JOAQATHON is RAIN OR SHINE- and a few other reminders....

Fri, Mar 16 2:05pm

Hi JM Community, We are excited for tomorrow.  Thanks so much to the over 100  volunteers who have already signed up.  We still need a few more people, particularly for the afternoon gate shifts, so p ... [More]


Thu, Mar 15 6:49am

Dear JM Families,  The Joaq-a-Thon is this Saturday, rain or shine, and you don't want to miss it! We need at least 35 more volunteers to make the event happen safely. Plus, it's SUPER FUN! To sign up ... [More]

Pencils Needed - See Amazon Wishlist!

Wed, Mar 14 10:24am

Here is the link to the list:   Thank you!

SUPPORT REQUESTED - Urgent Need for House Rental

Wed, Mar 14 10:18am

Joaquin Miller Community,   We are reaching out on behalf of a family who is an ESSENTIAL part of our JM community and who recently learned that they are being forced to move from their current home i ... [More]

Joaqathon-65 more volunteers needed-please sign up today

Tue, Mar 13 2:13pm

Hi JM families:) We are excited for the Joaq-a-thon this SATURDAY, MARCH 17th- 9:30-3:30. Registration begins at 9am.  It is a RAIN OR SHINE event. Here is the link to sign up to volunteer for a shift ... [More]

Joaquin Miller on ABC7 Tonight!

Tue, Mar 13 1:46pm

Hi All! We had a fantastic march this morning and folks from KCBS and ABC7 were here to see it! The segment will be aired during the 4:00 and 5:00 news on ABC7. Thank you to Ms. Ziesing and Ms. Cohn w ... [More]

Postcard-Writing in Teacher's Lounge

Tue, Mar 13 8:11am

Dear Families,  The post-card writing portion of the morning will happen in the Teachers' Lounge this morning.  Hope to see some of you here! KCBS Radio and ABC7 News are supposed to be here this morn ... [More]

March for Safe Schools is Tomorrow Rain or Shine!

Mon, Mar 12 4:09pm

Dear JM Families,  Our March for Safe Schools is set for tomorrow! Parents can write postcards to representatives in the MPR beginning at 8:30. The march will start at 9:00. We have a planned indoor r ... [More]

March Walkie Talkie NOW LIVE!

Mon, Mar 12 9:22am

Hello JM Community,  Please find the online March Walkie Talkie at this link: Paper copies will go out in the backpacks later this week.  Also, I'm looking for someone to t ... [More]

JME/Ocean Guardian reusable water bottles - on sale this week!

Sun, Mar 11 2:50pm

Our Joaqathon on Saturday, March 17 will be single-use plastic bottle free! Please check out this flyer. You can support our JM Ocean Guardians and our fifth graders who will be cleaning up Lake Merri ... [More]

Online sponsors DUE MONDAY, March 12th to count toward medals

Sat, Mar 10 9:41am

Hi JM Community, This is just a reminder that all online sponsors must be submitted on the dojiggy online pages by the end of Monday to count toward medals and to earn a raffle ticket (for every 15 sp ... [More]

Montera Community Event!

Sat, Mar 10 8:26am

CALLING ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS who are interested in learning more about MONTERA MIDDLE SCHOOL from current Montera students, their parents and school administrators Join us ... [More]

Alameda County Food Drive Happening NOW

Wed, Mar 7 1:39pm

Dear JM Families,  Given the current homeless situation in Oakland, we are having another food drive for the Alameda County Food Bank. There are bins located in the front hallway. For more information ... [More]

Free author event, Andy Griffiths, Sat. 3/24, 13-Story Treehouse series

Wed, Mar 7 1:24pm

I've attached a flyer for a really fun-sounding event at the Rialto Cinema in Berkeley (2966 College Ave.) on Sat. 3/24 at 11 am.  Andy Griffiths is the author of the very popular and funny Treehouse ... [More]

Postcards for Safe Schools 03/13/18, 8:30-9a in the MPR

Tue, Mar 6 1:28pm

  Please join me and other JM parents in advocating around school safety with our elected officials and other decision-makers.    We will have postcards, stamps, templates and addresses ready. Afterwa ... [More]

Joaqathon Sponsor Sheets due TOMORROW (Monday, March 5th)

Sun, Mar 4 11:16am

Hi JM Community, Just a reminder that your signed yellow sponsor sheets are due to the envelope in your student's classroom tomorrow, March 5th.  It works as a permission slip so every walker needs to ... [More]

Vote for JM for Best Public Elementary School!

Sun, Mar 4 7:57am

Hi All! It's that time of year again! Joaquin Miller is up for Best Public Elementary School in the Oakland Magazine Best of Oakland Reader's Poll. Please take a moment to vote for our school and spre ... [More]

We need snacks!

Fri, Mar 2 3:23pm

Dear JM Parents/Guardians,  The office has run out of snacks. If you are able to donate any snacks (granola bars, Clif bars, fig bars, etc.), we would greatly appreciate it! Thanks, Sara

The Mask You Live In: a film screening @ JM on 3/23

Thu, Mar 1 10:41pm

Hi JM Community, We are excited to announce an upcoming film screening at JM! Film:  The Mask You Live In Date/Time:  Friday March 23rd, 6:00-8:30 Childcare:  Yes, KidsClub will be providing free chil ... [More]

Joaq-a-thon Sponsor Deadlines

Thu, Mar 1 6:47am

Hi JM Community, There are only 17 days until the Joaq-a-thon!  Now is the final push for getting sponsors.  Have your kids remembered to ask family, friends, neighbors and your co-workers? When are s ... [More]

Homebrew Tasting and Competition Fundraiser

Tue, Feb 27 11:23am

Dear JM Families,  On Saturday, March 10th from 1:00 to 5:00, you can support the Oakland A-Z fund by attending the 1st Annual OUSD Dad's Clubs Homebrew Competition and Fundraiser. We have some JM dad ... [More]

reminder about class picture day!

Tue, Feb 27 10:07am

MugsyClicks Memo CLASS PHOTO DAY IS ALMOST HERE!   Joaquin Miller Elementary Class Group Photo day is -  3/2/2018   Here are final reminders:   1) Provide us with a copy of your photo day schedule for ... [More]

CA Healthy Kids Survey

Mon, Feb 26 9:01am

Dear Parents/Guardians,  Please take 5 - 10 minutes to take the California Healthy Kids Survey: Our goal is 65% participation rate and we are currently at 22%.  ... [More]

Large water dispensers needed for Joaqathon

Sun, Feb 25 4:02pm

HI JM Community, Does anyone have a large water dispenser we can use at the Joaqathon on March 17th?  We have 3 but need a few more.   If you can lend us one, please contact Cathy Carr or Sheila Kopf ... [More]

Win Free Camp! Avid4Adventure or Steve & Kate's

Sun, Feb 25 3:58pm

Hi JM Community, To support the Joaq-a-thon, Avid4Adventure has donated a week of camp (value ~$500) and Steve and Kate's has donated 5-day passes (value ~ $100 each).  There are 2 ways to win: Sponso ... [More]

class photo day is coming!

Tue, Feb 20 10:11am

MugsyClicks Memo   Joaquin Miller Elementary Class Photo Day is  3/2/2018    Pre-pay for your group photo order online, or return the pre-pay envelope to school by photo day to receive free to-school ... [More]

Chinese New Year Celebration tomorrow

Thu, Feb 15 12:48pm

JM Language League is celebrating Chinese New  Year at Joaquin Miller tomorrow.  We'll be decorating the school tomorrow morning and following up with a fundraiser after school.  We'll be selling fort ... [More]

February Walkie Takie - Now Live!

Tue, Feb 13 1:51pm

Hi JM Community,  The February newsletter is now live at this link: Printed version will go home in the next few days.  Thanks very much,  Caitlin Murphy

Principal's Message - February

Mon, Feb 12 8:17pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families, Every year, teachers, staff members, parents, and fifth graders across Oakland and the rest of California take the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS). This survey prov ... [More]

Lost Wallet

Sat, Feb 10 9:15am

Dear Parents,  A parent thinks she may have dropped her wallet in the parking lot yesterday. It is a small blue/purple zippered pouch with a clear window showing her driver’s license.   If you have an ... [More]

Great weekend to get sponsors for the JM Joaqathon (online pages are ready to go!)

Sat, Feb 10 7:50am

Good morning JM Families:) The JM Joaqathon sponsor rush has begun.  Please help your student(s) brainstorm ways they can get sponsors and spend some time contacting friends and family. For the online ... [More]


Wed, Feb 7 8:58am

Hi JM Families! We are getting excited for the 44th Joaq-a-thon and are hoping all students will participate in this great community event.   Today your child should bring home a Joaq-a-thon packet,  ... [More]

Joaquin Miller choir

Wed, Feb 7 7:25am

It is not too late to join the choir.  There is still room.  Choir is open to all students in grades three through five.  It meets on Monday mornings at 8:00.  Please see attached flyer Thanks, Sandy Goldberg

Book Fair opens Tuesday

Mon, Feb 5 9:44pm

The Book Fair opens Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 8 am in the JM Library. We'll be open all day until 8 pm. Please remember we are accepting checks and debit/credit cards only outside of school hours.  Here's a ... [More]

Missing Safety Patrol Cones

Mon, Feb 5 11:06am

Dear Parents/Guardians, Last week the safety cones we use for Safety Patrol mysteriously disappeared along with the dolly that holds them. We've found a few cones scattered around school but we're sti ... [More]

OUSD Meeting to Discuss 2018-19 District Calendar

Sun, Feb 4 8:50am

The OUSD School Year is changing next year!  All parents and district employees are welcome to attend a community meeting (details below). February 6 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  Westlake Middle School (2629 Har ... [More]


Fri, Feb 2 7:19am

Dear JM Parents/Guardians: The Lost-and-Found area is overflowing! Please remind your kiddos to look for missing items. We will be bagging up all items by the end of next week to donate to a local she ... [More]

shoo the flu survey reminder

Thu, Feb 1 1:39pm

Dear Parents and Guardians - you have one more day to fill out and return the yellow survey about flu vaccination we sent home with your student. The survey asks about your student’s flu vaccination h ... [More]

JM Spelling Bee Winners!

Thu, Feb 1 12:16pm

Dear JM Community,  The third, fourth, and fifth grade spelling bee participants all did a fabulous job at today's bee! The winner for the Third Grade Bee is Mahari Asmerom and the winner of the Fourt ... [More]

Amazing Oratorical results!

Tue, Jan 30 2:11pm

We are so pleased to report that three of the four acts representing JM at the OUSD MLK Oratorical Fest today earned first place and will go on to the OUSD finals on Feb. 11 from 1-4pm at Castlemont H ... [More]

Book Fair needs volunteers!

Mon, Jan 29 12:19pm

Dear JM community, The book fair takes a village as they say. Please email me if you can volunteer for an hour or two specifically for the following shifts:   Set-up on MONDAY:  beginning at 8:30, sta ... [More]

Book Fair dates and hours

Mon, Jan 29 12:05pm

Dear families, The Book Fair opens next week! The following information will be going home in the backpacks on library day with a book fair brochure attached.   JM LIBRARY BOOK FAIR 2018 Tuesday – Fri ... [More]

shoo the flu

Mon, Jan 29 11:40am

Parents and Guardians, we need your help! We distributed a short survey about flu vaccination on yellow paper to your student EARLIER THIS WEEK. Thank you to those of you who have already filled out a ... [More]

Yard Equipment Needed Please

Mon, Jan 29 11:30am

Dear Joaquin Miller families,   We're very low on balls and other equipment for use at recess. If you're able, we'd very much appreciate it if you could help out. We have attached a list for your conv ... [More]

SAVE THE DATE- This year’s Joaquin Miller JOAQ-A-THON is MARCH 17th

Sat, Jan 27 12:29pm

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE! WHAT:  44th  Joaquin Miller Joaq-a-thon-   Come celebrate JM! WHEN:  March 17th, 2018 from 9:00-3:30  WHY?  Come out to celebrate JM, cheer your children on, get some exercise, a ... [More]

Summer Camps at Chabot Space & Science Center

Wed, Jan 24 11:12am

Hi All,  Just passing along the attached flyer with information about summer camps at the Chabot Space and Science Center! Take care, Sara

MLK Oratorical Fest Results

Tue, Jan 23 8:26pm

Dear JM Families,  A HUGE shout-out to all  of the participants in today's incredible Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Fest! It takes considerable bravery to stand up and speak in front of such a la ... [More]

Hilo books available for author visit, Tues. 1/30 grades 3,4,5

Tue, Jan 23 7:24pm

Dear Grades 3,4,5 families, I am thrilled that award-winning cartoonist and storyteller Judd Winick will  visit JM on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Our assembly will start right after recess.    Judd has written ... [More]

Monday 1/22 additional Sri Lankan snacks for sale afters chool!

Sun, Jan 21 7:49pm

Hello JM families, In addition to the distribution of the pre-ordered dinners tomorrow, there will also be some Sri Lankan rolls (like an egg roll filled with either fish or vegetables) for sale after ... [More]

Extra Help Needed During Lunch This Week

Sun, Jan 21 8:50am

Dear JM Families,  Ms. Erin, one of our noon supervisors, will be out this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. If you are able to help supervise our kiddos during the lunch period, we would greatly apprec ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Choir

Fri, Jan 19 7:15pm

This is a reminder that the new session of Choir will begin on Monday, February 5, at 8:00 in the school library.  Open to students in grades 3 through 5.  Please see attached flyer.  Registration is ... [More]

January Walkie Talkie is now LIVE!

