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SAFE ZONE - Bullying, Harassment, and Slurs Not Tolerated

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August 31, 2020

Dear Alamo Families,

We are so appreciative of all the support from you as we navigate distance learning. Your patience, kind words of appreciation, and understanding encourage us to conquer our challenges.


Our preference is to teach in-person as we know that is the most effective way to connect with students for learning, but we must be safe. The waiver for in-person learning for counties on the watch list is for grades K-5. More guidance is available; here are the safety criteria that must be completed in advance and submitted as one package:


  1. Posted reopening plan (SRVUSD website)
  2. Cleaning and disinfection (train staff)
  3. Cohorts (fixed membership for students in all activities, including lunch and recess)
  4. Egress and movement within the school
  5. Face coverings and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  6. Health screening for students and staff (for symptoms and separation of ill students and staff)
  7. Healthy hygiene practices (handwashing is part of daily routines)
  8. Contact tracing (identify and train staff for reporting cases)
  9. Physical distancing
  10. Staff training and family education
  11. Testing of students and staff (need protocol for rapid testing if exposed, and routine testing of staff)
  12. Identified triggers for distance learning (data points for returning to distance learning for everyone)
  13. Communication Plans (to the community when a person is tested positive while maintaining privacy)


The district continues to identify strategies to fulfill the requirements.


Warm regards,

Mrs. Salazar

msalazar@srvusd.net

Important Dates

Sep 7 Labor Day Holiday - No School

Sep 8 Materials Pick Up/Drop Off Day - All Grades 2:00-5:00 PM (see details below)

Sep 8 YMCA Opens On Campus

Sep 10 Alamo PTA Associaton Meeting 7:00 PM


Alamo School Calendar


2020-21 Instructional Calendar Board REVISED due to COVID (Posted 08/04/2020) (PDF)

Shout-Out!

Ms. Carol Berkowitz, our art teacher, for her generous donation to purchase all students' art kits for the year. The first kit is going home on September 8.

FEATURING OUR STAFF

ART TEACHER: Ms. Carol Berkowitz

This is my 6th year teaching art at Alamo - started as a volunteer then Ed Fund created the position for me.

  • Taught middle school for 12 years.
  • My son went to Alamo K-5th.
  • I was on Ed Fund for 4 years.
  • I love to paint - have a studio in my garage.
  • People may see me around the neighborhood on my green bicycle - when the weather cooperates.


In Art Class we learn about:

  • The 7 Elements of Art (line, shape, color, form, value, texture & space) with a fun song & hand jive. I'll email you an old 25-second video of 1st graders singing the 7 the Elements of Art - these kids are now your 5th graders. I began teaching art there when today's 5th graders were in Kindergarten.
  • How to use different materials and media and techniques
  • Draw, paint, color, & sculpt animals, landscapes, & portraits both real and imaginary.
  • Famous art and artists
  • Distance learning may include the use of found materials/ upcycling to create art.
  • Art kit contains different types of paper, oil pastels, crayons, permanent marker, watercolor paints, and paintbrushes

PE TEACHER: Mr. Jason Cherry (New addition to the staff)

Hi Mustangs!


My name is Mr.Cherry, and I am excited to be BACK at Alamo School. I graduated from Alamo school and enjoyed every minute of being there and especially the Hoedown. I am still in contact with my kindergarten and first-grade teacher, who was excited to find out that I was back. I graduated from Arizona State, thinking I would end up running the family business but decided that wasn't for me after five years and went back to school. I am currently a basketball coach for Cal high's Freshman basketball team and a long time tennis coach. I have always been someone who loved teaching sports as well as the life skills students acquire while playing. I have two dogs that I often walk, and enjoy spending quality time with my family, including training my nephew for basketball since he is a junior at Cal high. My passion has always been to help make an impact on students' physical and mental health, and I do that by creating lasting relationships with them. This school year, P.E. will be looking a little different, but it is my goal to help give students the tools and knowledge they need to be able to engage in quality P.E. activities on their own. I can't wait to get to know everyone and love that Alamo school is small enough for me to re-enter the community seamlessly.


Jason Cherry

New Family Orientation Presentation

Thank you to the parents who attended our New Family Orientation. Here is the presentation from the meeting: New Family Orientation.

2020 Annual Giving Campaign - 65% of Goal. Let's go for 100%!

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Education Fund

Welcome New Ed Fund Volunteers: Silent Auction Team: Amy Chang, Laura Prentiss, and Dana Snyder, Corresponding Secretary: Joann Ku, Social Media Chair: Bridget Williams, Site Council Rep: Tracie Jagodzinski (Renee Feldman as Site Council Rep Substitute)


A huge THANK YOU to the entire 2020-2021 Ed Fund Board. We could not do it without our volunteers: President: Erin Adams, Vice President (Annual Giving Chair): Kelly Bowes, Treasurer: Rachel Berger, Assistant Treasurer: Lauren Cymerys, Recording Secretary: Jenny Soriano, Parliamentarian: Christina Heil, Auditor: Sabrina Hanson, Technical Programming: Bar Mizne/Dina Warshavasky, Annual Giving Campaign: Kelly Bowes, Corporate Matching: Alicia Allyn, Thinkworks: Erin Myers, Promotional Marketing: Meredith Maffeo, Ed Fund Website: Crissi Armstrong, Graphic Designer: Nina Voss, SRVEF Liaison: Crissi Armstrong, Kinder Representative: Tori DeCoite, Site Council: Tracie Jagodzinski (Renee Feldman as Site Council Rep Substitute), Social Media Marketing: Bridget Williams, Silent Auction Fundraising Team: Amy Chang, Laura Prentiss, Dana Snyder, and Dina Warshavasky, Corresponding Secretary: Joann Ku *Corporate Sponsorship: OPEN, Teacher Representative: TBD, Retail: OPEN, Teacher Treats/Teacher for a Day: OPEN


What is the Ed Fund? Do you want to learn more about the Ed Fund? Or are you curious on how your donations support student learning? Or maybe you want to know more about the $580 ask. Check out our Ed Fund Informational page: https://alamoschool.wixsite.com/edfundjuly20


2020 Annual Giving Campaign We are now at 65% of our goal for this fundraising drive. To date, we have raised $99,170. Our Annual Giving Campaign target is $153,000. You can donate any time online at https://aes.futurefund.com/store Thank you to everyone who has participated in our Annual Giving Campaign.


