PTA Focus: News from the Alisal Community

>>> 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

>>> Book Fair at Alisal

Mon, Oct 6th

Book Fair is online till the 28th of October!

If you couldn’t make it to the book fair or couldn’t find the book you wanted please shop at our online fair, open through October 28th! Just click on the link and go to “Shop Online” and the profits still go to our fair!


>>> Ice-Cream Social.

Thu, Oct 9th

Book Fair and Ice Cream Social

On Thursday, October 9th, there is a FREE PTA sponsored ice cream social from 6:00PM -­7:30 PM. Please join your friends for a treat and visit the book fair on the only night that it will be open!

>>> Laser Dandiya and Garba Night

Fri, Oct 17th

Garba and Bollywood Dance party to support 5th Grade outdoor Ed.

Put on your dancing shoes, bust out your most colorful outfits and join us at the Laser Dandiya and Bollywood dance party. Alisal PTA is hosting the Dandiya dance party and Bake Sale in support of 5th Grade Outdoor Ed. We have the disco lights, a fabulous DJ and even a short Dance Class to start the evening on the right foot!

October 17th 2014, 7-9 PM @the MPR.
Come early for a short dance tutorial from 6.30 – 7 PM.

Top off the evening with pizza and some super sweet bakes and it’s an evening too good to miss.

Look for flyers to reserve your tickets ($10 per person/$5 per child under 11) in your student’s Friday folder. Please contact Vani at or 214-914-4004 or Deepali at or 510-209-1156 for more information on the event. Tickets for the evening are limited, so reserve your place as early as possible.

>>> Free Parent Event “Anxiety, Attention, Learning and Behavioral Challenges.”

on Oct 8 at the Pleasanton Middle School MPR

Don’t miss highly sought after developmental pediatrician Dr. Brad Berman as he discusses these important issues that impact both the home and school life of our children. Brought to you by the Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee. For more info see the event flyer or click here to register.

The event flyers are attached with this post.

Flyer Berman Flyer Berman Spanish

>>> Reflections Program at Alisal

Wed, Oct 8th

Reflections Entries to be submitted at the library by October 8th.

The Reflections Arts Recognition Program is a national arts recognition and achievement program for students.  Since 1969, 10 million students across the nation have participated.  Let’s show how talented and artistic our Alisal students are!

The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for students, parents, schools and communities is unparalleled.  That’s why the Reflections Program provides an excellent opportunity for Alisal Elementary School students:

  • To unleash their creative talents and be inspired 
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the joy and fun of making art
  • Tap into critical thinking skills to create art inspired by the theme:  The World Would Be a Better Place If …
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art

To get involved, students submit an original piece, inspired by the above theme, in any of the following arts areas:  Dance Choreography, Literature, Photography, Film Production, Music Composition and Visual Arts.

Submit your art for a chance to win in your category at the local, state and national competition. We would love to showcase and celebrate Alisal students’ talent while raising awareness of the importance of the arts in education.

You can learn more about the Reflections Program,including criteria for each category. Pick up your entry form at the Library, school office or download an entry form here.

Submissions will be collected in the Library on October 8th.

>>> First Day Of School

Mon, Aug 25th

Monday 8.15 AM

Welcome back!

First day of the new school year.

>>> 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