Thu, Jan 18 5:10pm

Hello JM Community,  Please find the January online Walkie Talkie at this link: Written versions will go out in the backpacks early next week. As always, send me any conten ... [More]

Paper Request

Wed, Jan 17 3:27pm

Dear Families, Joaquin Miller is calling out for your help please. We are running out of white copy/multi use paper. We have ordered a few cases to get us through, but we will run out. Any white copy ... [More]

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Sun, Jan 14 4:30pm

OUSD has Monday off for MLK, day, but her's an opportunity to make it a day of service.   See two videos below of past work below.   Annual MLK Day of Service at Shepherd Canyon Park. See details belo ... [More]

Last Call for Softball Registration

Sun, Jan 14 4:28pm

Last Call for Softball: Register for Spring Season NOW! Registration has been extended for an extra week, and we still have plenty of spots for 6U and 8U especially! Let's get your girls and their fri ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Choir

Wed, Jan 10 7:37am

The Spring session of choir will begin on Monday, February 5, at 8:00 am in the school library.  Please see attached flyer. It is open to boys and girds  grades 3 through 5. Thank you, Sandy Goldberg, ... [More]

Policy on Letters of Recommendation

Tue, Jan 9 2:32pm

October 19, 2017   Dear Families,   Please see the attached policy regarding letters of recommendation for private and charter schools.  You’ll notice that we are among eleven Oakland schools implemen ... [More]

JMLL End of Year Donation Opportunity

Sun, Dec 31 9:41am

As the year draws to a close, many people want to finalize their charitable giving plan so that donations can be reflected on this year's tax returns.  Here's one opportunity to keep in mind to suppor ... [More]

Important message from Mugsy Clicks: JM yearbook pose choice

Tue, Dec 26 10:30am

Joaquin Miller Elementary Yearbook Pose Choice Due Date is 1/3/2018   The yearbook indicator is by default set to the first image, but this may not be your favorite image. You have until 1/3/2018 to r ... [More]

A note from your PTA Treasurer

Wed, Dec 20 12:53pm

Joaquin Miller Community   First, a HUGE thank you to everyone who volunteered, attended events, spent money and donated to the PTA in 2017. We are off to a great start with a really strong Kids Come ... [More]

Final Chance for Staff Gift Donations!

Wed, Dec 20 8:00am

Hello JM Community!   A final reminder that I am collecting contributions for the staff gift until end of day today!    If we raise $120 more, we will be able to match the gifts we gave last year.   T ... [More]

REMINDER: OUSD Special Education Team @ JM tonight at 6pm

Mon, Dec 18 12:47pm

Representatives from OUSD's Special Education Team are coming to JM tonight at 6pm to discuss the current state of JM's Inclusion Program for Special Education. Please come to show your support of our ... [More]

Buy art to support JM!

Mon, Dec 18 10:41am

The message below is from one of our second grade parents...   Hi All: I'm going to donate half of everything I make (after the cafe's commission) to Joaquin Miller Elementary School from my art exhib ... [More]

Staff Gift Contributions due by 12/20

Sun, Dec 17 10:11am

Hello JM Community! A friendly reminder that I will be collecting contributions to the staff gift until Wednesday 12/20.  Thank you for all those who have contributed.  I would love to collect a bit m ... [More]

JM 2017-18 Amazon Wish List

Wed, Dec 13 12:52pm

Dear JM Families,  I apologize for the high number of announcements I have made recently. :)  This is the easiest way for me to get the word out to you all quickly.    Since our budget for supplies wi ... [More]

Winter Enrichment Information

Wed, Dec 13 12:20pm

Dear JM Families, Winter after school enrichment is just around the corner.  Registration begins on Sunday, December 17th at 10AM and classes start the week of January 8th.  Joaquin Miller enrichment ... [More]

Oakland Cubs Youth Running Club

Wed, Dec 13 8:54am

Please see attached Oakland Cubs Youth Running Club announcement! Thank you. js

Winter Vacation Dates

Tue, Dec 12 11:24am

Dear JM Families,  I have been hearing that some families were unaware that we are in school through Friday, December 22nd. This means we DO have school next week. :) School will be back in session on ... [More]

REMINDER: Staff Gift- contribute if you can!

Tue, Dec 12 8:16am

Hello JM Community! I wanted to send a reminder out regarding the staff gift.  Please note that our six Instructional Support Specialists have been added to the list of amazing staff.  _______________ ... [More]

Urgent: Giving Tree Envelope #8

Tue, Dec 12 7:58am

Dear Families,  We believe someone picked up the envelope marked #8 from the giving tree in the office. We need to know who you are so we can ensure the student receives gifts.  If you picked this env ... [More]

JM Holiday Gifts!

Fri, Dec 8 6:27pm

Want to give some great gifts that help raise funds for JM? You've got options! JM's own 2nd graders wrote and published a children's book with the help of a successful children's author, John Skewes. ... [More]

Lost clothes in library -- photos attached, please look!

Fri, Dec 8 1:52pm

If your child is missing a jacket or clothes, these were left in the JM Library over the last couple of months (no names).  A pdf is attached so you can scroll through the items. These clothes will en ... [More]

Please return your Letters to the District by MONDAY!

Thu, Dec 7 10:53pm

Please return your signed letters to OUSD to your student's teacher by Monday 12/11!!!! We will be giving the letters to UOSD School Board Vice-President Nina Senn when she visits our school on Tuesda ... [More]

Our students need you! Necesitamos su ayuda. How can you help?

Thu, Dec 7 10:31pm

Dear JM Community, Hopefully you have seen a group of JM parents and teachers out in force over the last week passing out flyers, holding signs against budget cuts and asking for your help to fight th ... [More]

Staff Gift

Thu, Dec 7 9:35pm

Hello JM Community! It's that time of year when we show our appreciation for those who help our children all year long. While Room Parents are taking care of gifts for teachers and classroom aids, the ... [More]

A Few Quick Things...

Wed, Dec 6 6:13pm

Dear JM Families,  Sorry to bother you with another announcement, but I wanted to share a few quick things with you... First, Nina Senn, our School Board member, will be coming next Tuesday, December ... [More]

Time to sign up for MLK, Jr. Oratorical Fest, K-5 welcome

Wed, Dec 6 1:53pm

Dear families,   It's already that time of year -- time to sign up for JM's annual MLK Oratorical Fest, which will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 beginning at 10:15 am in the MPR.  Fourth grader ... [More]

December Walkie Talkie Now LIVE!

Mon, Dec 4 9:40pm

Hi JM Community,  The online version of the December WT is here:! Look for the print version in the backpacks this week and look for the next version in the new year! Let m ... [More]

Blueprint for Quality Schools

Mon, Dec 4 1:10pm

Dear JM Families,  If you are interested in learning more about the Blueprint for Quality Schools, please check out the website and consider attending one of the engagements! ... [More]

Chitra Soundar author visit K-2, books still available

Sun, Dec 3 4:53pm

Greetings JM families grades K-2, Our author visit with Chitra Soundar is tomorrow morning. It's not too late to buy a copy of the book to sign.    Here's the original message. The order form is attac ... [More]

Minimum Day Movie Hosted by the Dad's Club - Wednesday December 6th

Sat, Dec 2 10:10am

The JM Dad’s Club will be hosting a Minimum Day Movie in the Multi-Purpose Room this coming Wednesday, December 6th.   For those of you who signed up during the auction: Thank you very much. We look f ... [More]

JM MLK, Jr. Oratorical Fest sign-ups begin

Fri, Dec 1 10:56am

Dear families,   It's time to be thinking about JM's annual MLK Oratorical Fest which will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 beginning at 10:15 am in the MPR.  Fourth graders in particular should g ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Elementary School's 20% Off Holiday Shopping Day @ Sports Basement

Wed, Nov 29 3:55pm

Join Sports Basement for our 20% off HOLIDAY SHOPPING DAY!   Sports Basement has invited everyone at Joaquin  Miller elementary School to a very special shopping day where you'll receive 20% off your ... [More]

December Walkie Talkie Content Due

Tue, Nov 28 10:14am

Hi JM Community,  Please send me any content you would like in the Dec Walkie Talkie by the end of this week. The next newsletter will not come out until the second week of January (after winter break ... [More]

Auction PARTIES - a few spots left! Sign up now!

Mon, Nov 27 12:17pm

Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break!  We hope everyone is rested up and ready to ...sign up for some parties!  These are parties JM parents host to raise money for our school.  Every dollar you spend ... [More]

JM Ocean Guardian Project

Mon, Nov 27 5:55am

We hope that you've all had a relaxing Thanksgiving Break. Please take a moment to read this letter from 5th grade students about our 2017-18 JM Ocean Guardian grant. Success in this wonderful service ... [More]

K-2 Author visit books available, Chitra Soundar visit Dec. 4

Sun, Nov 26 5:09pm

Dear families of grades K-2 students, JM will have an author visit with Chitra Soundar who is here from England! She'll discuss her latest picture book Pattan's Pumpkin, which is a traditional tale fr ... [More]

Addendum to Budget Cuts Memo

Sun, Nov 19 2:48pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  It was brought to my attention that I should be more vocal about the significant cuts made to our special education program at Joaquin Miller. For those of you who do no ... [More]

Response to Proposed Budget Cuts-- Please ACT NOW!

Sun, Nov 19 12:42pm

  Good afternoon JM families,    I hope you all have read Sara's email from this morning about very concerning cuts to the OUSD budget. As she mentioned, she was given less than a week's notice to mak ... [More]

Budget Cuts - Please Read

Sun, Nov 19 9:24am

November 19, 2017   Dear Joaquin Miller Community,   As many of you know, OUSD is in the midst of a financial crisis. In order to avoid state receivership, the School Board has voted to cut $15.1 mill ... [More]

JM Family in Need of Assistance

Wed, Nov 15 2:41pm

Dear JM Families,  Juan Tril, father of third grader, Timothy Tril, recently fell from two stories up and landed on his back. He broke his back in two places and his sternum as well. Juan and Veronica ... [More]

Language League Desserts of the World afterschool on Wed 11/15!

Tue, Nov 14 1:24pm

Drop in for the Language League Desserts of the World sale afterschool tomorrow!  Items include: Mochi  Japan Kanel Bullar Cinnamon Buns  Sweden Saffron Buns - Sweden Honey Cake Russia German Chocolat ... [More]

REMINDER: Meeting tonight! - What's going on with Special Education at JM?

Tue, Nov 14 1:01pm

What IS going on with Special Education at JM? Come find out at JM's PTA Focus Group on Special Education on Tuesday November 14th at 7PM in the library. Please come share your experiences with specia ... [More]

SSC Agenda for Tomorrow

Mon, Nov 13 12:50pm

Joaquin Miller SSC Meeting November 14, 2017 When: 5:30 PM Location: JM Library   Agenda   Welcome and Introductions Review and approve minutes from last meeting Special Education Focus Group and Equi ... [More]

OUSD Enrollment Window is Open!

Mon, Nov 13 11:44am

Monday, November 13, 2017 Dear JM Parents,   OUSD Enrollment Season opens today! The enrollment window is from November 13th until January 26th.   For continuing students that are NOT fifth graders, y ... [More]

SEEKING BAKERS -- Desserts of the World after school, Wed, 15 Nov

Thu, Nov 9 11:43am

The Joaquin Miller Language League will be sponsoring Desserts of the World next Wed, 15 Nov, after school.   Please let Karin Greg know if you can bring a dessert to school next Wed, or if you can vo ... [More]

JM's Little Free Library

Tue, Nov 7 3:45pm

Dear JM Community,   Joaquin Miller School has a new Little Free Library right outside the JM Library! This beautiful mini library was donated by JM parents Jaime Fletcher and Anita Gutierrez, and the ... [More]

Calling all Softball Girls!

Sun, Nov 5 4:09pm

CALLING ALL SOFTBALL GIRLS! EARLY BIRD SPRING REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!! The Oakland Girls Softball League (OGSL) mission is to provide organized fast pitch softball to girls between the ages of 5-15 ... [More]

Did you see the JM Art Exhibit?

Fri, Nov 3 12:59pm

Did you get a chance to stop by the JM Auction Art Exhibit in the main corridor of JM at the Halloween parade this week? If not, or if you want to re-visit, check out the JM Auction Art Blog. You'll s ... [More]

The November Walkie Talkie is now LIVE!

Thu, Nov 2

You can find November's longer online edition here: And the shorter print version will go home with the kids next week! Remember as always, you can send any content to me v ... [More]


Thu, Nov 2 9:15am

Dear Joaquin Miller Elementary parent, We know you are busy, raising children is a balancing act of the highest order, so I will keep this short- the package pricing for your student’s school portrait ... [More]

Auction PARTIES! Grown Up Parties and Events

Wed, Nov 1 6:21pm

Hi everyone!   The auction is this Saturday!  There are a lots of PARTIES to sign up for.  Attached are some of the flyers for the Adults Parties and a list of all of them is below.   Check 'em out!  ... [More]

Auction Parties - Family and Kid Events!

Wed, Nov 1 6:12pm

Hi Everyone!   There are lots of New Teacher Outings and Kid/Family Parties to sign up for at the auction this year....and plenty of old favorites.  Attached are flyers for a few of them.  Below is a  ... [More]


Wed, Nov 1 9:53am

MugsyClicks Memo MAKE UP PHOTO DAY THANK YOU! Hurrah!  All the smiling faces at Joaquin Miller Elementary have been photographed and images are currently being edited. As a reminder all Make Up/Reshoo ... [More]

Nov Walkie Talkie Content Due!

Wed, Nov 1 9:51am

Hi All,  Halloween threw me off schedule, but I am trying to get the WT out this week, so please send me anything you want in the Nov issue by EOD tomorrow!  Thanks,  Caitlin 

From the 2017-18 JM Yearbook Team

Wed, Nov 1 7:18am

Hello Joaquin Miller families! This is the perfect time to start forwarding your great photos of our current school year to the Joaquin Miller Yearbook Team. It's only November 1, but plenty of fun sc ... [More]

Candy is Not Allowed at School

Wed, Nov 1 6:46am

Hi JM Families,  This is a friendly reminder that students are not allowed to bring candy to school. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news... Take care, Sara

No Costumes Until Party Time!

Tue, Oct 31 6:44am

Dear Parents/Guardians,  Happy Halloween! I realized this morning that I failed to remind you all that costumes should not be worn to school. The students may change into them prior to their parties o ... [More]

Only 14 Golden Lottery Tickets left- Buy yours now!

