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Supporting Student Success – December 2016

Message from the AEF President
bill-sonnemanDear Friend,

On behalf of the Alameda Education Foundation staff and the entire Board, we wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

We are very proud of our accomplishments at the AEF that have benefited so many of our students and teachers in Alameda public schools.  School supplies for students in need, after school enrichment classes, middle school sports and 160 classroom adoptions are only part of how we have positively impacted the educational environment in the Alameda schools this year.

To continue to accomplish our mission of “supporting student success” we need your help. During this Season Of Giving please consider supporting the AEF with a donation. If you have received a “Year End Appeal“ this is the time to mail in the appeal. It is also very easy to donate by going to our Ways to Give page.  We could not continue our work as we enter our 35th year supporting our students and teachers without your support.



Bill Sonneman

AEF Spotlight

Decoding Your Teen

Do you want your teen to be happy?  To be able to bounce back when things get tough?  To help set them up for life and work in the real world?  Do you just want to get along better? AEF in conjunction with the Alameda PTA Council and Alameda Unified School District is offering a presentation and workshop on “Raising Resilient Teens”.  This presentation and workshop is for 6th – 12th Alameda public school students and their parents.  There are two parts to the program, which may be combined or attended separately. Read more.

AEF Announcements

Enrichment class registration begins Jan. 12th at 9:30 AM

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 probably has a program for them with over 150 after-school classes this winter and spring. Enroll by Jan. 20th and receive an Early Bird Discount.

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

Thank You Quest Foundation

AEF is the recipient of a generous grant from the Quest Foundation that will support our Middle School Sports programs. Over 600 student-athletes participate in after school athletics through this program, including volleyball in the fall, girls and boys basketball in the winter and track & field in the spring. Students benefit from an organized sports league that promotes sportsmanship, fitness and goal-setting and includes an academic tie-in.

Thank you Alameda Welfare Council and Alameda Rotary Club

Alameda homeless, formerly homeless and low-income students will once again receive quality new backpacks and school supplies before the start of school thanks to grants from the Alameda Welfare Council and Alameda Rotary Club for our Equipped 4 Success program. Learn more about this program and our partnerships that make it possible.

The Alameda Welfare Council will also be making an impact in the classroom with a grant to our Adopt A Classroom program. Thank you also the the Alameda Kiwanis Club for their annual contribution to our Adopt A Classroom program.

Supporting teachers, making an impact!

As of December, we will have adopted 160 teachers this school year through our Adopt a Classroom program. Our goal for 2016-2017 is 200! Please help us reach our goal by adopting a teacher today! Your “open” adoption enables us to direct your donation to teachers most in need. Read what one teacher had to say: “This is truly an amazing experience. I am thrilled beyond belief. I feel like I am treated as an educational professional when I can choose how to spend the donation as I deem appropriate for my class. That should never change.”

AEF’s Basketball program begins after the winter break

Our girls games begin in January and the boys season follows. Be sure to check out the schedule and results here.








Supporting Student Success – November 2016

bill-yosemiteDear Friend,

Message from the AEF President

Happy November! November is my favorite month of the year because of Thanksgiving. I personally have so much to be thankful. My wife Lois and I have been married 47 years and have lived in our wonderful city the entire time. Our three daughters graduated from Encinal High School and went on to get college degrees. Now we have 6 grandchildren and the 4 that are school age attend public schools. I am thankful for my family as well as the 37 year career in public education. During my tenure, I worked with so many fantastic caring staff. I thank them for their commitment to students. After retiring, I joined the AEF Board and became President. I am so thankful for the dedicated AEF staff (Vicki, Nora, Sarah and Yenju). They are  committed to our public schools and truly make a difference in the lives of so many of our students. Thank you AEF Board, you are volunteers and I appreciate your time and generosity. Finally, thank you to all the people who make our programs flourish and our generous donors.

I will leave you with one short positive story. Last Thursday, we delivered twenty-four $500 classroom adoptions. After the teacher is awarded the adoption, I often ask students how the teacher should spend the money. Typical responses include a class pet, field trip, classroom supplies, etc. A girl in a 4th grade class at Haight School raised her hand and said her class should take this $500 then add to it and the class could donate the money to a hospital or a cause that needed the money. I left that classroom inspired, and thankful to be the President of the AEF.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bill Sonneman

AEF Spotlight

AEF Middle School Sports Program and How to Change a Life

Eighth grader Jason wanted to try out for his middle school’s volleyball team this fall, but the coach was reticent. The prior year, Jason had a poor attitude and received grades far below the team’s minimum grade point average of a C+. But Jason was insistent, telling the coach he wanted to turn his life around and make his mother proud of him. The coach gave him a chance and worked with school administrators to get him academic support. Jason went to every practice, respected the coach, and tried his best. His grades went from D’s and F’s to A’s and B’s. Jason’s mother attended one of the first matches even though she had just been released from the hospital. The coach put Jason in, and he played his heart out while tears of joy streamed down his mother’s face.  Through participation in AEF’s Middle School Sports program, with its academic and behavioral guidelines, Jason has learned he has what it takes to be successful. And he has definitely made his mother proud!

AEF Announcements

Measure B1 passes!

The parcel tax renewal received a record 73.9% of the votes to pass last week.  This passage ensures that critical funding remains for core academic programs in Alameda public schools.  Thank you for your support!

Power Up For LearningHelp power up our students!

AEF and Alameda Municipal Power make it easy to support technology education for students.  Just sign up to have a buck or two added to your monthly power bill through our Power UP For Learning Program.  AEF receives these funds to support technology education across the Island.  During the month of November, sign up and AMP will donate $25 for each new donor!  Sign up today!

Local Businesses Support AEF!

Alameda businesses understand the value of strong educational programs and make it fun at the same time!  Thank you to SPIN! Pizza “Dine & Donate” nights on the first Tuesdays of each month (next one – Dec. 6th) and to Angela’s Kitchen for benefitting us on November 4th during their “Friday Night Flights” event. Thank you also to Suzanne Vincent’s Halloween Benefit for AEF on October 22nd.

RunningFestival2016Running for Education

AEF was honored to be a joint beneficiary of the inaugural  Bank of Marin’s Alameda Running Festival on Oct. 29 – 30.  We look forward to seeing this festival grow over the years and to getting more children and young people involved in running, both for fun and competitively.

We’re Halfway There!

We have adopted close to 100 teachers through our Adopt A Classroom program. Help us reach our goal of 200! Please be sure to check out photos of the happy recipients here. Thanks to our generous sponsors, each teacher receives 100% of the $500 donation.  Learn more about our sponsors and make a donation on the AAC page.

volleyball-champs-2016Volleyball Championships

Congratulations to volleyball DI and DII champions the Lincoln Lions!  It was a very competitive and exciting season.  Thank you to Al Wright of Raintree Studios for the photos!  Thank you to the Olympic Club Foundation for their generous grant supporting our Middle School Sports program.  You can view photos of the season here.  AEF’s basketball season begins in January and Track & Field starts in April.


Congratulations to the Alameda Asteroids!

Congratulations to volleyball DI and DII champions the Lincoln Lions! It was a very competitive and exciting season. Thank you to Al Wright of Raintree Studios for the photos! Thank you to the Olympic Club Foundation for their generous grant supporting our Middle School Sports program. You can view photos of the season here. AEF’s basketball season begins in January and Track & Field starts in April.


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.

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.