(3/12: Pi / STEAM Night — POSTPONED! See info below.)
3/17: Taste of Temescal
3/25: 7th Grade Bowling Field Trip

3/26: 8th Grade Bowling Field Trip
3/27: I
n lieu of Cesar Chavez Day / No school
3/30 – 4/3: Spring Break / No school


From the office


You may be feeling worried about the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. Given the widespread media attention of this illness, that is understandable. Protect yourself and your community with common sense precautions, such as:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t have access to soap and water? Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes or nose, with your hands.
  • When you or your loved ones are sick—stay home from work or school to prevent infecting others.
  • If you do feel ill, you can contact your care center or clinician to discuss the most appropriate treatment option. 
  • Unless you are sick and want to prevent spreading your germs to others, save the masks for health care workers.
As more information develops, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site, on the OUSD site, and local health authorities for the latest updates. 



Due to the current shortages in stores, if you are able to donate any boxes of tissues or large bottles of hand sanitizer to Claremont, either send them with your student to give to their teachers, or bring them to the office. Thank you!



The STEAM Team feels it's best to postpone STEAM Knight from March to May. With the withdrawal of SalesForce volunteers until further notice due to Coronavirus, as well as the high amount of illnesses/absences right now, we have decided to act in an abundance of caution and not have a big community event with food, hands-on activities, and crowds at this time. We will let you know the new date once we have it confirmed, probably by next week. Thank you and stay well, everyone!


Wondering what is going on at our after-school program? Here is info for the month of March. Questions, please contact our After-School Program Coordinator, Justin


We are getting new recycling and compost bins and Mrs. Anderson is looking for student leaders to take charge of showing the proper way to sort trash. If your student is interested, please ask them to see Mrs. Anderson at Break or Lunch.



If your 8th grade Knight would like to be part of a CMS yearbook tradition, please submit a baby picture or two to and add the student's name in the email or drop the photo off in the front office and attach the student's name to the back. Deadline for submitting photos is 3/16.


We want to hear from parents and community members about your feelings of our school. Your input and opinions are valued, so we welcome your feedback. Be sure to have your student take a picture of the confirmation page when you finish for extra credit in 6th grade math, 7th & 8th grade science classes. This data is tied to important funding sources as well.  

The survey only takes 4 minutes, and is anonymous. Please take a few moments to complete this by clicking on the Claremont parent survey.


"You must unite behind the science. You must take action. You must do the impossible. Because giving up can never ever be an option." - Greta Thurnburg,
16-year-old climate activist in her speech to the US Congress on 09/17/19.


From the PTA


The tastiest fundraiser for local public schools is coming again on Tuesday, March 17, 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: Artichoke Basille's Pizza, Asmara Restaurant, Aunt Mary's Cafe, Bierhaus, Bird & Buffalo, Bowl'd, Burma Superstar, Café Colucci, Co Nam, Curbside Creamery, Daol Tofu, EZ Taqueria, Hancook, Hawking Bird, I Scream Donuts, Julie's, Magpie Oakland, Marufuku Ramen, North Light, Pizzaiolo, Prima Materia, Red Sea Restaurant, Roses' Taproom, Saucy Oakland, and Smokin Woods BBQ.   

Proceeds will benefit the following organizations: Claremont Middle School, Emerson Elementary School, Oakland Technical High School, La Clínica de La Raza and the Studio One Art Center.

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. 

If you can’t make it, or even if you can, and you want to sponsor a teacher, email Chris Schreiber to purchase a paper ticket or to let him know that you have an extra ticket waiting for one of our great staff!


Claremont Community, we sold out the Pancake Breakfast and raised more than $6,400 for our school last Saturday! So many people made this happen - our great volunteers at the door, the Claremont jazz band and its fine leader Ari Brown, Elaina Briant, the grade communicators (Bernadette, Chris and Ingrid) and Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Mayer who all helped with communication, Betty Ho for the great poster that the Masons will frame, along with Michelle Quinn, who set the pace that helped us set this record!

Thank you to amazing donors who made our raffle so much fun: Tip Top Bike Shop, Southie, Wood Tavern, Crepevine, Councilmember Dan Kalb, Pegasus, City Leaf and the San Jose Earthquakes. And last but not least, thank you to our great pancake maestro: Kai Drekmeier the master of ceremonies and a big reason behind this year's success. We hope everyone left full and feeling like a winner. Until next year!  


Looking to get more involved with Claremont? Want to support the activities of the PTA? Due to families graduating or terms coming to an end, there are many key positions open for the 2020-2021 Executive Board. We are looking for...

• President - runs board and general meetings, prepares agendas, works closely with the principal to support the school.

 Vice President - attends board and general meetings, runs meetings when President absent.

• Treasurer - oversees the management of PTA finances and acts as fiscal sponsor for Ride for A Reason.

