(A note from the editor: you may have received the Chinese version of AM this morning! We apologize for any confusion.)

November 2018

In this issue:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you to Judelle Mallari-Lei and Patty Lui for leading an awesome group of volunteers to ensure a fun and safe carnival for everyone! I always enjoy seeing the children and parents in their Halloween costumes during the parade! Thank you also to the Almanza and Lui families for helping us share Alamo stories with potential families at the Enrollment Fair.

Remember, we gain an extra hour of rest this weekend when the clocks "fall back" an hour. Parent Teacher Conferences start right after we return from our week-long Thanksgiving break so please remember to schedule a time to review your child's progress with his/her teacher.

Happy Thanksgiving!   --Principal Fong

Calendar on Apple iOS 11.3  November 2018:

  • 11/04, Sunday, 2:00 am - Daylight Saving Time Ends (‘Fall’ back one hour)
  • 11/05, Monday -  Square 1 Art fundraiser catalog/hard copy orders are due                 
  • 11/06, Tuesday, 6:30 pm - PTA meeting, school library
  • 11/08, Thursday, 8:15 am - Walk & Roll to School-(3) Meeting Locations- 8:20 am departure
  • 11/09, Friday morning - Picture Day makeup/re-take day, auditorium
  • 11/09, Friday, 1:30 pm for 3-5 Grades; 2 pm for K-2 Grades - “Friendship Friday” Chorus Fall Concert, auditorium
  • 11/12, Monday - School closed, Veterans Day Observed
  • 11/14- Square 1 Art fundraiser online orders are due
  • 11/15, Thursday - Thanksgiving Breakfast for Alamo Teachers, Teachers’ Lounge
  • 11/15, Thursday, 3:00-10:00 pm-Green Apple Fundraising event
  • 11/16, Friday, 9:00-10:00 am - “Coffee and Conversation”, library
  • 11/19-11/23, Monday – Friday - School closed, Thanksgiving Week Recess
  • 11/26-11/30, Monday – Friday - Parents Teacher Conference Week, early dismissal at 1:40 pm
  • TBD - SSC Meeting

PTA Meeting

Please join us for the November PTA general meeting next Tuesday, November 6, with special guest, SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews. Childcare and a light supper will be provided beginning at 6 pm. Meeting to start at 6:30 pm. Since Alamo is a polling site, our meeting will be in the Alamo Library (ring doorbell and enter through front door on 23rd Ave) 

Join the Alamo PTA!


Walk and Roll to School days will be on Thursdays so our Friendship Chorus families can participate. Meet Alamo families at any of the locations/"bus stops" below (depending on which direction you're coming from) to walk or roll to the schoolyard. Arrive before 8:10 am so the "human buses" depart in time to make the walk to the schoolyard safely. 

From the East: California and 19th Avenue

From the West: Rochambeau Playground (25th b/t Lake and California)

From the South: Fire Station on 26th Avenue, between Geary and Anza 


Please bring your food donations for the SF- Marin Food Bank. For a suggested list of items, click HERE.  Remember no glass, no perishables, no frozen food. Barrels will be on the first floor hallways from 11/1 - 12/6. 



Join us on November 15th from 3pm to 10pm at Green Apple Books (506 Clement @ 6th). Start your holiday shopping or buy and donate books to the school library or classrooms! Mention "ALAMO" at checkout and Green Apple will donate 15% of your purchase price to the school. Tell your friends and family to shop that day too!


Before joining Alamo's 2nd grade team, Ms. Witt worked as our Education Outside instructor from 2015-2017. After earning her masters and teaching credential at UC Berkeley, Ms. Witt could not wait to get back to Alamo! Outside of school, Ms. Witt likes to ride her bike around the city and plan camping trips!

We hope everyone had as much fun as we did at the 38th Annual Halloween Carnival! A big thank you to those who gave monetary donations as well as those who donated their time, expertise, and delicious foods!

We would like to say a special thank you to the following:

⭐️ Stephanie Wubben for our beautiful promotional flyer and poster graphic design

⭐️ Phillip Ma for promotional flyers and posters printing 

⭐️ Christine Ko for any help we needed

⭐️ Igor Kopman and Ron Rittinger for checks and payment matters 

⭐️ Amy Jang (Alamo Alumni) and Vanessa Thomas for taking charge of the ticket booth

⭐️ The Set up and Clean Up Crew 

⭐️ Robin Thompson for being our Prize Exchange Coordinator  

⭐️ Lily Wong and her son, Alex Westberg, for creating their original FRUIT SMOOTHIE recipe

⭐️ Stephanie Speaks and Wendi Digerness (Alamo Alumnae) for passing on their love for this carnival "FUN"-raising event 

⭐️ Tejal Patel and Miki Ewe for being our extension cord wranglers 

⭐️ Catherine Lee for being our Equipment Storage liaison

⭐️ The Used Toys and Books Sorting, Hauling, and Removal Team

⭐️ Chris Wong for organizing the Pumpkin Carving Contest  

⭐️ Diane Matsumura (Alamo Alumni) and Francesca Harkins (lunch crew) for working long shifts on Carnival Day

⭐️ Kira Storch (Alamo Alumni) for her help in the cotton candy booth  

⭐️ Tal Palman and Tracy Silva for being our 5th Grade Volunteer Coordinators 

⭐️ Our awesome 5th grade volunteers and teachers

⭐️ Carnival room parents 

⭐️ The many amazing volunteers from RDASC and Chinese School for staffing the Super Slide and Slime booths 

⭐️ Our vendors: Climb On, Astro Jump, and Fabulous Faces by Linda

⭐️ Sharon Ohlson and Adrienne Choy Cianfrocca for Gator Weekly and Alamo Matters reminders and announcements

⭐️ Ms. Ivy and Mr. Eduardo, our wonderful custodians 

⭐️ Principal Rosa Fong, Ms. Shellie Weiner, and Ms. Kat Sena

Congratulations to the winners of the pumpkin carving contest: 1st Place: Ruth (4th grade), 2nd Place:Sherri (4th grade), 3rd Place: Conner (5th grade)




November Assignments:

  • 11/5 - Room 213 (Ms. Yee)
  • 11/12 - Room 217 (Ms. McLaughlin)
  • 11/26 - Room 212 (Ms. Elliott)


Benefit is a free mobile app that you can use to buy and redeem gift cards online and in store, while a percentage of your purchase (1-20%) is donated to Alamo at no extra cost. It is very easy to use. You can use the app at many retailers including Amazon, Target, Safeway, Starbucks, etc.  

  1. Below are instructions on how to start using Benefit.
  2. Download the app.
  3. Tap “Beneficiary”, and select Alamo Elementary.
  4. Complete account set up, and register your credit card or debit card.  (Note:  When you register your credit card, your will be charged a small fee.  For verification purposes, you will be asked to confirm the amount.  Once you confirm the amount, the fee will be credited.)  
  5. Use the app at participating retailers.

For more info, click HERE. For a list of participating retailers, click HERE

Walk and Roll to School

Enrollment Fair

Carnival Fun!

Halloween Art

Alamo Elementary
250 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121 - USA


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