Parking Lot Fun!

August 25th, 2015

Dear Parents, 
As many of you know, pick up and drop off at our lovely school is often chaotic and messy. The number of available parking spaces doesn’t come close to the number of students in our current student population and Safety Patrol has not yet begun.

We will continue to have the rear parking lot open until 9:00 in the morning and then again at 12:30 on minimum days and 2:15 on regular days. Even with this lot open, there is not nearly enough room. It is essential that every member of our parent/caregiver community adheres to the following rules:

1. Do not park and leave your car unattended in ANY of the following places:
a.GREEN zones
b.RED zones
c.YELLOW (bus) zones
d.Any spot that would block traffic and cause pile-ups on Ascot Dr.
2. Keep the flow going. Do not stop and wait for your child if there is a line of cars behind you.
3. Do not park in a handicapped spot unless you have a handicapped placard.
4. Please be as patient as possible. Everyone is probably feeling just as frustrated as you do.
5. Never park in a space marked with a number or the word “STAFF”.
6. Instruct your child to wait for you in the “Valet” area for quick and smooth pick up. No students are allowed to play on the small yard after school without their parents, however some seem to end up back there anyway.
7. Please do not drive faster than 5 miles per hour in the parking lot.

I highly recommend dropping your child off without parking in the morning. Parking in the neighborhood across from the school is also a good idea.

Additionally, all students must be picked up after school in a timely manner. During this first week of minimum days, multiple students have been waiting for their siblings to be released at 3:15. There is no adult supervision after 1:30 on minimum days and after 3:00 on regular days.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this message. I hope you all have a wonderful evening.

Take care,
Sara Green
Principal, Joaquin Miller School

What a Wonderful Day!

August 24th, 2015

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,

Today was nothing short of spectacular! The atmosphere was one of excitement, anticipation, joy, and appreciation. Throughout this first week I will be meeting with each grade level to discuss the Wolverine Way, recess rules, behavioral expectations, and our new lunch time plan. I encourage you to ask your students about what they learn in these meetings.

I would like to give a HUGE shout out to all of the PTA Board members and volunteers for organizing our Registration Day and Expo! Many of you have already joined the JMPTA. If you haven’t yet done so, I highly recommend joining. Without the financial and volunteer support of the PTA, our students would not have access to many of the programs that they love.

I also wanted to provide an update on the rear parking lot located behind the Multi-Purpose Room. Several folks from Buildings and Grounds were on campus this afternoon to create a more well-defined parking lot that will be open until 9:00 each morning and again at 12:45 on minimum days and 2:15 on regular days.

Our Back-to-School Night has officially been scheduled for September 10th from 6:00 – 7:30. I hope to see you all there!

Go Wolverines!
Mrs. Green

It’s great to be back at Joaquin Miller!

August 1st, 2015

Words simply can’t express just how thrilled and honored I am to be the new principal of the best elementary school in Oakland!! Joaquin Miller School is my home away from home! I have been part of the community as a teacher and parent for nearly fourteen years. I am looking forward to developing lasting relationships with Joaquin Miller students, their families, teachers, and staff and creating an inclusive school community that celebrates its diversity and provides a rigorous academic experience for all students.

The teachers and I are working on a new positive discipline plan aligned to 10 core values, also know as “The Wolverine Way”. Several of these values were in existence when I began as a teacher at Joaquin Miller long ago. For each core value, there is a statement that exemplifies it. The teachers and I will be developing lessons to teach these core values in a meaningful way to our students during their morning class meetings. These core values and statements will form the basis of our positive discipline plan, creating a common language around our expectations for student behavior. I encourage you to share The Wolverine Way with your students before the school year begins!

“The Wolverine Way”

Joaquin Miller students will strive to emulate the following core values:

Kindness:  If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Mutual Respect:  Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Collaboration:  Many hands make light work.
Problem Solving Skills:  Don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the solution.
Self-Management:  Keep your hands to yourself. Keep your feet on the ground.
Honesty: Always tell the truth and don’t gossip.
Self Awareness:  Think before you speak and think before you act.
Inclusivity:  A community that excludes even one member is no community at all.
Perseverance: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Appreciation: The three most important words in the English language are “please” and “thank you”.

I hope you’ll join me at TLC Day on August 8th to get our school ready for the new year and get to know other JM families! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Take care,
Sara Green