Autism Awareness Month
April 26, 2021
April 19-30 PTA Virtual Book Fair (LINK)
May 3 CogAT for 2nd Grade
May 4 Staff Appreciation Day
May 6 Principal Chat
May 7-14 6th Grade Math Placement
May 10 Families may request Summer School
May 14 Ed Fund Board Meeting
May 17 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
May 18 PTA Board Meeting
May 24 NASA Monday Assembly
May 31 Memorial Day Holiday - No School
June 1 5th Grade Promotion (details TBD)
June 3 Step Up Ceremony
June 3 Drive-Thru School Parade
June 3 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - MINIMUM DAY
Thanks a Million!
Math in Mr. Crotti's Class
Students take turns teaching the class. Peer learning can lead to a more personalized, engaging, and collaborative learning experience. For peer teachers, the experience can deepen their understanding of the subject. Excellent job, Mr. Crotti and students!
Spring State Testing in the SRVUSD
Due to the unique circumstances this school year, the US Department of Education approved the California Department of Education’s request to provide flexibility to fulfill mandated testing requirements.
Therefore the SRVUSD Board of Education approved the following plan for testing this year:
Instead of the SBAC exam from grades 3-8 and 11, continue to use Fastbridge from grades 3-8 and 11 and implement the spring assessment in ELA and math.
This means SRVUSD will have fall, winter, and spring student data in math and ELA.
SRVUSD Summer School 2021
Plans for SRVUSD Summer School 2021 are complete. Summer school this year will focus on intervention and remediation, and all students are welcome to attend.
Students in grades 1-8 who were not recommended for summer school may request summer school for their student through a school site application process (TBD).
Alamo Pride Students!
Alamo Education Fund
Your support means so much to the Ed Fund:
Thank you to all of the families who participated in our virtual FUNd parties including Trivia Night and our two I Heart art events.
An extra shout out to our parent volunteers: Alicia Allyn, Dina Warshavsky, Lauren Cymerys, Kelly Bowes, and Erin Myers for coordinating events that not only raised funds for our school but also brought our community together for a little virtual fun!
Thank you to all of the students and families who dropped off notes to the staff last week. These small yet special tokens of appreciation brought so much joy to our Alamo Elementary Staff.
Thank you to parent volunteer, Dana Snyder, for organizing this thoughtful activity!
Erin Adams, Ed Fund President
So apparently, April is stress awareness month. I think we are all aware of stress right now, but these little tidbits will help you be aware of stress and its impact on your kids! How can we explain stress and how it affects us to our kids? This helpful video made by the BBC is a great resource to explain stress and how to reduce it. How can we help our kids cope with stress and calm down? See this helpful poster with tips from the NCPMI (National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations).
Speaking of stress: DID YOU KNOW???? People who volunteer are 42% more likely than people who don’t to say they are VERY HAPPY!!!! So get very happy and join the PTA!!! We have many positions to fill for the 2021-22 School year. We have so many exciting things planned for the 2021-22 school year! Hoedown, Holiday Shop, Grandparents Day!!!! They are all coming back but we can’t do these things for your kids without volunteers! You can view a list of all positions HERE. Please email any board members, Nicole Rocca email@example.com or Michelle Petersen firstname.lastname@example.org for interest, questions or comments!
The Scholastic Virtual Book Fair ends Friday!!!! This is a great opportunity to stock up on summer reading for your kids and to support the Alamo PTA! We hope you enjoy our virtual book fair and huge kudos to Tara Gilad for making this happen!!!! Our goal is to sell 600 books so please, purchase books here: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/alamomustangs
Teacher Wish Lists
We will have the ever popular “Teacher Wish List” available again. All the teachers will be helping your kids make their wish list so they can share it with you. You can share it with Grandparents, friends, and other family members. Books make great gifts and even great donations to other kids during the holidays. Please also consider buying a book for a teacher in order to help build their classroom libraries- check in with your teacher for their book needs.
Save the Dates!
Staff Appreciation Day is next Tuesday, May 4. Please send your teacher an email shout-out with some love!!!! Your donations at work: the PTA is taking care of ALL Alamo School Staff with special treats for the day.
The next PTA Principal Chat is Thursday, May 6 @ 6:30pm. Register HERE
Advocacy Day for Education 2021: Moving Forward with Resiliency
APRIL 29 & 30: Please join the San Ramon Valley Council, Pleasanton Council and Las Trampas Council for Advocacy Day 2021: Moving Forward with Resiliency. The first Advocacy Day took place in 1980, prompted by the passage of Proposition 13 and its anticipated negative impact on education. Today, Advocacy Day serves as a vehicle to both influence our legislators and inform our PTA volunteers and community members. Four decades of advocacy have focused on issues of finance, education reform, class size, standardized testing, special needs and children’s health issues. This year is different.
Undeniably, the pandemic has greatly impacted the schools and the health of our families and communities. For exactly one year we have faced uncertainty on a daily basis and the challenge of not knowing what the future holds for our students and schools. This year Advocacy Day will focus on “Moving Forward with Resiliency.” We will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of our school superintendents and state legislators. A panel of highly respected frontline medical and mental health experts will share the most current information and recommendations. The equity issues at play will be addressed by both educators and corporate professionals.
Together we will advocate directly to our legislators for the education of all our children. More information and registration will be published in the coming weeks at SRVCouncilPTA.org.
The SRVUSD is forming a task force on Strategic Planning: The SRVUSD Board of Education is in the process of developing a long-term strategic plan for the organization that will set goals and strategic priorities for our entire organization. To help inform this plan, the Board of Education wants to hear the thoughts and ideas of our local parents and business community. To be involved with the SRVUSD Strategic Plan Stakeholder Engagement, Respond HERE by May 5th
Michelle Petersen, PTA President
Stone Valley PTA
After an unprecedented year+, and with a little luck, PTA is looking forward to welcoming back our entire Stone Valley community in August!
Please help us in engaging with and empowering our students for the 2021-22 school year by joining Stone Valley's PTA Board or numerous other committees!
In addition to helping our students, PTA is a great way to meet other parents, make new friends, and get to know some of the other adults in your kiddos' lives. There's something for everyone: Rule follower? Parliamentarian; Secret CPA? Treasurer and/or Auditor; Social justice warrior? Inclusion and Diversity; Pinterest/TikTok Pro? Teacher and staff appreciation luncheon organizers needed; Compassionate Heart? Sister School organizers wanted!
These middle school years fly by and PTA is there for your kids, so please email with your interests and questions.
We look forward to your help on this journey!
Monday Virtual Assemblies
Upcoming Monday Assemblies:
May 24 NASA Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE) Virtual Expedition - The AEE is a one-hour unique educational program. It is designed for 1st through 6th grade students to experience science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in action.