Mustang News

April 12, 2021

Important Dates

April 15 PTA General Meeting (details below)

April 16 Spirit Day: Wear Favorite College T-Shirt/Gear

April 19 Distribution Day for Remote Students

April 19 Monday Virtual Assembly - Conservation

April 19-30 PTA Virtual Book Fair (LINK)

April 20 STEAM Academy Meeting

April 20 Virtual Academy Application Deadline (click HERE for information)

April 22 Ed Fund Water Coloring Night

April 27 PTA Family Reading Night


Alamo School Calendar


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

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5th Grade

Walk Through American Revolution

Students explore the famous events, historical figures, and relevant vocabulary of this pivotal point in America’s history. Through dramatic activities, students “become” famous men and women of the American Revolution. Flags, maps, re-enactments, music, and games help students explore and understand the importance of American liberty and patriotism.
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Shout Outs!

Thank you, Tara Gilad, for making our Virtual Book Fair happen!


Thank you, Diane Siegel, for the beautiful display case!

Alamo Education Fund

Teacher and Staff Appreciation:

April showers bring May flowers...so let’s SHOWER our Alamo staff with love! On school-wide distribution day, (April 19th) bags will be set out for ALL Alamo staff. Please encourage your child to draw a picture or write a note to his/her teacher and/or any other Alamo staff member. In addition to your child’s classroom teacher...here is a list of Alamo staff:

Ms. Angle-Instrumental Music

Mr. Arellano- Custodian

Ms. Bennett- Rainbow Room

Ms. Berkowitz- Art Teacher

Mr. Bonilla- Custodian

Mr. Border- Paraeducator

Ms. Carwin- Speech Therapist

Mr. Cherry- PE

Ms. Hansen- Resource Paraeducator

Ms. Hascall- Paraeducator

Ms. Henderson- Paraeducator

Ms. Hildreth- Office Assistant

Ms. Hughey- Office Manager

Ms. Lashkari- Nurse

Ms. O’Toole- Science

Ms. Polleau- PE

Ms. Price- Resource Teacher

Ms. Quinby- School Psychologist

Ms. Raaum - Chorus & Classroom Music

Ms. Salazar- Principal

Ms. Torres- Paraeducator

Ms. Wehrley- Librarian

Ms. Yamazaki- Jones

Ms. Yee- Reading Specialist


Let’s show Alamo staff how much we appreciate all of their hard work this year!!!!


Rally your friends and join a virtual watercolor class!

Space is still available in the April 22nd Virtual Watercolor Class. (adult event)

The March event was a hit, and now you have one more chance to join the fun - no driving and no babysitter needed! Hosted by i heart art studio, this will be an entertaining way to learn new creative skills while connecting with friendly faces on screen. All materials included in the ticket cost, and you’ll end up with a beautiful piece of floral artwork.


The virtual event is Thursday, April 22, 6:30-8pm. Cost: $40 (includes watercolor set, paintbrush, paper, and additional supplies)


Sign up by this Friday 4/16, through the auction site: https://alamoedfund.schoolauction.net/auction2021/catalog


Thank you!

Erin Adams, Ed Fund President

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PTA

Welcome Back Alamo School Families!!!! I hope you all had a wonderful and well deserved Spring Break- I know I did!!! Whether you are in school or remote, this was one much needed break!


PLEASE join us for our GENERAL ASSOCIATION MEETING on Thursday, April 15th at 6:30pm. I am excited to welcome special guest Joe Inora, Support Counselor for SRVUSD, for an introduction to conflict resolution for parents and kids. I learned so much from this quick presentation, I hope you can join and gain from his valuable insight. Also in this meeting we will hear from Principal Salazar and we will be providing information regarding volunteer opportunities for the PTA. Hope to “see” you there! Register HERE After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


The Principal chat that was scheduled for April 14 was canceled as Mrs. Salazar will be speaking at the General Association meeting instead.


The next Scholastic Virtual Book Fair for Alamo School kicks off April 19! Thank you to Tara Gilad for making this happen!!!! Promotional flyers will be distributed on Monday and your child will have access to the link in their classroom streams. Your book purchases help support the PTA!!!! https://www.scholastic.com/bf/alamomustangs


The PTA is looking to recruit a volunteer to chair Staff Appreciation over the week of May 3-7. Room parents have already collected classroom money to put toward gifts for their respective teachers, so this job just covers planning a school wide theme, messaging, etc for all teachers and staff. This “event” will take place virtually (we have last year to build off of, so you will not be recreating the wheel). It’s such a fun way to celebrate our wonderful staff and say “thank you”!!! Let’s show our special teachers how much we care!!! Please contact Jenn Hoffman schmallie33@hotmail.com or Michelle Petersen michesinnott@gmail.com to volunteer or for any questions you may have.


