December 20, 2021
Dear Alamo Families,
In the spirit of the holiday season of giving and gratitude, please join me in celebrating our teachers and staff's hard work, dedication, selflessness, and multi-tasking inspiration. Our teachers take on so many roles beyond what you see in the classroom, and they are often counselors, cheerleaders, social workers, librarians, and more. They are people who lead fearlessly, love hard, believe in their students, and connect with them on a fundamental, human, personal level.
Thank you too, our families and community partners, for your deep commitment and support of our schools, students, and staff. Thank you for your volunteerism and your acts of generosity and kindness. Thank you for all you do to help your students build relationships with those at school and treat us as your extended family.
Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
December 20 Hippy Club Informational Meeting after lunch
December 20 ThinkWorks Registration Opens, 12:00 PM
December 21 Chimes perform in front of the school for drop-off traffic, 7:45-8:00 AM
December 22 School Sing-Along with Chorus
December 23-January 7 Winter Break NO SCHOOL
January 10 Floating Work Day NO SCHOOL
January 18 Hippy Club's first meeting during lunch
January 18 ThinkWorks classes begin
January 21 Report Cards go home
January 27 PTA General Association Meeting, 8:30-9:00 AM, Amphitheater
March 7-15 Online Silent Auction Opens
May 21 Bocce, Bubbles, and BBQ!
Thank you to all students and families who gave so generously to our Sister School Warm Meal and Toy Drive! Your generosity allowed us to purchase (36) $20 Target gift cards, (36) $10 Walmart gift cards, (35) $50 Grocery Outlet gift cards plus we delivered a van load of toys and gifts. A special thank you to all Alamo Students and Student Leadership. Our kids donated $1200 for their Dover Elementary counterparts. We are so proud of our kids!!!! Kudos to the Scott family and Grocery Outlet San Pablo for providing 20 gift cards at discount, extending our purchasing power, and a special thanks to Bar Mizne, our Sister School Ambassador for all her hard work in making this drive successful. Together we supported families who are either homeless or transitioning from homelessness and provided gifts for needy kids. The Alamo Community rocks! (See picture below.)
Our student leadership team has some great Spirit Days planned this week! Monday is Ugly Sweater day, Tuesday is festive accessory day (think fun hats, scarves) and Wednesday is Pajama Day (proper shoes required). Thank you Alamo School student leaders! We are proud of you!
Run Clubbers! Run Club will return February 2, 2022. Thank you to Lisa Taylor for keeping our kids running!
Yearbooks are on sale now and we need your pics! Any Alamo families wishing to contribute to yearbook picture taking this year can snap pics at every Alamo School event, and share them via HJeshare.com, School Code AlamoYB. Please remember to include event names for our committee to organize them into the yearbook. If you still need to purchase a 2021/22 Yearbook, you can do so at yearbookordercenter.com, School Code 12361. For 5th grade families, you can purchase a personalized message with pics to your graduating 5th grader for an additional $25. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions.
Would you or anyone you know like to help recruit for our 2022/23 PTA Board? Join our nominating committee for next year’s executive board positions. There are many opportunities available and we need all of your involvement in order to keep amazing events like Holiday Shop, Run for Education, Talent Show, and so many more going next year. Joining the nominating committee is a good way to get to know the process and bylaws under which our PTA functions, and get to know all of us. Additionally, you can have a voice in shaping the future of our PTA and ensuring an inclusive and equitable PTA board that represents all of our Alamo community. Only one zoom meeting and some networking required. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you're interested.
PTA GENERAL ASSOCIATION MEETING: January 27th, 8:30-9:30 @ Alamo School Amphitheatre. Come vote on the nominating committee and find out more about all of the things that the PTA does for Alamo School.
Thank you- have a wonderful holiday!
Michelle Petersen and Nicole Rocca
Alamo Elementary PTA
Sister School Warm Meal and Toy Drive
Thank you to our amazing chorus, strings, band, and chimes performers for a beautiful Winter Concert on Friday evening! These musical programs would not be possible without your donations and support. Kudos to Mrs. Raaum, Mrs. Angle and all of the students for their hard work and practice this year. Happy Holidays to all of our Alamo Families!
ThinkWorks: Get ready for another round of ThinkWorks in-person, after school enrichment classes! There are a variety of options on all days of the week and tailored to the school calendar. Classes run from January 18 through April 1. Click here for a preview of the weekly schedule.
Our registration website will go live Monday, December 20th at noon-don’t delay-classes are sure to fill up quickly!
Donation and sponsorship opportunities: Looking for a last-minute 2021 tax deduction?
