August 23, 2021
Dear Alamo Families,
We are grateful for your patience and continued support as we transition from short to longer days. We are ready for prime time! This week is a time for many new start and end times. We begin our Regular Day Schedule (M, T, Th, F) for all grades and early/late bird schedules for kindergarten and first grade. Please check the August-only calendar link below for the added start and end times.
We are fortunate to have Mrs. Raaum and Mrs. Angle support our music programs throughout the school year. The benefits of music education are limitless and highly helpful to students. Music positively impacts academics and provides an outlet for creativity that is crucial to a child's development. Mrs. Raaum began classroom music on the first week of school, and instrumental music starts on Monday, 8/23. Please look below for Mrs. Angle's schedule, and a peek into one of Mrs. Raaum's music lessons with students.
Now that assessments are done, teachers begin analyzing the screeners given in the past two weeks. We use the data we collect from the reading and math skills screeners to place all kids in WIN (What I Need) time groups according to their needs. WIN time is a block when the whole class participates in small groups to receive intervention or enrichment. Social-emotional learning is included. Classroom paraeducators, instructional aides, and counselors assist the teachers during that time. WIN time begins on Monday, August 30.
We need your help! Please consider volunteering during lunch recess (see the link below). After Monday, You will find more white dots on the upper blacktop for social distancing to keep everyone safe when eating. We need parents to help with supervision as students will be assigned throughout the entire upper blacktop. Volunteers will be required to be vaccinated. However, until the district has finalized the tracking process, we will use the honor system. Please keep our school community safe.
We are set for our first week of full-time instruction on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday remains an adjusted day.
August 23 Early/Late Arrival and Dismissal Begin for K & 1st Grades
August 23 Instrumental Music Begins
August 24 Board of Education Meeting
August 25 Harvest of the Month Volunteers Informational Virtual Meeting, 6:30 PM
August 26 PTA Cup of Coffee, PTA General Association Meeting, 8:00 AM
August 27 Hearing/Vision Testing Grades K, 1, 2, 5 (during school hours)
August 31 Family Reading Night, Virtual, 6:30 PM
September 1 Principal Chat 5:30 PM
September 6 Labor Day Holiday- NO SCHOOL
September 8 Odyssey of the Mind Informational Virtual Meeting, 7:30 PM
SPOTLIGHT - New Staff Members
I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Univ. of San Francisco and my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary's College along with my Pupil Personnel Services Credential which allows me to be a school counselor. I worked as a school counselor at Monte Vista High School for 13 years where I supported students and their families through the academic, college/career and social-emotional situations that are presented in high school. I'm now transitioning from a high school counselor to working at Alamo and Rancho Romero Elem. Schools where I will be doing individual and group counseling along with character education. The SRVUSD District Office is working on forms and flowcharts that will help clarify which students would see the counselor, Rainbow Room support person, SCIP Intern from the Discovery Center and the MTSS specialist.
Alamo Elementary-Tuesday, Friday and every other Wednesday
Christina Byers, MA, PPS
My name is Stacy Campbell and I am Alamo's new MTSS Liaison. MTSS stands for Multi-tiered Systems of Support. My mission is to empower schools and staff to facilitate high levels of academic and social-emotional learning for all students. I look forward to working with the Alamo community to support all of our students!
Alamo Elementary-Monday, Thursday and every other Wednesday
Stacy Campbell, MAT, Admin Services
Calling all Parents!!!! Volunteers Needed for Lunch Recess!
Our school needs your help! We are looking for parent volunteers at lunch each day to help with lunch recess: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D45A8AB28A6F94-lunch. Volunteers must be cleared through the Be A Mentor program. Parents, please have patience with the school lunch process as the lunch school staff is very understaffed. 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. Thank you in advance for volunteering!
Thank you to all of you who purchased a PTA membership and made donations to support our programs. If you have not yet purchased a membership, or registered through the school platform, you still can! Remember, your $30 purchase gets you access to the school directory. You won’t have access without it! Click HERE to purchase. I hope to see a lot of you at our general association meeting on August 26th. All are welcome!
General Association Meeting, Thursday August 26th at 8:00am
Please join us for a Second Cup of Coffee, Thursday August 26th in the amphitheater after drop-off (8:00am). This will be a general meeting for the PTA and an opportunity to connect with other parents. All parents are welcome! The focus will be an open discussion and to answer any questions you may have or address any challenges you have encountered. For working parents, we will be having a social night in September. Stay tuned!
