Continuing our Conversations about Racial Equity at MLA
At the November PTSA meeting, we talked about MLA’s mission & history, and teachers & parents shared stories of how the changing race dynamics of the school affect them. We talked about opportunities to support parents of color, specifically Black and Spanish-speaking families, and ways to help MLA be more inclusive, welcoming and racially equitable. We encourage you to read this article: http://tinyurl.com/addressingprivilege, and to use it as a discussion starter about race & privilege at MLA. There will be a follow up meeting Dec 11 from 5:30-7:30pm intended to support white parents in building their racial justice muscles, and everyone is welcome to come.
Family Unity Night
Please join us on Thursday December 21st, 6:00pm-8:00pm. We will celebrate the holiday season with a Potluck dinner ( please bring a dish to share). Padres Unidos will host an arts and crafts bazaar, tamale sale, and coat donation station (if you have a coat that is clean and in good condition please bring to school on the last week of school). Thank you! Hope to see you there!
Major playground improvements planned at MLA in April and May 2018
The Green Team is looking for help and donations. Please contact us with your skills and interest, ask your friends! Specifically looking for plumbers, builders, skilled labor, and anyone with experience in contracting or landscape construction. The grant can support payments for work done, but we hope to see our dollars go as far as possible.
OUSD Budget Crisis - "Cut from the Top, No Cuts to Schools!"
On December 13, 2017, the OUSD School Board will decide on $15.1 MILLION in proposed cuts (with $5.6 MILLION coming from schools). If passed, each school will be forced to cut $150-$250 per student. We are asking MLA Parents to contact the OUSD Board and tell them to "Cut from the Top. NO Cuts to School Sites."
There are various ways to give feedback and voice your concerns: Sign a Petition by visiting https://tinyurl.com/nocutstokids. Email the OUSD School Board by visiting https://tinyurl.com/emailousdboard. Attend the December 13th School Board meeting at La Escuelita, 1050 2nd Avenue (we are hoping for a BIG MLA turnout at this meeting)!
If you want to learn more, please come to the next MLA PTSA meeting Thursday, December 7th at 6pm.
MLA’s recruitment team is looking for printing services. Do you have access to low-cost or free printing for our MLA brochure?
If so, please contact Jen Houser.
Are you ready to volunteer?
Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered in the classrooms or on a fieldtrip! The district requires that all parents who volunteer in the school get a TB test and that any parent driving on a fieldtrip (or chaperoning an overnight trip) get fingerprinted. MLA recommends that parents with ANY immigration issues refrain from getting fingerprinted. Teachers would still love to have you come on a fieldtrip (help is always needed) you just won’t be able to drive/be alone with kids. For more information, please visit, http://www.oaklandedfund.org/volunteer/ or call or text Jen Houser.
More about Saludos this year »
More on TK-3rd and 4th-8th driving instructions »
Melrose Leadership Academy
MLA Calendar: http://melroseleadership.ousd.k12.ca.us/calendar/
OUSD Calendar: https://www.ousd.org/domain/3540