• Franklin Elementary School
    915 Foothill Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94606
    Main Office: 510-874-3354
    Main Office Fax: 510-874-3358
    Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Website: www.ousd.org/Franklin
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  • Be Responsible, be Respectful, be Your Best, be Safe, and be Kind.
    Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Break!
    Franklin School will be closed:
    Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 25, 2017.
    School will reopen:
    Monday, November 27, 2016
    Students from the classrooms of Ms. Gross and Dr. Monroe
    are enjoying a Thanksgiving lunch together.
    Thanksgiving Meal!

    OUSD 2017-18 Budget Update: November 18, 2017

    Greetings OUSD Community,


    I write to you with an important update about the proposed mid-year adjustments to the OUSD budget. The Board of Education recently voted to target a $15.1 million dollar reduction across the District in order to maintain local control and avoid state receivership.


    We have heard from many of you who are frustrated and concerned about our budget situation and are wondering how this happened. I hear you and encourage you to learn more by visiting www.ousd.org/fiscaltransparency and attending upcoming meetings (outlined below).


    Our team has been hard at work drafting a proposal to meet the targeted cuts. To be clear, having to make any budget reductions at schools or at central office in the middle of the school year is painful and will impact our students, staff and families. Still, I know our District community is better equipped to thoughtfully determine how our budget should be reduced than for the state to come in and cut deeply and arbitrarily. Any state cuts would likely include immediate school closures.


    The Board of Education’s decision-making process continues over the next four weeks. Here is a list of meetings scheduled for Directors to gain information and hear from the community. I encourage you to attend these meetings to learn more.


    Monday, Nov. 20: Town Hall Meeting
    6:00 p.m., MetWest High School, Huerta Hall, 314 E. Tenth Street
    Board Directors Aimee Eng, Shanthi Gonzales and Jody London will host this meeting to provide an opportunity for the community to ask questions and share their input.


    Monday, Nov. 27: Special Meeting of the Board of Education
    5:30 p.m.,  La Escuelita, Great Room, 1050 Second Avenue, Oakland
    First Read of Resolution: The Board will be presented with all recommendations for mid-year adjustments and will vote only on reductions to central office.


    Wednesday, Dec. 6: Budget & Finance Committee Meeting
    6:00 p.m., La Escuelita, BOE Committee Room, 1050 Second Avenue, Oakland
    First Interim, FCMAT implementation plan, Update on Multi-year projections and 18-19 budget calendar.


    Thursday, Dec. 7: Board of Education Resolution Review
    5:00 p.m., La Escuelita, BOE Committee Room, 1050 Second Avenue, Oakland
    Debrief the Nov. 27 meeting and discuss a decision for Dec. 13.


    Wednesday, Dec. 13: Board of Education Meeting
    5:00 p.m., La Escuelita, Great Room, 1050 Second Avenue, Oakland
    Final vote on the resolution including layoffs and school sites.


    For future District updates including about the budget, please click here to sign up for my messages to the OUSD community. Thank you for your engagement and for supporting education in OUSD.

    Kyla Johnson-Trammell


    Enrollment Season is Here!

    FIND & APPLY to schools by January 26, 2018 
    Step 1 Find
    FIND the best OUSD schools for your child
    • Visit Oakland School Finder to compare schools based on qualities that are important to your family! 
    • Talk with other families about their school experiences.
    • Attend school tours and open houses. Contact the schools directly or visit the district calendar for details.
    • Attend an Enrollment Options Fair in December or January.
    APPLY to the best OUSD schools for your child
    Franklin's Family Advocates invite staff to Portable 35
    for a light lunch and warm conversations.
    November 16, 2017
    Franklin Advocates!
    OUSD B&G Painter, Mr. Muniz, diligently painting the hallway
    in Building 2 a new coat of blue.
    November 16, 2017
    Working Hard!
    Work in Progress
    November 14, 2017

    Dear Parents, Teachers, Staff, and Community Members,

    You are invited to attend the School Site Council (SSC) meeting in our library at 9:00 a.m., November 17, 2017. This council offers an excellent opportunity for parents, community members and site personnel to work together and plan for student achievement.

    Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, Principal

    Annual Title I Meeting
    November 17, 2017
    10:00 am
    Agenda and Flyer

    1. Title I Program at Franklin:     Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, Principal
    2. Assessment at Franklin:    Willis Hickox, SSC Member
    3. Parent Involvement and Home-School Compact:     Lydia Alexandre, SSC Member
    4. Questions and Answers
    Report Card Distribution
    8:15-9:15 a.m. and immediately after school
    Grades 4 and 5: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    Grades 2 and 3: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    Grades TK, K, and 1: Thursday, December 7, 2017
    Monday, November 13, 2017
    Dear Franklin Families, 

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Veteran’s Day weekend. We have an exciting month of events ahead. Please mark your calendars and I hope you will be able to join us for one or more of these events.

