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Calling All Mentors

By Faith Network of the East Bay
April 4th,2016 | Read More

Lanny and Jared, mentor and mentee What was it like for you to transition from high school to young adulthood? Things that may seem easy or straightforward to you now (researching colleges, applying for jobs, buying a car, choosing a major, etc…) are new and often daunting ventures for high school students. We invite you […]

Learning Dollars and Sense

By Faith Network of the East Bay
April 4th,2016 | Read More

by Randy Roth, president of Faith Network For the third year in a row, PwC consultants are engaging third- thru fifth-graders in dollars-and-cents matters. This year, three elementary schools in West Oakland– Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK), Hoover, and Prescott– have welcomed PwC’s Earn Your Future financial literacy curriculum. Lessons include identity theft, creditworthiness, saving & […]

Putting Theory into Practice

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 1st,2016 | Read More

St. Mary’s College in Moraga requires their students to be engaged in the community. One of the available classes is entitled “The Least of These: Marginalized Children in the Bay Area”. Under the leadership of instructor Mitali Perkins, students read, discuss, and write papers about the impact of hunger, violence, and under-resourced schools on children. […]

Hope for Children Now Benefit Gala

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 1st,2016 | Read More

President’s Corner

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 1st,2016 | Read More

Lackana Sot, senior at Oakland HS At the close of a recent community gathering at Oakland High School, I was approached by a student, a young man I did not recognize. He politely introduced himself. “Mr. Roth, my name is  Lackana Sot and I want to thank you for making it possible for me to […]

Fun with Food for Families in Need

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 3rd,2016 | Read More

by Charlotte Martinez, director of Health4Kids Motown music fills the bustling warehouse. At his end of the assembly line, Wayne keeps all the volunteers laughing. At the other end, Mary swings to the Assembly line vibrant music while double-knotting a thousand-plus bags so that Duane and Paul, or Nikki and Bill, can load them into […]

Miscellaneous News

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 3rd,2016 | Read More

Save the DateFaith Network’s annual Hope for Children Now Gala will take place on June 4, 2016 at the Scottish Rite Center at Lake Merritt, Oakland. Please mark this on your calendar! More details to follow. Hour of CodeOne of the schools that Faith Network serves, Roosevelt Middle School, received a visit from three White […]

President’s Corner

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 3rd,2016 | Read More

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the season of hope. It was the season of despair.” That’s how Charles Dickens began his book, A Tale of Two Cities. These contrasting, contradictory views could describe our present era. Most of us are living far better than we ever imagined. […]

An Impromptu Civics Lesson

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 3rd,2016 | Read More

by Leila Gough, volunteer literacy tutor for Succeeding by Reading Leila Gough An absolutely wonderful thing happened today… I tutor at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary in West Oakland. My usual student was out sick so I worked with another student who had come from Yemen. He told me that he could recognize an Arab […]

Last Call for Year-end Donations!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
December 22nd,2015 | Read More

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift. Every bit of your monetary support, no matter how large or small, enables us to tutor and attend to more children in Oakland. Donate here. We will continue to accept online year-end gifts until December 31, 2015.

Happy 2016 from Faith Network!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
December 22nd,2015 | Read More

Wishing you a new year full of hope, joy, and abundant blessings! Faith Network staff from left to right: Chelsea Boniak, Rebecca Buckley, Michelle Hutcherson, Margena Wade-Green, Madalyn Wang, Carolyn Piraino, Gwen Stephens, Kim Farnham-Flom, Deborah Davis, Ashley Verinsky, Charlotte Martinez, Jan Zovickian, Pearl Wang, Randy Roth

December 2015 newsletter

By Faith Network of the East Bay
November 21st,2015 | Read More

It’s Never Too Soon to Think about College College graduates are 2 times more likely to be employed and to be productive participating members of society. And yet today, 80.5% of children from low-income families do not graduate from college. For the last few years, Faith Network, in partnership with the First Presbyterian Church of […]

Championing Our Children Matching Challenge

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 27th,2015 | Read More

Don’t forget that every dollar you give in the month of November will be matched to double its impact! Help us reach our goal to match $35,000 pledged by generous donors. All funds raised will go toward invigorating Faith Network’s academic and enrichment programs: Succeeding by Reading, Health4Kids, Science Horizons and CareerBridge.   Give to […]

