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Keeping up with Crocker Communications

Hi everyone, welcome back to another exciting school year at Crocker Highlands.  I wanted to send a quick message as I’ve noticed a number of recent sign-ups to the Yahoo Group with a request to stay up to date with what’s happening at school.  There may be better options depending on what information you’re looking to receive and how you like to stay informed.  With many new families joining us this year, I wanted to give a quick overview of the different channels for communication and information.
  1. Crocker Website – updated frequently with the latest information about school related events and topics. You can also find the most current school calendar with upcoming events. Please be aware events, times, details of events do change throughout the year. This online calendar is the best source of current event data. (Pro Tip: if you use Google Calendar or iCal, you can import the Crocker calendar directly into your calendar list and it’s always up to date) You’ll also find other links to great content like the Principal’s Blog, teacher websites, lunch menus, PTA information, photo galleries, afterschool programs, etc.
  2. Weekly Bulletin – email newsletter sent weekly with updates, events, reminders, etc. This is the easiest way to get an update delivered directly to your Inbox with what’s going on each week at school. Click on the link to subscribe or view past bulletins.
  3. Yahoo Group – email listserv, 500+ people made up of school staff, PTA, parents, community, etc. Used for timely communications from school staff, teachers and PTA members to the Crocker Parents and Community. Our ask…keep it relevant to school topics, don’t spam the list, don’t “reply all”. Subscription required, click on the link to sign-up.
  4. Crocker Facebook Page (Public) – If you like to stay up to date by using Facebook, we have you covered. We post a number of updates here, share pictures, encourage community discussion.  Be sure to “Like” our page and join our virtual extension of the Crocker community.
  5. Crocker Twitter Page (Public) – If you like to stay up to date by using Twitter, we have you covered. You’ll find frequent updates to our twitter page, be sure to “Follow” us.
  6. Crocker Kindergarten Buddies Facebook Group (Private) -  this private FB group was setup for Kindergarten parents (new and old) to ease the transition into Crocker. It’s a great place for new families to ask questions and share experiences. The Kindergarten teachers are also part of the group and you’ll find a tremendous amount of support and information shared in this group. To join, you have to click on the link and request access.
If you have comments or feedback for us on any of the above, we’d love to hear from you. Click on the “Feedback” link on the right side of the Crocker website or drop us an email at

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2014-2015 Forms Available – Pertains to All Families

Per District policy, all OUSD students must submit certain required forms each year before attending their first day of classes.  You may either pick up these materials at school between August 18-22 or download and print the forms found in this post.  Please bring your children’s completed forms during one of our registration events August 19 – 22 (see the calendar on our website for specific times).  If you are unable to come during those events, you must turn in the materials to the school office on the first day of school (August 25) before your child can go to class.

Required Documents for New Students Only:

2014-15 OUSD Registration Form (new PDC) – ENGLISH (Can be completed online then printed)

Original birth certificate or other proof of age  (We’ll make a copy of it.)

Immunization records

Proof of physical exam

Proof of dental exam

Proof of residency (3 documents such as PG&E, Waste Management, EBMUD, property tax, rental agreement, etc.)

If you registered in the spring but did not have all documents ready, please make sure to bring the missing items between August 19-22.


Required Documents for ALL Crocker Students (new and continuing):

2014-15 OUSD Registration Packet Cover and Signature Page FILLABLE

2014-15 Student Disaster Form – ENGLISH FILLABLE

2014-15 Pupil Emergency Card – FILLABLE ENGLISH

2014-15 Student Acceptable Use of Technology Consent Form – FILLABLE ENGLISH

2014-2015 Request for Parent Email Form  (new this year, required by the new superintendent)


OUSD Policies For All Families (nothing to sign):

2014-15 OUSD Policies Packet FINAL – ENGLISH


Continuing Families with New Phone Numbers:

Change of Phone Number Form


 Free and Reduced Lunch Applications (Requested of All Families by OUSD):


 OPTIONAL Translation Request Documents:

Translation Help (Arabic) 2014-2015

Translation Help (Cambodian)

2014-2015 Translation Help (Chinese)

2014-2015 Translation Help (English)

2014-2015 Translation Help (Spanish)

2014-2015 Translation Help (Vietnamese)



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Newcomers’ Picnic – August 23 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Crocker Highlands

On behalf of the PTA, welcome to Crocker Highlands Elementary School!