    Franklin Parent Action Team meetings
    Many parents have been interested in forming a Parent Action Team here at Franklin. This would be a group to support increased parent involvement and volunteering at our school. Any parents interested in supporting our students and school are encouraged to attend one of the following two informational and organizing meetings.

    Wednesday, November 15th 9:00 a.m., Library
    Thursday, November 16th, 5:15 p.m., Library

    SSC and Annual Title 1 meetings
    Families are also encouraged to join us this Friday, November 17th, for our monthly SSC meeting at 9:00 a.m. and our Annual Title 1 meeting immediately following at 10:00 am. Both meetings will be in the library.

    Parent Attendance Workshop
    Our Family Advocates are hosting a Parent Attendance Workshop on Thursday, 11/30, at 9:00 a.m. in the Family Resource Center (Portable 35). All families are encouraged to attend. Breakfast will be provided.

    Fall Thanksgiving Break
    School will be closed the week of November 20th-24th for the Fall Thanksgiving Break. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27th.

    Middle School Enrollment Options Workshop
    Tuesday, December 5th, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Family Resource Center and Media Center. All 5th grade families are invited to join us for a workshop on OUSD middle schools. We will have computers and supports available for families wishing to complete their options form at that time.

    Report Card Distribution
    Marking Period 1 report cards and student emergency cards will be distributed according to the schedule below. Pick up will be in the library from 8:15-9:15 and immediately after school.

    4th and 5th grades, Tuesday, December 5th
    2nd and 3rd grades, Wednesday, December 6th
    TK, K and 1st grades, Thursday, December 7th

    We look forward to seeing you at many of these events.
    Go Tigers!

    Principal Ingrid
    Spread the Word!
    River of Glasswork Art
    Ms. Anderson teaches Mr. Zaro's students about creating art with glass.
    November 8, 2017
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    November 7, 2017
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    GOP Tax Plan Ends Deductions For Teachers Buying School Supplies
    November 3, 2017 5:58 PM By Melissa Caen

    OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — The GOP tax plan eliminates the deduction that teachers can take for buying their own classroom supplies.

    Bay Area teachers and parents, like Benita Yeager, a fourth grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School, don’t think that’s the right move.

    Yeager doesn’t buy supplies because there’s a tax deduction, but says the deduction is nice to have.

    “It’s just a petty little thing. Another thing you’re taking away from kids and education and teachers,” Yeager said.

    A 2013 study showed that teachers spend nearly $1,000 on average in a school year.

    Yeager says she spends hundreds of dollars each year on school supplies. Much of it, she says, is for students who can’t afford basics like paper and pencils

    “Every couple weeks, every month, you have to get more, the kids eat the pencils, or you know, you have to get more supplies, it’s just a continuous thing,” she said.

    The need for supplies is so great that while we were at the school, we witnessed a company called Yoobi giving out 40 boxes worth of free supplies to classrooms.

    There’s 425 items in every classroom pack and it includes all the fundamentals: pencils, crayons, markers.

    Allison Mabbot works at Yoobi and says when people purchase Yoobi supplies, the company donates to classrooms.

    “It’s not fair that teachers have to, you know, foot the bill,” Mabbot said.

    But if the legislature does repeal the tax deduction, Yeager says she’ll still spend her own money on the kids.

    “If I continue to teach, I’m going to continue spending money, whatever is needed to get through the day,” she said.

    Yeager said knowing that that the GOP plan removes that deduction “kind of stings a little bit.”
    Melissa Caen
    Newcomer Students 
    Visit the Marin Headlands
    November 3, 2017
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    Marin Headlands Rodeo Beach
    Free Flu Vaccine
    at Franklin School
    Wednesday, November 1, 2017
    Free Flu Vaccine
    Nurse Linh Nguyen, former studuent of Franklin School,
    administers a flu vaccine shot to her
    former fifth grade teacher, Mr. Hickox.
    Nurse Linh Nguyen Returns to Franklin
    Mr. Zaro receives his vaccine shot.
    Do you see Principal Ingrid?
    Franklin Fall Festival
    October 31, 2017
    Parade 12:30 pm
    Festival 1:00 - 2:40 pm
    Food, Games, Prizes!
    Click here to view Photo Booth gallery. (coming soon)
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    Fall Fest Friends
    Fall Festival October 31, 2017
    Fall Festival Staff Picture
    October 31, 2017
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    Picture Make-Up Day
    November 9, 2017
    Library for classroom pictures.
    Salon 1 for individual student pictures.
    Make-Up Picture Day
    Friday, October 27, 2017
    Franklin School sincerely appreciate the Lakeshore Trader Joes in Oakland for generously donating 250 pumpkins to all our kindergarten and first grade students.
    Trader Joe Pumpkin Donation
    Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    Creative inventors at work!
    Creattive Expressions
    Students sharing their inspired
    robot creations with Ms. Jackson.
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    Monday, October 23, 2017
    Dear Franklin Families, 