Mon, Oct 30 10:09pm

To purchase one of the remaining Golden Lottery Tickets,  please go to  this direct link: or email Cathy Carr at cathycar ... [More]

Auction Catalog LIVE

Mon, Oct 30 11:01am

Our Auction Catalog is live!! Go to and download it today! Scan all the fabulous parties, art projects and games/raffle/whiskey tasting that this year's auction has to offer. ... [More]

Will Mrs. Glick's Class Win Again? Last Call to Scoop Up PTA Memberships

Sun, Oct 29 9:37pm

We are in a neck and neck race for the class Ice Cream Party.  Mrs. Glick has a slim lead over Mrs. Bin's Class with Ms. Savage's Class not far behind.  Who will win? Last day is Friday!   You can sti ... [More]

LAST CHANCE -- Online Auction Ends TONIGHT @ 9pm!

Fri, Oct 27 4:52pm

This is your last chance to swoop in and get all those things you have been eyeing for two weeks!   Still LOTS of deals to be had.    We still have items with NO bids and prices have been lowered!  Ta ... [More]

Last Weekend for Pumpkins!

Fri, Oct 27 2:36pm

Got Pumpkins?  This is the final weekend of the JM Great Pumpkin Patch for 2017!   Sat and Sun 10-4,  28 and 29 October.   Really great Pumpkins, large and small, with unusual varietals for Halloween ... [More]

Wine Donation Info

Fri, Oct 27 2:00pm

If you donated wine and forgot to put your name and info with it, you can always email me the info with which bottles you donated.    Again, thank you for all of your support!  

Wine and a Massive Thank You!

Fri, Oct 27 12:58pm

A huge thank you to everyone who has already contributed! You all really came through! We have collected a great selection of wine this year. Again, thank you sooooooo much! If you have any wine you s ... [More]

update on water lead

Fri, Oct 27 10:17am

Dear Parents, Just to clarify: there is NOT lead in the drinking fountains or in the teacher's lunchroom. The lead they found is in the cafeteria sink (that never gets used). We don't use this for lun ... [More]

Online Auction: 1 DAY LEFT + New Items Added Tonight!

Thu, Oct 26 7:37pm

Hello JM -   The online auction ends at 9pm Friday night!  We are at $24K raised so far, so let's get in there and bid away the next 24 hours!  We have 50+ items that still need bids (and are amazing ... [More]

Food Drive

Thu, Oct 26 2:21pm

Hi JM Families! It's that time of the year again! We have food donation barrels located in the hallway for anyone who would like to donate! Thank you. Jeanne

Important Notice Regarding Lead

Thu, Oct 26 1:32pm

October 26, 2017   Dear School Community:   Recently, an issue regarding water safety at McClymonds High School was brought to OUSD leadership. While remedying the issue at McClymonds, OUSD began inqu ... [More]

Thanksgiving Break Cooking Camp for Kids

Thu, Oct 26 10:28am

Hi Parents/Guardians,  I thought I'd pass along this camp opportunity for the Monday - Wednesday of Thanksgiving Break since we are out of school. ITK Culinary is owned by a former JM parent!  Take ca ... [More]

Online Auction Deals are on! Only 2.5 days left!

Wed, Oct 25 10:59am

Hello Everyone,   With just 2.5 days left for the online auction we have even more items added and also reduced the minimum bids on tons of great things that were generously donated for our auction.  ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Elementary School Portrait Order Discounts Expiring

Wed, Oct 25 8:24am

……………………………………………………………………………………………………   MugsyClicks Memo: School Portrait Order Reminder     We want to remind you to check out this year’s MugsyClicks School Portraits!   Our discount pricing and fr ... [More]

Online Auction Update + New Items added today!

Mon, Oct 23 2:39pm

Hello Everyone,   With just over 4 days left for our online auction we are now at $21,000 raised, so thank you to everyone who has bid on items!   There are so many incredible things that still need b ... [More]


Mon, Oct 23 2:30pm

Thank you for the wine you are going to bring this week. I know you will. If not I can't bring my baby and dance with her anymore. And that is sad. Don't make the baby whine... Bring wine.    We are s ... [More]

Shoo the Flu

Mon, Oct 23 11:43am

Hi Parents! Just a little reminder that we will have shoo the flu here on the 30th. If you need a blank form please see the main office. Remember that we have to have permission in order to give your ... [More]

Art Exhibit and JM Art Blog

Mon, Oct 23 11:39am

Have you seen the JM Auction Art Blog?  Lots of new posts went up over the weekend, so check it out! Every classroom at JM is featured on the blog and you can get a sneak peak at the works of art that ... [More]

No Heelys Allowed At School

Mon, Oct 23 9:44am

Dear JM Parents/Guardians,  There have been a few students showing up wearing Heelys (the shoes with the wheels on the heel of the shoe). These are not allowed on campus for safety reasons.  Thank you ... [More]

Forgot To Donate Your Wine!?

Sat, Oct 21 5:30pm

Forgot to bring your wine on Wednesday and  Friday? No worries! We'll be out front collecting again  Monday and Wednesday and Friday!!!  From 8am to 8:50am.   There were about 10 people who promised t ... [More]

HAPPY FRIDAY! Online Auction ~ New Golden State Warrior Stuff added!

Fri, Oct 20 12:21pm

Happy Friday JM Families!   We are almost one week into the online auction and have raised $18,000 so far!   We are halfway to our goal of $36,000  and have another week to go.   We received some incr ... [More]

Two More Weeks of the Pumpkin Patch!

Fri, Oct 20 11:26am

We are in the final two weekends of the JM Great Pumpkin Patch!   Saturdays and Sundays 10-4, though the end of October- that's  21, 22, 28 and 29 October.   Really great Pumpkins, large and small, wi ... [More]

Makeup Picture Day

Fri, Oct 20 10:55am

Dear Parents/Guardians, Our Makeup Picture Day is October 30th. Please follow directions on the photo packets that are going home today or Monday for more information.  Take care, Sara

Parking for Field Trip Drivers

Thu, Oct 19 3:41pm

Dear Parents,  We will open up the basketball courts for field trip drivers tomorrow morning.  Please do NOT park in a lettered or numbered spot. If your child's class is not going on a field trip unt ... [More]

Wine Donation Drop off Friday

Thu, Oct 19 11:41am

Forgot to bring your wine on Wednesday? No worries! We'll be out front collecting again tomorrow (Friday) from 8am to 8:50am.   A huge thank you to everyone who has already contributed! We are still i ... [More]

JM Halloween Party Fundraiser for all JM Students ~ Friday October 27th 6:30-9pm

Thu, Oct 19 11:20am

JM HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY  FOR ALL JM STUDENTS!   *Fundraiser for the 4th Grade Overnight Field Trip to Coloma* When:        Friday October 27th Time:         6:30pm - 9pm Cost:  $25 for one student ... [More]

School Volunteer Information

Wed, Oct 18 7:38pm

Dear JM Families,  I just received the message below from Lilly at the Oakland Ed Fund and thought I'd pass it along...   Dear Sara, Congratulations on back to school season, and thank you for your pa ... [More]

JM Online Auction ~ New Items Added!

Wed, Oct 18 6:42pm

Hello JM Families,   The online auction is off and running and we are breaking records!   In just 5 days we have raised over $16,000!   We still have 9 days left and new items are added almost daily! ... [More]

Golden Lottery Ticket Prizes are Hot off the Press- Tickets now available

Wed, Oct 18 1:04pm

Hello JM Community, Wondering what all the buzz about Golden Lottery tickets at the auction is?  It's about having good odds to win an incredible prize while supporting JM programs. Here is how it wor ... [More]

School Pictures Information

Wed, Oct 18 10:43am

MugsyClicks Memo   Your student’s Joaquin Miller Elementary  Portraits are available for viewing and ordering online.  You can request a code below:   Need gallery access code?   Click Here!   (We’ll ... [More]

OUSD Start Date Change for 2018-19

Tue, Oct 17 3:27pm

Dear Parents/Guardians,  OUSD has put out a survey for parents to complete about the new start date for next year which is August 13th. Here is the link to the survey: ... [More]

JM Online Auction off to a GREAT start!

Mon, Oct 16 1:26pm

Hello JM Familes!   The online auction is off to a phenomenal start raising $11,500 in less than three days!  Our goal is $36,000 and with over 10 days left, we have no doubts we'll reach the goal.  W ... [More]


Mon, Oct 16 12:37pm

We are in need of wine! Donations are down this year and due to the fires in Napa we have lest donations coming in from wineries and friends who work in the industry. If you can find your way to donat ... [More]


Fri, Oct 13 4:52pm

Happy Friday Everyone!   The annual online auction launches tonight at 6pm.  It will run for two weeks and end on Friday October 27th at 9pm.   Click HERE to view and bid on over 400 items that were g ... [More]

Support Fire Victims!

Fri, Oct 13 10:56am

Dear JM Families, I know many of you have been watching the devastation in the North Bay and want to help. Anne Sophie Hurst (first grader Viggo's mom) has been coordinating with a group of moms in Ma ... [More]

Emergency Kits Needed!

Wed, Oct 11 6:14pm

Dear Parents,   At Joaquin Miller, our top priority is your child’s safety and emotional well-being.  Therefore, we are again asking you to send in earthquake supplies for each of your children. We do ... [More]

Wine Pick UP! We Want Your Wine...

Wed, Oct 11 10:12am

...or your friends wine. A single bottle of wine, 25$ or more :), would help so much. Not to mention you will get to see me and say good morning. Won't that be exciting?! Or maybe horrifying since Hal ... [More]

We are keeping students inside today

Tue, Oct 10 9:06am

Hi Parents/Guardians,  We are keeping the students inside today due to the poor air quality. We will also keep the doors and windows closed throughout the day.  Take care, Sara

Have Wine to Donate?

Mon, Oct 9 9:51am

If so, we will be collecting wine out front of the school next Wednesday morning (10/11)  from 8:00-8:30am. We are not allowed to collect on campus but I or someone will be standing out front to relie ... [More]

Got Wine?

Mon, Oct 9 9:49am

If not, let's get some! The Fall Auction is coming up quickly and donations are down this year. We could really use your help! If you are not sure of what to buy or donate feel free to reach out and w ... [More]


Sun, Oct 8 9:05pm

Dear JM Families,  I want to express my immense gratitude for the over 60 parents and family members who volunteered their time to make our second annual World Cultures Fest such a tremendous success! ... [More]

The October Walkie Talkie is now LIVE!

Sun, Oct 8 7:17pm

Hello JM Community,  The October Walkie Talkie is now live! Click here to access the longer and more detailed online version of the newsletter. The print versions will come home with the kids this wee ... [More]

Tomorrow's World Culture Fest Menu - Yum!!

Fri, Oct 6 3:52pm

Thanks to all of the Joaquin Miller families contributing their time and food to tomorrow's World Culture Fest.  My mouth is watering and I can't wait to taste a little of everything!    See below for ... [More]

JM World Culture Fest - Student Performance Schedule, Sat 10/7

Fri, Oct 6 11:40am

Hello JM Families, This  Saturday Oct 7th, 10:30-2:30 is the JM World Culture Fest! If you are interested in volunteering for the event, you can sign up at:  We co ... [More]

Let's Continue to "Scoop UP" PTA Memberships

Wed, Oct 4 11:15am

Why Join The PTA? YOU are the MOST IMPORTANT PARTNER in the educational development and SUCCESS OF YOUR STUDENT!   How do I join the PTA? - Go to the new school website- - and c ... [More]

Please drive slowly!

Tue, Oct 3 2:33pm

Dear JM Families,  A couple of parents and neighbors to the school have reached out me because they have witnessed multiple drivers speeding up and down Ascot Dr. Please remember to drive safely and u ... [More]

2:50 pm need volunteers to set up chairs

Mon, Oct 2 12:18pm

Dear Families, If you are on campus at 2:50 pm today, Monday 10/2, please stop by the MPR to help Ms. Green and me set up 100+ chairs for tonight's Family Reading Night. We do not have a custodian at ... [More]

URGENT! Volunteers Needed for Setup and Take Down

Mon, Oct 2 10:20am

Hi JM Families,  Our second annual World Cultures Fest is this Saturday, and we are in need of a handful of parent volunteers to help with setup and take down. I'm excited to have so many families bri ... [More]

Urgent! Please read!

Mon, Oct 2 7:38am

Dear JM Families,  If you have either not completed an Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) form yet, or if you have corrections that need to be made on your form, please complete the form online at t ... [More]

Do you love wine?

Sun, Oct 1 7:14pm

So do we - Please consider donating wine to the Joaquin Miller Auction The Fall Auction is our largest fundraiser of the year, and it’s the great work of the entire JM Community that makes this event ... [More]

JM World Culture Fest - Student Performance Schedule, Sat 10/7

Fri, Sep 29 2:30pm

Hello JM Families, Please remember to SAVE THE DATE: Saturday Oct 7th, 10:30-2:30 for the JM World Culture Fest! All JM families, your friends and neighbors are welcome to join in the food, fun and fe ... [More]

Tomorrow is Sports Day!

Thu, Sep 28 5:10pm

This is just a friendly reminder that our first school spirit day is tomorrow, Friday, September 29th and it's Sports Day. Represent your favorite sport and/or team! No cleats or other sports equipmen ... [More]

Share the news: Auction Check In!

Thu, Sep 28 12:13am

Hello Joaquin Miller Parents!    If you haven't seen the Konstella write ups/the flyers posted on campus/or chatted with the auction folks at our info tables before and after school....we are happy to ... [More]

Oakland Hill Fire - Expect Traffic Delays

Tue, Sep 26 2:00pm

Dear JM Families,  There is a four-alarm fire above 580 near Campus Drive and Edwards. For more information, click here. Be safe! Sara

Send Submissions for October Walkie Talkie!

