ACADEMY FAMILY ALLIANCE (AFA)                             UPDATES

March Madness Spring Fundraiser Party

Thursday 3/1/18
The Phoenix
2315 Lincoln Ave
Alameda, CA 94501 

Thank you so much for your involvement!

The AFA Leadership
Board Members and emails are listed at


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.


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.


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 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!!


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.  


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.


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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