Staff Weekly Bulletin

~January 20-23 - Week 19~

Intelligence + Character, that is the true goal of education.

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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~Positive & Welcoming Environment~

Junk Food Trade

Dear Colleagues,

We are seeing more & more students bring chips and candy to school and in better efforts to encourage them to make healthier choices, we would like trade with our students their junk food for a Caught You Being Good.

Mr. Marcel, Coach C., Paul, Simone, can help us during the cafeteria and in the yard. We ask that if you see any student with junk food that you help us encourage students to trade off the junk food for these popular tickets.

The free dress pass is highly popular with the 3-5 graders and for our TK-2nd, they seem to enjoy coming to the office to trade off their Caught You Being Good for a prize. Please see below for the links to access these tickets.

Thank you for your support in honoring our health & wellness policy.


Character Target:



Group B - Assembly

Udovic & Hudson

Saleski & Ferrus-Garcia

Tapia & Dewall

Perrone & Zucker

Group A - Crew

Souto & Parchia

Marx & Gudiol

Ford & Nunez

Superfine & Reynoso

Cato & Zucker


Music Class!

1st & 2nd grade students will begin music class on February 5th. Please stay tuned for the schedule.

Want to get your students ready for the SBAC?

SBAC/PARCC Free On-line Resources

Attention 3rd-5th grade colleagues,

Pearson has a free printable or electronic version of their PARCC practice test & rubrics for ELA & Math for grades 3rd through 11th.

please go to this link to access these free resources:

COI Week 3 Resumes February 9th


  • Fostering high quality student work through writing with evidence

Learning Target:

  • I can analyze student work/articles presented & identify strategies that support High Quality Student Work.

Character Target:

  • I can collaborate with my peers to identify best practices to support high quality student work outcomes.

Apply for this grant - HEADSPROUT

Ms. Perrone applied and she was awarded the grant for a free membership for a whole year!

Everything You Need To Teach Reading

Today, many teachers are being asked to do more with less. Learning A-Z is committed to helping educators secure funding that allows them to use our products, and reach every learner.

As part of this commitment, Learning A-Z is proud to announce a new grant program that provides qualifying educators with full use of Headsprout for one year, as well as an exclusive professional development session that shows educators how to utilize the program to its fullest potential. Deadline to apply is Saturday, February 28, 2015.

"The Best Me"- Survey

Dear Staff - Please follow link below to complete short Survey Monkey about our assembly "The Best Me" last week.


(Message from coordinator below)
Thank you for helping bring The Best Me to your school! Please help us continue to offer high-quality health education to our schools free of charge by filling out a short program survey at

Please forward this survey link to all staff that saw The Best Me at your schools and encourage them to fill it out. This survey takes under 2 minutes to complete and helps us evaluate and improve our program. We greatly appreciate your school's participation.

Many thanks,

Free Field Trips!

Hello Manzanita SEED,

I wanted to let you know that registration for Rhythmix's spring 2015 PAL program just opened up this week. Since you all were such advocates for the program last year, I'm wondering if you're interested in helping coordinate Mantanita SEED's participation in the program this year. I think it always helps to have a member of the school's community touting our program and I'd really appreciate your assistance. I sincerely hope we're able to work something out this spring! Transporting your students to and from Rhythmix on private busses is still something we can provide if that's what you require.

Here's the program details:

The Performance Art and Learning program (PAL) is a curriculum-based youth arts education program developed in collaboration with the Alameda Unified School District for 3rd and 4th grade students. PAL is intended to foster awareness about world cultures and empower underserved youth through exposure to world music and dance. Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) offers this program at no cost to students or the schools, but each school is responsible for transportation of students to/from RCW. Here is the program line up:

Thursday, February 19th: Classical Indian Kathak dance with Chitresh Das Dance Company

Thursday, March 5th: Brazilian Capoeira with Instructor Sumido

Thursday, March 12th: Spanish Flamenco with Caminos Flamencos

We're using the same process as past year: teachers or principals should review the informational hand out attached here and respond with their first, second and third choices for dates and times. I will try my best to give everyone their first choice.

As spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis, and I know some schools require a 30 day window to process field trip requests, please try to get back to me with your preferences as soon as possible, by Friday, January 30th at the latest.

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Julianne Quimby

Operations Manager



Attendance has been less than 94%!

In efforts to improve on attendance, we are planning a Spirit Week for the week of February 2nd through 6th. More information will follow.

Our chronic absences have increased to 11%; please help us by talking to your students and families on the importance of daily attendance.

Yard Supervision - Duty

Teachers, quite a few of you are forgetting to cover your duty. Please be at your duty post during recess on time.

Restroom Monitoring

Dear Colleagues,

Nancy will create new restroom/hallway passes & will place them in your box.

I remind that you that ALL students must have a pass when outside of classroom.