FN Mentors Awarded for Public Service

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 27th,2015 | Read More

In the July edition of our newsletter, we spotlighted Oakland students who won third place in a robotics competition at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Now it’s their mentors’ turn. Mark and Joanne Perra, retired scientists and Faith Network volunteers, were recently presented with the Jefferson Award* for Public Service by KPIX, the […]

President’s Corner: Urgent Need for Reading Tutors

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 27th,2015 | Read More

Way too many Oakland kids from low-income families are slipping through the cracks because they lack reading skills. When Faith Network first launched in 2001, 70% of Oakland’s third-graders were reading below grade level. Now in 2015, 60% are reading below grade level. Oakland has made progress, but the percentage is still intolerable. Basic literacy […]

The Need for Library Services

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 1st,2015 | Read More

by Kim Farnham-Flom, Director of Library Services Courtesy of Babuljak Photography Years ago, I walked into a school to be a literacy tutor. In Oakland public schools, only one-third of third-grade students were reading at grade level and at this particular school, the percentage was even less. Peering through the window of a locked door, […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Elaine Chan and Marian McGaw

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 1st,2015 | Read More

Celebrating Faith Network volunteers Elaine Chan and Marian McGaw who are starting their tenth academic year of service. Elaine Chan I started volunteering at Laurel because a message at our Women’s Bible Study challenged me to step outside my comfort zone at about the same time that there was a church announcement about volunteer opportunities […]

President’s Corner: Welcome Aboard, Jonathan!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 1st,2015 | Read More

Jonathan Mayes With enthusiasm I’m happy to announce that long-time friend and supporter Jonathan Mayes has joined Faith Network’s Board of Directors. He will provide wise counsel and help us continue to network community resources, given his extensive corporate-philanthropic background and keen understanding of the challenges that confront our low-income minority youth. Currently Jonathan serves […]

Welcome, Ms. Deborah Davis!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 1st,2015 | Read More

Ms. Deborah Davis has joined our staff this school year as an Excel Reading Clinic Coordinator. A native of Ohio, Deborah began her teaching career as an Urban Teacher Corps intern in Washington D.C., simultaneously teaching and earning her credential. Following a move to the Bay Area, Deborah taught at the elementary as well as […]

Tutor Training Dates

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 1st,2015 | Read More

MATH TUTOR TRAINING Monday, October 5 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Faith Network Office To RSVP, contact Margena Wade-Green, margena@faith-network.com. ____________________________________________________________ LITERACY TUTOR TRAINING Saturday, October 10 9:00-11:30 am at Faith Network Office Wednesday, October 21 3:30-6:00 pm at Faith Network Office Saturday, November 7 9:00-11:30 am at Faith Network Office To RSVP Rebecca Buckley, […]

CareerBridge: Just the Beginning

By Faith Network of the East Bay
September 2nd,2015 | Read More

By Margena Wade-Green CareerBridge students, supervisors, mentors, family, and Faith Network staff. CareerBridge has reached an important milestone. We served twenty students this summer, helping each to get an internship. Ten students also signed up to be paired with an adult mentor. All students received stipends through partnering agencies as well as through Faith Network’s […]

President’s Corner: Abraham Wordsworth — Replanted and Flourishing

By Faith Network of the East Bay
September 2nd,2015 | Read More

Abraham was born in 1996 during a series of brutal civil wars in Liberia. His father was killed and his young mother, unable to care for him during the chaos, sent him to live with his aunt, Theresa Lamadine. At age three Abraham and his aunt, along with other family members, made the journey from […]

Volunteer Opportunities

By Faith Network of the East Bay
September 2nd,2015 | Read More

Make a difference in a student’s life, and let that student make a difference in yours!Let us know your area(s) of interest, and we’ll provide more details. Reading Tutor — 1 or more hours per weekLibrary Assistant — 1 or more hours per weekScience Classroom Assistant — 2.5 hours per weekMath Tutor — 1 or […]

