From the office


4/25 – Showing of "Screenagers" TONIGHT!
4/27 – Ride for a Reason
5/03 – 7th/8th grade talent show
5/10 – Last PTA meeting of the school year, 8-9am (there will be coffee)
5/16 – Spring Band Concert
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



The Spring Band Concert is Thursday May 16 at 6:30pm. Students in 7th, 8th and jazz band should arrive at 5:50pm in concert attire (black and white, no labels... ask if you have questions). Students will be fed pizza for dinner and then will perform in the gymnasium. 

Please join us for what promises to be a terrific night of music.


Last chance! 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.


The 7th/8th grade talent show will be held on Friday May 3rd from 1:25 – 3:00pm (time depends on the length of the acts). Parents are welcome!


The 8th grade class will be camping at Anthony Chabot Regional Park 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.


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.


A reminder that there are folks out there who really want the extra graduation tickets for large and/or visiting family. 

Please, if you are not going to be using all 5 of your tickets, let Ms Smith in the office know ASAP: She can reserve them for others. Even if you are using 4 out of your 5 tickets, let Ms. Smith know — all those single tickets will add up to someone else’s joy.


The lost & found is at capacity. The office is looking for parents to volunteer to bag up and donate to a place of their choice. Please contact the office if you can help.


The PTA is looking for a parent/guardian (or two) to take on the role of auction chair for the October 2019 auction. Many of the key pieces of the auction are in place — we have a venue and a date, we have the beginnings of a team in place, with critical roles filled. What we really need is someone to oversee this great effort and help the auction have another successful year. We know our talented community has a lot of people who could bring their skills to help make the auction a success. Let us know as soon as possible if you are interested — since our auction is in late October, we have to get going over the summer. If you have questions or can help with the auction, please contact Shona Armstrong at 

Sports Corner


We are in the final stretch of the Claremont sports fundraising campaign and now is time to make your donation. We are going to end the campaign on May 3 — so hurry and donate. Thanks to all who have donated and all who have spread the word. 

This week, we talked with Aaliyah Hamilton and Luna Cisneros, seventh graders who participate in Track & Field. Aaliyah enjoys sprinting. Luna enjoys distance running. Both say they like competing with other students. Luna says she likes the way running makes you feel and how you can get better each time. Aaliyah feels it will prepare her to be more competitive when she runs track in high school.

Thank you Aaliyah and Luna for being student athletes and thank you Claremont community for supporting school sports. Spread the word! Go Knights!

Upcoming Events  

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

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. 

2019 RIDE 4 A REASON 🚲 Final Sprint!!

Our 11th annual ride on Saturday, April 27th is going to be record breaking - we have over 330 riders registered and more than $150,000 raised to support our 10 participating schools!  If you are registered to ride, don't miss the early packet pick-up event at Sports Basement in Berkeley on Thursday, April 25th from 5:30-7:30pm (and get 20% off anything you purchase!).

Volunteer Sign-Ups. R4R is still looking for SAG drivers and handy bike mechanics to support our riders to Sacramento! If you know anyone, please invite them to be part of the R4R volunteer crew. Lunch, ride t-shirt, and gratitude provided!  Volunteering link here.

R4R Fundraising. Even if you are not able to participate in the event this year, you can still support our efforts by sponsoring a rider. Please visit our fundraising page to sponsor a rider or make a general donation today!


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 to learn more. 


Come dance with us at 6:30 in the gym. It’s a super fun way to bond with your kid. If you have been meaning to come, now is the time. :)  Questions? Contact Sara (Ms. Kahn to your kiddos) at 


SWE++ at UC Berkeley, a committee that provides free and quality computer science education to middle school girls in the Bay Area is hosting a free Code Day, which is a day long event full of computer science related workshops (build your own website, a scavenger hunt, and more!). The event is on May 4th from 10am-3pm on the UC Berkeley campus. To register for an event, please get a free ticket here by April 27th.

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