EBMS parents, thank you for attending our first Brewer All Family Information Night on 1/29! Families were able to meet with teachers and find out what is happening in your student’s grade level, as well as learn about Restorative Justice and Brewer’s technology initiative. We look forward to hosting another one on March 19th for those of you who weren’t able to attend in January.
Brewer students may have just affected national policy! We were honored today to host the Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, who came to Brewer because he had heard of the exciting blended learning programs happening here. He visited classes and met with a panel of 8 Brewer students, where he and his team listened closely to students and teachers talk about what we’d like to see in the future of educational technology. Brewer students could be partially responsible for convincing President Obama to provide every public school in America with internet and computers! Read more about
Last year, 210 Oakland parents, teachers, students, and community supporters joined Ride 4 a Reason and pedaled to Sacramento to raise $80,000 for essential student programs at four Oakland public schools. This year, their goals are bigger. They want to have 250 riders in Sacramento and raise $120,000 for six Oakland schools: Claremont Middle, Edna Brewer Middle, Emerson Elementary, Oakland International High, Oakland Technical High, and Westlake Middle. That’s right – we’re fortunate to have been included in this year’s event and potentially raise $20,000 for our school. Can you be one of our riders? Will you sponsor one of our riders? What about inviting several of your friends to participate? You can register today at http://rideforareason.dojiggy.com. The first fifty cyclists to register for the 2014 Ride for a Reason will receive a free pair of R4R cycling socks (DeFeet brand). Be the envy of your friends. You’ll look and feel great, and ride faster. While you train, bike strangers will admire you. You will not see any other riders in the Bay Area with these puppies. If you do see someone else rocking these socks, it means s/he is a simpatico bike buddy, worthy of respect and admiration. Our PTSA president Johanna McCormack and 6th grade teacher Jana Maiuri are riding this year and will attend practices. For details, please email Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director Jody London has asked that we let you know the documents from last week are available on the OUSD website. Please note that the case studies were draft, and she expects they will change. The documents are posted under legislative file 13-2791, attachments 3 and 4. The Board Meeting, December 11, 2013, video is also now on the website.
The Oakland Unified School District Governing Board has contracted with Leadership Associates to assist in the recruitment and selection of the District’s next superintendent. Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey which will be used to collect input from all stakeholders about the desired characteristics to be used in the selection process. The survey take about 2-3 minutes. Please provide you input today!
Because the proposal to replace results based budgeting (RBB) is a major change and one of intense interest to the community, Director Jody London has asked the school board to hold a first reading this week, and postpone the vote until a future meeting. She believes that this will indeed be the case, with the issue coming back to the board on January 15 for final consideration. Please see Jody’s blog post here (which contains a link to the initial proposed policy) http://www.icontact-archive.com/lw29k8nloLJf4P6JVo7oPYSzADzc1Hek?w=3 . Director London has asked for our help in getting the word out about this.
Thanks to the many parents and staff who attended tonight’s town hall meeting regarding the proposed change to the OUSD budgeting process. We were fortunate to have Principal Pasarow leading the meeting and to have in attendance OUSD Board President David Kakishiba and Director Rosie Torres as well as City Council Representative Noel Gallo. We left with a greater understanding of the situation in front of us and an action plan for Wed night. Please note that while the board meeting starts at 5:00 PM, Mr. Kakishiba reported that a realistic time for us to arrive is 7:00 PM. The Board meeting will be held at 1050 2nd Avenue, La Escuelita Great Room. Parents please consider attending and also emailing our board of directors with your concerns about the destabilizing effects on some schools due to a sweeping change taking place to the budget without detailed analysis, accurate numbers, input from vested individuals, and a thoughtful implementation plan. You can find emails for the entire governing board on the OUSD website (http://www.ousd.k12.ca.us/Page/452). As new information becomes available over the course of this week, we’ll post updates to the EBMS Parents FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/ednabrewer.ptsa) as well as via Schoology and TeacherEase.
Councilmember Noel Gallo has arranged for us to meet with City staff on Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 6:00 PM in the Panther Playhouse to discuss the next steps for traffic safety on Park Blvd. Staff will update us on their immediate efforts at two key crosswalks & the long-term efforts for bike lanes & holistic solutions. It is very important that we have good attendance to keep the ball moving forwards. This includes kids! Bring them! For those who came to the last meeting at Glenview Elementary you’ll recall we had a significant number of children present. Since the meeting is happening close to dinner, we will order pizza with a donation. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact EBMS Parent Jane Gajano-Blythe at email@example.com or Glenview Parent Hugh Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a reminder that this weekend Rachel Rodi will be installing the magnificent mosaic flowers. She will be there Nov. 9th 10-5pm and Nov.10th 10-5pm.
We need lots of volunteers because this is very labor intensive. Rachel worked all day Friday prepping so we can install this weekend.
Please pass this information on to friends and family so these beautiful flowers can be viewed by all the students on Monday morning.
Last week, we announced Brewer’s new Innovative Arts & Service Learning Program and provided information on the service learning component (lead by landscape designer and Panther Parent Tyrone Perry) through which students serve and learn while gaining valuable work experience in our school gardens. We heard from many of you who are interested in the program. Thanks for checking in with us! The currently scheduled program dates are Wednesday October 23, October 30th, and November 13th. The program starts directly after school and runs from 1:30 PM – 5 PM. Students should meet at the Excelsior Street entrance next to the vegetable garden. For additional information about the program, contact Tyrone Perry at email@example.com.
This week, we’d like to tell you about the visual arts component of the program, which will kick off with a mosaic project with a mission to expose students to the ancient and timeless art forms of mosaic. The program’s motto is “learn by doing” (based on the teachings of the American philosopher John Dewey in his book Art as Experience) and encourages students to take pride in their school environment by creating public art. This project is part of the long term process of beautifying Brewer’s courtyard where the students eat lunch every day. The mosaics are inspired by the flora of the bay area and the students have already drawn the flowers and plants on which the mosaics will be based. This project is being led by mosaic artist Rachel Rodi and visual artist Kathy DeRosas. Rachel, Kathy, and volunteers from the Mosaic Art Institute will be working with the art classes for the month of October and November to implement the designs into 16 mosaic panels. Some of you may know Rachel and Kathy from the Crucible project during which students created our beautiful glass black panther (located in the Panther Lair near the entrance to the old Band Room). Rachel and Kathy bring many years of experience and ability to work with communities in creating large mosaic projects. Kathy’s will continue to provide updates and photos of the project on the Edna Brewer Parents Face Book page (https://www.facebook.com/ednabrewer.ptsa). (Friend us today to keep up-to-date on all things Brewer.) Many thanks for the PTSA for funding this program and providing the coordination to get it off the ground!