Sunday, September 30, 2007

Eat Your Colors

We inaugurated our Healthy Eating curriculum, "Harvest of the Month" with a lesson to "Eat Your Colors" (that is, eat the beautiful and bright colored fruit and vegetables available locally in California) With this program, we will be periodically tasting fruit and vegetables throughout the year. Last week we tried red, yellow and green peppers and tomatoes. For more information, visit

Our morning meeting goes to town

I will present on our morning meeting at this conference in San Francisco. All are invited. The event is free, and free child care is available!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Who do I contact?

Questions related to obtaining a security guard on the playground: Eric Nelson, Network Executive Officer at OUSD:

Questions related to Special education personnel: Iris Wesselmann: 510-879-8221;

Questions related to Special education class sizes: Christie Anderson: 510-879-8226;

Questions related to Durham Bus Service should be directed to District Transport: 510-879-8526
and/or Durham Bus Service: 510-562-0803

Portable F Parents are amazing!

I have met or spoken to every parent! Everyone has contributed in the past month. While we are waiting for our new Instructional Assistant Jesus to get his paperwork processed by OUSD, many parents have volunteered their time and support to ensure the classroom continues to run full speed ahead. I would like to extend my deep appreciation for all your help with reading, math, lunch, recess and homework folders! Muchisimas gracias also to the parents who have called downtown to advocate for our students, provided treats, brought supplies, donated funds and provided computer equipment.

Supplies we'd love to have

  • Empty egg cartons /Cartones vacios de huevos
  • Empty cleaned yogurt containers /Cartones vacios de yogur
  • Empty toilet paper rolls / Rollos vacios de papel higenico
  • Empty paper towel rolls / Rollos vacios de papel de la cocina
  • Brown paper bags from the grocery store / Sacos de papel de las compras
  • Pine cones /Conos de los arboles pinos
  • Buttons / botones
  • 1 pack blank white index cards (100) / 1 paquete de cartas en blanca (100)
  • 1 pack of beads / 1 paquete de granos para un collar
  • 1 pack of felt material / 1 paquete de fabrica
  • 1 set of watercolors / 1 paquete de pintura sencillo
  • 1 pack of clay / 1 cuadro de arcilla
  • 1 pack of googly eyes / 1 paquete de ojos de arte
  • 1 pack of plain white paper plates / 1 paquete de platos de papel blancos
  • 1 Favorite book / 1 libro favorito
  • 1 Favorite puzzle /1 rompecabezas favorito
  • 1 Elmers glue bottle / 1 botella de pegamento
  • 1 bottle of Glitter / 1 botella de granos brillantes para el arte
  • 1 Black and White Marble Notebook for writing notebooks (try to get the large lines!)/ 1 cuadro blanco y negro (intente de conseguirlo con lineas anchas)
  • 1 Roll of Lysol Disinfectant Wipes to reduce germs on tables, door handles/ 1 rollo de trapos desechables de limpieza
  • 1 packet of pipe cleaners (long furry bending things) 1 paquete de limpiadores de pipa
  • 1 box of tissues / 1 caja de tejidos finos

No school on October 12, 2007

There is a teacher development day on Friday, October 12, 2007.

OUSD Calendar 2007-8

Cut, paste and print for your records!

National Association of Parents with children in Special Education

The National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education is a national membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to parents whose children receive special education services, both in and outside of school. NAPCSE was founded for parents with children with special needs to promote a sense of community and provide a national forum for their ideas.

Sign the Oakland Special Education Petition

Join the CAC

Oakland parents of students receiving special education services formed the Community Advisory Committee to discuss special education in the district. Stay informed by contacting Tom Donovan at:

Adopt our classroom

Adopt-A-Classroom ( is a non-profit organization that offers an easy and accountable way for you to donate funds to my classroom and make a real difference for our students. All donations are tax-deductible. 100% of the donation goes to my classroom. Adopt-A-Classroom takes $0 out for administration.

Click here for more information: Marijke Conklin Adopt-A-Classroom Homepage

Oakland Public School Parents

I just became aware of a group for parents of students in Oakland Public Schools. Parents are invited to review the posts in this Yahoo group to see whether they would like to join.