Calling all Harvest of the Month Volunteers! Informational meeting August 25th at 6:30pm
Please join us for an informational meeting on August 25th at 6:30pm via zoom. Harvest of the Month is an elementary school program that aims to expose kids to healthy fruits and vegetables and better eating habits. Volunteers present in the classroom once a month and all presentations are prepared for you. It is a super easy, fun way to stay involved in your child's class. Thank you Dr. Karrie Heneman for your dedication to this program! Please note, before you can present in classroom you must be registered with the Be A Mentor program
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 859 8431 1421
Family Reading Night - August 31st at 6:30pm
Please join us for our first Family Reading Night of the 2021 school year on August 31st at 6:30pm! 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: Funny Favorites (the ones that make you laugh out loud). Please contact Bridget Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to read.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 845 2732 7203
Principal Chat - Wednesday, September 1st 5:30pm
Please join our first Principal Chat of the year with our Principal, Monina Salazar - Wednesday, September 1st at 5:30pm. Our Special guest is Pediatric Doctor and Alamo Parent, Ling Chih Liang who will talk to us about Covid. Details in the next Mustang News but we are hoping this will be an on-campus event.
Odyssey of the Mind Informational Meeting Wednesday, September 8th at 7:30pm
Please join us for an Odyssey of the Mind informational meeting via Zoom (details below). Odyssey of the Mind is a problem-solving competition for students in kindergarten thru fifth grade which aims to foster creative, original and divergent thinking. Teams of students select a problem, create a solution, then present their solution in a competition. By working in teams, participants learn to appreciate and understand others and that a group is a more powerful thinking force than an individual. We are looking for interested students to participate, as well as interested parents to coach student teams. Please come join us to learn more about the opportunity! You can find more information about the program ahead of the meeting here: https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/learn-more/ If you can't make the meeting or have any questions ahead of September 8, please email Dina Warshavsky at email@example.com
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 822 3089 8373
Didn’t get your Mustang Spirit Wear orders in while our flash sale was on? That’s ok because this year the store remains open! We have shirts, masks, and everything you need to feel the Mustang Spirit. Order online HERE
Huge kudos to Bar Mizne for her continued work on the registration platform. Thank you to Anji Kobayashi for helping to welcome back our teachers and adding pizzazz to their welcome gift and for getting our Spiritwear store up and running. Thank you to Diane Siegel for her creative energy and our beautiful welcome students sign! Thanks to Kelly Bowes as we work out the kinks to our new marquee. And thank you to Tara Gilad for coordinating room parents this year. I am so grateful to all our parent volunteers!
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 & Nicole Rocca
It’s time to get creative! Thanks to your generous donations, Mrs. Berkowitz will bring art to each classroom starting in September. Have you heard your student singing or humming a new tune? Classes have begun their weekly music lessons with Mrs. Raaum. Art and music programs are funded by YOUR donations. Thank you for your support!
ThinkWorks: After-school enrichment classes are coming soon! Look for details in your inbox during the next week. Classes start after Labor Day and run for 8 to 12 weeks, depending on the class.
Annual Giving Campaign: We are now at 86.5% of our goal for this fundraising drive! To date, we have raised $122,015. Thank you Alamo Mustangs! Our Annual Giving Campaign is our largest fundraiser of the year with a target of $141,050. We hope to raise $278,250 overall this school year to continue to provide excellent programs for our students. You can donate anytime online here. See how your donation is used here.
*Corporate Match: Don’t forget to take advantage of any corporate match program offered by your employer. Many require submissions within 30-60 days of donation. Check here to see if your company matches.
Looking to Volunteer?: We still have some positions open for this year and would love to have new volunteers! One urgent request is for 2-3 individuals who would be able to take charge and plan the Live Auction/Gala on February 26th, 2022. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any role, large or small.
Scan your receipt and earn $$ for our school. All you need is your phone! Download the Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit your school’s earnings online.
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
NEW E-mail this year: email@example.com
Ed Fund President
Instrumental Music Schedule 2021-2022
12:30 - 1:00 Beginning Band
1:00 - 1:30 Beginning Strings
1:30 - 2:00 Advanced Strings
2:00 -2:30 Advanced Band
2:30 - 3:30 Chimes 1 (after school)
7:30-8:00 Fifth Grade Beginning Band students
1:00 -1:30 Beginning Strings
1:30 - 2:00 Advanced Strings
2:00 - 2:30 Advanced Band
2:30 - 3:30 Chimes 2 (after school)
7:30 - 8:00 Beginning Band (before school)
Start Date- Week of August 23
Mrs. Raaum's Classroom Music
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.
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
FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
Please remember that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. All students and staff must wear masks indoors at all times.
All student absences should be reported to the AL attendance line which can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please refer to the updated Covid guidance that is posted on the district website: Updated Covid Policy 2021-2022. Please note that student absences need to be cleared by a physician's note and/or a Covid test (home tests are not allowed at this time).
Thank you so much for your attention in this very important matter. We appreciate your cooperation to keep all our school community safe and healthy.