Facilities Update

Dear UMCS Community,

I am happy to inform you that our Facilities Use Agreement (FUA) with OUSD was approved at last night’s OUSD Board meeting (June 24th)! Though our FUA does not currently specify which site we will occupy, OUSD has shared their intention to prepare an addendum to our FUA before July 1 that confirms 4551 Steele St. (known as the Tilden campus) as our facility for the 2020/2021 school year!

Thank you so much for your patience throughout this long and uncertain process. We are planning our move now and are looking forward to sharing the new space with the community soon after final confirmation of our occupancy and the move is completed!

 

Best,

Krishna Feeney

 

 

Estimada comunidad de UMCS:

¡Me complace informarle que nuestro Acuerdo de Uso de Instalaciones (FUA) con OUSD fue aprobado en la reunión de la Junta de OUSD de anoche (24 de junio)! Aunque nuestro FUA no especifica actualmente qué sitio ocuparemos, el OUSD ha compartido su intención de preparar un anexo a nuestro FUA antes del 1 de julio que confirme 4551 Steele St. (conocido como el campus de Tilden) como nuestras instalaciones para la escuela 2020/2021 ¡año!

Muchas gracias por su paciencia durante este largo e incierto proceso. Estamos planeando nuestra mudanza ahora y esperamos compartir el nuevo espacio con la comunidad poco después de la confirmación final de nuestra ocupación y la mudanza se haya completado.

 

Mejor,

Krishna Feeney

5/29/20: UMCS Special Meeting to review Facilities Use Agreement

Tomorrow, Friday, May 29th, we will be holding a special board meeting to review the Facilities Use Agreement (FUA) that OUSD has provided us for one of the two possible sites we may hold next year. Though we still do not have certainty on whether we will be moving to the Tilden or the Santa Fe Campus, we are excited to have an FUA provided to us at this time! 

We hope our next update will include a final home for our school community!

Facilities Offer Update from OUSD

[Emailed to UMCS families on 4/10/2020]

Dear UMCS Families,

On Wednesday we received our final facilities offer from OUSD for the Tilden Campus with space at the Santa Fe Campus as a backup in the event that Tilden is not still not available by July 9, 2020. We are excited that both of these offers allow us to bring our community back onto one campus! This will be wonderful for both our staff and our students allowing us to build even stronger communities across levels. We will also have work to do to meet our neighbors and listen.

Roses in Concrete currently resides at the Tilden campus and is appealing to the State Board of Education to renew their charter. We support their right to appeal and while they pursue the process, we are happy to have a named backup option at the Sante Fe Campus. Please join me next Wednesday morning at an informal Zoom morning coffee to share thoughts, feelings or questions about facilities. Also feel free to reach out to me directly at any time!

Best,

Krishna Feeney

Head of School

 

"Zoom Coffee" Details:

Krishna Feeney is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Morning Coffee with Krishna

Time: Apr 15, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/171104943?pwd=Qmp4aHE1VGpOVndhNVR1MjIwR1l6UT09

 

Meeting ID: 171 104 943

Password: 8NJqkP

 

 

 

[Enviado por correo electrónico a las familias de UMCS el 10/04/2020]

Estimadas familias de UMCS:

El miércoles recibimos nuestra oferta final de instalaciones de OUSD para el campus de Tilden con espacio en el campus de Santa Fe como respaldo en caso de que Tilden aún no esté disponible para el 9 de julio de 2020. Estamos entusiasmados de que ambas ofertas nos permitan para traer nuestra comunidad de vuelta a un campus! Esto será maravilloso tanto para nuestro personal como para nuestros estudiantes, ya que nos permitirá construir comunidades aún más fuertes en todos los niveles. También tendremos trabajo que hacer para encontrarnos con nuestros vecinos y escucharlos.

Roses in Concrete actualmente reside en el campus de Tilden y hace un llamamiento a la Junta de Educación del Estado para renovar sus estatutos. Apoyamos su derecho a apelar y, mientras siguen el proceso, nos complace tener una opción de respaldo con nombre en el campus de Sante Fe. Únase a mí el próximo miércoles por la mañana en un café informal de Zoom por la mañana para compartir pensamientos, sentimientos o preguntas sobre las instalaciones. ¡No dude en comunicarse conmigo directamente en cualquier momento!

Mejor,

Krishna Feeney

Jefe de escuela

 

Detalles de "Zoom Coffee":

Krishna Feeney te invita a una reunión programada de Zoom.

