Personal Invitation to our First General Association Meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 PM

Hi Everybody,

I wanted to send you a note and personally welcome you to the Edna Brewer community. We are a fun crowd and we plan to celebrate that fact with lots of community events this year.  Often, after elementary school, we see a drop off in parent involvement. The assumption is that our crazy tweens and teens are not interested in having us in their social world. My experience has been the exact opposite. By being involved I am able to help my son navigate a new and challenging social hemisphere, in addition to showing the teachers some much needed support.  The bonus to being involved is making some fantastic new friends :) 

I’d like to personally invite you to our general meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30. We’ll have some delicious snacks and drinks and we’ll outline upcoming community events that you may like to participate in. 

I hope to meet you all soon!

Johanna McCormack, PTSA Co-President

FUNDRAISING NEWS

Vote for Brewer on Facebook!
     For every 25 votes, Target will send Brewer a $25 GiftCard. Brewer can receive up to $10,000 in Target GiftCards. We can use this as ACT awards and prizes to give back to our great kids! Simply click on the link below and vote from your Facebook! Then post to your wall and encourage your friends to go vote too. Tell your kids to go out and vote – it’s their money they are earning with each click! Have them post to their wall as well. Together we can do it! https://givewith.target.com

Sign Up for eScrip Today – Don’t Delay!
     Grocery shopping at Safeway or Piedmont Grocery? Going out to eat at Ozumo, Pican, 3000 Broadway, Lanesplitter Pizza, Ta-ke Sushi or another great restaurant? Shopping online at Amazon, Buy.com, Expedia, or just about any other online site?
     Brewer is losing out on up to 5% of what you spend if you are not registered with eScrip! Take 3 minutes right now to register and you’re done!
     1. Simply go to www.escrip.com and click on Step 1: Sign Up, then enter Group Name: “Edna Brewer Middle School PTSA” or Group ID “6651479”. You can select up to 3 schools or organizations to support!
     2. Enter your contact information (name, address, email, phone).
     3. Register your Safeway card and credit/debit cards (absolutely safe, 3 digit CVV code is not captured, only the number for tracking).
     Then every time you make purchases with an eScrip merchant (there are lots), up to 5% goes to our kids.
     Be a SUPER supporter! Add Safeway and credit card numbers for family and friends under your eScrip. You can register up to 4 Safeway cards and multiple credit card numbers under one account.

EDNA BREWER REGISTRATION FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

• Wednesday, August 14, 2013
   All New Students
   8:30 AM — 1:30 PM
   New Student & Family Orientation
   2:00 — 3:00 PM
   Important! You must complete the registration process for new students on Wednesday, August 14, or your student will be dropped from the roster.
• Thursday, August 15, 2013
   Returning Students
   8:30 — 11:30 AM
   1:00 — 4:00 PM
• Friday, August 16, 2013
   Returning Students
   8:30 — 11:30 AM
   1:00 — 4:00 PM
   Please note: If you do not complete the registration process for your returning student at one of these sessions, or make prior arrangements with the school for alternate dates, your child will be dropped from the Edna Brewer roster for the Fall.

BELL SCHEDULE

School begins and ends later each day beginning August 26, 2013. Please take a few moments to review Edna Brewer’s new Block Schedule and Bell Schedule for the 2013-2014 school year.

2013-2014 Bell Schedule
Mon & Thurs: (Periods 1, 3, 5)
Tues & Fri: (Periods 2, 4, 6) 
0 Period (55 minutes) 7:30 AM 8:25 AM
Breakfast (25 minutes) 8:00 AM 8:25 AM
BLOCK 1 (95 minutes) 8:30 AM 10:05 AM
Break (8 minutes) 10:05 AM 10:13 AM
BLOCK 2 (97 minutes) 10:18 AM 11:55 AM
Lunch 6th Grade (40 minutes) 11:55 AM 12:35 PM
SSR 7th/8th Grade (25 minutes) 12:00 PM 12:25 PM
Lunch 7th/8th Grade (40 minutes) 12:25 PM 1:05 PM
SSR 6th Grade (25 minutes) 12:40 PM 1:05 PM
BLOCK 3 (95 minutes) 1:10 PM 2:45 PM
7th Period (55 minutes) 2:50 PM 3:45 PM 
     
Wednesday: 1:31 Release
0 Period (55 minutes) 7:30 AM 8:25 AM
Breakfast (25 minutes) 8:00 AM 8:25 AM
PACT (45 minutes) 8:30 AM 8:15 AM
1st Period (34 minutes) 9:18 AM 9:52 AM
2nd Period (36 minutes) 9:55 AM 10:31 AM
3rd Period (34 minutes) 10:34 AM 11:08 AM
4th Period (34 minutes) 11:11 AM 11:45 AM
Lunch (all) (30 minutes) 11:45 AM 12:15 PM
5th Period (34 minutes) 12:20 PM 12:54 PM
6th Period (34 minutes) 12:57 PM 1:31 PM
7th Period (34 minutes) 1:34 PM 2:08 PM 
     