Reading Tutor Training Dates

By Faith Network of the East Bay
September 2nd,2015 | Read More

Faith Network wants to say…

By Faith Network of the East Bay
August 3rd,2015 | Read More

During the 2014-2015 school year, more than 248 volunteers provided support and practical assistance to the East Bay area and its children through Faith Network. 121 Reading Tutors at 20 Excel Reading Clinics enabled over 260 primary grade students to improve their reading levels. 38 Food Baggers put together nutritious weekend lunch bags for 1550 […]

All Aboard the Train to Reading

By Faith Network of the East Bay
August 3rd,2015 | Read More

“Do your best work, follow directions, and show respect.” Each Excel Reading Clinic student knows this by heart. These three rules keep them from straying off the train tracks on their way to reading. With one-to-one instruction, it’s truly amazing how far struggling readers travel in just one year. Their train conductors, Excel Reading Clinic […]

Project Peace: Day of Service

By Faith Network of the East Bay
August 3rd,2015 | Read More

August 22, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm A Day of Service is a volunteer service opportunity coordinated by Project Peace East Bay to bring together local faith-based groups, non-profit organizations, and East Bay social service providers. It is an opportunity for people from very different backgrounds to come together simply to love and serve […]

Volunteer Shoutouts

By Faith Network of the East Bay
August 3rd,2015 | Read More

A thank you letter from Ms. Washington’s second-grade class to FN volunteer Pete Gohler who shared about his experiences as a pilot during a trip to the library.

Oakland Students Win Award at UC Davis

By Faith Network of the East Bay
July 1st,2015 | Read More

On May 30, Oakland’s Roosevelt Middle School (RMS) sent a team of blossoming robotics experts to the 2015 C-STEM Day RoboPlay Challenge Competition at University of California, Davis (UC Davis). The Roosevelt Bulldog Robotics Team, students from a newly created robotics course at RMS, were mentored by retired scientists and Faith Network volunteers Mark and […]

In the Land of Reading

By Faith Network of the East Bay
July 1st,2015 | Read More

by Merle Miller, Excel Reading Clinic coordinator Every Friday afternoon at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, seven excited second-graders enlivened Pod B classroom with their eagerness to read. The team of experienced tutors was always up for the challenge, making sure to wrap learning with fun. We progressed through boxes of sight words and learned […]

Thank you!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
July 1st,2015 | Read More

Click here to visit the gala photo gallery. Thank you to all sponsors, guests, program participants, and volunteers! We loved seeing all of you. Your freely-given prayers, participation, and generosity have overwhelmed us. Thank you. Make sure to check out the photo gallery. Platinum Sponsors Branagh Construction Kathy Drake Paul and Courtney Ebner Terry and Mary […]

Last Call!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 30th,2015 | Read More

It’s not too late to purchase a gala ticket! Enjoy an evening of flavorful foods, entertainment, and inspiring stories while you learn about how you can invest in our children. Oakland Unified School District Superintendent, Antwan Wilson, is our special guest speaker! To purchase tickets or sponsor the event, visit www.faith-network.com/gala or call our office […]

Blazingly Cool Science

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 29th,2015 | Read More

by Jocelyne Birren, Interim Director of Volunteers Last month, fifth-graders from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary journeyed to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in conjunction with Berkeley Lab Adventure Zone in Elementary Science (BLAZES). Looking ever so professional in white lab coats, gloves, and safety goggles, they participated in hands-on activities to find out what conducts […]

President’s Corner: Investing In Our Children

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 29th,2015 | Read More

I remember saving for a Schwinn bicycle with silver chrome fenders. When I was a kid, my parents opened up my very own savings account into which I would deposit money I made from odd jobs. Small deposits began to add up. Eventually I put in an order from the Sears catalog. Oh happy day […]

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 29th,2015 | Read More

CareerBridgeWe’re off to a dynamic start! Mentors and Mentees are working together to unfold mentee hopes and dreams and, meanwhile, having fun at it. To learn more, contact Margena@faith-network.com. Today’s Youth Matter Summer CampsEvery year, Faith Network partners with Today’s Youth Matter to send 8- to 12-year-old girls and boys from low-income areas to a […]

Hope For the Children Now Benefit Gala

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 8th,2015 | Read More

Click here to buy tickets!