Tue, Sep 26 10:52am

Hi JM Community,  I'd just like to alert you that the October Walkie Talkie newsletter will be coming your way next week, so if you have any announcements or news items you'd like included, please sen ... [More]

Early bird prices on auction tickets ends this week

Mon, Sep 25 11:25am

  hi   The JM Annual auction is on Saturday November 4th. We know you want to attend. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, make sure to do it here before the early bird discounts end this Thursday ... [More]

OUSD Wants Your input

Sat, Sep 23 6:37am

Dear JM Families,  OUSD  is deeply engaged in the Blueprint for Quality Schools process to determine the direction and nature of the District in the years to come. This process will likely conclude wi ... [More]

Snack Donations Needed

Fri, Sep 22 2:20pm

Dear JM Families,  OUSD provides some snacks for students, but we often run out. If at all possible, we would greatly appreciate donations of snacks (granola bars, breakfast bars, etc.) to be kept in ... [More]

Student Jobs Being Announced Today

Fri, Sep 22 1:21pm

Dear JM Families,  Students who applied for jobs are receiving their acceptance letters today. All student who applied for a job should have received a notification. If your child submitted an applica ... [More]

New Website is Up!

Fri, Sep 22 12:52pm

Dear JM Families,  Our new website has finally launched! A huge shout-out goes to Danielle Morse and Matt Ruhstaller for making it happen! It is very much still a work-in-progress, but it's at least u ... [More]

Picture Days Schedule!

Fri, Sep 22 9:22am

Hi Families,  Below is the schedule for the picture days:   Tuesday, September 26th:   8:40  Wooliever 8:55  Schneider 9:10  Robinson 9:25  Palmer 9:45  Gaither 10:25  Bin 10:45  Saeed 11:00 Walker 11 ... [More]

School Wide Volunteer Interest Form- reminder

Mon, Sep 18 9:49pm

Hi JM Community!   If you haven't had a chance to fill out the School Wide Volunteer Interest Form ( please do so by Friday, September 22nd.    There are so many ... [More]

Back-to-School Night Presentation

Fri, Sep 15 11:36am

Dear JM Families,  It was fantastic to see so many of you at Back to School Night last night. As promised, I have attached my presentation. Feel free to reach out should you have any questions.  Take ... [More]

Snow Cones!!! -- Friday 9/15 After School

Thu, Sep 14 8:24pm

Come enjoy a refreshing, yummy  Snow Cone!!! The JM Dad’s Club will be selling Snow Cones outside school from 2.30-4 tomorrow, Friday 9/15. $2 per Snow Cone. All funds raised go to school activities s ... [More]

Important Notice About Childcare!

Thu, Sep 14 1:51pm

Dear JM Families,  We have 100 students currently signed up for childcare this evening. This is a much larger number of students than we anticipated. The students will be monitored by two Kids Club em ... [More]

Back-to-School Night Update

Thu, Sep 14 12:13pm

Dear JM Families,  My presentations will begin promptly at 6:00 PM in our newly updated Multi-Purpose Room. There will be parking in the rear of the school for tonight's event. If you signed up for ch ... [More]

Auction Tickets on sale at Back to School Night (TONIGHT!)

Thu, Sep 14 9:33am

Hello JM Families!   Believe it or not, the 37th Annual Silent & Live Auction is only 51 days away!  The event is on Saturday November 4th at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland.  The event will be fr ... [More]

Upcoming Jewish Holidays

Wed, Sep 13 7:50pm

Dear JM Families,  If your child is going to be absent for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, please email our attendance specialist, Joanne Harper, at Be sure to include your child ... [More]

School Wide Volunteer Interest Forms

Tue, Sep 12 9:58pm

Hi JM Community!   The PTA would love to have you be a Parent Volunteer this year.  We have many school-wide opportunities for you to choose from to enrich your child’s education and our community.    ... [More]

Coin Collection Containers Needed!

Tue, Sep 12 12:37pm

Dear Parents,  Our student body officers have decided to hold a coin drive to support victims of Hurricane Harvey. We will need a large coin collection container for each classroom, 18 in all. We will ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Elementary Photo Day Reminder

Mon, Sep 11 1:09pm

  Joaquin Miller Elementary Photo Day is 9/26/2017  9/27/2017    3 Tips for Getting Great Portraits of Your Kids   Dress your children in simple, classic clothes and colors that complement their hair ... [More]

Kids Club Registration Information

Sun, Sep 10 1:59pm

Dear JM Families, I thought this had already been posted, but it hadn't. Please read below for information on external enrichment registration.   Thank you, Sara Hello All,   Here are some instruction ... [More]

37th Annual JM Auction - only 8 weeks away! Get your early bird tickets now!

Fri, Sep 8 1:42pm

Happy Friday JM Families!   Believe it or not, the 37th Annual Silent & Live Auction is happening in just 8 weeks!  The event is on Saturday November 4th at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland.  The e ... [More]

Enrichment Catalogue Correction re: Computer Lab

Fri, Sep 8 11:35am

Hi All,  This is just a quick note to let you all know that there was an 'h' left off of Helene Moore's email address in the catalogue and that the time of her last class is from 3:10 - 4:10.  Take care, Sara

Kids Club Fall Enrichment Catalogue

Thu, Sep 7 4:25pm

Hi All,  I've attached the enrichment catalogue for Kids Club and pasted it below as well.  Take care, Sara   Fall 2017 ENRICHMENT CATALOG September 11 – December 8th, 2017 Non-Kids Club Members May S ... [More]

September Walkie Talkie Newsletter is now LIVE!

Thu, Sep 7 10:08am

Hello JM Community,  The first Walkie Talkie of the year is now live! Click here to access the longer and more detailed online version of the newsletter. The print versions will come home with the kid ... [More]

New Year New Gear - Get your JM Apparel and Accessories!

Wed, Sep 6 2:44pm

Hi Everyone,  We have new designs of JM apparel and gear (see attached pic)! If you missed out on buying your JM swag on registration day, you can contact me, Caitlin Murphy, to buy tees, hoodies, tru ... [More]

shoo the flu

Wed, Sep 6 2:40pm

Dear Parent/Guardian,   Shoo the Flu is coming to give FREE FLU VACCINES at our school!   Only flu shots are available this year. Once again, there is NO NASAL SPRAY vaccine as it is not recommended b ... [More]

Message from Kids Club re: Enrichment!

Tue, Sep 5 3:24pm

Hello KC Families, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We're looking forward to another great, hopefully much cooler, week of Kids Club Afterschool. I wanted to provide an update about our Fall en ... [More]

A Message from a Parent re: Houston Support

Mon, Sep 4 3:58pm

Dear JM Community,    I wanted to send on some information about donating towards the relief in Houston. I lived in Houston after I graduated from college and worked for a crisis hotline. A friend of ... [More]

Wolverine Way Movie

Fri, Sep 1 1:59pm

Dear JM Families,  Check out our movie about how to be safe, responsible, and respectful at JM starring some JM kiddos and teachers!   Thank you to Mrs. Moore who put it a ... [More]

Extreme Heat Alert

Thu, Aug 31 1:29pm

Hi Parents,  The forecast for tomorrow is HOT!  I encourage you all to send your children with refillable water bottles tomorrow. We will remind them to drink fluids throughout the day and to take it ... [More]

Please read: Another Important Parking Announcement

Thu, Aug 31 9:53am

Dear Parents/Guardians,    After speaking with Ms. Erin, our noon supervisor/Safety Patrol Coordinator, it came to my attention that parents who are coming significantly early to pick up their childre ... [More]

A Note About Homework

Thu, Aug 31 7:52am

Dear Parents/Guardians,   Joaquin Miller has a “minimal homework” policy. Homework will vary  by grade level and classroom and will include nightly reading for every student. There will be occasional ... [More]

More Traffic Suggestions!

Wed, Aug 30 1:59pm

To help things move even faster, follow these suggestions from a JM parent:   •Parents must not get out of their cars at all. EVER. If their child needs extra help, they're going to have to park in a ... [More]

PLEASE READ: Afternoon Traffic

Wed, Aug 30 10:08am

Dear JM Parents and Guardians,  We received numerous calls from individuals who were concerned about the safety of our students yesterday after dismissal. The traffic was backed up to the freeway and ... [More]


Sat, Aug 26 2:13pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families and Staff,    It was so hard to miss the first week of school, but I heard that the students, teachers, and my incredible office staff did a fantastic job getting the year ... [More]

Joaquin Miller School Choir

Fri, Aug 25 11:20am

This is to let you know that the Fall session of the school choir will begin on Monday, September 11, at 8:00 in the school library. It is open to all students in grades 3 through 5. Please see the at ... [More]

Joaqui Miller Choir

Fri, Aug 25 11:10am

This is an announcement about our school choir.  It begins on September 11 at 8:00 am in the school library.  It is open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 5.  Please see attached flyer for more in ... [More]


Thu, Aug 24 5:05pm

Dear Parents, THIS IS ONLY IF YOU HAVE NOT FILLED ONE OUT YET! If you need to fill out an LCFF form: Please go to the link provided and fill out your LCFF form or come to the school and we will provid ... [More]

September Walkie Talkie Newsletter Coming Soon! Send Submissions!

Thu, Aug 24 4:13pm

Hi JM Community,  I'd just like to alert you that the first Walkie Talkie newsletter will be coming your way in early September, so if you have any announcements or news items you'd like included, ple ... [More]

JM Welcome Back Event -- SnoCone Fundaiser TOMORROW for JM Language League

Thu, Aug 24 3:10pm

HELLO Joaquin Miller Elementary Families!   Tomorrow afternoon (Friday, 8/25), the Joaquin Miller Language League (JMLL) will be hosting a "Welcome Back to School" SNO-CONE DAY from right after the di ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Fall Auction - Early Bird Tickets on sale now!

Wed, Aug 23 6:18pm

Hello JM Families!   Welcome back to school and for our new families, we are so excited to have you join the JM Community.  The auction committee has been busy since June working on this year's auctio ... [More]

Looking for library volunteers

Mon, Aug 21 5:04pm

Dear JM families, I got a great start on filling library volunteer slots at Registration Night, but about half of our classes could use more volunteers. I've attached a pdf of the library schedule. Vo ... [More]

A Note from Mrs. Green - Please Read

Sun, Aug 20 11:51am

Dear JM Families,  Due to a family emergency,  I will be leaving on a flight to Illinois in the morning and will not be at school for the coming week. I have already informed the staff and my supervis ... [More]

Introducing Dr. Gaither, our new 4th grade teacher!

Sat, Aug 19 2:25pm

Hello Everyone, My name is Elbert Gaither.  I am excited about joining the Joaquin Miller Faculty as the 4th grade teacher.  I have been teaching for 19 years, 12 in Oakland Unified, in grades ranging ... [More]

New Teachers at Joaquin Miller!

Fri, Aug 18 9:15am

Dear JM Families,  In case you haven't yet heard, Ms. Gleghorn and Ms. Porter will no longer be teaching at Joaquin Miller. Our new fourth grade teacher will be Dr. Elbert Gaither and our new third gr ... [More]

Seeking Artistic Parents or Families!

Fri, Aug 18 9:10am

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  Joaquin Miller benefits from and celebrates diversity and inclusivity. As we begin a new school year, we are looking for ways to promote these values across the campus. ... [More]

Family Movie Night is this Friday!

Tue, Aug 15 6:26pm

Dear JM Families,  Our Registration Expo will be followed by a Family Movie Night this year! The movie will be "The Peanuts Movie" and it will shown on the wall outside of the Multi-Purpose Room. I re ... [More]

URGENT! Attn: Parents of New Students!

Tue, Aug 15 10:40am

Dear Parents of Incoming JM Students,  Please bring your child's immunization records to the registration expo this Friday. We need to have a copy of these records on file.  Thank you, Sara

URGENT: Fingerprinting Information

Fri, Aug 11 6:28pm

Hi JM Parents/Guardians,  If you are not yet an official OUSD volunteer and you have interest in volunteering in your child's classroom or being a chaperone on field trips, you will need to be fingerp ... [More]

TLC Day is Tomorrow! Supplies and Volunteers Needed!

Fri, Aug 11 10:01am

Hi JM Families! We are getting ready for TLC Day tomorrow and are in need of the following items: -a wheelbarrow -shovels -rakes -gardening and/or work gloves   Please email Loren Taylor at customtayl ... [More]

Aug. 12, 2017 IS JM's Annual TLC Day

Tue, Aug 8 9:54am

Hello JM Friends and Families!   As a reminder, this Saturday is JM's annual TLC day! This is the day that we prepare the school for our 2017-18 students! Please, join us!   TLC day will go from 9am-3 ... [More]

Introducing our New Fifth Grade Teacher!

Sun, Aug 6 11:39am

I asked our new incoming fifth grade teacher, David Saeed, to share a bit about himself. I hope you will help me welcome him to our amazing community!     Hello Joaquin Miller Families. My name is Dav ... [More]

Transcript of Robo Call

Sun, Aug 6 11:37am

Hi Teachers,  I just sent out a robo call regarding some important upcoming events. I've copied and pasted the transcript below. See you soon! Sara   "Greetings Joaquin Miller Families! We have import ... [More]

No more eclipse glasses needed!!

Thu, Aug 3 11:24am

Thank you all! We now have plenty of glasses for all of the JM students and staff to see the solar eclipse!

UPDATED POST! Solar Eclipse Glasses Needed!

Wed, Aug 2 9:21pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  Brooke Chapman-Tripp just messaged me that she has 288  pairs through her job! Since two parents have already purchased 50 pairs each, we only need 80 - 100 more! A few ... [More]

Fwd: Help this Oakland school recover from vandalism

Tue, Aug 1 11:09pm

Hi JM Community!   As we are all getting our students ready for another great year at JM, our friends at Acorn Woodland Elementary in East Oakland are working hard to clean up their school after they ... [More]

Kindergarten Playdate, this Saturday, August 5, 10-12p, Roberts Park

Tue, Aug 1 10:04am

  Incoming Kindergartners and their families, please join us for a play date on Saturday 08/05 from 10-12p at Roberts Park (10570 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611 (there is a $5 parking fee at the park ... [More]

Save the Date: 8/12 is Joaquin Miller's Annual TLC Day

Tue, Jul 11 10:50am

Please mark your calendars, Joaquin Miller's TLC Day will be on Saturday, August 12, 2017!   Join us as we prepare Joaquin Miller Elementary for the 2017-18 School Year! To get our school ready for th ... [More]

Incoming Kindergarten Play Date Reminder, this Sunday, July 16, 3-5p, Roberts Park

Mon, Jul 10 2:14pm

  Hope to see any and all incoming Kindergartners and their families this Sunday, July 16, 3-5p.    Roberts Park, 10570 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611 (there is a $5 parking fee at the park, but we u ... [More]

So Much Gratitude!!

