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This year, the first three days of school were minimum days.  From Thursday on, we will be on our regular schedule.  Unless otherwise noted on the calendar, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are full days.  Wednesdays are shortened days.  For more complete information, click here: Bell Schedule 2014-2015


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2014/15 Classroom Assignments

2014/15 Classroom Assignments

Classroom assignments will be posted online and at school (typically just outside on the side of the school near Midcrest) on Friday Aug. 22nd at 5pm.

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 5pm on Friday.


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OUSD Back-to-School Rally this Saturday, Aug. 23rd

Students, Parents, and Civic Leaders to Gather at City Hall on Saturday, August 23 for Seventh Annual “Attend and Achieve Back-to-School Rally” 
Oakland Natives Give Back, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, and State Assemblymember Rob Bonta sponsor workshops, fun, and free school supplies
Event: 7th Annual Attend-and-Achieve Back-to-School Rally
Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 9:15am-4:00pm
On-site registration —  9:15am-10:15am
Backpack giveaway — 3:00pm-4:00pm

Venue: Frank Ogawa Plaza (in front of City Hall)
Oakland – August 20, 2014 – On Saturday, August 23, Oakland will prepare for the start of a new school year and celebrate the value of regular attendance in a prize-filled rally to be held at City Hall’s Frank Ogawa Plaza. From 9:15am to 4:00pm, a carnival-like atmosphere will prevail as community leaders join students, parents, and supporters of public education in a day devoted to family-friendly offerings such as:

•  Student success workshops

•  Carnival games

•  Musical performances

•  A health fair expo

•  Distribution of free backpacks and school supplies  

•  Free food

•  Bus passes for the first 250 high school students

•  Distribution of free backpacks and school supplies to the first 1,000 registered children  
The rally highlights the start of the 2014-15 school year in Oakland, which begins officially on Monday, August 25. Event organizer Oakland Natives Give Back (ONGB), have collaborated with lead sponsors the Office of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Assemblymember Rob Bonta, as well as the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), to generate excitement about school and emphasize the relationship between regular, prompt attendance and positive student outcomes.

“The Oakland Unified School District has an uncompromising standard: do what’s necessary to prepare every child for success in college, career, and life. That means providing all students with a strong teacher in a quality school that helps them develop into caring, competent, critical thinkers who engage with and contribute to their communities,” explained OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson. “A cohesive effort from across the City of Oakland is needed to realize this goal. That effort begins by ensuring that students are in class on the first day of school and every day thereafter, prepared to learn and equipped with the tools, support, and conditions required to do so.”

The Back-to-School Rally provides a festive, yet instructive, environment that emphasizes the importance of regular attendance and aligns community partners around the common goals of student achievement and graduation.

“Oakland is proud of our students and I’m glad to see how many of us can come together to support them for an effort like this,” Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said. “When we give our children the tools they need and keep them coming to school every day, they prove over and over again that Oakland students are among the best and brightest our nation has to offer.”

Demonstrating the importance of education and providing the resources needed for children to thrive is essential to encouraging the enthusiasm for school that leads to happy, successful students who graduate prepared for college, career, and life.

“With all that is going on in our community, with all of the negative imagery surrounding Oakland in the media, it is important that we wrap our arms around our children and show them how much we care. Our children will be among the most talented in our state and it’s so important that we foster that talent and encourage each of our children to pursue the positive paths and fulfilling lives they deserve,” shared Assemblymember Rob Bonta.

Regular attendance, especially in the early years, is a key focus area for Oakland Public Schools and the Back-to-School Rally organizers are keen on developing this habit among the city’s youth.

“I’ve remained committed to this effort because of my own childhood memories of the summer’s end,” said Oakland Natives Give Back co-founder Nyeisha DeWitt. “Having my supplies prior to the first day of school gave me the confidence I needed to feel prepared. Every child should experience that excitement and confidence on the first day and beyond.”

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Medication at School

If your child will need to take medication while at school, you must submit a form signed by the doctor authorizing us to dispense it.  Students may not carry it in their backpacks.

Click on “Read the full story” below for access to the form and/or the OUSD policy.

FormAuthorization for Medication Assistance

OUSD PolicyMedication Administration Assistance Parent Information – English


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Back to School Summer Mailers – PLEASE READ!

