Posts byJoci Kelleher

Crocker’s MLK, Jr. Oratorical Festival

Congratulations to the 12 whole classes, 24 individuals and 65 kids in small groups who performed today. In total, that’s probably 300 of our 473 students participating! The kids’ messages were powerful and given with such conviction. Students encouraged us to appreciate the beauty of different skin colors, genders and backgrounds, to harness our power
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PTA Meeting Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM

New Year, New PTA Reserve Policy!   Please mark your calendar for the upcoming PTA General Assembly Meeting on Thursday, January 11th from 6:30-8:30 in the Crocker MPR. Here’s the PTA-Agenda-111 (2) for the meeting. We’ve been hard at work crafting a new reserve spending policy and process to help us increase transparency and stay fiscally responsible as we work
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Enrollment for 2018-19 Due January 26, 2018

If your child will be attending an OUSD school for the first time or moving to a new OUSD school (i.e. going to middle school), you must enroll your child. The easiest way is to do it online. Create an account here: https://ousdapply.schoolmint.net/signup. Everything else you will need is on the OUSD website here: https://www.ousd.org/domain/159. Once your
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Martin Luther King Oratorical Festival

Every year we host a festival at Crocker, and representatives from our school perform at a district-wide competition. To read more about it, click here: MLK Oratorical Info 2018 Some helpful resources: Ideas for choral performances: Whole Group Oratorical Ideas Video of previous OUSD Oratorical Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbEVvOBAaAo To see how children will be scored at the Oratorical Festival
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Parent Ed (Emergency Preparedness) & PTA Meeting 11/6/17

Parent Ed Night (Emergency Preparedness) & PTA Meeting November 6th at 6:30 PM Join us for our upcoming Parent Education Night on Monday, November 6th from 6:30-7:30pm, followed by our General Assembly Meeting from 7:30-8:30pm. Both will take place in the MPR. This month’s topic:  Emergency Preparedness: Home and Family RSVP HERE Hosted by Communities of
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Prospective Family Tours

Daytime tours are full, but there is no limit for the evening information session on January 9, 2018. Click https://crockerschool.org/about/new-familiesenrollment/ for more details and to register.  If you would like to get onto our daytime tour waiting list for January 16, please email office@crockerschool.org and provide us with your full name, phone number & number
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Important Info from OUSD

Superintendent’s presentation on mid-year adjustments from December 7, 2017: 17-2546 2017-18 Mid Year Adjustments Addressing the Board Resolution on Fiscal Solvency Joint communication about 2017-18 bargaining process between the school district and the Oakland Education Association from October 2017: 2017-18 Joint OEA OUSD Community Letter News from November 6th Budget and Finance Committee meeting: 17-2099 Presentation – Budget
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PTA Meeting October 10 at 6:30 PM

On behalf of PTA Co-Presidents Erika Vexler & Monica Kaldani-Nasif, we want to invite you to join us on October 10th at 6:30pm for our next PTA meeting in the MPR.  Childcare will be provided in the Library.  Many parents/guardians have shared their input on the After-School Enrichment program, and we have program updates that will be
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After School Enrichment Classes Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Program Schedule: The Fall schedule is posted here: http://crockerschool.org/about/beforeafter-school/. It is available for planning purposes only. The registration flyers will not be posted until registration officially opens on Thursday, August 24th at 10:00 AM. Fall program classes will begin the week of September 18th. . Fall 2017 Registration: A notification will be sent out via the Crocker Google Group when registration is
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First PTA Meeting August 17, 2017

First PTA Meeting Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM On behalf of PTA Co-Presidents Erika Vexler & Monica Kaldani-Nasif, we want to invite all parents/guardians to join us on August 17 at for our first PTA gathering.  Monica & her husband Michael are opening their home to everyone, and we will begin at 6:00
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Safety Patrol Applications Available for 5th Graders

Many of our fifth graders serve our community by volunteering as members of our safety patrol in the morning.  They welcome students as they arrive and help facilitate the flow of traffic.  If your child is interested in applying, please print this Safety Patrol Description and Application 2017-18, and ask them to return it to school
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Supporting All Students

Dear Crocker Families, I am writing to echo the message communicated in today’s email from OUSD regarding Oakland’s status as both a sanctuary city and school district. Like all schools in OUSD, we do not request or maintain any information about students’ immigration status. Our top priority is to support all students of every birthplace,
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Oratorical Fest and Spelling Bee Resources

