March 7, 2022
Dear Alamo Families,
Mixed emotions filled us to the brim this past week, from celebratory student accomplishments and performances to heartfelt prayers for friends and families in Ukraine. We also bid Mrs. Border a bittersweet farewell. Her expertise and endless energy have helped and supported students and staff since 2004. She is moving on to a new adventure to complete her teaching credential. We will miss her and wish her the best!
Please read through this newsletter carefully! We have terrific shout-outs and special thank yous to share and much important information for the next few weeks.
We are proud to be ALAMO MUSTANGS!
With gratitude and appreciation,
Intent to Return Form
On March 1, you received by email our annual Intent to Return form. We are beginning to plan for the 22-23 school year, and to be able to set up classes for next year, we need to know how many students to plan for at each grade level.
If you have not yet done so, please complete the survey by March 31, 2022. 5th-grade students who are promoting to middle school do not need to complete this survey. Thank you!
March 1-15 5 Little Monkeys Toy Store Giveback
March 7-15 ONLINE AUCTION OPEN
March 8, PTA Bullying Prevention for Parents and Caregivers of Elementary School Students, 6:30PM
March 9 PRISM Club Meeting
March 10 PTA Special Presentation “Fentanyl In Our Community”
March 14 New Masking Protocol Begins
March 15 Hippy Club Meeting
March 16 Monte Vista Feeder Area Band Festival, Los Cerros 5:30PM
March 16-18 Conference Days, Minimum Days
March 23 PRISM Club Meeting
March 24 PTA Talent Show, MPR 5PM
March 29 Hippy Club Meeting
March 30 PTA Parent Ed Night - A Discussion on Implicit Biases, Virtual 6:30PM
March 31 Alamo Student Leadership Meeting
April 4-8 Spring Break
April 12 Street Smarts Assembly
April 22 PTA Hoedown, 5-8:30PM
April 27 PTA General Association Meeting, Virtual 6:30PM
May 19 Open House, 6-7PM
May 21 Bocce, Bubbles, and BBQ!
June 2 Last Day of School, Minimum Day
June 15-July 13 District Summer School (no school 6/20 & 7/4)
SILENT AUCTION BEGINS!
BID BID BID: The annual Online Silent Auction OPENS MARCH 7!! Bidding closes March 15th at 9 PM. This is one of the Ed Fund’s biggest fundraisers of the year which we depend upon to fund essential programs at Alamo School. Check your email for instructions on creating your account and take a look at all of the amazing items up for auction, or make a direct donation. All direct donations are corporate match eligible.
Camps at The Athenian School’s Summer Program, GrowFit, and Avid4Adventure
Wine tasting at 3 Steves Winery, Balletto Vineyards, and Cline Family Cellars
Fitness classes at barre3, Spenga Danville, and Gumsaba Bootcamp
Rounds of golf at multiple courses
Dance and enrichment opportunities at Ace Dance Academy, I Can Do That! Performing Arts Center, and Hackingtons Code School
Jewelry from Kendra Scott
All your favorite attractions like SFMOMA, Oakland Zoo, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Back this year:
Alamo VIP Parking - reserve a spot for some of the school year’s busiest days
Teacher for a Day - give your child(ren) the opportunity to run class for a day
NEW - 5th grade tour of Stone Valley with Principal White!
Thank you in advance for your support of the auction and the Alamo Ed Fund!
Odyssey of the Mind Bay Area Regional Meet
On Saturday, February 26, some of our students participated in the largest creative problem-solving competition in the world. They were representing Alamo School in the SF Bay Area Regional Tournament of Odyssey of the Mind. 48 teams from throughout the Bay Area participated in the creative problem-solving event, and we proudly saw four teams represent Alamo School! Kudos to our students, who have been working hard since last fall on their presentations, and a special thank you to the coaches and all parents who gave their time to make this all happen.
