Posts byJoe Doyle

New Year, New Website!

Welcome to 2018! As we ring in the new year, Crocker is also welcoming an update to it’s website! It’s been many years since the Crocker website has seen an update as big as this! It may not be apparent, but quite a bit of work has been put into refreshing the look and feel
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Book Fair Volunteers Needed

The week after Thanksgiving break, Crocker Highlands is hosting a book fair and the organizers are looking for more volunteers. If you’re available on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday (11/27-11/29), please consider signing up to help with this event: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b49a4ab2babff2-book
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2018 Auction Volunteer Event

Pink? Blue? Green? Red? There is a reason that your child has probably had an ever-evolving “favorite color” – each one has its own unique quality, strength and appeal. We’re looking for a few good volunteers to let their colors shine by being a part of the Crocker Color Factory – the theme for our
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Spotlight: Jennifer Nickel – Reading Specialist

Spotlight:  Jennifer Nickel – Reading Specialist Jennifer Nickel (Ms Nickel) is the Reading Specialist at Crocker.  Reading Specialist support through Ms Nickel, as well as many other programs, only exist at Crocker because of your PTA donations.  Please support Annual Giving to keep these programs running. Q:  How many hours do you work at Crocker
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New Crocker Swag for 2017!

We have replenished our stock of Crocker Swag and we have some new items for you to see, check out the Crocker online store. For all online orders, we will not be shipping, rather they will be available for pick-up on a specific date at school. Any orders made until September 27th will be available for pick up
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Crocker Spaghetti Feed – 9/28 6:00 pm

The Annual Crocker Dad’s Club Spaghetti Feed is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th starting at 6:00 PM on the Crocker Highlands Playground. The Feed is free and is sponsored by the Dad’s Club and the PTA. It’s become a fun tradition at the beginning of each school year, and provides a chance for parents, teachers,
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Spotlight: Betsy Shandalov – Motor Skills and Mindfulness

Spotlight:  Betsy Shandalov – Motor Skills and Mindfulness teacher Betsy Shandalov (Ms Betsy) is the Motor Skills and Mindfulness teacher for the Kindergarten and 1st Grade Classes at Crocker.  Motor Skills and Mindfulness as well as many other programs only exist at Crocker because of your PTA donations.  Please support Annual Giving to keep these
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3rd Annual Mosaic Night

3rd ANNUAL MOSAIC NIGHT May 31, 6pm – 8pm The Crocker Equity Committee, in association with the Crocker Highlands PTA, invites you to participate in the 3rd Annual Mosaic Day by joining us at the Crocker Mosaic Night event on Wednesday, May 31st at the Crocker Playground. Mosaic Night is the culmination of Mosaic Day, which your children will participate in
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2017 Crocker Spring Carnival – May 6th

Crocker Spring Carnival Saturday, May 6th 11:00 AM – 2:00PM The Crocker Carnival is a community event and we invite everyone to join in the fun. Enjoy a fun filled afternoon with the family. Play games, win prizes, and enjoy lunch made by the Crocker Dads. Here’s a list of things you can look forward
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My Muslim Experience

From 1998 until 2000, I served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Agouliz, a tiny Berber village tucked away in the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  The first picture below is a picture of me dressed in traditional Moroccan attire with my friend, Fadma.  For me, Fadma’s is the face I remember most when thinking about
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December 2016 Minutes

We had a productive meeting yesterday talking about beliefs around the purpose of education and looking at our school’s existing mission and vision statements.  Click the link to read our minutes! SSC Minutes December 2016
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Spotlight: Michèle Stone – Academic Tutor

Spotlight: Michèle Stone – Academic Tutor 1. Your name: My name is Michèle Stone 2. What is your role at Crocker? I am an academic tutor. After I retired from full time teaching, I was asked by the PTA to work part time with primary grade children who needed a little extra help in achieving
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Spotlight: Spanish by Viva el Español

Spotlight: Spanish by Viva el Español 1st through 4th Grade Teachers – Francisca Acevedo & Johanna Pumarrume 5th Grade Morning Spanish Teacher – Teresa “Tessy” Pescador Program Supervisor: Angélica Baraona The Spanish program via Viva el Español is one of the many programs paid for by the Crocker PTA and not through Federal, State or
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Spotlight: Lisa Hobbs (Ms Lisa) – Library and Technology

Spotlight: Lisa Hobbs (Ms Lisa) – Library and Technology This time we spotlight our wonderful library and technology teacher, Lisa Hobbs. The Library and Technology instruction is one of the many programs that are 100% funded by the Crocker Highlands PTA.  Please support Annual Giving to keep these programs running. Q: How many hours do you work
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Spotlight: Vocal Music Teacher Jen Myzel Swanson

Spotlight: Jen Myzel Swanson (Ms Jen) – Vocal Music We welcome Jen Myzel Swanson to Crocker Highlands in her first year with us and look forward to the vocal concerts on December 13.  Vocal Music is one of the many programs that are 100% funded by the Crocker Highlands PTA.  Please support Annual Giving to
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Crocker Receives an Award

Hi Crocker Families, It is with great pride that I share the news that today, Crocker Highlands received two awards at a ceremony honoring a number of our OUSD schools. Based on the 2016-17 School Performance Framework, OUSD identified schools that had shown outstanding growth in academics or school culture and climate. Crocker Highlands was
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Spotlight: 3D Art Teacher Kathy deRosas

Spotlight:  3D Art Teacher Kathy deRosas I am Kathy deRosas the 3D Arts teacher at Crocker Highlands Elementary School. My 2- 10 hours a week at Crocker are spent on helping the kids translate their concepts into physical objects while learning how to use their cognitive and motor skills to shape clay along the way.
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Spotlight: Angela Allen

Spotlight:  Angela Allen, Small Group Activity Leader This our second in the series of interviews and articles to get to know PTA funded programs better. This year Crocker has 458 kids in the school with an average class sizes ranging from 24-30 kids in each classroom. Small Group Facilitators are hired by the PTA to
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Spotlight: Vicki Smith (Ms. Vicki)

Spotlight: Vicki Smith (Ms. Vicki) Small Group Activity Leader Ever wonder where the funds from the Crocker PTA go? This our first in the series of interviews and articles to get to know PTA funded programs better. This year Crocker has 458 kids in the school with an average class sizes ranging from 24-30 kids
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Annual Giving 2016/2017!

A Great Public Education Isn’t Free… It’s Up to Us! What is Annual Giving? Basically it’s the easiest way to help the PTA raise the funds needed to make Crocker Highlands one of the best elementary schools in Oakland. We support programs that are not covered by state or federal funding. This academic year, the
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Archived Newsletters 2014/2015

Archived Newsletters from the 2014/2015 School Year May 25, 2015 May 18, 2015 May 11, 2015 May 4, 2015 April 27, 2015 April 20, 2015 April, 13, 2015 March 30, 2015 March 23, 2015 March 16, 2015 March 9, 2015 March 2, 2015 February 23, 2015 February 16, 2015 February 9, 2015 February 2, 2015
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The PTA Now Accepts PayPal!

THE PTA NOW ACCEPTS PAYPAL! Tired of writing checks? Now you can send $$ to the PTA instantly via PayPal. PTA PAYPAL ADDRESS: finance@crockerschool.org INSTRUCTIONS: PTA PayPal is for those families who already have a PayPal account linked to their CHECKING ACCOUNT IT IS NOT FOR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS Select “TRANSFER MONEY TO FRIENDS” option. Do
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