PTA Focus: News from the Alisal Community

>>> Calling All Scientists! Time to Register for the Science Fair!

Thu, Apr 28th

At Alisal

The Alisal Science Fair will be on April 28, 2016. You may register your child individually or as part of a team of up to 3 children before the 18th of April.
or use the direct link -
or fill our the forms that will come home with your child this week.

>>> March Association Meeting – March 1

Tue, Mar 1st

Alisal Library

Please join us at 7pm on March 1 in the Alisal Library for our Association Meeting. The agenda is attached. The Executive Board nominations will be announced and the Slate is as follows:


President – Marcey Donnelly

Executive Vp – Kathy Gunn

Secretary – Lauren Barhite

Treasurer – Jennifer Zacharias

VP Ways and Mean – Vani Bhargav

VP Publicity – Nicole Friedrich

VP Membership – Saralynn

Financial Secretary – Tracy Gribschaw

Auditor – Amy Carlson

Historian – Sukanya Krishnan

We hope to see you there!


March Association Meeting (4)

>>> Coming Soon- Alisal Spring Book Fair!

Mon, Feb 29th

Alisal campus


February 29 – March 3

Mark your calendars for the spring book fair!  Students will have the opportunity to visit the book fair with their classes during their scheduled library time. In addition, families can visit the book fair during the Ice Cream Social on Tuesday evening, March 1st, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.(coinciding with Literacy Night) or after school on Wednesday. 

 For a complete schedule, as well as a preview of this year’s books, visit our Alisal Book Fair Homepage here:


Our goal is to sell 1625 books, which is 2.5 books per student.  If we reach our goal, Mrs. Johnson has promised a Pajama Day on Friday, March 4th, which a school-wide “Read-In” of half an hour to wrap up the Read~A~Thon.  We appreciate your help to reach our goal!

>>> Parenting Workshop & Association Meeting Tuesday January 5 at 7pm

Tue, Jan 5th

Alisal Library

Parenting expert Rachel Sklar will be speaking on Tuesday January 5 at 7pm in the Alisal Library. Topics include motivating your child from the inside-out, tips on raising a self-driven adult and tricks for raising your child’s confidence in any circumstance. Free childcare will be provide for age 3 and up.

The regular association meeting will commence after the workshop. See attached agenda for topics to be covered in the meeting.

January Association Meeting 2016

>>> Upcoming Association Meeting November 3

Tue, Nov 3rd

Alisal Rm 29

The next PTA meeting will be held Tuesday November 3 at 7pm at Alisal in Rm 29.  The agenda is attached and hope to see you there!


November Association Agenda

>>> Coming Soon…Alisal Fall Book Fair! Nov 2-6

Mon, Nov 2nd

Alisal Library

Mark your calendars for the first book fair of the year!  Students will have the opportunity to visit the book fair with their classes during their scheduled library time. In addition, families can visit the book fair after school on Wednesday or during the Ice Cream Social on Thursday, November 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  

For a complete schedule, as well as a preview of this year’s books, visit our Alisal Book Fair Homepage here:

Our goal is to sell two books per student.  If we reach our goal, Mrs. Johnson has promised a Pajama Day for the whole school, with a dance party at lunch/recess!  We appreciate your help to reach our goal!

If you’re interested in volunteering for the book fair, please sign up here: 

>>> Fall Carnival is Almost Here!

Fri, Oct 23rd

Alisal Playground

Alisal’s Fall Carnival will be on Friday, October 23rd from 5pm – 8pm on Alisal’s playground. Please plan to join us at this fun event. This is a wonderful family event that would not be possible without the help of volunteers! Below are two sign-up sheets – one to volunteer time the night of the carnival and one to donate cakes/treats for the cake walk.  Thank you for all of your help!

Details of the carnival are in the attached flyer. Hope to see you all there!



Attached files


>>> Get Ready to Run! Jog-a-Thon is October 14

Wed, Oct 14th

Alisal Fields

The annual Jog-A-Thon will be October 14th.

Collection envelopes went home last week. All students will be asked to return the envelope (with the neon sneakers on top…you can’t miss it!) on race day. Please return it even if you have not finished collecting the money from your sponsors. We will return the envelope to you, with the number of laps marked on the form. (That way, if you have a sponsor that offers a dollar-amount per lap, you know how much to collect!) ;)

Please return all Jog-A-Thon money to the school by Oct. 23rd. You can send in your child’s envelope to his/her teacher, or you can drop it off in the front office—there will be a jog-a-thon collection box (covered in polka dots! You can’t miss it!)

Interested in volunteering? Check with your child’s teacher as there are several volunteer positions available to help for this fun event!

>>> Clean Closets AND Money for Alisal Elementary!

Mon, Sep 28th

Drop off in Front of School

Next week (September 28 – October 2) Alisal will be holding a Schoola clothing drive. How does it work? You simply fill garbage bags from home with good condition Women’s, Children’s and Baby clothing and drop them off at the sign out in front of the office. Schoola places these clothes online and 40% of what sells goes back to Alisal! To date we have earned more than $2700 for our school. Below is our Schoola link. You can also request a bag from the site and send in clothes yourself postage free!

Look for the flyer going home in packets this week! Happy cleaning!…/alisal-elementary-pleasanton-ca



>>> Box Tops for Education Details


Welcome back to school, parents! My name is Cristina Moidel and I’m thrilled to be the Box Tops for Education™ and Labels for Education® Coordinator for Alisal Elementary School. Clipping Box Tops and Labels for Education from product packaging is a really easy way for you to help our school earn cash. Last school year we earned approximately $1,600, and I’m confident we can do it again this year.
How? Get the kids involved! It can be their job to cut them out and turn them into the office collection basket. Each month there will be raffle prizes for students who submit Box Tops and Labels for Education. Tip: Keep a Ziploc bag or envelope in the kitchen so they are easy to find and ready to go. Be sure to include your child’s name and room number so I know where to deliver the prizes if they win!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via our Facebook Page ( visit or for more information. I’m here to make our school’s Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education programs a huge success this year. Thanks for your help!

Cristina Moidel Box Tops/Labels for Education Coordinator