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Bobcat Notes 11/12/2017

Quote of the week: "Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor." --Truman Capote

 

Lifeskill Focus: October 30-November

  • TK-1st = Patience -  To wait calmly for someone or something
  • 2nd-3rd = 
    • Patience -  To wait calmly for someone or something
    • Curiosity - To want to learn about new things
  • 4th-5th
    • Patience -  To wait calmly for someone or something
    • Curiosity - To want to learn about new things
    • Problem Solving - To create solutions in difficult situations and problems

 

CP Staff is Very Thankful for the PTA Luncheon: CP staff enjoyed the delicious PTA Luncheon. A huge thank you to PTA hospitality chairs Lena Cooper and Jennifer Walloch and all the parents who contributed the amazing food to this luncheon.

 

Report Cards and Parent Conferences: Parent-teacher conferences will be held for all TK through 5th grade students next week on November 14, 16, and 17.  We have these days specially scheduled for this important opportunity to have a dialogue with your child’s teacher within the regular workday of the teacher. Here are some ““Tips for a Successful Parent Teacher Conference”.

 

Please Remember NOVEMBER 14, 16, and 17 are conference minimum days:

  • TK = 8:25-11:25
  • K-5th = 8:25-11:45

 

Moraga School District Cultural Proficiency Committee: The Cultural Proficiency Committee of the Moraga School District will be having its next meeting on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm in the JM library.  The meeting is open to the public.

 

The CPC is a committee charged with identifying Cultural Proficiency standards and developing plans to improve the Cultural Proficiency within the District.  The vision is to create a school climate of acceptance and respect so that all members of the school community enjoy equitable opportunities for professional and personal fulfillment.

 

The CPC also addresses and discusses “hot topics” in the District, including issues arising in the schools that challenge or conflict with the idea of embracing and valuing diversity and inclusion.

 

Meeting agenda: will be posted on https://www.moraga.k12.ca.us/govbd before the meeting

 

Reflections Art Competition Results! Congratulations to the CP student artists advancing to the Las Trampas Creek Council level of competition!  Yuhui Y., Vivian W., Jacob W., Giorgia S., Megan S., Matthew S., Tessa S., Wyatt S., Ryder S., Georgia S., Robbie S., Pearce R., Evelyn R., Caroline P., Oscar O., Talia M., Sejal M., Kaitlyn K., Luke H., Brian H., Noah G,. Erin C., Leah C., Kate B., and Owen A.  Great job, kids!

 

Their work will be on display at the LTCC Showcase on Saturday 12/2, 11am - 2pm at the Walnut Creek Intermediate Library and is open to the public. CP had a whopping 72 entries this year!  THANK YOU, Rebecca Ricksen, Cynthia Sugiyama, and Joy Rayner for all of your hard work running this program! 

 

Online Parent Safety Night: K-8 parents, please join Lieutenant Brian South of the Moraga Police Department. Learn about some of the pitfalls and suggested practices to keep your child safe and smart online. On Nov. 29th, Officer South will be presenting to 7th and 8th graders at JM. Come get tips for having meaningful follow-up conversations with your children of all ages.Here is more info on the Online Safety Parent Night to share with parents and encourage them to sign up. 

 

Buy a Gift and the Proceeds Go To CP: Hofssi Chocolates & Gourmet Caramels has generously partnered with CP! Hofssi will donate 20% of each order to the CP PTA. Simply use the code "CP" at checkout for free local delivery and to benefit CP. Orders placed by 11/10 will be delivered by 11/15. Orders placed by 11/17 will be delivered by 11/22. Perfect for holiday gifts and teacher gifts!

 

Thank you for the CP Book Fair: The book fair was a huge success. We sold lots of books, erasers, and light-up pens. A big thank you parent volunteers Lisa Brown and Elizabeth Kalpakjian. A special thank you to Joy Braitberg for hosting this event in the library. 

 

iKind Movie Presentation: "Let's Get Real": You are invited to attend a free showing of "Let’s Get Real" on Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm at JM.  Name-calling and bullying are at epidemic proportions among youth across the country and are often the root causes of violence in schools. "Let’s Get Real" gives young people the chance to tell their stories in their own words - and the results are heartbreaking, shocking, inspiring, and poignant.  View the flyer for more information or reserve your seat now.

 

November Events:

  • November 6-9 - Camino Pablo Book Fair
  • November 8 - 8:30 PTA Meeting (Science Lab - behind Bobcat)
  • November 9 - Noetic Math Competition
  • November 14, 16, and 17 - Parent Teacher Conferences - Conference Minimum Days
    • TK = 8:25-11:25
    • K-5th = 8:25-11:45
  • November 15 - iKind Movie: “Let’s Get Real”
    • 7:00 JM
  • November 16 - Movie Matinee
  • November 20-24 - No School - Happy Thanksgiving Week
  • November 27 - School Resumes
Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:11/12/17
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 11/5/2017

Quote of the week: What are the conditions of the creative attitude, of seeing and responding, of being aware and being sensitive to what one is aware of? First of all it requires the capacity to be puzzled. Children still have the capacity to be puzzled. - Erich Fromm

 

Lifeskill Focus: October 30-November

  • TK-1st = Patience -  To wait calmly for someone or something
  • 2nd-3rd = 
    • Patience -  To wait calmly for someone or something
    • Curiosity - To want to learn about new things
  • 4th-5th
    • Patience -  To wait calmly for someone or something
    • Curiosity - To want to learn about new things
    • Problem Solving - To create solutions in difficult situations and problems

 

Veteran’s Day: I would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all our CP veterans who have served our country. We thank you for your service.

 

Report Cards and Parent Conferences: Parent-teacher conferences will be held for all TK through 5th grade students November 14, 16, and 17.  We have these days specially scheduled for this important communication. Please try and schedule a conference with your child’s teacher on these days. Parent teacher conferences are an important opportunity to have a dialogue with your child’s teacher. Here are some ““Tips for a Successful Parent Teacher Conference”.

 

Please Remember NOVEMBER 14, 16, and 17 are conference minimum days:

  • TK = 8:25-11:25
  • K-5th = 8:25-11:45

 

Communication and Trust: In the age of digital communication and social media it is easy than ever to connect, comment, celebrate, and criticize. However, despite these forms of digital connection, personal communication and collaboration are what make a school community special. 

 

Please remember that our communications on social media are public and read by parents, teachers, and sometimes students. These postings and communications can have positive and negative impacts on our climate and culture. I can’t stress enough the importance of in person collaboration, connection, and problem solving when working together to support our students.

 

Buy a Gift and the Proceeds Go To CP: Hofssi Chocolates & Gourmet Caramels has generously partnered with CP! Hofssi will donate 20% of each order to the CP PTA. Simply use the code "CP" at checkout for free local delivery and to benefit CP. Orders placed by 11/10 will be delivered by 11/15. Orders placed by 11/17 will be delivered by 11/22. Perfect for holiday gifts and teacher gifts!

 

CP Book Fair Starts MONDAY: Our CP students LOVE the book fair. Here are a few tips for the book fair:

  • If you send your child with money make sure the money is in a labeled ziplock bag
  • Remind your child that there is no lending/sharing of money

 

Assembly: The Magic of Science!: The first of three PTA-sponsored assemblies this year is Wednesday, November 8th at 9:45 and 10:45am.  The presentation will be given by The Magic of Science.  Parents are invited to attend!  Thank you, Kim Watkins, for coordinating these fun and informative events!

 

iKind Movie Presentation: "Let's Get Real": You are invited to attend a free showing of "Let’s Get Real" on Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm at JM.  Name-calling and bullying are at epidemic proportions among youth across the country and are often the root causes of violence in schools. "Let’s Get Real" gives young people the chance to tell their stories in their own words - and the results are heartbreaking, shocking, inspiring, and poignant.  View the flyer for more information or reserve your seat now.

 

November Events:

  • November 6-9 - Camino Pablo Book Fair
  • November 8 - 8:30 PTA Meeting (Science Lab - behind Bobcat)
  • November 9 - Noetic Math Competition
  • November 10 - No School - Veteran's Day
  • November 14, 16, and 17 - Parent Teacher Conferences - Conference Minimum Days
    • TK = 8:25-11:25
    • K-5th = 8:25-11:45
  • November 15 - iKind Movie: “Let’s Get Real”
    • 7:00 JM
  • November 16 - Movie Matinee
Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:11/5/17
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 10/29/2017

Quote of the week: In my world there are no bad kids, just impressionable, conflicted young people wrestling with emotions and impulsives, trying to communicate their feelings and needs the only way they know how. - Janet Lanesbury

 

Lifeskill Focus: October 30-November

  • TK-1st = Patience -  To wait calmly for someone or something
  • 2nd-3rd = 
    • Patience -  To wait calmly for someone or something
    • Curiosity - To want to learn about new things
  • 4th-5th
    • Patience -  To wait calmly for someone or something
    • Curiosity - To want to learn about new things
    • Problem Solving - To create solutions in difficult situations and problems

 

Halloween Schedule and Reminders: On Tuesday, October 31:

  • TK-2nd grade will be ALL EARLY
  • Teachers will let you know, but most students arrive in costume (and bring a change for later in the day).
  • The parade will be out on the blacktop near Bobcat and will start at 9:00. 
  • No weapons. Make sure that costumes are school appropriate. NO EVIL or SCARY CLOWN COSTUMES!!!
  • Remind parents who volunteer at your parties that they need to be MSD VOLUNTEER CLEARED
  • Student Council will be awarding prizes in the following categories
    • Best Group (no excluding...group can be any number)
    • Most Creative
    • Best Celebrity Costume
    • Funniest

 

Summer Reading Program Rewards: Congratulations to all of students who participated in the 2017 Summer Reading Program! On 11/2 reading certificates will be presented in classrooms to students in 1st-5th grade. Students will also receive credits toward the scholastic book fair, along with a free ice cream! Thank you to our parent volunteer Alison Appleby for organizing this program.

 

 

 

CP Book Fair is COMING: Our Book Fair is coming November 6th-9th. We need volunteers to make this a success! Please sign up to help out!  Please contact the Book Fair Chairs Lisa Brown or Elizabeth Kalpakjian with questions.

 

Thank You MEF Ambassadors! We would like to thank the following parents who have volunteered to be this year's Camino Pablo MEF Ambassadors: Monica Sood, Kristen Tjaden, Elise McGuinness, Ellie McCune, Lindsay Wagner, Katariina Tuovinen, Megan DeyToth, Urmila Taylor, Sara Farner, Jennifer Mediano & Elizabeth Kalpakjian.These MEF Ambassadors will be reaching out to CP families this week to ask for support of our 2017-2018 annual campaign. Thank you to the many families who have already donated! MEF donations from CP families last year is helping to provide $925,000 in funding to Moraga Elementary Schools this year. Every student, every day benefits from your Campo MEF donations. Thank you for your support!

 

CP Hosting a Math Competition: We are pleased to tell you that your child is invited to participate in the Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC). NLMC is a national math contest given by Noetic Learning.  The purpose of the contest is to inspire young student interest in math and convey the message ‘It is COOL to be good at math!’ to students.  

Participation in this contest is completely optional.  The NLMC contest will take place on November 9 at 3:00 PM in the Camino Pablo Multi-Use Room. Students will be given 45 minutes to solve 20 math problems. Students should be done and ready to be picked up no later than 4:30 pm. The top 10% of students will be rewarded and the top 50% of students will be recognized on Noetic Learning’s web site. 

Visit the web site (http://www.noetic-learning.com/mathcontest) for additional information about the Noetic Learning Math Contest and for sample contest problems.

We are excited that our school will be participating in the Noetic Learning Math Contest. We know that Camino Pablo's students will help us to show what Camino Pablo students know and can do!

The participation is voluntary, and is on a first-come, first-served basis (up to 30 students each from grades 2 through 5 may participate). We do need your permission to register your student and release your student’s name to Noetic Learning.  Attached is a permission slip. If your child would like to participate, please return it by October 30, 2017. If you have questions please contact David Harrison. Thank you David Harrison for taking the lead on this event.

 

October/November Events:

  • October 23-25 - Reflections on display
  • October 27 - Box Tops due
  • October 31 Halloween Parade - 9:00 CP Blacktop
  • November 6-9 - Camino Pablo Book Fair
  • November 8 - PTA Meeting
  • November 9 - Noetic Math Competition
  • November 14, 16, and 17 - Parent Teacher Conferences - Conference Minimum Days
    • TK = 8:25-11:25
    • K-5th = 8:25-11:45
  • November 16 - Movie Matinee

 

 

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:10/29/17
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 10/22/2017

Quote of the week: “One of the great things that any community can do is not teach tolerance, but live tolerance, not talk respect, but live inclusivity.” – Michael Pritchard

 

Lifeskill Focus: October 9 to October 27

  • TK-1st = Friendship - To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring
  • 2nd-3rd = 
    • Friendship
    • Sense of Humor - To laugh and be playful without harming others
  • 4th-5th
    • Friendship
    • Sense of Humor
    • Initiative - To do something because it needs to be done

 

Halloween Schedule and Reminders: On Tuesday, October 31:

  • TK-2nd grade will be ALL EARLY
  • Teachers will let you know, but most students arrive in costume (and bring a change for later in the day).
  • The parade will be out on the blacktop near Bobcat and will start at 9:00. 
  • No weapons. Make sure that costumes are school appropriate. NO EVIL or SCARY CLOWN COSTUMES!!!
  • Remind parents who volunteer at your parties that they need to be MSD VOLUNTEER CLEARED
  • Student Council will be awarding prizes in the following categories
    • Best Group (no excluding...group can be any number)
    • Most Creative
    • Best Celebrity Costume
    • Funniest

 

Reflections Entries on Display: Come to the office hallway to check out the amazing and diverse entries for the PTA Reflections program. The display will be up from Monday to Wednesday. CP student artists with work advancing to the next round of competition will be alerted after the CP show. Thank you to Rebecca Ricksen, Cynthia Sugiyama, & Joy Rayner for your hard work.

 

B-I-N-G-O: Thank you Suzanne Simpkins, and all the parent volunteers, that helped make our Halloween Family Bingo night happen. 

 

CP Book Fair is COMING: Our Book Fair is coming November 4th-9th. We need volunteers to make this a success! Please sign up to help out!  Please contact the Book Fair Chairs Lisa Brown or Elizabeth Kalpakjian with questions.

 

Thank You MEF Ambassadors! We would like to thank the following parents who have volunteered to be this year's Camino Pablo MEF Ambassadors: Monica Sood, Kristen Tjaden, Elise McGuinness, Ellie McCune, Lindsay Wagner, Katariina Tuovinen, Megan DeyToth, Urmila Taylor, Sara Farner, Jennifer Mediano & Elizabeth Kalpakjian.These MEF Ambassadors will be reaching out to CP families this week to ask for support of our 2017-2018 annual campaign. Thank you to the many families who have already donated! MEF donations from CP families last year is helping to provide $925,000 in funding to Moraga Elementary Schools this year. Every student, every day benefits from your Campo MEF donations. Thank you for your support!

 

CP Hosting a Math Competition: We are pleased to tell you that your child is invited to participate in the Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC). NLMC is a national math contest given by Noetic Learning.  The purpose of the contest is to inspire young student interest in math and convey the message ‘It is COOL to be good at math!’ to students.  

Participation in this contest is completely optional.  The NLMC contest will take place on November 9 at 3:00 PM in the Camino Pablo Multi-Use Room. Students will be given 45 minutes to solve 20 math problems. Students should be done and ready to be picked up no later than 4:30 pm. The top 10% of students will be rewarded and the top 50% of students will be recognized on Noetic Learning’s web site. 

Visit the web site (http://www.noetic-learning.com/mathcontest) for additional information about the Noetic Learning Math Contest and for sample contest problems.

We are excited that our school will be participating in the Noetic Learning Math Contest. We know that Camino Pablo's students will help us to show what Camino Pablo students know and can do!

The participation is voluntary, and is on a first-come, first-served basis (up to 30 students each from grades 2 through 5 may participate). We do need your permission to register your student and release your student’s name to Noetic Learning.  Attached is a permission slip. If your child would like to participate, please return it by October 30, 2017. If you have questions please contact David Harrison. Thank you David Harrison for taking the lead on this event.

 

October/November Events:

  • October 23-25 - Reflections on display
  • October 27 - Box Tops due
  • October 31 Halloween Parade - 9:00 CP Blacktop
  • November 4-9 - Camino Pablo Book Fair
  • November 9 - Noetic Math Competition
Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:10/22/17
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 10/15/2017

Quote of the week: Learners need endless feedback more than they need endless teaching -Grant Wiggins

Lifeskill Focus: October 9 to October 27

  • TK-1st = Friendship - To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring
  • 2nd-3rd =
    • Friendship
    • Sense of Humor - To laugh and be playful without harming others
  • 4th-5th
    • Friendship
    • Sense of Humor
    • Initiative - To do something because it needs to be done

 

Dear Parents,

The way your children are being taught to critically think and interact with text is vastly different than the reading groups many of us experienced when we were in school. Leslie Nash, an expert in Readers and Writers workshop, has worked with our teachers on the implementation of both the writing and reading program. On Thursday Leslie will be hosting a parent education on Readers workshop. I highly recommend all parents attend this Thursday.

Helping Readers Soar Through a Readers Workshop Approach

  • Who: TK-5 ParentsWhen: Thursday, October 19 from 6:30-8:00Where: JM Library
  • What:
    • Learn about the components of the Readers’ Workshop model
    • Review strategies to support reading at home
    • Learn the benefits of a balanced literacy program
  • Presenter: Leslie Nash from the West Coast Literacy Workshop

Halloween Schedule and Reminders: On Tuesday, October 31:

  • TK-2nd grade will be ALL EARLY
  • Teachers will let you know, but most students arrive in costume (and bring a change for later in the day).
  • The parade will be out on the blacktop near Bobcat and will start at 9:00.
  • No weapons. Make sure that costumes are school appropriate. NO EVIL or SCARY CLOWN COSTUMES!!!
  • Remind parents who volunteer at your parties that they need to be MSD VOLUNTEER CLEARED
  • Student Council will be awarding prizes in the following categories
    • Best Group (no excluding...group can be any number)
    • Most Creative
    • Best Celebrity Costume
    • Funniest

Costume Donations: One of our 4th grade students will be collecting new or gently used costumes to donate to organizations that will deliver them to children in need. Look for the barrel outside the office hallway.

 

CP Hosting a Math Competition: We are pleased to tell you that your child is invited to participate in the Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC). NLMC is a national math contest given by Noetic Learning.  The purpose of the contest is to inspire young student interest in math and convey the message ‘It is COOL to be good at math!’ to students.

Participation in this contest is completely optional.  The NLMC contest will take place on November 9 at 3:00 PM in the Camino Pablo Multi-Use Room. Students will be given 45 minutes to solve 20 math problems. Students should be done and ready to be picked up no later than 4:30 pm. The top 10% of students will be rewarded and the top 50% of students will be recognized on Noetic Learning’s web site.

 

Visit the web site (http://www.noetic-learning.com/mathcontest) for additional information about the Noetic Learning Math Contest and for sample contest problems.

We are excited that our school will be participating in the Noetic Learning Math Contest. We know that Camino Pablo's students will help us to show what Camino Pablo students know and can do!

The participation is voluntary, and is on a first-come, first-served basis (up to 30 students each from grades 2 through 5 may participate). We do need your permission to register your student and release your student’s name to Noetic Learning.  Attached is a permission slip. If your child would like to participate, please return it by October 30, 2017. If you have questions please contact David Harrison. Thank you David Harrison for taking the lead on this event.

 

Reflections Due Date Extended! The date to submit entries for the 2017 Reflections Art Program has been extended to Tuesday, October 17th!  This year's theme is "Within Reach."  Please contact Rebecca Ricksen with questions.

 

Cultural Proficiency Committee (CPC): The Cultural Proficiency Committee of the Moraga School District will be having its next meeting on Monday, October 16 at 3:30 pm in the Los Perales library.  The meeting is open to the public.

The CPC is a committee charged with identifying Cultural Proficiency standards and developing plans to improve the Cultural Proficiency within the District.  The vision is to create a school climate of acceptance and respect so that all members of the school community enjoy equitable opportunities for professional and personal fulfillment.

