Wed, Dec 18th
Sign-up online to participate
Be a part of Alisal’s annual Giving Tree! Sign up to participate at our Jooners site!
The Alisal community and Alisal PTA have established a confidential program called “The Giving Tree” to offer assistance to Alisal families dur- ing the holiday season. Families in need have requested specific childrens’ gifts, which are listed anonymously on the website.
Time is of the essence, as our later than normal Thanksgiving break has shortened our gifting days. Unwrapped gifts can be turned in at the office anytime, but no later than Wednesday, December 18. The items will be distributed to families on the last 2 days of school before our Christ- mas break.
Please take a moment to view the list of children’s wishes and choose one to fulfill if you can. **PLEASE NOTE: It is essential that you reference the number listed in the notes section when returning your gift to the office. (Such as 1A, 7C, 3B, etc.) Each reference # corresponds to a specific child and without it we will have no way to keep track of what has been purchased for whom.
This is a change from how we have run this program in the past when the gift requests were placed on individual gift tags that were hung on Christmas trees in the office and in front of the school. We are hoping this new online signup sheet makes it easier for you to participate in this wonderful holiday tradition.
Last year we were able to make the holidays a little brighter for more than a dozen Alisal families. The generosity of the Alisal community is so inspiring! Please contact Christi Williams at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
The December Gift Shop is next week (December 9-12), and we are in need of volunteers to help children select gifts and budget their money. The December Gift Shop is a PTA sponsored holiday store where students have the opportunity to choose inexpensive gifts for family and friends. Each class will visit the store during a 30-minute time slot, and the children will have an opportunity to shop. It is a lot of fun to see how excited the kids are about shopping for the perfect gifts for their family members!
This year’s gift shop will be in Room 12, December 9th-12th. In addition to classes visiting during the day, the shop will also be open Monday-Thursday, December 9th-12th from 2:50-3:30.
To sign up, please visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0544AFAB2EAA8-december
Thank you in advance for helping to make this a fun event for our children!
Nancy Kent and Lisa Ager
December Gift Shop Chairpersons
Wed, Nov 13th
7pm, Alisal Library
Mark your calendars for November 13 at 7:00 and join us for the PTA association meeting. Lisa Highfill will be our guest speaker prior to the General meeting. Lisa will talk about utilizing technology in the classroom. Come and see what is possible using the latest technology advances in education. A copy of the meeting agenda is attached.
Please review the attached letter for information about new and important safety procedures in use at Alisal.
Mon, Nov 4th
Return Ballots to Alisal Office
Please see the attached School Site Council ballot, vote for two, and return to the school office. The School Site Council is an elected body of members with even parity between parent/community members and teacher/school personnel. The Council meets throughout the school year, reviews and approves school policies, and provides advice on other school projects as requested. The Site Council directs fund- ing to support the growing need for technology, to purchase materials for the various curriculum areas, and to provide valuable staff development. The Coun- cil recommends, evaluates and manages the School Library Improvement Plan, which provides for the special needs of all students.
From Monday, November 4 to Tuesday, November 5, 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. This year, Tri-Valley Tradeshows has stepped up to provide us with free shipping, so there is no cost to our schools or PTAs. Last year, Pleasanton school children generously donated nearly 1900 pounds of candy!
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!
We would also love to collect pictures, drawings and letters for the troops. You can also place these in the front office. There are letter writing guidelines available from Operation Gratitude at http://www.operationgratitude.com/get-involved/write-letters/. Thank you!
Thu, Oct 31st
Minimum Day Schedule, Parade at 8:30am
This year our Halloween parade will take place at 8:30am on October 31, 2013. We will be having an actual parade around the blue line on the blacktop in the back of the school. The parade will start with our TK (transitional Kindergarten) class and finish with 5th grade.
We are asking you to remain behind the cones that will be set up along the “parade route”. This will help us to be able to safely walk the blue line and not be too crowded. There will be lots of areas for parents and family members to view the parade from. After the parade is completed, the students will return to their classrooms for the rest of the day.
Please remember that October 31, 2013 is a minimum day. All students in grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 12:30. TK and Kindergarten will be dismissed at an earlier time. The school office will close at 1:30 that day. November 1, 2013 is a work day for teachers only. The school office will be closed that day and no students attend school this day.
We hope to see you out on the parade route!
Mrs. Q, Mr. Muniz, and the Alisal Staff
Wed, Nov 6th
6pm, Amador High School Library
The Pleasanton Unified School District is developing a three-year plan to achieve our goal of optimizing student learning across PreK-12 by using innovative technology. We need your help.
We will be holding three forums for staff and parents from all schools across the District to share their ideas on how to engage students effectively with technology. The three forums will be identical in structure. Choose the one that best fits your schedule.
Thursday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. – Foothill High School Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m. – Amador High School Library
Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00pm – Amador High School Library
While the meetings are being held at our high schools, we are seeking input from all grade levels. We hope you will attend one of these two sessions and help us develop our three-year technology plan. We look forward to hearing from you.
Fri, Oct 25th
The Alisal Fall Carnival is going to be held on Friday, October 25 from 5:00-8:00pm. Order forms went home last week and are due on Friday October 18. It is going to be a fun evening with gourmet food trucks, carnival games, DJ, face painting, spin art, Little Explorers Petting Zoo, the Cake Walk and Crackers the Clown! The PTA has made the Fall Carnival affordable for all families this year – we encourage everyone to join us in celebrating our school, our families and the fall season at the Alisal Fall Carnival! A copy of the order form is attached to this post.
Committee members needed
Pleasanton Unified School District is forming a Local Control Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee members’ responsibility is to advise the Board and the Superintendent about supporting the District Strategic Plan with resources from our Local Control Funding Formula. Complete details are available in the press release attached to this post. All interested applicants for the committee must apply by November 4th, 2013.