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Manzanita SEED families September 2020

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September is Latinx Chicanx Hispanic heritage month! How will you celebrate?


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Welcome new SEED staff members!

We are pleased to announce that SEED has a full time restorative justice coordinator on our team.

Ms. Ni'mat Shaheed has begun observing our virtual classrooms and will support our students, staff and families with the RJ process.

Restorative Justice is Oakland schools has proven to be an effective strategy to reduce racially disproportionate discipline, suspensions and improve academic outcomes. At Manzanita SEED we intend to lift up restorative practices within our virtual classes, drawing upon practices and procedures that are field tested, including the use of the circle to promote building and repairing caring relationships, and creating positive school-wide culture.

Join me in welcoming our counseling intern Alejandra Acosta who is a student at CSU East Bay. She will support our COST coordination of services team and work with our licensed counseling team to support our students with counseling supports.

Join Principal Lang for our September chat centering antiracist educators

September 22nd, 2020 Tuesday at 11:30am use this zoom link to join us-
Message from our after school program partner EBAYC

Mr. Marcel Nelson EBAYC after school program director (click brown tab for letter)

Message from OUSD regarding distance learning

Distance learning will continue for the near future
In July, Governor Newsom mandated that schools in counties on the state’s watchlist operate in distance learning. Alameda county remains on the watchlist and OUSD cannot resume in-person instruction until it is removed from the watchlist. Additionally, Alameda County recently updated its Shelter in Place Order, which reiterated that schools must remain in distance learning. We will keep our community up-to-date if/when things change.

Resources for families:

Language Development:

ELD Activities for Language Practice at Home 4.20.pdf

Reading Resources:

SIPPS Beginning Stories

SIPPS Extension Stories

3-5 Menu de Lectura Independiente ESPAÑOL

Math Parent Resources:

Family Math - DREME-Math-Snacks.pdf

San Diego County Office of Education

Parent math in Spanish

Parent math in English

Alameda County Office of Education

(English) 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade

Khan Academy (for parents)

OUSD Strong Start Plan supplemental resources

OUSD has a section dedicated to information for families. If you haven't already done so, go to "Family Central" for useful information on learning, technology, and other resources:

This year, if your child is in Kindergarten, 1st grade, or 2nd grade, teachers are assessing English Literacy through an online assessment called i-Ready. Some of the upper grade teachers may also be using this assessment with your child as it is optional in grades 3rd-5th.

You can learn more about about i-Ready by viewing these presentations in English/Spanish:

Intro to I-Ready video in English

Información para las familias i-Ready Vídeo

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The Manzanita campus is accessible each Monday and Thursday as food distribution will be happening on those dates. You can drive or walk into the school yard using the E. 26th Street entrance.

There will be NO food distribution on Monday, September 7th due to the Labor Day holiday.

Online Volunteer Support-If someone wants to volunteer in a SEED virtual classroom!

Oakland Public Education Fund is now training volunteers to support distance learning through small group breakouts in Zoom, individual tutoring, and college mentoring. To request a volunteer, go to Please refer anyone interested in volunteering to OPEF, so they can be trained, fingerprinted, and cleared before they volunteer with our students.
photo credit: Morelia Rivas

SAVE THE DATE! meeting links will be shared closer to date.

First Tuesday of the month: Los Amigos de Manzanita SEED Fundraising Committee 7:00-8:30pm (tentative)

Second Tuesday of the month PTU meeting, alternating times 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m

Third Tuesday of the month: Black Family Engagement (BFE) 6:00 p.m

SSC-there are 4 parent vacancies for our school site council this year

Virtual Back to School Night -links will be shared by classroom teachers

  • TK 09/04/2020 4:00pm
  • Kindergarten 09/16/2020 7:00pm (all classes)
  • Third-Fifth grade special day class 09/18/2020 6:00pm
  • First grade 09/10/2020 6:00pm (all classes)
  • Second grade 09/10/2020 5:00pm (all classes-there will be two rooms Spanish or English)
  • Third grade 09/09/2020 6:00pm (all classes-there will be two rooms Spanish or English)
  • Fourth grade 09/10/2020 5:30pm (both classes)
  • Fifth grade 09/11/2020 5:00pm (both classes-there will be two rooms Spanish or English)

We all miss seeing our students in person so very much.

Principal Diane G. Lang and the Manzanita SEED staff

Manzanita SEED Elementary School

Oakland Unified School District