Welcome and thank you for coming.

Introductions around the room


First day of school - Monday, August 21, 2017

(That is the day of the solar eclipse.  OUSD may have a plan for observing and/or parents may coordinate a viewing.)

Minimum Days during the first week.

PEACE aftercare program starts the first day. 
Initially just meeting each other; PEACE enrichment classes start second week, forms to sign up for those will be sent home on first day. 

We have Early Care this year!  Starting on the first day, at 7:30 a.m.

Provided by EBAC, the same group that does PEACE.

PPTG committed (during June 2017 PPTG meeting) to cover the cost difference between what parents pay and the costs of the program, up to $5,000.

Are there still concerns about the past problem of parents not paying? (1) EBAC needs to better monitor the usage and collecting payments, holding parents more accountable; (2) part of the purpose of the $5,000 is to help cover if the reason people aren't paying is because they can't afford it.

We also need clarification that kids are not supposed to be here unsupervised before 7:20 (unless in Early Care), so some clear messaging will help.

Early Care is flexible, drop in, as long as you do an initial sign up.

Sherice is the point person for Early Care questions.

How should be best communicate with the parents?  There are PPTG emails, but anything else?  Sherice also emails from EBAC, when back from maternity leave.


Back to School Night - Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Get childcare, if possible, because not enough room to offer childcare for all kids.

Next PPTG Meeting - September 6, 2017


Garden:   First Work Day - Saturday August 12, 2017


Play dates for incoming families have been happening at Colby Park.


Incoming Families Orientation - August 19; 3:00-5:00


Walkathon:  Save the Date - October 22, 2017

NEED a Lead for Sponsorships and Donations

Email Eleanor, who will pass on to Scotia Miller and Kelly Holland

New Principal!

Two members of selection committee reported on process (Sarah Savage and Ryann Cheung):

Met (with teachers and staff member Charlezetta) shortly after the June OUSD community meeting;
Looked at the desires everyone submitted during community meeting - used that and teacher meeting materials to generate six questions to ask each candidate

Interviewed three people after extensive clearing process by OUSD; long comprehensive process by OUSD

Strict/formal interview process, ask everyone the same thing.

Giselle blew everyone away.  A lot of confidence and enthusiasm from the teachers as well as the parents.

Back to School Night will be the first time for large group meeting with her (comes before the next PPTG meeting).

Communication Side Issue:

Should we try a new system for communicating with parents - "Constella" - a new website to login to that can send messages to select groups more appropriately.  A lot of collective skepticism from the group, in part because we don't want a separate system that people have to login to, so a resounding NO. (Currently, we have some google group lists and school-wide blasts.)


Back story - Every June we approve a draft budget (as we did this year), which is a draft until the beginning of the school year because there are typically summer surprises from OUSD.

In the past, schools pay for toner and service on copiers leased by OUSD.  Last year, Rosette asked PPTG to pay for the maintenance costs, to free up her budget to pay for people, which we agreed to do ($15,000).  This year, OUSD decided to no longer lease copiers, so schools can choose to either continue the lease or purchase copiers (without money from OUSD).

Current Decision PPTG Needs to Make on Copiers:  (1) continue to pay the lease and maintenance on the current 2009/2014 copiers ($15,000 annually); or (2) pay for new copiers ($20K for the three machines) and going forward incur $2,000 annual service costs.

Can we do with two machines (instead of three)?  No. Input from teachers, and Rosette previously, is no way.

What do the teachers think? They say the current copiers are old and worn out.  They don't need color or fancy options, but they want a hole punch (only $200 machine feature).

The new machines apparently talk better to Google Docs so teachers can send documents, which they think is important and valuable.

What is the life of the new copiers?  5-7 years.

Is the predicted service cost on new copiers ($2K) locked in?  Does it impact the decision we're going to make? 

Eleanor to email Scotia Miller the proposed contract for new copiers, to review and give input.

Going through Budget Handout line by line

Deficit from last year - Why?  (1) overspending in art and mentors (the aides in the lower grades, and June and Asha - who worked a lot of extra hours last year because we did not have a secretary at the beginning of last year); (2) a grant not paid, but will be and we can use it this year.

Motion for, and official approval of "Proposed Budget 2" which includes authorization to buy new copiers (per handout).  Done!


New Secretary!  (Mr. H left)

Jessica Ramirez, from Hillcrest.  She is temporary, with us until December.

Kimberly Saechao is coming after that, after finishing maternity leave.  Her prior work is with OUSD.


Peralta Fund:

Tell Ryann Cheung (and paper sign up at the meeting) if you are willing to talk to your kids' class during Back to School Night to explain Peralta Fund.

Big Need this year, given the deficit last year.