PTA

Welcome new PTA Board Members!!!! Parliamentarian Nicole Rocca; Historian Anji Kobayashi; Educational Enrichment Chair Hilarie Bako; Secretary Leah Accolah. Thank you to all new parent volunteers as well! Fanny and Reggie Ruffin (GATE); Jen Border (Exceptional Education); Bar Minze Sister School); Bridget Williams (family reading); Joann Ku (Inclusion and Diversity) Kathryn Coughlan (Earth Day); Erin Brooks (New Family Coordinator); Karrie Henneman (Harvest of the Month); Bar Minze and Jenny Soriano (Directory); Tara GIlad (Fall Book Fair) Jenn Hoffman (Spirit Wear) Michelle Parkinson (Run for Ed) and all room parent volunteers! Interested in joining Alamo PTA?!? Email michesinnott@gmail.com


Our first PTA General Association Meeting is Thursday, September 10th at 7pm. Please join us as we discuss all things Alamo PTA! Zoom details here


Special Thanks to Stacey Blackman and Kelly Bowes for all their work coordinating Birthday Books. If you haven't purchased a birthday book for your child you can do so here


You asked and we listened!!!! Spirit Wear is here! Get your Alamo Mustang apparel! Don’t wait- the store is only open until TBD. Click here for the store! Special thanks to Jenn Hoffman for putting this together.

Our book fair is going virtual this year! Stay tuned for our first ever Scholastic Virtual Book Fair on September 21-Oct 2!


Our Online Student Directory is now available! https://aes.futurefund.com/directory Special thanks to Bar Minze for all of her hard work and data entry in making this happen.


Please join the San Ramon Valley PTA Council for an important discussion “Parenting During Crisis” September 12 at 10 AM. Guest speakers include Dave Fendel, Social-Emotional Coordinator for the County Office of Education; Linda Turnbull, Executive Director of Teen Esteem, and Jon Campopiano, SRVUSD. Click here to register. For more information, click here


This year, the San Ramon Valley Run for Education is going virtual with funds raised going directly to school sites! Please register and pledge here and check out our Parents of Alamo School Facebook page for updates! Contact Michelle Parkinson michelleparky@gmail.com for Alamo School specifics.

WE CAN'T LET MONTAIR BEAT US - REGISTER TODAY!

The Run for Education September 12 - October 11


What is a Virtual Run?

A virtual run is a race where you can run, jog, walk or roll for the distance of your choosing. Whether on the road, trail, treadmill, or track, you pick the finish line. Complete a virtual 1K (Friendship or Mini Run), 5K, 10K, or create one of your own. Should you choose to time yourself, you can upload the results and even print a certificate of completion!


How can you help? REGISTER NOW!

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Material Pick Up/Drop Off Day Tuesday, September 8

Go Bags for all grade levels. Choose any time slot if you need to pick up for more than one grade level.


PICK-UP SCHEDULE

  • Gr K * 2:00-2:30
  • Gr 1 * 2:30-3:00
  • Gr 2 * 3:00-3:30
  • Gr 3 * 3:30-4:00
  • Gr 4 * 4:00-4:30
  • Gr 5 * 4:30-5:00.


All bags will be outside in front of the school by grade level. It will be SELF-SERVE. Please park your car and walk to the bins. Masks and social distancing are required. Only one family member can leave the car to retrieve a bag.


Each bag will be labeled with your child's name and contain a science kit, an art kit, a Math workbook (grades 2-5), and possibly other classroom materials.

YMCA Childcare - Opening at Alamo on Tuesday, September 8

Please register if you committed to using the service. We need a minimum of 20 children to open on September 8.


Registration: Email Kristen Martinez at kmartinez@ymcaeastbay.org.

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SRVUSD Board Of Education

Board meetings are typically held twice each month on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the SRVUSD Education Center located at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville. All meetings are open to the public. Board Meetings are live-streamed on the District's YouTube channel: SRVUSD Board


Board Meetings (Agendas, Minutes, Audio & Video)

OFFICE INFORMATION

ATTENDANCE


REPORTING AN ABSENCE OR TARDY

Notify the school office if your child will be absent or tardy. Email AlamoAttendance@srvusd.net.


Please leave your student’s name, teacher, grade, and reason for absence. Thank you.

OFFICE HOURS: 7:30 - 4:00 PM (925) 855-4800

SCHOOL PHOTOS are on hold until we return to in-person learning.

TECHNOLOGY OR DEVICE HELP

Parents if you need a device and/or a hotspot for your student(s) or are having problems with a device that was issued to you, please visit the Parent IT Help Site. They will be able to help you, or you can request a device. Anyone student can request a device and/or a hotspot throughout the year.


If you child does not remember their password, please email your request to

ALpassword@srvusd.net.


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