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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
info@AlamedaEducation.org

Supporting Student Success – October 2016

bill-yosemiteDear Friend,

Message from the AEF President

As we move into October, our AEF programs are in full swing. After-school enrichment classes are in session, middle school coed volleyball is progressing towards the championships, and we delivered 22 classroom adoptions in late September.

I was able to deliver that first round of adoptions. Kindergarten through high school teachers received $500 checks to use for their classrooms. It never tires seeing a teacher be overwhelmed by the donor’s generosity. The donors who come to the unannounced presentations are touched as well. I always end the adoption day feeling that we have made a difference.

We were able to make our many new teachers happy as we gave them extra Equipped 4 Success school supplies. I was especially pleased that we were able to deliver graphing calculators to Alameda High, Encinal High, and ASTI. The teachers were thrilled as well as the students.

Thank you Jeff Smith, Mathematics Dept. Head at Encinal High, for the very kind letter to the editor thanking us for the graphing calculators.

Another Adoption Day is on Thursday Oct. 6.  Unfortunately, I cannot attend. I will miss the joy on the faces of teachers and donors alike.

Sincerely,
Bill Sonneman


AEF Spotlight

mss_crosscountry_fall2016AEF Alameda Asteroids hosts Middle School Cross Country Meet

By Debra Cramer, Alameda Asteroids coach

The Alameda Asteroids Middle School Cross Country Club hosted a meet with 11 Bay Area schools from the SACMAL league on Wednesday, September 28th at Crab Cove.  The Alameda Asteroids is a middle school cross country club managed under AEF’s after-school enrichment program.  Sixth – 8th graders from Alameda middle schools participate in the running club from September through November each fall and compete as a team against schools from outside Alameda.

Represented at the meet were students from San Leandro, Newark, Union City, Castro Valley and Piedmont middle schools.  Encinal High Cross Country coach Don Porteous marked the course and timed the event, and the Encinal High School Cross Country team provided course monitors, finish line monitors and tag takers.  Times were recorded for 412 students; 32 of those were Alameda Asteroids. Read more.


AEF Announcements

Eat for Education!

pizzaJoin us at SPIN! Pizza TODAY (Tuesday, Oct. 4) for “Dine and Donate. Enjoy delicious neapolitan pizza (among other selections) and SPIN! will donate 15% of proceeds to AEF programs, such as middle school sports, college prep programs, and enrichment classes. Eat in or take out.  What a delicious way to support students!


Alameda Running Festival is coming soon!

 AEF is honored to be a beneficiary of the inaugural Bank of Marin’s Alameda Running Festival, Oct. 29 – 30.  Events include a half marathon, 5k, 10k and Fun Run.  There will also be kids’ activities, free food and beer, live music and DJs, and it all takes place at Alameda Point.  Not much of a runner?  Then consider volunteering for this fun event – and please be sure to indicate “AEF” as the organization you represent at the bottom.


adopt_class_logo_widgetAdopt A Classroom

Help us reach our goal of adopting 200 teachers this year!  Adopt a teacher in need or select one of your choice.  We accept donations online or by mail – just click here for more information!  Thanks to our program sponsors, we EW able to donate 100% of your $500 donation to the teacher.  Our major sponsor this year is Pump Repair Service Co. / Dave and Joanne Archer.  Thank you to additional sponsors:  The Appliance Repair Doctor;  Daniel T. Jew, Financial Adviser, Edward Jones; Catellus (developer of Alameda Landing); Star Harbor (a proposed Tim Lewis community at Encinal Terminal) and Bill and Lois Sonneman.

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Supporting Student Success – September 2016

bill-yosemiteDear Friend,

Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year. If my math is correct the incoming Kindergarten class will be the graduating class of 2029.

The AEF has had a very busy summer. We moved from our office from Old Alameda High School to Wood Middle on Grand Street. Our office is in Portable A-4. Thank you principal Cammie Harris and staff for the very warm welcome.

If that was not enough, our Executive Director Vicki Sedlack organized our annual Equipped 4 Success Drive, which provides school supplies for AUSD students in need. Equipped 4 Success is a collaboration of the Alameda Education Foundation, Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Boys and Girls Club, Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Head Start, Dream Catchers Youth Services, Girls Inc. of the Island City and Woodstock Child Development Center.  As part of Equipped 4 Success, we were able to provide brand new graphing calculators to assist high level Math at Alameda, Encinal and ASTI high schools. Vicki and I presented the calculators on Tuesday, August 29th to very appreciative teachers and students. Thank you to all our donors and partners for making Equipped 4 Success a reality for so many students.

Not to be outdone, our Enrichment Director Sarah Olaes ran 70 summer enrichment camps in a wide array of subjects. You can read a first-hand perspective of one of those camps in the “Spotlight” section of this e-newsletter.

The beginning of the school year marks a new middle school sport – co-ed volleyball, the return of our ever popular Adopt A Classroom, and a great selection of after school enrichment classes. I, along with the AEF staff and our entire Board, wish the best for all our students, staff and parents as we embark on the 2016-17 school year.

Sincerely,
Bill Sonneman


AEF Spotlight

AEF Summer Camp – A 5-Star Review

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Summer Camp

My name is Amy and I took the circus arts camp from AEF. The circus arts camp was my favorite camp, and I have done a lot of camps. I mastered the stilts, floor, plate spinning, low bar, Diabolo, and more in my week of camp. We got a 20-minute break to go outside. We even got to try out a unicycle!

