September 27, 2021
Dear Alamo Families,
Here is an update on the requirements for volunteers. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a new public health order requiring WORKERS AND ON-SITE VOLUNTEERS in TK-12 public and private schools to verify vaccination status and, if not fully vaccinated undergo at least weekly COVID-19 testing. The order is part of the state's efforts to protect Californians from the Delta variant of COVID-19.
Schools must be in full compliance with this policy by October 15, 2021. As with all state and county public health mandates, the SRVUSD, and Alamo Elementary School will fully comply with this health order. You can submit a copy of your vaccination status to beamentor.org/login. You will be asked to fill out a form and upload your proof of vaccination using the Upload Document. I appreciate your cooperation in keeping our school safe!
Please remember our photo retake day is October 19, and we will share more ordering instructions as we get closer to the date. Ignore any recent communications from Lifetouch as they were sent in error. We no longer use Lifetouch for school pictures. Our new photographer is APVisions Photography, LLC.
Space remains limited for our specialists (science teachers, reading intervention teachers, counselors, our school psychologist, OT, PT, Speech-Language Pathologist, to name a few) due to the construction. Still, with creativity in finding spaces, they have served students. We are grateful for their flexibility—the estimated completion date of the construction is in December, end of the semester.
Pictures of preparing and moving the old modular classrooms (science and tech labs).
October 6 Alamo's Turkey Trott, 7:30 AM, Alamo's Field
October 6 Principal Chat
October 8 Teacher Work Day - No School
October 9-10 Run for Education
October 11-15 Conference Week -Minimum Days, Dismissal K 10:30 AM, GR1-5 12:00 PM, No Homework Club
October 17 Culture in the Community (see PTA below)
October 19 School Picture Retake Day
October 22 PTA Moms Social
October 29 Halloween Parade 8:15 AM (time updated), Class Parties
November 1 School Recess No School
November 2 Teacher Work Day - No School
November 11 Veteran's Day - No School
November 12 Teacher Work Day - No School
November 22-26 Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
Spotlight - New Staff Members
I am loving being one of the nurses of the San Ramon School District! I currently work with a staffing agency helping fulfill the daily tasks of the schools here in the area. I spend most of my time helping Alamo and Vista Grande elementary schools. I graduated in February 2021 with my diploma in Vocational Nursing, and gained my state license shortly after. I am also currently working towards my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Nightingale College.
When I’m not working with the kids here at Alamo or Vista Grande, my husband and I love to camp, hike, and explore the world! We currently have a trip planned to Cancún, Mexico, to see the amazing wonders of Chichén Itzá! My dream place to visit is the country of Ireland, and it’s green country! I can’t wait to see where we travel this year and next!
Very much looking forward to the rest of the school year and working with everyone!
School Nurse, LVN
Run for Education
Hopefully, you felt the Mustang Spirit at drop-off last Wednesday!!!! And hopefully, you registered for Run For Ed!!!! If not, registration is still open! Alamo school nets 35% of every registration and 70% of every sponsorship dollar so please, register now. On Wednesday, October 6th at 7:30 AM your student(s) can run, walk, gallop their way to raising money for our school and the RFE at our very own TURKEY TROT. With the help of Mr. Cherry, Principal Salazar, and parents we will be cheering our kids to earning their steps while running the school loop and fulfilling their run goals. Your child cannot attend this event unless they are registered for the RFE so REGISTER TODAY! If you have questions about the Run For Ed or Alamo’s own Turkey Trot, please contact our fabulous PTA RFE coordinator Michelle Parkinson email@example.com Click HERE for how to register. You can find specific details on RFE HERE
Please consider being a parent volunteer for this program!!!
This year, the Alamo School PTA is proud to fund the Homework Club for grades 1st-5th. We want to provide students with a calm environment to complete their homework and access extra support, books, and computers. Our amazing paraeducator Mrs. Linda Henderson will supervise and assist students. She has an abundance of knowledge of our curriculum and experience in teaching as a classroom paraeducator.
