeting/Interview (3:45)


Wednesday: Sara has lunch with Superintendent and some other principals (12:30 - 1:30); Staff PD at Katherine's House

Thursday: Sara off-site for Principal PD

Friday: Talent Shows (See above for daytime shows) Night Show: K-2: 5:30 - 7:00; 3-5: 7:00 - 9:00

Weekly Deliverables (To-Dos)

  • Email your parents about Grandparent's Day
  • Email your parent volunteers to personally invite them to attend the Parent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, May 26th from 8:00 - 9:00.
  • Do Pinks and Blues with your grade level team before Wednesday, May 11th.
  • Send a message to your parents via Konstella or email about what's happening in your class! (Remember: the more they know, the less they make up!)
  • Get kids on Lexia and Mathletics!
  • Check Konstella and your OUSD email often.
  • Submit COST referrals as needed.
  • Pat yourself on the back for being amazing!
  • Breathe.

Upcoming Dates- Not including this week

May 11: Grandparent's Day

May 13: Career Day and Asian Pacific American Literature Read In Day

May 24: FC Meeting

May 26: Parent Volunteer Appreciatin Breakfast and JM Family Movie Night

Great Article and Resource

I know I shared this via email, but I thought I would add it to the bulletin as well. Thank you, Kira, for sharing this interesting article and site!

Buy Local and Support JM!

Kicking off our Local Giveback Program – Mother’s Day Shopping in Montclair with BigPie!

We are launching a new fundraising program just in time for Mother’s Day. We wanted to deliver a fresh approach to our fundraising that will be easy for all to sustain:

Joaquin Miller is partnering with an Oakland based impact business called BigPie to generate donations with every purchase from participating community businesses that have been so supportive of our school over the years. This is very similar to our Scrip and Amazon programs where a percentage of our purchases come back to support JM. The difference: a specific focus on local stores that you already frequent and trust. JM faves: A Great Good Place For Books will give 5% back , Crogan's 5%, Flowers By Myrna 10% and Hatch 5%. These are just a few of the businesses registered with Bigpie.

There are no fees required and your email will not be distributed. Here is how it will work:

1) Go to:, where you can complete a quick registration and see participating merchants (of which there are many you already shop with)

2) Remember to mention Joaquin Miller and provide your email or phone number when you purchase from/dine with participating merchants.

So, remember when you shop this Mother's Day for all the special Mom's out there you can get a donation back to JM! We launch for Mother's Day but will be able to continue the benefits from the giveback program for the foreseeable future. Win-Win.

Thank You!

P.S. if you should have any problems registering, please email Bigpie co-founder, Robert Miller at