Community Partner: Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 8th,2015 | Read More

Through their Creek Watering Oaks initiative, Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church (WCPC) inspires church members to serve vulnerable children in Oakland through partner organizations. On April 19th, the entire Sunday worship service and educational program focused on reaching “at-promise” youth living in Oakland. Faith Network was one of five partner organizations invited to participate, along with […]

President’s Corner: Jon Blankmeyer

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 8th,2015 | Read More

A Fond Farewell to Jon Blankmeyer With bittersweet feelings, I must announce that one of our founding members is retiring from Faith Network’s Board of Directors. Jon Blankmeyer has served faithfully on the board for fourteen years – twelve years as board chair and two years as treasurer. Jon and his dear wife Elaine came […]

Mission Springs

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 8th,2015 | Read More

By Lisa Oler, fifth-grade teacher at Burckhalter Elementary In thirty-two years of teaching in Oakland, certain experiences with my classes have left me with a feeling of accomplishment and possibility. One of those recurring experiences has been to take my students to the Missions Springs Outdoor Education science camp every year. We visit the beautiful […]

Save the Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 31st,2015 | Read More

Hope for Children Now Benefit Gala Faz Restaurant in Downtown Oakland 1111 Broadway Enjoy an evening of flavorful foods, entertainment, inspiring stories, and opportunities to invest in our children. For questions about tickets, event sponsorship, or volunteering, contact us at 510.836.5100 or chelsea@faith-network.com. More details coming soon!

President’s Corner: Math Matters

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 31st,2015 | Read More

Randy Roth, President of Faith Network Math matters because kids count! Students may ask why math is necessary. Why? Because people must have math skills to perform basic activities like following a recipe, managing a budget, deciding whether a sale item is a good deal, and so on. Financial Analyst Mike Walker points out that kids […]

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 31st,2015 | Read More

    Click here to view all of our volunteer opportunities.

Unlocking the Excitement

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 31st,2015 | Read More

Rebecca J. Buckley, Director of Succeeding by Reading His name is David and he’s in second grade. At the beginning of the year, he was so shy and so scared that he couldn’t answer any of the questions on our student diagnostic assessment. What would be the keys to unlock David’s excitement for learning? On […]

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 9th,2015 | Read More

Faith Network wishes you a new year  full of hope, joy, and abundant blessings!

Financial Literacy Opens Students’ Eyes on Their Future

By Chelsea
March 10th,2014 | Read More

What a joy to see a dozen PwC US (PricewaterhouseCoopers) consultants show up at Prescott Elementary ready to engage 3rd – 5thgraders on dollars and cents  matters with lessons on “Credit & Debt”, “Saving & Investing” and “Income & Careers.”  Instead of lecturing, the PwC team invites students to role play, with lessons aimed at using […]

Join Us for Champions for Children

By Faith Network of the East Bay
September 10th,2013 | Read More

    Are you ready for Faith Network’s 3rd Annual Champions for Children 5K Walk/Run? Mark your calendars and tell your friends to join you for the Champions for Children on October 26 at Lake Merritt in Oakland!    Register Now: Click here to register online Call our office at 510-836-5100 What to Expect: Prizes […]

A Summer With CalTrans

By Faith Network of the East Bay
August 22nd,2013 | Read More

It has been an eventful summer for Faith Network. Just as the school year was winding down, we launched the Carolyn Yee Future Scientist Fund (CYFSF), which will serve to enrich students in science, technology, engineering, and math through experiences, classroom supplies, internship stipends, and teacher support. Things quickly fell into place, and we were […]

Oakland Reads 2020

By Faith Network of the East Bay
June 20th,2013 | Read More

Lately, I’ve been reading about the positive changes that Oakland’s Operation Ceasefire program has been bringing to our community. At first, people were doubtful that this initiative would be effective–after all, the same program had been invoked in 2009 with little results. This time around, the public is seeing results in the arrests of gang […]

Celebration!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
June 5th,2013 | Read More

We had our last day of tutoring two weeks ago, and our celebration day was last week. Erick was able to get a prize from the prize box for reading another twenty books. He seemed a little discouraged by the choices that were left in the box (many kids have been earning prizes!). I held […]

