This letter is from State Senator Loni Hancock, whose grandchild attended our school. Senator Hancock asks for our help in securing important organizations in K-12 education, such as the California Arts Council. Given recent problems in securing funding for the Arts Council by a 2/3 majority, she asks us to show support for SCA15, a constitutional amendment that reduces the threshold required to secure funding for groups like the California Arts Council to half. The legislation will help secure state investment in the arts in public education, a value close to Peralta’s heart!
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December 8th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
Our wonderful school has been recognized for its brilliance by the US Dept. of Education! We have been awarded a National Blue Ribbon School Award. Kudos to Rosette and the amazing teachers and staff. Also to the entire school community for doing such a wonderful job of creating and maintaing a successful, thriving school for our children.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program (BRSP) recognizes elementary and secondary schools that are both academically superior and have demonstrated dramatic gains in student achievement, while serving an economically disadvantaged population of students. Schools recognized through the BRSP are national models of excellence for other schools to emulate. All of the 2011 nominees were either previous California Distinguished Schools or California Title I Academic Achieving Award schools.
Peralta was 1 of 21 California schools, and only 1 of 2 Alameda County schools recognized.
This year, our wonderful Second Step program instructor, Susan Killebrew, has created a blog. In this blog, you will find information and resources related to Peralta’s Second Step program, as well as regular updates with highlights of Second Step instruction each week. This will be a very useful tool for parents that will help you support your child’s emotional and social development at school and at home.
The three Peralta student films that screened at the Albany Film Festival on Saturday were very well received, and “The Land Beneath Our Feet” was nominated as a finalist for Best Children’s Film!
This was especially exciting because the judges were famous bay area filmmakers: director, editor, and cinematographer Mike Shane, and legendary Bay Area filmmaker Les Blank. So it was really an honor to be seen and picked as one of the best by these accomplished folks from the field! There was lots of applause after each film, especially “Trash Elimination” by Ms. Ana’s class. People really cheered after that one screened!
Three short films, all produced by students last year, will be shown in the first hour of the festival. Admission is $5 for adults and just $1 for kids (see location and map below).
Kicking off the festival at noon will be “Things That Spin,” an animation piece by Ms Larsen’s and Ms Hackett’s second graders last year. During that 1st hour there will also be a screening of “Trash Elimination,” created by Ms Ana’s 4/5th graders from last year, and “Land Beneath Our Feet,” a history of the East Bay done in paper cutouts by 1st graders in Ms Lucker’s class last year.
Gates open at noon for our fabulous spring festival. We’ll see you there!
A few last minute reminders:
Programs went home in backpacks today. Check out the full schedule of events.
We’ll of course be selling a great new set of shirts with this year’s logo at the event, in all sizes. They will be on sale for cash near the ticket booth.
We’re offering kids the chance to screen their own clothing as well! Bringing your shirt to screen is a great form of re-use. The paints that we’re using are non-toxic, and will not hurt the drains or bay.
We’ll have extra shirts for those who forget theirs. Bring old clothes to donate.
Bring lots of cash for tickets—kids burn through them fast!
Don’t forget your cake.
Other reminders? Bring your own fork! The pork is smoking tonight.
A post from Christopher Waters, a former Peralta parent who organized the memorial fund campaign for Adam Williams’ family:
With your generosity, our campaign in support of Adam’s family has crossed the $10,000 mark. With 203 (and counting) contributors (including some students who raided their piggy banks) giving what they could — as little as $2 and as much as $250 — the average donation comes to less than $50 per contribution.
This truly grassroots display of support has touched this family beyond words, as have the over 100 messages of sympathy and encouragement you have sent. Thank you all for you kindness of heart and generosity of spirit. Remember there are two days left until the campaign ends Friday, May 6, so pass the word to others. After the 4% fundraising fee from IndieGoGo and the 3% bank processing fee, the current $10,060 translates to $9355.80 for the family. Thanks to you, Adam will receive a proper burial and his family will have some options for supporting themselves and Adam’s wonderful son, Amari, through this difficult time.
Note: North Oakland City Council member Jane Brunner adjourned Wednesday’s City Council meeting with a few words of appreciation and a moment of silence in member of Adam Williams and his friend Bill “Jake” Jenkins.
Here is a two-minute clip of the remarks by Directors Spearman, London and Yee at last week’s school board meeting:
Adam Williams & Bill Jenkins Remembered at Oakland School Board Meeting, Wed., April 27, 2011: http://bit.ly/jLbQ5w