Tema: café de la mañana con Krishna

Hora: 15 de abril de 2020 09:00 a.m., hora del Pacífico (EE. UU. Y Canadá)

 

Unirse a la reunión de Zoom

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/171104943?pwd=Qmp4aHE1VGpOVndhNVR1MjIwR1l6UT09

 

ID de la reunión: 171 104 943

Contraseña: 8NJqkP

2/27/20 Facilities Update

On Feb 1st, OUSD offered UMCS Exclusive use of the Tilden Campus for the 2020/2021 school year through Prop 39. This site, however, currently houses Roses in Concrete, another public Charter School, who are in the appeals process to get their Charter renewed. Although Roses in Concrete's appeal was denied by Alameda County Office of Education, they have the option to pursue an appeal with the California Department of Education.

While they are in the appeal process, Urban Montessori is exploring other facilities options and continuing to work with OUSD on an alternative offer. We will continue to update the community as new information becomes available!

Facilities Offer Update Feb 2020

Thank you to those of you who joined me at Morning coffee on Wednesday and at our community engagement Thursday evening to learn more about our Prop 39 Preliminary Facilities offer from OUSD and other possible solutions for our facility needs! If you were unable to make it to either of these meetings, you can view all of the offers here and you can see UMCS’s presentation for community here.

As we learn more we will keep you all updated through community messaging and updates to our Facilities blog on the website. Regardless of the address of our campus, we are excited to continue to bring Montessori learning to Oakland students and we are thankful to all of you for making our school an amazing learning community.

OUSD Blueprint For Quality Schools

Welcome back to School UMCS Families!

We are off to a great start sharing space with Melrose Leadership Academy at the Brann campus (Referred to as the Sherman Campus by OUSD).

We wanted to let you know that we are in conversation with OUSD officials regarding our facilities needs for next year and future years. You may have heard about the OUSD Blueprint process where OUSD is proposing several options for their schools that would potentially require UMCS to relocate to another site. We are exploring all of our options looking for a home for our community where we can come back together on a single campus. 

We will keep you updated here on our Facilities Blog as additional information becomes available!

UMCS Students Staying Put

UMCS Students Staying Put

I am excited to announce that I received final agreements from OUSD for Urban Montessori to maintain the 9 classrooms that we currently occupy at the Brann Campus.  The UMCS Board will vote on these agreements tomorrow.

There is still a strong possibility that we will share (4 Classrooms) our campus with MLA and we will need to come together to figure what that actually looks like everyday.  I will do everything I can to keep this process positive and collaborative. We WILL keep students at the forefront of everything we do!

Thank you to all the families that wrote to the OUSD Board.  Your voices made a difference! This is a victory for our community! This victory demonstrates how when the UMCS community pulls together for what is right for children we can accomplish anything.  I encourage us to remember this as we work through our internal transitions. In Solidarity… Ms. Taima

UMCS Students Staying Put

Me complace anunciar que recibí los acuerdos finales de OUSD para Urban Montessori para mantener las 9 aulas que actualmente ocupamos en el campus de Brann. El Consejo del UMCS votará estos acuerdos mañana.

Todavía existe una gran posibilidad de que compartamos (4 aulas) nuestro campus con MLA y tendremos que unirnos para descubrir cómo se ve cada día. Haré todo lo que pueda para mantener este proceso lo más positivo posible a pesar de la negatividad proveniente de la comunidad de MLA. ¡Mantendremos a los estudiantes a la vanguardia de todo lo que hacemos!

Gracias a todas las familias que escribieron a la Junta de OUSD. ¡Tus voces hicieron una diferencia! ¡Esta es una victoria para nuestra comunidad! Esta victoria demuestra cómo cuando la comunidad de UMCS se une para lo que es correcto para los niños, podemos lograr cualquier cosa. Nos animo a recordar esto mientras trabajamos a través de nuestras transiciones internas. En solidaridad ... Sra. Taima

Shared Campus: A Likely Scenario

We learned last week that OUSD does not plan to offer UMCS any alternative to what they offered in the preliminary Prop 39 facilities offer. Despite deep collaborative honest conversations with district leaders they are moving forward with their plan to expand Melrose Leadership Academy to the Brann/Sherman Campus leaving UMCS with only 6-7 classroom spaces.  The likely scenario is that our Primary Classes will move to the Pleasant Campus with Upper Elementary and Middle School and Lower Elementary will occupy the 6 classrooms they have given us at Brann/Sherman.

I encourage all UMCS stakeholders to contact OUSD Representative and share their opinions, thoughts and ideas.  They are still trying to schedule a townhall meeting at the Sherman Campus as well. We expect that UMCS families will also make their voices heard at the OUSD Board Meeting the week of April 22.

