#AltEd Alert

The Venture Community Newsletter for Grades K - 12

Friday, April 23, 2021


Dear Venture and Del Amigo Families,

Can you believe we have just six weeks left in the 2021-22 school year? Summer is right around the corner. Here in the office we are working in two time frames doing the daily work for the current year, and making plans for the next. Here are some announcements regarding each.

For THIS school year:

  • K-5 families: If you have not already come to pick up the curriculum boxes for your student, please come this week. Our book pick up hours are Tuesday - Friday from 8:30am-1:30pm. If you cannot come during that time, please call the office to make special arrangements. Thank you Grade 2 & 3 families for being the first grade to pick up all of your materials!
  • 12th Grade: if you have not responded to the graduation survey please do that now. Here is the link.

For NEXT school year:

  • K-11 families: If you are planning for your student to continue at Venture next year, full time (with 4 or more classes), please complete the registration packet and drop it in our drop box by Friday, April 30. We are planning to offer frequent group activities for our elementary students next year.
  • 6-11 families: If you are planning for your student to continue at Venture next year, full time (with 4 or more classes) please complete the course selection form linked here, by Friday, April 30. Science, math, art, and Spanish classes will be offered in blended learning format. To learn more about your options, check your email for the invitation to a group information session with Ms. Kruse!

I have received questions about the location of meetings next year. Meetings can be held in person at Venture, or virtually. If you have more questions, please let us know.


Ms. Bright

4/26: Course Selection meeting for Rising Freshmen and Sophomores (current 8th and 9th graders)

Monday, April 26 6:00 – 7:00pm.

This meeting is for current 8th and 9th grade students that will be in grades 9 and 10 in the 2021-22 school year, regarding scheduling Information for the 21-22 School Year regarding Venture Enrollment

At this meeting we will review course selection information and how to fill out the Google Form.

To log into the Video call link: meet.google.com/wwr-twqo-ovc

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 320-818-0491‬ PIN: ‪389 085 471‬#

Here is the link to the form we will be discussing: Venture Google Form Choice Sheet 2021-22

Alissa Kruse, Venture/Del Amigo School Counselor

4/27: Course Selection meeting for Rising Juniors and Seniors (current 10th and 11th graders)

Tuesday, April 27, 6:00 – 7:00pm.

This meeting is for current 10th and 11th grade students that will be in grades 11 and 12 in the 2021-22 school year.

At this meeting, we will review course selection information, filling out the Google Form, and discuss summer steps for planning the college application process.

To log into the Video call link: meet.google.com/bzf-saof-mhw

Alissa Kruse, Venture/Del Amigo School Counselor

SRVUSD Strategic Plan Stakeholder Engagement

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District wants to hear from our community! The SRVUSD Board of Education is in the process of developing a long-term strategic plan for the organization that will set goals and strategic priorities for our entire organization. To help inform this plan, the Board of Education wants to hear the thoughts and ideas of our local parents and business community.

The primary areas of focus for which we are seeking your input are Equity, Deep Learning and Innovation, and Social Emotional Well-Being.

Our Board of Education wants to hear from all members of our school community. Input is anonymous, so please join the discussion. Add your voice. Be creative. Be honest. The Board’s desire to align resources, including time, talent and dollars, to ensure we make SRVUSD education great for all students, will benefit from your input.

Local school sites are hosting Stakeholder Engagement discussions at meetings at the schools. To provide input, you can join in the discussion at your school site meeting. We are also happy to bring a presentation to your company or community group. If you are not able to attend a presentation in person, please offer your thoughts anonymously online before May 5, 2021, by visiting our website at www.srvusd.net/StakeholderEngagement.

If you have questions, please email: communications@srvusd.net.

Math Placement for Students Currently in Grades 5-11

The SRVUSD Website has a page dedicated to Math Information.

Middle and High School: If you are interested in information about math placement and summer advancement you will find the most up to date information through the links on the website.

