School is back in full swing. This week may be the biggest Adopt A Classroom distribution week in the history of AEF with more than 40 teachers receiving the $500 gift card (on top of close to 40 in September). Thank you donors – you are making a difference in the lives of many of our students! We always welcome Adopt A Classroom donations, including ones that do not specify a teacher that we can present to teachers most in need throughout the Island.
We just dropped off several donated musical instruments from our Equipped 4 Success school supply drive to Mr. Reis, Music Director at Wood Middle School. It is interesting that Wood has had only two music teachers/directors in its 40 year history, which is very unique and rare.
The best part of what I do is make teachers and students smile. We certainly made three math teachers smile recently as we gave Alameda, Encinal and ASTI high schools 10 graphing calculators each to help students in need who are taking advanced math classes. This donation was also made possible by the success of Equipped 4 Success.
Fall also means AEF middle school volleyball is in full swing. Under the leadership of our athletic director Marty Garchar the season is going quite well. Volleyball playoffs and championships are coming up in early November. You can check out the full schedule here .
Currently we have over 170 After School Enrichment classes going on for Alameda students in Mandarin, band, chorus, chess, karate and much more. On October 19th, we held a non-student day camp and we will be offering winter break camps January 2 – 4, 2012. Watch out for the flier coming soon.
Mark your calendars! On Saturday, November 3rd, we will be celebrating as Alameda accepts the award from America’s Promise Alliance honoring Alameda as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People for the third consecutive year! The celebration will be from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Alameda Boys and Girls Club (1900 Third St.). In addition to the award presentation, there will be food, entertainment and workshops on Cyberbullying. Alameda has many programs, activities and services for youth, which is one of the reasons it is such a wonderful community for our young people. I am proud that AEF has helped our community to receive this honor, along with many other strong Alameda programs and organizations.
Then on Friday, November 9th, it’s time we all kick up our heels a little bit with an evening of live entertainment and dancing. “Going to a Go Go“ stars Talk of Da Town, featuring Haight School’s Andrew Lockwood; The Devil-Ettes; and MC Pete Fletcher and his Hand-Picked Oldies. Tickets are $30 and include complimentary light fare and a no host bar. A portion of proceeds will benefit music, art and drama in Alameda public schools. The event is from 7:00 pm – 11:00 PM at the Elks Lodge ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Purchase your tickets here.
We also have a date for our spring celebration of schools – Salute to Education will be on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Rock Wall Winery. Enjoy the Alameda High and Encinal High Jazz bands against the beautiful backdrop of the San Francisco skyline while socializing with colleagues, friends, community leaders as we honor the inspiring work being done in our schools.
Have a safe Halloween!
The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF), the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), the Alameda Boys & Girls Club (Alameda BGC), and the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families (ACCYF) are pleased to announce “Equipped for Success” – a community wide drive to collect school supplies for Alameda’s low-income students. “Our goal is to ensure that students begin the first day of class in 2012 with the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom,” said Bill Sonneman, president of AEF.
Supplies will be distributed to low-income students served by the AUSD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Program (homeless is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence), APC (serving formerly homeless families), and the Alameda Boys & Girls Club. The group has established a goal of 800 filled backpacks.
“Equipped for Success” is accepting both cash donations and supplies. Monetary donations may be mailed to Alameda Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, CA 94502. Please indicate “school supply drive.” You may also donate online here:
Items being collected (new only, please):
- mechanical pencils
- colored pencils
- scissors (for children)
- glue sticks
- spiral notebooks
- binder paper
- pocket folders (3 hole punched)
- 1” three ring binders
- tab dividers (for binders)
- musical instruments (used okay)
- picture frames (used okay)
If you need to make arrangements for drop off or pick up of instruments or frames, please contact email@example.com.
Items may be dropped off at the following locations from June 29th – August 18th :
South Shore Summer Beats Concert Series
(July 4 • July 7 • July 21 • Aug. 4 • Aug. 18 • Sep.1)
5:00 – 7:00 PM, Center Court
Cash or check donations may also be brought to the concerts. Please make checks out to AEF and indicate “School Supply Drive
- Bank of Alameda - Otis St. branch
Fire Station #1 (Park and Santa Clara)
Fire Station #2 (635 Pacific)
- Tucker’s Ice Cream
Peter’s Kettle Corn and wine from R&B Cellars will be available for sale at the concerts with proceeds benefiting the drive!
Thank you to South Shore Center, Peter’s Kettle Corn and all the businesses supporting this drive!
