Those Boots Were Made for Walkathons: October 18 | 1-4pm

We'll see everyone Sunday for this fun, kid-powered event. Since you’ll be at the Walkathon, bbq and bake sale, you might as well lend a hand.

On Friday morning look for the sign-up sheets on the wall near where the 1st grade lines up. You’ll see lots of friends that are doing lots to help and a few blank lines where you can put your name.

Meanwhile, start filling up those pledge forms: Hit up friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers! The Walkathon is a very joyful event, and kids feel especially proud when they can help their school.

Your child's pledge form came home with the last Friday folder (or download a pledge form here). There's still time to gather pledges of any amount. Out-of-town friends and family members can donate online in your child's name by clicking the "donate now" button at left.

For any questions or offers of help, please contact Cinthia Andrus (cc_andrus AT yahoo DOT com) or Julianna Phillips (juliannaphillips AT yahoo DOT com).

Something is Fishy at Peralta -  Ocean Week | October 19-23

The signs are around the school that thoughts have changed toward the ocean and how we are connected to it. October 19-23 is Ocean Immersion week.

MARE (Marine Activities, Resources and Education) staff along with Peralta teachers will learn and teach a variety of lessons that align with the grade level focus areas: K - Ponds; 1st Grade - Rocky Shore; 2nd Grade - Sandy Beach; 3rd Grade - Wetlands; 4th & 5th Grades - Kelp Forest. And Ellen is working on multipurpose room/Kelp forest incubation. It is going to be amazing.

Maybe you:

* Have decided to bring ocean-related snacks * Plan to come with your student to show and tell something about the ocean * Will volunteer in the classroom, so that you too can take part in exciting hands-on marine science activities.

Be involved in this whole-school event.

If anyone has access to about 300 white paper painters' or bakers' hats contact Sarah or Rosette ASAP and let them know? There is hope to have every student create a "habitat hat" to wear at the ocean festival event.

Or if you are a printer or know one and have access to 22"x22" paper, Ellen Oppenheimer has an origami pattern that could be used to create the "habitat hats" - please let Sarah know.

Any questions, contact: Sarah Pedemonte.

Peralta Fall Festival and Parade - Fun Times October 30 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Ms. Hellen, Ms. Jessie, Ms. Asha & Ms. June are planning a Fall Festival to celebrate Peralta's wonderful kids. It will start at 9:30am and end at 12:10pm for Kindergarteners, and 12:30pm for 1st-5th grades, at which time all kids will be in their classrooms getting read for the parade which starts at 12:55pm.

There will be games, a jumper, music, a firetruck, and a movie (It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown). Lunch will be provided (hot dogs, chips, juice, and a cupcake). If you do not want your child to eat the lunch provided, please send a lunch with them to school. There will be popcorn during the movie and a cookie walk.

Parents are asked to donate a food item:(1 package/child) Buns - Mr. Hand, Ms. Lucker, Ms. Thomas Chips (individual pks.) - Ms. Hackett, Ms. Rosen Capri Suns - Ms. Larsen, Ms. Stewart, Ms. Bandy Cookies - Ms. Rozario, Ms. Arbogast Cupcakes - Ms. McGowan, Ms. Hughes

Food should be brought in the day before the festival to avoid last minute shortages. Food can either be delivered directly to the cafeteria or you child can bring it to their classroom and Jessie will collect it.

If you are able to volunteer any time with this extraordinary Fall Festival, between 9:30am-12:30pm, please let Ms. Hellen know.

Fall/Winter 2009/10 School Tours and Open House Info

Come, share and help others to learn about our wonderful school!

Tours will be held on the following dates from 9am–10am:

Tuesday, November 3 Thursday, November 5 Monday, November 9 Wednesday, November 11 Tuesday, November 17 Thursday, November 19 Wednesday, December 2 Friday, December 4 Tuesday, December 8 Thursday, December 10 | Monday, December 14 Wednesday, December 16 | Wednesday, January 6 Friday, January 8 | Tuesday, January 12 | Thursday, January 14

Diversity Unity Dinner - Saturday, November 14 | 4-7pm

Kindergarten Open House - Thursday, December 3 |6:30-8pm

To sign up for a school tour or the Open House, please call the school’s office at 879-1450.

Please let Janine Mixon (janine_mixon AT yahoo DOT com) know if are able to serve as a tour guide (no formal training necessary).

New Mural Designs Posted

Jamie Morgan, After-school Mural Leader, has posted the design for the mural that the After-School Mural Class will be working on this Fall. It is in the breeze-way near the office, between the two bathrooms, above the School Report Card. Please take a look. The design shows both the mural that was done last Spring (on the right) and the one the kids are working on right now. The theme for the mural is a continuation of animals which includes M.A.R.E. content for 3rd-5th graders (Wet Lands) and Back-yard animals for the 1st and 2nd graders. Student's interests in specific animals will try to be incorporated, as well as their artistic proclivities.

The new design picks up from the mountains of the Spring Mural, "Birds of Many Feathers," and sweeps to the left toward the marsh lands and ocean through "civilization."

Get Your Submissions In for the Peralta Times Deadline - Friday, October 23

Do you have a great drawing, poem, photo, fall recipe or story you'd love to share with the school? The fall issue of the Peralta Times newsletter is in the works, and the deadline for submissions is next Friday, October 23.

Students love to see their work "published." Please let Laura Counts (laura DOT counts AT gmail DOT com) know if you'd like to submit something! (Bear in mind that for artwork, this will be photocopied in black and white, so line drawings work best.)

5-a-Day with the Peralta Sald Bar - Join the Team!

The Peralta Salad Bar is up and running and it has been GREAT! Please remember that this is a PPTG all-volunteer effort and YOUR help is needed to keep it going! Can you be at school from 12noon-1pm (any day of the week)? If so, please contact Rose Molloy (molloy510 AT gmail DOT com) and get signed up for Salad Bar!

Thanks so much to all the people who have been helping out so far! Thanks to your efforts our kids are a lot closer to their 5-A-Day!

Save the Date: Diversity Unity Dinner November 14| 4-7pm

The Diversity Dinner is Peralta's major annual non-fundraising event. It is the community's chance to simply gather together in celebration of our cultures, visiting with new and old friends and best of all - eating! It is truly the night to enjoy all that the Peralta Community has to offer.

Please bring your favorite family dish to share. Bring your boogie shoes for the 2nd annual Dance Party (which was a huge hit last year). There will again be music and an open stage area to strut your stuff. Click here to request a song! Participate in the "Map the Menu" activity where you can note where in the world your dish hails from. The Diversity-Unity Committee Cookbook will be available for sale, which was published last school year and includes recipes from previous Diversity-Unity Dinners. All proceeds go to the PPTG.

EVERYONE is invited to come out and share whatever culture they identify with or to just come enjoy.

When: Saturday, November 14, 2009 Where: Peralta Elementary School Multipurpose Room Time: 4-7pm

Family Event: Children, extended family and neighbors are welcome.

If you would like additional information or would like to volunteer for the event, please contact Marjorie Stamper-Kurn (mstamperkurn AT yahoo DOT com) or Kimberly Read (karead01 AT att Dot net).

AuthorSteve Mundro