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Alameda Education Foundation
501(c)(3) non-profit
Tax ID #94-2867769
P.O. Box 1363, Alameda 94501
Tel. 510.337.7189

September 2017 Newsletter – Welcome Back!

Message from the AEF President

bill-yosemiteDear Friend,

Welcome back to the 2017-18 school year. The entire AEF Board and Staff wish the students, parents and staff a very successful and enriching school year. The “enriching” part is our AEF speciality!

Last school year our enriching efforts included Middle School Sports, Adopting 192 teachers (our all-time high), giving 1,000 new backpacks and school supplies to students in need, preparing 76 students preparing for college through our ACT/SAT prep classes, providing students with kits so they could participate in a Robotics program, displaying student art across Alameda through “Art Across The Island” and, of course, our many after school and summer Enrichment classes and camps.   We hope you take advantage of our many opportunities.

It continues to be an honor and pleasure to serve as President of the Alameda Education Foundation Board.

All the best,


Bill Sonneman

AEF Spotlight

AEF Equipped for SuccessEquipped 4 Success Partnership in Full Bloom

Since 2012, AEF has taken the lead on the Equipped 4 Success school supply drive, working with community partners to identify students in need, fundraise, and distribute new backpacks filled with quality, grade level appropriate school supplies to kindergarten through 12th graders throughout our community.  This year we supported over 900 youth.  Since 2012, we have supported close to 7,000 students!

Thank you to the many organizations, businesses, and community members who support this drive.  Grants were received from the Alameda Community Foundation, Alameda Welfare Council, Kiwanis Club of Alameda, Rotary Club of Alameda, and Windermere Foundation.

Read more.

AEF Announcements

Last Chance for the SAT!

The last SAT test that can be used on college admissions is October 7th.  AEF is offering a SAT Crash Course Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30 to prepare students to do their best on the test.  This course is open to seniors and juniors.  Also for seniors, we are offering a Personal Statement workshop to help students learn how to write a strong college admissions essay.  Space is limited, so register soon by clicking here.

AEF Adopt a Classroom programAdopt A Classroom and Make A Difference!

Want to make a direct impact on an Alameda classroom?  Then consider donating $500 to AEF’s Adopt A Classroom program.  Thank you to our 2017-2018 program sponsors:  Alameda Landing, a Catellus Development, Star Harbor (a proposed Tim Lewis community at Encinal Terminals), and Bill and Lois Sonneman.  Because of their support, 100% of your donation goes to the teacher, enabling them to use the money as they know best to support the unique needs of their classroom.  Learn more about Adopt A Classroom and donate here!

AEF is seeking a few more program sponsors for the 2017-2018 year. If you are interested in supporting this vital program that makes an impact on learning for thousands of Alameda students, please contact


AEF's Enrichment classes programEnrichment class registration is underway!

This fall we are offering 117 after school classes at 10 school campuses / locations in subjects including art, music, athletics, coding, animation and much more.  Our classes offer high quality instruction in small class settings, giving students the opportunity to explore new frontiers and develop new passions.  Check out the full selection here.




AEF Volleyball Middle School Sports 2017Kill it – in Volleyball, that is!

AEF’s middle school volleyball season began this week. Volleyball is part of AEF’s Middle School Sports program that is funded and managed by AEF. Although it used to be a school district program, the district cut it for the 2017-2018 school year due to State budget shortfalls. AEF began to run it in 2009. In addition to fall volleyball, we offer girls and boys basketball in the winter and track & field in the spring. You can check out the volleyball schedule and results here.





Eat, Drink and….Run?

AEF would not be successful without support from local businesses and organizations that help generate vital funds to support our programs – they put the fun in fundraising!  Please join us to eat, drink and run:

  • Alameda Running Festival, Sept. 16 – 17 – The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF)  is a beneficiary of the Saturday 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run/Walk events! These are great events to introduce younger students to the fun of running or to run together as a family. Learn how you can support AEF at this event.
  • SPIN! Pizza – “Ciao” down with us and raise “dough” for AEF!  Join us for AEF Dine & Donate at SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza on Sep. 27, Oct. 25 and Nov. 9 between 5:30 and 8:00 PM.  SPIN! will donate 15% of proceeds during these times to AEF programs.  Supporting AEF has never been tastier!
  • Friday Night Flights at Angela’s on Oct. 13th – Raise a glass or two and raise funds for AEF! Join us on Oct. 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM on the patio at Angela’s Kitchen.  Enjoy two glasses of house wine for $20 along with complimentary appetizers from Chef Zafari and his wife Maria.  All proceeds from wine tasting benefit AEF programs.


SED_for_2017Saluting Our Educators!

We had a wonderful time honoring our teachers, volunteers and schools at this year’s Salute to Education event on April 21st! Be sure to check out our photo album from the event.

Thank you to Al Wright for the photos and the Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine for the wine donation. Our “Top of the Class” sponsor was Tim Lewis Communities/Star Harbor. Other sponsors were Alameda South Shore Center, Catellus/Alameda Landing, Frank Ghiglione/Rodgers Trucking Co., Pacific Union/Alameda, and State Farm Insurance/Team Kelly Lux.