The CPC also addresses and discusses “hot topics” in the District, including issues arising in the schools that challenge or conflict with the idea of embracing and valuing diversity and inclusion.

October Events:

  • October 16th MSD Cultural Proficiency Committee Meeting - 3:30 LP
  • October 17th Reflection Project Due
  • October 18th PTA Meeting - 8:30 at CP
  • October 19th Parent Education - Readers Workshop - 6:30 at JM
  • October 20th Sibling Photos - Before and After School
  • October 31st Halloween Parade - 9:00 CP Blacktop
Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:10/15/17
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 10/8/2017

Quote of the week: The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. -Thomas Berger

 

Lifeskill Focus: October 9 to October 27

  • TK-1st = Friendship - To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring
  • 2nd-3rd = 
    • Friendship
    • Sense of Humor - To laugh and be playful without harming others
  • 4th-5th
    • Friendship
    • Sense of Humor
    • Initiative - To do something because it needs to be done

 

Halloween Schedule and Reminders: On Tuesday, October 31:

  • TK-2nd grade will be ALL EARLY
  • Teachers will let you know, but most students arrive in costume (and bring a change for later in the day).
  • The parade will be out on the blacktop near Bobcat and will start at 9:00. 
  • No weapons. Make sure that costumes are school appropriate. NO EVIL or SCARY CLOWN COSTUMES!!!
  • Remind parents who volunteer at your parties that they need to be MSD VOLUNTEER CLEARED

 

Costume Donations: One of our 4th grade students will be collecting new or gently used costumes to donate to organizations that will deliver them to children in need. Look for the barrel in the office hallway.

 

Cultural Proficiency Committee (CPC): The Cultural Proficiency Committee of the Moraga School District will be having its next meeting on Monday, October 16 at 3:30 pm in the Los Perales library.  The meeting is open to the public.  

 

The CPC is a committee charged with identifying Cultural Proficiency standards and developing plans to improve the Cultural Proficiency within the District.  The vision is to create a school climate of acceptance and respect so that all members of the school community enjoy equitable opportunities for professional and personal fulfillment.  

 

The CPC also addresses and discusses “hot topics” in the District, including issues arising in the schools that challenge or conflict with the idea of embracing and valuing diversity and inclusion. 

 

What are Teachers Doing on Monday? While your students are not it in school tomorrow teachers will be receiving professional development in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Much like our new literacy and math standards the new science standards focus on student engagement, understanding, and critical thinking. This year several teachers are piloting a new science curriculum based on these new standards. 

 

Readers’ Workshop Parent Night: One of our goals this year is the full implementation of the Readers’ Workshop program. Through the use of this  program we aim to  empower students to love reading and become critical readers and thinkers.

 

Helping Readers Soar Through a Readers Workshop Approach

Who: TK-5 Parents

When: Thursday, October 19 from 6:30-8:00

Where: JM Library

What: Learn about the components of the Readers’ Workshop model; Review strategies to support reading at home;Learn the benefits of a balanced literacy program

Presenter: Leslie Nash from the West Coast Literacy Workshop

 

PTA Reflections Program: This year's theme is Within ReachArtists can start creating within the theme now, and the CP-specific entry forms will be available in the office soon.  Artwork submission is due Thursday, October 12th. Please contact Rebecca Ricksen, Cynthia Sugiyama, or Joy Rayner with questions.

 

October Events:

  • October 9th No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
  • October 12th PTA Reflections Due
  • October 13th Sibling Photos - Before and After School
  • October 16th MSD Cultural Proficiency Committee Meeting - 3:30 LP
  • October 18th PTA Meeting - 8:30 at CP
  • October 19th Parent Education - Readers Workshop - 6:30 at JM
  • October 20th Sibling Photos - Before and After School
  • October 31st Halloween Parade - 9:00 CP Blacktop
Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:10/8/17
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 10/1/2017

Quote of the week: Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. - Doug Larson

 

Lifeskill Focus: September 18-October 6

  • TK-1st
    • Effort - To do your best
  • 2nd and 3rd
    • Effort
    • Respect - To have consideration of others
  • 4th and 5th
    • Effort
    • Respect
    • Integrity - To be honest and do the right thing

 

Dear Parents,

 

Your generous donations to the Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) help to support and enrich our students school experiences. I witness the benefits of MEF donations every day. I see the teacher’s assistant kneeling by a second grader reviewing how to regroup numbers. I glimpse the joy of a third grade student showing me her self portrait in art class. I hear the giggle of a kindergarten student who was able to throw a frisbee for the first time during PE. I observe the sense of discovery when a group of first graders watch water turn to gas during Science Lab. I watch the new found savvy of a fifth grader who has programmed the 3D printer to make a keychain in Computer Lab. I see the joy of a first grade student when she checks out a book from the library. 

 

This year, MEF’s grant to our elementary schools is $925,000, funding critical staff and programs that benefit all students including: art teacher, counseling support, librarian, Lucy Calkins reading and writing programs, music, choir, and band teacher, teacher aides, and technology.

 

This Wednesday, October 4th, is MEF’s annual Day of Giving. Our goal this year is to raise 10% of our total in one day, or $220,000!  This will help the foundation gain momentum towards raising $2.2 million to support the students of Camino Pablo (as well as Los Perales and Rheem), JM and Campolindo High School. Please join me in showing your support of MEF by making a donation today, or during the day of giving by clicking here.

 

I am grateful for your ongoing support.  Through community wide involvement, you have truly made CP a special place.  Thank you for all that you do.

 

Sincerely,

 

Chris Reddam

 

October is Bullying Prevention Month: October is National Bullying Prevention month. The Moraga School District and Camino Pablo are committed to providing a safe environment where all students feel safe to learn and play. Bullying is defined as: 

 

...unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. (www.stopbullying.gov

 

At Camino Pablo we have several programs and systems that proactively address this issue:

  • Moraga School District Lifeskills - A set of skills that frame what we strive to be at Camino Pablo. 
    • Staff hand out blue slips when they “catch” students exhibiting the Lifeskills
    • Staff address Lifeskills during teachable moments
  • Kids Connection - Provides a safe space for students in need to talk to a trusted adult about a wide variety of issues
  • Common Conflict Resolution Strategies/Vocabulary - A set of strategies and vocabulary that guide students on how to resolve conflict and stand up for what is right.
    • Taught and reviewed during classroom visits, lunchroom role plays, teachable moments, and reflection

 

As a community it is critical that we work together to create a safe environment where students can feel safe to learn how to resolve conflicts and stand up for what’s right.

 

 

Readers’ Workshop Parent Night: One of our goals this year is the full implementation of the Readers’ Workshop program. Through the use of this  program we aim to  empower students to love reading and become critical readers and thinkers.

 

Helping Readers Soar Through a Readers Workshop Approach

Who: TK-5 Parents

When: Thursday, October 19 from 6:30-8:00

Where: JM Library

What: Learn about the components of the Readers’ Workshop model; Review strategies to support reading at home;Learn the benefits of a balanced literacy program

Presenter: Leslie Nash from the West Coast Literacy Workshop

 

PTA Reflections Program: This year's theme is Within ReachArtists can start creating within the theme now, and the CP-specific entry forms will be available in the office soon.  Artwork submission is due Thursday, October 12th. Please contact Rebecca Ricksen, Cynthia Sugiyama, or Joy Rayner with questions.

 

Odyssey of the Mind: A group of CP students participated in this powerful program last year. For more information please see the flyer.

 

Wednesday, October 4th - Patxi's Fundraiser.  The pizza fundraiser at Patxi's in Lafayette is back!  Delivery, takeout, or dine-in orders on will all benefit CP!

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:10/1/17
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 9/24/2017

Quote of the week: Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. Bill Gates

 

Lifeskill Focus: September 18-October 6

  • TK-1st
    • Effort - To do your best
  • 2nd and 3rd
    • Effort
    • Respect - To have consideration of others
  • 4th and 5th
    • Effort
    • Respect
    • Integrity - To be honest and do the right thing

 

Student Council Ice Cream Sales: Each Friday at the end of 2nd-5th grade lunch our student council sells ice cream. The money raised from sales is used by the student council to support CP. Last year the CP Student Council used the money from ice cream sales to purchase recess equipment. Ice cream is $2.

 

Picture Day: Tuesday, September 26 is picture day. To order online please visit: inter-state.com/order and use the order code: 20679HB

 

Readers’ Workshop Parent Night: One of our goals this year is the full implementation of the Readers’ Workshop program. Through the use of this  program we aim to  empower students to love reading and become critical readers and thinkers.

 

Helping Readers Soar Through a Readers Workshop Approach

Who: TK-5 Parents

When: Thursday, October 19 from 6:30-8:00

Where: JM Library

What: Learn about the components of the Readers’ Workshop model; Review strategies to support reading at home;Learn the benefits of a balanced literacy program

Presenter: Leslie Nash from the West Coast Literacy Workshop

 

Garden Cleanup Day - 10/1: Sunday, October 1st, is CP garden cleanup day. Click the link below to sign-up to help keep our garden beautiful.  SIGN-UP

 

PTA Reflections Program: This year's theme is Within ReachArtists can start creating within the theme now, and the CP-specific entry forms will be available in the office soon.  Artwork submission is due Thursday, October 12th. Please contact Rebecca Ricksen, Cynthia Sugiyama, or Joy Rayner with questions.

 

Odyssey of the Mind: A group of CP students participated in this powerful program last year. For more information please see the flyer.

 

Wednesday, October 4th - Patxi's Fundraiser.  The pizza fundraiser at Patxi's in Lafayette is back!  Delivery, takeout, or dine-in orders on will all benefit CP! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:9/24/17
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 9/17/2017

Quote of the week: There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination. -Denis Diderot

 

Lifeskill Focus: September 18-October 6

  • TK-1st
    • Effort - To do your best
  • 2nd and 3rd
    • Effort
    • Respect - To have consideration of others
  • 4th and 5th
    • Effort
    • Respect
    • Integrity - To be honest and do the right thing

 

Fall Picnic Was Out of This World: Thank you to all of the CP picnic coordinators.

 

Picture Day: Tuesday, September 26 is picture day. To order online please visit: inter-state.com/order and use the order code: 20679HB

 

Readers’ Workshop Parent Night: One of our goals this year is the full implementation of the Readers’ Workshop program. Through the use of this  program we aim to  empower students to love reading and become critical readers and thinkers.

 

Helping Readers Soar Through a Readers Workshop Approach

Who: TK-5 Parents

When: Thursday, October 18 from 6:30-8:00

Where: JM Library

What: Learn about the components of the Readers’ Workshop model; Review strategies to support reading at home;Learn the benefits of a balanced literacy program

Presenter: Leslie Nash from the West Coast Literacy Workshop

 

Emergency Preparedness: This past Monday we had our monthly emergency drill. This month we practiced a lockdown drill. Next month we will practice an earthquake drill that will include an evacuation. During these drills we make sure that students feel safe and understand it is a drill.

 

Each School site in the Moraga School District has a Site Emergency Plan. The plan guides our actions during emergency situations. Once a month we hold practice drills for various situations in our plan. Here is a link to the CP Emergency Plan. Here is a link to the Moraga School District Comprehensive Safety Plan.

 

 

Traffic Reminders:  Here are a few reminders about the traffic circle:

  • Please stay in your car. Have your child practice opening the door on the sidewalk side of the car.
  • Once you drop your child off please exit the circle...although it is tempting to watch how cute he/she is walking to class
  • The closer you arrive to 8:25 the more crowded the circle gets

 

Parents of Exceptional Moraga Students (POEMS): POEMS is a group of Moraga School District parents of students with special needs. The goal of POEMS is to be a resource for parents and connection between parents. You can access more information about POEMS  HERE..


Upcoming Events:

 

  • Monday, September 18th at 3:15 in Science Lab - School Site Council (SSC)
  • Wednesday, September 20 at 8:30 in Room 7 - PTA General Meeting
  • Wednesday, October 4th - Patxi's Fundraiser.  The pizza fundraiser at Patxi's in Lafayette is back!  Delivery, takeout, or dine-in orders on will all benefit CP! 
Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:9/17/17
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 9/10/17

Quote of the week: "Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them." - LADY BIRD JOHNSON

 

Lifeskill Focus: August 21-September 15

TK-1st

  • Caring - To feel and show concern for others

2nd-3rd

  • Caring
  • Common Sense - To use good judgment

4th and 5th

  • Caring
  • Common Sense
  • Flexibility - To be willing to alter plans when necessary

 

Remembering 9/11: Many of us remember where we were 16 years ago today. My dad and stepmom live in Manhattan. I was on my way to teach my first graders when I heard the report on KCBS. The emotions of trying to call them and finally finding out they were okay, while mourning the many lives lost that day, will always be with me.

 

As a first grade teacher I was very careful  to provide a calm and consistent environment for my students on that day. Bringing up the attack and showing them my emotions would have been scary and confusing for them. If your children start asking questions here are some tips: Talking to kids about 9/11.

 

Moraga School District Core Values: Did you know that through the work of the Moraga School District Cultural Proficiency Committee the District added the following core value statement?:

 

We are committed to embracing and valuing diversity and inclusion of all students, parents, faculty, and staff. By creating a school climate that is respectful, supportive and appreciative of all differences, we believe our students will be enriched and better prepared to enjoy, contribute, and thrive in any environment. 

 

This core value helped to inform the PTA decision to recommend the name change  of two of our Camino Pablo traditions to “Kids Choice Dance” and “Kids Choice Dodgeball.” Here is a link to Moraga School District’s Core Values.

 

iKind: Tomorrow your child will receive an iKind pledge. If your child is willing to accept this pledge have them sign and return to the office.

 

What is iKind? I iKind is a cooperative project between the town of Moraga, the Moraga School District, and the Acalanes High School District. The vision of iKind is: “to promote civility and compassion in our community.”

 

The iKind mission is: “to promote kindness and courtesy, to foster courage and bravery, based on the belief that empathy and inclusion constitute the foundation on which community is built.”

 

IKind is sponsoring several events throughout the year. The first event will be a showing of the documentary “Right Footed” followed by a student discussion panel help at JM on 9/19 at 7:00.

 

Please visit the iKind website for additional information on this great program.


HELP WANTED!

Teaching Assistant: We need a TA in one of our Kindergarten classes. The position is 4 days a week for 1.25 hours/day (5 hours a week). We could also use additional help at lunch yard duty which could add an addition 1-5 hours. If you are interested please let me know ASAP.

 

Crossing Guard: Our crossing guards are funded by the city and hired through a company. That company needs a morning crossing guard for CP. If you are interested please contact Shirley Lee at “The Crossing Guard Company” 1 (415) 806-8864


Early Late Starts Tomorrow:

  • TK
    • Early - Monday-Friday = 8:25-12:02
    • Late - Monday-Friday = 9:25-1:02
  • K-2nd
    • Early - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 8:25-1:55
    • Late - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 9:35-3:05 (supervision starts on the playground at 9:25)
    • All Students - Wednesday = 8:25-1:50
  • 3rd-5th
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 8:25-3:05
    • All Students - Wednesday = 8:25-1:50

*3rd will follow the 4th/5th schedule starting 9/11/2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:9/11/17
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 9/4/2017

Quote of the week: Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time. On the other hand, if you force yourself to push through it, the grit begins to grow in you. -Travis Bradberry

 

Lifeskill Focus: August 21-September 15

TK-1st

  • Caring - To feel and show concern for others

2nd-3rd

  • Caring
  • Common Sense - To use good judgment

4th and 5th

  • Caring
  • Common Sense
  • Flexibility - To be willing to alter plans when necessary

 

Every Day Counts: Last year we averaged a 97.2% daily attendance rate. One of our goals this year is to improve that percentage. Here are a few numbers to think about from 2016-2017:

  • Students missed 397 days due to Independent Study Contracts while on vacations that were 5 days or more 
  • Students missed 553 days that were unexcused. Most often these unexcused absences were due to vacations of less than 5 days

Yes, we do receive funding when parents fill out an independent study for a child who misses school for 5 or more days. However, school can’t be replicated by a packet. The complex conversations, projects, and group work that occur in the classroom are critical experiences. Please try and take vacations during non school days. We want all of our students at CP! Every day counts!

 

Assessments: During the first three weeks of school teachers are spending time building classroom communities, reviewing rules, and assessing each student. The assessments that we use are not for the purpose of giving a grade or labeling a child. Assessments help to guide teacher instruction. Students learn at different paces. Understanding where students are academically helps support differentiation and targeted instruction in our classrooms.

 

REMINDER: LAST WEEK of Early Late (8/21-9/8) Schedule:

  • TK
    • Monday-Friday = 8:40-12:17
  • K-3rd* 
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 8:25-1:55
    • Wednesday = 8:25-1:50
  • 4th/5th 
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 8:25-3:05
    • Wednesday = 8:25-1:50

*3rd will follow the 4th/5th schedule starting 9/11/2017

 

Red Line and Volunteer Reminders: Please remember that parents and guardians should not cross the red line by the playgrounds during drop-off and pick-up. This allows for a safer and more orderly drop-off and pick-up. This practice also helps with overall campus safety. If a staff person sees someone without a blue visitor badge they will either ask that person to go to the office to check in, or notify the office. During school hours all volunteers need to check-in at the office. Please remember that if you do volunteer you must be cleared through MSD volunteer clearance process.

 

Spirit Fridays: Each Friday will be a SPIRIT FRIDAY. Staff and students will show their school spirit by wearing CP spirit wear. Spirit wear can be purchased until 9/8. We will be kicking of Spirit Fridays with our first spirit assembly on Friday.

 

Spirit Wear is Available to Order Online

Place your order for CP Spirit Wear.  Last day to order is Friday, September 8th!

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:9/4/17
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 8/27/2017

Quote of the Week: Education is not a tool for development - individual, community and the nation. It is the foundation for our future. It is empowerment to make choices and emboldens the youth to chase their dreams. - Nita Ambani

 

Lifeskill Focus: August 21-September 15

TK-1st

  • Caring - To feel and show concern for others

2nd-3rd

  • Caring
  • Common Sense - To use good judgment

4th and 5th

  • Caring
  • Common Sense
  • Flexibility - To be willing to alter plans when necessary

 

Common Conflict Resolution Strategies: This week I will be visiting each classroom and reviewing, and for some grades introducing, CP’s common conflict resolution strategies. The Lifeskills provide the descriptions of what we strive to be and these strategies layout the actions students and staff can take to make problems better. Here are some of the strategies I will be discussing:

TK-1st

  1. BE KIND
  2. Make a problem better
  3. STAND UP for yourself and 
    1. Ignore
    2. Politely ask to stop
    3. Firmly tell
    4. Walk away
    5. Tell an adult

2nd-5th

  1. I feel _____________…
    1. When_______ (happens)
    2. When people ________ (did)
    3. That _____________ (happened)
  2. UPSTANDER STRATEGIES
    1. Balancing - Saying or doing something kind to balance the aggressor’s actions
    2. Supporting (target) - Saying or doing something kind to help the TARGET deal with a negative situation
    3. Reasoning
    4. Directing - Tell a person directly to change or stop what they are doing
    5. Get help

 

Every Day Counts: Our students attend school for 180 days. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) require students to be involved in activities and projects that deeply engage them in literacy, math, and the content areas. These projects and activities can’t be re-created in make-up work or in the home environment. Studies show that students who miss an average two days a month can have difficulty meeting standards. EVERY DAY COUNTS! 

 

Red Line and Volunteer Reminders: Please remember that parents and guardians should not cross the red line by the playgrounds during drop-off and pick-up. This allows for a safer and more orderly drop-off and pick-up. 

 

During school hours all volunteers need to be cleared through MSD clearance process. the volunteer clearance process and sign into the office.

 

The PTA Needs You!

The PTA is looking for volunteers for the following committee chair positions.  Please view job descriptions or email Natalie Alderete or Heather Myers if interested - we truly appreciate your help! 

4th & 5th Gr. Book Club (meets monthly during lunch)

Clerical Team (you choose the times)

Family Bingo Night (Oct)

Read-A-Thon (Jan/Feb)

 

Spirit Fridays: This year each Friday will be a SPIRIT FRIDAY. Staff and students will show their school spirit by wearing CP spirit wear. Spirit wear can be purchased until 9/8. We will be kicking of Spirit Fridays with our first spirit assembly on Friday.

