It’s public school enrollment time in Oakland, and many schools are doing tours, you can see schedules and registration info below, also the larger school enrollment fairs are coming up, important meetings of the OUSD board some great conferences, and there are always opportunities for families, educators and ways you can help and get involved, please read and share
11/20 Board of Education,
11/25-12/13 ICS Prospective Family Tour
11/27 Board of Education
11/27 – 11/30 Early Child Care and Early Education Crisis Public Listening Session
11/28,11/30 Cleveland School Tour for Prospective Families
11/28-12/7 Skyline School Tour
11/29 SCOPE Brown Bag Lunch Series
11/30-1/9 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours
12/6 Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools
12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining Communities
Opportunities for Educators/Families/Students
Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall.
9/19 – 11/30 Apply for Paint the Town!
How you can help
East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here!
11/20 6:00 PM Board of Education, Delores Huerta Hall, MetWest High School, 314 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94606
11/20 6:00 PM Town Hall Meeting about the OUSD Budget -Board of Education Directors Aimee Eng, Shanthi Gonzales and Jody London are hosting this Town Hall to provide an opportunity for the community learn more about the OUSD budget situation, ask questions and share their input. Location: MetWest High School, Huerta Hall, 314 E. Tenth Street Oakland, CA Meeting Details
11/25-12/13 9:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour Attention Prospective Elementary School Parents: Visit ICS! Location: International Community School (ICS), 2825 International Blvd Oakland, CA 94601. Come see the amazing work happening at ICS! Guided tours are available on the following dates:
November 13th December 1st
November 15th December 5th
November 17th December 8th
November 27th December 11th
November 29th December 13th
All tours begin at 9:30am and meet in the main office
Call (510)532-5400 or e-mail [email protected] to reserve your spot
Don’t miss our Open House on December 6th from 5:00-6:30
11/27 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM Board of Education Special Meeting First Read of Resolution: The Board will be presented with all recommendations for mid-year adjustments and will vote only on reductions to central office. Location: KDOL TV Studio, B-237, Met West High School Entrance, 314 East 10th Street Oakland, CA 94606-2291
11/27 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Tour Downtown Charter Academy School – AMPS Downtown Charter Academy welcomes all parents interested in enrolling for the 2018-19 school year.
Roam the campus, meet teachers and staff, and ask questions. AMPS Downtown Charter Academy Location: 2000 Dennison St, Oakland, CA
11/27 – 11/30 Early Child Care and Early Education Crisis Public Listening Session. Learn more about the ballot initiative to increase child care for all @AlamedaCounty families
11/28, 11/30 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Cleveland School Tour for Prospective Families
Come join and meet the Cleveland community! Cleveland is an award-winning school with a vibrant community! We host several community and cultural events throughout the year that are a lot of fun and help foster strong relationships between parents, students and the school. We take a holistic approach to education that includes not just the core reading, writing and math, but also offers science and environmental hands on learning experiences in our Ecoliteracy program, regular art classes through MOCHA, and year-round regular music classes for students at all grade levels. Please note that tours are for adults only. All tours have translation services available, upon request. No need to register for tours. Simply show up. For more information.
11/28 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Meeting of the Foster Youth Advisory Committee – Current and former foster students, foster parents and caregivers, community advocates for foster youth, LCAP leaders, staff, and other community members of the Foster Youth Advisory will continue their work in their chosen areas of focus for 2017-18 (see below) and will receive updates of 2017-18 LCAP actions and investments in support of foster students. For more information contact Cintya I. Molina Phone: 510-491-6069 Email: [email protected]
Childcare, Spanish interpretation, and a light meal will be provided.
11/28-12/7 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Skyline School Tour – Skyline understands the importance of your high school decision and wishes to serve you by presenting complete information about our school. Every fall, Skyline leadership students and parents lead tours of the classes and campus. Our tours start in our Farnsworth Theater for an overview of the school and its programs and end with an opportunity to have any questions answered by our administrative team. Register for a 2017 Campus Tour.
Tour Dates and Times:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 AM (Q & A at 10:30 AM)
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 AM (Q & A at 10:30 AM)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 AM (Q & A at 10:30 AM)
Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 AM (Q & A at 10:30 AM)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 AM (Q & A at 10:30 AM)
Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 AM (Q & A at 10:30 AM)
11/29 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM SCOPE Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Power of the Heritage Language in Identity Formation and Engagement: Current Challenges and Opportunities In this presentation, Professor Valdes will examine the challenges facing immigrant-receiving countries in providing formal language instruction to both newly arrived and established immigrants. She will describe what she refers to as the “circularization” of language, a process in which language is treated, not as a species-unique communicative system acquired naturally in the process of primary socialization, but as a curricular subject or skill the elements of which can be ordered and sequenced, practiced and studied, learned and tested in artificial contexts within which learners of the target language outnumber proficient speakers. Professor Valdes will focus specifically on the design of language teaching programs and on the multiple challenges that are involved in responding to often-contradictory beliefs and expectations about the outcomes of language instruction especially for adult immigrants who may have limited or low literacy skills in their dominant language. Speaker: Guadalupe Valdes, Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education Location: Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall Free and open to the public RSVP: [email protected]
11/30 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ARISE Enrollment Support – OPEN HOUSE Get to know more about ARISE and tour the campus! ARISE High School will host an Open House and Enrollment Night for all who want to apply to Oakland public schools. Freshmen enrollment time is approaching and ARISE would like to make sure that all families are aware of the upcoming enrollment dates. ARISE will be available to support families with the online enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year.