Do you have connections to season tickets or box seats at a local sporting event? Does your small business want publicity to reach more customers? Can you donate a week at a vacation property? We are requesting your help to secure items for our auctions and business sponsorships. In 2022 we are planning for the Online Silent Auction to be held March 7th-15th and “Bocce, Bubbles, and BBQ” on Saturday, May 21st. View donation and sponsorship information HERE for these important events that provide funding for essential programs on campus.
Square 1 Art Update: If you have not yet received your order, the last few items will be sent out shortly. Orders will be expedited as needed to arrive before the holidays. Thank you so much for your patience!
Amazon wishlists: Looking for that perfect teacher gift? Try the Alamo Amazon Wish List! This list will be available year round and items are added as needed. If you have not yet done so, please read the instructions here on how to access and purchase items from their list to be sent directly to the school.
Thank you to everyone who shopped at our Kendra Scott giveback event! Our total giveback earnings were $101.77!
Your Ed Fund Donations Are Hard At Work: We are currently at 65.7% of our total projected revenue for the 2021-22 school year. Upcoming events that will support our important programs are the Online Silent Auction, ThinkWorks classes, Bocce, Bubbles and BBQ, Corporate Match and our ongoing retail giveback programs. Interviews are in process for 2 open paraeducator positions and those salaries are not included in our 2021-22 projected expenses. We hired a new art teacher, Sara Padash, who began in November. Once the construction is completed on campus, we will be using funds from the 2020 Live Auction Fund-a-Need to give the library a much needed refresh.
Below is a breakdown of how much we have raised and what the Ed Fund has paid for to date. As always, if you have any questions, or would like to volunteer for the Ed Fund, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, many commonly asked questions and answers may be viewed here.
Net Funds for 2020-2021: As of December 14, 2021
Annual Giving Campaign + Music Donations: $132,857.50
Art supplies, campus emergency kits, music t-shirts: $6,380
Corporate Match: $20,805.11
Live/Online Auction: $5,607.27
Teacher Treats: $10,838
Amazon Smile, retail and restaurant giveback: $679.38
Total current net funds raised: $182,678.92
Total projected revenue: $278,250
*We are awaiting $222 from our Tomatina giveback night, $2,976 from Square 1 Art, $101.77 from Kendra Scott, $192.95 from 5 Little Monkeys, a $500 grant from Boston Scientific and results of the Minted and Shutterfly sales.
Current expenses for the 2021-2022 School Year:
San Ramon Valley Unified School District Bills (Salaries and Benefits (when applicable) for Music Teacher, Chimes Teacher, Art Teacher, 3 Paraeducators, Rainbow Room Socio-Emotional Specialist, Instructional Reading Specialists, art supplies and copy machine expenses): $91,317.95
Credit card processing fees: $1,617.82
Tech program (online platforms for fundraising and accounting): $2,336.33
SRVEF Dues, Tax preparer and Insurance: $1,887
Current paid expenses: $97,544.94
Total projected expenses: $201,224.92
*Projected expenses will go up once additional personnel are hired to fill the open paraeducator positions.
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Winter Concert: Chorus, Chimes, Strings, Band
Get ready for another round of Thinkworks in-person, after school enrichment classes! There are a variety of options on all days of the week and tailored to the school calendar (see below for a sneak peek of class descriptions). Classes run from January 18 through April 1. Classes will fill up quickly, so be sure to register on Monday.
YOGA (K-2): 8 classes designed especially to help kids cultivate a calm mind and improve strength, flexibility, motor skills, and concentration.
SEWING (1st-5th): 9 fun classes where children learn to use a needle and thread and work with patterns to sew their own pieces by hand.
SNAPOLOGY LEGO CLASS (1st-5th): 9 Star Wars themed class designed to develop STEAM skills.
COOKING 'ROUND THE WORLD (K-2): 8 classes where children will prepare recipes and learn about culture, tastes, and celebrations from different countries each week. (Classes run from 2:35 until 4 PM)
MONEY MATTERS (1st-5th): Your child will build financial literacy over 8 classes and learn about budgeting and saving in a fun and engaging class.
CHESS (1st-5th): High quality individual and group instruction and supervised play over 8 classes.
YOGA (3rd-5th): 9 classes designed especially to help kids cultivate a calm mind and improve strength, flexibility, motor skills, and concentration.
SPANISH (1st-5th): Children will learn Spanish language and become familiar with cultural elements of Spanish-speaking countries over 10 classes.
CHESS (1st-5th): High quality individual and group instruction and supervised play over 10 classes.
ART WITH MS. FETTIG (1st-5th): Explore using different media and methods to create masterpieces with Ms. Fettig over 8 classes!
CODING: (1st-5th): Learn block-based programming in Scratch over 10 classes.
COOKING 'ROUND THE WORLD (3rd-5th): 9 classes where children will prepare recipes and learn about culture, tastes, and celebrations from different countries each week. (Classes run from 2:35 until 4 PM)