September 13, 2021
Thank you, Mr. Petersen, for making our school beautiful!
Dear Alamo Families,
Homework Club is back! It begins on Monday, September 20, for grades 1st-5th. We want to provide students with a calm environment to complete their homework and access extra support, books, and computers. Ms. Linda Henderson will supervise and assist students. She has an abundance of knowledge of our curriculum and experience in teaching as a classroom paraeducator.
Homework Club meets Monday-Wednesday in the library, after school:
- Monday 2:30-3:30
- Tuesday 2:30-3:30
- Wednesday 12:50-1:50.
The club will not meet on minimum days.
The cost is $10 per hour, and the proceeds will fund our science lab program. This school year, we added a second science lab class for grades 1st-5th, doubling consumable materials expense. PTA is subsidizing Ms. Henderson's time giving 100% of the proceeds to science. Thank you, PTA! Look for more information from Ms. Henderson in the next couple of days on how to sign up.
Below are the time limits for elementary homework:
K-1 no more than 30 minutes of homework per night (reading included)
2-3 no more than 45 minutes of homework per night (reading included)
4-5 no more than 60 minutes of homework per night (reading included)
Click HERE for SRVUSD Homework Policy.
This Tuesday is a minimum day, and lunch is Grab-n-Go. Students grades 1st-5th could pick up lunch from the MPR immediately after school, at noon, to take with them.
Have a great week!
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)
September 20 Homework Club Begins
October 8 Teacher Work Day - No School
October 9-10 Run for Education
October 11-15 Conference Week -Minimum Days, Dismissal K 10:30 AM, GR1-5 12:00 PM, No Homework Club
October 19 School Picture Retake Day
October 29 Halloween Parade and Class Parties
November 1 No School
November 2 Teacher Work Day - No School
November 11 Veteran's Day - No School
November 12 Teacher Work Day - No School
What are Teacher Treats?
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.
Music Shirts: Music shirts are required for all chorus, band and chimes performances. Visit this link to place your order by October 15th.
Corporate Match...How to double your donation: Donations made during the Annual Giving Campaign are eligible for corporate matching programs. Corporate match can double your donation and help meet our fundraising goals faster! We hope to raise an additional $22,500 through corporate matching, but we can’t do it without you! Email email@example.com so we can help you through the process! Thank you so much to our Corporate Match Chair, Alicia Allyn!
**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..
We have achieved 46% of our fundraising goal for the entire year. (We hit 90% of our goal for the Annual Giving Campaign!) Participating in ThinkWorks classes, bidding on Teacher Treats and corporate matching help us “bridge the gap” in funding and continue to fund much needed programs and individuals at Alamo School!
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
Ed Fund President
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, additional science programming and so much more. If you want to learn more, email email@example.com and please consider being a parent volunteer for this program!!! Specific details on RFE HERE
Thank you to all who joined the informational meeting for the Odyssey of the Mind program. 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. Special kudos to Dina Warshavsk for her time and dedication to this program. If you have any questions, please email Dina at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alamo Elementary PTA is helping to support the Afghan Refugee Crisis as Northern California is expected to receive thousands of Afghan refugees-most will be settled in the Sacramento area. The Muslim Community Center (MCC) in Pleasanton and the Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay (JFCS) are working with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help in this process. The IRC takes on the responsibility of settling families and then relies on smaller community organizations like the MCC and JFCS to help. Your donations will go directly to these types of community organizations. To create community awareness and to assist in this effort, bins will be placed at the Alamo School front entrance for the collection of the following items:
Cleaning Supply Kits: please provide a bucket filled with a Sponge, Windex, Dish Soap, Pinesol, Windex, 409 or similar type cleaners
Toiletries: shampoo/conditioner/soap/ lotion/ toothpaste/ toothbrush/ hair brush
Feminine hygiene products (pads only)
Diapers/ Baby Wipes
Target Gift Cards
Much more support is needed but we are focusing our efforts on these items for now. If you are interested in getting more information, or to donate money or volunteer your time or translate, please visit the links below for google docs where you can sign up:
Thank you to Massuda Atta and her family for their work in supporting these families. We hope you will help us as we continue her efforts.
Save the Date!
Join Alamo Cub Scout Pack 53 and Alamo Girl Scouts for a joint activity on Wednesday, September 15th at 6:00 pm in the Amphitheater. We will welcome the Contra Costa Sheriff with a safety message and get to see their drone in action! All families are welcome.
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
Calling all Parents!!!! Volunteers Needed for Lunch Recess!
We need parent volunteers at lunch each day to help with lunch recess: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D45A8AB28A6F94-lunch. Volunteers must be cleared only through Level 1 at Be A Mentor. 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. Visit https://www.srvusd.net/childnutrition for more information about the school lunch program and thank you in advance for volunteering!
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