Staff Weekly Bulletin

~Week 15~Dec. 7-11~


2nd - 5th Grade (for SLC purposes)

SRI Testing - during library & in-class time

Deadline - before SLCs

3rd-5th Grade (for SLC purposes)

SMI Testing - during library & in-class time

Deadline - before SLCs

3-5 (English) Grade (In-House)

Please ensure that you have administered at least one formative assessment from ReadyTestA-Z or OpenEd. We will review the findings during a data chat.


Science SIRA Assessments (Grades 3-4)

Please ensure that all 3rd and 4th grade students have completed the SIRA End-of-Module Assessments by this Friday, 12/4 and have scored and entered data into Illuminate by Friday, 12/11. We recommend providing teachers with an hour of PLC time to collaboratively score the assessments.

Here are some helpful tools for you:


~Safe & Welcoming Environment~

Home Visit Program

Dear colleagues,

This is a reminder for the long-awaited Parent Teacher Home Visit Project Dec 8th Training for Teachers and Staff

4pm-7:30pm at Castlemont High School, in the Auditorium

If you submitted an application for funding for your home visits, and your teachers/staff did not attend the training on October 12th at McClymonds, please ensure your teachers/staff attend this session next Tuesday.

I added all of you to the calendar invitation so you may add your teachers/staff who will be attending. I will take a final count of "yes" replies to the calendar invite on Friday at 3pm.

If you have any questions feel free to text or call me: 510-703-4825.

Community Assembly/Crew

Community Assembly: GROUP B

Queznel & Vidal

Goodie & Parchia
Brown & Tapia

Ferrus-Garcia & Garcia-Pena

Hudson & Davis


Udovic & Cato
Saleski & Nunez
Pastrana & Perrone


Gudiol & Zucker

December Character Trait: Collaboration


Month-long Focus: Collaboration

Learning Target: I can collaborate by sharing, taking turns, and helping others.

Community Service Opportunity

ATTENTION 4th-5th grade teachers!

SEED has a great opportunity to engage our students to give back to the community during the month of December.

The executive director of Street Level Health Project has provided us the opportunity to engage our 4th & 5th grade students to part-take in helping to wrap gifts and set up tables for their annual event. This organization is also looking for our students to use their bilingual skills to speak to the guests as they are predominantly Spanish speaking.

The dates are: Wednesday, 12/16 and Friday, 12/18. The students and some parent volunteers would walk the students over at 2:45 pm & arriving around 3:15 pm. The community service would be for two hours to make decorations. On Saturday, 12/19, we would need more help and would like our students to continue their community service. Please let us know if you are open to engaging your students in this meaningful community service.

If you are interested, please email Beatrice, Yael Falicov at or Lidia Leon at



Math & ELD District Walk-Through

Greetings Crew!

On Wednesday, December 9th we will be have a district walk-through to observe Math & ELD (embedded language development).

English Language Development Resources for our upcoming walkthrough

Exemplary Practices for Designated ELD in Elementary

Bridge Recommendations for Designated ELD: Elementary

Recommended OUSD Designated ELD Bridge Materials and Pricing 2014-16

Preps for SLCs (December & March)

Greetings Team,

Here is the prep schedule for Preps during SLCs (December & March):


8:30-9:25 AM

  • Pastrana - Music
  • Brown - PE

12:40-1:30 PM

  • Tapia - PE
  • Goodie - Music


8:30-9:25 AM

  • Udovic - PE
  • Brown - Music

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Garcia-Pena - PE
  • Zucker - Music

12:40-1:30 PM

  • Queznel - PE
  • Tapia - Music


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Parchia - PE
  • Vidal - Music

12:40-1:30 PM

  • Goodie - PE
  • Queznel - Music

The Reading Challenge Winners are...!

Winners of the Reading Challenge will be recognized this week; please click on this link to access the names of the winners.

The list will be posted around the school; please take some time to recognize your students in the classroom. We are very proud of them!

COST Referrals...

Here is the link to submit a COST referral: Coordination of Services Referral - click here!

Data Chats - 12/14-12/18


Please click on this link to see the tentative schedule for data chats.

Math Data Chats:

(Please bring your students Math EOU assessment results)








Literacy Data Chats:

(Please bring with you EDL &/or DRA running records)

All TK/K Team







Paul - need to finish with test

Denise - need to finish with test



We have 5% Chronic Absences for 11/30-12/4! Congratulations!

Running Team Site!

I created a new site for our running team to help raise money to Grow the Music Program at Manzanita SEED Elementary School! benefiting LOS AMIGOS DE MANZANITA SEED.