Sat, Jun 10 10:26am

Happy Summer JM!!!  Before you head off on your fabulous adventures, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on a truly great school year and to thank the volunteers who made it so memorable and seamless ... [More]

corrected link for Tumblebooks

Thu, Jun 8 5:07pm

Dear families, Looks like the link I provided previously for Tumblebooks did not work.  Try these steps:   Scroll way down to MORE GREAT READS and select T ... [More]

Incoming Kindergarten Summer Play dates

Thu, Jun 8 10:18am

  Spread the word, play dates for Incoming Kindergartners to JM this summer   Two play dates, both at Roberts Park, 10570 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611 (there is a $5 parking fee at the park, bu we ... [More]

Gold ring found on playground (sapphire with diamond accents)

Tue, Jun 6 12:42pm

Yesterday I found a gold ring on the little yard with a sapphire surrounded by little diamonds. Come claim it in the library.   Thanks! Cindy Gullikson

JM Library newsletter attached (Tumblebooks instructions and volunteer thank yous!)

Tue, Jun 6 12:39pm

Dear JM Families, During the last few library visits, we explored some Oakland Public Library resources including Tumblebooks. I promised the kids I'd get the link out on Konstella for that. Have your ... [More]


Mon, Jun 5 2:18pm

Hi All,  I was just informed that there is a fire off of HWY 13 East after Broadway Terrace before Thornton and that traffic is severely impacted.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Sara

REMINDER: Wednesday - Friday are MINIMUM DAYS

Sun, Jun 4 1:28pm

Dear JM Families, This is a friendly reminder that Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are minimum days. Monday and Tuesday are regular school days.  Thanks and take care, Sara

Scrip sales on Monday (6/5) and Tuesday (6/6)!

Sat, Jun 3 9:18pm

This will be the last chance to buy Scrip from JMPTA.  We're winding down the program and need to sell off the last cards from our stock.  I'll be at the front entrance of JM from 8:15 - 8:45 on both ... [More]

Volunteers! Breakfast is on the teachers this morning!

Fri, Jun 2 7:03am

Notices went home last week for the Parent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast which will be from 7:45 - 8:45 this morning in the Multi-Purpose Room. Stop in for a treat!! 

Final Snow Cone Day TOMORROW -- $2 each

Thu, Jun 1 9:13pm

Just a quick reminder that we'll be holding our final "snow cone" fundraiser of the school year tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, so please send a little cash with your kids in the morning if you'd like th ... [More]

Final Talent Show Tomorrow Night!

Wed, May 31 9:03pm

Hi JM Families! This is just a reminder that our final talent show of the year is tomorrow evening at 6:30. There will be singing, dancing, roller blading, gymnastics, martial arts, a performance by t ... [More]

Mugsy Memo

Wed, May 31 1:37pm

MugsyClicks Memo END OF YEAR GALLERY ARCHIVE NOTICE Dear Parent Communication Administrator:    I can’t believe the year is almost over. Joaquin Miller Elementary galleries are archiving, prices will ... [More]

A's Play Ball Assembly on June 6th!

Tue, May 30 6:28pm

Joaquin Miller has been selected for an Oakland A's Play Ball Assembly!! I've copied and pasted the press release below. I've also attached the program agenda. All are welcome to attend this assembly! ... [More]

Reminder about Open House Tonight

Wed, May 24 11:28am

Hi Families, This is just to remind you about the date change for open house! It is TONIGHT from 6:00 - 7:00! See you here!   

World Culture Food Sale TOMORROW

Sun, May 21 6:28pm

From 2:30 - 5:00pm tomorrow (Monday), the JM Language League will be holding its final World Culture Dinner / Fundraiser for the year.  The theme will be middle eastern food and culture, coinciding wi ... [More]

REMINDER -- Orders Due TOMORROW for Monday's Take-Home Dinners

Thu, May 18 10:21am

To order your take-home meal, please complete the online order form at  or fill out the paper order form in your child's backpack and drop it off with a check in ... [More]

Snow Cones -- Outside School Tomorrow Afternoon

Wed, May 17 9:53pm

It is going to be hot tomorrow (Thursday 5/18) -- come enjoy a refreshing, yummy  Snow Cone!!!   The JM Dad’s Club will be selling Snow Cones outside school from 2.30-4.   $2 per Snow Cone. All funds ... [More]

Final Request - Just 3 items left on our JM Safety Patrol Children's Hospital Wishlist

Wed, May 17 1:15pm

The JM Safety Patrol's Service Project has only THREE items left on our Children's Hospital Wishlist.  Please take a moment to click on the link and purchase/donate one or more of the remaining items. ... [More]

OUSD Science Fair Tomorrow Night

Tue, May 16 1:18pm

Hi JM Families,  The OUSD Science Fair is tomorrow evening from 5:00 - 8:00 at the Chabot Space and Science Center. I apologize for not getting the word out sooner.  The projects of the students liste ... [More]

The May-June Walkie Talkie is now LIVE!

Tue, May 16 11:43am

Hi JM Community,  The last Walkie Talkie of the year is now live at this link: Thanks to those who have contributed throughout the year and helped me keep the news flowing! ... [More]

Jump Rope for Heart Information

Tue, May 16 9:01am

Hi JM Parents and Guardians! The final day to get donations for the American Heart Association as part of the Jump Rope for Heart campaign is this Friday, May 19th. If you are collecting checks, pleas ... [More]

Order your Yemeni Take-Home Dinners Now!

Sun, May 14 2:51pm

Instead of cooking on Monday, May 22nd, bring home a tasty Middle Eastern meal, which coincides with the beginning of Ramadan. The last JM Language League Take-Home Dinner of the school year will be a ... [More]

Bake Sale Tomorrow After School!

Thu, May 11 9:01am

Hi JM Families,  Please read the message below from Elias, JM Trash Patrol Manager and Coordinator:   We (The JM Trash Patrol) are going to be holding a bake sale this Friday after school. We are goin ... [More]

FREE Money for JMPTA!

Wed, May 10 9:11am

That's right; free money for JMPTA!!  How?  By buying scrip cards during the last scrip sale of the school year (and maybe ever as I'm leaving JM after many years).   Anyhow, flyers and order forms sh ... [More]

Blueprint for Quality Schools Event

Tue, May 9 6:31pm

May 4, 2017   Dear OUSD Families,   This month, Oakland Unified School District is launching the Blueprint for Quality Schools and we need your collaboration. The Blueprint for Quality Schools is a lo ... [More]

2nd Request - Help Safety Patrol help families at Children's Hospital

Mon, May 8 11:28pm

  JM's Safety Patrol is helping parents who stay overnight with their children in intensive care at Children's Hospital. In collaboration with the Family Resource Center at the Oakland Children's Hosp ... [More]

Community Building Work at JM

Mon, May 8 1:32pm

Dear JM Families,  At our most recent PTA meeting I mentioned a partnership we have begun with Dr. Dale Allender to support our school in continuing to build and maintain a healthy school community, e ... [More]

lost and found

Fri, May 5 8:46am

Dear Parents, Please look through the lost and found. Wednesday it will go to donation! Thanks!

Cinco de Mayo "Pop-Up" Booth

Fri, May 5 8:14am

JM Community -- Happy Cinco de Mayo!!  The JM Language League will be hosting a festive pop-up booth in front of the school during pick-up this afternoon, starting after school ends and running until ... [More]


Tue, May 2 7:58pm

Hi JM Families!  Just a quick reminder that we will be having a large bake sale fundraiser for the JM Language League on Wednesday afternoon (tomorrow).  The sale will be located just outside the fron ... [More]

Order Your Yearbooks Now!

Tue, May 2 3:47pm

  Here is a message from our Yearbook Team:   Dear JM Families, The end of the school year is coming! We all know what that means! All your kids will be moving up a grade, and the fifth graders will b ... [More]

4 tickets to the Oakmore Cocktail Crawl this Saturday!

Tue, May 2 3:25pm

We have room for 4 more adults at Saturday night's Oakmore Cocktail Crawl. This party was built for 20 people and we'd love a full house. Email Danielle Morse ( if you'd like to ... [More]

Children's Book Festival at Fairyland on Sat. 5/6

Tue, May 2 3:23pm

Children's Fairyland is hosting Turn the Page, a children's book festival this Saturday, May 6, 2017. There will be presentations and activities with over 25 Bay Area children's authors and illustrato ... [More]

Free Comic Book Day on Saturday 5/6; libraries and bookstores

Tue, May 2 3:17pm

Bookstores and libraries throughout the bay area are giving out free comic books on Saturday.  It looks like most branches of Oakland Public Library will be participating. They have indicated that the ... [More]

Note re: Attendance and Jump Rope for Heart

Tue, May 2 12:53pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  Ms. Harper, our attendance specialist, has asked me to send the following message:   We are at the end of the 2016/17 school year and the OUSD Attendance Office is in th ... [More]

lost and found

Tue, May 2 7:10am

Hi everyone! It's that time again! I could really use a couple of volunteers to sort and donate the lost and found. Thanks for your help with this. Jeanne Sims

City of Oakland Summer Camps

Mon, May 1 9:51am

Dear JM Families,  I've attached a flyer for the Rotary Nature Center and Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge Summer Camps at Joaquin Miller Park and Lake Merritt. Below is some information from Michelle Cox ... [More]

Help JM Safety Patrol provide comfort kits for Children's Hospital

Sun, Apr 30 9:00pm

Help Joaquin Miller Safety Patrol provide Comfort Kits for Children's Hospital   For our service project this year, JM's Safety Patrol is helping parents who stay overnight with their children in inte ... [More]

REMINDER -- Cinco de Mayo Take-Home Dinner Orders DUE TODAY

Fri, Apr 28 7:45am

Good Morning JM Families.  Just a quick reminder that we would like to get all the orders for next Friday's Cinco de Mayo Take-Home Dinners as of TODAY so that our team can do the shopping this weeken ... [More]

OUSD Science Fair Participants

Thu, Apr 27 9:09am

Dear JM Families,   Last night’s Science Fair was awesome! Multiple parents and our four judges expressed multiple times how impressed they were with the caliber of work shown by all of the participan ... [More]

Kid Friendly Oakland Map!

Mon, Apr 24 12:29pm

All JM third graders collaborated on this map with their favorite places in Oakland during technology class. Before starting the project, we read an article in the New York Times from December 2016 th ... [More]

Playground Support Needed!

Mon, Apr 24 11:21am

Hi JM Families,  Ms. Erin will be out today and tomorrow. I know it's last minute, but if any of you are available to assist with yard duty during the lunch period between 11:50 and 12:50, we'd greatl ... [More]

Cinco de Mayo Take-Home Dinners!!

Fri, Apr 21 4:34pm

Announcing the first "JM World Culture Take-Home Dinner" event!   Borrowing from the Dad's Club approach, we will be offering home-cooked, Mexican take-home dinners for Cinco de Mayo!   Dinner Pick-up ... [More]

JM Language League Update

Fri, Apr 21 10:58am

Hi JM Families.  Well, the results are IN, and our inaugural year of foreign language education at Joaquin Miller has been a great SUCCESS (see more details below) -- and we're now hoping to expand ne ... [More]

Seeking Online Auction Chair for Fall 2017

Wed, Apr 19 12:27pm

Hi Everyone,   The online auction is a large part of our fall fundraising and we are looking for an individual or more to chair this for Fall 2017.   You would be on the auction committee as the Exter ... [More]

Career Day 2017 - Friday, May 12

Fri, Apr 14 11:56am

I'm excited to announce that flyers for Career Day went home this week, so please look for them in  your student's backpacks!  This year's Career Day will be Friday, May 12, from 8:00-12:30.  If you o ... [More]

A Note About the Science Fair Schedule and Judging

Fri, Apr 14 11:45am

April 14, 2017   Attention: Joaquin Miller Parents and Families   The JM Science Fair is set for Wednesday, April 26th from 5:30 to 7:00 in the Multi-Purpose Room. Science Fair Projects are mandatory ... [More]

April Walkie Talkie Now LIVE!

Thu, Apr 13 1:02pm

Hello JM Community,  The April Walkie Talkie newsletter is now live! Click here to access the longer, more detailed online version and look for the print version in the kids' backpacks next week. The ... [More]

2016-17 Yearbook! Rancho photos and more!

Wed, Apr 12 1:55pm

Please send your great photos from today's Rancho Day and any other 2016-17 Living History days to our yearbook team at We are still accepting photos that show our great scho ... [More]

AC Transit Petition - PLEASE READ!

Mon, Apr 10 10:53am

Dear JM Families,    As some of you may have heard, AC Transit has stated they will no longer be providing bus service to Montera Middle School or Skyline High School beginning next year.    Whether f ... [More]

REMINDER: All Joaq-a-thon donations DUE BY APRIL 13th

Sat, Apr 8 3:22pm

Hi JM Community, Hope you are having a great spring break.   Just a reminder that all Joaq-a-thon pledges need to be collected and turned in no later then Thursday, April 13th.  Your child's sponsors ... [More]

Former JM Student Looking for Summer Work!

Tue, Apr 4 7:37am

Hi All,  Former JM student and college graduate, Hannah DeWit, will be returning home in early May and is looking for babysitting jobs until she moves to LA in August. Her email address is ... [More]

2016-17 Joaquin Miller Yearbook

Fri, Mar 31 10:00am

Order Your 2016-17 JM Yearbook Now!  Yearbook price: $20. Ordering Deadline: May 5   Add memories and photos on your student's two free custom pages!    If you already have an account, go to www.treer ... [More]

lamination needed please

Thu, Mar 30 12:29pm

Hi everyone! As you know OUSD has cut off our budget. We are out of lamination. It can be purchased just about anywhere. I sometimes purchase on amazon.  They run around 45 dollars for two rolls. Than ... [More]

OOPS! Wrong date for Read-In

Thu, Mar 30 9:19am

I apologize for the error in my last announcement. The correct date for the Asian Pacific American Read-In is May 10th. More information to come!

