Edna Brewer Tours and Outreach Committee – Volunteers Needed!
     Are you a 6th, 7th or 8th grade parent? Do you remember how stressful and consuming it was for 5th grade parents and students to decide which middle school option was right for them? Please consider supporting families in the midst of this momentous transition by sharing your experience and insights as a parent tour guide. These tours are really a lot of fun. If you have time during any of the dates, I encourage you to sign up as a tour guide. Our regular and occasional guides have included many, many PTSA regulars. I’d like to make sure that all of the PTSA parents know that they are welcome to attend and serve as tour guides or in other capacities.
     You guys/gals do not have to formally join the Tours and Outreach committee, although you are so, so welcome to join. Also, there may be occasions where other languages may be helpful. Please let me know if you speak another language.
    The Tours and Outreach Committee volunteer group welcomes prospective parents each fall to tour our classrooms and learn about our outstanding curriculum during our Prospective Parent Tours. Enthusiastic Brewer parents help to lead small groups showing off our campus and sharing their first-hand knowledge about our middle school. Tour route and information is provided, but each parent tour guide adds his or her own style, perspective, and insights regarding the transition to middle school.
     This group also hosts one evening Edna Brewer Evening Informational so that prospective parents and students can learn about Edna Brewer from our key administrators, faculty, and a panel of students. Finally, our committee welcomes 5th graders from our 4 feeder schools for their first taste of middle school in our Edna Brewer 5th Grade Walking Tours.
     Mark your calendars as the following dates have been set:
          Prospective Parent Tours:
          Friday, November 9, 2012 at 8:30 AM
          Friday, November 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM
          Friday, December 7, 2012 at 8:30 AM
          Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM
          Edna Brewer Evening Informational:
          Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM (GYM)
          Fifth Grade Feeder School Walking Tours:
          Feeder schools are in the process of selecting their dates.
     Many Thanks! Interested parents can contact Nia Lozano at
     Nia Lozano
     Tours and Outreach Committee

October in Review
     October was an exciting month for us. On the Community Engagement front, Burger and Bingo was a tremendous success. Julie Slater, Heather McGrew, Ms. Johnson, and Ms. Boon pulled everything together with such great style. I loved seeing our community coming together over dinner, as well as the younger siblings skipping out of the courtyard with their treasures. The Brewer Band and hip hop artists got rave reviews, as did the hamburgers. Nia Lozano and Ms. Philips have been hard at work on the Prospective Student Tours (which start this week), and the tours are filling up fast. Nia needs our help leading the tours. Please contact her directly to sign up at
     As for Fundraising, the cookie dough fundraiser is on track to as much as triple the amount we budgeted and bring in over $15,000. Jane Rizzo, Violet Nelson, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Jones, and Ms. Boon are an incredible powerhouse! Violet says we have 12 students who have sold 50 or more boxes for the $200 cash prize or Kindle. Nice job, kids! Sharon Lipping and Leslie Kraitchman have been working hard on our Annual Giving campaign, and I’m finding envelopes in the PTSA box early every day. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed! I hope to have an update soon as to the total amount we’ve raised so far on Annual Giving, so stay tuned for more on this.
     In regards to Teacher Support, Christine Clark and Johanna McCormack provided a wonderful feast at the October monthly staff meeting. (We learned that Brewer teachers prefer fruit over chocolate – impressive!) I look forward to hearing about their plans for organizing future teacher appreciation events so we as parents can better support them. I also know that Johanna McCormack, Besty Tucciarone, Celine Hodges, Jane Rizzo, Kerry Jo Rickets Ferris, and Orit Vogel have been working hard to chart a map for our Healthy Snacks for Kids and Parent/Teacher Liaison programs, and I also look forward to hearing about their progress and their challenges at our November 13th board meeting.
     There is a lot of energy around supporting teachers and students with peer tutors. In addition to the funds that the PTSA has provided, School Councilor Alice Philips has launched an online effort to raise money to hire additional tutors. She’ll tell us about this at our November 13th board meeting (6:30 PM, school library). We hope you join us at this meeting!
     Of special interest to our 8th grade parents will be the upcoming Comprehensive High School Principal Panel discussion at our November 27th General Association meeting. In attendance will be Principal Andujar (Oakland Tech), Vice Principal Marisol Arkin (Skyline), and Principal Rogers (Oakland High). The meeting will be held in the Panther Playhouse from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. We’ll also have student leaders from the 3 high schools participating in the panel. We look forward to seeing all of you there and to learning about the great things that our 3 main feeder schools have to offer.
     If you have questions or suggestions, please send them along to Sharon and me at
     Thanks for all you do!
     Lisa Young & Sharon Lipping

Show your Support for Measure J on November 6th!
     The Edna Brewer PTSA endorsed Measure J at our September 18 meeting. Measure J is on the November 6 ballot and is a bond that will continue OUSD’s existing capital improvement program known as Measure B (the bond that voters approved in 2006 and which is fully allocated). The Facilities Master Plan includes 2 million dollars for Edna Brewer Middle School. You can learn more about Measure J here. If you would like a Measure J yard sign, you can pick one up at 480 Hardy Street, next to the Frogpark. Help yourself to as many signs as you can place!