Principally Speaking

ALAMOS Elementary School Aug/Sept 2019

AES Newsletter 8/21/2019

First Newsletter of the Year!

Dear Alamos Families,

We did it! We opened our doors last Wednesday and welcomed in a brand new school year! It is hard to believe that we are completely full in every grade level and together, with close to a hundred staff members and a thousand students, our first week of school is underway! We are the largest elementary school in TVUSD and although we are quite big, we hope to make you feel like you are a part of the family. For those of you that are brand new to the nest, we welcome you and for those of you returning to us, welcome back! Please join us for Back to School Night...tonight at 6 pm.

As you know, Happy Teachers Change the World and Happy Parents Make it Even Better! Our vision this year for students, staff and our school community is to create and cultivate a happy, stress free environment that promotes learning at high levels. Mindfulness is a practice that can help children of all ages tune their instrument of learning. By that, I mean their entire being, body, mind, heart and brain as we all their relationship among themselves as learners, and thus a social/environmental dimension that is crucial to optimal learning and inquiry. This year our teachers are committed to creating happy classrooms, where students can learn to be aware of, and take control of, their social and emotional well being. The practice of mindfulness is the practice of joy! Research has reminded us time and time again that when children are happy in their environment, they are ready, no they are EAGER to learn and grow and thrive! Our teachers are ready to embark on this new journey and it will be hard work, or rather it will be lots of HEART- work!

Social Emotional Learning is a focus in TVUSD and the Student Welfare and Success Department is implementing a parent education program for the 2019-2020 school year entitled “Parent University.” Parent University is a community collaborative effort led by the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Team in the Temecula Valley Unified School District to assist parents to become full partners in supporting their children’s social- emotional and academic needs. TVUSD partners with community agencies and organizations to offer free workshops, family events and activities that will equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources, and confidence. More information can be found on our website.

Student safety continues to be a priority at AES. This past summer ALL staff attended a safety training. TVUSD partnered with the Temecula Police Department to share vital information with our school community on what to do if there ever was a threat to our school campus. We continually practice a variety of emergency drills with students and staff throughout the year. Drills are conducted in such a way to minimize fear while instilling in our students a ..."I am safe because I know what to do in an emergency" kind of attitude, giving students some sense of control in difficult situations. Parents, we kindly ask you to do your part in keeping our students feeling safe and secure while at school. Please be a good role model on our campus when in our parking lots or front office or when directed by school personnel to follow a rule or procedure. We so appreciate your efforts and support!

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year and it is my absolute privilege to serve this community as Principal. My door is always open and I welcome the opportunity to get to know you better. Please feel free to stop by, introduce yourself and share any concerns or questions you may have. Together, as parent and principal, we are partners in your child's education!


Jenniffer Aynesworth, Principal

Parking Lot Safety

Dear Kinder and Preschool Parents,

Welcome to our school. A couple of rules to keep in mind when dropping off and picking up your students.

  • Drop off - if you are comfortable with your student walking up to the gate alone you may use the drop-off loop, please help us keep the line moving forward. If you plan on walking your student to the gate you will need to park in a parking space in the lot or on the street and walk them to the gates. Please do not leave your car unattended in the loop.
  • Pick Up - All kinder and preschool students are released to a parent at the gate by teachers. Therefore you will need to park your car in the parking lot or the street in order to walk to the gate. Again, please do not park and or wait in the loop for your student to come out, this holds up traffic that may be coming in for other reasons.

All Parents

It is our goal to keep our students safe at all times. Please be sure to use crosswalks, stairs, and sidewalks at all times. When waiting in the loop for school to release please close the gap between cars to allow as many cars as possible into the lot and keep traffic flowing on the streets.

Message from the PTO President

Hello Alamos Families,

On behalf of the Alamos Elementary PTO board, I would like to welcome all new and returning families to the 2019-2020 school year. PTO’s mission is to support and enhance the educational experiences of the school’s students by providing an organization through which the parents, the school and teachers can work cooperatively and by providing financial support for programs funded outside of the annual school budget. The PTO funds and sponsors numerous events, programs, assemblies, technology, and school enrichment throughout the year. For the PTO to be effective and represent our school the best way possible, it is essential to have involvement from as many of our Alamos family members as possible. There are many opportunities for you to get involved without having to be present daily: you can volunteer at events, be a room parent, offer any ideas or suggestions you have at any time, contribute your time from home, donating items for staff appreciation and luncheons, etc. No matter the level of your flexibility; any time, effort and generosity given by the members of our Alamos family is greatly appreciated, always welcome and truly does make a difference in the lives of our AES students.

If you have any questions on how to volunteer or become a PTO member, questions about PTO, comments or concerns please feel free to email Casey Rendon at any time. This year our meetings will be held the third Friday of every month in the MPR at 9:45am (with the exception of our first meeting on August 23rd and December 13th, both meetings will still be held at normal time and location). We look forward to working with you and getting to know you this year. You can follow us on our website at, on Facebook at and on Instagram @alamoselementarypto.

Thank you in advance for your support. We are so excited for this school year and hope that you all have an amazing September.


Casey Rendon and the PTO Board

Alamos Calendar

Download the PDF file below to see our Alamos Calendar. You'll see the events coming in the next couple of months. In every monthly newsletter, we will include the upcoming month of events you can print for a quick reference or simply save a copy. We hope this helps keep you organized with all our fun events.