Request from Another Site

Wed, Mar 29 1:17pm

Dear Friends, I am writing to you today to update you on a tragedy that has affected families in West Oakland and to see how you can help. On Monday morning there was a four-alarm fire a few blocks aw ... [More]

Vote for JM in Best of Oakland/East Bay Reader's Poll!

Wed, Mar 29 7:59am

Hi JM Families! It's that time of year again! Last year, our wonderful school was voted Best Public Elementary School in Oakland according to the Oakland Magazine Reader's Poll. Wouldn't it be fantast ... [More]

Note to Potential Fire Victims

Mon, Mar 27 6:31pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  If any of you or anyone you know has been affected the fire that occurred in Oakland earlier today, please contact me at A parent has reached out an ... [More]

Missing Mats From Stage

Mon, Mar 27 9:36am

Hi All,  If you know of anyone who "borrowed" some of the mats that were on the stage, please let me know. We need them for the talent show! Thanks, Sara

Mandarin Chinese Enrichment Class -- Final Reminder

Thu, Mar 23 3:31pm

For all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, This is a final reminder (and confirmation) that we're planning to offer an enrichment class in Mandarin Chinese as part of the Spring 2017 after-school program, run ... [More]

Mugsy Clicks

Wed, Mar 22 7:36am

  MugsyClicks Memo CLASS PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE! Dear Parent:   We had such a great time photographing students at Joaquin Miller Elementary! Class group photos are now available online for order ... [More]

Joaq-a-thon next steps: Please collect all pledges

Tue, Mar 21 9:55pm

THANK-YOU JM Community!  The 43rd Walkathon was a HUGE success.  It is now time to collect on all the kilometers the students walked!   NEXT STEPS FOR YOU: 1)  At check-out on Saturday, walkers receiv ... [More]

PTA General Meeting This Thursday!

Tue, Mar 21 4:41pm

Dear JM Families,  I hope to see many of you at this week's PTA general meeting on Thursday evening.  We will have some second graders presenting their cross-curricular units from January and February ... [More]

Lunch Time Support Needed This Week

Tue, Mar 21 9:29am

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  Ms. LaRenda, our noon supervisor, is out ill and I'm not sure when she will be returning. We are in need of parents to assist with supervision during the lunch period fr ... [More]

K/1 Talent Show is Around the Corner!

Sun, Mar 19 1:59pm

Hi Parents/Guardians:   The talent show for the parents and family members is just around the corner on March 29th, @ 6:30.  I am asking for a $5.00 donation to build an array of props, tee shirts and ... [More]

Spring Enrichment Catalog - External Vendors

Sun, Mar 19 11:27am

Dear JM Families,  Please find the attached catalog for the non-Kids Club enrichments classes being offered this spring. The spring session starts April 10th and ends June 2nd.  Registration will begi ... [More]

Joaq-a-thon: What a GREAT day!!

Sat, Mar 18 9:02pm

  Thank you to everyone who made today's Joaq-a-thon so AWESOME!  To all the Volunteers, Teachers and Staff- this event would not happen without your support.  Thank you for being so amazing!  Also, p ... [More]

Joaq-a-thon Photos for the 2016-17 JM Yearbook

Fri, Mar 17 12:41pm

The forecast for tomorrow is  .  .  .  great walking weather! Have a fun day! Please send your favorite photos of the Joaq-a-thon to or share with our Dropbox account. Thank y ... [More]

Joaq-a-Thon Volunteers Needed!

Fri, Mar 17 12:12pm

Hi Parents! We need your help! Please sign up for an open spot (or two) for tomorrow's Joaq-a-Thon. This is a super fun event you don't want to miss! It's also a large undertaking that is dependent on ... [More]

URGENT: We need Joaq-a-thon Volunteers

Tue, Mar 14 10:31am

Hi JM Community- The kids are getting excited for the big Joaq-a-thon this Saturday, March 18th!    In order for this event to be a success we need everyone who can to sign up for a volunteer shift. L ... [More]

reminder for shoo the flu

Mon, Mar 13 11:24am

Dear Parents and Guardians - you have one more day to fill out and return the orange survey about flu vaccination we sent home with your student.   The survey asks about your student’s flu vaccination ... [More]

A Note about Transcript Requests

Fri, Mar 10 2:24pm

Dear JM Families,  Ms. Harper, our attendance specialist, has asked me to send out a message regarding transcript requests. If you need transcripts for your child(ren), please submit the request by th ... [More]

Mandarin Chinese After-School Class -- RESPONSE NEEDED

Thu, Mar 9 6:50pm

Parents of 3rd - 5th Graders, We have the opportunity to offer an after-school Mandarin Chinese enrichment class during the final term of Kids Club, running from April 10 to June 2.   BUT, we will onl ... [More]

OUSD 2017-2018 Calendar Now Available

Thu, Mar 9 4:11pm

  Hi All,  I just received an email with the link below to information regarding next school year's calendar.   Take care, Sara

minimum day schedule

Mon, Mar 6 2:33pm

Hello Joaquin Miller Families! Please remember that we have minimum days Tuesday the 7th, Wednesday the 8th and Thursday the 9th of this week due to parent teacher conferences. Your child's dismissal ... [More]

Women's HERstory Event Organized by a JM Parent!

Sun, Mar 5 5:38pm

JM Parents: Hilary Altman (Mom of Milana, 4th grade) invites you to the Opening of a "Women's HERstory event" at nearby Merritt College:   Photography Exhibit at Nearby Merritt College featuring: The ... [More]

March Walkie Talkie Now Live

Sun, Mar 5 10:57am

Hello JM Community,  The March Walkie Talkie newsletter is now live! Click here to access the longer, more detailed online version and look for the print version in the kids' backpacks next week. The ... [More]

Minimum Day Movie Hosted by Dad's Club - Tuesday March 7th

Sat, Mar 4 9:02am

The JM Dad’s Club will be hosting a Minimum Day Movie in the Multi-Purpose Room this coming Tuesday, March 7th. For those of you who signed up during the auction: Thank you very much. We look forward ... [More]

Avid4Adventure Camps at JM This Summer!

Fri, Mar 3 10:54am

Hi JM Families,  Avid4Adventure will be at JM again this summer. If you are looking for a fun outdoor adventure camp for your kiddos, I highly recommend their program! They are also supporters of our ... [More]

URGENT! Please complete the CA Healthy Kids Survey!

Wed, Mar 1 1:46pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  Thank you to those of you who have already completed this important survey. The deadline for completing the survey has been extended to March 3rd for the online survey a ... [More]

Mugsy pre pay

Wed, Mar 1 1:08pm

Group Photo Reminder Pre-Order Online and Save Shipping   Joaquin Miller Elementary Class Group Photo Day 3/3/2017 Return PrePay Class Photo Envelope to School or Prepay online by 3/3/2017 and save on ... [More]

Shoo the Flu

Tue, Feb 28 12:10pm

Dear Parents and Guardians - Today we sent home with your student a quick survey about flu vaccination. It is on orange paper. While the survey is optional, our school will receive money for each surv ... [More]

Congratulations to our very own MLK Regional Fest Winner!!

Sun, Feb 26 7:29pm

Samantha Cleminshaw, a fourth grader in Ms. Gleghorn's class, made Joaquin Miller proud today at the MLK Oratorical Regional Fest! She must have dazzled the judges because she was awarded a first plac ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Elementary Pre-Order and save shipping on your class group photo!

Fri, Feb 24 10:02am

Your MugsyClicks Class Group photos are now available online for a pre-order. You can save on shipping charges. GO TO: Did you have the opportunity to view your student's individ ... [More]

Parent Event at Chabot School

Thu, Feb 23 2:00pm

Hi All,  The principal of Chabot School informed me that they  will be hosting a parent event entitled "How to Talk About Race in the Trump Era" from 6:30 - 8:30 pm next Thursday evening.  All are wel ... [More]

Egg Cartons Needed for 4th Grade Living History Day

Tue, Feb 21 9:55am

Dear JM Families,  The upcoming fourth grade "African American Migration to California Day" is around the corner! This year the students will be making mancala games with reused egg cartons. If you ha ... [More]

You can now sponsor PER KM on your child's Joaq-a-thon Online Fundraising Page

Mon, Feb 20 10:16pm

Hello JM Families, Thanks to all who have been using our new online pages at We just wanted to let you know that now people can sponsor your children PER KM on the onl ... [More]

Shout-Out to our Amazing Dads Club!

Wed, Feb 15 8:02pm

Dear JM Families,  I wanted to take a moment to appreciate our Joaquin Miller Dads Club. They have been busy over the past couple of weeks! Thanks to their hard work and fundraising, we have new beaut ... [More]

Shoo the flu survey - We will get paid for these!

Wed, Feb 15 2:17pm

Parents and Guardians, we need your help!  During the week of February 27, your student will bring home a quick survey about flu vaccination. It will be on orange paper. The survey will help us learn ... [More]


Mon, Feb 13 7:40am

Hi All,  Check out these incredible photos from the Art Wall experience this weekend! I can't wait to see this up on the wall in our Multi-Purpose Room!  A HUGE thank you goes out to Deana Fukatsu for ... [More]

Parent Request re: Women's March Art Project

Mon, Feb 13 7:38am

Hilary Altman (Mom of 4th grader Milana and Alumnus Zachary (7th grade) is coordinating a photography exhibit of the WOMEN'S MARCHES of 2017.  The Exhibit will be at nearby Merritt College with an ope ... [More]

DATE CHANGE - K/1 Talent Show

Fri, Feb 10 12:11pm

Hi JM Families,  The Kindergarten and First Grade Talent Show has been moved to March 29th. Due to all of the rainy weather, the students have had to have indoor PE in the MPR. This means that Mrs. Sc ... [More]

Online Joaq-a-thon pages- at the moment the per km feature is not working

Wed, Feb 8 8:09pm

Hi JM Families, First, we are so excited to already see people using the Joaq-a-thon online fundraising pages.  Hundreds of dollars have been raised in just a few hours. Thank you JM Community! We jus ... [More]

JOAQ-A-THON packets coming home today and new online fundraising page information

Wed, Feb 8 12:01pm

Hi JM FAMILIES! We are excited to let you know that your child should come home with a Joaq-a-thon packet today.  Inside the packet is a general overview page, a sponsor sheet, and an explanation of o ... [More]

There is still room to sign up for the Art Wall party this Saturday @ JM!

Mon, Feb 6 1:16pm

THE MAGIC ARTWALL is COMING TO JM!     Come Join us at the HeART Festival THIS SAT, Feb 11th, 11-3pm in the Joaquin Miller MPR!  There is still room for this sign up party from the fall auction.  It i ... [More]

February Walkie Talkie Now Live!

Fri, Feb 3 4:47pm

Hello JM Community,  The February Walkie Talkie newsletter is now live! Click here to access the longer, more detailed online version and look for the print version in the kids' backpacks early next w ... [More]

Book Fair opens Tues. 2/7 and volunteers are needed

Tue, Jan 31 2:58pm

Dear families, The annual Book Fair opens next Tuesday, Feb. 7. Watch your child's backpack this week for the colorful flyer highlighting some of the books that will be at the book fair. Here's the le ... [More]

Kindergarten and First Grade Talent Show!

Tue, Jan 31 7:20am

The kindergarten and 1st grade talent show applications are being distributed this week.  Details are on the flyer and there are blank flyers in the hallway.  Please make sure you submit your applicat ... [More]

OUSD is a Sanctuary School District

Sun, Jan 29 4:24pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families, ALL students and their families are welcome at Joaquin Miller School. Please see the attached documents for more information about what being a "Sanctuary School District ... [More]

Free Parent/Teacher Workshops at the Ann Martin Center

Sun, Jan 29 1:17pm

Joaquin Miller parent, Loryn Hudson, asked me to share this resource with our community! Click on the link below for more information on the types of workshops that will be provided in 2017.  Professi ... [More]

African American Literature Read-In Week

Sat, Jan 28 8:49am

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  African-American Literature Read-In Week is set for the week of February 6th through the 10th. This year our students will be getting together with their buddy classes t ... [More]

Spelling Bee Winners!

Thu, Jan 26 12:41pm

Congratulations to all of the participants in this year's Spelling Bee!  Everyone did a fantastic job and showed impressive sportsmanship; students, you should all be very proud of yourselves, and, fa ... [More]

JM Amazon Wishlist Reminder

Wed, Jan 25 7:41am

Dear Parents,  OUSD has instituted a spending freeze for our unrestricted funds. This means that it is more difficult to get supplies and other needed items for our students and teachers in a timely m ... [More]


Wed, Jan 25 7:23am

THE MAGIC ART WALL IS COMING TO JM! An “AnyBodyCanPaint Experience”!  Come join the HeART Festival painting party with Valentine's Day crafts, snacks and drinks for kids, parents, teachers, supporters ... [More]

Traffic Alert

Mon, Jan 23 2:17pm

Four to five foot diameter hole in Highway 13 southbound -- just before Broadway Terrace exit. Inside lane closed, emergency crew onsite. I think it will be a mess at commute hour, so advise taking an ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Spelling Bee

Mon, Jan 23 6:55am

Hi JM Families,   The annual JM Spelling Bee is this Thursday, January 26. The 3rd grade bee will begin at 10:15 and the 4th/5th grade bee will begin after the 3rd grade bee concludes. There will be a ... [More]

The JM Raffle is Wrapping Up!