Animals besides spiders

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 16th,2013 | Read More

This week, Erick read a book about various semi-scary animals, including the great white shark, desert scorpion, grizzly bear, king cobra, crocodile and hippopotamus.I thought the inclusion of the hippopotamus was a little strange since they are vegetarians, but as Erick turned to the hippo page, he was somewhat horrified. Staring back at us was […]

Spider-Man II

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 2nd,2013 | Read More

Erick surprised me this week by picking out another Spider-Man book. He was curious to know more about this superhero. We reviewed a little about what we learned about Spider-Man the previous week, including why spiders are important and the web aspect. Erick was concerned that Spider-Man does not have flying capabilities.“Spider-Man doesn’t fly, but […]

Spider-Man vs. the spiders

By Faith Network of the East Bay
April 18th,2013 | Read More

Erick picked out a superhero book this week: The Amazing Spider-Man. Unfortunately, the book had quite a few words that Erick has not encountered before such as “radioactive,” “goblin,” “wrestler,” and “skyscraper.” Even understanding the purpose of an enemy was a little daunting. As he read and asked questions, I realized that Erick didn’t know […]

Changes for OUSD

By Faith Network of the East Bay
April 11th,2013 | Read More

Right now, the biggest news in OUSD is the sudden resignation of superintendent Tony Smith. He and his family are moving to Chicago to be closer to his father-in-law whose health has been in decline. You can read his resignation letter here. Now board members and officials are faced with the task of finding a […]

No More Yawns!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
April 4th,2013 | Read More

This week, I picked two nonfiction books for Erick to read. One was titled Mighty Spiders! and the other, simply, Frogs! The books did not need their exclamation points to draw Erick’s attention.“I love spiders!” he said, grabbing the spider book. Inside its pages we learned about different kinds of spiders. Some spiders are large […]

Writing and Puzzle Practice

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 22nd,2013 | Read More

With his new workbook, Erick gets to write more, and this week, he made two short ‘i’ sentences. First he wrote, “The fish looks like a rainbow.” Before beginning his second sentence, he asked if he could use “fish” again. I told him he had to pick something else, so he picked “wish” and quickly […]

Prizes and Prizes!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 28th,2013 | Read More

How did they get 30 stickers in here? After reading, working on his second phonics book, and finishing his last box of sight words, Erick got his prizes this week: a Cat-in-the-Hat bookmark and superstar sticker for finishing his first phonics workbook, and then a very special Super Mario surprise box for finishing the last […]

Reading is Exciting!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 21st,2013 | Read More

Erick is always very excited during our tutoring time. Before I have a chance to say, “Hi, Erick!” he greets me with, “Hi, Miss Madalyn!” which is usually quickly followed by a question such as, “Is that your car?” or “Why do you wear a name tag?” or “Do you speak Chinese or Spanish?” or […]

A Treat for Our Students

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 12th,2013 | Read More

During our last tutoring session, we had a special treat: all the students got to pick a book to take home. Erick mulled over his choice for a long time–so long, in fact, that most of the students picked the books that interested them and he was left looking at what they had already glanced […]

Erick’s Prize

By Faith Network of the East Bay
January 31st,2013 | Read More

Erick finished his first book worm and is starting to fill in titles on his next book worm. The prize that he picked was a orbit ball which we immediately discovered bounces in unexpected directions when dropped. So far, Erick has read twenty-two books and knows the majority of his sight words. He is working […]

Green Eggs and Ham

By Faith Network of the East Bay
January 14th,2013 | Read More

Erick is so close to completing his 20-book list that his excitement is off the charts! During our last time together, we read three books, the most memorable of which was Green Eggs and Ham. A little ways through the book, we had this conversation: Erick: (reading) “…I will not eat them here nor there. […]

The Keeper of Pencils

By Faith Network of the East Bay
December 13th,2012 | Read More

I learn more about Erick every week that we meet together. I also learn more about Mario each week, too. For the last two weeks, Erick has presented me with a tiny stowaway from his pocket. The first week, it was Mario himself, and this week it was a mushroom. I’m not completely sure, but […]

