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Year 14 - Summer Edition

Looking forward to Year 14!

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We are halfway through summer and I am halfway through my book list! I have enjoyed reading at the beach, the pool, and the park. I am looking forward to starting my next book, Wringer by Jerry Spinelli, which 5th graders may also be reading this year as well. If you're like me, you are probably looking for more book recommendations. To help share book ideas and recommendations, students and families can add the books that you have been reading this summer on our TCN Summer Reading List Padlet (tinyurl.com/TCNreading). Just visit the website, click the '+', and write the title of the book! Check back to see the list grow!


With the start of our 14th year, I am writing to share important information and dates with you as well. This year, we are excited to welcome new teachers to our staff. Daniel Villarreal and Ryan Lyle will be leaving TCN and we wish them the best!


Melissa Gonzalez, will be our new 3rd grade teacher in B104. Melissa started her teaching career at KIPP Comienza Community Prep, where she taught alongside Mrs. Hatfield! There she taught kindergarten and then 3rd grade.


Julia Smit will come to TCN as a 5th grade teacher in B207! Before she began teaching in OUSD, Julia completed the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) alongside Ms. Lyle. For the past 2 years, Julia has taught 4th grade an OUSD school.


Meet Melissa, Julia, and other TCN teachers at our Back to School Potluck on August 20th at 1-3pm at TCN. I look forward to seeing all of our families there!


Best wishes,

Ms. Allison, Think College Now Principal

510-332-2060 - allison@thinkcollegenow.org - @principal_allison - facebook/allisonhenkel

Back to School Potluck

Saturday, Aug. 20th, 1-3pm

2825 International Boulevard

Oakland, CA

Meet teachers and see class lists at the annual Potluck! We will be barbecuing outside the gym and have games and shade in the gym.


Please bring a dish to share!

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Important Dates


  • Registration: Monday, August 15th through Wednesday, August 17th 9am-3pm
  • First day of School: Monday, August 22nd at 8:30am
  • Minimum Days: Monday, August 22nd through Friday, September 2nd; Students will be dismissed on the yard at 1:30pm (1:15pm on Wednesdays). School starts at 8:30am daily.
  • Monday, September 5th No School (Labor Day)
  • Starting on Tuesday, September 6th students will be dismissed at 3:05pm on the yard.