Save the Dates!

Virtual Family Reading Night, Tuesday April 27, 6:30pm

Come join in this year’s final Family Reading Night! Alamo families are welcome to connect over Zoom to hear stories read by parents, teachers, and staff. This is a casual event - relaxing and pajamas are welcome. Book theme will be: Family Favorites (the ones your kids want to hear over and over!). Please contact Bridget Williams at bridgetwilliams4@icloud.com if you would like to read. Zoom details HERE.


Saturday, April 24 at 10:30am: San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs is pleased to present a virtual Family Engagement opportunity featuring speakers from C.O.P.E. (Counseling Options and Parent Education) The presentation will focus on the pros and cons of video games for children. Video games do have their positive attributes, but for many parents, it’s a struggle addressing screen-time, safety, potential dependency, violence, etc. This has been a larger struggle for parents during the pandemic with kids at home every day doing school remotely. Whatever the family "rules" or norms were pre-pandemic, kids are spending more time gaming, which for many has been a primary form of entertainment, stimulation and social interaction during shelter-in-place. This lively interactive presentation will discuss:


  • The pros and cons of video gaming;

  • Gaming provides social interaction safely during quarantine;

  • Dependency/addiction to gaming;

  • Gender norms of video games;

  • Sleep hygiene/how gaming can interrupt sleep patterns;

  • Effects on youth from violent video games; and

  • Screen fatigue.


Students, family members and educators are invited to attend and participate in the discussion. There will be breakout groups for students, parents and educators to discuss topics and share their perspectives and experiences with others. Advanced registration is required. Zoom links will be sent out by Friday April 23 at 5pm.


Monday, April 27 @ 6:30pm: Stories Build Bridges Speaker Series #3 With over a decade of experience as a political operative and civil engagement advocate, Jones will be sharing about her various leadership roles and her passion for diversity and inclusion. She has been featured in Vogue, the New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and most recently, was the national organizing director at Rock the Vote for the 2020 election. Register HERE After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about your Zoom link to join the meeting. Questions? Email Angie Corritone: angie@srvhsptsa.org, SRVHS PTSA IDEC Co-Chair

And lastly…. SEEKING DONATIONS!


What: a BOOK DRIVE benefiting

Who: The Children’s Book Project

www.thechildrensbookproject.org

When: NOW -THURSDAY 4/15

Where: Alamo Elementary (look for the marked bin in the entryway outside the office door)

How: collecting ‘like new’ or ‘gently used’ children’s books for economically disadvantaged children across the Bay Area


Brought to you by: 5th-grade community service leaders hoping to make a difference!


Thanks all!

Michelle Petersen, PTA President

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Monday Virtual Assemblies

Upcoming Monday Assemblies:


April 19 WLC Conservation - Students will learn about the different aspects of how we can conserve wildlife, why we want to conserve wildlife, and how we can use education to understand the importance of conservation better.


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.

DISTRIBUTION DAY

Monday, April 19 is Materials Distribution Day


For remote students:

1 - 3 1:00 - 3:00

4 - 5 3:00 - 5:00


In addition:

Science baggies:

  • Remote Students: Please RETURN last session's baggie ( and any others you may still have) and PICK UP your new science baggie.
  • In Person Students: New science baggies will be distributed in class and will be kept in the classroom. If there are any science baggies still at home, please return to the classroom teacher.


Art materials will be distributed for 1 -5 remote students


If you have students at different grade levels, please come during the time that works best for you.

Mustang Broadcast

This week's broadcast. Great job, Andrew and Alicia!
Mustang Broadcast April 12, 2021

SPIRIT DAYS

April 16 - College Spirit Day

April 23 - Mustang Spirit Day (school colors/gear)

April 30 - Rainbow Day (5th Grade Red, 4th Orange, 3rd Yellow, 2nd Green, 1st Blue, K Purple)

May 7 - Dress Like Your Teacher Day

May 14 - Match Your Class Day

May 21 - Mustang Spirit Day (school colors/gear)

May 28 - Red, White, and Blue Day

June 3rd (Last Day) - Aloha Day (Hawaiian Gear)

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Upcoming Religious Observances

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SRVUSD Child Nutrition Services

ATTENDANCE - picking your child up early

If you need to pick your child up early, please email AlamoAttendance@srvusd.net, along with your teacher, to let us know. Once you arrive on campus, please stop by the office to sign your student out, and we will call the teacher to send him/her to meet you at the office. Thank you.

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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