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. 

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Ms Sherice, head of PEACE, introduced herself. PEACE is running at capacity! Serving around 200 student. Ms Sherice will be at PPTG meetings every month, watching the kids, if you need to touch base.

Eleanor: Our PPTG president


DON’T BLOCK DRIVEWAYS! Please be law abiding and courteous parkers.  Pet Food Express in the mornings, be aware of Street Cleaning on Mondays and Tues

Garden Work Day: Sat, Sept 10, 9am-1pm

Leah Rivers: Beautiful gardens come with work. Second Saturday of every month, bring the kids (who get to play)! This month’s will focus on painting picnic tables and the K-Pod gardens. Bring your own tools if you have them.

Brewing Community: Sept 15, 8:15am-9:15am

Once a month opportunity to get coffee and pastries with other Peralta parents outside the 63rd st entrance

Fall Book Fair-Sept 20th-23rd

Sonia will send out more info. Send kids to school with money or stop by after school to buy Scholastic books.

Picture Day Sept26th/28th

Next PPTG- Oct 5

Bloom Homes:

Local real estate agents and Peralta parents donate a percentage of their commission when they sell/buy a house through a Peralta referral. Have raised over $15,000 for Peralta to date. Today, a check for $2400 was presented.

Peralta Fund: Ryann Cheung

Currently at 45% participation, but we need to continue to push for recurring donations and collecting from the families who have not yet donated. Ryann also explained that ALL PLEDGES count towards today’s total, even if they are deferred payments for later in the year. The 80% target is crucial for qualifying for important grants that the schools need. Also, now is a good time to look into corporate matching and set that up. All recurring donations count to the participation totals, but please confirm with Ryann whether your donations continue through this school year.

Why Volunteer? : Eleanor

This school has changed a lot in the past few years, but we are still in the OUSD, one of the most underfunded districts in the country. As a community, we have decided to come together to provide our children with the things we believe every student is entitled to.

Jessica Sandow: Our new Volunteer Coordinator!! Looking for a Peralta Pride coordinator (tshirts, etc), Finance chairs, Design/Publicity people needed, Community-Communications volunteer

***Book Fair:

  • Need 4 volunteers for 15 minute shifts (lunch shifts 11:45-12:45, afterschool shifts for 30 minutes). Chaos, lots of kids, lots of excitement. Free book to volunteers.

***Walkathon: Sunday, October 23

  • Lots of volunteers needed to register, set up, support, etc
  • Middle Schoolers are welcome to volunteer!
  • Food options are still being explored, but if you know you want to BBQ, contact Kelly

***Diversity Unity Dinner, November 5

  • Not a fundraiser! Just a super fun party
  • Bring a dish to share and your entire family (even extended, neighbors, etc)
  • Some organization set up needed, but pretty limited in scope.

***Auction, March 18 (pending)

  • We need Auction co-chairs!! Right now, the auction is the only committee without a chair
  • If you enjoy planning, organizing and have some friends that you can bring in, it’s a great job for you.
  • The Auction represents a quarter of our revenue!

***Room Parents:

  • Still have 5 openings: 5th grade, Ms Larsen, Mr Davis, Ms Holdman

***Garden Committee:

  • Every second Saturday , help is needed to work in the gardens
  • A watering coordinator is needed (just a scheduler, not a waterer)
  • This year we have an Edible Garden Manager to focus volunteer help, work with kids, etc

***Safety Patrol:

  • The drop off zone (Dana St) is staffed by one parent volunteer and 4th and 5th graders in the mornings. The Safety Patrol is run is cooperation with Oakland PD

***Salad Bar:

  • We need people to come in and serve salad to the children during lunch (M-F 11:15-1:00). Frequency is completely up to you but people ARE NEEDED. Super fun way to hang with the kids.

***Peralta in Bloom

  • We’ll get to that in the spring

Principal’s Report

We hired a secretary!! Helio Rodriguez, still learning the systems-Jan has been providing support during the change and MANY THANKS to Asha and June

New teachers felt very supported by the PPTG and would like to pass on thanks

Registrar of Voters need a polling place in the area- if you know someone who might have an available polling place, contact Ken Rice. Rosette thought about offering the school but was not comfortable with strangers on campus.

Volunteer sign up: Chaperones MUST BE FINGERPRINTED

More flyers going home tomorrow: Pinworm and Hand Foot and Mouth is going around

Halloween in on a Monday… Peralta might move Halloween to a Friday… or Halloween might be canceled. TBD. Parents voted to move to Friday. 

