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Next chance to get swag at Crocker Carnival

Next chance to get swag at Crocker Carnival

The next time Crocker Swag will be on site will be on May 6th at the Crocker Carnival, but please don’t let that stop you from buying school swag! You can always go to the online Crocker Swag Store, make your order and email We will arrange a time to either deliver your items or meet you on the play yard.

As always, thank you for supporting our school.

Crocker Swag Team (Andrea Kelly, Amy Catalano, Lynda Deakin)


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Auction Catalog Available Here

The online version of our Auction Catalog is loaded with info you’ll need for the event and descriptions of our auction items. Auction volunteers will also be handing out hard copies Thursday morning on the playground. Be sure to check out the catalog before Saturday’s event.


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Incoming Kindergarten Orientation Tuesday, June 6 from 9:00 – 10:00

We hope you and your child(ren) will be able to join us on June 6 to see our classrooms and meet our teachers. To help us get to know your child, we ask that you complete the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist 2017 and bring it with you that day.  If you are unable to join us, please bring the form any time between now and June 9 (our last day).

We also invite you to come to our annual Crocker Carnival on May 6 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Open House on May 25 from 6:00 – 7:15 PM, and Mosaic Day on May 31 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  If you decide to join us on the 31st, please bring a dish to share as well as your own plates and silverware – we’re trying to be super green.

If for some reason you did not receive your welcome letter via email or in the mail yet, please click Kindergarten Welcome Letter May 2017 to read it.


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Author Judd Winick Coming to Crocker on March 22

Author Judd Winick Coming to Crocker on March 22

A Great Good Place for Books is bringing Judd Winick, author of Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth, to Crocker to visit 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders on Wednesday, March 22nd.

To find out more about his books or purchase a signed copy for your child (or anyone else) visit the GGPB webpage. Please put the name of your school, child, and teacher in the message area of your order.


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Spotlight: Michèle Stone – Academic Tutor

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 confidence in their language arts skills.

3. How many hours do you work at Crocker and how do you spend that time?
Currently, I work six and one half hours per week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, and some additional hours for testing. I work with three teachers each morning, sometimes continuing with the same students and sometimes working on a special project.

4. What is your background in this role (education/experience/number of years)
After graduating from University of California at Berkeley, and earning my teaching credential there, I taught in Oakland Public Schools for 43 years (mostly grades one and two). The last 33 of those years were at Crocker (1975 to 2008), during which time I earned a Masters in Educational Leadership at Cal State, Hayward. I was also a Crocker parent for nine of those years, as I live in the neighborhood.

5. Please give an overview of what you do in your role for and how it differs by grade. What are you covering now or plan to cover by end of year?
I work with individual children or small groups, as directed by the classroom teacher, to help them differentiate instruction and improve phonemic awareness, alphabetic, writing, and/or comprehension skills. I also assist K, 1, and 2 teachers with required testing.

6. What do you like about what you do?
Working with the children is what I love, watching them as they gain confidence and learn new skills. It makes me feel very special to have children asking if they can work with me. I enjoy seeing their progress from the beginning of the year to the end. They keep me excited about coming to Crocker. I enjoy the commitment and involvement of the staff and the excellent educational environment. It is a pleasure to share insights into children’s learning with my colleagues.

7. Can you give me an example of how what you do has made an impact on a kid or kids at Crocker?
Sometimes children I have worked with will stop me in the hallway and tell me about a new skill they have mastered and thank me for helping them. It is very rewarding to know I have helped to make a positive difference in their learning.


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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, ethnicity, race, language, religion, and family structure.  Two key ways we communicate our support for all kids and their families is by reinforcing our words of the month (respect, cooperation, acceptance, compassion, responsibility, perseverance and friendship) and through our Caring Schools Community work in classrooms.
Here is a link to the district’s website, where you can find the FAQs that were also in our school bulletin for several weeks, along with the text of the OUSD School Board’s Resolution.  You’ll notice that the FAQ’s and Resolution are in several languages, so please do share this information with friends or family in the city who might not know about it.
All my best,
Joci Kelleher

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