The school year may be coming to a close, but educational opportunities for students are just beginning. I am very excited about our upcoming Summer Enrichment Camps. Our Enrichment Director, Sarah Olaes, has created some exciting opportunities for kids. We have everything from fun camps in things like Drama, Glee, Circus Arts, Cooking, and Dance to academic camps in Mandarin Immersion, Spanish Immersion, Marine Science and even Math! Studies have shown that students may lose from one to three months of learning during the summer. Our goal with these camps is to provide Alameda students with opportunities to continue learning, but in different, engaging and unique ways. To date, we already have over 300 students participating this summer. You can learn more about our camps and register your students on our web site. Also, check out this article on the importance of language immersion programs on The Patch. You can also get a preview of what a language immersion program is like at an open house Sunday, June 10th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Lincoln Park, sponsored by our Mandarin provider, Language Alive! More info is here.
Track & Field
Soon we will be concluding our fourth year of running the Middle School athletic program. It is track season and so far we have held two “All Comers” (practice type) meets. The Championships will be on June 5th and 6th (field events on June 5th at Encinal High School and running events on June 6th at College of Alameda). This year teams are based at The Academy, Nea/ACLC (combined) Lincoln, and Wood. We have had at least 200 student-athletes participating at each of the two meets so far.
We have been very fortunate to get assistance from the coaches at Alameda and Encinal High Schools. And I have learned that our program is having quite an effect on the high school track teams. An Encinal coach recently told me that this year they have the largest track team in recent history and that 80% of their students competed in AEF’s Middle School Sports program.
A big thank you also goes out to AEF’s Athletic Director, Marty Garchar, for coordinating our athletic program, which also includes coed volleyball in the fall and boys and girls basketball in the winter.
Beatles, Beer and BBQ
Finally, if you’re free on Father’s Day weekend, come on down to the Harbor Bay Club for a good old fashioned concert on the green featuring our good friends, The Sun Kings. The concert is on Saturday, June 16th at 4:00 PM. Besides a rocking concert, there will be beer, wine and barbecue available for purchase. All proceeds from the event benefit music, art and drama programs in Alameda public schools! Tickets may be purchased here. It’s an event Dad’s sure to love!
What better way to celebrate Father’s Day? Join the Harbor Bay Club on Saturday, June 16th at 4:00 pm for an old-fashioned summer concert on the green. Bring Dad and celebrate Father’s Day weekend with a special performance by acclaimed Beatles tribute band, The Sun Kings! Great food and drinks available for purchase including beer, wine and Looney’s Southern Bar-B-Que. All profits go to AEF’s All Together Now (ATN) fund, which supports music, art and drama in Alameda public schools.
Download the event flier here!
Over 200 student-athletes expected to participate in running and field events
Alameda middle school students are lacing up their running shoes in preparation for the start of Track & Field this week, part of the Middle School Sports program run by the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF). “We expect over 200 students to compete this year,” said AEF Athletic Director Marty Garchar. Teams are based at The Academy of Alameda, Lincoln and Wood Middle Schools as well as a combined team from Nea/ACLC 6th – 8th grades. The students will compete in two “All-Comers” meets, where there are no limits on entries to give students a chance to try different events, culminating in a Championship meet June 5th and 6th.
Students compete in a range of running events, from the 50 meter sprint to the mile. There are also relays. Field events include the Long Jump and Shot Put. Running events are held at the College of Alameda (no Alameda high school has a viable track) with field events at Encinal High School.
For many middle school students, this is the first opportunity to participate in Track & Field. Because there are no limits to how many students can participate per school, unlike team sports, “all students have the opportunity to participate, no matter their skill level,” explained Garchar. Besides the obvious fitness benefits of track & field, students learn a lot about themselves. Said Don Porteous, Encinal High School distance coach who volunteers to help run the meets: “The young people get a taste of what they can achieve if they work at it, and many discover talent that they did not realize they had.”
AEF took over management and support of middle school sports in 2009 after it was cut by the district due to budget shortfalls. In addition to Track & Field, the program includes coed volleyball in the fall and boys and girls basketball in the winter. It is open to students from both the district and charter public schools. The program boasts a strong academic tie-in – student-athletes must maintain minimum GPA to participate – as well as a code of conduct. “Our goal is to support student success in the classroom as well as on the field or court,” added AEF President Bill Sonneman. In addition to a small participation fee, AEF seeks grants and community donations to fund the program.
For more information or to make a donation to support this program, please click here.
- April 24 – All-Comers: Field Events – Encinal High School
- April 25 – - All-Comers: Running Events – College of Alameda
- May 9 – All-Comers: Running Events – College of Alameda
- May 10 – - All-Comers: Field Events – Encinal High School
- June 5 – Championships: Field Events – Encinal High School
- June 6 – Championships: Running Events – College of Alameda
Click the Track and Field page for more details.