MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there is much to be thankful for at Alamo School. We just finished one of the busiest and most productive Octobers in recent memory, and we have a lot of members of the Alamo School community to thank.
First, we’d like to thank Kristin Kiltz and Melissa Economos for running what could only be described as a flawless “Run for Education” (formerly Primo’s Run) campaign. With 359 registered runners, 100% teacher registration and a staggering 108.8% participation rate, Alamo School was the Top Performing School in the district for the second year in a row.
Our Annual PTA Fall Book Fair was held October 18-25. This is always one of the most popular events of the year for our students. Thank you to Margie Hart and Kim Dolan coordinated the event, along with Kate Canty who provided the Book Fair Luncheon for our staff. That’s right Kate! Kate’s son graduated from Alamo School last year, but she continues to volunteer at Alamo…go Kate! Oh yes, we would also like to thank Clifford (the BIG Red Dog) for making a special appearance this year and the many, many parents who volunteered throughout the Book Fair!
On October 18th we held our annual Family Social Night, including desserts, BINGO and an early chance to shop at the Fall Book Fair. The event was a tremendous success with nearly 200 guests and over $2,500 in sales at the Book Fair. Thank you to Suzanne Miller and Carol Even for organizing this fun event! We would also like to thank our staff (Dave Telles, Sue Benit, Karen Andrew and Marcie Wehrley) for serving as BINGO callers.
For two weeks (September 30 – October 11), the students at Alamo School collected coins to support Coins-for-a-Cure. 100% of the funds raised will be used by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to find a cure and to support the newly diagnosed diabetes patient program at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The kids did another great job this year and raised $1,514.05! First place and the pizza party goes to Mrs. Benit's 4th grade class, they raised $312.05. All of our students should be very proud of themselves. Thank you to Jami Kane and Sharon Dodson for coordinating this program!
We celebrated Red Ribbon Week the week of October 21st at Alamo School. CASA, Community Against Substance Abuse, sponsors this event in our community and all of the local schools to help children gain an awareness of making healthy choices. Thank you to our local Cub Scouts from Pack 53 for decorating our campus with Red Ribbons in celebration of Red Ribbon Week!
On October 23rd our PTA hosted the first of four “Breakfast with the Principal”. Students with August, September, and October birthdays were able to join the Principal before school for breakfast. This is a great opportunity for the students and Mr. Hitomi to get to know each other better. The PTA provided a small treat and juice. Kudos to Raylinn Bianchi for coordinating this event!
Congratulations to the winner of the Directory Cover Contest - Elizabeth Jannetta! This year's theme was "Alamo School of the Future," and her artwork will be featured on the front cover of the upcoming Alamo School Directory. Runners-up are Max Benson, Brennan Finder, Emma Hedican and Ashley Liao. Their entries will appear inside the directory. Thank you to all the wonderful Alamo artists who participated!
The theme for this year’s PTA Reflections Program was “Believe, Dream, Inspire”. Students submitted entries in the categories of dance choreography, photography, literature, visual arts and musical composition. We would like thank Andrea Siu for coordinating this inspirational program. The results were not available at press-time, but will be published in next month’s letter.
We are so fortunate to have such an involved community at our school. Those mentioned in this letter are just a few of the many who volunteer every day by the dozens at Alamo School. Not to mention that many teachers, para educators and support staff that go above and beyond every day! Thank You for making Alamo School a very special place for our children.
Stan Hitomi, Principal - Alamo School