Mustang News

March 15, 2021

Dear Alamo Families,

Your donations make a difference.


Mrs. Angle's instrumental music, Mrs. Berkowitz's art classes, and Mrs. Raaum's classroom music enrich our curriculum and positively affect the students' well-being, making them feel happier and more confident, so much needed in this pandemic.


Another immense impact of your donations is the paraeducators it affords. The assistance from classroom paraeducators allows small groups facilitated by either the para or teacher. Small groups provide flexible learning where needed, and that includes working with students at all levels: below, at, or above grade level. Small groups inspire confidence as the informal atmosphere can often support students in the conversation, encouraging them to participate from instant feedback on ideas as students contribute more to discussions.


Please help us reach our online silent auction goal! We are beyond grateful for your generosity.


With appreciation,

Principal Salazar

online SILENT AUCTION CLOSES March 16 AT 9:00 PM!

Alamo Education Fund

Online Silent Auction Update: BID, BID, BID!


As of this afternoon, we are at 62% of our goal! We hope to raise $12,500! The Time is Now! Auction closes at 9 PM on Tuesday, March 16th!


Proceeds fund our school’s enrichment teachers.

Bid today at: https://alamoedfund.schoolauction.net/auction2021/catalog (copy & paste in browser)


*Time to get that last bid in on your favorite items. Choose from over 150 great auction items that are available to win.


*Time to bid on open spots that NO ONE HAS BID ON YET. Some with minimum bids of just $5.


Still not sure about what to bid on? Consider a direct donation.


Bidding is available to Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles, Best Friends, Neighbors, anyone! All you have to do is sign up! Such a great way to support the teachers, students and the Alamo School Ed Fund! Visit: https://alamoedfund.schoolauction.net/auction2021/catalog


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

Teachers, thank you for all you do!

Comparing and Contrasting Habitats in Mrs. Abramowitz's 2nd Grade Class

Compare & Contrast activities are a practical and easy-to-use introduction to higher-order thinking. It improves comprehension by highlighting important details and providing a simple structure that helps students organize information visually so they are able to see the relationships between two or three sets of items. They can then identify similarities and differences. Their Venn diagram had three overlapping circles!

Narrative Non-Fiction Story Elements in Ms. Pavon's 3rd Grade Class

Why is this an important concept? When students can describe literary elements such as character, problem, and solution, they can better interpret and respond to a text. Focusing on and discussing key details of literary elements supports understanding the author's message and purpose.

PTA

Our GENERAL ASSOCIATION MEETING is Thursday, March 25 at 4:00pm. Please join us and special guest Joe Inora, Support Counselor for SRVUSD, for a brief introduction to conflict resolution for parents and kids. Registration required - Register HERE After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


YEARBOOK Special thanks to Liz Lopez for her hard work in making a yearbook happen this year! Given that this year is a year like no other, it is history and important to remember. If you haven’t purchased a yearbook yet, please consider doing so. Yearbooks are only $20 and can be ordered online today. Buy online now at: YEARBOOKORDERCENTER.COM School Code: 12361


Calling all Artists!!! Starting now, and continuing through Saturday, March 20, the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation will be accepting submissions of a logo for the 38th Annual Run for Education. The winning design will be highlighted on T-shirts and the winning student will receive $100 in gift cards. Information HERE


SAVE THE DATES

Friday, March 19, 6pm- Thirty Second District PTA March Association Meeting and Elections with Special Guests Lynn Mackey (Superintendent Contra Costa County) and Chris Farintano (Health Officer- Contra Costa County) and Paul Leung (Contra Costa County Public Health) Register to attend HERE


Saturday, March 20 at 10:30AM: DR. ERAN MAGEN on HELPING YOUR CHILD LEARN GOOD HABITS. Good habits are quite possibly the most valuable asset a child can have. But how can you help your child build good habits, without nagging or preaching, in a way that keeps you relaxed and strengthens your relationship? In this interactive session, we will go over setting effective and realistic goals, ensuring motivation and self-efficacy, and making the entire process pleasant for both you and your child.


