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:


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:




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

AuthorSteve Mundro