Championing Oakland Public School Libraries

By Faith Network of the East Bay
December 6th,2012 | Read More

One of the libraries Kim has worked with Earlier this year, Kim Flom started working as Faith Network’s Library Coordinator. She had volunteered for years at Maxwell Park, building relationships with OUSD as well as increasing her knowledge of library services. Recently, the Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries (FOPSL) interviewed Kim about her […]

Aiming High!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
November 29th,2012 | Read More

“If any of you have finished your bookworm sheet, please come see me; I have a special prize for you!” was the announcement that Merle made during our last tutoring session. Merle is the Reading Clinic Coordinator for La Escuelita, and upon hearing her announcement, Erick pulled out his bookworm. There are twenty spaces on […]

The Middle-of-the-Beginning

By Faith Network of the East Bay
November 26th,2012 | Read More

My student is so enthusiastic, that meeting him was more like a plunge into his life than the casual greetings that I usually have with my peers.In quick succession, I learned that Erick likes the Mario Brothers, tigers, spiders, animals in general, video games, blue, playing video games with his friends, Super Smash Bothers, Nintendo […]

Becoming a reading tutor

By Faith Network of the East Bay
November 13th,2012 | Read More

If you have been following our blog, you might know that I (Madalyn) have started tutoring at La Escuelita on Wednesdays. It’s hard to immediately tell about all the joyful, funny, fulfilling, learning moments that happen during tutoring, so for this first post, I will elaborate on two aspects of the process of becoming a […]

Champions for Children!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
September 27th,2012 | Read More

Our second annual Champions for Children 5K is in three weeks! Have you registered? Registration is $25 (same as last year) and you will get a CfC T-shirt and a goodie bag. Registering ahead of time will ensure that you get the correct-sized shirt and also guarantee you that bag of treats! So sign up […]

La Escuelita Opens

By Faith Network of the East Bay
September 20th,2012 | Read More

Perhaps it’s is a bit of old news, but it is exciting to me (Madalyn) because I will be tutoring at La Escuelita this year. I visited La Escuelita last year a handful of time. The first time, I was dismayed–portables everywhere, loud construction happening next door, a cement playground. The Excel Reading Clinic was […]

More Sandia news

By Faith Network of the East Bay
August 17th,2012 | Read More

If you loved reading about the Family Science Night in the latest Faith Network newsletter, then here is a lengthier article from the team that brought FSN to Prescott: Sandia National Laboratories! To see the article, scroll down to the second article titled, “Turning teacher in retirement offers a ‘purposeful and enjoyable way’ to help […]

The Irving C. Lambert Award

By Faith Network of the East Bay
August 10th,2012 | Read More

Here at Faith Network, we are beaming from ear to ear about the award that Randy received for his work. Not only does the award speak highly of our president, but it also honors Faith Network as an organization. Below are some of the words that are written on the plaque that Randy received. We […]

News for your summer blues

By Faith Network of the East Bay
August 2nd,2012 | Read More

SERVE FREE LUNCH,SUPPORT A TEACHER,ORBE PART OF OUR EVENT! One. We are looking for great people to commit to1.5 hours during lunchtime, to serve lunch to children of Oakland Public Library.Dates: June 18 – August 17, 2012Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Two.Support a teacher and touch a child by preparing bulletin boards for Piedmont Avenue Elementary School. […]

Newsletter surprise

By Faith Network of the East Bay
July 27th,2012 | Read More

This picture will be back in September. We promise! You might think that summer is a relaxed time in the Faith Network office. Considering the fury with which we work during the school year, “relaxed” can be a relative term. So when you get your monthly newsletter for August, please blame a moment of unwinding […]

Summer in Oakland

By Faith Network of the East Bay
July 20th,2012 | Read More

For schoolchildren around the nation, summer means no school, no homework, and in many cases, no learning. All this contributes to the “summer slide” where kids forget what they have learned during the previous school year. The summer slide is especially steep and slippery for vulnerable children–those with low-income families and those who do not […]

A Science Night Preview

By Faith Network of the East Bay
July 12th,2012 | Read More

Our upcoming newsletter is going to have a large feature on Oakland’s first Family Science Night (FSN) that was put on by Sandia National Laboratories in partnership with Faith Network’s Science Horizons program. Mark and Joanne Perra, lifelong scientists and Faith Network volunteers, authored the article and served a foundational role in making FSN a […]