Sun, Jan 22 1:20pm

Hey JM Community!   Just a reminder that the Raffle Fairies will be hanging up their wings. We will do one last pickup in all the classrooms tomorrow, so please remind your kiddos to bring their raffl ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Choir Spring Session

Sat, Jan 21 8:26am

This is  reminder to sign up for the Spring session of choir.  See attached flyer for details Sandy Goldberg

The 43rd JM JOAQ-A-THON is Saturday, March 18th- Please Save the Date

Fri, Jan 20 7:33pm

SAVE THE DATE WHAT: 43rd Annual Joaq-a-thon WHEN: March 18th, 2017 from 9:00-3:30 WHY: Come out to celebrate JM, get some exercise, cheer your children on, and support PTA funded programs. This is our ... [More]

Oratorical Fest Finalists

Fri, Jan 13 1:28pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families! This morning's MLK Jr. Oratorical Fest was INCREDIBLE! All of our participants are winners in my eyes because of the courage they showed today. Getting up in front of ove ... [More]

From the JM Yearbook Team

Fri, Jan 13 12:11pm

Hello Joaquin Miller families! Today's JM Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Fest was especially memorable and our yearbook team would love to include your favorite photos from today as well as any pas ... [More]

New session of Choir

Thu, Jan 12 4:28pm

The Spring session of the Joaquin Miller Choir will begin on Monday, February 6 at 8:00 a.m. in the school libraryy.  The session will be every Monday until the end of the semester.  It is open to boy ... [More]

Note From Raffle Fairies

Tue, Jan 10 11:17am

Hey JM Community!   Many thanks to those of you who have already supported the raffle! The fairies will be out in force again this week and we will be awarding awesome prizes to all of our motivated s ... [More]

January Walkie Talkie Now Live!

Mon, Jan 9 9:29pm

Hello JM Community,  The January Walkie Talkie newsletter is now live! Click here to access the longer, more detailed online version and look for the print version in the kids' backpacks this week or ... [More]

Year book urgent!

Wed, Jan 4 11:39am

MugsyClicks Marketing Memo:  Yearbook Choice Indicator   Please add the information below into your school parent communications within 3 business days as this information is deadline sensitive.  We a ... [More]

Transcript requests for Children leaving JM

Wed, Jan 4 8:00am

Dear Parents, Please be aware that you need to submit requests for transcripts this week if your child will be leaving the district or applying for private schools. Thank you for your cooperation. J. Harper

Tree down at bottom of hill!

Wed, Jan 4 7:11am

Hi Folks,  I've been told that there is a tree down at the top of Park blocking the road up to the school. Scout Rd. You can also take the Joaquin Miller Rd. exit and turn on Mountain Blvd.  We will n ... [More]


Tue, Jan 3 11:49am

   Hey JM Community!   Hope everyone had a very nice winter break!   Just a reminder that the Raffle is still underway and fairies will be wandering the halls this week collecting raffle packets and d ... [More]

Oakland Girls Softball League Information

Tue, Jan 3 11:36am

Another exciting and fun season of Oakland Girls Softball League is coming up! Get excited!   NOTE: Registration closes on Jan. 7th.   Click here to register: ... [More]

for Oratorical participants; event is 9 days after break! Practice!

Fri, Dec 16 3:08pm

Skip this if your child is not participating in the MLK Oratorical Fest.    We have an enthusiastic group of over 60 participants for JM's annual MLK Oratorical Fest. It is coming up quickly after bre ... [More]

Raffle Reminder! Sell those tickets!

Thu, Dec 15 8:21pm

JM Community,   We have had a strong start to the raffle.  If you need additional tickets for the Winter Break, the fairies will be distributing them after school tomorrow.    They are also available ... [More]

JM Giving Tree Reminder

Tue, Dec 13 6:24am

Dear JM Families,  We currently have 8 envelopes waiting to be plucked from our Giving Tree in the office. If you are interested in participating but are unable to come into the office, please email m ... [More]

Final Reminder: Staff Gift Donations due EOD Tuesday.

Mon, Dec 12 8:51pm

Hi Wolverine Families!   Final reminder about the Staff Gift.  If you are planning to contribute to the Staff Gift, please do so by the end of the day tomorrow.     Thank you to all who have already d ... [More]

Reminder: Staff Gift Donations due EOD Tuesday.

Sat, Dec 10 10:08am

Hi all, Just a reminder that donations to the Staff Gift need to be made by the end of day Tuesday, December 13th.  See below for more details.   Thank you to all who have already donated!  Sheila ___ ... [More]

Don't Miss a Great Party!

Thu, Dec 8 3:14pm

Missed the auction and still want to sign up for one of our amazing parties?   Check out the PTA board in the school hallway.  A few parties still have spots (for you and your kids). Write your name a ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Giving Tree!

Thu, Dec 8 11:51am

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  If you read my message in the most recent Walkie-Talkie, you'll know that we are having a JM Giving Tree this holiday season. If you are interested in supporting a JM st ... [More]

LOST and FOUND Notice!

Wed, Dec 7 5:40pm

Dear JM Families,  Please stop by the Lost and Found racks on the little yard and the one near the side gate to look for any belongings your kiddos may have left behind. ALL ITEMS LEFT BEHIND WILL BE ... [More]

It's RAFFLE Time!!

Tue, Dec 6 2:24pm

Please read the message below from this year's "Raffle Fairies"!   Hey JM Community!   As we’re winding down the calendar year, we’re shifting into high gear on the raffle, so be on the lookout for ra ... [More]

Treasurer notes - Fundraising Update, Amazon Smile & Corporate Matching

Tue, Dec 6 10:38am

Hi  JM community!   Our fundraising efforts have been tremendous so far this year, THANK YOU to everyone who has joined the PTA and donated. We are on track to meet our fundraising goals across most o ... [More]

December Walkie Talkie now LIVE!

Tue, Dec 6 10:04am

Hello JM Community,  The December Walkie Talkie newsletter is now live! Click here to access the longer, more detailed version and look for the print version in the kids' backpacks this week. The Walk ... [More]

Enrollment Season Has Begun!!

Mon, Dec 5 3:32pm

Dear Families,  It's officially open enrollment season! If you have a student who will be attending middle school or kindergarten in OUSD next year, please come into the office to complete an options ... [More]

Staff Gift- Contribute by 12/13

Mon, Dec 5 2:25pm

Hello JM Community!   It's that time of year when we celebrate those who help our children.  While Room Parents are taking care of gifts for teachers and classroom aids, there are a lot of other staff ... [More]

Letter of Recommendation Policy

Mon, Dec 5 11:22am

December 5, 2016   Dear Families,   Please see the attached policy regarding letters of recommendation for private and charter schools.  You’ll notice that we are among several other Oakland schools i ... [More]

Auction Update and Party Opportunities!!

Mon, Dec 5 10:47am

Hi Families,   This year's auction was a smashing success.  We raised lots of money for JM! And...there is still more fun to be had.  There are a few parties with a couple of spots remaining. Grab the ... [More]

Oratorical Fest Jan. 13 2017

Fri, Dec 2 4:40pm

ORATORICAL FEST Heads up! -- the annual JM MLK Jr. Oratorical Fest is two weeks earlier this year. Our assembly will be held Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:15 in the MPR. That means it's already time ... [More]

Oakland Public Library winter BINGO!

Fri, Dec 2 4:11pm

Dear JM Families, OPL is offering its annual winter BINGO game again. A pdf of the card is attached for printing at home, or stop by a branch to get one. The dates and instructions are on the card. Ju ... [More]

last chance Mugsy Clicks!

Thu, Dec 1 9:10am

Dear Joaquin Miller Elementary parent, We know you are busy, raising children is a balancing act of the highest order,  so I will keep this short.   The package pricing for your student’s school portr ... [More]

Extra day to order Scrip!

Wed, Nov 30 6:40pm

It's not too late!!! I can't get in to pick up Scrip orders today so everyone gets an extra day to place orders.  Still looking for that perfect gift?  Order a gift card and help JMPTA with every purc ... [More]

URGENT! Tour Guides Needed!

Wed, Nov 30 3:12pm

Dear JM Families,  We need your help! Our first two annual prospective parent tours are scheduled for next Wednesday, December 7th and again on Wednesday, December 14th from 9:30 - 10:30.   We current ... [More]

It's Cold and Flu Season and Minimum Days

Wed, Nov 30 1:01pm

Dear JM Families,  The cold and flu season has hit JM with a BANG! Please make sure your child washes his/her hands and dresses warmly when he/she comes to school in the morning. Also, please do a "we ... [More]

Free Shipping +$$ off ends tomorrow 12/2/16

Wed, Nov 30 12:24pm

Orders For Joaquin Miller Elementary Are Due Now   Jeanne , Don’t miss this year’s childhood memories.  FREE SHIPPING + $$ OFF ENDS TOMORROW! 12/2/2016   Prices after the above date are subject to cha ... [More]

Signed books available for Weds. author visit, $19.70

Tue, Nov 29 3:25pm

Tomorrow, Weds. Nov. 30, our 3rd through 5th graders will be treated to an author visit from Bethany Hegedus.  Bethany is the co-author (with Arun Gandhi) of the picture books Grandfather Gandhi and B ... [More]

Tour Guides Needed!

Tue, Nov 29 12:21pm

It's that time of year again! The 2017-18 incoming kindergarten families are researching schools and it's time for our JM tours. We're in desperate need of tour guides to help lead tours and answer ge ... [More]

Important Information about the 2nd/3rd Grade Talent Show!

Tue, Nov 29 11:29am

Hi Parents/Guardians and teachers,   The first talent show of the year is highlighting the talent of Joaquin Miller's 2nd and 3rd graders.  The date is December 8th at 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  As expected, th ... [More]

The First JM Walkie Talkie Podcast!!

Tue, Nov 29 11:06am

Dear JM Families,  Check out the first JM Walkie Talkie Podcast episode featuring an interview of Mayor Libby Schaaf by fourth grader, Sarah Moses! Special thanks to David Peterkofsky, a fifth grade p ... [More]

School Portrait Price Increasing

Tue, Nov 29 9:33am

MugsyClicks Memo:  LAST CHANCE TO ORDER   Dear Joaquin Miller Elementary parent, We know you are busy, raising children is a balancing act of the highest order, so I will keep this short- the package ... [More]

Hour of Code and Tech Survey

Tue, Nov 29 9:27am

Please read the message below from Mrs. Moore:   Joaquin Miller students will participate in the Hour of Code, December 5-9, during Computer Science Ed Week. Students who are scheduled for afternoon c ... [More]

Minimum Day Movie Hosted by Dads' Club - Tuesday December 6th

Mon, Nov 28 8:06pm

The JM Dad’s Club will be hosting a Minimum Day Movie in the Multi-Purpose Room next Tuesday, December 6th.   For those of you who signed up during the auction: Thank you very much. We look forward to ... [More]

reshoot day for Mugsy Clicks

Mon, Nov 28 7:18am

Mugsyclicks will be returning to our school  on Mon., 12/5/2016 to photograph any student that has missed the original photo day. If you desire to have your student photographed again on this date the ... [More]

Mugsy Update!

Thu, Nov 17 8:10am

MugsyClicks Memo: ONLINE GALLERY RELEASE   Check those backpacks for your child’s MugsyClicks Proof Envelope/Postcard!   Our Photo Team had a great time creating Joaquin Miller Elementary’s  portraits ... [More]

Mugsy update!

Wed, Nov 16 10:11am

      MugsyClicks Memo: ONLINE GALLERY RELEASE   Check those backpacks for your child’s MugsyClicks Proof Envelope/Postcard!   Our Photo Team had a great time creating Joaquin Miller Elementary’s  por ... [More]

Parking for 2nd grade Living History Day

Tue, Nov 15 1:59pm

Dear Parents,  If you are volunteering at tomorrow's 2nd grade living history event, the basketball court will be available for parking. Please do not park in any of the spaces that are numbered as th ... [More]

Clothing Request

Mon, Nov 14 2:32pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  We would greatly appreciate any donation of gently used girls' pants, leggings, underwear, and socks for our kiddos who have the occasional accident at school. You can b ... [More]

A note from the principal of Bret Harte Middle School

Sun, Nov 13 2:27pm

Dear Oakland families,   My name is Dr. Bianca D’Allesandro and I am the principal of Bret Harte Middle School. I write to invite you to visit Bret Harte as you consider where to send your child for m ... [More]

Last Night

Wed, Nov 9 8:03am

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  Several of you have reached out for guidance on how to talk to your students about the election results. Here is a resource that may be of use to you and your families.  ... [More]

Auction Update - We did it!!

Tue, Nov 8 4:59pm

JM Families - You ROCK!  Not only was Saturday night's auction event super fun and spectacular, not only did people win fabulous prizes and enjoy laughing with their JM friends, but we blew past our f ... [More]

Attendance Policy

Tue, Nov 8 8:13am

Please read the attached mandatory attendance policy. Thank you

phone found

Mon, Nov 7 2:59pm

There was a phone found! Please come to the main office if you are missing one! Thank you. Sincerely, J. Sims

Picture make up day and Group Photo day Reminder

Mon, Nov 7 2:58pm

Hello JM Families! This is to let you know we have new dates for pictures. Make up day will be December 5th. They will start at 9:00am until noon. December 5th we will have group photos for the classr ... [More]

Footloose Performance at Oakland School of the Arts!

Fri, Nov 4 6:59am

Footloose opened tonight for OSA middle school very good and fun show. First week of show sold out in 2 days. Due to popular demand, we have added additional shows: Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 PM ... [More]

Only THREE Golden Lottery Tickets Left

Thu, Nov 3 8:54am

Good morning:) Thank-you JM Community as we have already raised $5,875 through the Golden Lottery.    If you want one of the last 3 Golden Lottery Tickets, buy your ticket here. We can't wait to see w ... [More]

November Walkie Talkie is Now LIVE!

Wed, Nov 2 7:21pm

Hello JM Community,  The November Walkie Talkie newsletter is now live! Click here to access the longer, more detailed version and look for the print version in the kids' backpacks this week or early ... [More]

Golden Lottery Prizes just finalized- Please buy your GL ticket now- only 21 tickets left!