 

Spirit Wear is Available to Order Online

Place your order for CP Spirit Wear.  Last day to order is Friday, September 8th!

 

REMINDER: First Three Weeks (8/21-9/8) Schedule: For the first three weeks of school TK-3rd follows an all early schedule. On 9/11/2017 the early late schedule for TK-2nd will begin. 

  • TK
    • Monday-Friday = 8:40-12:17
  • K-3rd* 
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 8:25-1:55
    • Wednesday = 8:25-1:50
  • 4th/5th 
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 8:25-3:05
    • Wednesday = 8:25-1:50

*3rd will follow the 4th/5th schedule starting 9/11/2017

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:8/27/17
Audience: Homepage


BOBCAT NOTES 5/21/2017

Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment – Ralph Waldo Emerson

LIFESKILLS May 15-June 2

TK-1st

  • Responsibility:  To be accountable for your actions

2nd-5th

  • Responsibility:  

  • Organization:  To plan, arrange and implement in an orderly way

CP Open House and Art Show is THIS Thursday, May 25 from 7:00-8:00: This event is a celebration of student work. CP students are excited to show off evidence of their learning and our teachers are excited to have you visit. Make sure to visit the art show in the MUR. Our art teacher, Mrs. Larson, has brought out the inner artist in our students.

Please remember that Open House is not a time for a parent teacher conference or “interviewing” teachers from the next grade level. Our teachers will be busy celebrating the students learning.

Open House Day will be a minimum day for all students.  TK and Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:50 and 1st through 5th graders at 12:12.  There is no lunch served on minimum days

CP Olympics 6/7/2017 - Parent Help Needed: ​​We need volunteers for CP Olympics on Wednesday, June 7th from 8:30- 11:45am.  Some volunteers come for the whole day (this is the best for us), while others come for either the first half (8:15- 10:05) and some come for the second half (9:55- 11:45).  Events such as the Olympics couldn't occur without volunteers like you.  We are so lucky to have such a supportive community.  

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0A45A9AE22AAFA7-cpolympics

 

Music Performances THIS Friday 5/26: Sara Stafford, our music teacher, helps bring out the inner musician in our students.

2nd and 3rd Grades: Will have “informances” during each classroom’s scheduled music time. Parents are encouraged to attend. Your child’s teacher should have communicated the specific time of the event.

4th and 5th Grades: Will perform in the MUR from 2:00-3:00. We hope to see you there.

MSD Full Day Kindergarten: On April 13, 2017, the Moraga School District Governing Board approved a full-day kindergarten program, commencing the 2017-2018 school year.  The District is pleased to offer additional time for student learning, time for free-choice, play, exploration, social development, language development, singing, reading stories, small group work, outdoor activities, as well as more time for students to develop social-emotional behavioral skills, including self-regulation, attentiveness, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.

2017-2018 kindergartners will follow the first grade early/late bird, parent conference and minimum day schedule.  School begins at 8:25 AM for early birds and ends at 1:55 PM.  School begins at 9:25 AM for late birds and ends at 3:05 PM.  All kindergartners will follow the early bird schedule the first three weeks of school as do first graders.  Recess, lunch and other schedules will be planned by each site’s principal and kindergarten staff.  

 

Reminder - 3rd Grade All Early Start Time

All Moraga School District 3rd grade students will again follow an 8:25 AM to 1:55 PM instructional schedule the first three weeks of school, August 21 through September 8.  Starting Monday, September 11, all 3rd grade students will begin the full-day schedule of 8:25 AM - 3:05 PM (1:50 PM on Wednesdays).

The three week early release period provides third grade teachers time to individually assess their student's reading and math levels to group students for instruction, evaluate a student's reading accuracy level, comprehension, and fluency, select texts that will be productive for instruction, and identify students who may be eligible for additional support.

3rd grade teachers will contact parents to schedule dates and times for individual student assessment appointments.​​​​​​​

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:5/22/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


BOBCAT NOTES 5/14/2017

Happy Mother’s Day!

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for April 10-May 12

  • TK-1st = Cooperation - To work together toward a common goal or purpose

  • 2nd-5th =

    • Cooperation

    • Perseverance - To keep at it

PARKING WARNING! For THIS MONDAY: Both 4th and 5th grade will be leaving for overnight camp on Monday. Each grade will be taking two buses to camp. The buses will park on the school side of Camino Pablo. This will mean that there will be NO PARKING on Camino Pablo between the entrance to school and Dickenson. Please DO NOT park in staff spots. Thank you in advance for  your patience and understanding.

In Class Music Performance for TK, K, 1st THIS Wednesday: Sara Stafford, our music teacher, helps bring out the inner musician in our students. We hope you can see your child’s TK-1st music class in action the in class “info-formance” Your child’s teacher has communicated the specific time for your child’s class.

Thank you for the PTA Lunch: The staff at CP loved the delicious PTA lunch. Thank you to all the parents who contributed and supported this treat. We are lucky!

 

YOU ARE MEF: The educational experience of every Camino Pablo student is enriched and enhanced every day because of gifts to the Moraga Education Foundation.  CP has additional staff and programs at our school because of the generosity of MEF donors.  

To work in a community that values and supports its schools and education is amazing.   Every day, students directly interact with teachers and staff that are a reflection of your support.  From PE with Ms. Peterson and Mr. Studebaker, to art with Ms. Larson, to computers with Ms. Lynch, and library with Ms. Braitberg to your student’s classroom aide, donations to MEF are tangible and their impact is felt all around.  

In addition, donations are enhancing the technology at CP and supporting the new Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing program.  These will serve your students well as they continue their educational journey throughout CP and beyond.

I am so grateful for your support of our school.  Thank you for sharing your time, talents, and financial gifts.  There is just over 2 months left in this year’s MEF annual campaign.  Please consider making a donation today at www.moragaeducation.org to help support your student every day.

Thank you!

CP Garden Clean-up Day - THIS WEEK: Have you visited our beautiful CP Garden lately?  Come join us for a fun and relaxing CP Garden Spring weeding and planting day on Sunday afternoon, 5/21.  Let's fill our school garden with fun and friends!  To sign up, please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b48abad2ba2fc1-cpgarden

How Many Classes Will There Be Next Year in My Child’s Grade? The number of class sections for each grade level is decided as a district management team based on overall Moraga School District enrollment. Starting in February, after TK/K registration, the principals and superintendent begin tracking enrollment. In May we look at enrollment and make preliminary decisions on how many classes there will be at each site. However, over the summer students move in and out of the district which can cause changes to our spring planning. Enrollment guides our decisions and enrollment is not final until August. We appreciate your patience

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:5/15/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


BOBCAT NOTES 5/7/2017

"None of us is as smart as all of us." --Ken Blanchard

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for April 10-May 12

  • TK-1st = Cooperation - To work together toward a common goal or purpose

  • 2nd-5th =

    • Cooperation

    • Perseverance - To keep at it

Thank you for the Appreciation: The staff at CP felt very appreciated last week. Thank you for all the different ways you expressed your gratitude for our hard work. We are lucky to work in such a supportive community.

YOU ARE MEF: The educational experience of every Camino Pablo student is enriched and enhanced every day because of gifts to the Moraga Education Foundation.  CP has additional staff and programs at our school because of the generosity of MEF donors.  

To work in a community that values and supports its schools and education is amazing.   Every day, students directly interact with teachers and staff that are a reflection of your support.  From PE with Ms. Peterson and Mr. Studebaker, to art with Ms. Larson, to computers with Ms. Lynch, and library with Ms. Braitberg to your student’s classroom aide, donations to MEF are tangible and their impact is felt all around.  

In addition, donations are enhancing the technology at CP and supporting the new Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing program.  These will serve your students well as they continue their educational journey throughout CP and beyond.

I am so grateful for your support of our school.  Thank you for sharing your time, talents, and financial gifts.  There is just over 2 months left in this year’s MEF annual campaign.  Please consider making a donation today at www.moragaeducation.org to help support your student every day.

Thank you!

CP Garden Clean-up Day: Have you visited our beautiful CP Garden lately?  Come join us for a fun and relaxing CP Garden Spring weeding and planting day on Sunday afternoon, 5/21.  Let's fill our school garden with fun and friends!  To sign up, please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b48abad2ba2fc1-cpgarden

3rd-5th Grade CAASPP Testing Continues This Week: The CAASPP test assess students in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. The state uses the results of these tests as one factor in determining our progress as a school and district. Here is a link to the testing schedule. If a child is absent during a testing session he/she has to miss class time to make-up the missed session. Attendance on these days is important.

How Many Classes Will There Be Next Year in My Child’s Grade? The number of class sections for each grade level is decided as a district management team based on overall Moraga School District enrollment. Starting in February, after TK/K registration, the principals and superintendent begin tracking enrollment. In May we look at enrollment and make preliminary decisions on how many classes there will be at each site. However, over the summer students move in and out of the district which can cause changes to our spring planning. Enrollment guides our decisions and enrollment is not final until August. We appreciate your patience.

 

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Rotary Field Day! The 26th Annual Moraga Rotary Field Day will be held after school THIS Wednesday, May 10 at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School.  All 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are encouraged to participate and represent CP at this free and fun event.  Registration opens at 3:00 p.m. Medals will be awarded to the top three competitors in each event listed below:

  • Shuttle Relay

  • Standing Long Jump/Running Long Jump

  • Softball Throw/Football Throw

  • 50 Yard Dash

  • Sack Race

We hope to see you there!  Go CP!

Moraga Community Faire & Car Show Saturday May 13: The Moraga Community Faire & Car Show takes place on Saturday May 13 from 11 a.m.4 p.m. at the Rheem Valley Shopping Center and will feature a Kids Zone with pony rides, a climbing wall and a bounce house for just $5 per child as well as many free activities including classic cars, games, booths and live entertainment. The MPD will be hosting bike safety training, so families are encouraged to ride bikes to the Faire and can take advantage of a free bike valet.  http://www.moragachamber.com/images/CF_Fly_Kids_Web.pdf

 

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:5/8/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


BOBCAT NOTES 4/30/2017

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is lost tradition.” - Jacques Barzun

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for April 10-May 12

  • TK-1st = Cooperation - To work together toward a common goal or purpose

  • 2nd-5th =

    • Cooperation

    • Perseverance - To keep at it

Teacher Appreciation: The work our teachers do every day with your children matters. Their teaching is the most impactful part of a student’s school day. The confidence and concepts they help our students discover can be life changing. I believe that there is no other career that has as big an impact on the future of our society than teaching. I appreciate the art of what our teachers do. I hope you take this week of teacher appreciation to thank them for the dedication, heart, and thought they put into teaching our students each day!

Teacher Appreciation - Use Blue Tape!: Please remember that if you are decorating a door for teacher appreciation day please use BLUE TAPE!

3rd-5th Grade CAASPP Testing Starts This Week: The CAASPP test assess students in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. The state uses the results of these tests as one factor in determining our progress as a school and district. Here is a link to the testing schedule. If a child is absent during a testing session he/she has to miss class time to make-up the missed session. Attendance on these days is important.

 

How Many Classes Will There Be Next Year in My Child’s Grade? The number of class sections for each grade level is decided as a district management team based on overall Moraga School District enrollment. Starting in February, after TK/K registration, the principals and superintendent begin tracking enrollment. In May we look at enrollment and make preliminary decisions on how many classes there will be at each site. However, over the summer students move in and out of the district which can cause changes to our spring planning. Enrollment guides our decisions and enrollment is not final until August. We appreciate your patience.

 

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Rotary Field Day! The 26th Annual Moraga Rotary Field Day will be held after school on Wednesday, May 10 at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School.  All 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are encouraged to participate and represent CP at this free and fun event.  Registration opens at 3:00 p.m. Medals will be awarded to the top three competitors in each event listed below:

  • Shuttle Relay

  • Standing Long Jump/Running Long Jump

  • Softball Throw/Football Throw

  • 50 Yard Dash

  • Sack Race

We hope to see you there!  Go CP!

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:5/1/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


BOBCAT NOTES 4/21/2017

“The earth is what we all have in common.” — Wendell Berry

 

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for April 10-May 12

  • TK-1st = Cooperation - To work together toward a common goal or purpose

  • 2nd-5th =

    • Cooperation

    • Perseverance - To keep at it

 

Front Circle EARTH DAY Planting: We had lots of help planting and excavating the front circle area. In less than one day the area went from a rocky dirt pile to a beautiful native habitat. This was all made possible due to the generous time and expertise that  Laura Osteen has donated to this project. Thank you Laura, and thank you to all the CP families who helped.

 

Father Daughter Dance: Thank you Amy Johnson and all the parent volunteers who transformed the MUR into a spectacular circus themed ballroom. The father daughter dance is a great CP tradition and we are lucky to have amazing parents to help us carry on this tradition.

 

CAASPP Testing: Each May, 3rd-5th grade students take the CAASPP test. This test assess students in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. The state uses the results of these tests as one factor in determining our progress as a school and district. Here is a link to the testing schedule. If a child is absent during a testing session he/she has to miss class time to make-up the missed session. Attendance on these days is important.

 

Class Placement: The CP team spends a lot of time working on classroom placement for next year. Our main goal when building classes is to create balanced classes. Balancing classes requires us to look at many variables such as: students that need extra support, academic progress, peer relationships, etc. I work on this process with each grade level twice in May. During this process we build balanced classes and I place each class with a specific teacher.

If you feel that your child has a unique situation or need that I need to be aware of during this careful placement process please send me an email by 4/28/2017. These requests should not be made through the teacher. Requests for a specific teacher will not be granted. Please know that your request will be considered within the larger context of balancing classes.

 

Patxi's Pizza will donate 10% of all sales to CP on Wednesday, April 26th!

A huge thank you to Patxi's Pizza in Lafayette, who as part of their "52-weeks of Giving" program will donate 10% of all sales to Camino Pablo on Wednesday, April 26th.

Our job is easy - the more pizza we eat, the more Patxi's will donate to CP!

All purchases are eligible, including dine-in, take-out, half-baked pies to bringhome, and delivery to local family or neighbors. Remember you don't have to be a CP family to order!  


 

Drop Off/Pick Up Safety Reminders

Please make our drop off and pick up as SAFE, easy, and quick as possible by follow these simple and important guidelines:

  • Pull forward: pull as far into the loop as possible to allow other cars to pull in behind you.

  • Children must exit the vehicle on the curb side only

  • Driver must remain in vehicle while in the loop

  • Pull away immediately

  • Do not park in the numbered spots in the parking lot

Click here for more pick-up and drop off details.

 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! - Too Good For Drugs Program

Drug-awareness education is included in the 4th/5th grade Health Education Standards.  Traditionally, parents have taken an active role in presenting these lessons to students, in coordination with the classroom teacher.  Again this year, we need parent support!  

We are seeking parent volunteers to teach the Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) Curriculum in our 4th and 5th grade classrooms.    The curriculum is fully developed, including lesson plans and all materials.  You do not need to be a parent of a 4th or 5th grader to participate. Also, training is provided so that parents feel confident about presenting, along with management support from the classroom teacher. This is truly a great opportunity to get into the classrooms and support student leaning.  

The TGFD curriculum has been recently updated to include more games, interaction, and real-life problem-solving situations (social media, peer pressure, etc.) to make the lessons more engaging for students.  The curriculum consists of 8 – 10 lessons, delivered over approximately 2 weeks in individual classrooms.  

If you are interested in getting involved with CP’s TGFD program, please contact Principal Chris Reddam at creddam@moraga.k12.ca.us  by Tuesday, April 25.  A parent training will be scheduled for May 2nd, so that classroom lessons can be delivered during the month of May.   

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:4/24/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


BOBCAT NOTES 4/16/2017

Expand the definition of 'reading' to include non-fiction, humor, graphic novels, magazines, action adventure, and, yes, even websites. It's the pleasure of reading that counts; the focus will naturally broaden. A boy won't read shark books forever. Jon Scieszka

 

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for April 10-May 12

  • TK-1st = Cooperation - To work together toward a common goal or purpose

  • 2nd-5th =

    • Cooperation

    • Perseverance - To keep at it

Front Circle EARTH DAY Planting: On Saturday, April 22nd we will need parent and student volunteers to help beautify our front circle by planting new plants!  We plan to start at 9am.  Volunteers are welcome any time throughout the day (planting should be finished by early afternoon).  Please bring your own shovels/tools.

 

CAASPP Testing: Each May 3rd-5th grade students take the CAASPP test. This test assess students in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. The state uses the results of these tests as one factor in determining our progress as a school and district. Here is a link to the testing schedule. If a child is absent during a testing session he/she has to miss class time to make-up the missed session. Attendance on these days is important.

 

Class Placement

The CP team spends a lot of time working on classroom placement for next year. Our main goal when building classes is to create balanced classes. Balancing classes requires us to look at many variables such as: students that need extra support, academic progress, peer relationships, etc. I work on this process with each grade level twice in May. During this process we build balanced classes and I place each class with a specific teacher.

 

If you feel that your child has a unique situation or need that I need to be aware of during this careful placement process please send me an email by 4/28/2017. These requests should not be made through the teacher. Requests for a specific teacher will not be granted. Please know that your request will be considered within the larger context of balancing classes.
 

Drop Off/Pick Up Safety Reminders

Please make our drop off and pick up as SAFE, easy, and quick as possible by follow these simple and important guidelines:

  • Pull forward: pull as far into the loop as possible to allow other cars to pull in behind you.

  • Children must exit the vehicle on the curb side onl

  • Driver must remain in vehicle while in the loop

  • Pull away immediately

  • Do not park in the numbered spots in the parking lot

Click here for more pick-up and drop off details.

 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! - Too Good For Drugs Program

Drug-awareness education is included in the 4th/5th grade Health Education Standards.  Traditionally, parents have taken an active role in presenting these lessons to students, in coordination with the classroom teacher.  Again this year, we need parent support!  

We are seeking parent volunteers to teach the Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) Curriculum in our 4th and 5th grade classrooms.    The curriculum is fully developed, including lesson plans and all materials.  You do not need to be a parent of a 4th or 5th grader to participate. Also, training is provided so that parents feel confident about presenting, along with management support from the classroom teacher. This is truly a great opportunity to get into the classrooms and support student leaning.  

 

The TGFD curriculum has been recently updated to include more games, interaction, and real-life problem-solving situations (social media, peer pressure, etc.) to make the lessons more engaging for students.  The curriculum consists of 8 – 10 lessons, delivered over approximately 2 weeks in individual classrooms.  

If you are interested in getting involved with CP’s TGFD program, please contact Principal Chris Reddam at creddam@moraga.k12.ca.us  by Tuesday, April 25.  A parent training will be scheduled for May 2nd, so that classroom lessons can be delivered during the month of May.   

 

Night Under the Big Top - Father/Daughter Dance

April 21, 6-8pm in the MUR

Announcing the PTA's Annual Father/Daughter dance! Come one, come all!  Step right up and please join us for a fun-filled evening on Friday, April 21st from 6pm-8pm in the MUR!

Online registration is open!  The cost is $45 per father/daughter couple and $15 for each additional daughter.  This event includes pizza, drink, dessert, music, dancing and Big Top fun! Questions? Please contact Amy Johnson

Buy Tickets Now: https://caminopablopta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/28799

Dance Chair: Amy Johnson (amyhjohnson@gmail.com)

Event Overview:

  1. Get creative! Circus-themed attire encouraged!
  2. Please check in at the registration table upon arrival
  3. NO REFUNDS
Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:4/17/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


BOBCAT NOTES 4/9/2017

 

Wherever I go, I'm watching. Even on vacation, when I'm in an airport or a railroad station, I look around, snap pictures, and find out how people do things. -Richard Scarry

 

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for March 6-31

  • TK-1st = Cooperation - To work together toward a common goal or purpose

  • 2nd-5th =

    • Cooperation

    • Perseverance - To keep at it

Welcome Back: We hope you had a spring break filled with family fun! The CP staff are excited to see your children tomorrow.

 

Front Circle EARTH DAY Planting: On Saturday, April 22 we will need parent and student volunteers to help beautify our front circle by planting new plants. Look for a sign-up soon!

 

Thank you to Laura Osteen for working over spring break to start the beautification process. Our amazing custodians Alberto and Manuel also helped to put the very large boulders in place.