A specific talking point this year could be focused on the copiers.

Question - Mosaic? - We are out of rotation schedule-wise, so we would have to see if we can fit in.  Are the teachers supportive?  We haven't asked them (5th grade) recently.  So it will depend on interest and availability.  So no money in this years budget for it.  But if we follow up on these questions, it could be possible for next year.  And it may be possible for the fifth graders to do an alternative program.

Volunteer Needs:

We have a new Google Groups person! Vivek Verma

We need a Diversity Dinner Coordinator - Ashley Dawn will do it!  (Just a dinner, separate and apart from the Racial Justice Study Group, which will continue.)
WE NEED AUCTION CHAIRS.  Ideally a 2-year commitment (to train someone during the second year).

What about corporate money, so we're not paying for everything ourselves over and over again?  Walkathon is looking for a corporate sponsor.....

Ideally, we want one person who oversees sponsorships across events for the entire year, instead of it being attached to different events - which we've been wishing for for several years.

We still have 13 classrooms, and we are not aware of teacher changes.  We do not know specifically how many third grades.

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Recap on Past Events:

On Bonnie’s K /1 concert

It was awesome! It was brilliant!

Spring book fair

·       Does Peralta get a cut from the book fair? – we get about $1000 to $1500 per year

·       More diversity in the book fair would be awesome, books from local authors

·       Will need research and hard work to change publishers from Scholastic to some other publisher


Grade level camping trips

            5th and 3rd grade

            For any questions regarding reserving a spot, contact Chris


Future events:

5th Grade Band concert, Friday – June 2, 9-10 am

            Instrumental music concert

PEACE Talent Showcase, Friday – June 2, 5 to 8 pm

            Is Amazing! You should come!

Equity Conversations- Sat / Sun – June 3/4
            Saturday, June 3, 9 to 11 am

            Saturday, June 3, 3 to 5 pm

            Sunday, June 4, 3 to 5 pm

            Contact Jonathan and Ellie

            First one was Tuesday – there was wine, guacamole, child care and good conversations

Ms. Myer’s Bookstore

            Mon / Tue – June 5/6

            Children love it so much! They save their book dollars.

Need some people to wrap children’s presents

Need some runners to back and forth to bring children from classroom and back

If you have donations of random craft or other things – candlesticks, picture frames, books bring them to the office

Minimum Days

Tue-Fri, June 6-9

Last Day of School

Friday, June 9

Garden Work Day - Saturday, June 10, 9am to 1pm

·       We are going to try and plant stuff so they will be growing in the Fall – sunflowers, etc.

·       Pantheon is our fabulous garden manager and networking with other garden people from other schools and comes out with good ideas. He is quit kid focused. Interfacing with students and teachers to help children from stuff, learn about gardening. Getting people to grow edible plants.


August PPTG Meeting

            Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Key Topics

Peralta in Bloom Recap - David

·       Very good turnout

·       Great weather

·       Not had on the same day as Ride for a reason

·       Thank you to Cory for supplying shade structures
Worked with Anthony this year and plan to do it next year – would like to work with someone new who can take over the organization of Peralta in Bloom year after next. Next year is Anthony’s last year.

·       Not that difficult

·       We have so many people come out and help.         

·       Need a new Prize coordinator. Lori has been doing it for the last few years but this is her last year.

·       Suggestion to have more hot dogs next year since there are so many children participating in the event.

·       Scope for improvement at the grill

·       An idea – can we have a low-key auction with Peralta in bloom? Would be more inclusive.

Draft Calendar for next year

            Printouts handed out at the meeting

Budget Discussion

            1st half is money coming in and 2nd half are expenses; explanation of line items:

·       Peralta fund – can we have some money at the beginning of the year?

·       Corporate matching – some cute donations from employers

·       Merchant donations – e.g. Amazon smile, little sort of box tops for education

·       Some grants that Ellen writes to support grant programs

·       Auction – brings in 1/5th of the money

·       Book fair

·       Peralta in Bloom

·       Yard sale – not happening anymore

·       Walkathon

·       Sale and small projects

·       Quilt Raffle

·       Expenses

o   Most of the money goes toward people resources

§  Art – Ms. Ellen

§  Sports – Coach Reese

§  Music – Ms. Bonnie

§  Garden – Pantaleon

§  Field trips

§  School support

·       Mentors

§  Maintenance – for copier

§  Classroom supplies – Chairs, Easels, since we do not have Title I funding we need to pay for these

§  Library – Ms. Sonia

§  Mental Health resources

§  Teacher grants

§  Principal funds

§  Computer supplies

·       Got some chrome books

§  Literacy – DU dinner

§  Operations

·       Bank fees, taxes, accounting fees

§  Meetings

·       Cost of child care and food for our meetings

o   Comments from parents:

§  Appreciative that we are hitting the budget that was set previously

§  There are funds reserved for big capital needs and emergency needs

§  All the money we are raising is going back to school on so many people resources

§  Very appreciative!