11/30 Designing Making Experiences The Lighthouse Creativity Lab is offering a two-day intensive workshop for educators eager to integrate making in school into their own practice. Spend two days planning a K-12 making project or unit of your choice and leave with a project example made by you. While being immersed in a making environment, you will make and develop, test and troubleshoot the making curriculum or project of your choice for your K-12 classroom or school.
11/30 OPEN MAKER BAR HOURS: PLANNING FOR SPRING SEMESTER At Peralta Hacienda “Every Human Being Makes History!” From 11/11-11/13, StoryCorps will be in residence at the Hacienda to preserve your personal histories involving immigration and/or DACA/DAPA, and contribute to the preservation of both museum and community heritage. If you would like to participate please contact us.
11/30-1/9 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours for those considering our school for the 2018-19 school year. Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. School strives to provide a complete academic program in a stimulating and creative learning environment where all can feel respected, valued and safe. We seek to impart the necessary skills for student excellence and to produce well rounded, reflective, socially aware individuals. We value those qualities that cultures and races share, as well as those that make them unique. Our school is an open-enrollment school which focuses on integrating the Arts and Humanities into the curriculum. Attracting students from all over Oakland, Kaiser is unique in the district in the way it brings together children and families from so many diverse backgrounds. Ethnically, Kaiser is a microcosm of the city of Oakland. Click here for more information.
Tours are at 10:15, require an RSVP and are on the following dates:
Thursday, November 30
Tuesday, December 5
Wednesday, December 13
Monday, December 18
Tuesday, January 9
12/1 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Montera Prospective Parent Tour – Parent-led tours start at 9:30AM with a brief overview of the IB curriculum with Mr Avent and a couple of our student leaders in the Montera courtyard outside the school office, and last about 45-50 minutes concluding back in the courtyard to chat with Montera parents with any other questions you and your student might have. We highly recommend bringing your student, but if they cannot come, we have a Welcome Day that gives our incoming students a day to tour the school with a 7th grader as well as a 2-day Summer Bridge program for our incoming 6th graders. Please register here. Upcoming Tour Dates: December 1, 8, 15, 22 and January 12th QUESTIONS? Email [email protected]
12/1/2017 5:00 PM – 12/2/2017 6:00 PM Oakland Athletic League: Lady Legends Tournament
12/2 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM OUSD Elementary School Enrollment Options Fair. Will your child be entering Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year? This Enrollment Options Fair is for you! Join us to learn more about OUSD elementary schools, meet principals and teachers, and talk with other families. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and learn more so that you can make the best elementary school choice for your child. The OUSD Enrollment Season closes on January 26, 2018. Apply today at www.ousd.org/enroll! Location: La Escuelita 1050 Second Avenue Oakland, CA
12/2 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM OUSD Enrollment Fairs – Enrollment Season for all Oakland Public Schols open November 13th! Find and apply to OUSD schools at www.ousd.org/enroll
Elementary School Fairs: (10am-2pm)
December 2nd, 2017 at La Escuelita, 1050 2nd ave, Oakland, California
January 20th,2018 at Futures/CUES School, 6701 International Blvd. Oakland, California
Middle School Fairs: (5pm-730pm)
December 5th, RISE/New Highland School, 5821 A st , Oakland, California
January 9th, MLK school, 960 10th st ,Oakland, California
High School Fairs: (5pm-730pm)
December 6th, Roosevelt School 1926 E.19th st , Oakland, California
January 10th, Elmhurst Community / Alliance School, 1800 98th ave Oakland, California
Please note, Enroll Oakland and participating Charter schools will not be present at this fair. Enroll Oakland and charter schools will be present at the December 9th and December 16th fairs. Enroll Oakland School and Community Fairs (Participating Charter Schools and Community Organizations) Enroll here
12/9 East Oakland Youth Development Center, 8200 International, Oakland, CA 94621
12/16 Defremery Recreation Center 1651 Adeline st, Oakland, CA 94605
12/6 5:30 – 7:00 – Winter Mixer for Girls’ Champions Prop 13 reform. Split roll. Commercial property tax reform. What do these phrases mean? What is the plan to increase money available for local services: schools, roads, healthcare, public safety? Location: Girls Inc. of Alameda County 510 16th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
12/6 6:15 – 8:45 Community meeting on Blueprint for Quality Schools, including investment in school buildings; expanding, merging, or closing schools; grade configuration changes. Oakland Technical High School, Library, 4351 Broadway.
