From the office

IMPORTANT DATES

4/20 – Community work day
4/25 – Showing of "Screenagers"
4/27 – Ride for a Reason
5/10 – Last PTA meeting of the schoolyear, 8-9am (there will be coffee)
5/23 – 8th grade overnight trip
5/27 – Memorial Day / NO SCHOOL
5/29 – 8th grade dinner dance
5/30 – Last day of school & 8th grade promotion

SBAC Testing: 
4/29 – 5/3 – 8th grade Science
5/6 – 5/10 – 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English and Math

 

JOIN US IN BUILDING SOLIDARITY WITH MUSLIM COMMUNITIES



Our Muslim & AMEMSA students have reported feeling unsafe since the attack in New Zealand, so our OUSD Sanctuary Schools Taskforce is coming together with our community partners in the AMEMSA community to help create safe/solidarity space for our students and families, share tools and resources with educators, and stand together as a school district and community against Islamophobia, bullying, and racist violence.

Please spread the word! To learn more and RSVP to join us on Wednesday evening, April 24th at Bret Harte Middle School go here!


ATTENTION 8TH GRADERS: YEARBOOK INFO 

The yearbook team has decided that we would like to have an 8th grade baby photo guessing game in the yearbook. If you want your baby picture in the yearbook then you may email them to our superlative team co-leader, Maya Lambert-Yank who is in charge of the baby picture activity. We are encouraging all 8th graders to participate. Baby pictures will be provided in a specific section of the yearbook, where people can guess which children are the younger versions of their peers. Answers will be provided further into the yearbook.

8TH GRADE OVERNIGHT TRIP, 5/23 – 24

The 8th grade class will be camping at Anthony Chabot Regional Park, 9999 Redwood Rd. Castro Valley on May 23rd. More details will be coming. 

We are looking for parents and caregivers who are available to give students a ride either to or from or both ways to the park. And we are looking for parents to camp overnight to chaperone the trip. Ideally, you can come and chaperone the whole trip. But if you can only do a part of it, we'll take that too. The park is about a 45 minute drive from Claremont. 

We hope you can help! Sign up here.


8TH GRADE DANCE ON 5/29

The dinner dance will be on Wednesday, 5/29, 5:30-9pm in the gym. More info to come regarding the theme. Parent volunteers are needed to help with decorations, set up, clean up, and food. Contact Ms. Anderson if you are able to help.

8TH GRADE PROMOTION ON 5/30

The 8th grade promotion will be held at Oakland Tech on 5/30 from 3pm-5pm. More info to come.

Heads up that we have 150 8th grade students so each student will receive 5 tickets (= 750 tickets). Everyone will need a ticket, including small children as we have to have an accurate count of people in the building.

Additional tickets can be requested through email to the office but is not guaranteed. Please note that 750 is the max we can have so there is a strong possibility additional tickets will NOT be given. 


Sports Corner

GO FOR THE GOAL! CROWDFUND ALMOST REACHES $10,000!

Wow our great Claremont community! The sports crowdfunding campaign has almost reached $10,000. Please help us get to $10,000 and beyond by donating today. (If you want to write a check, please drop it off at Claremont's office). And please share the GoFundMe campaign with your friends, co-workers, family and neighbors. The PTA spends about $15,000 on after school sports, including baseball and track and field in the spring. 

Claremont Girls Soccer has been lucky to have Stephanie Barnes as its coach. A Claremont graduate, Stephanie started the girls soccer program several years ago and for the past two years, she has coached with her daughter Makayla, a 10th grader and former Claremont Knight. 

I love coaching. I get to teach soccer and hopefully a love for the game. Coaching keeps me motivated in life and helps me stay healthy. I've stayed on as the Claremont girls soccer coach because of the history and love I have for the school. I have made some amazing friends while being the girls soccer coach too. I coach because it's something that has brought my daughter and myself closer.  

Thank you Stephanie and Makayla and thank you to all the coaches, teachers, administrators and parents who support middle school sports.  