§  A request for adding before care line item

·       Will need to check with Legal if we consider having parents volunteer for before care

·       In the past, PEACE ran before care and there is no sliding scale option for before care from PEACE

·       Motion to put a line item in the budget for before care line item which is approximately $5000

·       All in favor

·       Motion to pass the budget with the above change

·       All in favor


5th grade graduation on last day of school in school

            Ceremony in multipurpose room

            There’s drumming

            Parents sign out and kids go to a park – Robert’s park


There’s a pay to play party called Summer Launch party at Tilden park at 3 pm

·       All grades welcome


Thank you and farewell bouquet of flowers to outgoing treasurers and to principal Ms. Costello for another amazing year.


Thank you to Marissa and Sabrina for attending their very last PPTG meeting.



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50 Adults/40 Children

Annoucements -

Garden Work Day-Saturday, May 6, 9am-1pm

Peralta in Bloom-Saturday, May 13,Noon-4pm

Walk and Roll to school-Friday, May 19

K/1 Vocal Music Concert-Tuesday, May 23, 1:50-2:45

2/3 Vocal Music Concert-Thursday, May 25, 1:50-2:45

4th Grade Band Concert, Wednesday, May 31, 9-10

5th Grade Band Concert, Friday, June 2, 9-10

5th Grade Music of American History, Tuesday, May 16, 2-2:45

4th Grade Music of California , Tuesday, May 30, 2-2:45

Spring Book Fair, Tues-Thurs, May 23-25

Open House-Thursday May 25, 6:30-8pm

Memorial Day/Lincoln’s B-Day- May 26-29-(4 Day weekend)

June PPTG -Wednesday, May 31

Quilt Raffle-some people meeting at the Temescal Farmers Market from 9-11 to sell raffle tickets!


Key Topics—

Capturing Arts Learning: The Peralta Graduate Profile

Todd & Trina-teach courses with Peralta teachers about assessment and learning

How can we tell the story of your learning?

Visible thinking/ Visible Processes/ Visible Struggles/ Visible Breakthrough

Collaborate/ Inquire creatively/ Engage and Persist/ Think Critically/ Communicate/ Practice stewardship

The students have been doing a Process Journal where they are writing from different prospective and then reflect.

The learner I am…thinking about learning as a kind of journey, what are their strengths/weaknesses as it relates to learning.

What practices do they have that will help them?  I see/I think/I wonder


Peralta is in the second year of a 3 year grant right now-through OUSD- but the idea is that it will keep going, grant or not. 

Meet every 6 weeks to check in-

The teachers look at their own practices, not just the students.


Has the graduate profile gone out to parents?  Yes at parent teacher conference.   But it might help to go out again.

Teachers have been evolving this profile for 5 years or so.

Meta-cognitive process- when did you decide to go this path…why is it important?  It sends a message that even their struggles are important.  It develops a community of thinkers.  And teaches students how to articulate their thinking.

If students can understand how they learn it will be easier for them to know when they need support. 


Kindergarten Teachers-

Ms. Nina & Ms. Camille- 

Kids are really starting to put things together in the fall and in the spring they are really taking off. 

Right now they are looking at comic strips. 

Trying to give the kids an authentic reason to write and read.

How to/instruction writing. Fiction writing-Character, setting


Peralta in Bloom-

Kids have a great time.  But we need lots of volunteers!




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Garden work day, Saturday April 15

            Sponsors are K, 4th and 5th grade

            Special work day – Ms. Bonnie with Guitar / Sing - along

SBAC Testing Window, April 12 – May 12

            3th / 4th and 5th graders

            Testing schedule that works out for our children 1-2 tests / wk

Brewing Community, Friday April 21

Parents Organizing for Equity & Integration in Oakland Schools

            Sat, April 12, 2017

Jonathan – one of our parents from Peralta working together with some school board members to explore issues of Equity & Inequity

            How resources can be used differently for different outcomes?