Please see the important forms and information in the following summer mailers:

Kindergarten Families

New Families (Grades 1-5)

Returning Families (Grades 1-5)



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Kindergarten Color Groups

Letter to Incoming Kindergarten Families


UPDATE 7/27: Meet and greet moved to Wednesday August 20th from 2:30 – 3:30 (details below)

July 25, 2014

Dear Incoming Kindergarten Families,

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

Kindergarten is an exciting time for our new students. The first three days of school for all Crocker students are minimum days, with kindergarteners being dismissed at 1:30 (older siblings get out at 1:40).  A full school day can be a challenge for the younger students, particularly after a long summer.  To continue with a gentle transition, from August 28 through September 5, all of the kindergarten students will come to the MPR for quiet rest time between 1:50 – 2:45, except for Wednesday, September 3, which will be a minimum day.

You’re probably wondering about class assignments.  This year, Crocker Highlands is using what they call in Berkeley “Balanced Beginnings.” Students will be temporarily assigned to a color group (green, orange or purple) that will travel together to each of the three classrooms for the first three days.  This will give our team (teachers and the principal) an opportunity to get to know all of the students a little bit, making it easier to create balanced classes.  The color groups will be posted outside the school office by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 22 alongside our other class lists.  Their schedule for the first three days is at the end of this letter.  Final class lists will be posted by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 27 and will also be emailed to all kindergarten families.

The morning of August 25 will be crowded at Crocker!  If you drive, please plan to park a block or two from the school and walk onto the campus.  Other than spots for the disabled, there is no parking available adjacent to the school and limited options across the streets from the school.  It is really important that we not block any of our neighbors’ driveways.

On that first day of school, we invite all kindergarten families to meet us in the multi-purpose room between 8:35 and 8:45 AM. PLEASE do not bring your child into the building beforehand.  The teachers will organize the children into their color groups and bring them up to their classrooms at 8:45.  At the end of the day, the teachers will bring their groups to the playground, where they will match each student with “their grownups.”

Once the new kindergarteners are on their way, our principal, Joci Kelleher, will talk about the schedule for the day for a few minutes, then all parents and guardians are invited to stay for a welcome reception in the library hosted by the PTA co-presidents, Lesley Podesta and Danielle Vidal.  Before you leave campus, please let Mrs. Kelleher know if your child will be going to Adventure Time after school.

We are excited to start the year off right and are eager to get to know your children.  There is lots of helpful information in both our special Kindergarten Handbook 2014/15 as well as a more complete handbook for all families.  Both can be accessed from our website (  In addition, there is information online about registration paperwork.  If you did not turn in all of the registration forms before school ended in June, please bring whatever is missing to one of our registration events between August 19 and 22 (specific times are on our website’s calendar). 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.

We know your children are excited to come and possibly a little nervous.  Therefore, we invite all interested families to meet our three kindergarten teachers and see their classrooms on Wednesday, August 20 between 2:30 and 3:30 PM.  Although the kids will not be able to play in the rooms, as the teachers are trying to get everything perfect for the first day, it will be a chance for them to see our kindergarten faces and spaces.

We are so looking forward to meeting you, either on the 21st or the first day of school!


Joci Kelleher, Principal

The Crocker Highlands Kindergarten Team – Ms. C., Ms. Henry and Ms. Shannon


Drop Off and Pick Up Schedule –  August 25 – 29:

August 25: Drop off in MPR by 8:45 – Pick up on playground at 1:30

August 26: Drop off in MPR by 8:35 – Pick up on playground at 1:30

August 27: Drop off in MPR by 8:35 – Pick up on playground at 1:30

August 28: Line up in teacher’s line on playground by 8:35 – Pick up on playground at 2:45

August 29: Line up in teacher’s line by 8:35 – Pick up on playground at 2:45


Teachers’ Line Up Locations :(for dismissal every day and drop off starting Thursday)

Ms. Henry – between the small climbing structure and the Adventure Time building

Ms. Shannon – in front of her classroom door on the far right side of the main building, across from the small climbing structure

Ms. C. – along the wall near the water fountain on the playground


Kindergarten Color Groups


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