La Escuelita TK-8 UPDATES

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Thank you!

Thank you Mrs. Garcia, Ms. Mathis and Ms. Omowale for your support with our Oratorical Festival.


Monday: Holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Thursday: F & P Assessments Complete

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


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:

Progress Monitoring to support students along the way.

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.