Kinder Team: Patty Maffeo (K), Riley Yahr (K), Oona Edens (K), Cameron Tsubota (K), Audrey Tsubota (K), Liam Lam (K), Athan Arya (1st). Coached by: Brandon Edens & Karen Chin.
3rd Grade Team: Isha Brahmarouthu, Saira Keen, Claire Maffeo, Corinne Marshall, Cora Myers, Audrey Welch, Iris Arya. Coached by: Madhavi Vemulapalli. They placed 3rd out of 22 teams for Problem 5 “Life is a Circus” and will be going to the state tournament.
5th Grade Team A: Zor Sidhu, Alex Regular, Rohail Masood, Rohan Ramachandran, Ava Hall, Nico Maffeo. Coached by: Bahaar Sidhu & Stephanie Regular. They placed 6th out of 22 teams for Problem 5 “Life is a Circus!”
5th Grade Team B: Aria Brahmarouthu, Lillian Myers, Calista Ruan, Amy Ryer, Miriam Warshavsky, Kailyn Wong. Coached by: Dina Warshavsky & Eunice Chan. They placed 2nd for the problem “Odyssey ReOMvention” and will be going to the state tournament.
Additional congratulations to the 3rd Grade Team and 5th Grade Team B - they each placed in the top 3 for their chosen problems and are moving on to the NorCal State Tournament!
PTA Parents and Pastries (3/2)
What is Bullying Assembly by Scouts (3/2)
Thank you, Lauren Krompier, for your help with coordinating with the scouts and their parents to present at our assembly!
PTA Family Reading Night (3/2)
Thank you to our readers: Annika/Torrin, Lia, Michelle, Brian, and a surprise performance by Sophia.
ED Fund 5th-Grade Bingo Night (3/4)
Thank you, Ms. Angeletopoulos, for helping out!
Alamo Student Leadership Team
5th-grade BINGO Night: Thanks to all of our 5th graders and parent volunteers who joined us for a fun BINGO night-we hope you had a blast!
Library update: At our last Live Auction on March 7th, 2020, we raised $25,000 from our Alamo community for a library refresh, not knowing what was waiting for us (and the world!) just a week later. We are finally able to use those funds and open the library to student visits this week. The Ed Fund Board recently voted to approve the cost for purchasing new tables, chairs, flexible seating and more for our library, which will hopefully be delivered later this school year. See below for the design rendering. Thank you to our library committee, and our new library and media coordinator, Priscilla Kuhns for all of your hard work making this space inviting for our students!
Our retail giveback programs are free to join and easy to use. We appreciate you supporting us through your regular shopping trips. From Shutterfly to FlipGive, Amazon to produce deliveries and more, there couldn’t be an easier way to support the important programs and personnel we have at Alamo School! See below for a few additional options.
5 Little Monkeys toy store giveback: Shop March 1-15 and Five Little Monkeys will donate 15% of the pre-tax total back to the Ed Fund. Use code ALAMO22 for in-store or online purchases. We must have a minimum of 3 shoppers or $200 in sales to qualify. They have 6 Bay Area stores, so share the code with any local family members or friends! See here for details.
- Follow us on Instagram! @alamoedfund
- School Loop Website for all Ed Fund news and events.
- E-mail: email@example.com
Ed Fund President
Library Design Rendering- THANK YOU LIBRARY COMMITTEE!
As mentioned above, thank you Alamo for your outpouring of support for the Scholastic Book Fair!!!!! The kids loved being able to buy books during their lunch hour and after school. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered during the week and a HUGE kudos to Priscilla Khuns, our school librarian! All proceeds earned from book fair go directly to help our librarian build up our to-be-renovated library!!! And special Shout out! to our Student Leadership team for coordinating a Book Drive for our Sister School, Dover Elementary!
TALENT SHOW IS COMING!
We will see you all in two weeks during minimum days for rehearsals!
March 16th (act 1) & March 17th (act 2) 12:10 PM MPR
*5th grade act, please arrive on 17th & be prepared to practice on stage.
