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Alameda Education Foundation
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P.O. Box 1363, Alameda 94501
Tel. 510.337.7189

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.

Jan/Feb 2017 newsletter: Burpees, Bobbleheads and More!

Message from the AEF President

AEF Adopt a ClassroomHappy New Year! I hope all the high school students did well on their finals.
We are very proud of our Adopt A Classroom Program. Teachers across Alameda receive a $500 check from a donor to use however they see fit for their classroom. We have many generous donors, for example, last week two of our donors were the Alameda Welfare Council and Orangetheory Fitness, which is located at Alameda Landing. Orangetheory trainers completed 2000 burpees to raise money to adopt 4 classrooms and Alameda Welfare Council adopted two.Both donors enjoyed the classroom presentations and Orangetheory even helped teach a PE class at Haight School.
Our goal for the 2016-17 school year is 200 teachers adopted. As of the end of January, 174 teachers have been adopted. With the support of our generous community we can make our goal of 200 adoptions. There are a variety of ways to make the  goal occur: You can donate $500; gather a group of people to donate the $500 together;, use matching funds at work; get a business, friend, relative or neighbor to do the same;  or create another method to get that adoption.
Together we can make 200. Also, a special thanks to the individuals, groups, businesses, and service organizations that have already donated. You are greatly APPRECIATED.To donate, please visit our Adopt A Classroom page.



Bill Sonneman

AEF Spotlight

Art Across the IslandArt Across the Island

Haight Elementary School students Christina, Laura and Enna put the finishing touches on their italian marbled paper, which was on display display as part of the Alameda Education Foundation’s “Art Across the Island” project.  “Art Across the Island” is a two-year project that will feature visual and literary art produced by Alameda public school students.  Artwork can be seen at various venues throughout Alameda from October 2017 – April 2018.

Read more.

AEF Announcements

Decode Your Teen!

Do you sometimes wonder who that person is living with you? You’re pretty sure they used to be your child, but now during the teenage years, you just don’t understand them any more. Help is here. The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) presents “Decoding Your Teen”, a workshop for decode-teenparents and teenagers.

Teens and their parent or guardian may attend the workshop on either Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 AM – 12 PM at Encinal High School Media Center or Saturday, March 4 from 2 – 4 PM at Alameda High School Media Center.  The workshop is designed to help teens and parents understand individual behavior styles, personal motivation interests and talents, the behavior style of others, and how to develop productive relationships.  The cost is $125 and covers the student and one parent/guardian. There is a $15 materials fee and an additional parent/guardian may attend for $35.  Click here for information and registration for the workshop.

The workshops follows a joint PTA Council / Alameda Unified School District presentation, “Raising Resilient Teens”, on Feb. 1 from 7 – 8:30 PM at Lum Elementary School in the multi-purpose room.  Childcare is provided for children 5 and up.  This presentation has a $10 suggested donation.  It is not necessary to attend the presentation in order to register for the workshop.

The workshop and presentation are led by Lisa McDonough and Lisa Allanson, founders of, an organization dedicated to equipping teens with the tools they need for work and life success.

Read more.

Santa Cruz Warrior Tickets on Sale – Get a free Steph Curry Bobblehead!

The Warriors development team makes their inaugural appearance at Oracle Arena to play the Oklahoma Ciimage002ty Blu on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 6:00 PM.  Tickets are $35 or $55 and AEF receives a portion of each ticket sold to support our Middle School Sports program. The first 10,000 fans receive a Stephen Curry Surfing’ Bobblehead presented by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  Participants 18 and under will be invited to shoot a postgame Free Throw on the Warriors Court.
Purchase tickets here.  Promo code:  SCWARRIORSNS

Enrichment winter/spring class registration continuesNinjas

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.

Summer Camp registration begins soonAEF Enrichment

It may still be cold outside, but summer will be here before you know it. Registration for AEF Enrichment Summer Camps begins March 2nd with early bird pricing through April 30th. Our camps are unique due to their small class sizes, expertise of teachers and new skills students learn. Learn more here.



Girls basketball is underway!  Be sure to check out the schedule and results here.  The boys season begins in mid-February.

Salute to EducationSave the Date!

AEF’s annual party – Salute to Education – is Friday, April 21st from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  We again look forward to honoring an innovative program and volunteer from each of Alameda’s 20 schools!  Tickets are on sale now.