Simply go to the page below and click the big FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button and you'll instantly have your own fundraising page as a part of our Team.

Please let me know if you won't be taking part in the running festival this time around.
Thanks so much.

Sam Davis

Monies for Classroom Libraries

Here is my draft

Each teacher will receive 500 to order leveled books for your library. We encourage you to order high interest books for the levels where your library is not as complete, or leveled books to coordinate with your expeditions. Please fill a shopping cart at

Need more books for your classroom library, here are community resources:

Thank you,


Hallway Passes

ALL teachers received updated hallway/restroom passes. Please ensure that you use them as students are loosely allowed to be out of class without a pass. ALL students without a pass will be walked/returned to class.



ONLY TK-1st grade students are to have a buddy to go to the restroom/office.

2-5 grade DO NOT NEED a buddy.

ASP during SLCs

A few of you have communicated to the office of the arrangements during SLCs. If you did not communicate to the office then it means that we will move forward with the ASP going about their regular routine and hold their class in the classrooms that are assigned.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we will not be able to make any changes. The deadline for submission was 12/4.

Supply Requests

Very few of you submitted the supply request; please know that you will be able to submit another one in January, upon your return from break.

As you, the office staff is extremely busy with many other tasks so we ask for your patience as we will not be able to fulfill your request until January 2016.

New SEED Restrooms!

Effective 12/7, SEED has a set of new student restrooms. These restrooms are located next to P7.

Principal from MCS would like for us to remind our students that they WILL NO LONGER be allowed to use the restrooms in front of the large yard. I ask that you kindly remind the children to use their new restrooms.

We are still trying to figure what will happen when the students are in the cafeteria and they are in need of a restroom. I personally believe that the children should be allowed to go to the restrooms facing the yard, but we are still in talks to come up with a solution that both site's can accept.

Don't forget to send your students with passes. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE PASSES, PLEASE REQUEST THEM FROM THE OFFICE STAFF.

Students are expected to use the restrooms that are closer to their classroom. During lunch, all 1st-5th graders will use the new restrooms.


Monday, December 7th

Early Dismissal - SLCs

Rooms available to use for SLCs:

Staff Lounge

WI room

Table in the office

Beatrice's Office

Simone's Office

Tuesday, December 8th

Vision Van @ SEED

8:30-11:30 AM - Beatrice @ River Glenn in San Jose

ASP participating in The Hour of Code!

Early Dismissal - SLCs

Rooms available to use for SLCs:

Staff Lounge

WI room

Table in the office

Beatrice's Office

Simone's Office

4:00-7:30 PM

Home Visit program training

Castlemont High School Auditorium, 8601 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA, United States

Wednesday, December 9th

9:00-10:00 AM

School Tours

Math & ELD District Visit

Early Dismissal - SLCs

ASP participating in The Hour of Code!

3:45-4:45 PM
Tech Committee Meeting

3:30-5:30 PM
Fall Call - Engagement Meeting #2

5:30-7:00 PM

Middle School Option Fair

Location: Library

Thursday, December 10th

Early Dismissal - SLCs

ASP participating in The Hour of Code!

3:00-4:00 PM
COST Meeting

Friday, December 11th

Early Dismissal - SLCs


Tech Corner - Check it out!

Tech Workshop

Optional technology workshop for planning tech-based lessons after the staff meeting on Monday, December 14.

See you then!

Chromebooks Distribution & Headphones

Update: If you have not received your chromebooks, we will distribute the remaining chromebooks this week.

Need headphones? Please let Todd/Carl know if you DID NOT receive headphones so we can order them ASAP.

New Chromecart for SEED

SEED received an additional chrome cart; we have determined the following:

1. Chromecart #1 - stored in Office

2. Chromecart #2 - stored in P7 (Priscilla)

3. Chromecart #3 - stored in room 8 (Anne)

Learn Storm by Khan Academy

Khan Academy is running a light-touch and free learning challenge this winter/spring, and I am hoping that schools across our district will get involved.

From January 29th through April 1st, students in grades 3–12 can master math skills on to earn rewards and recognition for themselves and their school. LearnStorm gives every student a way to succeed, no matter their level.

The challenge will run from January 29th to April 1st, and registrations are open now for teachers, parents, and students.

Here are some key details:

  • It’s very easy to get students going and requires no changes to the classroom

  • ‍It strengthens Common Core math skills

  • It builds confidence and a Growth Mindset in every student

  • It recognizes school teams as well as individual students with real-life rewards‍

Please take a look at their introductory video:

And we would like to encourage you and your teachers to sign up your classes today at