Homework Club meets Monday-Wednesday in the library, after school:
You can turn in payment and fill out a Homework Club form in the office. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Thank you to all of you who have donated items in support of the Afghan Refugee Crisis. If you have not yet donated items, there is still time. Bins will remain at the Alamo School front entrance for the collection of the following items until October 1:
Cleaning Supply Kits: please provide a bucket filled with a Sponge, Windex, Dish Soap, Pinesol, Windex, 409 or similar type cleaners
Toiletries: shampoo/conditioner/soap/ lotion/ toothpaste/ toothbrush/ hairbrush
Feminine hygiene products (pads only)
Diapers/ Baby Wipes
Target Gift Cards
Thank you to the Atta family for their work in supporting these families.
Save the Dates!
The next principal chat is Wednesday, October 6. We will discuss Covid Updates, share survey results from the Social and Emotional Health survey and provide information on two pilot programs.
Our first PTA Moms Social is Friday, October 22. Thank you to the Bako Family for generously donating their backyard for this event. Details for both as we get closer. We hope to see you there!
Sunday, October 17 from 10-2 is the Culture in the Community Celebration. Join the festivities for the 4th annual Culture in the Community Celebration! More details here https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/2118116/schools/53764
The Hoedown has been moved to Friday, April 22.
Kudos to all parent volunteers who support their kids during school hours, especially our lunch volunteers! Special kudos to Kelly Bowes for her work on the marquee and to Michelle Parkinson for all her work on Run For Education.
Be up to date and in the know!!! Follow us on Facebook @Parents of Alamo Elementary School and on Instagram @alamo.school THANK YOU Doris Tam for keeping us in the social media mix!
Michelle Petersen and Nicole Rocca, PTA Presidents
Run for Education 2021
Registration is open and your student(s) won’t want to miss out on the fun!!! The SRVEF is hosting another virtual run... and ALAMO SCHOOL IS HOSTING ITS FIRST-EVER TURKEY TROT!!!! On Wednesday, October 6th at 7:30 AM, your student(s) can run, walk, gallop their way to raising money for our school and the RFE. With the help of Mr. Cherry, Principal Salazar and parents we will be cheering our kids to earning their steps while running the school loop and fulfilling their run goals. Your child cannot attend this event unless they are registered for the RFE so REGISTER TODAY!. Click HERE for how to register. If you have questions about the Run For Ed, please contact our fabulous PTA RFE coordinator, Michelle Parkinson email@example.com Please consider being a parent volunteer for this program!!! You can find specific details on RFE HERE.
Teacher Treats: WOW! We are blown away with the results of Teacher Treats 2021-we raised over $10,000 for the Ed Fund! THANK YOU to the teachers and staff members who are donating their time to these events and providing memorable, fun, and unique opportunities for our kids. Thank you also to Laura Prentiss and Bar Mizne for coordinating this fundraiser. The Ed Fund is working hard to support our school and provide the best possible programs for our students. We cannot do it without the assistance and donations from our families and community, so a big thanks to YOU as well.
ThinkWorks Chess Class: By popular demand, we’ve added another chess class! The session lasts 9 classes, on Tuesdays from 2:35-3:35 beginning October 5th. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. We must meet the minimum enrollment or the class is subject to cancellation.
Corporate Match: We have started to receive some corporate match funds. Thank you, Google, Blackrock, CSAA Insurance, Salesforce, and Workday! Who is next? We hope to raise an additional $22,500 through corporate matching, but we can’t do it without YOU! Email email@example.com if you need assistance. Thank you so much to our Corporate Match Chair, Alicia Allyn!
Sponsorship: We offer year-long advertising opportunities for businesses as well as unique one-time sponsorships (such as sponsoring a FUNd Party). To review all of our marketing opportunities for corporate sponsors, please visit this website where you can review levels of sponsorship, view costs, and place your order online.