We want to get to know you better and would also love to help you get to know each other better. Please come with your entire family for an afternoon of fun, food, and conversation on the playground!
Please bring a dish to share based on your child’s last name:
A-K: Appetizer or Salad
L-R: Main Dish
S-Z: Dessert
The PTA will provide plates, napkins, utensils, and drinks.Please feel free to bring scooters, bicycles, soccer balls, etc.We hope to see you there!


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2013/14 Classroom Assignments

2013/14 Classroom Assignments

Classroom assignments will be posted online and at school (typically at the main entrance on Midcrest) on Friday Aug. 23rd at 4pm.

Student placement is an important process that involves input from teachers, support staff, administration and parents. Many factors were considered including individual needs, learning styles, academic levels, peer relations, behavior factors and gender balance. Please note that current student placement assignments are final and therefore there will be no changes made, hence your support and acceptance are requested.

To view the class assignments online click here, the page is password protected. Please make sure you have subscribed to the Crocker Yahoo Group or “Like” us on Facebook as the password will be posted online and emailed out at 4pm on Friday.


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Updated Bell Schedule for 2013-14

Updated Bell Schedule for 2013-14

There are two changes from last year:  Kindergarten will start at 8:35 instead of 8:40 every day, and on regular days, 4th and 5th graders will be dismissed at 3:02.



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Letter to Incoming Kindergarten Families

Letter to Incoming Kindergarten Families

(updated August 13, 2013)

Dear Incoming Kindergarten Families,

First of all, we would like to welcome you to Crocker Highlands! We are looking forward o you and your child becoming part of our wonderful school community.

Kindergarten is an exciting time for our new students. The first two weeks of school for all our students are minimum days, 8:40 – 1:40. A full school day can be a challenge for the younger students, particularly after a long summer. This makes for a gentler transition.

On that first day of school, we invite all kindergarten families to meet us downstairs in the multi-purpose room at 9:00 am, 20 minutes after the 1st – 5th graders arrive. This gives the families of the older children time to get their other student to their new class, and it should help our congested parking situation. PLEASE do not bring your child into the building beforehand. After the teachers bring their new kindergarteners to their classrooms, all parents and guardians are invited to stay for a welcome reception in the library with the principal, Joci Kelleher, and the PTA co-presidents, Louise Bedsworth and Lesley Podesta.

We are excited to start the year off right and are eager to get to know your children. Information about the classroom routines, expectations, and what your child needs to bring on the first day of school can be found in the Kindergarten Handbook 2013/14, which is posted on the Crocker Kindergarten website. Kindergarten is an exciting time for everyone and we want to make sure that everyone – students, families, and teachers – is successful!

For those children who were unable to attend the Kindergarten Round-Up last May, there will be another opportunity for the students to meet the teachers and get comfortable about their new school. This will take place on Tuesday, August 20th at from 9 to 10 am. Please bring your child to school and meet us in the office. You will have 30 minutes to relax and go get a cup of coffee! It is helpful if you call the office the day before to confirm whether or not you are coming. This is ONLY for students who have not attended a Round-up session yet.

There are so many great things happening at Crocker Highlands.  In order to get the most current information, be sure to visit the Crocker Highlands website  (, “like” us on Facebook and subscribe to our Weekly Email Bulletin. We also have the Crocker yahoo group for periodic email communications from school staff and PTA members.

Thank you. We are so looking forward to meeting you.

The Crocker Highlands Kindergarten Team



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