Archive | September, 2013

Clarifying After School

Hi Everybody,

I want to clarify the after school playground policy.  We encourage parents and caregivers to supervise their children after school on the playground during the week, and the playgrounds are open to the public after 6 pm every day and all day on the weekends.  However, unsupervised students should not be on the playground while AT is open.  The staff there cannot look after other kids, and we want to maintain the safety of the kids who are enrolled in AT.

Thank you for your understanding.


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September 27 – My share of the bulletin

What a great week!

On Tuesday evening, we had a strong turnout for the Community Gathering.  People enjoyed good company, delicious pizza, chalk drawing on the playground, and an opportunity to share what they love about Crocker.  We also got feedback about potential areas for growth.  In the not-too-distant future, we will find out what you all had to say.  The teachers, School Site Council, and PTA will all look at it as we work together to continuously improve our school.

Friday morning we were treated to concerts by the Pacific Boys’ Choir.  They sang songs that ranged from three to eight part harmony and included lyrics in multiple languages.  The audience got to participate in a song from Africa by clapping out one of two different rhythms while a drummer played a third and the choir sang in four parts.  They ended the show with “Lean on Me,” a song most kids had learned last year with Ms. Rose.

The fifth grade bake sale was a huge success!  Thank you to the very cooperative fifth graders who sold the goods with polite smiles and gracious attitudes, and to the many families who provided and/or purchased the treats.  One hundred percent of the money you raised goes straight to their upcoming Redwood Alliance overnight field trip.

After school safety on the yard is important! Please do not ride scooters, skateboards or bicycles on the playground after school.  Also, you might not realize this but Adventure Time leases the playground space until 6:00 pm every day after school.  This means that other than the supervised basketball and football programs, students may not use the school playground until after 6:00 pm on school days and on weekends unless they are enrolled in Adventure Time.  If you have older children, please let them know that they may not play, ride bikes or climb the fences on the Crocker Highlands yard during that time.  Finally, please remember that dogs and other pets are never allowed on school grounds.

Thank you to the OUSD Buildings and Grounds folks!  This week the padding under the kindergarten play structure was repaired.  In addition, we have a new gate on the Midcrest side of the school next to the amphitheater so that the whole playground can be secured.

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5th Grade Spanish

Time is running out…if you haven’t yet signed up your fifth grader for Spanish, please click on this link right away.  Classes start Monday, September 30!

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Bulletin Sept. 20

Thank you to the many parents who came to the PTA General Meeting yesterday.  We had a great turnout and lots of good information about the programs sponsored by the PTA as well as the myriad ways for parents to get involved in the school.

The kids learned about the Walkathon (October 19) today at lunchtime assemblies and should have brought home packets.  Please mark your calendars, help your child(ren) to get sponsors, and think about volunteering to make the event a success!

We have some news about the physical facilities here.  To keep kids safer during recesses, the OUSD will be installing a fence by the amphitheater near the sidewalk.  I was thrilled to learn that the District will be paying for it!

Teachers have been administering beginning-of-the-year assessments in English-Language Arts (ELA) for the past couple of weeks.  These are mandated by the school district and provide useful data for teachers about the strengths and needs of each student.  These and other benchmark assessments will be given throughout the year in ELA and math.  In addition, Oakland recently started requiring a science writing assessment, as part of the new Common Core State Standards is making sure that students are writing about what they  wonder, hypothesize, observe and conclude.

I hope to see many of you at the Pancake Breakfast tomorrow morning sometime between 8:00 -12:30 pm (Saturday, September 21) and at the Community Gathering on Tuesday, September 24 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

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Update on TB Tests

TB Test Updates:  The OUSD nurse contacted us again and reported that tuberculin is still not available to OUSD.  Because supplies are low, top priority for this is medical institutions rather than schools.  If you would like to volunteer and need a TB clearance, the most efficient route will be for you to go to your doctor.  We have been told that Kaiser has tuberculin available but have not heard about other doctors or labs.  So sorry for the inconvenience!


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School Site Council

Our School Site Council formation meeting will be held in the Crocker library on Thursday, September 26 at 4:15 pm.  At that time, we will confirm who our voting members will be (we really need at least one new community member).  We will also complete our full membership roster, review the bylaws, and look at the previous focus of the group as we move towards generating new goals for the year.  All are welcome, so please join us!

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Back to School Night Clarifications

Back-to-School Nights are coming soon!  These are opportunities for you as a group to hear from the teachers and principal about curriculum, expectations and procedures for the year.

Kindergarten Back-to-School Night is coming up on Tuesday, September 10.  At 6:00 pm, please join the teachers and principal in the multipurpose room for information that is applicable to all kindergarten students.  At 6:30, you will follow your child’s teacher to her classroom, where she will speak until 7:30 at the latest.  It is possible she will finish before that time, but we want to give you the upper time limit as you make babysitting plans.

Back-to-School Night for first through fifth grade classes will be on Thursday, September 12 and has a more complex schedule.  We understand that it is impossible for people with multiple children to be in two places at once, so this is our solution to accommodating as many families as possible.

Parents of first through third graders arrive at 6:30 and go home at 7:45.  Parents of fourth and fifth graders arrive at 7:15 and go home at 8:30.

6:30-7:15pm      1st, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers will meet families in their classrooms.

7:15-7:45pm       1st , 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families meet the principal in the Multi Purpose Room

7:45 – 8:30           4th and 5th grade teachers meet families in their classrooms

See you then!


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