October 4, 2021
Dear Alamo Families,
Thank you to all, the parent community and staff, for the incredible response to register for Run for Education! The generous donations to the Alamo Team will replace some of our Redcat classroom audio systems four years overdue for an upgrade. The Redcat system is an all-in-one instructional audio system to deliver an even distribution of sound and high speech clarity throughout the classroom to ensure all students hear the teacher's voice. It has become an invaluable tool for teachers.
Halloween is approaching, and we're excited about our parade! Students may wear their Halloween costumes throughout the day after the parade if they wish. We encourage you to be creative, dress up with friends, and have fun with the spirit of the holiday. Please note our costume guidelines: Costumes containing blood or weapons (or anything that looks like a weapon) are not permitted. This includes accessories such as lightsabers, swords, ray guns, lasers, ninja blades, or bow & arrows. Also, remember that we have many younger students who may be frightened if a Halloween mask is too scary. Clown masks/costumes are prohibited. If your costume requires make-up or hair coloring, we ask that you save that portion for your evening activities.
If you haven't yet, please sign up for fall conferences. It's essential to meet with your child's teacher to learn about baseline data for your child. Baseline data is a measurement that is collected to guide intervention or teaching.
Would you please join us for our Principal Chat this Wednesday? In addition to the results of the Social-Emotional Well-Being Survey, we want to present the pathways for a student who has Covid-like symptoms, is exposed to a positive Covid, or is positive Covid. The presentation will include samples of letters to the community. Please see PTA below for details to join the meeting.
We understand you receive an abundance of communication from many channels. Please include your teacher's newsletter. It provides essential information to parents and fosters a connection between the classroom and the home.
We wish everyone a wonderful week!
Drop-Off/Morning Arrival Procedure
We continue to improve our drop-off procedure. We have more cars than pre-Covid and much fewer carpools due to the virus contributing to the longer carpool line.
Effective Tuesday, October 5, there will be a dedicated lane for cars parking instead of dropping off at the MPR courtyard. There will be a sign to guide you where the entry lane splits. The lane next to the school building is for cars dropping off at the MPR. There is no stopping in front of the school to let students out of the vehicle, creating a traffic jam that extends to Livorna road.
Your help is greatly appreciated!
Please see the map below or click HERE for the map.
October 6 Alamo's Turkey Trott, 7:30 AM, Alamo's Field
October 6 Principal Chat, 6:30 PM, Virtual
October 8 Teacher Work Day - No School
October 9 Chorus Run for Ed Performance at Wellness Expo, 10:30-11:30 AM
October 9-10 Run for Education
October 13 Town Hall with Superintendent Dr. Malloy (see PTA below)
October 13 Dine and Donate with Tomatina Restaurant (see Ed Fund below)
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 28 4th Grade Walk Thru California
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
November 28 Alamo Rotary Tree Lighting Family Event, 4:30-6:30 PM, Oak Tree Plaza, Alamo
Run for Education
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! Your student is automatically enrolled into the Turkey Trot when you register. It's really important to come to the Turkey trot at 7:15, and stay to encourage your child's big run. 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
We need parent volunteers to help with the Turkey Trot on October 6. How can parents get involved? Sign up here, we are asking for two parents per class to help out at the Turkey Trot.
Run Club Returns!!
Calling all runners! Run club is back up, starting on Wednesday, October 13th. All grades welcome. Meet us starting at 7:15 am at the bottom black-top to get your heart pumping before school starts. You can walk, jog, or run until the bell rings. More details to come next week. Kudos to Lisa Taylor, parent volunteer for bringing this fun program back to Alamo School!
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.
Save the Dates:
Principal Chat, Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30pm via Zoom. We will discuss Covid Updates and share survey results from the social and emotional health survey. Please register HERE to attend
Wednesday, October 13, 5:00pm: Town Hall with Superintendent Dr. Malloy and his executive staff. Please join Dr. Malloy and his executive staff for a Town Hall meeting to answer the question: What are your questions, concerns, insights, and suggestions about the school year so far? Join this meeting by visiting the SRVUSD YouTube Channel
Responses to the prompt can be submitted in advance so that Dr. Malloy and staff are sure to address all input. Follow-up questions, based on staff responses to the original prompts, will be taken live during the Town Hall meetings.
Friday, October 22: Moms Night Out!!! Thank you to the Bako Family for generously donating their backyard for this event. Details as we get closer. 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.
More Volunteer Opportunities
We continue to need volunteers for lunch recess. This is a great opportunity to support your kids at school!
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!
Volunteer Requirement Update:
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a new public health order (found here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Order-of-the-State-Public-Health-Officer-Vaccine-Verification-for-Workers-in-Schools.aspx) requiring WORKERS AND ON-SITE VOLUNTEERS in TK-12 public and private schools to verify vaccination status and if not fully vaccinated to 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 of 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 then upload your proof of vaccination using the Upload Document. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our school safe!
Kudos to all parent volunteers who support their kids during school hours, especially our lunch volunteers. Special kudos to Lisa Taylor for bringing back the run club 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
Ed Fund News: We are excited to announce that at our September Board meeting we approved a motion to fund additional paraeducator hours! We are in the process of posting for these hours and hope to have additional personnel on campus soon to help teachers and students in the classroom. Thank you to all who donated to the Annual Giving Campaign and to the very successful Teacher Treats fundraiser! With the continued assistance and contributions from our Alamo community, we can take on this extra cost and meet our budget goals for this year. Every little bit helps, from Amazon Smile, restaurant give-back nights, corporate match, our upcoming Square 1 art fundraiser as well as our online silent auction and FUNd parties. Thank you for your support!
Dine and Donate with Tomatina Restaurant: All day on Wednesday, October 13th, Tomatina Restaurant in Walnut Creek will donate 15% of food and beverage sales to the Alamo Ed Fund. This applies to dine-in and pick up take-out orders, no credit is given for Doordash. Show the flyer to your server when you pay, or when you come to pick up your take-out order.
ThinkWorks chess class: By popular demand, we’ve added another chess class! Session lasts 8 classes, on Tuesdays beginning October 19th. If interested, please email email@example.com to register. We must meet the minimum enrollment or class is subject to cancellation.
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.
Corporate Match: We have started to receive corporate match funds. Thank you Adobe, Blackrock, Moody’s Investor Services, Salesforce and Workday! Who is next? We hope to raise an additional $22,500 through corporate match, but we can’t do it without YOU! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
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.
Follow us on Instagram! @alamoedfund
Ed Fund President
In the Classrooms
Flashlight Friday - Ms. Mayer's 1st Grade Readers
5 Reasons Reading is So Important for Student Success (https://online.merrimack.edu/student-literacy-important-for-student-success/):
- Improved Concentration
Critical and Analytical Thinking Skills
Stronger Memory Skills
Afghan Refugee Support - Thank you, Wali Family!
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.