The instructors were very kind and energetic. There were a few kids who were challenging but the instructors were able to help them learn things, which they showed at the end of the camp show. Everybody learned at least two things in the camp, which was great. The instructors did a very good job and it was very fun. This camp was awesome and I give it a five star rating.


AEF Announcements

Eat for Education!

pizzaJoin us at SPIN! Pizza (at Alameda Landing) on “first Tuesdays” in Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. for “Dine and Donate.” Eat pizza (or anything else) and SPIN! will donate 15% of proceeds to AEF programs, such as middle school sports, college prep programs, and enrichment classes. Eat in or take out. What a delicious way to support students!


Personal Statement Workshop

The college application season is upon us.  Many applications, including all UC’s, require a personal statement and that is a type of writing many students do not have experience in. Give your student the edge by signing them up for AEF’s Personal Statement Workshop on Sept. 10th and 17th, 9 AM – 1 PM.  The cost is only $110 and scholarships are available.


adopt_class_logo_widgetAdopt A Classroom

Help us reach our goal of adopting 200 teachers this year! Adopt a teacher in need or select one of your choice. We accept donations online or by mail – just click here for more information! Thank you to our program sponsors, we continue to be able to donate 100% of your $500 donation to the teacher. Our major sponsor this year is Pump Repair Service Co./Dave and Joanne Archer. We also appreciate support from Catellus (developer of Alameda Landing), Star Harbor (a proposed Tim Lewis community at Encinal Terminal) and Bill and Lois Sonneman.


Middle School Sports

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Middle School Cross Country Club

Our coed volleyball matches begin today! All matches will be at the Alameda Point Gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 4:00 PM. Click here for the current schedule and results. Our Cross Country Club for middle schoolers (part of our Enrichment program) also begin practice today at 4:00 at Crab Cove. Students must be registered to participate in cross country. Click on the blue Enrichment button on our website to register for Cross Country.

For information and to register for Middle School Sports click here.


Fall Enrichment Class Registrations

Wow! We had close to 800 registrations in the first week along! There is plenty of space still available. Check it out here.

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Supporting Student Success – June 2016

bill-yosemiteDear Friend,

By far my favorite time of the school year when I was a high school principal was graduation. The joy and the tears coupled with the pomp of graduation made the day special to not only the graduates, but to family, friends and staff. The entire AEF Board and staff congratulate all the graduates from our Alameda public high schools. We wish you the best as you enter the next phase of your life.

We wish all students and employees a restful summer. The AEF will be busy preparing for the 2016-17 school year. Our programs will continue to enrich the lives of our students. We thank you for your support and look forward to your continued support in the future.

Come to the South Shore Summer Beats Concert on July 4th from 3 – 5 PM featuring our good friends The Sun Kings. Money raised there will support the Equipped 4 Success school supply drive.

Sincerely,
Bill Sonneman


AEF Spotlight

Enriching Lives, One at a Time

string_ensembleThe sheer volume of AEF’s Enrichment program is impressive enough – 400 after school classes and 70 summer camps serving upwards of 3,000 students per year.  But it’s the impact it makes on the individual students that means the most.

Take Caitlin*.  A second grader, Caitlin signed up for one of AEF’s “Beginning Violin” classes.  She had missed almost the full prior year of school following three weeks in the hospital and was finding it hard to adjust to being back at school.  Her parents thought signing her up for a music class would be a good idea, and what a good idea it was!  There was something about this class that turned Caitlin’s passion back on for learning.  Her violin teacher Donna Eyestone provides a caring, student-focused environment welcoming for all students.  By the end of the 10 week program Caitlin was shining!  Her mom said the violin class has “turned Caitlin’s life around.”

Read more….


AEF Announcements

USA National Basketball Team

Can’t get enough of those Warriors?  Then have we got a deal for you. Come out and watch Team USA take on China in an exhibition game at Oracle Arena on Tuesday, July 26th!  The game features four Warriors players:  Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala. A portion of proceeds benefits our Middle School Sports program.  Who knows, you might be helping develop a future Warrior!  Click here for more information.


Congratulations Track & Field Student-Athletes!

track&field-2016Three hundred students participated in this year’s track & field program. It was inspiring watching the growth and development of these students, many of whom had never tried track & field before. This year, we introduced the mini-javelin to the field events to great enthusiasm. A special thank you to ACLC/Nea coach Michelle Owens and her husband Irvin who helped us develop an online system for entering athletes and recording results.  Thank you also to Charles Penalver and student Tate Johnson for the great photos!  You may check the results and records here.


FREE concerts benefiting the Equipped 4 Success School Supply Drive

Please join us at South Shore Center this summer for a series of free “Summer Beats” concerts.  We’ll be selling beverages to benefit the Equipped 4 Success school supply drive, which provides low-income Alameda students with backpacks filled with school supplies.  First up, The Sun Kings on July 4th, 3 – 5 pm.  Click here for more information.


ACT Test Prep and College Personal Statement Workshops Coming Soon!  

Conquer the ACT with our summer Extended Crash Course in August.  Seniors can feel confident about their college applications after taking our Personal Statement workshop in September.  Classes fill up quickly!  Scholarships available.  For full information and to register, click here.


kiwanis-2016Thank you Kiwanis!

AEF was recently honored to receive a grant to support the community wide Equipped 4 Success school supply drive.  Thank you, Kiwanis Club of Alameda, for supporting our students!