From the office


3/14 – Pi Night
3/19 – Taste of Temescal
3/20 – Latin Heritage potluck
4/1   – 8th grade make up picture day




Hello Claremont Families,

We know that the strike impacts all members of our school community. Those of us who are striking do so with the goal of improving conditions for students, teachers, nurses, and counselors. We believe the short-term sacrifices we are making will result in long-term benefits. Thanks to those of you who are also making sacrifices to support our efforts. We appreciate you keeping your students home in solidarity, hosting other students during the school day, bringing us treats and water, standing out in the cold and rain with us, chanting with us, sending your kids to babysit so that others can work, providing sign supplies, honking as you drive by, and so much more. 

The past few days have been exhausting and exhilarating. We have marched side-by-side with parents, students, community members, fellow teachers, school nurses, counselors, librarians, speech-language pathologists, school psychologists, and other unions. Dolores Huerta (THE Dolores Huerta), Robert Reich, and Boots Riley have headlined our mid-day rallies. On Monday a small contingent of teachers from CMS joined others on an advocacy trip to Sacramento where they met with leaders such as State Senator Nancy Skinner and State Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks. On Tuesday we marched beside our colleagues in East Oakland from Verdes Carter Park to Roots International Academy, an OUSD middle school in East Oakland, which will be forced to close its doors at the end of this year. We are being heard. We take strength from those who are dedicated to the cause and from being in community with our colleagues from across this big, beautiful town.

You can continue to help us by keeping students out of school for now. As a reminder, grades are not affected by strike-related absences. We are hoping to end this as soon as possible (follow OEA on social media for updates), but we will continue to strike and march until we have support staff to make every student safe and supported, smaller class sizes, and reasonable pay to keep great teachers in OUSD. 

As the rains come down and the strike lingers, please stay strong with us. We can't do this without your support. 

Thank you for your time, energy, resources, and love. It means the world to us. Special shout out to Mr. Mayer for speaking up for us in Sacramento last week. Thanks also for making us homemade banana bread and for bringing us the very necessary doughnuts and coffee. Your support is appreciated!

In partnership,
The CMS Strike Team 


Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) remains focused on reaching an agreement with the Oakland Education Association (OEA). 

Today, Feb. 28, the strike will continue for the sixth day and all District-run schools will be open and ready to welcome students. On average, 6% of students have attended school each day since the strike began.

As is the case in many high stress situations, the environment is ripe for many rumors and misinformation to spread among families, staff and our community. We encourage everyone to stay informed. Daily updates and resources such as the Fact-finding Report and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Strike, Budget and Negotiations can be found at

We remain optimistic that the bargaining teams will reach an agreement that will end the strike in a way that honors our educators and ensures the District’s fiscal stability for decades to come.

Our priority is getting our teachers, psychologists, counselors, nurses, substitute teachers, speech and language pathologists, and resource specialists back to serving students and our students back to learning. Our community is counting on it.


Thank you for taking the time to notify Claremont that your child is supporting the teachers during this time. If you have sent an email (which is how we are accepting notice for absences), your emails have been received. Please note that the district is require to notify parents when a student receives an absence. Any absences reported, even if verified by the parent, the parent will receive a robocall. 


Does your child need a change of scenery during the strike days?
Here is a list of solidarity schools. There are also volunteer opportunities for high-school aged students. Contact Sam for more information.

The schedule for today is:
7:00 - 10:30 Picket line at Claremont
11:30 - 1:30 City Wide rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza
No picket line after downtown rally. Teachers will go home for a well earned rest. 

Today, the picket line at La Escuelita Elementary School was able to shut down the Board Meeting. Learn more about it here.

Show you support in the morning either by joining the picket line, or bringing a healthy breakfast!

Volunteer. Hopefully, the strike will end this week, but if it does go on, we need reliable help. Bread for Ed will need more donations if this stretches on into next week. 

Contact the school board and your state representatives and show your support for the teachers.


The Exploratorium opens its doors to families affected by the OUSD teacher strike. The Exploratorium is offering free admission to Oakland Unified School District students Thursday and Friday. From 10 am to 5 pm, current students at Oakland Unified may visit the museum for free with proof of enrollment, while their parents/guardians pay regular admission. Unaccompanied OUSD students will also be admitted for free.


In heartfelt support of families impacted by the OUSD teacher strike, all OUSD students will receive free admission during our weekday open hours, Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Accompanying adults will pay regular admission.


If you want to show your support for Oakland's public school teachers and their fight for better schools, please visit and get a t-shirt or hoodie. All proceeds are being donated to the OEA's membership assistance fund which will provide strike hardship grants to teachers who are actively participating in a strike AND NOT GETTING PAID. Swag may also be available to purchase at the rallies around town.


PLEASE SHARE YOUR OPINIONS! Every year at this time, OUSD collects information from families, staff and students about the conditions in our schools through the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS). Your feedback helps us to identify areas of Claremont in need of improvement and allows us to better serve our diverse community. The survey will be open throughout the month of February and only takes 5 minutes of your time. Please click Claremont PARENT CHKS Survey to complete the survey today!

Sports Corner


All games and practices are cancelled as long as the strike continues. :(

Upcoming Events


We still have spots available for the Wine Mine Auction Party — Thursday, February 28, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m! Indulge your inner sommelier with an evening of wine tasting at Oakland's best source of expertly curated wine deals, the Wine Mine. Enjoy wines chosen and poured by owner Dave Sharpe and tasty treats to line your stomach courtesy of your hosts. This is a great opportunity to make new friends with other wine lovers, catch up with fellow parents, and restock your cellar without going broke. If you are interested, email Natalie Zatkin. The $30 donation goes to Claremont MS per guest.

Hosted by: Leslie Ayers & Lew Price, Genevieve Sexton, Kristan & Steven Kirsh, Natalie & Michael Zatkin. 


Taste of Temescal is back! The tastiest fundraiser for local public schools is coming again on Tuesday, March 19, 6-8:30 p.m. Buy a $40 ticket for each member of your family here and set them loose to roam Temescal eating gourmet goodies from restaurants including: Asmara, Burma Superstar, Dona Tomas, Hawking Bird, Hawk and Pony, Prima Materia, The Well and more!   

Proceeds benefit Claremont Middle School, Oakland Tech, Emerson Elementary, Sankofa Academy, and La Clinica de la Raza. You may choose which organization your ticket sale will directly support! Enjoy fun and delicious good times for a good cause. 

Volunteer as a ticket puncher at Taste of Temescal and get a FREE TICKET! Sign up
here to volunteer and still have plenty of time to enjoy the evening.

Get your tickets right away since we limit sales to 500. Tickets to the event can be purchased



Register for R4R 2019 today!  Registration and fundraising for our 11th annual event is going strong. So far, we have over 190 riders registered and more than $40,000 raised to support our 10 participating schools! The registration fee for the ride is $120 for community members and $30 for students/teachers until March 1st - register today!

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.

R4R training rides!  Gather your friends and family for an upcoming training ride. The next Easy Rider ride is on March 2nd. MOTR (Middle of the Road) rides happen each Saturday until the main event on April 27th!  Check out the R4R calendar for more info!

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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