News and Announcements

Bilingual Parent Volunteer

Are you Bilingual and want to help non-english speaking families navigate the school better?

At Alisal, relationships are very important to us and we really want to have better connections and partnerships at school. Alisal would love to utilize our bilingual parents as a resource that can help communicate with our non-English speaking families. If you would like to volunteer to help, please complete this form with a list of languages you speak.

Click on the link above to access the Bilingual Parent Volunteer Form.
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Reflections Need YOU!

We have an open position to chair (a possibly co-chair) the
Reflections Arts Program.  The Reflections program is fast approaching and we really would like to be able to offer this to our school.

Are you are interested in filling this role?... or do you know someone that would be a great fit??  

Please forward this request onto anyone you know that might be interested- it could be a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc....  
The Chair also has the option to formulate a team of helpers, to make this a group effort!  Keep in mind that it will most likely be all virtual this year.... (maybe that makes it easier??)

Click on the link above for more information.
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School Site Council 2020

Love data? Want to know how the school spends its money? Passionate about school safety? Interested in helping to make decisions and work closely with Alisal staff to do so? Then School Site Council is for you!

Alisal is looking for three to five parents who are interested in getting involved with helping to make decisions about processes, programs and how we spend money to support learning and safety for all students. There will be a total of eight meetings held over the course of the school year, starting out virtually, of course.

If you have ever been curious about ""how things work"" or ""how decisions are made"", please consider being a part of this key group of decision makers. Email Karen Johnson at kcjohnson@pleasantonusd.net if you are interested in participating.
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PPIE Week of the Stars

PPIE NEWS:
PPIE is happy to announce 'PPIE Week of the Stars, October 9-17’ to celebrate and support our schools, and offer our families some much-needed FUN. This week of local dining, virtual classes, online auction and teacher highlights will replace our traditional fall gala. And it’s open to everyone!
Your participation will help ensure that PPIE is able to meet our fundraising goals to support critical tech, math/reading and other teachers at all our schools.
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Ukulelekids Online Classes

As some of you may know, the first session of Ukulelekids lessons took place in the library the day before the lockdown! Ukulelekids has now created an online course. They will be directly contacting students who were enrolled last spring, and the 8-week course is open to new students. It begins in October. Ukulelekids is a nonprofit founded by Ken and Julia Jones, two retired music teachers, who have been bringing the Ukulelekids program to schools for several years.
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New! Virtual Counseling Office

Our new school counselor, Mrs. Martinez, has a virtual counseling office (link located on her website) to help support students online. In the virtual counseling office you will find various rooms containing links to videos, read alouds, activities, games and various coping strategies, as well as a check-in form for student to submit directly to Mrs. Martinez. Don't forget to check out the virtual tour to help you navigate!

Click on the link above to visit Mrs. Martinez' website!
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Parent University

Wondering how to be the best parent you can be in this ever changing world of constant togetherness and remote schooling? Need some reminders about when to walk away and when to hold firm to boundaries? (ME TOO!) Want some tips about how to keep kids safe on the internet and how to tell the difference between a Google Doc and a FlipGrid? Need some help figuring out how to help your child organize his/her/their work space?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then Parent University is for YOU. This year, Alisal Administrators, PTA Board members and Our School Counselor are all teaming up to bring to you some practical advice that we hope will not only help you survive, but maybe even thrive. And, we are going to be offering it in two different forums...

If you just want to read tips, look for them in Around Alisal. Our first tip actually came out last week and included all kinds of useful information about Remote Learning. This week, we are featuring information about Digital Citizenship and Safety. Check out the resources and tips put together by Mrs. Martinez, our counselor!

If you want to interact with other parents LIVE (but not in person), plan to join us at our first Coffee With the Principal on Thursday, September 3 at 9:00. We will Introduce Mrs. Martinez to everyone and then talk about Setting up Work Spaces and Using Positive Reinforcement to Reward and Shape Behaviors at Home.
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5th Grade Bear Hugs

Attention all 5th grade parents! Bear Hugs are a wonderful Alisal tradition and will still be included in the yearbook. Please click on the link above for more information and submission instructions. The due date is September 25, 2020. All Bear Hugs are FREE, and every 5th grader loves to see their special message when they receive their yearbook. Feel free to email Valerie Fang at YearbookAlisal@gmail.com with any questions.
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We Did It!

Working together, we made it through our first week of remote learning. Was it without bumps in the road? Not in my house. Was it without tears? Not in my house. Was there maybe a little yelling...maybe in my house. But, we did it and next week will be even better. Remember that EVERY little thing you are experiencing as a parent in your home, I am experiencing as a parent in my home. I see how hard this is on our kids. I see how hard this is on us.

I also see the other side. I see how faces light up when they see their teachers and their friends for the first time in months. I see how teachers smile and share stories of 5 and 6 year olds learning how to sign on and turn off their microphones, proud of their new accomplishments. I see office staff and PTA board members working tirelessly to support and encourage teachers so that they can do what they do best-connect with the kids. I see the good right along with the bad.

As I have said all along, the key is going to be communication and flexibility. If you are struggling, let us know. If we are struggling, be patient and kind. Together, we can do this. Next week will be better, and the week after that even better, and after that, who knows...maybe it will be just grand?! Hang in there, we've got this!!
Karen Johnson , principal
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