October 12, 2017
CHANGE in Back to School Night
                 NO DINNER


Elementary School classroom visits 6:00pm

Middle School classroom visits  6:55pm




Dear AoA Families,

We are closely monitoring the local air quality and coordinating with county districts as to their actions specific to the current and forecasted air quality conditions.

As of today, October 12, school is in session, but we will continue hold outdoor activities such as PE, recess, break, and lunch indoors as recommended by local authorities. We will update you if we make any changes to that status.

We still plan on hosting our Back-to-School Night event this evening. However, because our community dinner was to take place outdoors on our blacktop, we have decided to cancel the dinner that was scheduled to take place starting at 5:30 pm.  

The Elementary School classroom visits will still take place beginning at 6:00pm, and the Middle School classroom visits will begin at 6:55 PM.

Sincerely,

Matt Huxley

Executive Director

The Academy of Alameda

Middle School Director







Dine and Donate!!!
October 11, 2017
5:30-8pm
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Date Changes

10/12 – Back To School Dinner & Social (Dinner begins at 6:00 PM)

10/7 – Campus Beautification Breakfast (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM)


WELCOME NEW AND RETURNING AOA MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILIES AND STUDENTS!

The school year is in motion and we hope you had a great summer.  The AoA PTA is in the process of making some exciting changes.   Please see below for news and upcoming events to put on your radar.

INTRODUCING THE ACADEMY FAMILY ALLIANCE (AFA)

This year we are renaming and rethinking how our PTA traditionally works and introducing the Academy Family Alliance (AFA.)  Our goal is to form meaningful partnerships with parents and families to ensure all in our community feel welcome and included. We have a broad vision of what we can accomplish together as a community, and we think a new identity will help us on this front.

We are partnering closely with Matt, Woo and staff to create thoughtful and interactive AFA events in which to involve the entire AoA community.  In order to benefit from the funding, advocacy and policy work of the statewide Parent Teacher Association, AoA still needs to have a “PTA” structure, but we don’t have to be a traditional PTA.  Instead of holding dedicated PTA meetings as in the past, this year we will take a few minutes at our AFA events to conduct the minimal PTA business needed.  We hope all families, friends, caretakers and students will participate!  

All event times and dates will be posted in advance.  Our first event is the Back To School Night Dinner and Social on Friday 9/22 at 6:00 PM.

BECOME A MEMBER / 30 DAY CHALLENGE TO WIN FREE DRESS DAYS

Even though we have a new name, we still need parents and caregivers to become PTA members.  Please see the membership flyer included in this packet. Having a strong membership is important for our fundraising activities and makes us a stronger school.

The 30 – Day Membership Challenge:  Students LOVE free dress days and are motivated to try to achieve them. We hope the following school-wide free dress challenge will help us reach our membership goals:

If 30%– 50% of AoA families join the PTA and/or make a donation by September 25th, all students get 1 Free Dress Day;
If 50% or more join or donate by September 25th, all students get 2 Free Dress Days.

MAKE A DONATION IF YOU CAN

PTA membership is not a fundraiser for AoA.  Each year, we rely on donations to support our activities (Back to School Night, after school academic support, sports, WEB Orientation, Welcome Coffee for 6th Grade Families, etc).  Please consider making a one-time “dollar a day” donation ($180.00) or consider an amount that works for you.  You can make your donation online at http://www.aoapta.org and you can even make monthly payments via PayPal.  Or you can write a check.  We will have a booth at Back To School Night -- please stop by.  Please remember corporate matching donations are another valuable contribution to our fundraising efforts if your company offers them.  Thank you!!


STAY CONNECTED

In addition to newsletters and email, we will be amping up our efforts to use our Facebook page for important reminders and information.  Please join us @ "Academy of Alameda Families.”  We are also in the process of developing a more user-friendly Website; stay tuned for information about our progress on that front.  

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Many people have already stepped up to volunteer their time – thank you so much.  If you are able to help in any way, please let us know.  We need help with AttenDances, the Spring Fundraising Party, Back to School Dinner, Campus Beautification, etc.  We need translators to help with our communication (e.g. Spanish and Chinese).  Please contact any of us (emails below) if you are able and interested and we can provide more detail.



THANK YOU ALL!

We are excited about the year ahead and working together, learning from each other, supporting the staff and students and having fun!

Sincerely, The AFA Leadership






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