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“A Toast to Oxford” Auction: Tickets Available Online!

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The Brower Center
The Brower Center

Please join us for Oxford’s 2014 offsite auction and celebration, “A Toast to Oxford,” Friday, April 18th at the David Brower Center on Allston Way!  This adults-only event will run from 7–10pm and feature live music, food and drinks, and a chance to celebrate our school community.

Tickets are available online at

“Grandma’s Hands,” 5th Grade Play, 3/13 & 14, 9am

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Dear Oxford Community,

o-to-the-x-f-o-r-dYou are warmly invited to attend the original production of “Grandma’s Hands: College Bound” performed by all the 5th graders at Oxford. In this 9th rendition, Grandma’s great granddaughter, Nia, learns a very important lesson in life, that “there is no progress without struggle,” through the voices of important leaders who fought for equal rights throughout history, from African civilization to the present time. Come explore the Civil Rights Movement and so much more, expressed through dance, poetry, instrumental music, monologues and song.

The play will be performed on Thursday, March 13th and Friday, March 14th promptly at 9 am.

– Carla Inniss

New 15 MPH in School Zones

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15 MPH speed limitBeginning in March 2014 the City of Berkeley will be installing 15 mph speed limit signs on the residential streets surrounding the schools shown in the list below. Installation will start in March 2014 from the preschools, and move on to the elementary schools. The installation will be performed one school at a time and is anticipated to be completed before the end of the school year.

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Donate to Oxford’s “Safety First!” Project – 3 Day Match!

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This project will provide safety backpacks for every classroom on campus, allowing the teachers and community to be better prepared for emergencies, particularly earthquakes.

“Safety First!”, organized through Ms. Vines’s classroom, will be fund-able for four months, but for just THREE DAYS, “Women in Hedge Funds” is offering matching funds for any donation to any project, nationwide—use the use PromoCode “100WOMEN” to get funds matched. No time like the present! Please share the link with neighbors, grandparents, friends, colleagues (particularly corporations that like to do matching funds or support public schools):

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College & Career Day on Friday, 3/7

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college-and-career-dayOn Friday, we are celebrating College and Career Day, along with the rest of the City of Berkeley. If you’re on campus, stop by and post a flag sticker of your alma mater. We are also having a kick-off Community Meeting/Assembly on Friday morning with 1-2 guest speakers to talk about the options for colleges and careers!

Our thanks to Mary Lewis, K teacher, for arranging visitors and promoting this event!

The Oxford News, 3.6.2014

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3.6.2014 Oxford News

From the Principal:

At last week’s Community Meeting, the upcoming School Raffle and Spring Dance were announced to the students and families in attendance. The Dance is on Friday, March 21st. Hope to see you all there. And please sell those tickets! There are a lot of great prizes available.

Another upcoming event is the first School Auction (off-site and adults only) on Friday, April 18th. We want everyone to know they are wanted and welcome to attend. Berkeley schools pull students from all over the city, which helps to create a unique and rich community. I am hoping our Auction will also represent our diverse school community. Please consider talking to a parent in your child’s classroom and encouraging him/her to attend the auction. Sometimes that personal invitation helps people to feel welcome.

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Wine Wednesday is Tomorrow! Please Donate a Bottle at Drop-off

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Friday, April 18 will be our first ever adults-only Spring Celebration & Auction, our “Toast to Oxford.” Can you donate a bottle of wine to help stock the bar for the auction?

Every Wednesday morning several Oxford volunteers will be stationed at both the Oxford and Walnut Street drop-off locations collecting bottles for the celebration. Read the “Toast to Oxford” Committee’s original ask.

“I’m A Performer” Concert—Bring Instruments to School!

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Ming Luke
photo: Andrian Mendoza

Tomorrow is the big assembly, I’m a Performer. It will begin at 10:10 a.m. Students will be playing along with Ming Luke, the education director and conductor of the Berkeley Symphony.

If you have a 4th or 5th grade student, please remind them to remember to bring their instrument to school tomorrow. Thank you!