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December 14, 2020

Dear Alamo Families,

Remembering who we are can give us the patience to persevere when we become overwhelmed or frustrated. It can provide us with the courage to work through the most daunting challenges.


Remembering what makes our Alamo School very special:


  • Supportive Parent Community
  • Generous Parent Community that helps those in need.
  • Tireless and Dedicated PTA Board
  • Tireless and Dedicated Ed Fund Board
  • Parent Volunteers
  • Committed and Dedicated Teachers and Staff
  • Passionate and Loyal Paras
  • Respectful, Caring, Trustworthy, and Responsible Students: Alamo Pride Students
  • Fun Student Activities: Halloween Thriller Dance, Winter Sing-a-Long, Mustang Broadcast, Spirit Days
  • Engaging Educational Activities: Harvest of the Month Thinkworks, Art by Mrs. Berkowitz, Music by Mrs. Raaum, GATE Program, Student Leadership Team
  • Traditions and Programs that will return when it is safe: Annual Ed Fund Gala, Fall Hoedown, Grandparents Day, Winter Band and Strings Performance, 4th & 5th Grade Plays

I know the list is much longer. Our community strives to provide the utmost for our students no matter the adversity, including a pandemic.


Enjoy and cherish every moment with your loved ones. Let's look forward to the new year with hope and joy. Happy Holidays!


Affectionately,

Mrs. Salazar

Important Dates

December 18 Winter Sing-Along 10:30-11:00 AM

December 18 Spirit Day - Winter Wear Day

December 21 Principal Chat, 6:30 PM

December 21-January 1 Winter Break

January 4 No School - Teacher Workday

January 5 Spring Semester Begins

January 8 Monday Schedule due to No School on Monday, January 4

January 15 1st Semester Report Cards Posted via Portal

January 18 No School - Martin Luther King Holiday


Alamo School Calendar


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

Principal Chat - December 21, 2020

Last night, at the SRVUSD Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to approve staff's recommendation to postpone the January 5, 2021 start of in-person instruction until Contra Costa County moves back into the red tier.


Beginning on January 5, 2021, all SRVUSD students will remain remote (and follow the remote bell schedule), but will do so with their new class assignments so that as soon as it is safe to open to in-person instruction, we are prepared to make the change.


Join PTA's Principal Chat to ask questions and share concerns. Enter your questions/concerns for the Principal Chat on this FORM.


Time: Dec 21, 2020, 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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Mustang Broadcast

This week's broadcast. Great job, Lyla (5th) and Owen (4th)!

Mustang Broadcast December 14, 2020

Alamo Education Fund

Happy Holidays from the Ed Fund Board. Wishing all of our families a wonderful winter break. Thank you again for all of your generosity and support. “See” you in 2021!


Your Ed Fund Donations Are Hard At Work: Thank you to our Alamo School community for your generous donations. Here's a breakdown of how much we have raised and what the Ed Fund is funding for the 2020-2021 school year.


Net Funds for 2020-2021: As of December 15, 2020

Annual Giving Campaign + Music Donations: $101,778

Corporate Match: $13,580

ThinkWorks Enrichment (Net): $3,292

Art Materials Donation: $3,000

Square 1 Art: $2,100

Amazon Smile Giveback: $467

Chipotle Giveback: $398.72

Minted Giveback: $207.63

Total current net funds raised: $124,823

We are awaiting additional giveback funds from our Kendra Scott night, Shutterfly and Amazon Smile with a projected combined revenue of approximately $800.


What We are Funding for the 2020-2021 School Year:

San Ramon Valley Unified School District Bills (Classified Salaries and Benefits (when applicable) for Music Teacher, Instrumental Music Teacher, Art Teacher, 3 Paraprofessionals/Teacher Aides, Rainbow Room Socio-Emotional Specialist, Instructional Reading Specialist): $165,217

Refunds Related to COVID-19: $3,225

Copy machines: $2,857

Insurance: $1,700

Administrative/bank fees & charges: $1,500

Platform for family donations and bidding: $1,000

Tax Accountant: $800

SRVEF Affiliate Dues: $750

Computer Monitors: $303

Total projected expenses: $177,352

*Numbers may change due to additional or declined payments, credit card processing fees, staff changes, or additional expenses to projections


We will have a few fundraisers in the spring to further fund the gap...ONLINE AUCTION coming in SPRING 2021!

Free money to the school when you shop for the holidays:

When ordering holiday cards or photo gifts considering using Minted.com or Shutterfly!

*Minted: Shop holiday cards and gifts on http://www.minted.com/ and use our program code FUNDRAISEALAMO to earn 15% back to our school and 20% off your entire minted order. Now through 12/31/20.


*Shutterfly: Visit alamoschool.shutterflystorefront.com <http://alamoschool.shutterflystorefront.com/> and all orders will earn 8% back to Alamo school. This offer is available year-round.


*Amazon: Don’t forget to shop https://smile.amazon.com <https://smile.amazon.com/> (supporting: Alamo Elementary SRVED FUND). Every time you shop you also generate money for the Alamo Ed Fund!


Stay Connected


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


Questions: Email alamoschooleducationfund@gmail.com




Thank you,

Erin Adams, Ed Fund President

PTA


Being President of the PTA is a challenging role, but what makes it worth it for me is the community we live in. We may not all know each other, we may come from different backgrounds and hold different viewpoints, but we definitely support each other. The outpouring of support our community has shown the Myers family is a case in point. Our community has raised over $26,000 to support Alex and his battle with cancer, and the outpouring of support has been such a source of comfort for his family. Another case in point- the generous donations collected for the Warm Meal and Toy drive benefiting our sister school, Dover Elementary. Together we raised $1895 to provide 132 warm meals to struggling families and $350 for them to purchase toys via Walmart gift cards. Additionally, we collected over a car load of toys to deliver to needy families that will bring smiles to the faces of these less fortunate kids. So thank you Alamo School Community!!!! I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday break- enjoy your family and all we have to be thankful for.



Thank you,

Michelle Petersen, PTA President

Upcoming Religious Observances

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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


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