Current 7th graders hoping to take Algebra next year are invited to take a math skills test in Mr. Corwin’s room (32) from 3:10 – 4:30 on either Tuesday, May 23rd OR Tuesday, May 30th. This 8th grade algebra class is a great opportunity for students to further challenge themselves in math and get ahead for high school! Please see Mr. Corwin with any questions.
The classic Shakespearean tale of a king who wanted power so badly he would stop at nothing..
Shows are Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19. Doors open at 5:30: come early to get a good seat. Tickets are $5. You may buy tickets at the door or use this form to pre-order and we’ll hold your tickets at the door until 5:50.
6th, 7th, and 8th graders have worked for months to prepare the show, and this year we have been thrilled to add stagecraft and costuming to our program with the amazing Sarah Shores and Kathie Stokes working with our students to make this the best Brewer Shakespeare extravaganza yet!
With music from Brewer students, this will be a wild ride!
This year the 8th graders worked with Generation Citizen to complete their civic engagement project for History Night. Generation Citizen is a non-profit organization that supports several classrooms across the Bay Area in becoming more civically engaged. They held Civics Day, a competition where several Bay Area classes present their civic engagement projects and compete for awards. Edna Brewer sent 22 students representing 6 eighth grade classrooms. Ms. Jones had several judges and teachers personally come to her and praise the great work.
The hard work paid off! 1st period class won the highest award for Best Overall Project for a gun and gang violence project, and the 8th period class won the award for “Student Choice” for a project on homelessness and affordable housing. We were the only school to bring home 2 awards! Please show love to all the students who represented with amazing professionalism, charisma and PRIDE! Go Panthers! Go History! Go 8th grade!
This year’s Ride for a Reason was bigger and better than ever with 260 registered riders and a record $127,000 raised for the 7 sponsored Oakland public schools, including Edna Brewer.
In addition to our team of riders, we had four amazing Brewer volunteers this year:
- Eric Londgren drove a truck full of bicycles and snapped photos all day.
- Julia Fong Ma and co-pilot Bella Ma drove the Support And Gear van for 45 miles riders.
- Yasmin Medora ran Rest Stop #2 in Benicia, filling water bottles and handing out sandwiches.
- Heartfelt thanks also to Jen Ryden for co-ordinating our team the last few years.
Congratulations to Brewer students Elizabeth Laber and Audrey Stineman who rode 45 miles from the Fairfield start and Greta Glueck and Leo Mates-Muchin who rode 68 miles from the Suisun start. Thanks to the Brewer community for coming together to support this ride for public education.
Brewer will field a team for Ride for a Reason 10, the 10th anniversary ride, next year on April 28, 2018. Our 2018 Brewer R4R10 leads will be teacher Eva Stevens and parent JT Mates-Muchin. Hope you can join us!
This was a six month effort filled with mathematical challenges and competition. This year’s Math Olympians also included Griffin Osser, Maksim Zarkovich and Liyah Khaoone, Claire Foster, Zoe King, Henry Burg, Malachi Williams, Greta Glueck., and Aidan Morrison.
- Placing first overall for Edna Brewer is 7th grader Griffin Osser
- Placing first for 8th graders is Greta Glueck
- Placing first for 6th graders is Claire Foster
All three of the above plus 7th grader Aidan Morrison placed in the top 10% of all Math Olympians nationally.
The goals of the Math Olympiad are to:
- Stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
- Introduce important Mathematical concepts
- Teach major strategies for problem solving
- Develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
- Strengthen Mathematical intuition
- Foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
- Provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges
See http://moems.org for more information
Congratulations to everyone involved, and a special thank you to Ms. Karlstad for providing room for the competition.
Starting Monday May 8th, all students will be taking the state mandated end of year tests known as the SBAC Summative.
Tests will be taking place in the mornings on Monday, Tuessday, Thursday and Friday, and dismissal will be at the regular time, 3:05 pm. (No test on Wednesday because of the Science Fair.)
Encourage your student to:
- take the test to the best of their abilities
- receive plenty of rest
- arrive at school on time
- have breakfast
- bring a pair of headphones from home that plug into a regular computer jack
A small breakfast snack will be provided to all students in the morning before testing. We will provide headphones to students who do not bring their own.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school or your student’s grade level administrator.
On Friday, May 5th between 3 pm and 9 pm, bring in this flyer to Chipotle on Lakeshore Ave and 50% of what you pay will go to the 8th Grade Washington DC trip.
by Cheka Bauldry (8th grader in the Transformers family)
Our local community heroes don bright orange vests! They are present every morning from 7 am – 9 am and every afternoon from 2 pm – 4 pm, at three intersections around our school and at the school gate on Excelsior. They show up in rain, cold, wind and sunshine, providing safety and greetings. That’s dedication.
Each has gone through a long process for the honor of standing in the street with a STOP sign directing traffic! They are appointed by the Oakland Police Department after submitting an application, clearing an extensive background check (they have to have a spotless record), attending orientation and learning the important actions of crossing guards – it’s harder than you think, and more dangerous! This is who they are:
- On Park Blvd. – Tremayne Jones has been a crossing guard for 3 years, and Dan Na Mai has provided this service for 5 years.
- At Park Blvd. and Beaumont are Vincente Lau and Jimmy Jones. Jimmy says, “It’s a pleasure to do this for the community. I just love the kids.”
- At the playground corner of Beaumont and E. 38th Street you will find Marie and Mary. Marie Deer is the longest serving of our local crossing guards. She has been doing it for 17 years at various schools. Mary Etter is a retired nurse (R.N.) who heard about doing this from an assistant. They both love the kids, the school and the parents.
- Greeting the 7th & 8th graders at the Excelsior gate and stopping traffic so students can safely cross the street are Mr. R and Bob Williams. Bob has a daughter in the 7th grade and began his volunteer greeting duties this school year. Mr. R. has been at EBMS for 6 years, lives in Roseville and travels almost 200 miles round-trip to and from school every day! That’s 1,000 miles a week! Talk about dedication! He leaves home at 4:30 am every morning for the nearly 2 hour drive to the school. Mr. R says, “Edna Brewer is a safe school. You never know how kids are when they leave home in the morning. When we say good morning to them, it just might make a better day for them. It’s a pleasure to put a smile on their faces, give them a fist bump or encourage them any way we can.”
Please extend a huge THANK YOU to all these people for their commitment to keep us safe and make our day a little brighter. They are doing this because they care! Please drive slowly around our school, follow traffic directions, and say thank you with a smile and a wave to these individuals when you pass by them.
(As a thank you, Cheka has been bringing the crossing guards and greeters hot chocolate and croissants once a week during this school year, especially when it’s cold and rainy. We’d like to continue this tradition next year. If you would like to volunteer, please contact our teacher and staff appreciation chair at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sign up using the blue links:
- Mon., May 1 – PTSA provides Goody Bags
- Tues., May 2 – PTSA provides lunch
- Wed., May 3 – 6th grade families sign up to provide lunch.
- Thurs., May 4 – 7th grade families sign up to provide lunch.
- Fri., May 5 – . 8th grade families sign up to provide lunch (Cinco De Mayo feast)
We also invite families to send a note or email of appreciation to teachers and staff. Notes can be left in the front office or students can take them directly to teachers or staff members.
Full links incase the blue links do not work: