Saturday, April 2, 2011


The newly established group FAST "Facing Autism in Schools Today" will be posting a link to their new site via this blog and other forms of communication (e.g., email). In the interim please feel free to communicate with us via this blog.

Steve Asztalos
Former Tilden Parent
Father of a wonderful 9 year old with special needs

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tilden PTO meeting Thursday Sept 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Tilden will host its first PTO meeting for the 2009-10 school year this Thursday Sept 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Special Ed in 3rd grade this Fall?

I have it from reliable sources that at least one continuing student with an IEP will be enrolled in 3rd grade at Tilden this Fall. This information conflicts with what I was to understand was the be the makeup of the joint 2-3 grade class for 2010.

Steve Asztalos

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A Tilden Update

Hi Tilden Parents and Friends.

This blog has transitioned over to the Tilden 2010 Parent and Teacher Group.

Stay tuned for updates on our recent meeting with the Superintendent and OUSD Staff. Feel free to propose topics of interest, concerns and other ideas for this community space.

Hope you're all having a great summer!

- Steve Asztalos

Thursday, March 19, 2009

General Education Families: Tilden is Still an Option!

Help us get out the message that families with General Education students can still change their OUSD placement options to request Tilden.

Families can stop by Tilden to pick up an options appeal form and submit it to the Placement Office in order to attend Tilden next year.

Tilden offers a great general education program. Here are just a few of the reasons why:

Small classroom sizes
Individualized instruction for ALL students
On-site garden
Dance programs from Luna Kids Dance
P.E. programs from Sports 4 Kids
Extra support staff in every classroom for a rich student/teacher ratio
Small, friendly welcoming community

Spread the word about Tilden!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

We Did It!!

Tilden Teacher Jodi Brooks sent out this message via email after the OUSD Board Meeting tonight.

Hello Tilden Supporters,

Well, we did it!! The Board made a unanimous decision to delay the closure of Tilden for one school year! We got what we wanted - more time for the parents and staff to work with the district to find the best possible solution to the challenges at Tilden (facilities and ratio of special education to general education students).

Thanks again for your time, speeches, letters, support, and dedication throughout this struggle to fight for our children. I am inspired and humbled by each one of you. I am awed at the passionate support that I have seen emerge out of this process. Words cannot express how much I appreciate the community of Tilden and it's supporters. Thank you.

I am so proud of us.

Thanks, Jodi. I could not have said it better!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Great Progress to Report

The Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee AND the Facilities Sub-Committee have recommended that our school stay open another year so that a better plan can be developed to serve our children and preserve the successes and culture of Tilden.

But the struggle is NOT over!

There is still the OUSD Board Meeting on March 11th at 5:00 p.m. at 1025 2nd Ave. Oakland (Board Room on the 1st floor). Please join us to show how strong the support for Tilden is.

Also, please come to a PTO Meeting to hear the latest news (and to help make posters of support for Tilden) on Monday, March 9 in the Tilden Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

Thank you all for your support, enthusiasm and passion!