 

Lost and Found: The spring pattern of cool mornings and warmer afternoons has lead to many lost sweatshirts. Please stop by the lost and found if your child is missing sweatshirts, jackets, or other clothing items.

 

School Site Council (SSC) is looking for FOUR Parent Members - Deadline to EMAIL Mr. Reddam is 4/14/2017!

School Site Council (SSC) is made up of 7 parents and 7 teachers. The purpose of SSC is to help create, monitor, and approve the Camino Pablo Site Plan. The SSC has five meetings a year. Meetings are at CP and last from 3:15-4:30. This a great way to be involved in planning and goal setting that directly supports our amazing students. If we have more than four interested parents the SSC bylaws require an election. If you are interested in SSC please contact via email stating your interest no later than 4/14/2017.

 

CP PTA Needs You:

  • Committee Chairs: Grab a friend or two to coordinate the Hot Lunch Program, PTA's biggest fundraiser, together!  We also need someone to coordinate Assemblies, Library Volunteers, the Read-a-thon, and the Spelling Bee.

Please contact Natalie Alderete if you are interested in learning more about any of these roles.

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:4/10/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


BOBCAT NOTES 3/26/2017

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. -J. K. Rowling

 

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for March 6-31

TK-1st

  • Friendship: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring

2nd-3rd

  • Friendship

  • Sense of Humor: To laugh and be playful without harming others

4th-5th

  • Friendship

  • Sense of Humor

  • Initiative: To do something because it needs to be done

 

Lost and Found: The spring pattern of cool mornings and warmer afternoons has lead to many lost sweatshirts. Please stop by the lost and found if your child is missing sweatshirts, jackets, or other clothing items.

 

5th-12th Music Concerts: Come listen to our 5th graders make music! This week, 5th through 12th grade Moraga musicians from all three elementary schools, JM Intermediate School, and Campo High School will gather together to perform for the community.  All concerts are FREE and will be held at the Campolindo High School Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7:00 p.m.   Attend one or more as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 28 – Choir Night

  • Wednesday, March 29 – Strings Night

  • Thursday, March 30 – Band Night

 

Friday, March 31 = Minimum Day:

  • TK/K All Early - 8:25 to 11:50

  • 1st-2nd All Early - 8:25 to 12:12

  • 3rd-5th - 8:25 to 12:12

Lunch is not served on minimum days.

 

Mother/Son Dodgeball Thank You! This was a fun night. Thank you to Stephanie and Matt Helder and all the other parent volunteers who helped make this a fun and safe event.

 

Math Competition: Did you know that on Thursday, March 16th, twenty Camino Pablo students competed in a math competition called Math Kangaroo. It was great to see so many students excited about math. Thank you to David Harrison and the other volunteers that helped make this competition happen. We plan to the host the competition again next year.

 

School Site Council (SSC) is looking for FOUR Parent Members

School Site Council (SSC) is made up of 7 parents and 7 teachers. The purpose of SSC is to help create, monitor, and approve the Camino Pablo Site Plan. The SSC has five meetings a year. Meetings are at CP and last from 3:15-4:30. This a great way to be involved in planning and goal setting that directly supports our amazing students. If we have more than four interested parents the SSC bylaws require an election. If you are interested in SSC please contact via email stating your interest no later than 4/14/2017.

 

CP PTA Needs You:

  • Committee Chairs: Grab a friend or two to coordinate the Hot Lunch Program, PTA's biggest fundraiser, together!  We also need someone to coordinate Assemblies, Library Volunteers, the Read-a-thon, and the Spelling Bee.

Please contact Natalie Alderete if you are interested in learning more about any of these roles.

 

One School, One Book Assemblies: Due to the multiple night events the last week of March we will not be having a family celebration for our One School, One Book program. However, we will holding an assembly to conclude our reading of the One and Only Ivan. During the assembly I will read the last section, we will have some discussion about the book, and watch some videos about the real Ivan. Parents are welcome to attend. The assemblies will be on Friday, March 31:

  • 9:00-9:30 - 3rd-5th

  • 10:00-10:30 - TK-2nd

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:3/28/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


BOBCAT NOTES 3/12/2017

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. -Michael Jordan

 

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for March 6-31

TK-1st

  • Friendship: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring

2nd-3rd

  • Friendship

  • Sense of Humor: To laugh and be playful without harming others

4th-5th

  • Friendship

  • Sense of Humor

  • Initiative: To do something because it needs to be done

MEF 35th Anniversary Dinner: The official results will be announced soon, but the Moraga community came together Saturday night and raised a lot of money for our students. A huge thank you to all MEF volunteers who helped make this event come to life!

 

Thank You CP for Making the Read-a-thon a Success!

CP students are amazing readers!  We raised $8,524.60 for the Camino Pablo PTA.  These funds will support our One School, One Book program as well as many other PTA programs.  Special congratulations to the 4 classes that had 100% participation (Adler, Brown, Nixdorff, and Robinson).  

CP families also donated over 1000 books to Super Stars Literacy, an early literacy intervention program that supports at-risk early elementary students.  

None of this would have been possible without the hard work of Adrianne Spencer and Jennifer Burke.

 

CP PTA Needs You:

  • Committee Chairs: Grab a friend or two to coordinate the Hot Lunch Program, PTA's biggest fundraiser, together!  We also need someone tocoordinate Assemblies, Library Volunteers, the Read-a-thon, and the Spelling Bee.

Please contact Natalie Alderete if you are interested in learning more about any of these roles.

Front Circle Landscaping

Notice some work being done at the entrance to our school?  We are excited to begin implementing our landscaping project to revise and beautify this area of the school.  Funds raised from last year's Read-a-thon were approved to implement this exciting project which broke ground over the weekend.  It is being headed by talented CP parent and landscaping professional, Laura Osteen.  This project will include large moss rock boulders, native and drought tolerant plants and a live oak tree all carefully selected to incorporate Moraga's natural rural habitat and provide low maintenance plants to add seasonal interest along with a habitat for native birds and butterfly.  We are hoping to make this a community project where students can help plant flowers and parents can gift their time and talents in a variety of areas.  We will also seek your input on a new school sign as the one we have is deteriorating.  Be on the lookout for additional updates and ways to help.

 

Moraga iKind Movie “Bully” - Attention Parents: Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The documentary film BULLY, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.  The Moraga iKind Project invites you to attend a special showing of the movie "Bully" on March 22, at 7:00 PM at the JM auditorium.  JM 8th grade students will share their school experiences with the audience following the movie.  JM Principal Joan Danilson and Superintendent Bruce Burns will also be present to answer questions. Free pizza will be served from 630 to 6:55.  RSVP at http://moragaikind.eventbrite.com/

 

Mother/Son Dodgeball Registration is Open

Mother/son dodgeball will be on Thursday, March 23 from 6:00-7:45pm.  Online registration is open.  If Mom can't make it, please grab Dad or another special family member and join in the game!

 

It will be a rolling start--TK-2nd graders arrive at 6:00pm and 3rd-5th graders join at 6:30pm. Come hungry! Pizza will be served for dinner.  Click here to register.

We are also looking for a few good dads to volunteer as referees. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Stephanie or Matt Helder at thehelderhouse@gmail.com.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, March 15 - PTA Meeting 9:30

  • Wednesday, March 22 - iKind Movie “Bully”

  • Thursday, March 23 - Mother Son Dodgeball

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:3/13/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


BOBCAT NOTES 3/6/2017

 

 

In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson. Tom Bodett

 

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for March 6-31

TK-1st

  • Friendship: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring

2nd-3rd

  • Friendship

  • Sense of Humor: To laugh and be playful without harming others

4th-5th

  • Friendship

  • Sense of Humor

  • Initiative: To do something because it needs to be done

No School Today - Monday, March 6 - Teacher Professional Day: A friendly reminder about Monday’s teacher professional day. The office will be closed and it is a non-student day.

CP PTA Needs You:

  • Committee Chairs: Grab a friend or two to coordinate the Hot Lunch Program, PTA's biggest fundraiser, together!  We also need someone tocoordinate Assemblies, Library Volunteers, the Read-a-thon, and the Spelling Bee.

Please contact Natalie Alderete if you are interested in learning more about any of these roles.

Thank You Family Game Night Volunteers: Family game night was a success. Families had a chance to build, play and learn together. A special thank you to Kelly Rossi and all the other parent volunteers that made this night a reality.

 

Odyssey of the Mind - Kinder Power!: Six CP students competed in the SF Bay Area Odyssey of the Mind 2017 Regional Tournament this past Saturday. The kids, and their parent coaches, worked so hard and came up with a wonderful solution to the Primary Division problem of "Movin' Out" and WON (a thirteen-way tie for) FIRST PLACE!!.

The team members are:

  • Chase B.

  • Sara H.

  • Talia W.

  • Elsa S.

  • Renee S.

  • Sophie L.

Attention Incoming 6th Grade JM Parents: On Tuesday, March 7th, the Joaquin Moraga Math Department will be hosting an informational session about math at the middle school.  They will be covering the textbook, current math pathways, the placement process and the courses that are offered in our district.  We encourage all interested fifth grade parents to attend.  The presentation will be held in the JM Library from 6:30 until 7:15 PM.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Science Fair Entries are Due March 10: Science Fair is a great opportunity for students to experience the thrill of experimentation and discovery. Information and applications can be accessed through the following links:

Moraga iKind Movie “Bully” - Attention Parents: Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The documentary film BULLY, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.  The Moraga iKind Project invites you to attend a special showing of the movie "Bully" on March 22, at 7:00 PM at the JM auditorium.  JM 8th grade students will share their school experiences with the audience following the movie.  JM Principal Joan Danilson and Superintendent Bruce Burns will also be present to answer questions. Free pizza will be served from 630 to 6:55.  RSVP at http://moragaikind.eventbrite.com/

 

Mother/Son Dodgeball Registration is Open

Mother/son dodgeball will be on Thursday, March 23 from 6:00-7:45pm.  Online registration is open.  If Mom can't make it, please grab Dad or another special family member and join in the game!

It will be a rolling start--TK-2nd graders arrive at 6:00pm and 3rd-5th graders join at 6:30pm. Come hungry! Pizza will be served for dinner.  Click here to register.

We are also looking for a few good dads to volunteer as referees. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Stephanie or Matt Helder at thehelderhouse@gmail.com.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Tuesday, March 7 - Incoming 6th Grader Math Info Night 6:30-7:15 (JM)

  • Saturday, March 11 - MEF Event

  • Wednesday, March 15 - PTA Meeting 9:30

  • Thursday, March 23 - Mother Son Dodgeball

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:3/7/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


Bobcat Notes 2/26/2017

I don't love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful - Natalie Portman

 

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for February 13-March 3

TK-1st

  • Effort: To do your best!

2nd-3rd

  • Effort

  • Respect: To have consideration for others

4th-5th

  • Effort

  • Respect

  • Integrity: To be honest and do the right thing

 

One School, One Book: Starting tomorrow, February 27, the entire CP community will be reading the same book for a program called One School, One Book. This book will be introduced to students at an assembly on 2/27. Each student will bring home his/her own copy (thank you PTA) and a reading calendar on this day. With this program we aim to build a community of readers. Everyone - students, parents, staff - will be participating.

Generally, you will be asked to read a "chapter" a night (about 15 minutes). This is meant to be a family read aloud experience. We will also put links to podcasts of each "chapter" in the school website. This is a fun way to listen to the "chapter" read by a CP staff member.

In school your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions. We hope you enjoy!

 

CP PTA Needs You:

  • Committee Chairs: Grab a friend or two to coordinate the Hot Lunch Program, PTA's biggest fundraiser, together!  We also need someone tocoordinate Assemblies, Library Volunteers, the Read-a-thon, and the Spelling Bee.

Please contact Natalie Alderete if you are interested in learning more about any of these roles.

 

Invent It! FREE Family Game Night THIS Wednesday, March 1st, 6-7:45pm

CP's Family Game & Math Night is scheduled for Wed, March 1st, from 6-7:45pm in CP's Multi-Use Room. Bring the whole family for a fun night playing games, inventing new things and more.  This year's theme is "Invent It!",  brought to us by the Lawrence Hall of Science. Free to attend (sponsored by the PTA) & appropriate for all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult (no drop-offs, please).  

 

If you can volunteer to help during the event, please contact Kelly Rossi.


Attention Incoming 6th Grade JM Parents: On Tuesday, March 7th, the Joaquin Moraga Math Department will be hosting an informational session about math at the middle school.  They will be covering the textbook, current math pathways, the placement process and the courses that are offered in our district.  We encourage all interested fifth grade parents to attend.  The presentation will be held in the JM Library from 6:30 until 7:15 PM.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, February 27 - One School, One Book Kick Off

  • Wednesday, March 1 - CP Family Math Night 6:00-7:45

  • Tuesday, March 7 - Incoming 6th Grader Math Info Night 6:30-7:15 (JM)

  • Saturday, March 11 - MEF Event

  • Wednesday, March 15 - PTA Meeting 9:30

  • Thursday, March 23 - Mother Son Dodgeball

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PARENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENINGS WITH THE EXPERTS:

Newly formed "POEMS" (Parents of Exceptional Moraga Students) & MSD will be hosting a series of parent education evenings this school year.

Please mark your calendars and join us for our

 

THIS TUESDAY!!!! - February 28, 2017-7pm

- IEP Basics -

Presenter Laraine Domenico, Contra Costa SELPA Program Coordinator

 

March 28, 2017- 7pm

- Building Bridges: Positive Behavior Support Across School & Home -

Presenter Teri Jasman, Behaviorist

All Evening Events will be from 7pm-8:30pm in the JM Library. Please RSVP to Sally McLaughlin, smclaughlin@moraga.k12.ca.us

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:2/27/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


One School, One Book - Coming February 27!

Starting February 27 the entire CP community will be reading the same book for a program called One School, One Book. This book will be introduced to students at an assembly on 2/27. Each student will bring home their own copy (thank you PTA) and a reading calendar on this day.

 

With this program we aim to build a community of readers. Everyone - students, parents, staff - will be participating. 

 

Generally you will be asked to read a "chapter" a night (about 15 minutes). This is meant to be a family read aloud experience. We will also put links to podcasts of each "chapter" in the school website. This is a fun way to listen to the "chapter" read by a CP staff member. 

 

In school your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions. This experience will culminate with a family book club on 3/30 from 3:15-4:30. We hope you enjoy!

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:2/22/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


Bobcat Notes 2/5/2107

My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people. Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see Muhammad Yunus

 

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for January 23-February 10

TK-1st

  • Caring: To feel and show concern for others

2nd-3rd

  • Caring

  • Common Sense: To use good judgment

4th-5th

  • Caring

  • Common Sense

  • Flexibility: To be willing to alter plans when necessary


 

CP SPELLING BEE 2017: On Friday CP held our annual 3rd-5th grade spelling bee. After over 15 rounds and 90 minutes fourth grader Clara H. was crowned the winner and Emilia B. was runner up. All 18 contestants and 9 alternates did a wonderful job representing their classes and working at home to studying words and strategy. Clara will go on to represent CP at the Contra Costa County Spelling Bee on March 27th at the Tice Valley Community Center. A special thank you to Mrs. Elliott and Mrs. Nixdorff for being judges and Angel Clifford and Tami Shaffer for being our parent volunteer spelling bee coordinators.

 

MEF PHONE-A-THON NEEDS YOU: Help support MEF support our students. MEF is looking for volunteers for their annual Phone-A-Thon (PAT) on February 7th and 8th at 6:30pm. If you are able to volunteer on one or both of those dates, please use this link to sign up.

 

TICKETS GOING FAST for the MEF 35th ANNIVERSARY AUCTION & DINNER DANCE

The Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) is celebrating its 35th year of supporting excellence in education for all Moraga public school students. In honor of this anniversary, you are invited to Under the City Lights, a community wide event on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. The evening will include silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Tickets and VIP tables are limited and on sale now at www.MEF35th.com.  

 

Auction donations are still welcome.  Nothing is too small as donations can be packaged together.  This celebration is a separate fundraising event from MEF’s 2016-2017 annual campaign as proceeds will specifically benefit the MEF Endowment Fund to help provide a long-term, stable source of funding.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Questions? Email mefspecialevents@gmail.com.

 

Guest Speaker at next PTA Meeting--MSD Superintendent, Bruce Burns

Come join us at our next PTA Meeting on February 15th at 9:30am in Room 7.  MSD Superintendent, Bruce Burns, will be our guest speaker to present information on the Moraga School District's budget and seek input on the future direction of the MSD via the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  For the complete agenda, please click here.  We hope you can join us!


 

 


 

 

SUPPORT MORAGA’S ALL ACCESS PLAYGROUND: The Rotary Club of Moraga announced this week that it has reached 70% of its goal to raise just over $250,000 in donations for the new Lamorinda All-Access Playground.

The club has now raised $175,000 from the community, local corporations and foundations and its own club members since beginning the fundraising drive in early October.

 

“The response in favor of this All-Access Playground has been overwhelming,” said Rotary President Kevin Reneau. “It was an ambitious goal and a real stretch financially to undertake this project, but we have been really gratified to see the way everybody has stepped up to the plate for kids who have special needs and for all the children in our community.”

The project involves the design and construction of a 5,000 square foot playground in the Moraga Commons that will include 24 pieces of specialized recreational equipment on a rubberized surface that will allow those with special needs to play side-by-side with their family and friends, whether or not they have any physical challenges.  It is scheduled to be constructed this coming fall with a completion date set for September or October of 2017

 

Reneau said that the fundraising campaign will continue through the first half of 2017 and that it is important that the community raise the last third of the money needed to start the project on schedule.Donations can be made by writing a check to the Moraga Rotary Foundation and mailed to PO Box 122, Moraga, CA 94556 or by going to www.gofundme.com and using the search term “Lamorinda” to find the page where online donations can be made. All donations are tax deductible as the Rotary is a 501(c) (3) organization.

 

WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR CP PARENTS:

Coordinating Council: This long-standing MSD committee has evolved from reviewing supplemental district programs to developing and overseeing the implementation of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), the District’s road map to the future.  In other words, this committee decides the overarching direction and focus for our schools.

 

School Safety Committee: This committee has had a great influence state-wide on the way safety concerns (specifically child-abuse reporting) are handled at the school level.  Currently, the Safety Committee develops and monitors MSD’s Comprehensive Student Safety Plan, which includes issues such as emergency preparedness, digital citizenship and campus security.

 

Student Wellness:  This committee was established in the fall of 2016 and is charged with ensuring that schools are in compliance with our district’s “Wellness” board policy.  Anticipated work of this committee will include how we address the physical, social, and emotional health of our students.

If you have an interest in any of the above topics, please contact your school principal or Camille Santi, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent (925-377-4101), to find out more!  Our schools’ success depends on the involvement and collaboration of all stakeholders.  Please join our efforts!

___________________________________________________________

PARENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

 

EVENINGS WITH THE EXPERTS:

Newly formed "POEMS" (Parents of Exceptional Moraga Students) & MSD will be hosting a series of parent education evenings this school year.

 

Please mark your calendars and join us for our

 

 

February 28, 2017-7pm

- IEP Basics -

Presenter Laraine Domenico, Contra Costa SELPA Program Coordinator

 

March 28, 2017- 7pm

- Building Bridges: Positive Behavior Support Across School & Home -

Presenter Teri Jasman, Behaviorist

 

All Evening Events will be from 7pm-8:30pm in the JM Library. Please RSVP to Sally McLaughlin, smclaughlin@moraga.k12.ca.us

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:2/6/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


Bobcat Notes 1/29/2017

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. -Frederick Douglass

 

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for January 23-February 10

TK-1st

  • Caring: To feel and show concern for others

2nd-3rd

  • Caring

  • Common Sense: To use good judgment

4th-5th

  • Caring

  • Common Sense

  • Flexibility: To be willing to alter plans when necessary


 

MOVIE NIGHT THANK YOU: Thank you to Carol McAlpin and Courtney Johnson for organizing Friday’s CP movie night!

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! MEF 35th ANNIVERSARY AUCTION & DINNER DANCE

The Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) is celebrating its 35th year of supporting excellence in education for all Moraga public school students. In honor of this anniversary, you are invited to Under the City Lights, a community wide event on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. The evening will include silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Tickets and VIP tables are limited and on sale now at www.MEF35th.com.  

