Principally Speaking

October 2019

Alamos Elementary School

Main Office Number: 951-294-6760

Attendance Line: 951-294-6761

Main Office Fax : 951-294-6770

Alamos Preschool: 95-294-6771

AES October

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Dear Alamos Families,


It is hard to believe that the first official day of Fall is behind us and Parent-Teacher conferences are just days ahead of us! I hope you and your family are enjoying the subtle changes of this beautiful Fall season. Thank you to all of our grandparents who joined us for a Superhero luncheon last Friday. It was delightful to watch our students enjoying time with their families at school!


Teacher conference week for students in PreK - 5th grade is rapidly approaching! Mark your calendar for the week of Oct 14th-18th. The entire week is modified dismissal. All of our Pre-schoolers and Kinders attend school in the morning. As you know, the partnership between home and school is an important one and your attendance at a parent-teacher conference, SST or IEP meeting sends a powerful message to your child. The opportunity to have an in depth, face to face conversation about your child’s academic, social and behavioral achievement at school sets the stage for future success. I know schedules can be crazy and plates can be very full but our staff will do our very best to accommodate your schedule. Once a meeting date and time has been confirmed, AES prepares for your arrival. We may hire substitute teachers to cover classes so your child’s teacher may attend, we reserve a meeting room, and our team members reserve time in their busy day just for you. As you can imagine, scheduling a school meeting is no easy task! If you cannot attend or need to reschedule a meeting (we know life happens), please inform the school office as soon as possible so that we may have the time to adjust our time and resources. We so appreciate your support!


As I shared with you at Back to School Night, one of our most important priorities this year is the social and emotional well being of our students and staff. It is our belief that Happy Teachers Change the World because they are the catalyst for creating teaching environments that enrich the lives of the next generation! Certainly, we want to teach students how to proficiently read, write and calculate, but we also want to teach students Happiness and Joy and to Be Mindful of what their brain is thinking, what their body is doing and how their heart is feeling. Together our school community is committed to creating and cultivating a relationship rich environment that intentionally and compassionately develops the whole child…heart, mind, and body.


We are proud to welcome Tina Marks, our new Social Worker and Behavior Specialist. Tina comes to us with a wealth of experience from various school districts in the Los Angeles area, She will be leading our social-emotional learning team and is excited to partner with AES families to help support the various needs of our young people. Tina will be on campus on Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Wednesdays. Please feel free to reach out to her if you should have any questions concerning the social, emotional, behavioral well being of students.


AES will host Live Literature Day on Thursday, October 31st. Students and staff are encouraged to “dress up” as their favorite literary character. Students must bring the book their character is from to school on the 31st. Students may not wear masks or bring any kind of prop or accessory representing a weapon of any kind (sword, knife, etc.). We are excited to bring literature to life but please be sure your child’s choice of dress-up allows them to easily and safely participate in regular school activities such as recess or physical education.


It is a privilege to serve this community as Principal. I wish you and your family a Boo-tiful month of October. Happy Fall Y'all!


Joyfully,

Mrs. Jenniffer Aynesworth, Principal

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Partner with AES! Now Forming CAP/ELAC Team!

WELCOME TO CAP and ELAC!


We are recruiting members for our CAP/ELAC Team. You might be thinking to yourself, “I want to be on that team, but I’m not sure what my official duties would be.” Smart thinking and we will help to answer your questions. In education, we use acronyms for everything, i.e., CAP (Community Advisory Partners) and ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee). Sounds good but can I be on the team and what will I be doing?


Yes! Any parent or community member may be on our CAP/ELAC Team. Our CAP/ELAC Team brings parents and our community together to get a clear picture of our needs from all student groups. Our teams review data and seek input before making any decisions. This is a required process before any money is spent. While all members may provide input on how to spend school money, only parents of ELAC students may decide how to spend moneys which may be allocated for our EL students. It is a valuable collaborative process and one that always meets the needs of all students.


All meetings are at AES and our meeting dates are as follows:


CAP/ELAC, November 5, 2019, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CAP/ELAC, January 23, 2020, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CAP/ELAC, March 10, 2020, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ELAC, May 19, 2020, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


You look like a team member already! Hope to see you there.

The Importance of Rhyming from the Literacy Room

Rhyming teaches children how language works. It helps them notice and begin to work with sounds. Children need to manipulate oral language to improve those skills. Research has shown a correlation between rhyming mastery and reading readiness.

So, read lots of books that have rhyming words with your child. Recite nursery rhymes and songs that you remember from your childhood. Use opportunities to point out words that rhyme so they begin to recognize them. Have fun incorporating these ideas with your children and supporting them in reading. As always if you have any questions please reach out to me.

Mrs. Moore - vmoore@tvusd.k12.ca.us

Message from Alamos PTO

Our PTO Membership Drive (incentive period) has been extended to September 30th. We are so excited to announce that we are currently at 254 members. Our students enjoyed Flip Flop Friday this Friday, September 27th. Although we except new PTO members all year long. If you join during our incentive period your student can earn credit their class to have a chance to win a pizza or popcorn party, each student has a chance to win principal for the morning and the more memberships we receive the whole school can earn incentives. Membership Dues are $8.00 and every penny of that money stays at our school to help support our students. Thank you to everyone who has become a member so far and thanks for supporting the Alamos Elementary PTO. A huge shout out to Lisa Ramsey CEO and Founder of MCS, Inc and Brenda Moody for becoming Owl Corporate Members!!! You can find more information about these two Owl Corporate members on our social media and website.

Fall Festival

Our Annual Fall Festival is coming up on October 25th. We are so excited!! Our coordinators and room parents are in the process of planning and preparing for the event. This year PTO members will receive a discount on Wristbands for the Fall Festival. This year we will have our 2nd Annual Vendors Market at the Fall Festival, if you or someone you know is interested in being a vendor please email Casey at alamospto@gmail.com for more information. We will need High School volunteers again this year. Keep an eye out for flyers coming home soon with more information on the Fall Festival and High School Volunteer Sign up.

Box Tops

A FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT BOX TOPS ARE DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN CLIPPING AND SCANNING SO FAR!!

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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.

AES says Thank You!

The AES Office Staff & Teachers want to Thank Javier, Monica, Annette, Chandra, Maria, Haley, and Jennifer for their generous donation. In early September they brought in bags and bags of donations. Each teacher was given a bag with classroom supplies. Again, thank you for your support.