The MLK Oratorical Festival is open to all students, and the Crocker Spelling Bee is for 4th and 5th graders only. Here are several resources that can help your kids to prepare for these events. OUSD Oratorical Festival video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbEVvOBAaAo To see how children will be scored at the Oratorical Festival (likely the same sheet in
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Enrollment Applications Due January 20, 2017

All incoming students must complete an enrollment application form and turn it in to any OUSD school or the Student Assignments Office by January 20th at 4pm.  You can find all of the information and as well as a form to download here. http://www.ousd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=11646. Our current 5th graders will get pre-filled forms sent home this week.
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Halloween Parade

Hopefully it will be dry, and we’ll parade around the playground starting at about 8:50 with our youngest students. If it’s raining, spectators will be invited to watch the indoor parade from the library or MPR.  Here’s the plan, including the order the classes will go if we are inside the building. rainy-day-back-up-plan
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Forms and Links for Volunteers

New opportunity for the livescan:  Thursday, September 29 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Ed Fund offices, 1000 Broadway, Suite 300.  Please use the link below to RSVP: https://www.classy.org/oakland/events/fingerprinting-party/e95861 To register as a volunteer with OUSD, go here:  http://www.oaklandedfund.org/parent-volunteers/ Volunteers who want to drive on a field trip or be overnight chaperones need a live
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Back to School Night Schedules

September 7:                1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade Schedule 6:00 – 6:30       All families meet in MPR with the principal 6:35 – 7:15        All families meet in classrooms with teachers September 8:                K, 4th and 5th Grade Schedule 6:00 – 6:30       K families meet in MPR with the principal 6:30 –
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After School Care Options

For the first time in anyone’s memory, Adventure Time at Crocker Higlands reached its capacity of 120 students. Below is a list of other programs in the area that families may contact to see if they have space. Jewish Community Center of Oakland   http://www.jcceastbay.org/afterschool-oakland/ Lakeshore Children’s Center http://www.lakeshorechildrenscenter.org/ East Bay Dance Center http://www.eastbaydancecenter.org/afterschool.htm Studio One http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/s/caprograms/OAK029784 Dimond Home
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Upcoming PTA Meeting

First PTA Meeting Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 PM On behalf of PTA Co-Presidents Erika Vexler & Monica Kaldani-Nasif, we want to invite all parents/guardians to join us on August 24 at for our first PTA gathering.  Monica & her husband Michael are opening their home to everyone, and we will begin at 6:00 PM.
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Registration Forms

All students must register each year.  Incoming kindergarten students  must bring proof of a doctor’s visit before entering kindergarten and up-to-date immunizations.  The 2017-18 OUSD Registration packet is now available. Please make sure your child has had all required immunizations before August 14, 2017, just to be safe.  Unless (s)he has a medical exemption, California
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Mosaic Day and Night

Are you ready for the 2nd Annual CROCKER MOSAIC NIGHT? It’s happening on JUNE 1st from 6PM – 8PM at the Crocker Playground and we need your help to pull off the last Crocker event of the year! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040945ada628a02-mosaic WE NEED YOUR HELP! FOOD — we’re looking to you Crocker cooks to help provide some
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Info About Immunizations & Health Forms for School Entry

California law dictates that all students entering kindergarten must be properly immunized unless they have a medical exemption.  Personal exemptions are no longer accepted.  If you have an incoming kindergarten student, please be sure to have your child’s up-to-date immunization records as well as the completed Report of Health Exam for School Entry when you
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Objection to Disclosure of Student Records

Here is an article about a recent ruling regarding the release of student information and records.  Click on “Read the full story” to get access to links to the article as well as a form families may choose to submit to the court regarding release of their children’s information. Article: Lawsuit Regarding Student Records Objection
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Spelling Bee 2016 Resources

If your 4th or 5th grader wants to participate, here are some resources that might be helpful. Our Spelling Bee will be held during lunch on February 9.  The winner will compete at the OUSD competition on February 18. Websites: Spelling Bee Activities to prepare students http://www.wordcentral.com/games.html http://myspellit.com/ http://www.learner.org/interactives/spelling/spelling.html?s=g4 http://www.tvokids.com/games/spellingbee Word Lists: Study-Guide-2015-16-National Spelling-Bee ElementaryStudyList
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Book Fair: February 2 & 3 from 8:00am – 6:30pm

Our Book Fair is Coming!   Crocker’s annual Book Fair fundraiser will be held in conjunction with local and independent bookstore Books, Inc. again this year.  The Fair will be in the Multi-Purpose Room on February 2nd (Tues) and February 3rd (Wed).  Trading hours are 8:00 am – 6:30 pm each day.  A portion of all proceeds will support our
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