 

Auction donations are still welcome.  Nothing is too small as donations can be packaged together.  This celebration is a separate fundraising event from MEF’s 2016-2017 annual campaign as proceeds will specifically benefit the MEF Endowment Fund to help provide a long-term, stable source of funding.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Questions? Email mefspecialevents@gmail.com.

 

CP's Annual Read-a-thon KEEP READING:  The goal is 100% participation- raising money is secondary. We will also be holding a Book Drive to benefit a local non-profit literacy program. READ! READ! READ!

 

 


 

 

SUPPORT MORAGA’S ALL ACCESS PLAYGROUND: The Rotary Club of Moraga announced this week that it has reached 70% of its goal to raise just over $250,000 in donations for the new Lamorinda All-Access Playground.

The club has now raised $175,000 from the community, local corporations and foundations and its own club members since beginning the fundraising drive in early October.

 

“The response in favor of this All-Access Playground has been overwhelming,” said Rotary President Kevin Reneau. “It was an ambitious goal and a real stretch financially to undertake this project, but we have been really gratified to see the way everybody has stepped up to the plate for kids who have special needs and for all the children in our community.”

The project involves the design and construction of a 5,000 square foot playground in the Moraga Commons that will include 24 pieces of specialized recreational equipment on a rubberized surface that will allow those with special needs to play side-by-side with their family and friends, whether or not they have any physical challenges.  It is scheduled to be constructed this coming fall with a completion date set for September or October of 2017

 

Reneau said that the fundraising campaign will continue through the first half of 2017 and that it is important that the community raise the last third of the money needed to start the project on schedule.Donations can be made by writing a check to the Moraga Rotary Foundation and mailed to PO Box 122, Moraga, CA 94556 or by going to www.gofundme.com and using the search term “Lamorinda” to find the page where online donations can be made. All donations are tax deductible as the Rotary is a 501(c) (3) organization.

 

WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR CP PARENTS:

 

Cultural Proficiency Committee:  This new MSD committee will explore what it means to be a “culturally proficient school” and will outline our district’s strengths and areas for improvement in making sure our schools provide equal access to all students.  Actions will be developed to make sure students from all backgrounds feel included and valued.

 

Coordinating Council: This long-standing MSD committee has evolved from reviewing supplemental district programs to developing and overseeing the implementation of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), the District’s road map to the future.  In other words, this committee decides the overarching direction and focus for our schools.

 

School Safety Committee: This committee has had a great influence state-wide on the way safety concerns (specifically child-abuse reporting) are handled at the school level.  Currently, the Safety Committee develops and monitors MSD’s Comprehensive Student Safety Plan, which includes issues such as emergency preparedness, digital citizenship and campus security.

 

Student Wellness:  This committee was established in the fall of 2016 and is charged with ensuring that schools are in compliance with our district’s “Wellness” board policy.  Anticipated work of this committee will include how we address the physical, social, and emotional health of our students.

If you have an interest in any of the above topics, please contact your school principal or Camille Santi, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent (925-377-4101), to find out more!  Our schools’ success depends on the involvement and collaboration of all stakeholders.  Please join our efforts!

___________________________________________________________

PARENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

 

EVENINGS WITH THE EXPERTS:

Newly formed "POEMS" (Parents of Exceptional Moraga Students) & MSD will be hosting a series of parent education evenings this school year.

 

Please mark your calendars and join us for our

 

TUESDAY! January 31, 2017- 7pm

- Executive Functioning and Supporting Independence at Home -

Presenter Olivia Flint, LEP, Psychologist

 

February 28, 2017-7pm

- IEP Basics -

Presenter Laraine Domenico, Contra Costa SELPA Program Coordinator

 

March 28, 2017- 7pm

- Building Bridges: Positive Behavior Support Across School & Home -

Presenter Teri Jasman, Behaviorist

 

All Evening Events will be from 7pm-8:30pm in the JM Library. Please RSVP to Sally McLaughlin, smclaughlin@moraga.k12.ca.us

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:1/30/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


Bobcat Notes 1/23/2017

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

 

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for January 23-February 10

TK-1st

  • Caring: To feel and show concern for others

2nd-3rd

  • Caring

  • Common Sense: To use good judgment

4th-5th

  • Caring

  • Common Sense

  • Flexibility: To be willing to alter plans when necessary

 

Great Music Informance! Thank you Mr. Barbieri, Mrs. Stafford, and Mr. Noel for your hard work with our 4th and 5th graders. The band, strings, and choir showed incredible improvement since the start of the year. Bravo! Without your support of the Moraga Education Foundation our music program would not be possible.

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! MEF 35th ANNIVERSARY AUCTION & DINNER DANCE

The Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) is celebrating its 35th year of supporting excellence in education for all Moraga public school students. In honor of this anniversary, you are invited to Under the City Lights, a community wide event on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. The evening will include silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Tickets and VIP tables are limited and on sale now at www.MEF35th.com.  

 

Auction donations are still welcome.  Nothing is too small as donations can be packaged together.  This celebration is a separate fundraising event from MEF’s 2016-2017 annual campaign as proceeds will specifically benefit the MEF Endowment Fund to help provide a long-term, stable source of funding.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Questions? Email mefspecialevents@gmail.com.

 

CP's Annual Read-a-thon STARTED FRIDAY: The focus of this endeavor is reading for fun!  Students will record their reading time during the duration of the Read-A-Thon and collect pledges from family members and close neighbors.  All students are encouraged to participate with or without pledges. The goal is 100% participation- raising money is secondary. We will also be holding a Book Drive to benefit a local non-profit literacy program. READ! READ! READ!

 

MOVIE NIGHT: REGISTRATION CLOSES WEDNESDAY

Registration is open for CP Movie Night:  

The Secret Life of Pets!

 

Tickets by advance purchase only - seating will be limited!

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

5:45-7:45pm (CP Multi Use Room)

$15/student

Dinner and Dessert Included (pizza, fruit & veggies, water, popcorn and candy treats)

 

Click here to register.

 

Online registration is open now for all TK-5th grade CP students for our showing of The Secret Life of Pets (rated PG).  Registration will close at midnight on Wednesday, January 25th.  Register now — your kids won't want to miss out on all the laughter and fun!

 

WHAT ARE THE TEACHERS DOING TODAY?

All TK – 5th grade teachers will meet with MSD Writers’ Workshop Consultants in the morning to calibrate student writing. This work provides teachers a way to reflect on their instruction and differentiate their instruction based on student need.  

 

In the afternoon, teachers will choose from a menu of workshops presented by specialists on such topics as “Handwriting and Fine Motor Interventions” to “Assistive Technology Tools for Writers in the Classroom.”  

 

 


 

HELP WANTED:

 

Get Involved in 2017! Submitted by Bruce Burns, MSD Superintendent

Looking for a New Year’s Resolution that will make a difference for both your child and the entire school community?  Consider joining a district-level committee.  There are a variety of opportunities to lend your voice to make a long-lasting impact.  Parent input is needed on all of the following committees:

 

Cultural Proficiency Committee:  This new MSD committee will explore what it means to be a “culturally proficient school” and will outline our district’s strengths and areas for improvement in making sure our schools provide equal access to all students.  Actions will be developed to make sure students from all backgrounds feel included and valued.

 

Coordinating Council: This long-standing MSD committee has evolved from reviewing supplemental district programs to developing and overseeing the implementation of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), the District’s road map to the future.  In other words, this committee decides the overarching direction and focus for our schools.

 

School Safety Committee: This committee has had a great influence state-wide on the way safety concerns (specifically child-abuse reporting) are handled at the school level.  Currently, the Safety Committee develops and monitors MSD’s Comprehensive Student Safety Plan, which includes issues such as emergency preparedness, digital citizenship and campus security.

 

Student Wellness:  This committee was established in the fall of 2016 and is charged with ensuring that schools are in compliance with our district’s “Wellness” board policy.  Anticipated work of this committee will include how we address the physical, social, and emotional health of our students.

If you have an interest in any of the above topics, please contact your school principal or Camille Santi, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent (925-377-4101), to find out more!  Our schools’ success depends on the involvement and collaboration of all stakeholders.  Please join our efforts!

___________________________________________________________

PARENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

 

EVENINGS WITH THE EXPERTS:

Newly formed "POEMS" (Parents of Exceptional Moraga Students) & MSD will be hosting a series of parent education evenings this school year.

 

Please mark your calendars and join us for our

 

January 31, 2017- 7pm

- Executive Functioning and Supporting Independence at Home -

Presenter Olivia Flint, LEP, Psychologist

 

February 28, 2017-7pm

- IEP Basics -

Presenter Laraine Domenico, Contra Costa SELPA Program Coordinator

 

March 28, 2017- 7pm

- Building Bridges: Positive Behavior Support Across School & Home -

Presenter Teri Jasman, Behaviorist

 

All Evening Events will be from 7pm-8:30pm in the JM Library. Please RSVP to Sally McLaughlin, smclaughlin@moraga.k12.ca.us

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:1/23/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


Correction to Yesterday's Bobcat News!

Correction to Yesterday's Bobcat News!

The tickets for the MEF "Under the City Lights" Auction and Dinner are on sale TODAY (not 1/27) at www.mef35th.com.

Also, the contact for donations is: mefspecialevents@gmail.com (not the address listed in yesterday's news)

Sorry for the confusion.

 

Chris Reddam - Camino Pablo Principal

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:1/17/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


Bobcat Notes 1/16/17

BOBCAT NOTES 1/16/2017

 

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

LIFESKILLS FOCUS for January 4-20

TK-1st

  • Responsibility:  To be accountable for your actions

2nd-5th

  • Responsibility:  To be accountable for your actions

  • Organization:  To plan, arrange and implement in an orderly way

 

SPELLING BEE: The Camino Pablo 3rd-5th Camino Pablo Spelling Bee is on February 3rd at 8:30. Last week each 3rd-5th class held a classroom bee. Each participating classroom puts forward two contestants and one alternate. Between now and the bee there will be two Friday practice sessions during lunch and one dress rehearsal on January 27th. The winner of the bee will move on to the county competition in March.

 

CELEBRATE MORAGA EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S (MEF) BIRTHDAY!!: MEF is celebrating it’s 35th anniversary this year with an "Under the City Lights" Auction & Dinner Dance to be held at the Claremont on Saturday, March 11, 2017.  Tickets go on sale January 27. Flyers will come home with your child(ren) on Friday, January 20.  

FYI - MEF are still looking for auction donations.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to donate an item, please contact carolmcalpin@comcast.net.  

 

CP's Annual Read-a-thon is just around the corner. The focus of this endeavor is reading for fun!  Students will record their reading time during the duration of the Read-A-Thon and collect pledges from family members and close neighbors.  All students are encouraged to participate with or without pledges. The goal is 100% participation- raising money is secondary. We will also be holding a Book Drive to benefit a local non-profit literacy program.

 

REMINDER: No Students on Monday, January 23 due to staff professional development.

 

ASEP Registration is Open

ASEP Registration is now open, January 3rd - 20th!  Register early before classes fill up.  Visit the CP ASEP page for class descriptions and registration instructions.

 

PTA Meeting

Come join us at our next PTA Association Meeting this Wednesday, January 18th at 9:30am.  Annette Herbert of the Kids' Connection (school counseling) program will be our guest speaker to provide an overview of this wonderful program available at CP.  Mrs. Herbert helps kids across all three Moraga elementary schools to build life skills.

Click here for the complete agenda.  We hope to see you then!

 

 


 

HELP WANTED:

 

Get Involved in 2017! Submitted by Bruce Burns, MSD Superintendent

Looking for a New Year’s Resolution that will make a difference for both your child and the entire school community?  Consider joining a district-level committee.  There are a variety of opportunities to lend your voice to make a long-lasting impact.  Parent input is needed on all of the following committees:

 

Cultural Proficiency Committee:  This new MSD committee will explore what it means to be a “culturally proficient school” and will outline our district’s strengths and areas for improvement in making sure our schools provide equal access to all students.  Actions will be developed to make sure students from all backgrounds feel included and valued.

 

Coordinating Council: This long-standing MSD committee has evolved from reviewing supplemental district programs to developing and overseeing the implementation of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), the District’s road map to the future.  In other words, this committee decides the overarching direction and focus for our schools.

 

School Safety Committee: This committee has had a great influence state-wide on the way safety concerns (specifically child-abuse reporting) are handled at the school level.  Currently, the Safety Committee develops and monitors MSD’s Comprehensive Student Safety Plan, which includes issues such as emergency preparedness, digital citizenship and campus security.

 

Student Wellness:  This committee was established in the fall of 2016 and is charged with ensuring that schools are in compliance with our district’s “Wellness” board policy.  Anticipated work of this committee will include how we address the physical, social, and emotional health of our students.

If you have an interest in any of the above topics, please contact your school principal or Camille Santi, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent (925-377-4101), to find out more!  Our schools’ success depends on the involvement and collaboration of all stakeholders.  Please join our efforts!

___________________________________________________________

PARENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

 

EVENINGS WITH THE EXPERTS:

Newly formed "POEMS" (Parents of Exceptional Moraga Students) & MSD will be hosting a series of parent education evenings this school year.

 

Please mark your calendars and join us for our

 

January 31, 2017- 7pm

- Executive Functioning and Supporting Independence at Home -

Presenter Olivia Flint, LEP, Psychologist

 

February 28, 2017-7pm

- IEP Basics -

Presenter Laraine Domenico, Contra Costa SELPA Program Coordinator

 

March 28, 2017- 7pm

- Building Bridges: Positive Behavior Support Across School & Home -

Presenter Teri Jasman, Behaviorist

 

All Evening Events will be from 7pm-8:30pm in the JM Library. Please RSVP to Sally McLaughlin, smclaughlin@moraga.k12.ca.us

 

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:1/17/17
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


BOBCAT NOTES 12/4/2016

The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. -Jean Piaget

Lifeskill Focus: November 28-December 16

  • TK-1st = Cooperation - To work together toward a common goal or purpose

  • 2nd-5th =

    • Cooperation

    • Perseverance - To keep at it

 

Attendance EVERY DAY COUNTS!: The State, District, and Camino Pablo all share the goal of having a higher daily percentage of students at school. Every day, and child, counts! The learning that happens in the classroom can’t be replicated with make-up work.

 

An unexcused absence is when a child misses school for an entire day and is not ill. A child can be on an independent study when on a trip for 5 or more days. The state reimburses us for days missed on independent study, and those absences are excused. However, the issue remains that important learning was missed.

 

Here are few recent numbers from CP:

  • Independent Study Days from 8/22/2016-11/18/2016

    • CP = 136

    • RH = 63

    • LP = 68

    • JM = 77

  • Absences at CP

    • Thursday 11/17 = 52 (13.3% of the school)

    • Friday 11/18 = 59 (15.1% of the school)

 

Drop Off Time Reminder: Please remember the following drop off times:

  • Early TK-2nd and all 3rd-5th = No earlier than 8:10

  • Late TK-2nd = No earlier than 9:25

There is no supervision before these times.

 

Digital Citizenship Parent Information: Click on the link below to access some parent resources on digital citizenship. Digital Citizenship Resources

 


 

MATH OPPORTUNITIES (updated flyer wtih corrected link):

Math Competition at CP: Math Kangaroo at Camino Pablo Elementary

What:         Fun Math Competition for Grades 1 through 12

                    CP will be hosting a Test Center for Grades 1 through 6 only

When:       4:00 PM on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Where:      Camino Pablo Multi-Use Room

Here is a flyer with more information. A special thank you David Harrison for getting this to our school.

 

 


 

HELP WANTED:

Yard Duty Needed: CP has open 12:00-1:00 yard duty positions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Come join the party in the lunchroom and the playground. If you are interested contact Chris Reddam.

 

Parents Needed for:

  • DISTRICT SAFETY COMMITTEE: We need at least one parent representative on the District Safety Committee. There are three more dates: 12/7, 2/22 and 4/12. All meetings are at CP from 3:30-5:00. Please let me know if you are interested ASAP.

  • Cultural Proficiency Committee: We need a teacher or parent rep from CP (first meeting is November 15 at 6:30, location TBA)

 

Fall Food Drive Reminder: Student Council is sponsoring the annual Fall Food Drive to help The Bay Area Rescue Mission. Canned goods will be accepted now until December 9. The food barrels are in the main hall.  

___________________________________________________________

PARENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

 

PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Are devices on your children's gift list? Are you ready to help them use those devices responsibly? Would you like a family media agreement to help manage screen time?  

 

Please join us on Dec. 6 for a FREE parent education night on Parenting in the Digital Age. Please see the flyer for more information.

 

Sign up to attend now!

 
 

EVENINGS WITH THE EXPERTS:

Newly formed "POEMS" (Parents of Exceptional Moraga Students) & MSD will be hosting a series of parent education evenings this school year.

 

Please mark your calendars and join us for our

 

December 5, 2016 - 7pm

- Sensory Processing -

Presenter Janet Alexander, OTR-L, Occupational Therapist

 

January 31, 2017- 7pm

- Executive Functioning and Supporting Independence at Home -

Presenter Olivia Flint, LEP, Psychologist

 

February 28, 2017-7pm

- IEP Basics -

Presenter Laraine Domenico, Contra Costa SELPA Program Coordinator

 

March 28, 2017- 7pm

- Building Bridges: Positive Behavior Support Across School & Home -

Presenter Teri Jasman, Behaviorist

 

All Evening Events will be from 7pm-8:30pm in the JM Library. Please RSVP to Sally McLaughlin, smclaughlin@moraga.k12.ca.us

 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES:

December 5 - Camino Pablo School Site Council at 3:15 in Room 7

December 7 – MSD Student Safety Committee Meeting at CP at 3;30, Room 7

December 9 - NO 4th/5th Concert - This has been moved to 1/20/17 at 2:00

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:12/6/16
Audience: Chris Reddam and Homepage


Mr. Reddam's PTA Presentation 11/16/2016

Did you miss Mr. Reddam's presentation at the 11/16/2016? Here is a link to the slide portion of the presentation:

 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10g9zceSjXZGJGczWgFjgL9VBSgs_Mgu90ONDKh8mXdY/edit?usp=sharing

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:11/28/16
Audience: Homepage


11/27/2016

BOBCAT NOTES 11/27/2016

 

Welcome back! I hope your Thanksgiving week we filled with fun, family, and food. We are excited to see students tomorrow.

Lifeskill Focus: November 28-December 16

  • TK-1st = Cooperation - To work together toward a common goal or purpose

  • 2nd-5th =

    • Cooperation

    • Perseverance - To keep at it

 

 

 


MATH OPPORTUNITIES (updated flyer wtih corrected link):

Math Competition at CP: Math Kangaroo at Camino Pablo Elementary

What:         Fun Math Competition for Grades 1 through 12

                    CP will be hosting a Test Center for Grades 1 through 6 only

When:       4:00 PM on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Where:      Camino Pablo Multi-Use Room

Here is a flyer with more information. A special thank you David Harrison for getting this to our school.

 

3rd-6th Grade Math Competition: There will be a math competition for 3rd-6th grade students at JM on December 11. Interested 3rd-6th grade parents need to sign-up by 11/18. Follow these links for more info:

 

 


HELP WANTED:

Yard Duty Needed: CP has open 12:00-1:00 yard duty positions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Come join the party in the lunchroom and the playground. If you are interested contact Chris Reddam.

 

Parents Needed for:

  • DISTRICT SAFETY COMMITTEE: We need at least one parent representative on the District Safety Committee. There are three more dates: 12/7, 2/22 and 4/12. All meetings are at CP from 3:30-5:00. Please let me know if you are interested ASAP.

  • Cultural Proficiency Committee: We need a teacher or parent rep from CP (first meeting is November 15 at 6:30, location TBA)

 

Fall Food Drive Reminder: Student Council is sponsoring the annual Fall Food Drive to help The Bay Area Rescue Mission. Canned goods will be accepted now until December 9. The food barrels are in the main hall.  

___________________________________________________________

PARENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

 

PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Are devices on your children's gift list? Are you ready to help them use those devices responsibly? Would you like a family media agreement to help manage screen time?  

 

Please join us on Dec. 6 for a FREE parent education night on Parenting in the Digital Age. Please see the flyer for more information.

