If you have child entering kindergarten, or applying to middle or high school, the OUSD Open Enrollment closes this Friday, Jan 17th. Please turn in your Options Form along with address verification, age verification, parent/guardian's ID, and immunization records at any school or at the OUSD Student Assignment Office (746 Grand Avenue) by Friday.

If you have any questions about this process, or about Peralta Elementary, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks and happy enrollment,

Juliana Van Cleve

PPTG Chair

AuthorSteve Mundro

There are many opportunities for those of you who are fired up about school budget cuts to learn more, and let your voices be heard. There are two meetings Saturday, March 26.

The first is a big town hall meeting organized by the Oakland Education Association. Public participation is encouraged.

OEA Town Hall Meeting 10 a.m. to noon Oakland City Hall Council Chambers 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

Speakers include Superintendent Tony Smith, Mayor Jean Quan, California Assemblymembers Sandre Swanson and Nancy Skinner, Alameda County Superintendent Sheila Jordan, and (possibly) State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

Also on Saturday, the School Board is holding a study session on its asset management plan. They are looking at how much excess property they own, and what to do with it, as they develop their "Thriving Students" strategic plan. (For more information on this initiative, please see www.thrivingschools.org).

Asset Management Study Session Noon to 2 p.m. OUSD Headquarters 1025 Second Avenue

Finally, here's some information on two more important meetings that comes to us from North Oakland School Board Member Jody London:

On Wednesday April 6, 5-8, we will holding a study session on our 2011-2012 budget. In this session we will look at our current school-based budgeting system, proposed central administration expenditures, reduction of non-instructional days, and related issues.  This also is critical input for our strategic plan. The meeting will be in the OUSD Board Room, 1025 Second Avenue.

At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, you will have another opportunity to take the Next 10 Budget Challenge in person.  The Junior Leagues of Oakland East Bay, San Francisco, and Palo Alto Mid Peninsula will be holding a Next 10 meeting at Claremont Middle School, on College Avenue across from the Rockridge BART station. This is a great way to better understand the state budget process.

AuthorSteve Mundro

See if you are as smart as a 5th grader! Come out and support Peralta, and test your spelling secretly while you watch from the audience. Students from Oakland's 4th and 5th grades (including a Peralta 5th grader!), as well as middle school (grades 6-8), will compete to be the last person standing in this annual contest of literacy and memory. When: 5-9 pm, Thursday Feb. 3 Where: Tilden Campus Auditorium, 4551 Steele Street

AuthorSteve Mundro

OUSD's Quality Community Schools Development group will hold two Parent/Community Engagements as part of its Listening Campaign around Defining Quality Schools.

Join them tonight, January 20, from 6-7:30pm at Studio One Art Center and on Monday, January 24, from 6:30-8pm at Montclair Recreation Center to share your perspective about what makes a quality school and supportive school system. Parent and community input is absolutely integral to the successful creation of a common and comprehensive definition of quality, so we hope to see you there!

Results of this Listening Campaign will inform the development of School Quality Standards to be proposed to the OUSD Board of Education in June for ratification, so we need your help now!

Please contact  Rebecca.adams@ousd.k12.ca.us with questions. Also, please visit www.qualitycommunityschools.net to see opportunities for further engagement, as well as community input (from parents, teachers, principals, central leadership, unions, community based organizations, etc) they've gathered thus far from the Listening Campaign.

AuthorSteve Mundro