• VP of Fundraising - leads the Claremont fund campaign, assists the auction leads, and recruits leaders for the pancake breakfast. 

• VP of Events -helps find leads for events like Rockridge Out & About, Pi / STEAM Night and more. This role can be shared by two people and attending the events is not necessary. 

All positions provide great opportunities to get to know other parents at Claremont, help build our Claremont community and build your resume while you are at it (leadership skills!). Please contact Amy GoldenMiho KubotaEleanor Katari or Kira Don to learn more!


Help Claremont set spending priorities for the 2020-21 school year by joining the budget committee! Join us next Wednesday, March 10th to discuss how to allocate the $290,000 the PTA spends annually. Meeting is 7-8:30 PM at 4973 Harbord Dr, Oakland, CA 94618. RSVP to Ruth Woodruff. Hope to see you there!



The Claremont 7th grade Boys Basketball team fell out of the playoffs this weekend with an extremely hard fought game, where they lost by 2 points to EBIA. Big congratulations to the team for a great season and huge thanks to Coach Cory and Coach L for taking them so far!



It was an exciting, post pancake breakfast game for the Claremont Girls Soccer team on Saturday, tying against EBIA, 0-0 in a game that Claremont girls dominated. Tara Henry was stellar in goal. Thank you to Coach Doubley and his son for coming out to watch. Next up, Claremont plays Lionel Wilson. 



In their second meeting of the season, Claremont and Bret Harte tied again, this time 0-0. This past weekend, Claremont won 4-1 over Montera. Three of Claremont’s goals were from corners. Jake Leslie and Francisco Ho-Herrera each scored an “Olimpico” aka a goal scored directly off a corner, and Henry Goodson scored a header off a Ho-Herrera corner. In the second half, Zach Breyer made a pinpoint pass for an assist on another Ho-Herrera goal. Well done, Knights!

If coaches or parents of CMS sports teams have info on games played or coming up, please email to to be included in future Knightline editions. We would also appreciate team photos for the Knightline and website.



Don't forget, Zumba Fridays at 6pm. Join us in the gym. Everyone welcome. Questions: Contact Sara.


TeenScape: Join us every weekday from 3:30pm-5:00pm (enhanced programing on Wednesdays 1:30pm - 5:00pm) to play video games, table top games, crafts, and general after school fun.

Popsicle Stick Flashlight: Wednesday, 3/11, 3pm: Join us for a crafty afternoon in the TeenZone! We will be making flashlights using popsicle sticks, an LED light, and cooper tape. All materials provided. For youth ages 12 to 18.

LED Button Maker: Wednesday, 3/18, 3pm: Join us for a crafty afternoon in the TeenZone! We will be making buttons with LEDs included. All materials provided. For youth ages 12 to 18.  

DIY Stickers: Wednesday, 3/25, 3pm: Join us for a crafty afternoon in the TeenZone! Show off your skills by making your own stickers! Once you learn how you won’t want to stop. You can do it at home, too, with materials you can easily find at your house. All materials provided. For youth ages 12 to 18.

Teen Maker Month: Sillhouette Cameo: Wednesday, 3/25, 3pm: Try out the Cameo, an electronic cutting machine that can cut vinyl, paper, and more into intricate shapes. All materials provided. For youth ages 12-18.  

Teen Maker Month: Breakout Box: Wednesday, 3/25, 3pm: Can you crack the code and open the box? Try to breakout! Like an escape room in a box. All materials provided. For youth ages 12 to 18. 



Family of a sixth grader looking for tenants for our condo unit in Upper Rockridge. It's a lovely 1150 sq ft two bedroom and two full bath home with a balcony and fireplace. Secure garage parking space in a great small building with only 16 units. Residents are mostly professionals and retirees who own their units. Perfect for a couple, family with a small child, or seniors looking to downsize. 13-minute walk to the Rockridge Bart and casual carpool. CB Transbay bus that takes you to the city is right across the street. Walking distance to the vibrant College Ave for shops and restaurants. This neighborhood schools are some of the most sought after public schools in Oakland: Chabot Elementary, Claremont Middle and Oakland Tech High. 3 miles to UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts is down the street. Rent is $3500. Please contact Lina and XinFeng at



Camp Galileo is hosting camp at Chabot School in Oakland this summer! From March 2nd through April 12th, Galileo will donate $25 to Claremont for every family that enrolls at Galileo Camps. Galileo engages every kid with the perfect mix of hands-on learning and big summer fun. Supported by the boundless energy of the best staff around, campers from pre-K through 10th grade unlock their inner innovator, learning to creatively solve problems, fearlessly try new things and persist in the face of challenges—all at your neighborhood school. New Families will also get $50 off camp with code 2020SCHOOLREWARDS. Be sure to enter Claremont as the school during checkout (in the camper info section).  Scholarships available as well. Learn more at or 800-854-3684.

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