PTA Focus: News from the Alisal Community

>>> Bingo Night

Fri, Apr 17th

6.30 to 8.30 PM in the MPR.


Alisal’s Annual BINGO NIGHT is all set for next Friday, April 17th!

A SUPER fun night for kids and families!
Get your Luau Gear on and come out for an exciting night of BINGO, music, and PRIZES!
Heres the flyer for Luau Bingo Flyer 2015 Rev

>>> PTA Association Meeting

Wed, Mar 11th

Meet at the Alisal Library at 7PM

All are welcome to attend, and current Alisal PTA members are eligible to vote. If you did not get a chance to join the PTA during walk through registration, you may join the day of the meeting! Membership dues are $15.00/member, and each member receives a PTA card providing discounts at area merchants.

The agenda for the meeting is attached March Association Meeting

>>> New Alisal PTA Board Slate for 2015-16.

PTA Board Nominations posted.

The following candidates have been nominated for the Alisal PTA Executive Board for the 2015-2016 school year. The election of next year’s board will occur at the PTA meeting to be held Wednesday, March 11th at 7pm in the Alisal library. All current Alisal PTA members are eligible to vote.

President – Lindsay Franco

Secretary – Saralynn Ness

Auditor – Shelly Rios

Historian – Vani Bhargav

Treasurer – Jennifer Zacharias

Executive VP – Marcey Donelly

VP Ways and Means -Debbi Mello

VP Publicity- Lauren Barhite

VP Membership – Kathy Gunn

Fin Secretary – Tracy Gribschaw

Parliamentarian*: ( Position to be appointed by the President)

>>> Calling all Poets!

A poetry contest for Elementary schools.

Pleasanton’s elementary school students, grades 1-5, are invited to take part in the first district-wide Elementary School Poetry Contest. Submissions will be judged and winners selected by the Teen Poet Laureates; each participant will receive a certificate, and one 1st place winner from each school will receive a special prize and have their work displayed in the library.First place winners will be invited to an awards reception at the Firehouse Arts Center on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

Starting on January 6th, sudents may submit their poem by e-mail to, or turn in their poem at the front desk of their school office in the plastic envelope marked “Pleasanton Elementary Poetry Contest”. Submissions are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 6. *Be sure to include student’s name, email, school, grade, and teacher’s name on the document. This information must be included in order to qualify. *Poems will not be returned, so parents, please submit copies if you wish to retain the original!

Sumbissions will be accepted starting January 6th.

Other Important Dates to Remember:

  • Deadline for submissions: 4:00 pm Friday, March 6
  • Notification of winners: Monday, March 16, via e-mail
  • Reception for Poetry Contest Winners: 7:00 pm Thursday, March 26 Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton
  • Winners’ Poetry Display in Library: April 7-May 1, 2015

You can find more information here : poetrycontestflyer

Attached files


>>> Announcing the Box Tops, Labels for education Winner

for Jan 2015!!

Congratulations to Andrew H. and Jeremy S.  for winning January’s free ice cream!  Everyone who turns in Labels for Education or Box Tops is
entered into a monthly.  And don’t forget that the class that turns in the most Labels and Box Tops will win a pizza or popsicle party at the end of the school
year.   Currently, Mrs. Buttafoco’s class is in first place with 451, followed by Digirolamo and Reimer.  Keep those Box Tops and Labels coming – there’s still lots of time to take the lead!
You can help Alisal earn even more points by registering your Safeway Club Card at and  Every time you buy a participating product, Alisal earns even more!
Remember that every little Box Top and LFE adds up and raises money for Alisal.  They can be turned into the office or your teacher in a baggie or on a collection sheet.  Box Tops do expire so don’t forget to turn them in.   Thanks for helping to make Alisal the great school it is!

>>> Self Advocacy for Special Needs — Helping Your Child Help Himself

Harvest Park MPR from 6.30 to 8.30 PM

Free parent event on Jan. 29:  “Self Advocacy for Special Needs – Helping Your Child Help Himself” with Todd Gary. Explore how we can foster self-advocacy in children with special needs. Brought to you by the Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee.

For details please view the attached flyer :

Flyer TGary Jan English

Flyer TGary Jan Spanish

>>> Alisal Multicultural Faire

Thu, Jan 22nd

Sign up to share your culture with the Alisal community.

In order to celebrate the diversity of our Alisal School Community, we need your help.  We would like the parents/family members to host a booth that informs students about some of the tourist attractions and places of interest from their origin country.  The booths could showcase tourist attractions, places on interest as well as traditional artifacts, music etc… from the country.

During the evening program, we would like to have traditional foods for sampling. Talk with others you may know who share your culture and host a booth together.  The countries identified below have interested volunteers–and are in need of assistance.  If you are interested in supporting one of the identified countries, please contact Mary.  During the faire we would like to showcase at least 10-12 countries. Please consider sharing your culture with information from your country. Please contact Mary Diligent at with questions and to volunteer.

>>> ” Parents and Homework.” Talk at the Public Library.

Wed, Nov 19th

Part of the Community Education series of talks.

City of Pleasanton/PTownLife Community Education Event presented in partnership with the Pleasanton PTA Council on “Parents and Homework” is being held at the Public Library on the 19th of November from 7 to 8.30 PM.

To register or for more information please view the attached flyer.Parenting and Homework Flyer.

>>> PTA Association Meeting and talk by Parenting Coach

Wed, Nov 12th

Association meeting and talk by parenting coach Rachel Sklar – November 12th 7 PM

Join us for our PTA Meeting  and an insightful talk by parenting coach Rachel Sklar, MSW and PCI Certified Parent Coach and Strategist. “I’m Talking, They’re Not Listening”. Her workshop will begin at the start of the meeting at 7:00 PM in the Library. Visit her webpage www.viaparenting, for more information.

We’ll be reviewing the calendar of events, approving our budget, and discussing news and events in the Alisal community.

All are welcome to attend, and current Alisal PTA members are eligible to vote. If you did not get a chance to join the PTA during walk through registration, you may join the day of the meeting! Membership dues are $15.00/member, and each member receives a PTA card providing discounts at area merchants.

The agenda for the meeting is attached November Association Agenda

>>> Too much Halloween Candy? Donate it to our Troops

Mon, Nov 3rd

Donate excess candy to our troops.

On Monday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 4, we will be collecting excess Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude, who will pack the candy into holiday care packages for our soldiers. Our soldiers love to get candy, not just for themselves and their families, but to share it with children in the communities that they serve, helping to spread goodwill around the world.

Wrapped candy of any type can be donated. Simply place it in the donation boxes in the front office after Halloween.  Please separate chocolate, gummy bears and other candies that might melt from the hard/sugar candies and place them in the appropriate box. We need these to be sorted before shipping. Please do not go out and buy extra candy for this purpose; we will receive a ton (literally) just from the excess!

Thank You!

You can view the flyer here Candy for the Troops