 

Sign up to attend now!

 

 

EVENINGS WITH THE EXPERTS:

Newly formed "POEMS" (Parents of Exceptional Moraga Students) & MSD will be hosting a series of parent education evenings this school year.

 

Please mark your calendars and join us for our

 

December 5, 2016 - 7pm

- Sensory Processing -

Presenter Janet Alexander, OTR-L, Occupational Therapist

 

January 31, 2017- 7pm

- Executive Functioning and Supporting Independence at Home -

Presenter Olivia Flint, LEP, Psychologist

 

February 28, 2017-7pm

- IEP Basics -

Presenter Laraine Domenico, Contra Costa SELPA Program Coordinator

 

March 28, 2017- 7pm

- Building Bridges: Positive Behavior Support Across School & Home -

Presenter Teri Jasman, Behaviorist

 

All Evening Events will be from 7pm-8:30pm in the JM Library. Please RSVP to Sally McLaughlin, smclaughlin@moraga.k12.ca.us

 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES:

November 21-November 25 - Thanksgiving Break

November 30 - District Coordination Council

December 7 – MSD Student Safety Committee Meeting at CP at 3;30, Room 7

December 9 - NO 4th/5th Concert - This has been moved to 1/20/17 at 2:00

 

 

Supported by MEF.jpg

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:11/27/16
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat News 10/16

 

BOBCAT NOTES 10/16/2016

 

“Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” – Edmund Burke

Lifeskill Focus: October 10-28

  • TK-1st = Friendship - To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring

  • 2nd-3rd =

    • Friendship

    • Sense of Humor - To laugh and be playful without harming others

  • 4th-5th

    • Friendship

    • Sense of Humor

    • Initiative - To do something because it needs to be done

 

DIgital Citizenship Week: It’s Digital Citizenship Week! In our MSD community, we will be discussing how we can be kind online over the next few weeks. This week we will focus on what it means to be a good digital citizen. We are surveying our MSD community to find out our educational needs for students and parents. Please take a moment to complete our parent survey.

 

Classroom teachers will be sharing a brief video and discussion weekly. The videos are linked below in case you'd like to view too and be able to discuss at home.  Each week we will send you a tip sheet or other resource to help facilitate a conversation at home and extend your child’s learning. On Dec. 6, we will host a parent education night at JMIS for all K-8 parents, so mark your calendars.

 

Focus for Week 1, Oct. 17-21:


 

Readers’ Workshop Parent Night: One of our goals this year is the implementation of our new Readers’ Workshop program. The goal of this program is to empower to students to love reading and become critical readers and thinkers. There is an important parent education night with more information about this exciting program.

 

Introducing Readers’ Workshop for TK-5

When: Thursday, October 20 from 6:30-8:00

Where: JM Library

What: Learn about the components of the reader’s workshop model, review strategies to support reading at home, learn the benefits of a balanced reading program

Who: Leslie Nash from the West Coast Literacy Workshop

 

HALLOWEEN Halloween is one of CP’s grand traditions that is organized by our Student Council. Here are some reminders for this year’s parade.

  • Teachers will let you know, but most students arrive in costume (and bring a change for later in the day).

  • The parade will be out on the blacktop near Bobcat and will start around 9:45.

  • There are spots marked for classes to gather and other spots for parents. Please respect each other when finding a place to view.

  • Student Council awards prizes. This year’s categories are: Most Creative, Best School Spirit, Funniest, and Best Group.

  • No weapons. Make sure that costumes are school appropriate. NO CLOWN COSTUMES!!!

  • The parade ends with the 5th grade dance.

  • All parents who are in classrooms MUST have completed the MSD volunteer clearance, sign in at the office and visibly wear a volunteer badge.

 

EARTHQUAKE DRILL: On Thursday, Oct. 20, CP will participate in the Great California Shake Out. The purpose of the “ShakeOut” is to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes, so that we can be prepared in the event of the real thing!  Students and staff will practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” before evacuating the classrooms to the fields. Now would be the perfect time to review earthquake preparedness at home.  Please consider reviewing the “Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety” so that your family is well-prepared.

 

Fall Food Drive Reminder: Student Council is sponsoring the annual Fall Food Drive to help The Bay Area Rescue Mission. Canned goods will be accepted now until December 9. The food barrels are in the main hall.  

 

Parent Education Opportunity: Taking the Power Struggle Out of Parenting: Cutting Edge Skills for Parents

Please see flyer for more details: Information on 11/2/2016 Parent Education

 

iKind Free Movie Presentations

The Mask You Live In*

October 19, 2016 at 7PM

Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Theater

RSVP and More Information at  iKind Eventbrite Page

Hosted by

The Moraga iKind Project and the JM iKind Committee

The JM SMILE Club

The Diversity Committee of the Acalanes Union High School District

Campolindo and JM Leadership

MSD PTAs

*The movie is appropriate for parents and middle school students age 13+.  Students younger than 13 should be accompanied by a parent.

For more information, click HERE

A student panel discussion will follow the movie.

 

and

 

Free Movie Presentation

Screenagers

November 1, 2016 at Campolindo High School

Campolindo Performing Arts Center

RSVP and More Information at HERE

Hosted by

The Moraga iKind Project and the JM iKind Committee

The JM SMILE Club

The Diversity Committee of the Acalanes Union High School District

Campolindo and JM Leadership

MSD PTAs

A student panel discussion will follow the movie.


 

Thank you from PTA:

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Paxti's Pizza Fundraiser and has been shopping on AmazonSmile.com to benefit CP!

 

This note is to remind everyone to please also take advantage of the cash back that eScrip offers for Camino Pablo Elementary School.

 

eScrip

Create an account and register your credit cards within it.  It's quick, easy, and secure!  https://secure.escrip.com/signup/index.jsp

 

a) Restaurant - Homemade Kitchen, American Kitchen, Piccolo Napoli (Theater Square in Orinda) give back to CP!

 

b) Grocery Stores - Diablo Foods and Lunardi's give back to CP!  (register your credit card for each store / "where to earn" -> "find merchants")

 

c) Online Shopping - Bookmark the "online mall" link and return to the eScrip page to click to your favorite store* each time you shop.

 

* Merchants include Gap, Old Navy, BR, JetBlue, Apple, Pottery Barn, Bloomingdales, Home Depot, there are hundreds - please check it out!

Important Dates:

Thur., October 20 - Readers’ Workshop Parent Education

Fri., Oct 21 - Halloween Family Bingo Night

Mon., Oct. 31 - 9:45 Halloween Parade

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:10/17/16
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat News 9/25/2016

BOBCAT NOTES 9/25/2016

 

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort. - Jesse Owens

 

Lifeskill Focus: September 19-October 7

  • TK-1st

    • Effort - To do your best

  • 2nd and 3rd

    • Effort

    • Respect - To have consideration of others

  • 4th and 5th

    • Effort

    • Respect

    • Integrity - To be honest and do the right thing

 

Lunch Recess Walking Club - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We would like to start a lunch-recess walking club for students at CP. We would start with one day a week. This club would be run by two parent volunteers. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Another option during recess

  • Great exercise

  • Task oriented activity

  • Can lead to social connections

Here are some of the logistics:

  • Parents mark laps on student tally cards

  • Students earn “feet” for finishing a specified number of laps

  • Students earn a T-shirt for walking a total of 26.2 miles

If you are interested in getting this program started at CP please email me.

 

District Styrofoam Ban: At the last school board meeting a group of former JM ECO Club students, including several CP alumnae, made a presentation highlighting the negative impact of polystyrene on the environment. The former JM ECO Club members asked the Board to consider banning polystyrene. These students were so persuasive that the Moraga School Board voted to ban the use of styrofoam in the Moraga School District. Check out the MSD webpage for more info: Styrofoam

 

PICTURE DAY is Wednesday, September 28:  This year, ordering will be done online.

Please go to www.inter-state.com/order and use the code 08232Q.

 

Readers’ Workshop Parent Night: One of our goals this year is the implementation of our new Readers’ Workshop program. The goal of this program is to empower to students to love reading and become critical readers and thinkers. There is an important parent education night with more information about this exciting program.

 

Introducing Readers’ Workshop for TK-5

When: Thursday, October 20 from 6:30-8:00

Where: JM Library

What: Learn about the components of the reader’s workshop model, review strategies to support reading at home, learn the benefits of a balanced reading program

Who: Leslie Nash from the West Coast Literacy Workshop

 

PTA Reflections Program is here. The deadline for student submissions in October 11. PTA REFLECTIONS is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2016-2017 theme: What is Your Story?

 

Students are invited to choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture, or create a piece of visual art inspired by the theme.  Students can use work created in class or outside of class as long as it is his/her own original effort and follows program guidelines.  Although the emphasis of this program is recognition, a selected group of submissions will move to the next level of judging and may ultimately end up at the state or national level.

 

Parent Education Opportunity with a Special Education Focus:

What: Navigating the journey of parenting the challenging child: Some perspective, emotions and strategies for getting through.

When: Tuesday, September 27 from 7:00-8:30

Where: Orinda Union School District Board Room (8 Altarinda Road)

 

Important Dates:

Wed., Sept. 28 - PICTURE DAY

Fri., Sept. 30 - Sibling Photos, 5th Panoramic Picture

Thur., Oct. 6 - CP PTA Parent Party - MCC

Fri., Oct. 7 - Sibling Photos

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:9/26/16
Audience: Homepage


Bobcat Notes 9/19/16

BOBCAT NOTES 9/19/2016

 

"Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them." - LADY BIRD JOHNSON, Former First Lady of the United States

 

Bobcat GO! A HUGE Success: Thank you to the CP picnic coordinators:

  • Jenn Mediano

  • Elle McCune

  • Sara Farner

  • Raquel Louie

  • Urmila Taylor

  • Elisa McGuiness

Lost Shoes at the Picnic!  If you picked up a pair of size 1 rainbow-colored athletic shoes at the inflatable slide, we have your size 6.  Please contact Stephanie Becker (stephaniesbecker@gmail.com) to coordinate the return. Thank you.

 

Lifeskill Focus: September 19-October 7

  • TK-1st

    • Effort - To do your best

  • 2nd and 3rd

    • Effort

    • Respect - To have consideration of others

  • 4th and 5th

    • Effort

    • Respect

    • Integrity - To be honest and do the right thing

Traffic Reminders:  Here are a few reminders about the traffic circle:

  • Please stay in your car. Have your child practice opening the door on the sidewalk side of the car.

  • Once you drop your child off please exit the circle...although it is tempting to watch how cute he/she is walking to class

  • The closer you arrive to 8:25 the more crowded the circle gets

 

9:15-9:25 Recess for 1st and 2nd Late Start: As of now we do not have any playground coverage from 9:15-9:25. 1st and 2nd grade late start students cannot be on the playground until the bell rings at 9:25. If we get a parent who is interested in being a yard duty he/she will need to go through the official hiring process (fingerprints and TB testing).

 

Readers’ Workshop Parent Night: One of our goals this year is the implementation of our new Readers’ Workshop program. The goal of this program is to empower to students to love reading and become critical readers and thinkers. There is an important parent education night with more information about this exciting program.

 

Introducing Readers’ Workshop for TK-5

When: Thursday, October 20 from 6:30-8:00

Where: JM Library

What: Learn about the components of the reader’s workshop model, review strategies to support reading at home, learn the benefits of a balanced reading program

Who: Leslie Nash from the West Coast Literacy Workshop

 

School Site Council Opening: We have an opening on our School Site Council (SSC). School Site Council is a team of teachers and parents. We meet six times this year. Our goal is to monitor and develop a plan for student achievement. If you are interested please contact me.

 

Parent Education Opportunity with a Special Education Focus:

What: Navigating the journey of parenting the challenging child: Some perspective, emotions and strategies for getting through.

When: Tuesday, September 27 from 7:00-8:30

Where: Orinda Union School District Board Room (8 Altarinda Road)

 

Important Dates:

Mon., Sept. 19 - School Site Council Meeting

Wed., Sept. 21 - PTA General Meeting

Wed., Sept. 21 - Paxti’s CP Fundraiser (10% of sales go to CP)

Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:9/19/16
Audience: Homepage


Principal Message for August 26, 2016

Our first five days of school were a huge success. Students were smiling and teachers were excited. The CP staff is thrilled to be back at school engaging students in the joy of learning.

 

Lifeskill Focus: August 22-September 16

TK-1st

  • Caring - To feel and show concern for others

2nd-3rd

  • Caring

  • Common Sense - To use good judgment

4th and 5th

  • Caring

  • Common Sense

  • Flexibility - To be willing to alter plans when necessary

 

One More TA NEEDED: We are still in need of a Teacher’s Assistant (TA) for second grade. The position is 5 days a week for about 6 hours a week. If you are interested, or know of anyone who is interested, have them contact Lisa Crouch at 377-4103.

 

Back to School Night is this THURSDAY: Back to School Night is a minimum day for students (no lunch at school). Arrange for sitters now as this is an adult only event. We hope every parent can attend.

  • 6:00-6:45 Grades 3-5 classrooms

  • 6:45-7:15 Hear from MEF, PTA, and Mr. Reddam about new report cards, curriculum, etc.

  • 7:15-8:00 Grades TK-2 classrooms

 

CP Twitter: Mr. Reddam has a CP Twitter account. The feed can be viewed on the school website and he can be followed by clicking here: http://twitter.com/CPPrincipalMSD

 

Traffic: Everyone did a great job making the first week safe and calm during drop-off and pick-up.

  • Drop off closer to 8:10 (supervision begins at 8:10)

  • Don’t park or get out of your car in the “drop-off” zone

  • Follow traffic signs and rules

  • Be patient

  • Do NOT park in spots labeled STAFF PARKING

 

Every Day Counts: Our students attend school for 180 days. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) require students to be involved in activities and projects that deeply engage them in literacy, math, and the content areas. These projects and activities can’t be re-created in make-up work or in the home environment. Studies show that students who miss an average two days a month can have difficulty meeting standards. EVERY DAY COUNTS!

 

Second Week Schedule:

Mon., Tues., Fri. - Regular

  • TK = 8:40-12:17

  • K = 8:25-12:02

  • 1st-3rd = 8:25-1:55

  • 4th/5th = 8:25-3:05

Wednesday - Early Dismissal

  • TK = 8:40-12:17

  • K = 8:25-12:02

  • 1st-5th = 8:25-1:50

Thursday - Minimum Day

  • TK = 8:40-12:05

  • K = 8:25-11:50

  • 1st-5th = 8:25-12:12

 

Important Dates:

Thurs., Sept. 1- Back to School Night (Minimum Day) No lunch at school. Arrange for sitters now as this is an adult only event.

  • 6:00-6:45 Grades 3-5 classrooms

  • 6:45-7:15 Hear from MEF, PTA, and Mr. Reddam about new report cards, curriculum, etc.

  • 7:15-8:00 Grades TK-2 classrooms



 

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:8/30/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


CP News for the week of 8/22

Happy first week of school. CP staff is excited to start the year.

 

Lifeskill Focus:

 

August 22-September 16

TK-1st

Caring

2nd-3rd

Caring

Common Sense

4th-5th

Caring

Common Sense

Flexibility

 

TA Help NEEDED: We are in need of a two Teacher’s Assistant (TA). Both positions are 5 days a week. One position is about 13 hours and the other is about 6 hours. If you are interested, or know of anyone who is interested, have them contact Lisa Crouch at 377-4103

 

CP Twitter: Mr. Reddam has a CP Twitter account. The feed can be viewed on the school website and he can be followed by clicking here: http://twitter.com/CPPrincipalMSD

 

Traffic: Please be aware that traffic will be heavier for the first few weeks of school due to TK-3 being on the early schedule and JM’s later start time.

  • Drop off closer to 8:10 (supervision begins at 8:10)
  • Don’t park or get out of your car in the “drop-off” zone
  • Follow traffic signs and rules
  • Be patient 
  • Do NOT park in spots labeled STAFF PARKING

 

Staffing Update: A great big CP welcome to the following staff members:

  • Helen Murphy - 4th Grade
  • Kate Kunnes - Special Education Teacher
  • Danielle Manzi - Occupational Therapist
  • Larysa Larson - Art teacher
  • Noelle Eades - School psychologist
  • Julie Lawrie - Intensive Instructional Aide
  • Jennifer Koehler - Intensive Instructional Aide
  • Julie Hamilton - Intensive Instructional Aide
  • Tim Kahn - Speech Teacher

 

First Week Schedule-

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Wed. Dismissal

Thursday

 

Friday

TK

8:40-12:17

8:40-12:17

8:40-12:17

8:40-12:17

8:40-12:17

K

8:25-12:02

8:25-12:02

8:25-12:02

8:25-12:02

8:25-12:02

1st-3rd*

8:25-1:55

8:25-1:55

8:25-1:50

8:25-1:55

8:25-1:55

4th-5th

8:25-3:05

8:25-3:05

8:25-1:50

8:25-3:05

8:25-3:05

*3rd grade follows early schedule for first three weeks of school (new this year)

 

Class Placement: All staff (teachers, support staff, principal, and intervention personnel) worked closely to create the best group configuration for each student/class in our school. Class rosters reflect diversity in gender, ethnicity, learning styles and grade level readiness. Our teachers are all Highly Qualified and collaborate to deliver a quality program in every room. Please support us with an enthusiastic response to your child’s classroom assignment. Your attitude goes a long way in making for a successful year. Thanks.

 

MOTIVATE: Let’s motivate to make this year spectacular for our students!

 

Important Dates:

Sun., Aug. 21, 3:30-4:30- Popsicle Social. Reconnect with old friends, make new friends, check out the new spirit wear, and have a good time.

Mon., Aug. 22- First day of school   

Mon., Aug. 22, 8:30-9:00- PTA Welcome Back Coffee in MUR

Wed., Aug. 24- Wednesday dismissal

Thurs., Sept. 1- Back to School Night (Minimum Day) No lunch at school. Arrange for sitters now as this is an adult only event.

  • 6:00-6:45 Grades 3-5 classrooms
  • 6:45-7:15 Hear from MEF, PTA, and Mr. Reddam about new report cards, curriculum, etc.
  • 7:15-8:00 Grades TK-2 classrooms
Posted by: Chris Reddam Published:8/22/16
Audience: Homepage


August Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

 

I am honored and excited to be principal of Camino Pablo Elementary. My wife Alissa and her sister Martha both went to CP, JM and Campo. My in laws live up the road on Shuey. Alissa and I have two children: Jack and Abby. Jack is about to start 6th grade at Walnut Creek intermediate and Abby will be starting her sophomore year at Acalanes. Alissa is a special education teacher at Stanley...our poor kids have teachers 24/7.

 

I spent my childhood in Massachusetts and New York. I moved to California when I was 16 and finished high school in Cupertino. I attended UC Davis. Swimming was my passion in high school and college. During college I taught swim lessons and after college I was head coach of several recreational swim teams in the Lafayette and Danville. Teaching swim lessons in high school and college led me to teaching.

 

After receiving my teaching credential from San Jose State I taught first grade at Burton Valley in Lafayette for 13 years. I spent two more years in Lafayette as an Assistant Principal/Special Education administrator. For the past 5 years I was principal of Parkmead Elementary in Walnut Creek.

 

I have been in education for 20 years because I love the positive impact the art of teaching can have in the life of a student. This positive impact only happens with trust and hard work from a team of parents, teachers, staff, and students. I am excited to be joining your team. I look forward to collaborating with you to make this year motivating, fun, engaging, and successful for your students.

 

-Chris Reddam

 

Help! We are in need of a two Teacher’s Assistant (TA). Both positions are 5 days a week. One position is about 13 hours and the other is about 6 hours. If you are interested, or know of anyone who is interested, have them contact Lisa Crouch at 377-4103.

 

Enrollment/Staffing Update: District wide enrollment increases in second grade resulted in the need to establish a third second grade class at Camino Pablo School.  Our District TK-5 enrollment has increased, as of today, by 14 students.

 

Important Dates:

Fri., Aug. 19, 3:00-3:20- TK and K students visit classrooms

Fri., Aug. 19- Grades 1-5 classroom assignments emailed to families and class lists posted at the end of the business day

Sun., Aug. 21, 3:30-4:30- Popsicle Social. Reconnect with old friends, make new friends, check out the new spirit wear, and have a good time.