Our guest speaker, Dr. Eran Magen, Ph.D. teaches clinicians, educators, and parents how to form stronger, more supportive relationships in their professional and personal lives. Eran received his Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University and served as the research director for the department of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more at ParentingForHumans.com. For questions, contact us at FamilyEngagement@srvcouncilpta.org. Advanced Registration is Required. Learn more and register here: https://www.srvcouncilpta.org/events/2021/3/20/building-your-childs-good-habits (or you can use the short URL www.srvcouncilpta.org and they can click from there.


Sunday, March 21, 4:00pm Join the Nahama Foundation for the Arts Women’s History Month “Stove Top Tales” - information about the event and how to participate HERE


Tuesday, March 23, 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom “Stories Build Bridges" Speaker Series Event #2

Featuring Irma Herrera, in honor of Women's History Month Learn More and Register Parents, staff, and students are invited to hear Irma's inspiring story about identity and advocacy. There will be a Q&A session and informal conversation facilitated by some of our very own SRVUSD high school students.


Advocacy Day for Education 2021: Moving Forward with Resiliency


Please join the San Ramon Valley Council, Pleasanton Council and Las Trampas Council for Advocacy Day 2021: Moving Forward with Resiliency. The first Advocacy Day took place in 1980, prompted by the passage of Proposition 13 and its anticipated negative impact on education. Today, Advocacy Day serves as a vehicle to both influence our legislators and inform our PTA volunteers and community members. Four decades of advocacy have focused on issues of finance, education reform, class size, standardized testing, special needs and children’s health issues. This year is different.


Undeniably, the pandemic has greatly impacted the schools and the health of our families and communities. For exactly one year we have faced uncertainty on a daily basis and the challenge of not knowing what the future holds for our students and schools. This year Advocacy Day will focus on “Moving Forward with Resiliency.” We will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of our school superintendents and state legislators. A panel of highly respected frontline medical and mental health experts will share the most current information and recommendations. The equity issues at play will be addressed by both educators and corporate professionals.


Together we will advocate directly to our legislators for the education of all our children. More information and registration will be published in the coming weeks at SRVCouncilPTA.org.


Thanks all- have a great week! Michelle Petersen

Thank you, Mr. Ruffin!

Mr. Ruffin was our industry guest speaker at our STEAM Academy (GATE Program) meeting. The group's current activity is the Stock Market Game. In The Stock Market Game (SMG), students work together to create and manage a virtual investment portfolio of real-world stocks. Each team is responsible for researching and evaluating potential investments. Team members must also effectively come together on cooperative decisions on whether to buy, sell, or hold the stocks in their portfolio.
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Mustang Broadcast

This week's broadcast. Great job, Owen, Aria, and Isha!
Mustang Broadcast March 15, 2021

alamo pride students

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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.

Access to COVID Testing for Students and Families-

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has partnered with PMH Laboratories to arrange opportunities for students and families to have access to COVID testing. Testing will take place at the SRVUSD Education Center. Please visit the testing information page on our website to make an appointment and for more information.

SRVUSD Child Nutrition Services

Child Nutrition Information: MARCH GRAB N GO MEAL SCHEDULE

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Upcoming Religious Observances

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Important Dates

March 17 Spirit Day - Wear Green

March 23 Minimum Day, Monday Schedule (Professional Development)

March 25 PTA General Meeting, 4:00 PM

March 24 SVMS Principal White Chat with Hybrid 5th Grade

March 26 SVMS Principal White Chat with Remote 5th Grade

March 29 Monday Assembly - EcoHero

March 31 School Site Council Meeting

April 2 No School - Teacher Work Day


Alamo School Calendar


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

SPIRIT DAYS!

Mar 17 - Wear Green/Rainbows/Etc for St. Patrick's Day

March 26 -Mustang Spirit Day (school colors/gear)

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)

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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