    I’m writing to inform you of an incident which occurred on Friday afternoon and has impacted our Franklin community. As some of you may be aware, one of our students was struck by a car while on her way home from school. The student was hit while crossing East 15th Street near 9th Avenue. The driver did not stop after hitting the child and continued driving for several blocks. The driver was arrested by OPD and is in custody.

    The family was immediately informed of the incident and the student was taken to a hospital directly. She is recovering there and is expected to have a full recovery. We are incredibly grateful.

    We are fortunate that the accident was not much worse and wish to thank staff as well as the police for their quick and effective response. It shows the strength and warmth of our community that so many people expressed concern and provided support for the child and her family.

    I met with our staff this morning to discuss the accident and how we can support our students in understanding what happened. We have extra OUSD staff on campus today to help us support classrooms and individual students. Please contact me directly if you would like your child to talk with someone about how they are feeling as a result of this accident.

    Please also take time to remind your children how important it is to be especially careful when walking and bicycling across the street. Unfortunately, sometimes cars and busses don’t do what they are supposed to do, and so we need to be especially careful to protect ourselves. Please know that we are treating this incident, as we do all matters affecting student safety, as our primary concern. I will also be meeting with any interested or concerned families tomorrow morning, Tuesday, October 24th, at 9:00 a.m. in the library. If you have further questions, my door is always open and I am happy to receive them.


    Principal Ingrid
    Franklin Fall Festival
    October 31, 2017
    Parade 12:30 pm
    Festival 1:00 - 2:40 pm
    Food, Games, Prizes!
    Fall Festival October 31, 2017

    Franklin School teachers and staff will be hosting our annual Fall Festival complete with games, activities, prizes and food. The admission tickets are $5.00 for each child which will include all the games and activities plus two food items.

    + On the day of the festival your child may bring a costume to school. The children will put on their costumes after they eat lunch. Please remember that all costumes should be age appropriate. No fake weapons or blood are allowed at school.

    + Each year our festival becomes more “green”. This year we are inviting you to donate your child’s old toys to be used as the prizes for the games. We would be happy to receive any gently used small toys as a donation such as action figures, cars, bouncy balls, etc. Please bring all donations to the library.

    The teachers have each created a festival booth, but they need parents to help run the booth. We also need parents to help set up and clean up. Please fill in the time you are available and return the bottom portion of this note. Thank you, in advance, for your help. Please return the slip by October 26, 2017. Ticket sales will begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.
    ____ Booth helper 12:45-1:45 pm
    ____ Booth helper 1:45-2:40 pm (plus 5 min clean-up)

    _______________________       ___________________________
    Parent’s Name                              Phone #

    _______________________      ___________________________
    Child’s Name                                Room #
    We Are Franklin
    Fun moments at Franklin's Latino Literature Week!
    October 4, 2017
    In a diverse city like Oakland, our students need opportunities to see themselves—and all of their classmates—in the books they read. To honor Latinx Heritage Month, we are hosting a citywide appreciation of Latinx writers and illustrators. From October 2-6, 2017, schools across Oakland will host volunteer read-alouds in classrooms, Family Literacy Nights, cross-grade buddy reading, and more.
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    Mr. Lerma reads Latino literature to our students.
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     Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Presents:
    October 4, 2017
    A playground conflict between Jessie, Trina, and Alex leads to some important lessons about empathy and nonviolence. With a little help from science teacher Mr. H and his unpredictable invention, the Stoplight Solution, the young peacemakers-in-training discover just how much impact they can have on others and their community—and that sometimes, the big changes they want to see in the world must begin with small changes in themselves.

    Peace Signs is provided free of charge to schools and communities to inspire students and their loved ones to solve conflicts peacefully, respect others, and seek help when needed.
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    Emergency SSC Meeting
    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Dear Parents, Teachers, Staff, and Community Members,

    You are invited to attend the Emergency School Site Council (SSC) Meeting in our library at 9:00 a.m., Friday, October 6, 2017. This council offers an excellent opportunity for parents, community members and site personnel to work together and plan for student achievement.

    Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, Principal
    October 3, 2017
    Our program is designed to inspire lifelong healthy cooking and eating habits in children.

    We believe that by teaching children the importance of good nutrition as well as the joy and fun of eating food they have prepared with their own hands is one of the most effective ways to address the childhood obesity epidemic as well as the rapidly rising rate of lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

    Teaching throughout the Bay Area on-site, trained instructors with a wealth of knowledge and experience in nutrition, culinary arts, agriculture and elementary education lead our classes. Children are exposed to all aspects of food preparation and sanitation, learn about where our food comes from, master knife skills, learn to read and understand nutrition labels, and learn about heart health, diabetes prevention and much more.
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    Franklin Fitness Kick-off Day
    Friday, September 29, 2017
    1:10 - 2:50 p.m.
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    Click here to view the gallery!
    We are looking forward to a great Franklin Fitness launch
    and a year of fitness at Franklin School!

    K/TK: 1:10-1:30 p.m.
    Gr 1: 1:40-2:00 p.m.
    Gr 2/3: 2:05-2:25 p.m.
    Gr 4/5: 2:30-2:50 p.m.
    • Public Notices 2017-18*

       *This page is likely to reflect those public hearing notices that the District has published in a newspaper of general circulation, usually The East Bay Times, pursuant to law. Not all public hearings held by the District require advance notice in a newspaper of general circulation. Listing of a public hearing that does not require advance notice in a newspaper on an agenda is legally sufficient.


    October 11, 2017          Great Room, LaEscuelita Education Center, 1050Second Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606

    7:00 P.M.                        Aspire Oakland Unity Charter High School - Request for Material Change - Grades 9 - 12


     7:30 P.M.                        Sufficiency of Textbooks and Instructional Materials - 2017:

                                           Arabic    Cambodian    Chinese     English     Spanish    Vietnamese

    Click here for more OUSD District documents.
    Please join us for
    Franklin Back to School Night
    Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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    Click here to view the gallery.

    4:00-4:15: Cafeteria: Welcome Staff Introduction
    4:15-5:45: Classroom Visits
    4:14-5:15: School Community Tables
    This site can only be accessd at Franklin Elementary using a chromebook.
    Requires OUSD Email and Password.
    Grade 1 190-419  Grade 5 830-924 Grade 9 1050-1079
    Grade 2 420-519  Grade 6 925-969  Grade 10 1080-1184
    Grade 3 520-739  Grade 7 970-1009  Grade 11 1185-1386
    Grade 4 740-829  Grade 8 1010-1049  Grade 12 1185-1386
    Safety Patrol Now on Duty
    Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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    Safety Patrol Induction
    September 22, 2017
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    Mr. Zaro's 2nd grade class and Ms. Black's 5th grade class are Reading Buddies! 
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    SSC Meeting
    September 15, 2017
    9:00 a.m. in the library
    September 12, 2017

    Dear Parents, Teachers, Staff, and Community Members,

    You are invited to attend the School Site Council (SSC) meeting in our library at 9:00 a.m., September 15, 2017. This council offers an excellent opportunity for parents, community members and site personnel to work together and plan for student achievement.

    Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, Principal
    Dairy Visit at Franklin School
    Thursday, September 7, 2017
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    Eclipse as seen from Franklin School!
    August 21, 2017
    Eclipse from Franklin



    For more information:
    Beth Vandervennet
    Registration link: oaksym.org/museorch2017
    All-City Junior Honors Orchestra 2017 2018
    Welcome back to Franklin School!

    First Day of School:
    Monday, August 21, 2017
    The first week of school, August 21-25, 217 are minimum days:
    8:40 a.m. - 1:20 p.m

    This year we are starting a new way of making sure all our kindergarten students are placed in the best class for them. While this is different from how we have assigned students in past years, we believe this process will help all our kindergarten students thrive!

    Students will be in one classroom for the FIRST THREE DAYS of the school year. During that time ALL THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS will get to know ALL THE STUDENTS from all five classes. All five teachers will then meet and will assign each student to the classroom that will best meet their needs and will ensure balanced classes. Students will be assigned to their teacher for the year starting on Thursday morning, August 24, 2017. They will stay with this teacher for the rest of the year. Please let Principal Ingrid know if you have any questions.

    We are so excited to welcome you and your child here to Franklin!

    Principal Ingrid, Assistant Principal Patten and the Kindergarten team!
    First Day of School at Franklin!
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    2017-2018 OUSD Calendar

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