Tue, Nov 1 1:41pm

Want to spend spring break on Kauai at The Cliffs Resort at Princeville for just $125? Ready to cheer the Warriors to victory from luxury box seats? Have a dinner party for 10 without doing any work? ... [More]

Superintendent Parent Forums

Tue, Nov 1 7:20am

All parents are invited to attend the Superintendent Parent Forums held  throughout the school year. I've pasted the information below and attached the flyers as well. Please let me know if you plan o ... [More]

From the Yearbook Team

Mon, Oct 31 3:54pm

Hello Joaquin Miller families! This is the perfect time to start forwarding your great photos of our current school year to the Joaquin Miller Yearbook Team. It's only October 31, but plenty of fun sc ... [More]

Auction Catalog!! Today is the last day to buy tickets!

Mon, Oct 31 11:48am

Our Auction Catalog is live!! Take a moment to scan all the fabulous parties, art projects and games that this year's auction has to offer. There's also ... [More]

THANK YOU! & Are you ready for the biggest carnival of the year.

Sat, Oct 29 10:31am

  Thank you all for your support and bids for our annual online auction.  As a whole we raised $38.5K in two weeks!     We raised $26.2K in our traditional online portion from bids on items and servic ... [More]


Fri, Oct 28 10:45am

MUGSYCLICKS.COM Dear Joaquin Miller Elementary, Your photo day is coming up- Tue., 11/1/2016 and Wed., 11/2/2016. Please send out the picture day reminder email text below to your parents now. A well ... [More]

JM Foreign Language Program is in the news!

Thu, Oct 27 10:19pm

Check out this article!   Also, I am SUPER excited about this Sunday's World Cultures Fest! I ... [More]

Parking and Traffic Reminders

Sun, Oct 23 3:30pm

Dear JM Parents and Guardians,  I feel it is important for me to remind all of our JM families to follow our traffic and parking plan to ensure our students are safe and that traffic flows as smoothly ... [More]

Golden Lottery Ticket Prizes are Hot off the Press- Tickets now available

Thu, Oct 20 8:59pm

Hello JM Community, Wondering what all the buzz about Golden Lottery tickets is?  It's about having good odds to win an incredible prize while supporting JM programs. Here is how it works:  Just 50 ti ... [More]

picture day

Wed, Oct 19 1:40pm

Please see the attached photo day reminder. 

Halloween at JM!

Wed, Oct 19 7:58am

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  Halloween is right around the corner and the kiddos are getting excited! Several folks have approached me to ask about this year's Halloween Parade. October 31st is a mi ... [More]


Sun, Oct 16 7:43pm

Happy Monday JM Families!  Just a quick reminder that we'll be on the sidewalk just off-campus from the school collecting donations for the wine auction Monday morning from approximately 8:00 - 8:45am ... [More]

Signed Golden State Warrior 2016-2017 Team Ball is on the auction website!

Sat, Oct 15 6:19pm

Hi JM Families -   We hope your weekend is going great so far (with this long overdue rain).  The online auction started off strong last night, so thank you to all that have logged in and started bidd ... [More]

The On-line Auction opens today at 6 pm

Fri, Oct 14 10:35am

  hello,   Get ready to bid on the amazing items in our online auction that opens today at You don't need an auction ticket to bid on the items. Share the link with ... [More]

Reminder about shoo the flu

Mon, Oct 10 9:45am

Dear Parent/Guardian,   Shoo the Flu is coming to give FREE FLU VACCINES at our school Tuesday, October 18th. As a reminder:   Only flu shots are available this year. There is NO NASAL SPRAY vaccine d ... [More]

Fingerprinting Opportunities - Going Forward

Mon, Oct 10 9:03am

Thank you to the 70 volunteers who came out last week to complete their fingerprinting process. JM now has over 130 fingerprinted parents to help work with students and drive on field trips.  Per OUSD ... [More]


Mon, Oct 10 7:25am

Happy Monday JM Families!  Just a quick reminder that we'll be in front of the school collecting donations for the wine auction this morning from approximately 8:00 - 8:45am.    You can just hand them ... [More]

Message from Police Chief Godown

Fri, Oct 7 3:35pm

Hi Parents,  Here's a message from Chief Godown I just received. Again, there were no clowns on or near our campus today.  Take care, Sara   October 7, 2016 Dear OUSD Families Here at OUSD, we are alw ... [More]

Lockout at School

Fri, Oct 7 12:36pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Parents,  There was a phone call and email from OUSD directing us, and all other schools, to have a lockout. This means that all doors that open to the campus are closed and locked ... [More]


Fri, Oct 7 10:13am

Hi All,  Multiple schools across the nation are banning clown costumes this year due to the recent creepy clown incidents. I have decided we should do the same. Please don't allow your children to com ... [More]

There were NO clowns at or around JM Today!

Thu, Oct 6 7:55pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,  I was off-site at a professional development meeting today and heard that there was a considerable amount of commotion during the upper grade lunch period. From what I c ... [More]

JM Pumpkin Patch -- Three ways to have fun!: 1. Volunteer, 2. Participate, and 3. Spread the word!

Wed, Oct 5 9:00pm

The Great Pumpkin Patch is a Joaquin Miller tradition in its 4th year.  This year, funds will go to support the JM World Language and Culture Program, from the JM Language League. We’ll have scary dec ... [More]

Buy your auction tickets today!

Tue, Oct 4 7:42pm

  Hello,   We are one month away from Joaquin Miller's 2016 Auction on Saturday November 5th. If you haven't yet, buy your tickets today at   This is a wonderful oppor ... [More]


Tue, Oct 4 4:01pm

Call for WINE DONATIONS.   Please support our wine auction, one of the most popular and active parts of our annual fundraiser on November 5.  Two easy ways to donate: Contact Vintage Berkeley at 510-5 ... [More]

October Walkie Talkie Newsletter Now LIVE

Tue, Oct 4 12:47pm

Hello JM Community,  The October Walkie Talkie newsletter is now live! Click here to access the longer, more detailed version and look for the print version in the kids' backpacks this week. The Walki ... [More]

Celebrate the "Sister Butterfly Mural by Mandy Lockwood!

Sat, Oct 1 2:16pm

Oakland —October 16, 2016  At the Farmer's Market on Sunday, October 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Montclair Gateway Beautification team will celebrate completion of its Sister Butterfly mural on Mou ... [More]

A Note and Request From Our Yard Supervisor

Wed, Sep 28 6:37pm

Hi all,   I will be having surgery on October 10th and will likely return to work sometime near the end of November. We're very thankful for all of you who volunteer and keep our kids safe and happy. ... [More]

Thank you for the Yard Equipment!

Wed, Sep 28 6:24pm

We'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who graciously donated playground equipment from our Amazon wishlist. The kids are thrilled with all the new balls, hula hoops, and frisbees. We feel very ... [More]

Lost and Found Items!

Wed, Sep 28 11:55am

Hi All, Cool mornings and warm afternoons lead to lots of jackets and sweaters in the Lost and Found.      If you child is missing an item, please go to the Lost and Found located through the gate fro ... [More]

Observance of High Holy Days, 2016

Mon, Sep 26 2:13pm

Dear JM Families,  If your child will be absent from school on October 3rd (Rosh Hashana) and Oct. 12th (Yom Kippur), please write a note or email to me that includes your child's name and both holida ... [More]

Parent Education Workshop!

Mon, Sep 26 8:03am

Beyond Labels: Exploring Root Causes of Learning and Behavioral Challenges Fri, October 14, 2016 | 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Location: Ed Roberts Campus, 1375 55th Street, Emeryville, CA 94608 Sindy Wilkinson, ... [More]

Personalized Video Report Cards at JM!

Sat, Sep 24 8:20am

Dear JM Families,    OUSD is the first district anywhere to provide parents with insight into their students' learning through personalized video. Later this fall, along with your child's report card, ... [More]

Proposed amendments to PTA Bylaws posted

Tue, Sep 20 8:27am

Hello JM families & teachers,   Last year the PTA Bylaws Committee and PTA Board worked to review, update, and revise our Association’s Bylaws as required.  Proposed amendments to the Bylaws were subm ... [More]

A Note From Our Visual and Performing Arts Teacher!

Sun, Sep 18 8:09pm

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,   I can't thank you enough for the used and new yoga mats.  It really means so much to the visual and performing arts program I am creating.  It was so wonderful to get a ... [More]

OOPS! Use this link instead for wishlist!

Thu, Sep 15 9:50am

Please use this link for the Amazon Wishlist instead if you haven't purchased something already. Thank you!  

Request for Playground Equipment!

Thu, Sep 15 6:52am

Dear Parents,  I met with our amazing yard supervisors, Ms. Erin and Ms. LaRenda, yesterday and we discussed the need for more balls, hula hoops, and frisbees for recess time. I've added these items t ... [More]

Shoo the Flu Vaccines

Tue, Sep 13 2:13pm

      ENGLISH   Dear Parent/Guardian,   Shoo the Flu is coming to give FREE FLU VACCINES at our school!   Only flu shots are available this year. There is NO NASAL SPRAY vaccine due to a change in nat ... [More]

Thank you, Thank you!

Sun, Sep 11 8:56pm

hello JM families,   Hope you are all having a great start to the school year. We on the JM PTA Board are so very grateful for our wonderful JM family.    Everybody - adults and kids make such an effo ... [More]

School Volunteer Information and Event

Sun, Sep 11 11:24am

Dear JM Families,  I have copied and pasted an email I received from the Oakland Ed Fund below. All parents who plan on volunteering as field trip drivers will now need to be fingerprinted. There will ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Choir

Thu, Sep 8 8:13am

This is a reminder that the Joaquin Miller Choir begins on Monday, September 12 at 8:00 in the school library.  signups are good, but there is still room.  Please see the attached form for details.... ... [More]

September Walkie Talkie Newsletter Now Live!

Wed, Sep 7 11:40am

Hello JM Community,  The first Walkie Talkie newsletter of the school year is now live! Click here to access the longer, more detailed version and look for the print version in the kids' backpacks thi ... [More]

Donate Your Used Yoga Mats!

Fri, Sep 2 5:12pm

Ms. Scott would like to have a full class set of 35 Yoga mats.  Currently she has 25.  If you have an extra yoga mat you can donate to Ms. Scott's Visual Arts Program, please drop it by her office nea ... [More]

Tech for Families! September 10th at Oakland Technology Exchange

Fri, Sep 2 12:05pm

On Saturday, September 10th from 10 am - 3 pm, Oakland Technology Exchange, OTX, is holding an event to help families sign up for $10/month Internet and will be distributing FREE refurbished desktop c ... [More]


Thu, Sep 1 10:34am

MORE INFO ON THE NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE OFFERINGS AT JM   We have now confirmed the details for the foreign language offerings for the fall semester.   For 4th & 5th grade students, there is an after-sc ... [More]

Fall External Enrichment Vendors Catalogue!

Thu, Sep 1 6:49am

Hi Parents,  Attached is the Fall 2016 External Enrichment Vendors Catalogue. Please email Kamela Jackson of Kids Club with any questions at  Thanks, Sara

Order Form for Scrip Orders!

Tue, Aug 30 4:31pm

Please see attached form for scrip orders. Printed copies will also be coming home this week.   

Buy Scrip! Support our School!

Sun, Aug 28 7:47pm

Hey Everyone!  It's a new school year and time for a scrip order.  What's scrip you ask?  Scrip is like a prepaid card for a specific retailer (e.g. Amazon, Safeway, Old Navy, Peets, AMC theaters, etc ... [More]

Parent Volunteers Needed for AM Playground Patrol

Sun, Aug 28 6:35pm

Dear JM Families,  I've spoken with a few parents who have expressed interest in developing a parent volunteer schedule for both the "small" and "big" yards before school between 8:00 and 8:20. Since ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Homework Update

Thu, Aug 25 5:47pm

Dear Parents and Students,  The staff and I have recently been engaging in conversation around homework at Joaquin Miller. Current educational research shows that homework has no significant benefits ... [More]

Technology Volunteer Opportunity!

Wed, Aug 24 12:47pm

Assisting with technology instruction in the JM computer lab is a fun way to help out at school. No experience necessary! Every student at Joaquin Miller participates in focused lessons once a week in ... [More]

Support our 'Kids Come First' campaign

Tue, Aug 23 7:33pm

Thank you to all the Joaquin Miller families who stopped by the PTA booth at the Expo on registration day and joined the PTA/ renewed their membership. If you have not had the chance to do so yet, you ... [More]


Tue, Aug 23 4:02pm

Dear Parents,    The Oakland Ed Fund has taken over the volunteer registration process for OUSD. All parents need to register with our new program here (the link is the same for returning & new parent ... [More]

Joaquin Miller Choir

Tue, Aug 23 7:40am

The school choir will be starting on Monday, September 12, at 8:00 am in the school library.  It is open to all boys and girls in grades 3, 4, and 5 .  Please see attached flyer for information.  This ... [More]

JM Apparel - Online Store Link & Updates

Mon, Aug 22 2:19pm

Hello JM Community! It was great to see so many of you  at reg day and see you show off our awesome new (and classic!) gear. Thanks to JM dad Ian Groulx for the amazing new designs. As promised, I'm s ... [More]

Foreign Language at JM!

Fri, Aug 19 12:27pm

   There’s a new program at Joaquin Miller a “World Language and Culture Program” being offered by a new parent organization JM Language League. We are excited to have both an in class session in 2nd ... [More]

Kids Club Information for 2016-17

Wed, Aug 17 5:11pm

Kids Club at Joaquin Miller Helpful Links: Kids Club at Joaquin Miller Fees 2016-2017  Policies and Procedures 2016-2017  Parent Handbook 2016-2017  Enrichment Frequently Asked Questions All Youth Pro ... [More]

Introducing our New Teachers at Joaquin Miller!

Tue, Aug 9 8:18pm

Dear JM Family,  I am excited to announce that we will have four teachers new to Joaquin Miller in the coming school year! I requested that each of them draft a brief profile to introduce themselves t ... [More]

Support JM by Shopping at Sports Basement!

Thu, Aug 4 1:48pm

Sports Basement wants to remind Joaquin Miller Elementary School that you receive 10% off every item, every day and 10% of profits go back to our school partners! Just sign up for the Basementeer prog ... [More]