12/16 Strengthening the Arts Education Ecosystem Join teaching artists, program directors, and arts administrators who make up our landscape of arts education as we explore the question: What does a sustainable arts education ecosystem look like in the Bay Area? Facilitators Aimee Espiritu and Mika Lemoine will help us discover the answer and work toward that vision.
12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining Communities” BEO Leading Voices presents “Sustaining Community for Our Future” a fireside chat with a group of our community’s most brilliant thought leaders sharing visionary insights in response to the massive migration of black people moving out of California, with a particular focus on the Bay Area. With gentrification, incarceration, lack of jobs rapidly growing, ideals to sustain our community is vital for us to envision how we are to support our families, grow neighborhoods, and build innovative businesses with emerging opportunities, industries and technologies. Join Us!
Opportunities / Funding for Educators
Teachers: Free Field Trips to the Exploratorium this Fall. Take BART to the Exploratorium and get free admission for your class, plus free round-trip BART tickets. Register at exploratorium.edu/BART or email [email protected]
9/19 – 11/30 Apply for Paint the Town! Apply for Oakland’s new street mural programfrom September 19th – November 30th. This pilot program allows community members to paint temporary street murals on Oakland’s roads. Make sure to come to an application clinic hosted at an Oakland Public Library, where community members can learn about the program and receive assistance on applications. Attending a clinic is not required to apply but they encourage you to come! The dates and locations of the clinics are available on the website. If you have more questions, email and visit the website for all application materials.
12/9 10 AM – 2 PM-School Enrollment & Community Resource Fair East Oakland Youth development Center 8200 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94621learn all about your public school options. Meet school principals, teachers and families. Learn how to make the best use of School Finder to explore and compare public schools. Get help with your EOC enrollment application and/or apply online on the spot. And learn more about the services provided by local community organizations.
There will be:* School Booths (Elementary, Middle, High schools) – Visit with school principals, teachers and families* Enrollment Booths – Explore and compare public schools using Oakland’s school finder. Get help with your online application and/or enroll online.* Resource Booths – Learn more about support services provided by local community organizations.
SMASH Academy Accepting Applications
Since 2004, SMASH has helped bring a rigorous STEM education to hundreds of students from low income, underrepresented communities. A few SMASH facts: Impact: SMASH is a 3 year STEM acceleration summer residential and academic year program that works: check out their alumni outcomes here.Free of Cost: SMASH is a free program — equivalent to a $24,000 scholarship.
Nationwide: SMASH is continuing to expand to serve more students across the nation. In addition to existing sites at Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, Davis, and Morehouse College, SMASH will be opening two new sites in 2018: Wayne State University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. The SMASH 2018 application deadline is March 1, 2018. Students can apply at smash.lpfi.org. To learn more visit www.lpfi.org/smash.
11/30 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM OUSD Teacher Credential Information Fair – Interested in becoming a teacher? Want to learn more about what steps to take to earn your credential?
Come speak with Bay Area university and college representatives regarding teacher credential programs and pathways, as well as OUSD representatives about teaching in Oakland.
Hope to see you November 30th! Questions? Please contact [email protected] Location:
Think College Now / International Community School – Gym, 2825 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601
How you can help
East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here! The East Bay College Fund, which is currently supporting 800 Oakland scholars in college, is excited to begin recruiting Mentors for the 2018/19 Scholar year! College is definitely challenging, but it can be made easier with the support and advice of someone who has been there before. Every young person needs supportive relationships in order to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults. Mentoring is a powerful way to help the next generation succeed! East Bay College Fund’s next Mentor Information Sessions will be on the following dates:Saturday, November 18th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Thursday, December 14th from 6 – 8 p.m.For more information about upcoming mentor information sessions please contact Volunteer Manager, Lena Ringstrom, at [email protected]
Help an Oakland student and educator whose home was destroyed by fire. Huber was an Education for Change student, and is now an Education for Change teacher in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. He and his family represent Oakland at its best, and in the early hours of Friday, September 8th, they awoke to their home on fire. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but you
can imagine the pain, stress, frustration, and anger in seeing your family home on fire. We are asking that you donate whatever you can to help Huber and his family respond to this loss quickly so that he can resume the job he loves and support his family. Help spread the word!
Support students with Listening Tools – A strong listening center is much needed in all elementary school classrooms. The stacks of CD’s and cassettes on a day to day for engagement, enrichment in both love for learning and academic standards. My students need a protected space with a CD player and timers to listen, learn and be heard. Be the first to donate | $484 still needed, Ms. Semana Aspire College Academy, Oakland CA
Bring Coding and Engineering to Life with Lego Robots at Oakland Sol. This is the second phase of our great robot adventure, where students experiment with engineering concepts and coding practice, as well as learning about the design phases of a technical project. My students need these EV3 Mindstorms kits to take their skills to the next level! 2 donors | $466 still needed… Give to Mr. Davis
Click here to support Help Heroes Lay Their Mother To Rest organized by Areli Coach Si – Last week two of our students lost their mother while giving birth