GUIDE TO OAKLAND’S BEST SPOTS

Want to learn about some of the best spots in Oakland? Take a look at this guide, which describes a variety of delicious restaurants, shops, and fun places to visit.

 

 

 

 

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THE ULTIMATE MOVIE GUIDE

Looking for a good movie to rent this weekend with the family? Here’s a guide to some of the best movies recently released, with reviews from our expert reviewers from Mr. Donahue’s class. 

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BREAKING NEWS!

Check out the latest news from some of Mr. Donahue’s third graders. You’ll read about all kinds of things — from exciting sports events to broken bones to food projects and new pets.

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Weekly News 2012.04.25

 

TESTING TIME!!!!

 

We have completed two sections of the CST reading and language arts test and it is going well. Students enjoy having a water bottle and a snack during the testing sessions so you may want to provide those in addition to our regular snacks. When a session is completed the students do quiet activities at their seats like reading, drawing, or puzzles. Next week we will have three math tests and then the tests will be completed.

 

 

POEM IN YOUR POCKET

 

In preparation for POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY (Thurs 4/26) Students have been writing poems. Some of them are quite good! I am looking forward to our Garage Band sessions and getting these on the website. Jon Cecchettini and and John Roestler will be assisting the seven students who have been trained By Lisa Hobbs to record their poetry.

 

 

CHABOT FIELD TRIP

 

Thanks to all of the parents who were able to drive on our field trip to Chabot Space and Science Center. It was a fantastic trip and the students seemed to have learned a lot. Our last unit in Science is SUN, MOON, AND STARS so this field trip was important.

 

 

 

FILED TRIP MAY 3rd

 

 

 

Our upcoming field trip will be next Thursday. It is another great old Okland tour at Jack London Square. Permission slips went home yesterday. We will be leaving around 9:15 and back around 12:15. Please have your child pack a bag lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TESTING TIME!!!!
We have completed two sections of the CST reading and language arts test and it is going well.  Students enjoy having a water bottle and a snack during the testing sessions so you may want to provide those in addition to our regular snacks. When a session is completed the students do quiet activities at their seats like reading, drawing, or puzzles.  Next week we will have three math tests and then the tests will be completed.
POEM IN YOUR POCKET
In preparation for POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY (Thurs 4/26)  Students have been writing poems.  Some of them are quite good!  I am looking forward to our Garage Band sessions and getting these on the website. Jon Cecchettini and and John Roestler will be assisting the seven students who have been trained By Lisa Hobbs to record their poetry.
CHABOT FIELD TRIP
Thanks to all of the parents who were able to drive on our field trip to Chabot Space and Science Center.  It was a fantastic trip and the students seemed to have learned a lot.  Our last unit in Science is SUN, MOON, AND STARS so this field trip was important.

FILED TRIP MAY 3rd
Our upcoming field trip will be next Thursday.  It is another great old Okland tour at Jack London Square. Permission slips went home yesterday. We will be leaving around 9:15 and back around 12:15.  Please have your child pack a  bag lunch.

 

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Demonstrating Compassion with Meals on Wheels

Following a month of discussions about compassion and an assembly presentation our class was given an opportunity to demonstrate what we learned.

The class donated $207 in quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies– lots of pennies– to Meals on Wheels last week. The big containers of spare change were given to the class by a Crocker neighbor, Rosie Kaplan, as well as Hal Haugnes (Oliver Tuttle’s Grandpa). The children decided to donate the money to a charity. They discussed several possibilities before settling on Meals on Wheels.

The kids counted the money and weighed it. They realized that it is sometimes easier to weigh coins than to actually count them out. The kids got lots of good math practice, which they checked on calculators. They also found out that adding pounds and ounces is more difficult than adding dollars and cents, but a couple of them eventually figured out that this $207 weighs about 33 lbs!

After counting all the money, they found out that banks would not take the money unless it was in rolls, so an industrious group of 6 children to give up their rainy day lunch hour last Thursday to re-count the change and pack it into rolls. We found out that a roll of pennies is worth 50 cents, while a roll of dimes is worth $5.00. Those dimes mount up really quickly!

Meals on Wheels was thrilled with the donation of rolls of coins and will be sending a thank you letter to the class soon.

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Weekly News 2012. 3.29

There are lots of things going on in the classroom.

As you might have heard, Mr. Donahue’s class is in the middle of a journalism unit led by Tina Barseghian, Lucy’s mom, who’s a journalist. Their first project was to write an article about Living Museum, and most of them have completed that. Their second project is writing a news article about an event that happened recently. For both of these projects, they’re gathering facts — who, what, where, when, how, and why — and collecting quotes from three different people: friends, parents, teachers, etc. You may have been interviewed for one or both of the articles.

The next three projects will be 1) writing a movie review, 2) writing a travel article, and 3) writing a how-to article. For each of these, we’ll provide worksheets with questions for them to answer to help them write the drafts. Tina will work with each one of the students to craft the articles as they would appear on a news site or newspaper (or as close to it as possible).

Please help your child come up with a subject for each of the upcoming projects: the movie, the travel article, and the how-to article. This way, they’re prepared to start writing when they come to class.

