Oak Knoll School News

September 24, 2017 
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To Do
Checklist  for Parents 
> Donate to the PTO by this Friday, 9/29

> Ask your employer about Corporate Matching

Scroll down for more details on these & other items. 

This Week 

Monday, September 25
  • Balclutha Field Trip (Austin), 11:30am-10:00am (next day)
  • Free used instructional books and novels available at Oak Knoll, 9:00am-12:00pm, outside the Small Gym
Tuesday, September 26
  • Oak Knoll Parent Book Club, 8:30-9:30am
  • Balclutha Field Trip (Cline), 11:30am-10:00am (next day)
  • Author Assembly, Todd Parr  for 3rd-5th grades
Wednesday, September 27
  • Balclutha Field Trip (Garagozzo), 11:30am-10:00am (next day)
  • Levis Stadium, (Cotter, Wood, Jagelka)
Friday, September 29
  • PTO Fundraising Drive ends

Looking Ahead 

Monday, October 2
  • A Last day to order food for Fall Family Picnic
Tuesday, October 3
  • A Panel Event with MPCSD Superintendent and Principals, The Future of Education: Menlo Park and Beyond, 6:30pm, Hillview PAC
Wednesday, October 4
  • Balclutha Field Trip (Coldoff), 11:30am-10:00am (next day)
Friday, October 6
  • Fall Family Picnic, Oak Knoll Playground, 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday, October 10
  • Kindergarten Field Trip: CuriOdyssey
See the
Oak Knoll calendar for more important dates and events 
Support our Schools Today!
ONLY 5 DAYS REMAIN  in the 2017-2018  PTO fundraising drive. Thanks to  40%  of  Oak Knoll  families who have donated so far, we are at  52%  of our fundraising goal.  This means for programs  like  curriculum enrichment, classroom supplies, field trips, assemblies, and community building events  planned for this school year, only half  are currently funded!

Please take a moment now to support the PTO so we can get to 100% participation by  September 29th and help deliver things that help make  Oak Knoll  so special. Every donation matters!
Our partner organization is Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF),  which provides vital funding to increase the per-pupil spending in our District. When you support the MPAEF, you are putting more teachers in our schools - both in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library and science. Please make your commitment to the MPAEF by November 3 by  clicking here.
The PTO and MPAEF are working together to make the best it can be for our kids. Thank you for your support of both organizations. 

Corporate Matching - Make Your Donations Go Further
Check your employer's internal website for information and links or contact your company's Human Resources department which should be able to provide you with information on how to submit your matching request. 

Want to find out if your company participates?  Check here  for information on corporate m atching and a quick list of potentially participating companies.  

Contact Nancy Lieberman for PTO corporate matching questions or  matching@mpaef.org for MPAEF corporate matching questions. 

Catch up on MPCSD News
Keep up with District news, initiatives, and events

Read Superintendent Erik Burmeister's most recent newsletter and blogFor more details about upcoming initiatives and what's going on behind the scenes, videos of Board meetings are now uploaded to our website www.mpcsd.org

Check out the 
newly updated district Facebook page. Like us and share your stories, too! Let's get social and tell the story of our wonderful community-funded district together. #goMPCSD

If you're on Twitter, follow  @goMPCSD for all the tweets and cute photos from district principals and campuses. And if you tweet, share your school story with  #gompcsd

2017-2018 MPCSD Online Directory
An all new, standalone version of the online directory is  available now at: https://mpcsd.directory
To access the directory for the first time, please register using your email address that is registered with the District.  Your directory account is currently independent from the district login accounts and requires a separate login. Once signed in, you can search for student or parent/guardian names, and view class lists, and more.

If you have trouble accessing the directory, suggestions, and/or feedback, please email:  directory@mpcsd.org

This year, we are thrilled to have Alison Ziff, a veteran teacher who comes to us most recently from Encinal Elementary, where she taught in the immersion program, leading our work in teaching Spanish language and culture. She is fluent in both Spanish and English, and has 15 years of experience working in elementary level bilingual education, in addition to having lived abroad in both Mexico and Ecuador.  Maestra Ziff is supported by Eva, who is interning here at MPCSD with us all year from Spain.  

Kindergartners  in the traditional program will be learning sign language, and Maestra Ziff will be teaching Spanish Language and Culture to primary multi-age, and all 1st, 2nd and 5th grade students. In this specialist class, students get the opportunity to develop as global citizens through interactive, explorative, and multi-modal activities such as song, theater, art, technology, writing, and more!  They will be learning common and useful Spanish language, in accordance with California's World Language Standards. In addition to Spanish language, they will also be developing cultural awareness in learning about different Spanish speaking countries and cultures. 

Additionally, Maestra Ziff will be holding a Spanish Language and Culture lunch club for all 1st-5th grade students, and designing curriculum for all students to be shared on our KNOL morning broadcasts. 

MPCSD Speaker Series: Safe Routes - Video Available
The Menlo Park community gathered last week for an MPCSD Speaker Series presentation and panel discussion on Safe Routes. Parents, MPCSD staff, the Menlo Park Mayor and Civic Representatives, and Parents for Safe Routes representatives gathered to review local commuter safe routes and identify areas of improvement. 

If you were unable to attend this Safe Routes parent talk you can watch the meeting here.

