Welcome to the November 5, 2014 edition of the Peralta Broadcast!

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  • Sat, Nov.8 GARDEN WORK DAY
  • Tues, Nov 11 NO SCHOOL
  • Thurs, Nov 13 MAKE UP PICTURE DAY
  • Mon, Nov 24 - Fri, Nov 28 THANKSGIVING BREAK - NO SCHOOL



Bring your family, a dish to share with the group (anything you like to eat) and your dancing shoes. I am attaching detailed event information including the agenda of the night's events at the end of this email.

The Diversity Unity Dinner Team has 2 specific Asks:

  1. Do you speak a foreign language? - We are looking for one family from each grade to share a "Welcome!" or "Let's eat!" in their home language at the beginning of the dinner. We're just asking you to stand on stage and say your phrase, then let the assembled eaters try and say it back to you. Please contact Eleanor Katari (mailto:eekatari@gmail.com) if you can help.

  2. Volunteers are still needed to support this wonderful event - The Diversity Dinner is still seeking volunteers. Whether you want to wrangle food, do crafts, or watch kids in the yard, we'd love your help. Please sign up for a time slot. There are a number of slots still available, so PLEASE SIGN UP.



Friday November 7th is Bike, Walk, Roll to school day! Come early for free healthy treats and stickers! This is also a Peralta Pride and Brewing Day - Wear your Peralta shirts AND get coffee and bagels and buy more Peralta shirts in the morning after you bike, walk and roll to school!

NO SCHOOL TUESDAY, NOV 11 Mark those calendars - your kids have no school this coming Tuesday.


9am to 1pm

Bring your families and help to keep our gardens beautiful. Gardening experience is not required.


At the PPTG meeting Gloria Pearce will be giving a presentation on Achieve 3000, the English arts software purchased this year. Come learn how to support you student! The software comes with parent controls and ability to see how your student is using the program at school.

Also, Ellen and the kids are preparing another fantastic dinner:

Pulled Chicken cooked in barbecue sauce

Tofu cooked in barbecue sauce Rolls Baked Beans Pickled Vegetables Green Salad Fresh Fruit Gingerbread


Beginning Nov. 18, PPTG will be hosting parent-led kindergarten tours for prospective kindergarten parents. The tours will be 45 minutes long, starting at 9 am on Tues and Wed the following dates: Nov 18 & 19, Dec 2 & 3,Dec 9 & 10, Dec 16 & 17, Jan 6 & 7, Jan 13 & 14th.

If you know anyone with kids entering kindergarten next year, please let them know they can call Peralta secretary Jan Seagren at (510) 654-7365 (tel:%28510%29%20654-7365) to sign up for a tour. You can also let them know that our Kindergarten Open House is Thurs, Nov. 13th at 6:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Also, if you would like to LEAD a kindergarten tour (and we *definitely*need tour guides), please email Juliana (mailto:ptgchair@peraltaschool.org) and let me know what date(s) you are available. We may also add a couple of Thursday tours in Jan. if there is high demand for tours. There will be 10-12 people per tour, and PPTG will provide talking points for you. It's a great way to showcase our school to prospective parents.


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School Board Director Jody London invites you to a North Oakland COMMUNITY MEETING

Superintendent Antwan Wilson

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Chabot Elementary School 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 6686 Chabot Road, Oakland, California

Meet our new Superintendent!

Learn about Oakland’s education priorities

Provide your ideas

Compare notes with other public school supporters

Childcare available

Please contact the Chabot Office at 510‐654‐4884 to reserve a spot for your child

For more information and to RSVP, email HERE (mailto:Jody.London@ousd.k12.ca.us) .


As our children’s use of technology increases, so do our concerns about its implications. Of particular interest is “cyberbullying,” which can range from mean text messages or emails to embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. Left unaddressed cyberbullying can have serious negative consequences for our children, including skipping school, low-self-esteem and poor grades.

To help us better understand how we can teach our kids to be good people in the digital age and avoid things like cyberbullying is award-winning author and parent educator Annie Fox. Annie will help parents develop guidelines for how to structure their children’s media use and to respond meaningfully if cyberbullying occurs. She will also share her recommendations about how we can foster a community of compassion and respect to reduce cyberbullying. Copies of her latest best-selling book, Teaching Kids to be Good People will also be available.

Thursday, November 20th Multipurpose Room 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Chabot Campus 6686 Chabot Rd Oakland, CA 94618


Rockridge Library Events for School-age Children, Teens, & Parents

Kids: Story Times on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am for children 0 to 5 (and older if you like!) Tweens: Young Writers Program: National Novel Writing Month: Free writing sessions for tweens - people ages 9 to 13 - every Tuesday and Saturday in November, 2:30 - 5:00 pm. Call Erica for details: 510-597-5017

Young Adults: Teens are invited to watch anime with Rockridge Ninjas every Tuesday evening, hang out & do crafts on Wednesday afternoons, or meet once a month on a Saturday to advise the library.

Info on more events for babies, toddlers, kids, teens, and adults at: http://peraltaschool.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=7c1e8ec8a4cc5f87a6964cac9&id=ba7a43b21e&e=453c95996e (http://peraltaschool.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7c1e8ec8a4cc5f87a6964cac9&id=a76ae08293&e=453c95996e) All Oakland Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, 11/11 for Veterans Day, as well as Thursday and Friday, 11/27 & 11/28 for Thanksgiving.

