Principal’s Message – February 27th, 2018


We are so grateful to you for the many opportunities that our students have to explore our community, thanks to the support of our many drivers. Last month, many of our students had a chance to visit the Black History exhibit at the Oakland Museum, participate in the M.L.K. Jr. Oratorical Festival, or go to Tilden Park, thanks to you!

Special Occasions: Thanks to the impetus of the Oakland Ed Fund, readers such as school board member, Jody London, were here during the Black History Read-Aloud, and we all heard the classroom presentations at our Oratorical Assembly. In addition, we welcomed the Lunar New Year with presentations in several classes. This is the year of the dog!

Testing: At this time in the year, we are also thinking about the oncoming SBAC tests (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) which is given to 3rd through 5th graders state- wide in April. I just went online and googled SBAC sample tests/questions, and spent the last hour trying to get the best answers to the questions! Since this assessment will be the only way that schools are judged/ranked beginning next year, it will be helpful if families can also review so me of these questions with their students. The “drag and drop” tests in math may be particularly tricky to manipulate for our third graders. Everything is tested on a computer!! You can go to http://www.smarterbalanced.org for ideas on how our students will be asked to perform. This week there will be district testing in Science and Math for many of the students.

The Student Attendance Review Team (SART) will be meeting with families this week to give support and help everyone know how important being to school on time and regularly is to all of our students. Studies show that if a student misses just 10 days in kindergarten, and that pattern continues through 3rd grade, a student predictably, may be a grade level behind by 3rd grade.

Scary, but true! A reminder that if there is a need for a student to be out for five days for a family emergency, it is critical that an independent study contract be approved by the principal and signed, and assignments given, for the duration of the absence.

Safety issues: We regularly hold fire, earthquake, and lock-down drills. Staff has their specific assignments and further, the Oakland School Police Department is continuing to share strategies for active shooter situations to all school leaders.

Some of our families and staff members have recommended these podcasts for kids to listen to, if the family wants to encourage thoughtful and creative thinking on the part of the younger ones. “Wow on the World”, “Brains On”, “Mars Patel”, “Story Pirates”, “Pickle” and check out Understood.org

Remember, Friday, March 2nd, is a minimum day, as are March 14, 15 and 16th for conferences. Teachers are contacting families for conferences, but if you have not been contacted and you want to set up a conference, just let your child’s teacher know. Report cards will be sent home on March 16th.

Thank you for all you do to support our students,
Katie McLane