Here are their contact information

Kyla Johnson Trammell (District Superintendent kyla.johnson@ousd.org)

Sonali Murarka (Director, Office of Charter Schools sonali.murarka@ousd.org)

Yvette Renteria (Deputy Chief of Innovation yvette.renteria@ousd.org)

Sondra Aguilera (Deputy Superintendent sondra.aguilera@ousd.org)

Jumoke Hinton Hodge (jumoke.hintonhodge@ousd.org)

Gary Yee (gary.yee@ousd.org)

Aimee Eng (aimee.eng@ousd.org)

Jody London (jody.london@ousd.org)

James Harris (james.harris@ousd.org)

Shanthi Gonzales (shanthi.gonzales@ousd.org)

Roseanne Torres (roseann.torres@ousd.org)

 

We will host a group from MLA when we return from spring break to get ideas on how to operationalize a shared campus.

Campus Compartido Un Escenario Probable

La semana pasada nos enteramos de que OUSD no planea ofrecerle a UMCS ninguna alternativa a lo que ofrecieron en la oferta preliminar de la Propuesta 39. A pesar de las conversaciones honestas de colaboración con los líderes del distrito, están avanzando con su plan de expandir la Academia de Liderazgo Melrose al Campus Brann / Sherman, dejando a UMCS con solo 6-7 espacios en el aula. El escenario probable es que nuestras clases de Primaria se mudarán al campus de Pleasant con Upper Elementary, Middle School y Lower Elementary ocuparán las 6 aulas que nos dieron en Brann / Sherman.

Aliento a todas las partes interesadas de UMCS a que se comuniquen con el Representante de OUSD y compartan sus opiniones, pensamientos e ideas. Todavía están intentando programar una reunión en el campus de Sherman también. Esperamos que las familias de UMCS también hagan oír su voz en la reunión de la Junta Directiva de OUSD la semana del 22 de abril.

Aquí está su información de contacto

 

Kyla Johnson Trammell (Superintendente del Distrito kyla.johnson@ousd.org)

Sonali Murarka (Directora, Oficina de Escuelas Charter) sonali.murarka@ousd.org)

Yvette Renteria (Jefa Adjunta de Innovación yvette.renteria@ousd.org)

Sondra Aguilera (Superintendente Adjunta sondra.aguilera@ousd.org)

Jumoke Hinton Hodge (jumoke.hintonhodge@ousd.org)

Gary Yee (gary.yee@ousd.org)

Aimee Eng (aimee.eng@ousd.org)

Jody London (jody.london@ousd.org)

James Harris (james.harris@ousd.org)

Shanthi Gonzales (shanthi.gonzales@ousd .org)

Roseanne Torres (roseann.torres@ousd.orgregresemos)

 

Vamos a organizar un grupo de MLA cuandode las vacaciones de primavera para obtener ideas sobre cómo operar un campus compartido.

Response to Prelim Prop 39 Offer

Response to Preliminary Prop 39

Last Friday we submitted our response to our Prop 39 Preliminary Offer.  I followed up with Sonali at the OUSD Charter Office yesterday.  She expressed appreciation for the sentiments represented in our response.  While we didn’t land anywhere specific Sonali will work on scheduling a site visit at Frick and discuss our request for a community meeting with OUSD leadership the Frick community and the MLA community.  We are still keeping all options open. Stay tuned… More to come… - Ms. Taima -

Respuesta a la Proposición Preliminar 39

El viernes pasado presentamos nuestra respuesta a nuestra Oferta Preliminar de la Proposición 39.  Seguí con Sonali en la Oficina de la Carta de OUSD ayer. Ella expresó su aprecio por los sentimientos representados en nuestra respuesta. Si bien no aterrizamos en ningún lugar específico, Sonali trabajará en la programación de una visita a Frick y discutirá nuestra solicitud de una reunión comunitaria con el liderazgo de OUSD, la comunidad de Frick y la comunidad de MLA. Seguimos manteniendo todas las opciones abiertas. Estén atentos ... Más por venir ... - Sra. Taima -

Keep it Truthful!

It has come to our attention that a few of our families have been down at the picket line at Frick speaking about a closure at that school and other untruths.  The Urban Montessori position is “We Support All Oakland Students & Teachers.” Please do not represent our community in a hostile and unproductive manner. To do so undermines our mission and values and is not in the best interest of anyone.  Remember… Students First! Stay tuned… More to come… -Ms. Taima

¡Mantenlo fiel!

Hemos llegado a nuestra atención que algunas de nuestras familias han estado en el piquete en Frick hablando sobre un cierre en esa escuela y otras falsedades. La posición de Urban Montessori es "Apoyamos a todos los estudiantes y maestros de Oakland". Por favor, no represente a nuestra comunidad de manera hostil e improductiva. Hacer eso socava nuestra misión y nuestros valores y no es lo mejor para nadie. Recuerda ... ¡Los estudiantes primero! Estén atentos ... Más por venir ... -Ms. Taima -