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  • Garden Work Day - Saturday, Aug 13
    • Need lots of families to come help put out wood chips and do general sprucing to get ready for start of school.
    • We are in process of hiring a new garden manager.  (Ms. Gabby will still work with the PEACE program in the garden)
  • Incoming Family Playdates – Colby Park -Aug 6, 7, 13 – open to all incoming families
  • Incoming Families Orientation- Saturday, August 20, 3:00-5:00p.m.
  • First Day of School – August 22
  • Minimum Days Week - August 22-26 - 1:30 pick up
  • Back to School Night - Thursday, Sept 1
    • Limited Childcare at Back to School Night: Please make other arrangements
    • 6:30-7:45 – a great way to get to know your kid’s class schedule and teacher
  • No School Monday Sept 5th - Labor Day
  • Next PPTG Meeting - Wed., Sept 7 - Come out and learn more about volunteer needs for the upcoming year


Personnel Changes – New Teachers

We have four new teachers – 2nd, 3rd and both 5th grade classes.  Rosette is very excited about the new staff members.

Classes for this year will be two per grade, with the exception of a 1st/2nd split class.

Mr. Davis has moved into Ms. Arbogast’s old room to allow 2nd grades to be co-located

PEACE Changes – Early Care

This was an EBAC decision because we didn’t meet required minimum of 7 committed families each month.

8:20 is when yard is supervised, so please do not drop children off before then

Budget Report

We ended last year with a $45K surplus – owing primarily  to increased Peralta Fund giving and corporate matching.

New budget items - $15K for copier maintenance, $15K to set up new classrooms for new teachers.   Loss of Title 1 funding means we get less money from OUSD so Rosette asked PPTG to pick up copier maintenance so she can use her funds for other things.

Mentors were given a raise this year.

Spent $0 in earthquake supplies last year, but have funds in budget to replace items that expire (food, etc)

Peralta Fund

Peralta Fund starts up at the beginning of school.  Ryann will need a speaker per classroom to talk about the fund at Back to School night.

Volunteer Needs

Major needs:

  • Peralta Pride – t-shirt sales plus program expansion of how we show pride in our school
  • Auction co-chairs
  • Yahoo group moderator

Incoming Families Parties

Parties will be Aug 27, 28; Sept 10-11 – inc oming families can sign up at the Orientation or by emailing Emma.  

We could use a few ‘rising’ 1st grade families to help with the parties (all hosts are secured)


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  • Confirm time of talent show 6-7:30!!!
  • Bookstore is for 1st-5th.  The kids come and shop.  They love it.  Need men's items.  
  • Tues-thurs minimum day
  • June 9 last day of school
  • June 11 last garden day
  • Still looking for people to help water during the summer.
  • Next pptg in August. Budget confirmed

Peralta in Bloom-recap

Very successful.  Made about $11,500.  Goal was $12,000

Community came through again.  Working on setting next years date.  May 13 but may switch because of ride for a reason date conflict.  Felt a little lighter than last year.  Barbecue went well without pulled pork,  so we might permanently drop that.


Budget update-

We expect to have some small increases in fundraising.

Expenses-one big change is $14000 ask from Rosette.   Because of loss of title 1 funding, etc.

So there are things that the school can’t afford—furniture, medical supplies, etc.

LC voted to buy most of the things on the list.

Maintenance line is new.  That's because of title 1

Adjusted art budget down to be in line with actual expenses.

Actuals through July

Surplus of $10,000-$15,000

Overnight is off because of the fact that there are 2 new 5th grade teachers.

13 classes but 4 new teachers so things getting moved around. (Desks, rugs, etc)

In the summer we find out what we actually made and actually spent.

Also in the summer we find out about a few grants.

We voted on the budget and it passed.


Social/Emotional Health of Girls-

Lynn Johnson- cofounder of Spotlight girls

Go Girls camp

Save the world….one girl at a time

What are some things we need saving from….




Absence of kindness


Environmental issues



How do we address any of this??

“The world needs a revolution led by women.”-Desmond Tutu


Woman are really underrepresented in the workforce.  Often undervalued.  

Social landscape- violence and explotation

Lack of access to education, health care, and other vital services

“The most important problem that the world faces is a lack of compassion.”-Dalai Lama


Lloving all of life, including myself, no matter what.

9 skills of compassion------





5-Self knowledge






Why girls?

As a society we allow women and girls their emotions up to a point.  We don’t allow boys and men that at all.


Spotlights Mission:

Ignite a compassion revolution by putting girls center stage.

Learn skill through art and play.  Stories and creative interactions


5 point Culture Code-

Say Yes!

-I am ready for anything

-I say yes to keep the fun going

-I say no to keep myself safe


Give and Take

-I give to others and I am happy

-I take in the good and I am healthy

-I am a Go Girl and I belong


Make Mistakes

-I am not perfect

-I celebrate myself for learning and trying

-I get to grow and change


Feel my Feelings

-I feel happy and angry and everything in between

-I can cat calm….even if I’m not


Take center stage

-I make bold brave choices

-I the the power of my voice

-I am part of the whole play


*Bringing it Home

1 model the culture code yourself

2 Listen more and talk less

3 More encouragement. Less praise

4 Practice the skills of boundary setting

5 Take time for contemplative practices-finding time for mindfulness


Growth mindset


What about boys?

