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August 17, 2020

Dear Alamo Families,

We did it! We reopened the new school year together with a collaborative effort by parents, students, and staff. Thank you for your patience; waiting for updates was most challenging. Thank you to the teachers and staff who worked countless hours to prepare for the reopening. However, the work has just begun. Please continue to share your feedback on your child(ren) 's experience with remote learning to guide our decisions in navigating distance learning. Our partnership strengthens our resolve to meet every student's needs.


I want to welcome our new families! Please join us next week at a virtual meeting to learn more about Alamo. As soon as it is safe for mass gathering, our PTA has several fun activities planned for this year that will provide parents the opportunity to meet other parents and children. I encourage every parent to become a member of our PTA. Furthermore, parents are essential to the success of their children. They are the first to know whether their child is enjoying school, whether their child needs special attention in a specific subject. Please don't hesitate to share any concerns you have with your child's teacher. Our commitment to your child is genuine, and the teachers' interaction with you is essential to your child's education.


Stay safe and healthy!


Warm regards,


Mrs. Salazar

msalazar@srvusd.net

Important Dates

Aug 18 Back To Schoo Night K-2, 5:00-7:30 PM

Aug 19 Back To School Night 3-5, 5:00-7:30 PM

Aug 19 Back To School Night Instrumental Music Info, 5:00-5:30 PM

Aug 21 Ed Fund Board Meeting, 2:00 PM

Aug 25 PTA Board Meeting, 7:00 PM

Aug 27 New Family/Kindergarten Virtual Meeting, 7:00 PM


Alamo School Calendar


2020-21 Instructional Calendar Board REVISED due to COVID (Posted 08/04/2020) (PDF)

Shout-Out!

Shout-out to Ms. Kastershtain for building our new online registration platform, FutureFund! In addition to her tech skills, she organized multiple components to make the whole.

Education Fund

  • A SPECIAL THANKS to the volunteers who made our online registration site possible: Christina Heil, Crissi Armstrong, Dina Warchavsky, Bar Mizne, Michelle Petersen and Kelly Bowes.

  • ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN. Thank you to all Alamo families who have donated to the Annual Giving Campaign! We are now at 62% of our goal for this fundraising drive. We will be posting updates regarding our goal on Instagram and Facebook so check out our social media pages to stay informed about where we are in reaching our Annual Giving Campaign goal. Remember - you can donate any time online at: https://aes.futurefund.com/registration Thank you to everyone who has participated in our Annual Giving Campaign. Your donations are already hard at work! Thank you, Alamo Nation!!

  • CHORUS/INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/ Chorus is open to grades 3rd-5th and instrumental music (band) is open to grades 4th-5th These wonderful enrichment classes are still enrolling. Please sign up through our online registration site. https://aes.futurefund.com/registration

  • Shopping Amazon? Don’t forget to shop smile.amazon.com and find group: Alamo Elementary SRVED FUND. Every little bit helps the Alamo Education Fund!

  • Interested in joining the ED FUND Board? Email alamoschooleducationfund@gmail.com for more information! For those of you who submitted interest for the Board through Future Fund, we will be contacting you this week!

  • Stay up to date with Ed Fund News by visiting us on Instagram @alamoedfund

  • For all Ed Fund news and events: https://aes-srvusd-ca.schoolloop.com/edfund

PTA

Thank you to all parents and our teacher rep, Gio Crotti, for your participation in our Q&A Sessions with our Principal, Monina Salazar. If you were unable to attend, a copy of the presentation is on our Facebook Page, Parents of Alamo Elementary School. Not on Facebook? No problem! Email michesinnott@gmail.com if you would like a copy.

A special thank you to Jenn Hoffman and Lobi Powell for the Alamo Staff Appreciation and Welcome Back to School bags!

Run for Education is Virtual this year with 70% of pledge money earned by Alamo families going directly to our school site! Learn more here https://rfe.srvef.org/ or email michelleparky@gmail.com

STAY CONNECTED!

Stay connected to the Alamo School PTA through our Facebook Page, Friends of Alamo Elementary School and through the PTA Page on Alamo Elementary School Website https://aes-srvusd-ca.schoolloop.com/pta Special thanks to Crissi Armstrong for updating our page!

TECHNOLOGY OR DEVICE HELP

Parents if you need a device and/or a hotspot for your student(s) or are having problems with a device that was issued to you, please visit the Parent IT Help Site. They will be able to help you, or you can request a device. Anyone can request a device and/or a hotspot throughout the year.


If you child does not remember their password, please email your request to

ALpassword@srvusd.net.


REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES

Music in the Classroom

Because of your generous donation through the Ed Fund, we have weekly music in the classroom taught by Ms. Raaum. Thank you!



K-5th Musical theory introduction to/continuation of reading rhythms and notes. Singing and movement, to name a few.


K-2nd Make musical instruments, play musical games, sing books.


3rd Ukulele continuation from where we left off in 2nd grade (recorders begin in January).


4th Recorders continuation from where we left off in 3rd grade. Intro to early American/European vs Native American and African American traditional music.


5th Recorder review and continuation, Roots of Jazz study, "Character Matters" mini-musical Play.

Instrumental Music

Instrumental music is about to begin at Alamo Elementary, and virtual classes will be held twice a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Each class will be divided into similar instruments and will be 30 minutes long. The first class will start on Monday, August 31. Please make sure that your child has his/her instrument and assigned music book. Music students are expected to participate for the entire year and are required to practice an average of 15 minutes daily.


Instruments:

If you do not already have an instrument, you can buy or rent a violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet or trombone. Please go to a local music store to arrange a rental. They will guide you in acquiring a quality instrument so that your child will have the best chance at success.


Books:

Please make sure that you have the following music book that corresponds to the instrument your child will play. Again, the local music stores can help you make sure you have the proper book.


Beginning Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, and Cello

Essential Elements 2000 – Book 1


Advanced Band and Strings

Essential Elements 2000 – Book 2

If you have any questions feel free to contact Mrs. Angle at kangle@srvusd.net

It will be an outstanding year of music-making, even in distance learning!


To learn more about the program, join Mrs. Angle at Back To School Night on August 19, 5:00-5:30 PM.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2275267370?pwd=QzFqdnhuZEQveENUWWhMSjBYT1p3QT09

Meeting ID: 227 526 7370
Passcode: 5HH4qU

OFFICE INFORMATION

ATTENDANCE


REPORTING AN ABSENCE OR TARDY

Notify the school office if your child will be absent or tardy. Email AlamoAttendance@srvusd.net.


Please leave your student’s name, teacher, grade, and reason for absence. Thank you.

OFFICE HOURS: 7:30 - 4:00 PM (925) 855-4800

SCHOOL PHOTOS are on hold until we return to in-person learning.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

YMCA Childcare

There is no update on when the YMCA will open at Alamo. They will be on campus to provide services M-F, 7:30-5:30, and will assist students with distance learning.

SRVUSD Board Of Education

Board meetings are typically held twice each month on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the SRVUSD Education Center located at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville. All meetings are open to the public. Board Meetings are live-streamed on the District's YouTube channel: SRVUSD Board


Board Meetings (Agendas, Minutes, Audio & Video)

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