May/June Newsletter 2017 – Congratulations Graduates!

Message from the AEF President

bill-yosemiteDear Friend,
The AEF Board and staff congratulate the graduating seniors from our public high schools and charters. We wish you well and good fortune in the future.

We are concluding another successful year at the Alameda Education Foundation. Our school year programs are concluding as we transition to our Summer Camps and preparation for our Back To School Supply Drive (Equipped 4 Success ). We are always looking for donations to guarantee all deserving students begin the school year with the proper school supplies.

The 2016-17 school year was marked with new AEF records. 192 teachers were adopted through our Adopt A Classroom program, as well as the largest participation in our track program ever – 326 – to name just two. The last week of school I will have the honor and privilege to present the Jack Capon awards to outstanding 8th grade student-athletes. As someone recently told me, “AEF does a lot.”

Enjoy your summer and thank you for your continued support of the Alameda Education Foundation.



Bill Sonneman

AEF Spotlight

Adopt a Classroom recipientAdopt A Classroom, Impact a Life

Editor’s Note: This year, AEF adopted a record number of 192 teachers through our Adopt A Classroom program, which provides $500 grants from the community directly to teachers. Many teachers provided feedback as to the impact the donations made on their classrooms. Below is one such story from Island High School history teacher, Robert Scofield. Mr. Scofield also runs a “Safe Spaces” group that meets to support LGBTQ youth and create a safe place for students to learn, thrive and explore some of the issues surrounding the LGBTQ community. Mr. Scofield was adopted by the Alameda Kiwanis Club.

Safe Spaces
by Robert Scofield, Island High School Teacher
When Safe Spaces was adopted, I took it to the group to see what they felt would be a good use for the donation. After lots of discussion, the students decided that they would like to use the money to address something that is a huge issue for the LGBTQ community, which is homelessness.

Read more.

AEF Announcements

DSC08988 (2)AEF Summer Camps – CHANGE IN LOCATION!

Due to renovation work that will be occurring at Haight Elementary over the summer, AEF’s summer camps are moving to Bay Farm School located at 200 Aughinbaugh Way.  We offer over 50 camps from June 26 through July 28, including half and full day camps for students in (completed) grades K – 8.  ARPD After Care is available after morning camps for students in grades K – 5 (pick up at Godfrey Park).

Camps include: Spanish, Mandarin, cooking, technology, arts, engineering writing, karate and more! Check out our flyer for all the details.

Prevent the student brain drain while introducing your child to new and fun learning experiences.  Register by clicking the blue “summer camps” button on the left.

Alameda's Sun KingsShake it Up, Baby!

Join us on July 4th, 3 – 5 PM, for the best Beatles tribute band, The Sun Kings. They will be kicking off  South Shore’s Summer Beats concert series. AEF will be there selling wine and beer from Alameda Island Brewing Company. All proceeds benefit the  Equipped 4 Success school supply drive. Other Summer Beats concerts include Pride & Joy on July 29 from 5 – 7 PM and Pure Ecstasy on Aug. 12, 5 – 7 PM.



Alameda Running Festival 017Come Run the Island

Come Run the Island in the Alameda Running Festival on September 16 and 17, 2017. September 16th features a 5K run/walk and Family Fun Run/Walk.

Proceeds from Saturday’s events will benefit AEF sports and cross country programs and Alameda Meals on Wheels. Register soon for best prices! 


AEF Track and FieldTrack & Field Championships!  

Over 325 6th – 8th graders representing seven middle school programs participated in Track & Field this spring. Not only is this a record number of participants, but many meet records were also broken!  You can find links to results, records and photos on our AEF Track & Field website.




AEF college prep academySophomores and Juniors!

Register soon for AEF’s summer SAT and ACT “Crash Course Extended” programs. These courses are In-depth yet easy to approach for all learning styles and will give students the most effective way to learn Felix Prep’s unique and score-changing techniques in under a week. Students who took our spring program report that they not only improved their scores, but they had a lot of fun, too!  SAT course:  July 17 – 21.  ACT course:  July 24 – 28.

Click here for prices, registration and scholarship information.




SED_for_2017Saluting Our Educators!

We had a wonderful time honoring our teachers, volunteers and schools at this year’s Salute to Education event on April 21st!  Be sure to check out our photo album from the event.

Thank you to Al Wright for the photos and the Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine for the wine donation.  Our “Top of the Class” sponsor was Tim Lewis Communities/Star Harbor.  Other sponsors were Alameda South Shore Center, Catellus/Alameda Landing, Frank Ghiglione/Rodgers Trucking Co., Pacific Union/Alameda, and State Farm Insurance/Team Kelly Lux.