Students can type their articles either at home or at school, depending on when they have time. We’re collecting the articles on a Google Doc. Here’s the link (it’s the same one we sent a few days ago):  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGVDQzdQb0l4VXNRMHVnZGsyLURlb1E6MQ

Once your child submits the article and they’ve all been written, they will be posted on Mr. Donahue’s web site, which is being created now. We’ll send you the link and you can see what all the students have written about. We hope this is a fun and interesting learning exercise for the kids.

Easter and Passover Projects

(Thank you Chrissy for working with the kids on these projects)

The children took thyme and rosemary from the school garden and infused it in Olive oil. They wrapped matzo and herbs together along with a recipe on how to make Herbal Infused Matzo. This is for the upcoming Passover holiday. The kids will be bringing home the matzo and olive oil along with the story of Passover. Next week the kids will decorate old German egg boxes and fill them with goodies. This will be a nice treat for Easter.

Happy holidays to all!

Garden Update

It seems our garden had some unexpected visitors, APHIDS. Chrissy brought in Ladybugs so the kids could place them on the plants that had the Aphids. Seems Ladybugs eat Aphids. A group of kids also went out this week to pick Thyme and Rosemary for the Passover project.

Field Trip

Permission slips were sent home for the Old Oakland Tour. Please return them soon. After the tour and lunch, if time permitted we will visit City Hall. Frankie will be coordinating the drivers.

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Weekly News 2012.03.13

1. 2nd Barter Day- On March 23rd the kids will participate in another barter day.  This one is where the students make something to barter.  It can be crafts or food as long as it is homemade.  Bater day will be from 2pm to 3pm.
2. Upcoming Fields Trips
    April 5th- Oakland Tours program in Old Oakland.  This will be a walking tour around old Oakland.
    May 3rd- Waterfront/Jack London Square tour.  This will be another walking tour.
Permission slips and driving info to come
3. Saint Patrick’s Day Food celebration- Chrissy took a group of kids to the garden to pick basil, sweet peas and other greens.  She then made pasta with pesto and put all the picked greens from the garden in.  The kids enjoyed eating it, although some were cautious of the green pasta.

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Weekly News 2012.03.08

Here is some important information and dates:,
Crocker Spirit Days are back!
We are celebrating our Crocker spirit by wearing pajamas to school on Friday, March 9th. Students can bring slippers to wear inside, but please wear playground appropriate shoes for outside.
 
Please complete the survey!
Dear Parents/Guardians,
It’s not too late to do the California Healthy Kids Survey (replacing the “Use Your Voice” survey).
The survey below is for parents/guardians to complete.  If there is more than one parent in the household, both are welcome to submit a survey.
Please take a few minutes to complete this important source of information.  We need to hear all of your voices! If you prefer to complete the paper version, there are copies of the survey in the office.  The deadline for completing the survey is has been extended to March 9, 2012.  Please take the time to “use your voice” and provide us with some meaningful information that we can use to make Crocker Highlands the best that it can be.
If you have already completed it, we appreciate getting your feedback.  I have been sending out this message via bulletin and yahoo group to reach as many families as possible!
Thank you.
Beth Rhine
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE SURVEY (copy and paste in browser)
 or Login here
Parent School Climate Survey, 2011-12
Crocker Highlands Elementary
Use the following login (all numbers) and password (all lower case letters) and click the Login button:
Login:             6001754
Password:        bgtszhj
 
Minimum Day – Friday, Mar. 16
Please mark your calendars, we have a minimum day on Friday, March 16, 2012.
   
***DATES TO REMEMBER ***
Thursday, Mar. 8, 6:30pm
PTA  Meeting
Friday, Mar. 9
Pajama Day
Friday, Mar. 16
MINIMUM DAY
Report cards go home
Friday, Mar. 23
4th Grade Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Friday, Mar. 30
NO SCHOOL – Cesar Chavez Day

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Weekly News 2012.03.06

Hi all,
Here are some upcoming events and activities.
Field Trip- Our next field trip will be March 16th to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. It is a Cal Performance at Zellerbach Hall.  Permission forms went home today.
Barter Day in Ms. Eng’s and Mr. Donahue’s rooms- Barter Day will be on March 8th. from 1:00 – 1:55.  The kids should bring in unwanted books, toys, etc. to trade. Please return the permissions slips by Wednesday if you have not handed them in yet.
Homework Deadline- If you have any homework that has not been turned in the deadline is this THURSDAY.
Compassion Assembly- the kids performed several skits around the word of the month,Compassion.  They did a great job.
Garden Info- Chrissy had a group of kids working in the garden today.  The kids harvested both Peas, Carrots and Radishes.  It was great to harvest the Peas since our class planted them.  After picking the vegetables, the class got to eat the sweet peas. They also did a blind taste test of Parsley, Kale and Celery Roots.  They all enjoyed tasting them.  Next week Chrissy will be making pasta with pesto for Saint Patrick’s Day and using the Kale and Chard they picked.  Thank you Chrissy for making eating vegetables fun for the kids. 
Mr. Donahue has lots of pictures so I will upload them to the Picasa site this week.
That’s all for now,
Deb

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