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Manzanita SEED families February 2021

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Join SEED's celebration of Black History

Wednesday, February 17th at 6:30pm zoomlink-

OUSD Oratorical Fest deadline extended to February 19th, 21 at 6pm

42nd Annual OUSD Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival

2021 Theme: Where Do We Go From Here?: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Deadline Extended to Friday, Feb. 19th, 6pm

SEED students! Enter the 2021 MLK, Jr. Oratorical Fesival by submitting a Flipgrid video of you or a group reading an original poem or a published piece to:

For group recordings, see: CleanFeed FAQ:

We already have one AMAZING entry and would love to see more!


  • Individual Performer – 1 Performer on Stage

    • Monologue - original or published in a script (3 min)

    • Poetry - published poetry (3 min)

    • Poetry - original poetry (poet performing poem they wrote, 3 min)

    • Speech - famous & not so famous – (3 min)

  • Two or More Performers on Stage Groups/Scenes

    • Poetry – published (up to 5 min)

    • Poetry - original (written by the performing poets, (up to 5 min)

    • Speech - famous & not so famous (up to 5 min)

    • Scene - published & devised (up to 5 min)

SEED (PRC) principal recommendation committee

Click the button for information on SEED's principal recommendation committee and selection process. Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 5pm-6pm Spanish translation will be provided.

Attend a listening session to learn more about the districts reopening plans.

Oakland USD is holding listening sessions for families.

Information here :

January Students of the Month- focal value compassion

I can be compassionate towards others.

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Message from our garden teacher Ms. Annie

Wow the garden is green and growing! The handful of rainy days we have had helped our garden launch to life. Greens, radishes, cilantro, mint, and peas are abundant. Hummingbirds zoom around the pineapple sage and perennial flowers. Students in online garden classes have been seeing virtual tours of the garden this week. If your student is not currently in online garden class you can still find all garden videos on Youtube here:

February’s Harvest of the Month in OUSD is cabbage. Curtido will be given out with school meals this month. To find more information and ways to enjoy cabbage you can check out the Harvest of the Month on Instagram:

Free ESL/ Family Literacy Classes

OUSD Adult and Career Education is offering FREE ESL and ESL/Family Literacy classes on-line for any parent who has a child enrolled in OUSD. The program also provides a computer and hotspot for all parents who are enrolled in the program.

Classes start from the very beginning level for students who know very little English and do not know how to read and write in English (or any language).

Registration for Spring Session begins Feb. 16, Classes fill up, so students should register as soon as they can starting Feb. 16. If classes are full, they can get on a waiting list for when a space becomes available.

To see the schedule or register, go to:

SEED has been selected as an equity champion cohort school. Our staff will attend Courageous Conversations training this spring

SEED staff have an opportunity, funded by Salesforce, to continue to engage in equity learning, as one of six schools in OUSD- six principals and their teams will begin the team training portion of our Equity Champions Cohort, with a specific focus on improving outcomes for African American students.

The purpose of the team is to deepen our understanding of race and equity, and build our collective will, skill, knowledge, and capacity, in our respective roles as educators, parents, or community partners to interrupt deficit-based language and thinking, and lead with empowering narratives, and culturally responsive, asset based practices. SEED staff will attend training March 25th and 26th, 2021!

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The Manzanita campus is hosting food distribution each Monday from 8am-12:00pm.

Enter campus using the E. 26th Street entrance, you can enter by car to reduce contact and encourage social distancing.

Food delivery is available:

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Photo Credit-Maestra Rivas

SEED family committees-Meeting dates and times

SSC-school site council and SELLS site English Language Learners subcommittee-normally 1st Monday of the month at 4:30pm parent leads Breanna Hill and Frankie Ramos next meeting March 1st at 4pm


Black Family Engagement (BFE)- 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:00pm

parent lead Pecolia Manigo


Los Amigos de Manzanita SEED Fundraising Committee- 1st Tuesday of the month 6:30pm parent lead Rebecca Anderson


PTU-parent teacher union- meeting 2nd Thursday of the month (meeting times alternate) parent- leads Maria Zavaleta, Myeisha Jones and Karen Choury.

FEBRUARY MEETING: SEED PTU Meeting Thursday, February 11⋅5:30 – 7:00pmJoin Zoom Meeting ID: 82599093621 Passcode: 679499


Principal Hiring

HVAC letter writing campaign

Committee reports

Contact Misty Waters, family coordinator with questions

Diane G. Lang, Principal

Manzanita SEED Elementary School