September 7, 2021
September 7, 8, 9, 13 ThinkWorks Classes Begin (see Ed Fund below for information)
September 8 Odyssey of the Mind Informational Virtual Meeting, 7:30 PM
September 14 Staff Development Day - Minimum Day, Dismissal K 10:30 AM, GR1-5 12:00 PM
September 14 Polling on Campus - MPR (CA Gubernatorial Recall Election)
October 9-10 Run for Education
October 11-15 Conference Week -Minimum Days, Dismissal K 10:30 AM, GR1-5 12:00 PM
October 19 School Picture Retake Day
SPOTLIGHT - New Staff Members
5th Grade Teacher
Hi Mustangs! My name is Chloe Barfod, and I am so excited to be a new member of the Mustang staff this year. Thank you all for such a warm welcome.
I grew up in Danville and went to the schools in SRVUSD. I graduated from the University of Oregon, and then I decided to pursue my passion for teaching at Brandman University, where I earned my teaching credential. Some of my interests outside of the classroom include spending time with my family and friends, exercising, listening to music, and traveling.
I’m so excited to get to know all of my fellow Mustangs!
5th Grade Teacher
As I enter my 8th year with SRVUSD, I am very excited to join the Alamo School community! It's been a pleasure to meet many of the parents and students at Alamo School, and I look forward to meeting all of you in the days ahead. In addition to enjoying my new position as an Office Assistant, I love spending time with my family and our pets and enjoy singing, music, and theater.
Social Distancing to Stay Safe
Thank you, Mr. Petersen and PTA. We are grateful for the tents to make lunchtime much cooler for our Mustangs. Mr. Petersen determined the best solution, purchased the tents and installed them.
Thank you, Welch Family, for the tent. Mr. and Mrs. Welch donated the black tent to keep our Mustangs shaded during lunch.
Some students preferred to stay in the sun.
Thank you to all who were able to join us for our Principal Chat on Wednesday, September 1st. Special thanks to Dr. Ling Liang for her presentation on Covid and how it specifically relates to children. Thank you as well to Principal Salazar and Bonnie Brors for their thorough review of SRVUSD Covid Protocols. You can find a link to these protocols here. Our next principal chat is October 6 at 6:30pm.
Due to construction by the MPR, ongoing Covid concerns, and the poor air quality we’ve been experiencing, the Hoedown has been moved to April 22, so mark your calendars!!! This is going to be one heck of a Spring Carnival!!!! We cannot do this event without volunteers, and now you have plenty of time to plan ahead! Please email Echo Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
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
Huge kudos to Bridget Williams for putting together our first Family Reading Night of the school year and thank you to all parents who volunteered to read a book. So much appreciation goes to Bar Mizne for her continued work on registration and to Kelly Bowes for her work on the marquee. Thank you to Tim Petersen for setting up shade structures in the upper playground and for his work in the garden area at the front of school and the beautiful drought-resistant potted plants. For all those who donated to the PTA garden fund, thank you. Our beautiful gardens are much in need of work since Covid closures last year did not allow for volunteers at the school. These donations have allowed us to start with the front entrance garden area so THANK YOU! We are 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 and Nicole Rocca, PTA Presidents
Run for Education 2021 is open for registration!
Sponsorships Needed!!! The Run for Education is Back October 9-10!!! Thank you to Michelle Parkinson for her dedication to this important revenue builder for our school. Did you know Alamo School receives 70% of all sponsorship dollars, and this money goes directly to our school discretionary budget? This money allows our Principal much-needed flexibility in spending power on things like water refilling stations, hand sanitizing stations, permanent shade structures, Active Education (facilitated games during recess), and so much more. If you want to learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org and please consider being a parent volunteer for this program!!! Specific details on RFE HERE
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!
ThinkWorks: Last chance to sign up for in-person after school enrichment classes! Classes start this week and are sure to fill up. Please register HERE.
Chimes and Chorus: Does your child love music, chorus, and/or chimes? If you haven’t yet donated to these wonderful programs, please visit HERE. Art and music programs are funded by YOUR generous contributions. Thank you for your support!
FUNd parties: FUNd party planning is starting and we need your input. Please click here to complete a poll so we can see which fun adult-only or family events you would most like to attend while also supporting our students and school.
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. We hope to raise an additional $22,500 through corporate matching, but we can’t do it without you! **There is still time to contribute to our Annual Giving Campaign- you can donate online anytime here. See how your donation is used here. Check here to see if your employer will match your donation.
Looking to Volunteer?: We still have some positions open for this year and would love to have new volunteers! Contact email@example.com if you are interested in any role, large or small.
Shutterfly: Ordering photo books, custom photo gifts, prints, or cards? Support the Ed Fund at the same time! Start your order at this website and 8% of your purchase goes back to the Ed Fund. See all “Free Money” retail opportunities here.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you for your continued support of the Ed Fund’s fundraising efforts and programs. We are working hard to support our students, teachers, and school this year. Shout out to Erin Myers for coordinating our amazing ThinkWorks classes and our marketing team (Rachel Miegel, Nina Voss, and Bridget Williams) for their work promoting all of our events!
Ed Fund President
Ms. Angeletopoulos's Class - Celebrating Family Heritage
Ms. Wilson's Class - Programming, Problem Solving, and Critical Thinking with Ozobots.
Permission slips will go home with more details about the program.
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.
Student safety is our number one priority. In order to ensure that every student is safely where they are supposed to be at the beginning of each school day, we are implementing a new attendance safety protocol. Our priority is to make contact with families for any absent students within 30 minutes of their arrival time at school.
Within the first thirty minutes of your child’s start time, if your student is not at school, you will receive an automated message alerting you to the fact that your child has been marked absent. If you receive an automated call alerting you that your student is absent and you sent your child to school, please call the school office right away.
Per our school’s regular guidelines and protocols, we ask that you email AlamoAttendance@srvusd.net as soon as possible and provide a brief explanation of why your student will be absent that day, including a list of their symptoms if they are sick, as this helps us with our Covid tracking. Please copy your child’s teacher on the email to Alamo Attendance.
Please keep in mind that if your student is tardy, you may receive a call, because it takes time to update the information in our system from absent to tardy. For some, an automated message may be a change from past practice, but we know you will understand that this is the most effective way to ensure the safety of every student.
We ask for your patience as everyone gets accustomed to this new process. There may be times that you have already called or emailed about your student’s absence, but you may still receive a robocall, as the school office has not had the time to input that information in the system.
We appreciate your support and partnership in keeping our students safe. If you have questions about the new process, please contact your school office.
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