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The links in this section have been collected from other resources and schools from around the web. Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement, either from the school staff, nor the PPTG as a whole. It just means they might be helpful!

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Community

This list includes media, neighborhood groups, political and policy groups, and other sundry sites. None of these links implies endorsement by the PPTG or Peralta School. Please send suggestions to communications co-chairs Liz Morgan and Heather Ashcroft.

  • The Education Report: Oakland Tribune Reporter Katy Murphy blogs about Oaktown schools.
  • Oakland Public School Parents Yahoo! Group: OUSD parents chat about matters of interest in the district and public education in general, and organize for action on specific issues.
  • Lower Rockridge Parents Yahoo! Group: Peralta neigbors, as well as others in the broader community, share information/tips/recommendations.
  • Oakland North: Hyper-local news blog produced by students at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
  • Rockridge Soccer league has weekend games and weekday practices. Teams do not form specifically around schools, though in recent years there have been teams with large Peralta cores at various age levels (K and up). Teams form in early summer for main fall season. Spring soccer is less formal. See their site for details. Use Peralta Community Listserve to hook up with others at school, or just ask around. http://rockridgesoccer.org/
  • Little League Baseball. Registration for NOLLSOLL (North Oakland South Oakland Little League) occurs in November; season (practices) start in late February. Teams do not form specifically around schools, though in recent years there have been younger age teams with predominantly Peralta students. “Fall Ball” is less formal, and not for the younger set. See NOLLSOLL site for details. Use Peralta Community Listserve to hook up with others at school, or just ask around. http://www.nollsoll.com/

Education and Schools

SCIENCE

  • Sciencebuddies.org is a nonprofit site that helps kids with science projects, including the ability to ask scientists questions and advice, as well as a super-cool questionaire that helps each child find a science project that aligns with their personal interests.

READING

  • How to Raise a Reader
    The joy of sharing books is a gift you can give children from the time they are born. Chanting nursery rhymes, singing songs, and reading stories can comfort and entertain even the youngest child. Here is a list of some of the best with easy-to-do tips developed by members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. This information is also available in Spanish.
    http://www.ala.org/alsc/raise_a_reader.html
  • Between the Lions
    This early literacy site, for children ages 4 – 7, is a tie-in for the award-winning television program. Appealing characters, terrific songs and fun games combine to offer great on-line experiences.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/lions/

SPANISH

  • PBS has a new animated website called Noah comprende featuring videos and games to introduce Spanish to children.  I think most kids will find it pretty appealing.  Check it out with your kids at  http://pbskids.org/noah

NUTRITION

PARENTING

  • KidsHealth Child health, illnesses, behavior, nutrition, and fitness http://kidshealth.org/
  • National Network for Child Care A large site offering information from curriculum and programming to nutrition. For teachers and parents. http://www.nncc.org
  • NPIN – National Parenting Information Network Information and materials for parents and caregivers.
    http://npin.org
  • The Parents At Home Page Information and materials targeted at at-home parents. http://iquest.com/~jsm/moms/index.html
  • Common Sense Media: Age-gauged reviews and ratings for movies, television, video games, music CDs, books, and web sites. Common Sense Media shares insight on plot and dialog to helps parents choose what’s best for their kids. http://www.commonsensemedia.org/

VARIOUS EDUCATIONAL

  • American Library Association’s Great Sites for Kids: 
    Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to Web sites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings from astronomy and space to zoos and aquariums, from games and entertainment to geography and maps. There is also a special section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers. (www.ala.org/greatsites). Updates for 2009:http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/august2009/gws_alsc.cfm
  • The Busy Teachers’ Web site K-12. 
    This Site is designed to provide teachers with direct source materials, lesson plans / classroom activities with a minimum of site-to-site linking, and to provide an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the teacher who is learning to use the Internet. Teachers may want to direct students toward certain sites as part of their lesson plan. I designed the site with the view in mind that teachers were very busy people. They needed rapid access to quality source materials which were organized in a familiar way. By Carolyn Cole at the Center for Education: Integrating Science, Mathematics and Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
    http://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/busyt/
  • Helping Your Child With Homework Page
    Help for the parent struggling with a child’s homework problems.
    http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/homework.html
  • California’s Untold Stories Gold Rush
    Presented by the Oakland Museum of California, this site offers an interactive learning experience for elementary level children through adults to experience and educate themselves about this important period in American History.
    http://www.museumca.org/goldrush
  • Good Night Mr. Snoozleberg
    This entertaining, interactive game requires problem-solving skills and a sense of humor. It’s just lots of fun. http://sarbakan.com/snooz
  • Library of Congress presents America’s Story from America’s Library
    The Library of Congress puts the story back in history through images of primary source documents, prints, photographs, maps, recordings and other materials from the past. Along with the fascinating information about people, places and things of interest to kids of all ages, there are songs to listen to, a Krazy Kat cartoon to watch, a scavenger hunt and other fun things to do.
    http://www.americaslibrary.gov