For  further information, events and volunteer opportunities, sign up to be added to the  Parents   for  Safe Routes mailing list.

Free Books Give Away
TOMORROW  Oak Knoll will be giving away for free our obsolete and damaged instructional materials, textbooks and English language novels. Come with your own bags and enjoy our collections of books!

The book showing will be held tomorrow Monday,  September 25th 9:00am-12:00pm  in the small gym. 

How do we get our kids to think beyond themselves in a world that is becoming more and more a selfie world.   Please join S chool Counselor Nicole Scott and School Psychologist Jenny Ryan this fall in a Parent Book Club with the book Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Dr, Michelle Borba. 

Our goal in reading this book is to help our students shift their focus from I, me and Mine to we, us and ours.   Each week we will   read a different section and then meet to discuss.  The meetings are low pressure and fun.  

We hope you can join us: September 26th, October 3rd, 10th, 17 and 24th 8:30-9:30am.   Please email Nicole Scott if you are interested in joining.   The Location of the meeting will depend on the number of participants.
Order Scholastic Books
At Oak Knoll we are working on growing readers who will read for fun well into adulthood.  Part of that effort involves getting great books into the hands of our great kids.  This year, our amazing Reading Specialist, Jacqui Cebrian, will be coordinating online ordering through the Scholastic Book Clubs.   If you are not accessing the book clubs through your classroom teacher's account, follow these simple instructions:
Go online to:  scholastic.com/newparent
Look up her name:    Ms. Cebrian
Or enter Class Code:   FM6CL
Follow the instructions to place your order.
First deadline is September 29, 2017

If you have any questions, please contact Jacqui Cebrian.

Mark your calendars for the Oak Knoll Fall Family Picnic on Friday, October 6, from 5:00-7:00pm in the big playground. Food, bouncy houses, games, karaoke, and more! Everyone is welcome to join in the community fun at this all-school event. 

Join the fun and bring your own picnic   OR  pre-order burritos from Menlo Park's own  Mama Coco at $10 per person ! Food orders must be made in advance no later than Monday, October 2nd.
Click here to order food online or fill out a Fall Picnic form and drop a check made payable to Oak Knoll PTO in the Oak Knoll office.  

We'd love additional volunteers! If you'd like to help, please  click here

If you have any questions please email   OakKnollFamilyPicnic@gmail.com  
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Donate Your Old Halloween Costumes
Oak Knoll is once again collecting new and gently used Halloween Costumes in any size from infant to adult, as well as accessories, such as hats, scarves and bags. We can not accept wigs or masks or any weapon of any type.  Please only send in costumes that a child would like to wear.  NO rips or stains.  All the costumes will benefit homeless, low-income and foster youth in San Mateo County.

Collection Barrels will be by the office and the Gym October 2nd-6th.  Costumes will be picked up by the San Mateo Children's fund on Oct. 6th.  

Thank you for helping Support this Beyond Me Effort!
MPCSD Speaker Series: The Future of Education
The Future of Education: Menlo Park and Beyond,  A Panel Event with the Superintendent and Principals of MPCSD on  Tuesday, October 3, 2017 @ 6:30pm,  Hillview PAC.

Join MPCSD's new Superintendent, Erik Burmeister, and MPCSD Principals Willy Haug, Sharon Burns, Linda Creighton, and Kristin Gracia for a thoughtful conversation about the future of education in our community and throughout our nation. 

Hear more about the visions for Oak Knoll, Encinal, Laurel, and Hillview, as well as Early Learning efforts, Personalized Learning, Project-Based Learning, Multi-Graded Classrooms, homework policies, grading reimagination, and more.

Free childcare for potty-trained children.  Light refreshments and beverages served.
More information at  mpcsdspeakerseries.com

English Learner Advisory Committee
The District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) is a committee for the parents of students who are learning English. DELAC meets monthly helping English learner families, teachers, and administrators build community, navigate the school system, and share resources.
The first meeting of the year is Thursday, October 12 @ 5:30pm at
MPCSD Office TERC building and  will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of DELAC as well as beginning of the year tips for student success.

New 1st/2nd Grade Girl Scout Troop
A new 1st/2nd grade mixed Menlo Park school Girl Scout troop is forming. 

Our first meeting will be held on  Saturday, September 30th at 4 pm and  include both parents and girls. Please RSVP to troop leader, Kelly Castleman

If you have any questions, please contact Oak Knoll parent, Carol Fan.

Community News
To read about events, activities and charitable initiatives in the local community, please click here.

Community News
  • Video of Safe Routes to School Talk
  • Menlo-Atherton Volleyball Community Clinic
  • Free Lacrosse Clinic
  • Youth League Tennis Registration Open
  • NJB Winter Basketball Registration Open
  • Frozen Sing-Along!
  • Woodside Community Theatre Presents Annie!
  • St Raymond's Pumpkin Festival
Community Service Opportunities
  • Ravenswood School District: Adopt-a-School and Adopt-a-Teacher

Newsletter Details
Please send submissions to newsletter@oakknollschool.org  for Oak Knoll news and events. For the Community News, send submissions to communitynews@mpcsd.org. The deadline for both email addresses is by noon on the Wednesday prior to publication date

To read past Oak Knoll PTO newsletters, please visit our archives on the Get School News page.