Garden Work Day-Saturday, October 8, 9:00-1:00

Livescan Fingerprinting Event- Saturday, October 8, 9:30-12:30

            Google Doc to signup on, come if you don’t have a spot and be on the wait list

            Cal Live scan is also willing to take our overflow

            This is to be able to drive on field trips. 

No School-Professional Development Day, Friday, October 14

            PEACE will be open IF and ONLY IF 20 students sign up

Middle School Info Night- Thursday, October 20, 6:30-8

            This is an event for parents only in the multipurpose room.

Brewing Company-Friday, October 21, 8:15-9:15am

            Morning Coffee and Conversation to support Peralta

Walkathon- Sunday, October 23, 12-4

Halloween Pumpkin Patch- Wednesday, October 26

            Children will be coming home with medium sized pumpkins.

            We will need some volunteers to set up.

Fall/Halloween Parade- Friday, October 28, 2:10pm

            Come help kids get into costumes and join the parade.

November PPTG meeting- Wednesday, November 2

            Dinner at 6pm, Meeting 6:30-8pm


Key Topics----

 Measure G-1 info- Ken Rice

On this years ballot. 

$120 Annual parcel tax.   For teacher raises, arts curriculum, middle school enrichment.

Must pass 2 to 1. Website for more info


School Board-Don Macleay

Currently there is only one progressive on the board.

We need 2 to bring a topic up and 4 to pass it.


Peralta Fund Update-

81% school participation

And we hit the budget targets $100,000!!!!


3rd Grade Teachers Report-

Ms. Ashby presented examples from class that incorporated math and art.

Working on Stone Fox and a writing assignment where the students write the final chapter.

Study of Japan-reading non fiction articles



Need 40 more volunteers.

Fundraising through crowdrise website.

The link has all the information.

If you did it last year, you still have an account you just have to make it for 2016.

Kelly is willing to set it up for you.  Just email her with a picture and childs name.

There will be new t-shirts this year.

Bloom homes sponsoring lap 2 with a water bottle


DU Dinner

November 5

Planning is going great.

Bring home cooked meal of their heritage, wear clothes to represent heritage

Dance party afterward DJ-Denise Dekker

Tues oct 11 next planning meeting



It’s an immersive program that has an in school program and outdoor school program.

Weeklong.  A  lot of focus on diversity issues.

Mon-Fri- sleep in cabins 6 kids/1 counselor who is 15-18 yrs old

3 classes per week made up of low socio economic, mid and high.

Cabins are mixed (2 students per school) in order to get to know others

Learn how to talk to people that are different from themselves

Kids help out with set up/clean up of the meals

Activities include-singing, talking, games

“Cross the line”  kids who've experienced certain things cross the line. 

Example: Who’s parents are divorced?  Who’s experienced bullying?  Etc.

Dinner activity-differential experience to illustrate what people really go through.

Example:  A few students sit at a table with a linen table cloth and a fancy dinner.  A few more sit at a regular table with decent food and the rest sit on the floor with scraps of food.  How do they make it work?

Mosaic consciously works toward bringing people together.  Educating the leaders of tomorrow.  So important to the school with its changing dynamics.


History at Peralta

Been done for 5 to 6 years

Originally families paid, then sliding scale, then the PPTG started to pay.

At a certain point there was not teacher support.

Then it got taken out of the budget.

There are two new 5th grade teachers so it was asssumed that the new teachers wouldn't be up for it on the first year.  And we didn't think that the camp would still be available.

Now we know that the 5th grade teachers are interested but we no longer have the line item in the budget. 


In talking about not doing mosaic, it came up that some of those skills are already being taught here even though it isn’t an over night camp experience.


It is generally our policy not to fund raise by grade


If we say yes how does that effect the budget?  The cost is $26,000.  It would make a big dent in the reserve.  We had a big surplus at the end of last year but with setting up classrooms for 4 new teachers and the loss of title one funding, that surplus is spent.


It might be an incentive for 5th grade, which generally has a weak showing at the walkathon, to come out and raise more $.  Room parents could push.


Parent, “Not many would vote against mosaic.  But I struggle with the numbers, the money.

It is not an easy decision.  What if the 5th grade teachers have a bad experience and then next year we are in the same boat.”


Could we use Peralta Rising?

Background..After the fire the communitypulled together so much that a donor gave $100,000.  It goes to capital improvements.

A lot of the rules for how the rising funds are spent could be rewritten.  But with the current rules it could not be used for something like mosaic.


Its not the support for the program that is the issue it’s the $.  And Mosaic takes place during sbac testing, so the dates may not work out.

Is this going to be a decision for this year or are we trying to decide for the foreseeable future?   Next years budget wouldn’t necessarily have the same constraints as this year. There most likely won't be4 new teachers.

How do these types of decisions get made?  At the meetings?  Who are the people who make these decisions?


How do we make the?.

There are not a robust set of rules.

Most decisions are made through a lot of discussions.

We have a Leadership Committee meeting to discuss what comes to the pptg.


The vote would be whether we all want to commit to this as a school.  Not just 5th grade, because the whole community will pay.

Should we do a survey to the whole school?  Yes

But the survey should be detailed. 

AuthorSteve Mundro