January/February 2019


In this issue:

Dear Alamo Friends and Families,

Gung Hay Fat Choy and Happy Black History Month!

Happy New Year of the Earth Pig! The Pig marks the end of the 12 year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, which makes it a good time to reflect on the past and to build for the future. This year we will have two groups of Alamo students participating in the Chinese New Year parade on Saturday, February 23. One group will be marching and dancing along the parade route, and the other group will be marching with APALA to help them commemorate the completion of the transcontinental railroad 150 years ago!

We're still working on the final details of our Black History month celebration, and I also want to recognize Danielle Wllems and her group of volunteers for another successful Spellathon! 

Lastly, if you're interested in our academic plan and/or budget for next school year, please mark your calendar to attend the District's School Planning Summit on Saturday, March 2. Details will follow shortly.

Calendar on Apple iOS 11.3  February 2019:

  • 2/05, Tuesday School closed, start of Lunar New Year (Year of the Boar)
  • *2/07, Thursday, 5:15 pm SSC meeting, library
  • *2/07, Thursday, 6:00 pm PTA meeting, Special guest: District 1 Supervisor, Sandra Fewer, auditorium
  • 2/08, Friday Spell-a-Thon pledges are due
  • 2/09, Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Garden Mural Work Day
  • 2/14, Thursday, 8:10 am Walk & Roll to School-(3) Meeting Locations - 8:10 am departure
  • 2/15, Friday, 9:00-10:00 am “Coffee and Conversation”, library
  • 2/18, Monday School closed, Presidents’ Day
  • 2/23, Saturday evening Chinese New Year Parade, (2) Alamo delegations participate
  • 2/25 – 3/01, Monday - Friday Alamo Literacy Week (Dr. Seuss’s birthday – March 2)
  • 2/27, Wednesday Time TBD Black History Month Assembly, auditorium
  • TBD Lion Dance Performance, school yard

* Change in normal day


Please join us for the February PTA general meeting next THURSDAY, February 7. District 1 Supervisor and former Alamo PTA President, Sandra Fewer will be present to answer questions from our community. Childcare and a light supper will be provided beginning at 6 pm. Meeting to start at 6:30 pm. Our meeting will be in the Alamo Auditorium (enter through the 23rd Avenue entrance closest to the auditorium). You can still join the PTA by clicking the button.



Thank you for everyone who has come out to help outline, paint, and/or touch-up the Ohlone mural! If you want to get involved, or can't get enough, come out to the garden on Saturday 2/9 from 10 am - 2 pm for a painting (and pizza?) workday, WEATHER PERMITTED. Ms. Bekkah and volunteers will continue touching-up the mural, install more student-made plant signs, and more. There will be kid-friendly jobs as well.

If there are enough hands on deck, we can make delicious pizza with herbs and veggies from the garden in the pizza oven! However, I would need several adult volunteers to help sauce and top the pizza, guard the pizza oven from curious children, and cut and serve it when finished. If this interests you, please let Ms. Bekkah know!

A big THANK YOU to all the teachers and parent volunteers who helped with the Square 1 Art fundraiser campaign.  

Shoppers helped raise a little over $1,900 towards programs and events at Alamo!

If you missed our annual campaign and/or want to order throughout the year, you still can. Alamo will still earn 33% of all profits year round. Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteer, Tal Palman, who has spearheaded this fun-raiser for the past several years. Her daughter promotes in May so we need a new volunteer. Feel free to reach out to Tal, if you have questions about how little time this project takes. 


Time to Shine!!! Be a part of our Annual Alamo Talent Show on Friday, March 15, from 3 PM to 5 PM in the auditorium. Solo and group acts from students of all grade levels are welcome. Look for sign up forms in your red Wednesday envelopes coming soon! For questions please contact Michelle Sintov.


Line up your babysitters and save the date, Friday, April 26th!

1) DONATE or SECURE “EXPERIENCE” ITEMS. Experiences consistently bring in our highest auction bids at the gala.  Do you or a friend own a destination home or work in an interesting field? Last year a parent and local wine bar owner donated a sommelier-led wine tasting experience for 12 that raised $1,500! Other popular experiences have included a private ice cream shop tour, tickets to the Giants with a visit to the dugout, brewery and wine country tours, an exclusive city hall tour from Supervisor Sandra Fewer, and even a tour of the Sony recording studio.  Contact Tatyana Boone (tatyana.boone@gmail.com)

2) FIND FINANCIAL SPONSORS. Every year, a number of local and corporate businesses support our event financially.  These sponsors are prominently promoted in our event materials and reach a whole community of potential new customers.  Contact Tasia Neeve (anastasianeeve@gmail.com)

3) GET DONATIONS.  Drop off the Ask letter and form with the businesses you frequent, including restaurants, salons, children activity providers, shops, etc.  Contact Tejal Patel (tjnpatel@gmail.com) or drop off your donations (addressed for the spring auction) at the front desk with Mrs. Shellie.

For any questions please reach out or stop us in the hallway.  Your hosts, Tejal (Amaiya 217 & Sayana 108), Tasia (Bealu 215) & Tatyana (Katya 104 & Lincoln 114)


Jennifer Erskine-Ogden has lead the Science Fair for seven years! As her youngest daughter completes her last semester at Alamo, she is looking to hand the science fair over to a new chair. Approximately 150 students participate each spring and it's open to all students. It's a great opportunity for children to explore their interests in science and do something fun with their friends and/or family. All classes visit the science fair so even if a child does not participate, they get to see what other students have done and be inspired! Please reach out to Jennifer you'd like to chair/co-chair.


On Sunday, January 20, 60 Alamo parents and kids volunteered at the San Francisco Food Bank. They packaged pasta and rice for hungry families. All together the group processed just under 2,000 pounds of rice and pasta, enough to feed 2,000 families! What a great way to celebrate Martin Luther King Day and give back with our Alamo community! Look for more volunteer opportunities soon.


Please bring in your pledge sheet and money by Friday, Februaury 8. If you have lost your envelope and sponsor sheet, that is ok. You can use any envelope or paper from home, just be sure your child's name, room and the word 'spell-a-thon' are visible. Remember, classrooms with 100% participation will earn a reward assembly, put on by Happy Birds, featuring exotic birds. Top earners will get their choice of Alamo gear or movie tickets. If you would like to make your donation online, you can use the personalized link below and provide it to your friends and family.



February Assignments

  • 2/4 - Room 113 (Ms. Y. Lee)
  • 2/11 - Room 114 (Ms. Revitz)
  • 2/19 - Room 102 (Ms. Korp)
  • 2/25 - Room 104 (Ms. Won)

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


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