East bay school for boys

It is hard to find things like this but for boys.


Volunteer Needs---

Communication co chair


Peralta pride-come to events to sell tshirts

Yahoo moderator

Quarter master-purchases things, plates, sporks, etc

Fundraising chair

Budget person


Principal Report

-not all neighborhood kids got in.


CSEC-Susan Andrien

Behavior health manager

Commercial sexually exploited children-The exchange of anything for sex. Children are recruited and exploited.

46% of child explotation in California occurs in Alameda Co.

Training everyone we can so that people are more informed.

99% of all kids who are exploited are girls.

69% African American girls

Every Oakland middle school and high school has reported a student who is being exploited.


How does it happen-tactics

Girls who are being exploited used to recruit other girls

Social media.

Xbox-online-(we need to talk to our kids before they start online)


The average age is 11-12.  

We need to understand what the risks are in order to protect each other.


One of Peralta students is missing and being exploited.  

There is an active investigation.  If your child is contacted by her they ask that your child should not respond but instead take a screen shot of the text and send it to the DA.

Teen is a good resource on how to talk to your kids about this.

Kids get misinformation.  So it's good to talk to your kids.

Upper grade kids-be more direct.  Be as clear as you can to tell them that there are risks.  Try to open up the dialogue.  Talking is the most important thing.

If they are friends with the student that is missing, you need to be very clear about what you want them to do if she gets in contact.

Talking to younger kids- similar to stranger danger.

Build up their self esteem. Because the stronger they are emotionally the less likely they are to be prey.

Kid Power is a great workshop.


90% of exploiters have been exploited themselves


Starting to work on a curriculum for elementary ages

Prop 35 increased the fines and penalties for exploitations


How can we help?  

Immediate help is needed with grant writing.


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Fri., April 8th       Walk and Roll to School


April 5-May 15  Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC): grades 3-5

                                To take a sample test:


Sat., April 9         Garden Work Day, 9am – 1pm

Huge Garden Work Day! Building Trades coming K, 4th and 5th grades sponsoring. Noon concert with Bonnie.

12:30 BBQ at McClymonds High


Fri., April 22       Brewing Community


Wed., April 27   Administrative Professionals Day

Stop by the office and show some love for all of the wonderful things they do for our kids


April 25-29          PEACE Talent Show Auditions

20-30 min directly after school. PLEASE limit acts to 1.5-2 minutes. For EVERYONE not just PEACE kids


Wed., May 4      Next PPTG meeting, dinner at 6:00, meeting from 6:30-8:00



Ms Nina

Science: Unit on trees (forest habitat animals), using K garden to plant

Math: addition/subtraction stories

Art: personal narratives

Reading: continuing reading workshops


Auction Recap

We made over $40,000!

Thank you Elise and Loren!!


LRPG Yard Sale

April 30, 9am – 1pm

THIS SAT, Apr 9: 10-12 more collections: No adult clothes, VHS tapes or car seats

Need volunteers/Need Bake sale organizer/Volunteers to bring lunch to the volunteers



Quilt Raffle

Ellen has made a quilt with the kids for the past 16 years.

Each kid will receive 30 tickets at $1/each (can get more) at the end of April

Wed., May 4th – ticket deadline

If you want to volunteer to sell tickets at a farmer’s market/lrpg sale, please

Quilt raffle will take place at Peralta in Bloom


Peralta in Bloom

Noon – 4pm May 14th

Open to everyone in the community

Free event

“rides,” cake walk, lots of good food, fun m

Anthony will be looking for lots of volunteers. If you are all ready to sign up, contact Anthony:


2015/16 Budget

With Keith and Adam (Work in Progress Final Budget approved in August)

We have lost Title 1 funding because we are down to 25% reduced lunch

$16,000 will need to be funded through the PPTG to compensate

We need to push harder on the Peralta Fund and corporate matching

Auction, Peralta in Bloom stable

This LRPG yardsale will be the last at Peralta (Same volunteers for 10 years are worn out, too many spring volunteer hours spread out over too many events)

Raising mentor budget (cost of living expenses)

Puts us at $11,702 deficit, but we have the cash to cover it, but generally we make a conservative budget that should put us balanced in reality

There is a shift from volunteer hours to monetary contributions

Our small size becomes a challenge in terms of funding our resources. We raise more per student than Chabot, yet our size hinders our ability to fund the school.


Principal’s Report

Make sure to schedule around the SBAC testing schedule.


Jody London – Our School Board Rep and OUSD Board Director

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