Mon., Aug. 22- First day of school       

Mon., Aug. 22, 8:30-9:00- PTA Welcome Back Coffee in MUR

Wed., Aug. 24- Wednesday dismissal

Thurs., Sept. 1- Back to School Night (Minimum Day) No lunch at school. Arrange for sitters now as this is an adult only event.

           6:00-6:45 Grades 3-5 classrooms

    6:45-7:15 Hear from MEF, PTA, and Mr. Reddam about new report cards, curriculum, etc.

           7:15-8:00 Grades TK-2 classrooms

 

First Week Schedule-

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Wed. Dismissal

Thursday

Friday

TK

8:40-12:17

8:40-12:17

8:40-12:17

8:40-12:17

8:40-12:17

K

8:25-12:02

8:25-12:02

8:25-12:02

8:25-12:02

8:25-12:02

1st-3rd*

8:25-1:55

8:25-1:55

8:25-1:50

8:25-1:55

8:25-1:55

4th-5th

8:25-3:05

8:25-3:05

8:25-1:50

8:25-3:05

8:25-3:05

*3rd grade follows early schedule for first three weeks of school (new this year)

 

Our school wide theme this year is MOTIVATE! More information and participation to come!

 

Emergency Cards are completed by you when you update your information in the online system. It is important that you list AT LEAST three local emergency contact people (not yourself) that you will permit to pick up your child in the event of emergency or illness.

 

Class Placement- All staff (teachers, support staff, principal, and intervention personnel) worked closely to create the best group configuration for each student/class in our school. Class rosters reflect diversity in gender, ethnicity, learning styles and grade level readiness. Our teachers are all Highly Qualified and collaborate to deliver a quality program in every room. Please support us with an enthusiastic response to your child’s classroom assignment. Your attitude goes a long way in making for a successful year. Thanks.

 

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:8/11/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for June 10, 2016

Important Dates:

Fri., June 10- Last day of school. Minimum Day. Early Dismissal.

  • TK/K dismissal at 11:50
  • 1st-5th Grade dismissal at 12:12
  • Lost and Found donated at 2:00

Fri., June 17- The office closes for the summer

Fri., Aug. 19, 3:00- Class lists emailed and posted

Fri., Aug. 19, 3:00-3:20 TK/K classroom visit

Sun., Aug. 21, 3:00- PTA popsicle social

Mon., Aug. 22- First day of school and Parent Coffee in MUR

Thurs., Sept. 1- Back to School Night

 

Thank you for making my final years so enjoyable and fulfilling. Since coming to Moraga, I have had the opportunity to work with talented teachers, a wonderful office staff, delightful students and dedicated parents. “It takes a village” is often overused, but at the same time it is true.

            Also, a HUGE thanks for the generous gifts and hijacked spirit assembly last Friday. It was a pleasant surprise to see the Student Council lead the entire assembly with games, activities and valuable prizes. It was almost like I had planned it myself. This proves that copying is the highest form of flattery.

 

As I walk out the door for the last time, I have been reflecting on my 37 years in education. (Actually, I’ve been in school and following a bell schedule since I turned 5 years old.) I have learned some lessons along the way and thought I would pass some of them along to you.

  • Know which hill to die on. Not everything is of equal importance. Things that seem big today will be minor by tomorrow.
  • Children keep us young at heart. The sound of children’s laughter and voices involved in play is a gift. It reminds me to cherish the moments and see the world through the eyes of a child.
  • We have 2 ears and only 1 mouth for a reason- listen. I have started many a conversation with a child with a strong notion of what the outcome would be. However, by asking the right questions, really listening, and asking clarifying questions I have come to new conclusions.
  • Make people feel welcome. A hello and a smile go a long way in determining how people will experience the day. (I think I could apply for to be a “greeter at the door” at Walmart.)
  • Build Community. Everyone wants to belong and it’s our job to be inclusive and welcoming.
  • Celebrate the small things. Each day has at least one thing that can be cheered and celebrated. We all need encouragement. Not just toward goals, but for the mini-steps along the way.
  • Don’t use the words always and never- when arguing. “You never clean up after yourself” does nothing to forward the conversation and ends up polarizing people. (This is also a good one for couples.)

 

I ended last week’s assembly with a verse from the song Everything Possible by the Flirtations. It’s a lullaby. Here is the first verse:

 

You can be anybody that you want to be

You can love whomever you will

You can travel any country where your heart leads

And know I will love you still

You can live by yourself

You can gather friends around

You can choose one special one

But the only measure of your words and your deeds

Will be the love you leave behind when you’re gone.

 

And Finally- “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” –A.A. Milne

 

Thank you.

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:6/10/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for June 3, 2016

Wow! Friday was pretty incredible. The Spirit Assembly was hijacked and turned over to the Student Council. They led a GREAT retirement assembly for me with games and prizes. The activities were perfect and fit me to a T.  Afterwards, I was whisked away to lunch and was unable to return to work. That sort of explains why this weekly email is late.

 

Thank you to the entire CP community for the gifts and kind words.

 

Important Dates:

Wed., June 8, 8:30-11:30 CP Olympics

Wed., June 8, 12:50-1:50 5th Grade vs. Staff kickball game

Fri., June 10- Last day of school. Minimum Day.

Fri., Aug. 19, 3:00- Class lists emailed and posted

Fri., Aug. 19, 3:00-3:20 TK/K classroom visit

Sun., Aug. 21, 3:00- PTA popsicle social

Mon., Aug. 22- First day of school

Thurs., Aug. 25- Back to School Night

 

Spirit Week is upon us.

  • Monday- Crazy Hair Day
  • Tuesday- PJ Day
  • Wednesday- Olympic Color Day

 

Change is both hard and good. In addition to my retirement, we are saying goodbye to:

  • Scott Barnett (4th Grade Teacher) is moving to Boise with his family
  • Erin Oakes (Speech and Language Pathologist) is taking employment in Napa
  • Shana Myers (K Teacher) is moving on to a new career
  • Janet Alexander (Occupational Therapist) is moving on to new pastures
  • Classroom teaching assistants Lauren Hewitt and Jennifer Raftis

 

The 2016 Summer Reading Program is just around the corner! Teachers will send home student summer reading logs this week. Have your child keep the log in a safe place. By reading over the summer and completing the reading log, students will win prizes in the fall! Prizes include an ice cream ticket and $5 gift certificate for the Scholastic Book Fair, or $10 for 2nd-6th graders who read from multiple categories (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, historical fiction, and biography). Any questions, please contact Alison Appleby.

 

We'll again be partnering with Republic Services to collect school supplies for Title 1 schools in our county. Please consider donating spiral notebooks, pencils, crayons (even broken), rulers, markers, paper, backpacks, lunch boxes, scissors, folders, spiral binders, art & craft supplies, chapter and picture books, and sports equipment. Carts will arrive June 2nd and will be picked June 14th

 

CP Garden Needs Help In Summer! Welcome to one of the busiest seasons in the CP garden! If you and your child are interested in owning a week this summer to water, weed, and harvest please email julianadamon@gmail.com. We will have zucchini, tomatoes, honeysuckle, onions, potatoes, cosmos, sunflowers, and beans. We are trying out cucumbers and blueberries too and need help coaxing pumpkins for next fall.

 

Enrollment for next year is being planned. Please contact the office if you know that you will NOT be returning next year.

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:6/6/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for May 27, 2016

Important Dates:

Fri., May 27, 2:00-3:00- Grades 4 and 5 music assembly

Mon., May 30- Memorial Day. No School

Thurs., June 2, 7:00-8:00- Follow up meeting with Mr. Burns for incoming 2nd grade families

Fri., June 3, 10:20- All School Spirit Assembly

 

The LifeSkills Focus areas: (May 16-June 3)

TK/K/1- Responsibility: To be accountable for your actions

2/3/4/5- Responsibility and Organization: To plan, arrange and implement in an orderly way.

 

Another day of celebrating MEF’s impact on the lives of our students. This morning parents in grades 2 and 3 got to visit their child’s music classes to see the work done with our Music For Minors teachers. Then this afternoon we were treated to the 4th and 5th grade end of the year concerts. Wow! It was like 7 mini-concerts all at one time- with the 4th then 5th grade strings, the 4th then 5th grade band, the 4th then 5th grade chorus, and the afterschool bucket drumming. Your MEF donations DO matter.

 

Change is both hard and good. In addition to my retirement, we are saying goodbye to:

•           Shana Myers (K Teacher) is moving on to a new career

•           Erin Oakes (Speech and Language Pathologist) is taking employment in Napa

•           Janet Alexander (Occupational Therapist) is moving on to new pastures

•           Classroom teaching assistants Lauren Hewitt and Jennifer Raftis

 

We'll again be partnering with Republic Services to collect school supplies for Title 1 schools in our county. Carts will arrive June 2nd and will be picked June 14th.  More information will be going to families in next week's Constant Contact.

 

Enrollment for next year is being planned. Please contact the office if you know that you will NOT be returning next year.

 

Weekly Drawing Double drawings this week.TK- Ify, Maeve; K- (I missed Ms. McClellen’s class and will make it up on Tuesday.) Charlie, Abby, Caitlyn, Evelyn; 1st- Garrett, Caroline, Clem, Aiden, Luke, Justin; 2nd- Cole, Katia, Mia, Kade, Olivia, William; 3rd- Chloe, Brendan, Camille, Jazlyn, Ella, Blaise; 4th- Emilia, Delaney, William, Peter, Braden, Blake; 5th Luke, Kylie, Adrian, Kate, Logan, Leyla. WasteBusters: Cameron, Olivia, Parker, Philip.

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:5/27/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for May 20, 2016

Important Dates:

Mon., May 23- Fore Our Schools golf tournament

Thurs., May 26, 7:00-8:00- 1st grade parent meeting with Superintendent Burns to discuss class configuration for next year. Meet in Room 7.

Fri., May 27- Grades 2 and 3 music share day during each class’s music time (Visitors MUST BE volunteer cleared through the District)

Fri., May 27, 2:00-3:00- Grades 4 and 5 music assembly

Mon., May 30- Memorial Day. No School

 

The LifeSkills Focus areas: (May 16-June 3)

TK/K/1- Responsibility: To be accountable for your actions

2/3/4/5- Responsibility and Organization: To plan, arrange and implement in an orderly way.

 

Another GREAT CP event was last night with our Open House. It is fun to watch the children be your tour guide and show pride in their hard work this year. I always find this time of year to be a great time to reflect on the growth our young learners have made over the course of the year. Amazing growth over time is evident when you compare work from the start of the year to the end. Please join me in celebrating your children, their hard work, and great growth.

 

MEF is everywhere in enriching your child’s educational experience. I am always in awe of the art display in the MUR for Open House. The wide variety of art (landscapes, animals, still life, mosaics) and art medium (watercolors, oil pastels, chalk) never ceases to amaze me. Thank you MEF for enriching our children’s lives. It’s not too late to make your donation to MEF this year.

 

I am so proud of our CP students working together to achieve great things. The results are back from the Rotary Field Day for grades 3-5, and CP had a great showing! These results are for all schools and classes across the Moraga School District

  • Ms. Faber’s class got 2nd place for the class with the most medals.
  • Mr. Mathews’s class got 1st place for the moist points.
  • Tristan Anderle (4th Grade) received High Point Boy
  • Ava Garcia (5th Grade) received High Point Girl
  • CP took 1st place in High Point School
  • CP took 2nd place in Participation

 

Enrollment for next year is being planned. Please contact the office if you know that you will NOT be returning next year.

 

Weekly Drawing Picnic Lunch today- so no drawings. Double drawings next week.

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:5/20/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for May 13, 2016

Important Dates:

Tues., May 17, 2:00- Kindergarten Orientation

Wed., May 18, 9:30- PTA Meeting in Room 7

Thurs., May 19- Minimum Day for Open House

            TK/K- All Early 8:25-11:50

            1st/2nd- All Early 8:25-12:12

            3rd/4th/5th- 8:25-12:12

Thurs., May 19, 7-8 PM- Open House

Fri., May 20, 10:30- 4/5 Talent Show

Mon., May 23- Fore Our Schools golf tournament

 

The LifeSkills Focus areas: (May 16-June 3)

TK/K/1- Responsibility: To be accountable for your actions

2/3/4/5- Responsibility and Organization: To plan, arrange and implement in an orderly way.

 

Thank you for another great staff luncheon provided by PTA. These events make us all feel loved and appreciated. Thank you.

 

Moving Forward into next year, I am happy to announce that CP’s new principal will be Chris Reddam. The final step occurred at Tuesday night’s board meeting where the board unanimously approved his hiring. Chris has endured a rigorous interview process that included many parents, staff, and activities. Most recently he has been the principal of Park Mead School in Walnut Creek. (You should have received an email from the District Office Wednesday with this announcement.)

            I am happy to be leaving the educational leadership of CP in such capable hands. I know that you will welcome him into the CP community the same way that you did for me.

            Chris and I will be meeting to ensure a smooth transition.

           

Enrollment for next year is being planned. Please contact the office if you know that you will NOT be returning next year.

 

Reinforcing the LifeSkills at home helps to cement these traits in our children. Here are some quick ideas of what the LifeSkills can look like in the home environment.

Responsibility: To respond when appropriate, to be accountable for your actions

Looks like:

-           Seek lifelong interests and hobbies.

-           Commit to improving their skill, knowledge, and behavior.

-           Return borrowed items to people or to their agreed upon places.

-           Replace torn or lost library books.

-           Accept responsibility for their negative actions.

-           Stand up for others who have been rudely or unfairly treated.

Organization: To plan, arrange and implement in an orderly way

Looks like:

-           Maintain clutter-free desks.

-           Show up for special activities according to schedule.

-           Remember library books, tennis shoes, and instruments on scheduled days.

-           Find work when needed.

-           Turn in work on or before due date.

 

Weekly Drawing Double Drawings this week. LifeSkills: TK- Sarina, Leo; K- George, Niklas, Brooke, Oliver, Dylan, Bailey; 1- Frankie, Sevan, Madeline, Lane, Vivi, Justin; 2- Danny, Juliam, Annabelle, Carson K., Ben, Quinn; 3- Sienna, Mona, Raegan, Sofia, Sofia, Charlotte; 4- Riley, Rebecca, Colin, Katie, Molly, Carley; 5- Adrian, Evan V., Ava C., Samantha, Kyra, Ellery. Super WasteBusters: Charlotte G., Liam.

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:5/16/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for May 6, 2016

Important Dates:

Today- 5th Graders return from Science Camp

Mon., May 9, 8 AMThurs., May 12, 9 PM- MEF Auction (see below)

Wed., May 11, 3:00-6:00- Rotary Field Day for 3rd-5th Graders at JM.

 

The LifeSkills Focus areas: (April 25 – May 13)

TK/K/1- Cooperation: To work together toward a common goal or purpose

2/3/4/5- Cooperation and Perseverance: To keep at it.

 

It’s been a quiet week at CP with the 5th graders gone to Science Camp. 5th Grade families will receive a separate email from the office with their ETA. 5th Graders can be signed out early by parents with the classroom teacher.

 

Enrollment for next year is being planned. Please contact the office if you know that you will NOT be returning next year.

 

The 2nd Annual MEF on-line Auction is here! Get ready and mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual MEF Online Auction opening on Monday, May 9th at 8:00 am and closing on Thursday, May 12th at 9:00 pm.  This year's auction highlights include: Principal for the Day (the last EVER with Mr. Rust), PE Teacher or Librarian for your Class, VIP State Capitol Tour and Lunch with Assemblywoman Baker, OMPA Parking Passes and much more!  To check out a complete list of items available for bidding go to: https://www.32auctions.com/mef

 

Camino Pablo PTA is looking to fill the following positions for next year!

Book Club Chair:  Love books?  We are looking for a volunteer to run this very popular program.  Book Club is available for all 4th and 5th grade students.  It is offered once a month during lunchtime.  Does your child like to read?  This could be the perfect position for you!  This is an easy and fun way to get involved without a lot of additional time commitment.  Grab a friend and enjoy some great kid books!

Legislative Representative:  One volunteer is needed to keep up with the local and state legislative news that affects our school, and communicate the news with the CP community.  We have some important issues this year so we'd love a person who is passionate about local issues and wants to be involved.

Reflections Co-Chairs:  Love Art??  We are looking for two volunteers to run this program who have an appreciation for supporting art for our kids.  The Reflections program is a statewide PTA run art contest.  This program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.  We need two volunteers to promote the program around the school and help collect and submit the entries.

School Picnic Co-Chairs:  Love a good carnival?  We are looking for three volunteers to help organize our very popular CP Picnic which takes place in September.

Please contact Stephanie Becker if any of these positions interest you.  Thank you! 

 

Weekly Drawing Double Drawings next week.

 

Moraga Community Faire & Car Show May 14 from 11 AM to 4 PM at the town’s Rheem Valley Shopping Center - offering a wonderful opportunity for a “family fun day”. Children will be delighted to discover the climbing wall and bounce house. Grab a quick lunch at the food trucks, see some cool classic cars and then visit the artist alley and get a pet portrait done on the spot. Attendees may also win prizes by completing an Explorer Passport. All the activities are free. For more information visit http://moragachamber.com/images/CF_Fly_Kids_Rd3Out.pdf

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:5/6/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for April 29, 2016

Important Dates:

Thurs., May 5- TK/K/1 Music Share Day during your child’s music time

Wed., May 11, 3:30-6:00- Rotary Field Day for 3rd-5th Graders at JM. Save the Date!

 

The LifeSkills Focus areas: (April 25 – May 13)

TK/K/1- Cooperation: To work together toward a common goal or purpose

2/3/4/5- Cooperation and Perseverance: To keep at it.

 

Enrollment for next year is being planned. Please contact the office if you know that you will NOT be returning next year.

 

TK/K/1 Music Share Day is Thursday. Parents MUST be volunteer cleared, sign in/out at the office, and wear a visitor badge in order to attend. Here is the schedule of class times:

 

Saturday, April 30, is Independent Bookstore Day, at Orinda Books! 20% of sales will be given to the school of your choice which will be used to buy books for the library.

 

Camino Pablo PTA is Looking to Fill the Following Positions Next Year!

Book Club Chair:  Love books?  We are looking for a volunteer to run this very popular program.  Book Club is available for all 4th and 5th grade students.  It is offered once a month during lunchtime.  Does your child like to read?  This could be the perfect position for you!  This is an easy and fun way to get involved without a lot of additional time commitment.  Grab a friend and enjoy some great kid books!

Legislative Representative:  One volunteer is needed to keep up with the local and state legislative news that affects our school, and communicate the news with the CP community.  We have some important issues this year so we'd love a person who is passionate about local issues and wants to be involved.

Reflections Co-Chairs:  Love Art??  We are looking for two volunteers to run this program who have an appreciation for supporting art for our kids.  The Reflections program is a statewide PTA run art contest.  This program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.  We need two volunteers to promote the program around the school and help collect and submit the entries.

School Picnic Co-Chairs:  Love a good carnival?  We are looking for three volunteers to help organize our very popular CP Picnic which takes place in September.

Please contact Stephanie Becker if any of these positions interest you.  Thank you! 

 

Weekly Drawing LifeSkills: TK- Harper; K- Dylan, Emma, Garrett; 1st- Caroline, Jeffrey, Justin; 2nd- Emma, Carson R., Clara C.; 3rd- Keira, Sienna, Erin; 4th- Bradley, Haley, Anna; 5th- Caroline, Allen, Logan. Wastebusters: Rowan

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:4/29/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for April 22, 2016

Important Dates:

Tonight!, 6:00-8:00 Father/Daughter Dance. Tickets available at the door. ($50 for dad/daughter and $15 for each additional daughter- CASH ONLY)

Mon., Apr. 25, 6:30 PM- Meet with Mr. Burns to discuss Facilities upgrade

Tues., Apr. 26- Wear your college gear day

Wed., May 11, 3:30-6:00- Rotary Field Day for 3rd-5th Graders at JM. Save the Date!

 

The LifeSkills Focus areas: (March 28- April 22)

TK/K/1st Grade: Cooperation: To work together toward a common goal or purpose

2nd/3rd/4th/5th Grade: Cooperation & Perseverance: To keep at it

 

Three “Community Engagement” meetings have been planned for the purpose of educating folks (parents and community members) about our school facilities and the exploration of a future bond.  One meeting is planned at each school site.  Time: 6:30.  LP on 4/18.  CP on 4/25.  Rh on 4/27.  JM on 5/4.