Minimum Day
0 Period (55 minutes) 7:30 AM 8:25 AM
Breakfast (25 minutes) 8:00 AM 8:25 AM
1st Period (38 minutes) 8:30 AM 9:08 AM
2nd Period (40 minutes) 9:11 AM 9:51 AM
3rd Period (38 minutes) 9:54 AM 10:32 AM
4th Period (38 minutes) 10:35 AM 11:13 AM
5th Period (38 minutes) 11:16 AM 11:54 AM
6th Period (38 minutes) 11:57 AM 12:35 PM
7th Period (38 minutes) 12:38 PM 1:18 PM

Regular Bell Schedule Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
The bell rings at 8:25 AM and all students are expected to be in their seats and ready to learn when school starts at 8:30 AM, every day of the week. (There is some confusion around this since the schedule lists Advisory as 0 period.) School ends at 2:45 PM every day of the week except Wednesday.

Early Dismissal, Wednesday
On every Wednesday of the week, school ends at 1:31 PM.

Minimum Day
On minimum days, school starts at 8:30 AM as usual and ends at 12:35 PM.

Note:
• For those very few students with a 0 period, school starts with 0 period at 7:30 AM.
• Security is present at 7:30 AM (as in previous years).

School News

OUSD Bands at Oakland A’s, Saturday, June 1, 1:00  PM (Oakland Coliseum)
     GREAT NEWS! There are a limited number of tickets still available for the June 1st Oakland A’s game, where you can celebrate our All-Star Band as they perform the National Anthem to open the game. We have extended the original order deadline, but TICKETS ARE GOING FAST!
     If you have not yet ordered yours (and remember, these are Field Level seats, usually selling for $30 or more, but offered to our community for only *$20*!), please send email to MUSIC@EdnaBrewer.net to reserve your tickets NOW! Be sure to indicate your name, your student’s name, and how many tickets you’d like to reserve.
     You are welcome to pay by CASH (always accepted!), Check (made payable to “Edna Brewer PTSA”), or you may use the PayPal option, via the Edna Brewer website. Email Treasurer@ednabrewer.net to find out how!!!
     We’re looking forward to seeing you at the game!!! Any questions, contact Music@ednabrewer.net.

8TH GRADE END-OF-YEAR EVENT INFORMATION
     For many of our students, three amazing years at Brewer are coming to an end. To celebrate we have our three traditional 8th grade events planned.
     A portion of the cost for these events is covered by the yearly efforts of the car wash fundraisers. We also ask each 8th grade family to contribute a $10 suggested donation to help offset costs.
     We need a team of 7th grade parents to help facilitate parking and direct attendees at the promotion on June 13th. Please contact Lisa Terrazas at rjtmd@hotmail.com if you can help.

8th Grade Dinner Dance
When: Friday, June 7, 5:00 – 8:30 PM
Where: Lakeside Park Garden Center near Lake Merritt (666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland)
Details: Students will enjoy a buffet dinner followed by dancing with a live DJ. Polaroid shots from the dance will be available for purchase for $2. Students are allowed to bring their own cameras. 
Requirements for Attendance: During the second semester, student has no more than 1 suspension, no more than 3 referrals, and no uncleared tardies.
Dress expectations: Boys should wear at least business casual (we’ve had some dress up more than others which is fine). Girls may dress up as much as they want, but may not have hemlines that are more than 5 inches above the knee or necklines that plunge.
 
8th Grade Picnic (field trip permission slip is required and are available in the office)
When: Tuesday, June 11, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: Quarry Lakes Park (2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont)
Details: All-day field trip. Buses will transport students from Edna Brewer to Quarry Lakes Park. Students, teachers, and parent chaperones will participate in outdoor activities and enjoy a picnic lunch. Buses will leave the park at 2:00 PM in order to return to Edna Brewer for the regular 3:00 PM dismissal. Students may bring cameras but no music playing devices.
Requirements for Attendance: During the second semester, student has no more than 1 suspension, no more than 3 referrals, and no uncleared tardies.
Dress Expectations: School dress code
 
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
When: Thursday, June 13, Student arrival time 4:30 PM, Ceremony begins at 5:30 PM
Where: Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park (3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland)
Details: Students are required to arrive at 4:30 PM. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 PM. There is no limit to the number of guests for each student and no tickets are required. Seating is available on a first come first serve basis. Seating and parking for disabled is available but limited.
Requirements for Attendance: Students who meet the 2.0 GPA requirements. Students who do not meet this requirement will be promoted but cannot participate in the ceremony.
Dress Expectations: Students are to wear dressy attire that is black, white, and/or red.

