IMPORTANT DATE & TIMES
4/24: 9:30am — 6th grade assembly
4/24: 10:00am — 7th grade assembly
4/24: 10:30am — 8th grade assembly
See more info below in Mr. Mayer's message.
A MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL MAYER
(From Wednesday's call to CMS families):
Hello families! I hope you are healthy and your family is doing well, making the best of this strange time period. We still do not have any updates about what school may look like in the fall at this time but we are doing our best to make the rest of this year as good as possible.
And on that note, we are having grade assemblies this Friday! We want to do our best during this challenging time to build community wherever we can. With that in mind, Claremont will be holding grade level assemblies this Friday! We are asking families - if possible - to dress in orange and black and encourage your child to join the assembly in full Claremont gear or black and orange. This is a great time for us to model school spirit and make connections with other students.
9:30am - 6th grade
10:00am - 7th grade
10:30am - 8th grade
The link will be up on google classroom in at least one of the classrooms for each grade level. 6th grade will be in science.
The end of the Marking Period is this Friday April 24th, the new and last marking period begins on Monday
Grading is credit/no credit.
Expect students should have about 30 minutes per subject, daily, including PE and elective. Hopefully the elective is something fun and skill building for life!
If a student has teacher for multiple class periods, the work time should be double.
Stimulus pledge If you are financially able, many OUSD schools are opting to pledge some or all of their stimulus to support families. For more info, go here.
CLAREMONT STAFF & ADMINISTRATION SENDS VIRTUAL #LOVE
FREE VOLUNTEER TUTORING PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS
Students at Lynbrook High School are growing a non-profit volunteer tutoring program called Learn in Shelter in light of the corona virus pandemic. They are reaching out to students who need tutoring services with academic subjects, including math, science, English, history, foreign language, and computer science. The sessions are conducted via Zoom, and the services are completely FREE for students. Students or their parents can sign up at: learninshelter.org
From the PTA
MESSAGE FROM SHONA
On behalf of the PTA I want to welcome all the students who found out recently that they are going to be attending Claremont Middle School. We regret the circumstances that make it impossible for us to meet you in person this spring, but we are so excited to meet you and your families next year. In fact, if you just can’t wait to say hello, we are having our general PTA meeting this Thursday at 6:30 pm by Zoom. Our principal, Mr. Mayer, and other staff will be on the zoom, and I invite you to contact our Community School Manager, Ms. Edana Anderson, or me for the link to that meeting. Ms. Anderson’s email is on our school website.
We also encourage you to plug in to the school community and keep abreast of what is going on by checking out the website at claremontms.org.
Finally, we are looking for help next year! We still need to fill the key PTA Board roles of President, VP of Fundraising, and VP of Events. Serving on the PTA board offers a great way to meet wonderful people and support your community, particularly as we all find our way out of this pandemic lockdown.
Here’s to better days ahead!
OUR PTA (STILL) NEEDS YOU!
• President - runs board and general meetings, prepares agendas, works closely with the principal to support the school.
Current PTA President Shona Armstrong, "I was a bit worried about taking on the role of President, but I have found that of the roles I've held at Claremont this is one of the easiest. I enjoy getting to know the principal and have had a lot of fun on the PTA".
• VP of Fundraising - leads the Claremont fund campaign, assists the auction leads, and recruits leaders for the pancake breakfast. PLEASE NOTE -- fundraising goals have been adjusted to be attainable in our new economic reality.
Current VP of Fundraising, Michelle Quinn, "Serving on the Claremont board has been a lot of fun. I’ve enjoyed meeting parents, teachers and administrators, getting insights into how the school operates and feeling like I’m helping out. It’s a commitment but not too taxing."
• 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.
We have lead volunteers for the two major events (Out and About and STEAM night). The VP's role is to help provide support and be a liaison to the Board and administration.
Please contact Amy Golden, Miho Kubota, Eleanor Katari or Kira Don to learn more.
ON YOUR WAY TO BECOMING A PRIME MOST VALUED CUSTOMER?
As much as we want to support our local businesses, if you find yourself ordering from Amazon more than usual, don't forget to click on the AmazonSmile graphic shown on the Claremont homepage. Shop and select your purchases like you normally do and at checkout a portion of your total will go back to the PTA.
TECH EXCHANGE DEVICE DONATION DAY IS TODAY
Have an old laptop you'd like to donate to give to a student? Tech Exchange is taking old devices (laptops and Chromebooks are the highest need) today from 11-2 at 2201 Poplar St (at W. Grand Ave.). Drop off is via social-distance-friendly drive-thru so you won't have to leave your car. For more info, go here.
THE 2020 CENSUS
The Census helps our school funding! Get counted at www.my2020census.gov.
STUDENT VOICE IN CRITICAL TIMES SURVEY
Middle School and High School ACC students have created a Student Voice Survey. They are trying to get as many middle school students as possible to take the survey in the next few weeks. Please share with your students.
NEED A MASK OR TWO?
One of our wonderful Claremont parents, Ginger Fields is making adult and kids size masks and selling them to raise money for the Oakland Public Education Fund. Masks are available for $15-20 each and they make wonderful Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE FUND. If you are interested, learn more here.
THANK YOU, STEPH
Beloved local hero and Warriors star Steph Curry is helping to provide nearly 300,000 meals every week to Oakland residents for the next several months, alongside dedicated partners at the Oakland Unified School District, Alameda County Community Food Bank and chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen. Read more of Steph's great work with the community here.
EARTH DAY LETTERS FROM OUSD STUDENTS
Sequoia Elementary School parent, Lara Clayman, recently emailed about an Earth Day letter-writing campaign. To follow up, she wanted to share the 50+ Earth Day letters written by some of Oakland's youngest students. The children are clear about how they feel about the climate emergency, what they want to know more about, what they see as possible solutions and their desire for our schools to do better. CMS students are always invited to write and mail letters at ANY time. Letters can be sent to the attention of the Board President, Jody London at 1000 Broadway, Suite 150, Oakland, CA 94607.
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