            Opportunity from diff schools to talk to each other

            Some workshops / some talks

            Child care provided

            Flyer for April Calendar has more information

Quilt Raffle – coming soon

            Contact person - Rachel Levy

            The 17th or so quilt by Ms. Ellen

            This year Ms. Ellen has recycled fabrics from last years –

This gets raffled at Peralta in Bloom – May 13

            30 tickets will be send home

$1 each or $5 for 6

            Stay tuned - Quilt picture and tickets will be coming home

Paul Vetter – Ride for a reason

            Does not conflict with Peralta in Bloom

            250 / 300 bicyclists from Oakland Tech to Sacramento

            Fund raising program

            Benefits 7 schools

            Shooting to raise $120000 this year which is distributed equally amongst 7 schools

            Looking for volunteers

            Various options for bike rides:

            108 ½ miles

            45 miles

            68 mile ride

            You can stiff register for the ride. Hard deadline is April 22nd

            Ms. Killibrew and Ms. Camille are participating


Next PPTG meeting – Wed, May 3

K grade; Cake and likely Mexican food


Other Topics

Update from first grade teachers - Ms. Lucker and Mr. Davis

            Rain forest project

·       Change the room so it looks like rain forest

·       Camping jobs; tickets to go to the forest

·       Different animals

·       Different layers of the rain forest

·       Animals

·       Medicinal Plants

·       Mini studies of animals

·       Products of rain forest

·       Paintings / sculptures / poems

            Transitioning from rain forest into plants and bees

            Seeds; Roots and things

Write sentence frames

Planting seeds and recording the date

Parts of bees

Book about life cycle of bee

Queen bee; Worker bee and drone bee

Go to the garden and observe bees

Books on plants and bees

Honey bees and native bees

Difference between exotic and native bees

Mini units of whales and sharks

Poetry unit

Some poems – William Carlos

16 word poems

Similes and simile poem about themselves


Auction recap – Stacy & Peter

            Was on March 18th

            Total of 195 / 200 people attended

            Fun party

            New venue – Humanist Church

            Raised tentatively $40000 (as budgeted)

            Thanks to volunteers

            Some great outfits at the event


Next big event – Peralta in Bloom, Sat – May 13 (Noon to 4 pm)

            Children’s favorite event – Candy floss, Snow cones, games, etc.

            Looking for Sponsorship (Julianna has volunteered but needs more help)


Liz Sullivan from OUSD – OUSD as a sanctuary district

            Website and Facebook page about sanctuary district

Means that schools have safe and inclusive environment

All students have right to attend school here without any discrimination

            More information: http://www.ousd.org/sanctuary


IFDF (Immigration Family Defense Fund) by Benita Jain (Parent of 3rd grader)

IFDF Was started after election

Recognizing that there is a lot of fear

Lot of immigrant families worried

Deportation / Immigration enforcement

Support MLA families

Families with kids in immigration crisis

Plan to support any Oakland school. Currently supporting 4 schools, looking at schools where there are higher number of immigrants demographically.

In terms of support:

1 – Funds needed for bonds

2 – When someone is porting bonds, you need status to post bonds. Looking for folks in community to be the bond poster. You don’t have to be a lawyer. Just need lawful status. Bond money will be provided by IFDF.

3 – Skills that you can offer. MLA is not a school that has deep pockets. Looking for immigration lawyers and family lawyers.


Contact information:

Website: Immigrantfamilies.org

Email: Benita@Immigrantfamilies.org


Principal’s updates

Basketball hoop is broken

Budget Freeze has impacted all schools

All funding is frozen

Appealing to get basic supplies like white copy paper

Rough times

Surprised that community doesn’t know that much

Frozen because OUSD dug itself a giant budgetary hole

Liz Sullivan – OUSD is trying to close the year being solvent (8 to 10 million)

One pager about this will be send to families

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  • Walk & Roll to School Day - Fri., Feb. 3
  • Garden Work Day -  Saturday, Feb. 11 9am-1pm
    • We really need a great turn out.  We have a lot to do.  The last 2 haven't been so well attended, probably because of the rain but we really need you.
  • Brewing Community - Friday, Feb 17, 8:15-9:15
  • No School-President’s Day - Monday, Feb. 20 - No PEACE
  • March PPTG Meeting

OpenVolunteer Positions

  • Salad bar, we need people every day during lunch
  • Peralta Pride-selling t-shirts
  • We have some positions for next year, secretaries…

Peralta Auction-

  • Saturday, March 18
  • Biggest fundraising event is the Auction
  • Peter & Stacy are co-chairs
  • Theme- “worlds fair”
  • Still need plenty of volunteers.
  • Data entry
  • People to pick up donations
  • Beer/wine raffle

Joel Baum-Gender Spectrum

  • Wanted to do something with inclusion.  Real school, real kids, thought of Peralta.
  • Working for 10 years for gender inclusive environments where kids allowed to thrive.
  • They work with staff and at state/national level. 
  • Creating Gender Inclusive Schools
  • **Film Screening** (https://www.genderspectrum.org/creating-gender-inclusive-schools/)
  • Film has been shown around the world. 
  • The purpose is to show people that this teaching is doable. 
  • Kids are the best teachers.








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