We Appreciate Our Teachers

By Faith Network of the East Bay
July 3rd,2012 | Read More

Usually we have a lot to say about our students–we take a lot of joy in celebrating their accomplishments and cheering them on through challenges. Now it is time to recognize the teachers that put so much effort into their classrooms. A couple times a year, Faith Network volunteers put together appreciation luncheons for the […]

Many, Many Thanks

By Faith Network of the East Bay
June 22nd,2012 | Read More

Maxwell Park Elementary is closing this year, all the grades (from Kindergarten through Fifth) wrote their thanks to Ms. Flom, their beloved librarian. Kim Flom has been a Faith Network volunteer for many years, and we are so thankful for her hard work. If it hadn’t been for her, Maxwell Park’s library would be shuttered […]

Celebration!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
June 14th,2012 | Read More

Newsflash: The school year is ending tomorrow, and students throughout Oakland celebrate their accomplishments with their literacy tutors! Here are some pictures from the joyful closing ceremonies that reading students had before they launch into their summer vacation:      

Students at Camp

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 31st,2012 | Read More

Faith Network’s program, Science Horizons, is mentioned in current Covenant Church news.Take a look to see what our students have been learning and exploring!

It is Here: The End of the School Year

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 10th,2012 | Read More

Somehow the end of the year manages to always take us by surprise here at Faith Network. Here are a few indicators that the school year is drawing to a close: Students tackle STAR testing which coincides with Science Horizons kids coming back from camp, ready to apply their knowledge. Our annual fundraiser–which we spend […]

Time for Faith Network’s Gala

By Faith Network of the East Bay
May 3rd,2012 | Read More

There is still time to RSVP for our annual Gala as an individual guest or as an event sponsor! Just click above for more information and to register. We hope to see you there!

Oakland Schools on the Up and Up

By Faith Network of the East Bay
April 24th,2012 | Read More

Good news: Burckhalter Elementary School was one of five to receive the Title I Academic Achievement Award for raising their test scores. Many students even improved by double digits through two years.This news is quickly followed by the news that test scores in Oakland are on the rise.In fact, the standardized score improvement is outpacing […]

School Closures: Where the Students are Going

By Faith Network of the East Bay
April 12th,2012 | Read More

Oakland Unified School District has released some interesting maps that show where students will go for the 2012-2013 school year when their schools close.The maps show Lakeview, Lazear, Marshall, Maxwell Park, and Santa Fe elementary’s redistribution of students. They also show the difference in API scores between the closing school and the schools that students […]

Health 4 ALL Kids

By Faith Network of the East Bay
April 4th,2012 | Read More

You may be familiar with Faith Network’s food program called Health4Kids (H4K).Twice a month, our H4K volunteers pack over 2,000 bags of food for kids that receive subsidized school lunches during the week and might not have access to nutritious food during the weekend. Kids that show up to school needing basic sustenance are not […]

School Closures Coming to a Close?

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 22nd,2012 | Read More

It has been a long school year for Oakland with the Occupiers making the New York Times while the OUSD board members met quietly to draw plans to close and consolidate five public schools.The board stated that additional schools would close, in accordance with their 3-year downsizing plan. Now, this month, the board has stated […]

An Ever-Widening Chasm

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 15th,2012 | Read More

Ipads are still in the news as the enter classrooms. While some Bay Area schools are receiving money from bonds or parent contributions to purchase this hot technology, schools in Oakland are struggling to get textbooks to all their students. Many computers are becoming obsolete as many Oakland schools (especially middle through high school) do […]

Charter School Update

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 9th,2012 | Read More

You may have heard this already: ASCEND and Learning Without Limits–two schools that applied to become charter schools in the fall–had their proposals rejected by the OUSD board. What you might not have heard is that the schools might become a hybrid of a charter district school in what is known as a “partnership” school. […]

Science Season Camp is Here!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
March 1st,2012 | Read More

Ruby Bridges Elementary School is currently in the middle of their Science Camp as I type! The 5th-graders will go to the Mission Springs Conference Center, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where they will take nature walks, participate in team-building activities, join the banana slug club, and learn more about the biological sciences.With Science Horizons, […]

Old-fashioned book and fancy iPads

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 23rd,2012 | Read More

While some organizations are trying to get books into kids’ hands, some schools are improving test scores by introducing iPads to kindergarteners. It’s always great to see other organizations promoting literacy, and this article explains how Reach Out and Read works in tandem with hospitals in low-income areas. This organization addresses one of the three […]

West Oakland’s Changing Demographics

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 15th,2012 | Read More

With the release of the latest census, we are learning that the number of school-aged children in West Oakland has declined drastically over the years.Instead, Katy Murphy reports on what seems to be an increase in the hipster population as single people and young couples move to the city while families with children move out. […]

An Emphasis on Poverty

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 9th,2012 | Read More

In a somewhat controversial article, Stephen Krashen weighs in on what he considers the most detrimental factor in the US public school system: child poverty.He emphasizes that schools  need to focus on providing food, healthcare and books to underprivileged children. He also slips in advocacy for a more holistic method of learning: where children can […]

Tutor Training

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 6th,2012 | Read More

Interested in spreading literacy and boosting a child’s confidence in reading? Need a refresher as a tutor? If so, come to our tutor training this Saturday! Who:  You! Your investment of an hour or two per week can open the world of learning to a second grader. Reading is the key! What:  Literacy Specialist Carolyn […]

Save the Date!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
February 2nd,2012 | Read More

Faith Network is excited to announce the date and location of our annual Hope for Children NOW banquet fundraiser: On Sunday, May 20th, there will be dinner, live music, and speakers from the community at the Claremont Hotel. If you are interested in being a part of the Gala, please call or email the office. […]

School Closure Update

By Faith Network of the East Bay
January 3rd,2012 | Read More

As students go back to school for the new year, a group named Concerned Parents and Community Coalition is gathering signatures to recall the five board members that were in support of the closure of five schools. As Katy Murphy details in her blog, the recall process unfolds like this: “First, a small amount of […]

Holiday Food Resource

By Faith Network of the East Bay
December 15th,2011 | Read More

This holiday season, families are more in need of food than previous years. One of our star partners, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, has a holiday help line that assists families in need. The number to call is 1.800.870.FOOD to initiate the process detailed below: When a person calls the helpline they will be […]

Gift of Hope

By Faith Network of the East Bay
December 8th,2011 | Read More

Have you ordered your gift of hope yet? Each card that you order will give a student’s family a bag of food for the weekend OR provide a book bag (with age-appropriate stories) to a child OR send a 5th-grader to science camp. Each card will come with the gift that you specify and fall […]

Thank you, Champions!

By Faith Network of the East Bay
November 17th,2011 | Read More

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Faith Network’s Champions for Children Walk/Run!The event was a huge success with costumes, prizes and lots of friends and family. The weather was perfect for snocones after the race, and the youth marimba band made the day even sunnier with their peppy music. Overall, there were […]

School Closures Are Just the Beginning

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 27th,2011 | Read More

Occupy Oakland has taken much of the spotlight off the vote that was cast yesterday concerning our public school system. With five board members approving and two against the proposal, five schools on the closure list will close at the end of this school year. These Oakland public schools are Lakeview, Lazear, Marshall, Maxwell Park […]

Champions for Children

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 20th,2011 | Read More

Champions for Children is in just nine days away.Have you signed up yet? Here is some inside information:The top fundraiser will get an ipad 2.There will be a local marimba band to play fun music at the event.Some students will be diligently walking to raise money so they can go to science camp this year!There […]

Growing Hunger in the Bay Area

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 13th,2011 | Read More

The New York Times recently published an article about the growing demand for food in Alameda County. The article mentioned the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB), one of Faith Network’s direct partners: “In September, the Alameda County Community Food Bank received 3,770 calls to its emergency food helpline — the highest volume of calls […]

The Office of School Transformation

By Faith Network of the East Bay
October 6th,2011 | Read More

With all the commotion about school closures and consolidations, the introduction of “The Office of School Transformation” for the 2011-12012 school year has slipped under my radar. All public K-8 schools are grouped into three regions. Each region is headed by an executive officer and all the public high schools in Oakland are in a […]

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