And Hey! Take a look at the Oakland Public Library blog on Children's Services: http://peraltaschool.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7c1e8ec8a4cc5f87a6964cac9&id=93fb3d4ba9&e=453c95996e

Now, for the detailed:

Rockridge Library Events The Rockridge Branch Library regular hours are: Tuesdays 12:30 - 8:00 Wednesdays 10:00 - 5:30 Thursdays 10:00 - 5:30 Fridays 12:00 - 5:30 Saturdays 10:00 - 5:30

FOR CHILDREN Story Times: Family Story Time every Saturday at 10:30 am Preschool Story Time every Thursday at 10:30 am Toddler Story Time every Thursday at 10:30 am - upstairs! All children and their parents or caregivers are invited to Play Time immediately following each story time. It's a great time to visit with other families. No Story Time on Thanksgiving Day because we're closed. SPECIAL EVENTS FOR KIDS & TWEENS: Young Writers Program - NaNoWriMo: Every Tuesday & Saturday in November; 2:30-5:00 pm. Tweens ages 9 to 13 are invited to write a novel in just 30 days! Come to an introductory session on either Saturday 11/1 or Tuesday, 11/4 to plan your project and find out more. Snacks will be served. Sign up in advance at the Children's Reference Desk, or drop by the first week of November. More info online at www.ywp.nanowrimo.org (http://peraltaschool.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7c1e8ec8a4cc5f87a6964cac9&id=98a594f5ee&e=453c95996e) Contact Erica Siskind for more information on children's programs. FOR TEENS Rockridge Ninjas: Come watch Anime or Movies with us! We meet 5:00-6:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Rockridge Teen Advisory Board: Help advise the library on how to better serve teens -- and get community service credit for school! 1:00 - 2:00 pm. First Saturday of each month. Teen 'Scape: Join other teens every Wednesday after school 2:00-3:30 pm for playing video & board games, making crafts, and enjoying light snacks. Computer Tutors: See below under Ready, Set, Connect. Contact Vicky Chen for all teen programs. FOR ALL AGES Ready, Set, Connect: We have computer tutors to help you with basic computer skills, email, e-book & audio-book download, and portable device set-up. Tuesday 4:00-6:00 pm and Saturday 2:00-4:00 pm. Please make an appointment. Drops in are also welcome. FOR ADULTS Seasoning to Taste, a special event sponsored by Friends of the Rockridge Library: Local chef, instructor, and author Linda Carucci will tempt your senses as you taste, experiment, and learn how seasonings influence the flavors of a particular dish. Saturday, 11/8, 11:00-12:30. Free, but seats are limited. RSVP today at www.rockridgefriends.org (http://peraltaschool.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7c1e8ec8a4cc5f87a6964cac9&id=070a1b31f8&e=453c95996e)

PEN Oakland Annual Awards: The 24th Annual PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards will be presented, followed by a reception and book signing. Named for the late poet and UC Berkeley professor, the awards recognize literary excellence in several categories and are given to local authors by their peers. Join us at this free event on Saturday, 12/6, at 2:00 pm.

Writers Support/Critique Group: All writers welcome. Bring 15 copies of up to 5 pgs. (double-spaced, manuscript margins) of any prose for on-site reading/discussion. (You're also welcome to come empty-handed). Third Saturday each month, 1:00-5:00 pm. (11/15; Please call to confirm December date.) Sponsored by the California Writers Club, Berkeley branch (www.berkeleywritersclub.org (http://peraltaschool.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=7c1e8ec8a4cc5f87a6964cac9&id=735e7172cd&e=453c95996e) ) . Info: 510-420-8775 (tel:510-420-8775) or Writefox@aol.com (mailto:Writefox@aol.com) .

Lawyers in the Library: Free legal advice and referrals. First Tues. each month 5:00-7:00 pm. Advance sign-up starts at 4:45 pm. Note: Our volunteer lawyer leaves before 7 pm, if no more people are present. ** Please note: there will be no Lawyers in the Library at Rockridge Branch on November 4th because we are an Election Day polling place. See you December 2nd.

Contact Pat Lichter for all adult programs.

ART EXHIBITS (Subject to change; Please call to confirm.)

Gallery in November: Two exhibits curated by Irving Wiltshire: Rockridge Community Photography Group & The Art of Modeling, including sculpture, drawing, and photographs.

(Note: No exhibits after November, due to pending renovation.) SCHEDULE CHANGES All Oakland Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, 11/11 for Veterans Day, as well as Thursday and Friday, 11/27 & 11/28 for Thanksgiving.


If you plan to purchase a cut Christmas tree this season, please consider purchasing one through the OT Baseball team. All money raised supports the Baseball program at Tech. Trees will be cut fresh in Oregon on Thursday 12/4 and will be ready to pick up at Tech on 12/6 and 12/7. We deliver too!

Orders must be placed before November 7. Visit the Tech website oaklandtech.com (http://peraltaschool.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=7c1e8ec8a4cc5f87a6964cac9&id=6e4bc23f2e&e=453c95996e) and look for the Christmas Tree Fundraiser for Baseball (http://peraltaschool.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=7c1e8ec8a4cc5f87a6964cac9&id=931a5b9acf&e=453c95996e) link. Thank you for your support!

The Peralta Broadcast attempts to go out weekly during the school year. If you have any school or class announcements, or interesting community events you'd like to share with the Peralta family, please email or forward the information to Catherine Kelly at this address (mailto:peraltabroadcast@peraltaschool.org?subject=Peralta%20Broadcast) .


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