Music Shirts: Music shirts are required for all chorus, band, and chimes performances. Visit this link to place your order by October 15th.
Looking to Volunteer?: We still have some positions open for this year! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any role, large or small.
Ed Fund President
You shop. Amazon gives.
Don’t forget to shop Amazon Smile and earn free money for our school. We raised $251.94 last quarter---every little bit helps! In case you are not registered for Amazon Smile, here is how to get signed up...
Go to smile.amazon.com on your computer or Programs & Features > AmazonSmile on your mobile app. Choose the charity: Alamo Elementary SRVED FUND
For purchases to count toward the donation going forward, you must go through smile.amazon.com on your computer, or have the feature turned on on your mobile device.
See all “Free Money” retail opportunities here.
Calling all Parents!!!! Volunteers Needed for Lunch Recess!
We need parent volunteers at lunch each day to help with lunch recess: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D45A8AB28A6F94-lunch. Volunteers must be cleared only through Level 1 at Be A Mentor.
Please check the menu for each day. Picky eaters or those with restricted diets may want to pack a lunch option for their child for the first few weeks while the District works out its kinks. Visit https://www.srvusd.net/childnutrition for more information about the school lunch program and thank you in advance for volunteering!
ATTENTION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS! 2021/22 Poster Contest
October is National Walk/Bike Month, and Street Smarts is having a Poster Contest!
You’re invited to enter this year’s “Walk and Roll with Street Smarts” Poster Contest!
Please visit Poster Contest Guidelines and Requirements for all entry information.
The last day to enter is Thursday, November 4, 2021, by 4 p.m.
The two top winning posters in each grade level (K-2nd) (3rd-5th) will be displayed on Street Smarts Banners throughout the community and marking materials.
Upcoming Religious Observances
ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE AND TARDY POLICY
If your child is going to be absent, please email AlamoAttendance@srvusd.net , giving your child's name, and the reason for the absence, as soon as you are aware he/she won't be in school. Additionally, if you know your child is going to be late for school, please follow the same procedure. Please copy your child's teacher on these emails.
Student safety is our number one priority. In order to ensure that every student is safely where they are supposed to be at the beginning of each school day, we are implementing a new attendance safety protocol. Our priority is to make contact with families for any absent students within 30 minutes of their arrival time at school.
Within the first thirty minutes of your child’s start time, if your student is not at school, you will receive an automated message alerting you to the fact that your child has been marked absent. If you receive an automated call alerting you that your student is absent and you sent your child to school, please call the school office right away.
Per our school’s regular guidelines and protocols, we ask that you email AlamoAttendance@srvusd.net as soon as possible and provide a brief explanation of why your student will be absent that day, including a list of their symptoms if they are sick, as this helps us with our Covid tracking. Please copy your child’s teacher on the email to Alamo Attendance.
Please keep in mind that if your student is tardy, you may receive a call, because it takes time to update the information in our system from absent to tardy. For some, an automated message may be a change from past practice, but we know you will understand that this is the most effective way to ensure the safety of every student.
We ask for your patience as everyone gets accustomed to this new process. There may be times that you have already called or emailed about your student’s absence, but you may still receive a robocall, as the school office has not had the time to input that information in the system.
We appreciate your support and partnership in keeping our students safe. If you have questions about the new process, please contact your school office.
Rationale - Tardiness is unacceptable because:
- Tardiness reduces the instructional time of the student who is late.
- A student's tardiness interrupts the class he or she is coming into, resulting in a loss of instructional quality and time for all students.
- Punctuality is a practice valued by business and society; students should be trained in this practice while in school.
With the above as a rationale, the following is our policy:
- Tardiness is defined as arriving after 8:00.
- The student must go to the main office for a tardy pass before going to class.
OFFICE HOURS: 7:30 - 4:00 PM (925) 855-4800