As agreed since last school year, TK-1st grade will have a buddy to be out of class. For grades 3-5, only 1 student to be allowed to be out of class at a time. In addition, last year we also agreed that we would have Restroom & Hallways logs for grades 3-5. Please enforce this as we will ask you to share the logs in case of any vandalism investigation.

Grade Level Collaboration

Some grade levels have past due grade level collaboration notes. If you do not submit them on Thursdays, your collaboration paid time may not be processed. Please submit them weekly and in a timely manner.

TK/Kinder Classrooms

Your large classroom rugs were shampooed and cleaned on Saturday, January 17th. Please let me know if they are not clean or if they are still wet.


Dear Colleagues,

Please submit your grade level Expo theme and the names of two student representatives to present during Expo by no later than January 30th to Nancy.

OCCC Performance

Dear Colleagues,

We will host the OCCC 1st & 2nd grade performance on Wednesday, February 4th before Expo! This will give us the opportunity to see our 1st & 2nd graders to perform "In the Name of Love" Musical Tribute to MLK.

Bodily Fluids in the classroom

Please report student bodily fluids that occur in the classroom or hallway to Nancy ASAP. These types of clean ups are to be addressed immediately by our custodians as per district custodial admin. Let us know if this is not happening.


Tuesday's Principal's Daily Schedule

7:30-8:00 Paper work/emails/budget

8:00-8:30 Yard & morning greeting

8:30-9:00 Community Assembly

9:00-10:00 Operational Meeting

10:00-10:30 Yard Supervision

10:30-11:00 Formal Observation

11:00-11:30 Office Check-in

11:30-12:00 Principal's Lunch

12:00-1:00 Formal Observation

1:00-1:30 Practice with Tours Group

1:30-2:45 Classroom Walk-Throughs

2:35-3:00 Yard

3:00-4:00 ILT Meeting

Tuesday, January 20th

8:30-9:00 AM
Community Assembly & Crew

9:00-10:00 AM

Operational Meeting

10:30-11:30 AM

3rd Grade Expert Presentation

2:45-3:45 PM
4th grade Tutoring Begins

3:00-4:00 PM
ILT Meeting

5-7 PM

SSC Meeting

Room P5

Wednesday Principal's Daily Schedule

7:30-8:00 Walk-through w/Head Custodian

8:00-8:30 Yard & morning greeting

8:30-9:30 Formal Observation

9:30-12:00 Visiting School Tour

12:00-1:00 Lunch Duty

1:00-1:30 Parent Meeting

2:00-3:00 Wednesday PD

3:00-4:00 Post Conference Formal Observations

Wednesday, January 21st

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Southwood Elementary School from Canada-School Visit


8:30-8:35 AM Observe Morning Greeting

8:35-9:00 AM Welcome & Provide Context of School Model (with light snack & refreshments)

9:00-10:00 AM Classroom Visits

10:00-10:30 AM Restroom Break & Breakfast

10:30-11:30 AM Classroom Visits

11:30-12:00 PM Debrief, Q&A, sharing of resources

2:00-3:00 PM

Location: Ms. Tapia's Room

Agreements for PD:

  • I can be mindful of grade level differences.

  • I can assume positive intent.

  • I can feel safe taking risks.

  • I can be honest and provide constructive feedback.

  • I can come up with alternative suggestions if I don’t feel I can implement an idea.


  • Review BAL Minutes & Provide Feedback for DL Report Cards

Learning Target:

  • I can review & revise BAL instructional minutes with my grade level colleagues.
  • I can review & provide feedback on the new DL report card.

Character Target:

  • I can collaborate with my peers & be an active contributor to BAL & DL report card.


  1. Greeting & Ice Breaker
  2. Review & Revise BAL Minutes
  3. Review DL Report Card

3:00-4:00 PM

Teacher Prep Time or Grade Level Collaboration

Thursday Principal's Daily Schedule

8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Beatrice @ Principal Meeting

Admin Designee: Jennie Tunney

Thursday, January 22nd

1:00-3:00 PM
Roger's Foundation School Visit

NGLC Grant School Interview

Classroom Visits (3rd - 5th)

*3rd-5th grade teachers, please join us in the office (voluntary)

MLA, Roosevelt, and SEED are applying for the NGLC grant in efforts to create dual language pathways to middle school and beyond. If we are approved, we will received $100K for the planning year and $500K for implementation. Please visit this link to learn more about the grant:

They will visit classrooms followed by a series of questions to school leaders that includes teachers, parents, students, and administration. If you are interested in participating & being part of this planning team.

2:45-3:45 PM
4th grade Tutoring

Friday Principal's Daily Schedule

8:00-10:00 Beatrice @ Budget 1:1 Session

10:30-11:30 Classroom Walk-throughs

11:30-12:00 Principal's Lunch

12:00-1:00 Lunch Duty

1:00-2:30 Classroom Walk-Throughs

2:45-3:00 YARD

Friday, January 23rd

2:45-3:45 PM
4th grade Tutoring