5th grade: The 5th to 6th Grade Math Placement Letter was sent before Spring Break to families through Infinite Campus Messenger. If you cannot find it, there is a link to that letter on the Math Information webpage and it is also attached to this email for your convenience. Next week the District will send another email that contains the directions for your student to be able to access the test, which they will take online, from home.

4/28: Financial Literacy Courses

April is National Financial Literacy Month!

Financial literacy is critical because it equips us with the skills and tools to manage money effectively. FiAT is partnering with Junior Achievement and Tri-Counties Bank to provide four FREE information sessions on topics of Budgeting, Credit, and Savings. All four of the sessions will be held over zoom at 5:30pm PST.

April 7, 2021 - Budgeting part 1

April 14, 2021 - Budgeting part 2

April 21, 2021 - Credit

April 28, 2021 - Savings


4/29: College Board's College Fairs by Region

BigFuture Day events are four hours long. You can drop in and out of the event at the times that work for your schedule. The College Panels and College Planning sessions will be recorded for future viewing. You need to register in advance to attend the live events and access the recordings.

  • Connect directly with colleges you're interested in by using the chat feature to talk with admissions representatives.
  • Hear from representatives at a range of colleges through regional and state panel discussions. Use the chat to ask questions and learn more from the speakers.
  • Take key college planning steps at our sessions. Hear from experts on topics like financial aid and scholarships, essays and interviews, college applications and planning timelines and more.

What to expect and to Register: Click Here.

April 29th Event: Schools in the Southeast

This event is meant for high school sophomores and juniors, but younger and older students are welcome. We also encourage parents/guardians to join along with their students.


The Contra Costa County Office of Education designed a four-part series for students to participate in engaging conversations and receive reliable information and resources on subjects related to mental health and overall wellness.

The series is free but you must pre-register HERE.

  • April 29, 2021 4:00 - 5:30pm: Financial Competency, Fluency, and Wellness. Engaging and educating students on financial competency, including creating a budget, financial literacy, and planning for the future.
  • May 13, 2021 4:00 - 5:30pm: Mental Health & Wellness: Prevention & Support. Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness month in May, students will receive information and resources on self-care, managing stress, how to get help, and how to support others.


Scholarships offer a lot of money if you are willing to put in the work to apply. Scholarships are being advertised and updated weekly. Check the Venture Scholarships page for updates.

Another place to look is StudentScholarships.org. They have tarted publishing their awards. BIG OFFERING$!!

If you have been offered a scholarship award, please send to Ms. Kruse for documentation.

April is National Poetry Month

What is National Poetry Month?

National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April, was introduced in 1996 and is organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

What are ways to celebrate?

Learn More



until the end of this school year.

Same process as always:

  1. Pull up to the front of the school
  2. Honk your horn and in a minute or two someone will come out to assist you.


SPRING Workshops for Families

Parenting Classes for parents of children ages 0-19 years old

Download the flyer HERE with various dates
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Addressing Self-Harm in Youth

Monday, April 26th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Free Webinar for Parents and Community with Jennifer Johnson, LCSW

Learning that your child is engaging in self-harm can feel scary and overwhelming.
In this webinar learn guidelines for parents on how to recognize the signs of self-injury, and ways to support those you care about who may be engaging in self-injurious behaviors.

CLICK HERE to register.

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Stories Build Bridges Speaker Series #3

Tuesday, April 27th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Featuring Jasmine A. Jones!

With over a decade of experience as a political operative and civil engagement advocate, Jones will be sharing about her various leadership roles and her passion for diversity and inclusion.

She has been featured in Vogue, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal and most recently was the national organizing director at Rock the Vote for the 2020 election.


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4/29 and 4/30 Advocacy Day for Education 2021: Moving Forward with Resiliency

Thursday, April 29th, 9am

This is an online event.

Please join the San Ramon Valley Council, Pleasanton Council and Las Trampas Council for Advocacy Day 2021.


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.