TRACK AND FIELD INFO

Coach Doubley – (Distance Runners and Shot Put)
Coach Jimenez – (Sprinters 100 & 200 meter)
 
Practice is held on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM
 
All meets will be held at:
McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle Street, Oakland, CA  94607
 
Meet Dates:
Saturday May 4th and May 11th
Championship May 18th
 
Meet Times:
9:00 AM but all participants should arrive at 8:30 AM for warm-ups and stretching.
Make sure you bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

Parents or students attending track and field events: we would appreciate any PHOTOS of the track and field meets or practices. Please submit to the Knightline at news@claremontms.org


Upcoming Events

COMMUNITY WORK MORNING IS THIS SATURDAY, 4/20

WORKERS NEEDED.... ALL AGES WELCOME!
The next Community Work Morning will be SATURDAY, 4/20 AT 9 A.M. Please come drink coffee, munch on bagels, build new classroom tables & chairs, and help clean up the campus with us! If you can spare an hour or two, that would be great. 

Any questions? Email Sarah Earl-Novell at: sarahearlnovell@icloud.com


SCREENAGERS AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY SHOWING ON 4/25

Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Room. Parents and kids welcome! 

Are your kids addicted to their devices? So are mine! But we're not going to just give up and let our kids scroll through life, with rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span.

The award-winning documentary SCREENAGERS addresses the biggest parenting issue of our time head on — how teens struggle with social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to better navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

Tickets are $5 suggested donation and can be purchased here. Film starts at 6:30, short discussion after — sorry no pizza, but start time is later so people have time to eat. 


NEXT WEEKEND: KIDS TEACH TECH DAY AT ROCKRIDGE LIBRARY

Next Saturday, April 27th, Rockridge is hosting a TOTALLY FREE Kids Teach Tech Day that includes the following programs:

  • Intro to Scratch Programming, 2:00-2:45pm (Students ages 8 & up learn essential programming concepts with Scratch, a platform developed at MIT. Using drag-&-drop, students can make a character move with colorful visuals.)
  • Build Your Own Website with HTML & CSS, 3:00-4:00pm (Students ages 9 & up learn the basics of HTML for website design and CSS for graphics to create their own website.)
  • Programming Basics with Python, 4:15 - 5:30pm (Students ages 10 & up learn the basics of coding in Python and then build a working calculator.)

Please register in advance, or call to confirm space is available: 510-597-5017

At Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618.

Visit http://kidsteachtech.com to learn more. 


LAST PTA MEETING OF THE YEAR WILL BE ON 5/10 AT 8AM

Thank you to Fiona Smith and Hilde Myall for volunteering to be Co-VPs of Events for 2019-2020.

Please join us May 10th at 8am for the last General PTA meeting if the year. It will be a short meeting to elect Fiona and Hilde — we’ll have coffee!!


FREE SOFTBALL CLINIC 

4/28 (and every Sunday through May)
San Lorenzo High School, 50 E. Lewelling Blvd, San Lorenzo
10U-12U 9-10:30am and 14U-18U 10:30-12:30pm

Open to all players wanting to know what it takes to play in high school and college.
Sponsored by: www.oaktownballers.com & www.bayareabombers.org
Info: 510-214-3199 / 510-706-4132 


2019 RIDE 4 A REASON: LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN!

Riders across Oakland have been busy training and raising money for Oakland schools! We are halfway to our goal of raising $220,000. Let's keep up the momentum, all!

Attention Riders
Please download our revised Rider Info Packet and be sure to read it thoroughly! 

Early Packet Pick Up on Thursday, April 25th. Don’t rush the morning of the ride and come pick up your bib and water bottle at Early Packet Pick Up on Thursday, April 25th. Sports Basement will add $1 to the gift card for every rider that comes through between 5:30 - 7:30PM. This gift card will be awarded to our overall top fundraiser as of 3PM, April 27th. Sports Basement 2727 Milvia St., Berkeley. 

Volunteer Sign-Ups.  R4R could not happen without an amazing support crew.  If a bike ride to Sacramento is not in the cards for you this year, check out other ways you can participate in the event by volunteering here.

Sponsor a student rider. We have a record number of students who want to participate in the 45-mile course this year but need your help! You can support a student from one of our partner schools for $75, which covers their registration and bus ticket. Click here to sponsor a student cyclist today!  Thank you!


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