PTA Focus: News from the Alisal Community

>>> First Day Of School

Mon, Aug 25th

Monday 8.15 AM

Welcome back!

First day of the new school year.

>>> Coffee with the Principal

Wed, Sep 3rd

In the Multi-purpose Room (MPR) at 9.15AM

Parents are invited to have coffee and chat with the Principal the first Wednesday of the month after drop-off at 9.15.

>>> Fall Carnival

Fri, Sep 19th

September 19th from 5 to 8 PM @ Alsial School

Friday, September 19th the PTA will be hosting the annual Fall Carnival from 5pm – 8pm on campus.  Carnival games, Food Truck Mafia food trucks, petting zoo, inflatable slide and the 5th grade haunted house are just a few of the fun activities planned.  Order forms will go home in your child’sFriday folder soon.

>>> Alisal Walk-Through Registration 2014-15

Tue, Aug 19th

8am-12:30pm and 2pm-5pm, Alisal Multi-Purpose Room

Alisal’s Walk-Through Registration will be held Tuesday, August 19th from 8:30am-12pm and 2pm-5pm.

At Walk-Through Registration, families turn in required paperwork, provide proof of residency, learn about volunteer opportunities, make optional purchases (yearbook, spirit wear, etc.) and donations, and receive class assignments.

To prepare for registration, please 1) pick up your registration packet from the Alisal office on Friday, August 15th or Monday, August 18th during business hours, and 2) review all information posted at the school’s website (  Please note:  You will need to print 3 signature pages from the school website.

On registration day, bring your 3 signature pages (printed from the school website), your proof of residency (as described on the school website), and the completed contents of your registration packet (picked up from the school office).

In our district, some schools are piloting a new “online” registration procedure…but Alisal will be using the same format used at Alisal over the past few years for our August 19th event.  This year more than ever, we need YOUR HELP to make registration a success.  Returning families are encouraged to volunteer as we welcome all students back to school.

>>> A Message from Alisal Principal Karen Johnson

August 6th, 2014

Dear Alisal Community,

I am delighted to have been chosen as principal of Alisal Elementary School.  Ever since I was in third grade, I knew I wanted to be in education and I can’t think of a better place for that dream to continue than at Alisal. From the moment I stepped onto the campus, I knew Alisal was a special place.

I have been in education for nineteen years.  I have taught every grade 1-8 except 2nd and 5th, been a literacy coordinator, an intervention specialist and an administrator at both the middle and elementary school levels.  During all of this time, my goal has always been to recreate for students the types of wonderful school experiences I had myself as a child.  To me, the thing that made my time in elementary school so amazing was the way my teachers made me feel about myself both as a person and as a learner. This is what I work towards every day and I strongly believe families are essential partners in the process.

This year, our focus on campus will be continuing to implement the Common Core State Standards.  With the many changes in place for not only the way we teach and what we teach, but also the ways in which we will be assessing student learning, it will be critical for teachers and staff to work together to support not only each other, but all of our students as well.

As you start thinking about returning to school and you are running around doing all of the things this time of year requires, please feel free to take a minute to stop by and say “hi”.  Although there are many things that need to get done prior to the start of the year, I am never too busy to take the time to hear about your summer, meet your students, and get to know you a little better.

As a parent myself, I understand the great deal of work involved in raising happy, healthy, successful children.  Although at times it may seem an overwhelming task, when schools, parents and students all work together to make it happen, we succeed!

Looking forward to meeting and working with you all,

Karen Johnson


Alisal Elementary School


>>> Welcoming Ms. Karen Johnson – Our new Principal

A Message from the District Office….

August 4, 2014
Alisal Elementary School – Principal Announcement

Dear Alisal Community,

The Pleasanton Unified School District is pleased to announce the selection of  Ms. Karen Johnson as the new Principal at Alisal Elementary School.

Karen comes to Pleasanton from the San Ramon Unified School District, where she has served as Vice Principal at Stone Valley Middle School since 2012.

Prior to that, Karen was a teacher at both the elementary (grades 1, 3, and 4) and middle school levels. Karen has served as an elementary school literacy coordinator, intervention specialist, summer school administrator, and administrative teacher on special assignment. Karen brings a strong background in curriculum and professional development to her new  position in Pleasanton.

Karen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling  and  Psychology from the University of Santa Clara.

The Pleasanton Unified School District is proud to select from outstanding candidates for our staff and administrative positions. Once again, please welcome Karen Johnson to her new position.

Bill Faraghan
Assistant Superintendent
Human Resources

>>> Volunteers Needed for Alisal Registration

Your help is needed August 19th!

Alisal’s Walk-Through Registration is fast approaching, and we need your help to welcome families back to campus!

Please sign up to help on our Jooners signup sheet.

Registration will be held Tuesday, August 19th from 8am-12:30pm and 2pm-5pm in the Alisal Multi-Purpose room. As families visit each station at Registration, we need volunteers to represent the various groups and activities on campus. No experience necessary! We’ll provide all the materials and information for each station.

From Yearbook sign-ups to the Garden Club, from eScrip to PPIE donations, Walk-Through Registration is a vital chance for groups on campus to reach each family and communicate how we help the Alisal community. Like most events, Registration relies on your volunteer support to be a success.  Please sign up to help!


>>> Discount Fair Tickets to Support Outdoor Ed

Orders Due June 6th

Support next year’s Outdoor Education program and save money at the Fair!  To help raise funds for next year’s 5th grade class, discount tickets to the Alameda County Fair are now on sale.  A copy of the order form is attached.

>>> Outdoor Education Fundraiser at The Vine Cinema

Tue, Jun 3rd

7pm, Vine Cinema, Livermore

Come join us on Tuesday, June 3 for ​”​How to Train Your Dragon​”​ and a raffle!​ ​ Doors open at 6:30​ p.m.​ ​, film at 7​ ​p​.​m. Run time ​is ​90 minutes​.

The Vine Cinema in Livermore serves food from Zephyr Grill and local wines and beers. ​  Pre-​order ticket forms will go home in backpacks next week, and a copy of the order form is attached.​  Tickets ​also will be sold after school May 28 – 30 and sold at the door the night of the event. Adults $10, children $8.

>>> Destination Imagination Event

Thu, May 29th

6-8pm, Alisal MP

Congratulations to all the students who participated in Destination Imagination (DI) this year!  And many thanks to the Alisal PTA which supported our teams’ participation in the Regional and State tournaments, and parent volunteers who made it all possible.

What’s DI all about?  It’s a fun, hands-on way for kids to engage in creative problem solving as part of a team.  To give you an idea, this year’s teams:

  • Conceived of a device using electrolysis to enable humans to adapt to climate change;
  • Used pneumatics, hydraulics, magnets and more to detect and transport hidden objects;
  • Built a structure to withstand multidirectional tension, bearing a huge multiple of its weight;
  • Created and performed a 3-ring circus set in outer space;
  • Tickled their imaginations with innumerable “instant challenges;” and
  • Made some great friends while developing essential life skills ranging from communication, negotiation, initiative and responsibility to project management.

Want to check it out?  Come try your hand at some instant challenges.  Thursday, May 29, 6:00-8:00 in the multipurpose room.  Please RSVP to to allow for resource planning.

For more information on DI, go to  Teams are forming now for the 2014-2105 season.