Summer School June 25 – July 29
     Summer school this year is June 25 – July 19, with no school on July 4. The school day is 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

Initial spots filled by priority students.
Open applications accepted from 5/20-23. No more applications after 5/23/2013.
Only 120 spots, with 30 going to incoming 6th graders, 35 to 7th graders, 35 to 8th graders. 20 students – 10 boys and 10 girls – will be selected to participate in a special social emotional competency program to increase positive community interactions.
Student’s test scores and a pre/post assessment will be utilized to pinpoint student need during the summer.
     Interested parents should contact the main office, or email Stacey Wyatt at stacey.wyatt@ousd.k12.ca.us.

EDNA BREWER REGISTRATION FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR
• Wednesday, August 14, 2013
   All New Students
   8:30 AM — 1:30 PM
   New Student & Family Orientation
   2:00 — 3:00 PM
• Thursday, August 15, 2013
   Returning Students
   8:30 — 11:30 AM
   1:00 — 4:00 PM
• Friday, August 16, 2013
   Returning Students
   8:30 — 11:30 AM
   1:00 — 4:00 PM
     Please note: If you do not complete the registration process for your child at one of these sessions, or make prior arrangements with the school for alternate dates, your child will be dropped from the Edna Brewer roster for the Fall.

Fundraising News

eScrip Recycling Program Up and Running!!!
     Did you know you can earn $$$ for Edna Brewer while getting rid of your unwanted waste AND help the environment? Simply bring in used inkjet and toner cartridges from your home or office to the donation box located in the library, we’ll ship them off, and receive money to help support the great programs at Brewer! Clearing out clutter in the new year? You can also donate phones, iPods, laptops, GPS devices, digital cameras, CD’s, DVD’s/Blu Ray, and video games that are eligible for recycling and our students will benefit!!
     Check http://recycling.groups.escrip.com/price_list.aspx for a complete list of recyclable items. It’s a WIN WIN WIN! Bring in your junk today.

Community News

Summer Enrichment Courses Available at Head-Royce School
     This summer, The Head-Royce Upper School is offering a wide array of summer opportunities, including preparatory, for-credit, and enrichment courses. Amongst our offerings are classes in Biology, Latin American History, Introduction to Computer Science, Filmmaking, and Transition to Ninth-Grade English. All for-credit summer courses have been developed by current and former Head-Royce Department Chairs to be equivalents of the academic year courses, modified for the summer format, carrying equivalent UC Certification status. Enrichment courses are intended as supplements to traditional course structuring, and are also designed by Head-Royce faculty. For more information, please visit http://www.headroyce.org/page.cfm?p=3540. We hope to see you this summer!
     Head-Royce Summer Program: summer@headroyce.org

Movie Making Summer Camp for Girls, July 22-26 in Oakland
     Girls interested in movies and moviemaking? Here is a Summer camp opportunity for girls 13-18: www.campreelstories.com.

Summer Music Camp in Berkeley, June 24-28
     Dear Parents and Guardians,
     I wanted to let you know about an amazing Summer music camp that runs June 24-28 in Berkeley. This day camp for 7-15 year olds is sponsored by the San Francisco Early Music Society (www.sfems.org), and will be held at School of the Madeleine, Berkeley. We offer instruction in recorder, harpsichord, viola da gamba, cello, violin, and viola; chamber ensembles, musicianship, and Renaissance and Baroque dance. We have some of the finest musicians in the country on our faculty – this is an amazing experience for children interested in music!
     We work all week on a theater production that brings the work of the classes together: music, dance, and drama! We have plenty of outdoor time, as well as a crafts class. 
     Camp begins with a faculty concert and orientation on Sunday, June 23rd at 6:00 PM, and commences with classes on Monday, June 24th. Classes go from Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with the final concert and theater production on Friday, June 28th at 6:00 PM, followed by a potluck feast. After-camp care is available.
     You can download the brochure at http://www.sfems.org/mdw13.shtml, where online registration is also possible.
     Please feel free to email myself or the director, Tish Berlin, directly if you have any questions. The cost for the week is $440. We have some financial assistance available, please inquire. Beginners are welcome, though strongly encouraged to have lessons on their chosen instrument a couple of months before the workshop starts. Please call for teacher suggestions.
     Sincerely,
     Carla Moore, parent of two Brewer alumni and Camp Violin Teacher cattleranchmoon@gmail.com
     Tish Berlin, Director
     Music Discovery Workshop
     (510) 882-1169, tishberlin@sbcglobal.net