Mar/Apr Newsletter – Wiggles, Three-pointers and Celebrating

Message from the AEF President

Dear Friend,

The time has arrived again for the premier Alameda public education event – Salute To Education. On Friday April 21st at Rhythmix on Blanding, the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) will be honoring school volunteers and innovative programs from all our Alameda public schools and charters. This will be the 34th year we have celebrated the impressive work being done in our schools. Additionally, Salute To Education is a time to celebrate with members of our community in support of our schools. Pam Chang, AEF board member, and her committee have planned a fun-filled evening that includes gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Alameda restaurants, California fine wines and local craft beer. A raffle, including tickets to Disneyland, champagne tasting at Domain Chandon, a bicycle, portable poker table, and ‘around the town’ packages, will be held as well. Tickets do sell out, so please considering buying your tickets early.

Salute To Education:
6:00 – 9:00 pm at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda
$30 per ticket in advance through April 19th.

Thank you to our sponsors whose financial support helps make this event possible.   “Top of the Class” sponsor: Tim Lewis Communities  “Honor Roll” sponsors: Alameda South Shore Center, Catellus/Alameda Landing, Frank Ghiglione/Rodgers Trucking Co., Pacific Union/Alameda, and State Farm Insurance/Team Kelly Lux.
Thank you to the Connosseurs’ Guide to California Wine, Al Wright Photography, and all our generous raffle and food donors. You can check them all out here.



Bill Sonneman

AEF Spotlight

Salute to Education 2017 to Honor Alameda Innovative School Programs

Lum Elementary 3rd grade teachers recognize that some students have the ‘wiggles’ and Lum has implemented a flexible seating environment, including stand up desks and stools that let students wiggle while they sit; these flexible learning spaces accommodate the individuality of Lum students.
Encinal Jr. and Sr. High School teacher Paul Igaz has created a multi-media program where students make films and get to act like an adult behind the camera and play like a kid in front of it.

Read more.

AEF Announcements

AEF Boys Basketball season ends on an exciting note!

BayFarm_BB_2017champsAEF’s Middle School Boys basketball season was one for the records. We crowned two new champions this year: Bay Farm in Division II and the Academy of Alameda in Division I.  Bay Farm came from behind to win the DII division by one point over Lincoln, 38-37, thanks to a last second three-pointer by Gabriel Garcia. While not quite as close in DI play, the Academy of Alameda and challenger Lincoln kept it going back and forth, but the Academy learned to fight through mistakes and setbacks to come out on top, 43 – 31. One cannot help but realize the tenacity these students learn through this program will take them far in school, career and life.

For a fun recap, please see ‘Notes from AUSD‘ that was featured in the April 4th Alameda Journal.


Track & Field Volunteers Needed!    

track&field_2017Would you like to get some fresh air, springtime sunshine, and make a difference in your community? Come get ‘track-side seats’ to all the excitement of AEF’s middle school Track & Field series! You don’t need any experience or special skills, but you’ll be integral in making the meets occur. Limited commitment, maximum fun! Track & Field meets are in April and May.

Learn more here.



Equipped 4 Success Coordinator Position available   

IMG_0205AEF manages a community wide school supply drive called Equipped 4 Success. Equipped 4 Success is a collaboration of AEF, the Alameda Unified School District, and several Alameda nonprofits. AEF is looking for a coordinator for Equipped 4 Success who will be responsible for many aspects of the drive, including monitoring collection bins, receiving deliveries of supplies, recruiting and scheduling volunteers, and coordinating with our partners for pickup of backpacks. The work will take place in July – August 2017.

If you are interested, please click here for a full job description and to apply.


AEF Summer Camps – Early Bird Pricing until April 30th      

summer_campEarly bird pricing continues until April 30th for AEF’s summer camps. All camps are being held on the Haight Elementary campus, with after-care available from ARPD. We are offering camps in languages, cooking, technology, arts, engineering and more! All camps feature small class sizes and are taught by experts in their fields.

For more information and to register, click here.



Summer Camp Youth Internships still available

Interns work alongside AEF summer camp instructors during our half-day summer camps, which are held from June 26 – July 28, 2017 at Bay Farm School. Interns assist the instructor providing extra supervision for the camp participating and hands-on assistance to students who may need extra help in completing activities. For students aged 14 – 17. It looks great on college applications – and it’s fun!

Applications close April 15th!  Apply here!

Enrichment winter/spring class registration continues

DSC08999 (2)Our final selection of after-school classes begin NEXT WEEK!  Whether your student wants to learn how to be a Ninja (which teaches body awareness, self-control and self-confidence), design an App, or become a mini-Architect, AEF is offering over 150 after-school classes this winter and spring.

Click here to view a full selection of classes and to register.




SAT/ACT Test Prep

AEF college prep academyWhen you see high school students laughing, high- fiving and hugging their instructor after spending a good part of spring break in a SAT/ACT prep course, you know it’s a special kind of course. AEF’s SAT/ACT spring break Hybrid Crash Course was taught by Felix Test Prep. Owners Natalie and Ryan bring not only years of experience and success, but a unique way of connecting with students that helps them gain confidence and a positive attitude to perform their best.

Registration is open for our July SAT and ACT programs for sophomores and juniors, as well as for our August personal statement workshop for seniors.

Click here for more information.