EDUCATION POLICY

  • EdSource
    As an independent, impartial, not-for-profit organization, its sole mission is to clarify complex education issues and to promote thoughtful decisions about public school improvement in California.
    http://www.edsource.org

TRANSITION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Easing the Transition: The director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals talks about a new effort to help kids succeed in the transition to middle school. http://www.naesp.org/misc/edweek_article_4-03-02.htm
  • Transition to Middle School: How Parents Can Help. The National Parent Information Network interviews Trevor Kampfl, a school counselor at Edison Middle School in Champaign, Illinois. http://npin.org/pnews/2001/pnew901/int901c.html
  • Middle School Malaise. The switch from elementary to junior high school coincides with several major changes for young adolescents. Most are in the throes of puberty; they’re becoming more self-aware and self-conscious, and their thinking is growing more critical and more complex. At the same time, adolescents are often “in a slump” when it comes to academic motivation and performance. What parents can do to make the transition as easy as possible. From the American Psychological Association. http://helping.apa.org/family/malaise.html
  • The Transition to Middle School. ERIC Digest. This Digest presents a brief overview of some of the issues involved in the transition from elementary to middle school and provides suggestions for transition programs and activities. The term “middle level schools” includes all middle grade and junior high school configurations. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED422119
  • Caught in the Middle is a 28-minute video project and comprehensive web site that encourages parents to stay involved in their children’s lives during the often-tumultuous middle school years. Middle school presents a span of years when parents often seem to lose touch with their children. Many parents don’t feel the need to be involved as much in their children’s school life at this juncture because they seem so “grown up” when, in fact, just the opposite is true. The middle school years are a critical period of development in an adolescent’s life and, despite the protests of the students, parental guidance is required! Includes tips section and links to other resources, including books and other web sites. http://www.caughtinthemiddle.org/
  • Just for Middle School kids. Links to the best web sites for middle school kids, chosen by middle school kids. http://www.westnet.com/~rickd/Kids.html

BACKPACK SAFETY

Health Alerts

Whooping Cough

A recent outbreak of Pertussis, aka Whooping Cough, is happening locally and throughout California. Please take a moment to read this health advisory from OUSD.

In short:

  • All women of childbearing age should get a booster shot to prevent spreading whooping cough to newborns and infants.
  • Babies and young children should be fully immunized for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (DTaP) by age 6.
  • For everyone 7 years or older there is a whooping cough booster shot (Tdap). If your younger children have not received the full DTaP vaccination series, or your older children need a Tdap booster shot, please see your medical provider.
  • If you do not have medical coverage, attend one of the free back-to-school clinics (visit www.acphd.org) or call Alameda County Public Health Clearinghouse toll free at (888) 604-4636 for a doctor or medical plan referral.
  • More information is available at www.acphd.com.

Head Lice: They’re Lousy

If you’ve never had the experience of finding a louse scurrying across your child’s head, count yourself lucky! Lice are an unfortunate part of school life, and spread easily when heads are in close contact. Most schools have regular lice outbreaks, particularly in the lower grades, and Peralta is no exception.

Lice are a huge hassle and getting rid of them usually requires several treatments, ongoing vigilence, and many loads of laundry. Even so, lice do not spread disease and are not considered a health hazard. So if you find a louse, don’t panic!

Please inform your child’s teacher and the front office if your child has lice. You will receive a notice if two or more children in your child’s grade have been infected.

You can help prevent the spread of lice by:

  • Checking your child’s head at least once a week
  • Buying a nit comb, which makes it easier to check, and to remove the lice and nits, or eggs. The Nit Free Terminator is a comb recommended by local lice salons. The teeth have grooves to catch the nits.
  • Keeping your child home until they’ve been treated
  • Educating yourself on the louse life cycle (not the nicest homework assignment, but necessary)
  • Educating yourself on effective lice treatments

Many over-the-counter treatments contain pesticides. However, many Peralta parents rely on non-pesticide treatments with great success. These treatments usually involve saturating the hair with a gooey substance like hair conditioner, Cetaphil Gentle Facial Cleanser, or even olive oil or mayonnaise. These immobilize the lice while you comb them out.

Lice Salons:  If you need help and don’t mind paying for it, several local businesses offer delousing services:

Nit Tips

Lice go through three distinct stages: Nits, or eggs, which are glued onto the hair shaft; nymphs, or juveniles, which can move around; and full-grown adults. Nits can be tricky to spot, for the uninitiated.

  • Nits are hard to remove from the hair.
  • Nits feel like little grains of sand stuck to the hair. You may feel them before you see them.
  • Dandruff can be flicked off with your finger. Nits cannot.
  • Nits are tiny and yellowish-white, and have an oval shape like a sesame seed. Dandruff is larger and more irregular in shape, with rough edges.