Reminders: Every participant requires a parent/caregiver/neighbor to sign up for a job. We cannot run this large event on our own.
Donations: $15 can be paid through Venmo to the PTA treasurer @Nicole-DeLaTorre-11 or a check can be put in the PTA folder in the office too. Any general questions email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Volunteer Opportunity: We need your help at lunchtime! Alamo needs your help in making sure our kids are having a fun, friendly, and well-supervised lunch recess. Volunteering for yard duty is a great way for your child to see you helping out at school, and a great way for you to see them in their element. Please consider giving less than an hour of your day by signing up here.
We are actively looking for volunteers to join the PTA for the 2022-23 school year. With school normalizing, we have so many fun things planned for our school but we will not be able to do them without volunteer support. Please email email@example.com if interested. . Moms, Dads and all Caregivers are welcome!
March 8, 6:30pm via zoom: Bullying Prevention for Parents and Caregivers of Elementary School Students More info HERE
March 10- PTA Special Presentation “Fentanyl In Our Community” Learn what to look for and how to save a life. This event will take place in person, seating is limited. More Information HERE.
March 24th Alamo School MPR: Talent Show
March 30, 6:30pm via zoom: Alamo School Parent Education Event- A Discussion on Bias featuring Hong Nyguen, Director of Equity SRVUSD. Register in advance for this meeting HERE
April 27, 6:30pm via Zoom: PTA General Association meeting. Zoom details to come
Michelle Petersen and Nicole Rocca
Alamo Elementary PTA
PTA Nominating Committee Needs Your Help!
Co-president (with Michelle Peterson) - Oversees and coordinates the work of an executive board to run a PTA effectively, Presides at PTA board and association meetings, Serves as the official contact, communicator and representative of a PTA, Designated as an authorized signer for PTA checks, contracts and authorizations for payment, Serves as ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee, and Works with other PTA leaders to connect families, school and community to support student success.
Legislative - responsible for demonstrating leadership on children’s issues at the local level by educating PTA members, community members and elected officials about PTA’s issues of concern and legislative priorities and goals, California State PTA takes positions on issues/legislation based on position statements in the California State PTA Toolkit, California State PTA resolutions, California State PTA Legislation Platform and National PTA positions and resolutions, The unit, council or district legislative chair provides PTA members with information about PTA positions on current legislation and issues.
Parliamentarian -Assists the president to manage meetings and advises on parliamentary procedure, Chairs Bylaws committee to review unit Bylaws each year and revise Bylaws every three years and Arranges nominating committee’s first meeting, providing information on nomination and election process.
Harvest of the Month Chair - Oversee classroom volunteers providing monthly veggie/fruit and available ways to highlight in the classroom.
Events Committee Chair - oversee parent outreach for events and will have one committee chair and volunteers for each major event (e.g., Hoedown, Holiday Shop, Talent Show, and Run For Ed).
Eagle Scout Project by Ben Inocencio (2/16)
Principal White, Counselor Balough, and 6th Grade Alamo Alumni (3/1)
Things to Do When My Student Gets Overwhelmed and Stressed
Can a student express in words how one is feeling? If yes, then you can talk about what is happening and support the student. However, if a student is too overwhelmed to talk or effectively communicate what’s happening, please use any of the below techniques and see what is the best fit.
This can help people move from an emotional place to a rational place
7-11 Breathing exercise on YouTube: 7-11 Breathing Technique
The goal is to breathe in for 7 seconds and breathe out for 11 seconds or it can be modified to breathe in for 2 seconds and out for 3 seconds (the goal is to breathe out longer than you breathe in).
Breath in for 7 seconds
Breath out for 11 seconds
Repeat as many times as needed to calm down
Progressive muscle relaxation
Here’s a YouTube video: Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique
Here’s a progressive muscle relaxation printable script for parents: Printable Script
Get some fresh air
Read or color
Change of temperature like putting ice on forehead or back on neck