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Recess and Hot Weather Rules

It’s hot and sunny out there, so kids need sunscreen and plenty of fluids.  Please follow these rules as you prepare your children for the school day:
1) Apply sunscreen before coming to school.
2) Do not send spray sunscreen to school; if your child needs to reapply sunscreen during the day, please send lotion.  The spray can easily get into kids’ eyes.
3) Do not bring water guns, spray bottles or spray fans to school.
4) Bring a labeled water bottle to school to keep hydrated throughout the day.
5) Do not bring your own sports equipment out at recess.  We have plenty for everyone.
6) Closed shoes are best for recess, p.e. and p.a., but if your child is wearing sandals, make sure they stay securely on their feet when they run.
Thank you!

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Soccer Balls Donated to Crocker by a Bay Oaks Team

Thank you to the girls from the Bay Oaks 2013-14 Blue Bombers team for donating ten high-tech soccer balls that are “nearly indestructible.” They almost never get flat and don’t require pumping. Through their campaign, hosted by One World Futbol’s project called “Buy One Give One,” they raised enough money to donate more than 150 of these soccer balls to a number of Oakland schools.

“We play on fields in Oakland and Alameda County with our Bay Oaks’ team! Since a lot of the Oakland Schools lost their sports programs and equipment, we wanted to give back to the community where we play and make sure every kid gets a chance to play just like we do!” — Ke’ale, Maile and Makana Young, members of the Bay Oaks Blue Bombers team.
We appreciate their thoughtfulness in including us in their project.

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Community Contributions This Week at Crocker

 
Crocker Highlands Girl Scout Troop 30981 is collecting toiletries for homeless youth in Oakland.  There are currently 1,700 homeless youth, ages 14-23, living on the streets in Alameda County.  Our Junior troop seeks to provide some basic necessities to show the that we care.  Hygiene supplies will be delivered to DreamCatchers Emergency Youth Shelter and/or the East Oakland Community Project.

We are requesting donations of unopened shampoo, conditioner, combs, brushes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant and soap. Full size or travel size are fine. If you don’t have travel-size toiletries to donate, consider purchasing a couple of extra items when you are shopping and drop them off at school.

This is a very easy way to help disadvantaged young people in our community.  You can drop off your donations in a bin in front of the school office.

The campaign runs through December 20.  Please contact Genice Jacobs at 415-298-0679 or genice@profluence.net with any questions.

Toys for Tots bins are awaiting your donations of new, unopened gifts for kids of all ages (including teens!) They will be here this week only (December 2-6).  Let’s fill them to the top!

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So Much For Which to be Thankful

As we head for a well-deserved week off to celebrate Thanksgiving and recharge our batteries, I want to express my gratitude to the Crocker community for helping to make these first three months of the school year so wonderful.  The kids are learning and growing, the vibe around campus is positive, and I appreciate the warmth so many students, staff, and families bring to school each day.  During our school tours this season, I am so proud to show off the impressive work the kids do here thanks to the efforts of our dedicated teaching staff.

Many thanks to Leonora Willis for spearheading the monumental and hugely successful book fair this week. Already a school filled with readers, having the book fair transform our MPR brought even more excitement for reading. It also inspired me to dress up as the Very Hungry Caterpillar in celebration!  Another huge thank you goes out to Lisa Hobbs for bringing author Jennifer Holm to school for fabulous assemblies and a sold-out book signing!

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Mrs. Kelleher

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Attendance Rules and Picture Day Re-Takes

State law dictates when a child’s absence is considered excused.  The situations include:

1) Illness of student

2) Death in the immediate family (1 excused day if the funeral is in California, and up to 3 days excused if it is outside of California)

3) Family illness

4) Religious holiday

5) Doctor/dentist appointment

6) Five days or more with an independent study contract that is arranged 2 weeks before the anticipated absence

In all other situations, even if a parent contacts the school, the absence is unexcused.  This California policy exists to encourage families to do everything they can to ensure that their children attend school every day.

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On Thursday, October 24th, all students who did not get their pictures taken on the first opportunity or families who want their children to get new photos, will be able to do so between 9:00 and 11:00.

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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!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WFmgv2VLbkCgnAzX2vcySmw4fvRTy4omcH9xdP5SdnI/viewform

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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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