 

Donations to the Moraga Education Foundation help support science and technology, staff and programs, every day at Camino Pablo. Thursday night we had a GREAT Science Fair On Friday morning the classes did a walkthrough of the Science Fair.

            Ms. Hazarabedian is our Science aide and is funded by your donations to MEF. Ms. H goes above and beyond in conferring, coaching and assisting our students in the science fair.

Thank you to all of the families who have made a gift to MEF this year.  We are still $550,000 short of our annual fundraising goal, so please support every CP student, every day and donate to MEF.

 

To help celebrate National College Signing Day… I invite you to wear your college gear on Tuesday, April 26th.

 

Teacher appreciation week… was a thoughtful, delicious, creative event. I appreciate the time that goes into making our teachers feel loved and appreciated. The door decorations were creative and inspirational. The flowers are a great example of cooperation. Thank you for making our teachers feel special.

 

Helping pets in need! Second grade Girl Scout Troop 33499 is holding a pet food drive for the Contra Costa Humane Society. Please consider donating unopened dry or canned dog or cat food, any brand is welcome! There is a bin in the hallway across from the office. Donations will be accepted April 18th - April 29. Thank you!

 

Saturday, April 30, is Independent Bookstore Day, at Orinda Books! 20% of sales will be given to the school of your choice which will be used to buy books for the library.

 

Weekly Drawing LifeSkills: TK- Nico; K- Evelyn, Jacob W., Brody; 1st- Rowan, Amelia, Emery; 2nd- Sonal, Carson R., Ava; 3rd- Sofia, Raegan, Luke; 4th- Vincent, Natalia, Katherine; 5th- Lucas, Emma V., Katie. Wastebusters: Sevan, Dominick

 

JM is sponsoring a number of educational films over the next few weeks.

Free Movie Presentation: “SCREENAGERS”

When: Monday, May 2, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: JMIS, 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga, Auditorium

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-movie-presentation-screenagers-tickets-24819705407

            Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

            In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

            Student panel and discussion will follow movie presentation. Sponsored by Moraga School District PTAs, MSD Student Safety Committee and the Moraga iKind Project

 

Free Movie Presentation: “The Mask You Live In”

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: JMIS, 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga, Auditorium

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-movie-the-mask-you-live-in-tickets-24304433214

            “The Mask You Live In” follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

            Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

            “The Mask You Live In” ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

            The film is appropriate for students age 13+.  Younger students are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.  Community members are welcome.  Student panel and discussion will follow movie presentation. Sponsored by the Moraga iKind Project and the JM iKind Committee, the JM Smile Club, The AUHSD Diversity Committee and Campolindo HS and JM Leadership Student

 

Free Movie Presentation: “Miss Representation”

When: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: JMIS, 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga, Auditorium

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-movie-miss-representation-tickets-24307474310

            Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, “Miss Representation” exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film draws back a curtain to reveal a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see – how the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls makes it difficult for women to feel powerful and achieve leadership positions.

            In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message we receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 33rd out of the 49 highest income countries when it comes to women in the national legislature. And it’s not better outside of government. Women make up only 4.6% of S&P 500 CEOs and 17% of directors, executive producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.

            Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics, like Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Cho, Condoleezza Rice, Rachel Maddow, and Nancy Pelosi, build momentum as “Miss Representation” accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken, but armed with a new perspective.

            The film is appropriate for students age 13+.  Younger students are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.  Community members are welcome.  Student panel and discussion will follow movie presentation. Sponsored by the Moraga iKind Project and the JM iKind Committee, the JM Smile Club, The AUHSD Diversity Committee and Campolindo HS and JM Leadership Student

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:4/22/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for April 15, 2016

Important Dates:

Wed., Apr. 20, 9:30 PTA meeting

Thurs., Apr. 21, 7:00-8:00 Science Fair Night

Fri., April 22, 6-8 PM- Father/Daughter dance

Mon., Apr. 25, 6:30 PM- Meet with Mr. Burns to discuss Facilities upgrade

Wed., May 11, 3:30-6:00- Rotary Field Day for 3rd-5th Graders at JM. Save the Date!

 

The LifeSkills Focus areas: (March 28- April 22)

TK/K/1st Grade: Patience: To wait calmly for someone or something

2nd/3rd Grade: Patience and Curiosity: To want to learn about new things

4th/5th Grade: Patience, Curiosity, and Problem Solving: To create solutions in difficult situations and problems.

 

Thanks to PTA for another GREAT assembly this past week. The students were treated to international Storyteller Diane Ferlatte.

 

The Kindergarten annual play “Hug Time” was today. I love this CP tradition and how all the kids join in on the final song! This is in part another positive benefit of your contributions to MEF who fund out fabulous Teaching Assistants who help out in every aspect of the classroom (and assembly).

 

Three “Community Engagement” meetings have been planned for the purpose of educating folks (parents and community members) about our school facilities and the exploration of a future bond.  One meeting is planned at each school site.  Time: 6:30.  LP on 4/18.  CP on 4/25.  Rh on 4/27.  JM on 5/4.

 

Helping pets in need! Second grade Girl Scout Troop 33499 is holding a pet food drive for the Contra Costa Humane Society. Please consider donating unopened dry or canned dog or cat food, any brand is welcome! There is a bin in the hallway across from the office. Donations will be accepted April 18th - April 29. Thank you!

 

Weekly Drawing LifeSkills: TK- Ify; K- Sejal, Callen, Christopher; 1st- Finley, Lola, Kieran; 2nd- Maddie C., Cam, McKenna; 3rd- Nikki, Grace, Ella; 4th- Sammie, Blake, William; 5th- Jordan, Dominick, Mari. Wastebusters: Lola and Haley

 

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:4/15/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for April 1, 2016

Important Dates:

Fri., Apr. 1- Minimum Day. Dismissal at 12:12. (TK/K Dismissal at 11:50)

Week of April 4th- Spring Break. No School

Tues., Apr. 12, 9:45 and 10:45- PTA Assembly: Storyteller Diane Ferlatte (see below)

Thurs., Apr. 21, 7:00-8:00 Science Fair Night- Save the Date! (CHANGE IN DATE)

Fri., April 22, 6-8 PM- Father/Daughter dance

Mon., Apr. 25, 6:30 PM- Meet with Mr. Burns to discuss Facilities upgrade

Wed., May 11, 3:30-6:00- Rotary Field Day for 3rd-5th Graders. Save the Date!

 

The LifeSkills Focus areas: (March 28- April 22)

TK/K/1st Grade: Patience: To wait calmly for someone or something

2nd/3rd Grade: Patience and Curiosity: To want to learn about new things

4th/5th Grade: Patience, Curiosity, and Problem Solving: To create solutions in difficult situations and problems.

 

Clerical Help needed. Our Reading Tutors have courageously taken on a new reading intervention curriculum. It has a lot of set up involved, and we need some parents willing to help out with copying, cutting and organizing. Please reply to me or contact Ms. Gunn or Ms. Triebesch and say, “YES!”  Thanks.

 

Sewing Help needed. I would like to get a new set of art display panels done for the art show at Open House. We have the panels, but need someone with a heavy duty sewing machine to sew down Velcro strips. Please contact me ASAP if you know of someone who can help us out.

 

Still looking for two parents to serve on CP’s School Site Council (SSC). The SSC is similar to the board of a non-profit agency. CP’s SSC consists of 6 teachers, the principal, and 6 parents. The parents serve a 2-year term. The main charge of the committee is to work with the principal and staff in developing the annual School Plan which guides our work for the year. We have 3 openings for next year. Please email or call me (377-4113) if you are interested. I am happy to talk to you more about this.

 

PTA Assembly on Tues., Apr. 12, 9:45 and 10:45 Diane Ferlatte is at the forefront of the multicultural renaissance of the oral tradition as she augments inventive stagecraft with the actor´s skill at expression, gesture, and intense emotion, to create multiple characters for each story. She weaves tales from many cultures, and many of her stories have African, Southern, and African-American roots. In her performances, the multi-talented Ferlatte sings, signs (American Sign Language), uses percussive instruments, and will be accompanied by Erik Pearson on banjo and guitar. With a repertoire of hundreds of stories and songs, she tells folk-tales, fables, legends, historical, contemporary, and personal stories for all ages. Feel free to join us in the MUR.

 

Wow! I had the pleasure this week to attend 3 different music concerts that highlighted our 5th graders along with some groups from JM and Campo. Not only was it 3 great nights of music, but it shows the progression (and improvement) in our young musicians as they move through the grade levels and the music programs.

Mark your calendars now and come celebrate all of our CP musicians and chorus performances (TK-5th):

5/5: Grades TK, K & 1:  music share during their music time

5/27:  Grades 2-5 Music share day during their music time

The Music programs at all three elementary schools and JM are funded by the generous donations from our community to the Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) and would not exist without your support. MEF also gives a significant grant to Campolindo to enhance their program. Please donate today and keep music programs thriving at all of Moraga's public schools.    www.moragaeducation.org

 

Weekly Drawing: Today was a CP Spirit Assembly. (Ask your kids about my massive April Fools Joke.) The following Students names were drawn for LifeSkills and were called to the stage: TK- Emmaline; K- Lauren, Eli, Aiden; 1st- Cooper, Alex, Emery; 2nd- Carson K., Kade, Colin; 3rd- Cole, Julian, Camille; 4th- Keira, Chris, Bradley; 5th- Alex, Ava G., Will 

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:4/1/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for March 25, 2016

Important Dates:

Mon., March 28, 7 PM- Parent Ed at JM (see notice below)

Tues., March 29, 7 PM- Joint (5th grade, JM and Campo) choir concert at Campo

Wed., March 30, 7 PM-Joint (5th grade, JM and Campo) Band concert at Campo

Thurs., March 31, 7 PM- Joint (5th grade, JM and Campo) strings concert at Campo

Thurs., Apr. 14, 7:00-8:00 Science Fair Night- Save the Date!

Wed., May 11, 3:30-6:00- Rotary Field Day for 3rd-5th Graders. Save the Date!

 

The LifeSkills Focus areas: (March 28- April 22)

TK/K/1st Grade: Patience: To wait calmly for someone or something

2nd/3rd Grade: Patience and Curiosity: To want to learn about new things

4th/5th Grade: Patience, Curiosity, and Problem Solving: To create solutions in difficult situations and problems.

 

Sewing Help needed. I would like to get a new set of art display panels done for the art show at Open House. We have the panels, but need someone with a heavy duty sewing machine to sew down Velcro strips. Please contact me ASAP if you know of someone who can help us out.

 

Growth Mindset- Part 3. To help instill a growth mindset in children, parents are encouraged to praise them for their effort rather than for talent or the final result. Here are some specific examples:

Do not say: You are so smart!

Do say: You work hard and it shows! (Be specific about complementing the specific process and/or effort the child demonstrates.)

Do not say: You are a great athlete. You could be the next (pick a super athlete)!

Do say: You focus on ___________ (batting stance, dribbling, etc.) has really made a positive difference. OR I noticed that you pay good attention when you are on the field.

Do not say: You always get good grades; that makes me happy.

Do say: When you put forth effort, it really shows in your grades. You should be proud of yourself. We are proud of you!

Do not say: You are a gifted musician.

Do say: You seem to really enjoy playing the piano. Keep practicing and you will see amazing results.

Do not say: Your drawing is wonderful; you are my little artist.

Do say: I see that you have been practicing your drawing; what a great improvement. Tell me about it.

Changing what we say is a hard! (I know. I’ve been trying to do it with our grandchildren.) The next time you are ready to praise your child, stop and think about how to use that opportunity to foster a growth mindset by celebrating your child’s effort and attitude through the experience- rather than just the final accomplishment.

 

We’re extremely proud of our budding CP musicians. Our 5th grade musicians will be performing with their JM and Campo counterparts at the Campo Performing Arts Center (CPAC) next week. Don't miss out... it's a great opportunity to show your child, who may be struggling in the early phase of learning an instrument, just how exciting music can be as they progress through the grades. Come support Moraga music students, 5th-12th grade, and enjoy a week of free concerts:

Choir- Tuesday, March 29th, 7PM

Band - Wednesday, March 30th, 7PM

Strings- Thursday, March 31st, 7PM

Also, mark your calendars now and come celebrate all of our CP musicians and chorus performances (TK-5th) at the following times:

5/5: Grades TK, K & 1:  music share during their music time

5/27:  Grades 2-5 Music share day during their music time

 Did you know?

-          Elementary age children who are involved in music lessons show greater brain development and memory improvement within a year vs. children who receive no musical training.

-          Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams and have enhanced critical thinking skills.

The Music programs at all three elementary schools and JM are funded by the generous donations from our community to the Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) and would not exist without your support. MEF also gives a significant grant to Campolindo to enhance their program.  Please donate today and keep music programs thriving at all of Moraga's public schools.    www.moragaeducation.org

 

From the Art Studio. These past weeks, 1st through 3rd grade students enjoyed a literature-inspired art lesson to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. 1st and 2nd grade students listened to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. The book served as a drawing visual for their creation of a whimsical fish using soft chalk pastels. 3rd grade students completed a similar Dr. Seuss lesson using the book Hop on Pop. 

4th and 5th grade students learned about Henri Matisse and how he was known as the artist who painted with scissors. He was also known as the master of color. Students’ learned about organic shapes (curved and round lines) and complimentary colors as they created a paper collage panel in the style of Henri Matisse. 

 

An opportunity to serve on CP’s School Site Council (SSC). The SSC is similar to the board of a non-profit agency. CP’s SSC consists of 6 teachers, the principal, and 6 parents. The parents serve a 2-year term. The main charge of the committee is to work with the principal and staff in developing the annual School Plan which guides our work for the year. We have 3 openings for next year. Please email or call me (377-4113) if you are interested. I am happy to talk to you more about this.

 

Parent Education:  Self-Advocacy--Helping Your Child Help Him/Herself. You’re invited to a presentation by Todd Gary, who served for six years as Special Needs Liaison in San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Mr. Gary will present on Monday, March 28th, 2016 at 7pm at the JM Auditorium.

 

Weekly Drawing: LifeSkill drawings: TK-Ava; K- Ryan, Ryan, Lyla; 1st- Lola, Luke, Clem; 2nd- Olivia M., Julian, Paige; 3rd- Macsen, Clara, Erin; 4th- Naina, Bradley, Riley; 5th- Ava M., Emma V., Brendan.  Super Wastebusters: Emilia, Alex

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:3/25/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message fro March 18, 2016

Important Dates:

Tues., March 22, 7-9 PM, JM Library- Board Workshop on a later start time at JM

Thurs., March 24, 6:00-7:45 Mother/Son Dodgeball (On-line registration closes Wed.)

Thurs., Apr. 14, 7:00-8:00 Science Fair Night- Save the Date!

Wed., May 11, 3:30-6:00-  Rotary Field Day for 3rd-5th Graders. Save the Date!

 

The LifeSkills Focus areas: (March 8-25)

TK/K/1st Grade: Friendship: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring

2nd/3rd Grade: Friendship and Sense of Humor: To laugh and be playful without harming others

4th/5th Grade: Friendship, Sense of Humor and Initiative: To do something because it needs to be done.

 

The Drop Off Circle works best when everyone uses the same procedure. A couple of reminders:

  • Pull forward
  • Students exit on the curb side.
  • Parents stay in the car.
  • Students get out anywhere on the circle.
  • Exit the circle. Do NOT sit and watch your child head to the yard.
  • Do NOT use the parking lot for drop off. It interrupts the flow, causes congestion, and gets in the way of staff arriving for work.

Thanks!

 

Growth Mindset- Part 2. One way parents can really help their children is by carefully choosing the words they use when they praise them. Every word and action sends a message that tells children how to think about themselves. It can be a fixed message that says, “You have permanent traits and I’m judging them.” (either positively or negatively). Or it can be a growth mindset message that says, “You are a developing person and I am interested in your development.”

Listen for the messages in these examples. “You learned that so quickly. You’re so smart.” Or “Look at that drawing; you are the next Picasso!” If you’re like most parents, you hear these as supportive, esteem-boosting messages. But listen more closely. See if you can hear the unsaid messages- the ones that children hear. “If I don’t learn something quickly, I’m not smart.” “I shouldn’t try drawing anything hard or they’ll see I’m no Picasso.”

The most important thing you can do to help your child instill a growth mindset is to praise them for effort rather than talent. Messages like, “You learned that so quickly! You’re so smart!” teach the child that effort is a sign of weakness and that they are either smart or they’re not. They, when they encounter difficulty in the future, they might not know how to deal with it. Instead, messages such as, “I like the way you approached that problem,” or “It looks like your hard work really paid off,” or “I see that you have been practicing your drawing. Tell me about it.” Teaches kids that effort is something we can all benefit from to reach our full potential, and that they need to be working purposefully in order to grow.

 

An opportunity to serve on CP’s School Site Council (SSC). The SSC is similar to the board of a non-profit agency. CP’s SSC consists of 6 teachers, the principal, and 6 parents. The parents serve a 2-year term. The main charge of the committee is to work with the principal and staff in developing the annual School Plan which guides our work for the year. We have 3 openings for next year. Please email or call me (377-4113) if you are interested. I am happy to talk to you more about this.

 

I visit a lot of classrooms and spend time across the campus throughout the week. Every once in a while I like to share out what I am seeing.

  • 1st grades are busy with their Flat Stanley project and getting them in the mail for a variety of adventures.
  • 2nd grade students are using various books (both fiction and non-fiction) with a focus on reading for understanding.
  • A group of 5th grade students immediately helped a peer to clean up a mess in the lunchroom without being asked.
  • Sibling Pictures were being taken outside the office with arms around brothers and sisters; some with matching green mustaches!

It is this combination of hands on academics, students taking initiative and positive peer relationships that makes CP a GREAT school.

 

Weekly Drawing: (Double Drawings this week.) LifeSkill drawings: TK- Harper, Leo; K- Riley, Dylan, Taylor, Molly, Ryan, Emma; 1st- Madison, Ella, Brian, Oliver, Chase, Leah; 2nd- Cole, Gannon, Liam, Alex, Nessa, Amir; 3rd- Grace, Annabelle, Ruby, Ethan, Isabelle, Adam; 4th- Cali, Riley, Brandon, Charlie, Louis, Bradley; 5th- Sophia, Kylie, Katie, Charlie, Catherine, Chloe.  Super Wastebusters: Levi, Brian, Nicholas, Kalina

Posted by: Jennifer Baier Published:3/18/16
Audience: Tom Rust and Homepage


Weekly Message for March 11, 2016

Weekly Message for March 11, 2016

 

Important Dates:

Spring Forward Saturday night!

Tues., March 15,9:30- Meet with Superintendent Burns about District goals

Tues., March 22, 7-9 PM, JM Library- Board Workshop on a later start time at JM

Thurs., March 24, 6:00-7:45 Mother/Son Dodgeball

Wed., May 11, 3:30-6:00-  Rotary Field Day for 3rd-5th Graders. Save the Date!

 

The LifeSkills Focus areas: (March 8-25)

TK/K/1st Grade: Friendship: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring

2nd/3rd Grade: Friendship and Sense of Humor: To laugh and be playful without harming others

4th/5th Grade: Friendship, Sense of Humor and Initiative: To do something because it needs to be done.

 

Superintendent Burns will be at CP Tuesday morning at 9:30 in Room 7 to meet with parents to go over the LCAP (this means progress on goals for this year and anticipated goals for next year). This is a great way to stay informed on what is happening at the District level.

 

The will be a Governing Board Workshop on Tuesday, March 22, 7-9 PM in the JM Library. The focus will be a presentation on sleep research and exploring a later start time at Joaquin Moraga. The presentation will be done by JM School Psychologist, Dr. Day, and Principal, Joan Danilson. There will be an opportunity for public comment and discussion. If your kids are heading to JM (which is all of you) this is a meeting worth attending.

 

Growth Mindset has been a topic of conversation in our staff meetings. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some information about this with you. You may want to check out the book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success- a simple idea that makes all the difference. Dr. Dweck realized that there are two mindsets- a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

            In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talen