April 2019

In this issue:

Dear Alamo Friends and Families,

Welcome back from a restful spring break!   We are now entering our final months of school.  Our upper grade teachers will be working hard to prepare their students for the state assessment tests, the SBAC, which will begin the week of April 15th and end the week of May 6th.  At the same time, our school community will continue working together to ensure success for our annual FUN fundraising events: the "Roaring 20s" Silent and Live Auction Gala, which includes the raffles drawing, at the Salesforce Tower!   

If you have any questions, please call the main office.

Calendar on Apple iOS 11.3  April 2019:

  •  4/01, Monday- school resumes
  •  4/01, Monday - Raffle Kickoff
  •  4/02, Tuesday, 5:30 pm - School Site Council (SSC) meeting, CANCELED
  •  4/02, Tuesday, 6:30 pm - PTA meeting and elections, auditorium
  •  4/05, Friday, - All Morning, Spring School Photo Day (no retakes/make-ups)
  •  4/12  Friday, - Last day to buy Alamo Auction Gala tickets
  •  4/12, Friday, 9:00 am-2:40 pm/5:30-7:00 pm - Alamo Science Fair, auditorium
  •  4/18, Thursday, 8:10 am - Bike and Roll to School / Walking School Bus leaves from 3 locations
  •  4/19, Friday, 9:00-10:00 am - “Coffee and Conversation”, library
  •  4/22, Monday, 8:00 pm - Online Auction opens and closes on Sunday 4/28
  •  4/24, Wednesday, - Raffle ticket sale ends, turn in all money and stubs!
  •  4/26, Friday, 5:30-9:00 pm - Alamo Annual Gala, Auction & Raffle
  •  4/29, Monday, 6:00 pm - New Parents’ Orientation, auditorium


The Alamo 2019 Raffle kicks off Monday, April 1st! Alongside our "Roaring 20's Alamo Auction Gala" the raffle is an important Spring fundraiser for our community that funds music, outdoor education, literacy specialists, art, technology and more.

Grand Prize: $1,000・1st Prize: iPad・2nd Prize: Apple Watch・3rd Prize: $100 Sports Basement gift certificate・4th prize: $50 Visa gift card. Final prize drawings will be held at the Roaring 20's Alamo Auction Gala event at Salesforce Tower East on Friday, April 26th.

Check those backpacks! Raffle ticket books and instructions came home with the students right before Spring Break so they can start selling tickets to family, friends and neighbors! Do you need MORE raffle tickets? Ms. Shellie has them in the front office. 

Click for weekly prizes and instructions English/中文españolрусский

1 ticket = $7

1 book (5 tickets) = $30

If you have any questions or would like to help us make this even more successful by volunteering a small amount of time during the month of April we would be grateful! 

Please contact your raffle Co-chairs  Vanessa Thomas and Lily Wong for more information.


​Please join us on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium for our April meeting and election of officers. We still have a number of key positions we need to fill so if you're curious or have questions about what an officer position entails, please email our PTA President, Ron Rittinger.


The annual Science Fair takes place on Friday, April 12. If your child is participating in the science fair, their self-standing posters should be set up in the auditorium between 8:30 and 8:40 am. Tables will be labeled with grades and parents will be there helping with set-up. If you can volunteer for 30 minutes or more during the day to help chaperone the science fair, please let us know- the more eyes in the room the better! Everyone is welcome to the evening portion of the science fair from 5:30-7:00 pm to view the posters and socialize with other families from Alamo.

Click HERE for all the detailed information and the registration form if your child wants to prepare a science project! Last day to turn in the form will be Wednesday, April 3rd.

Joe's Ice Cream is celebrating its 60th Anniversary on Saturday, April 13 at 11:30 am. 

Joe's original owner, Joe Politz who started the shop and previous owner, Mutsuhiko Murashige, who ran Joe's for 33 years will be there as well as Supervisor Sandra Fewer.

As a special treat, the first 100 people to attend the event will receive a Joe's goodie bag and everyone can enjoy $2 junior cones and $2.50 single cones all day as a "thank you" to the community for all their support.

There will be special "selfie-spots" where families and friends can take photos with a giant ice cream cone.


San Francisco’s annual Bike & Roll to School Week is the largest event of its kind in the entire country. From April 15 -19, join thousands of parents, students and caregivers who will celebrate by pedaling or otherwise rolling to 100 schools throughout the city. Students of all ages, from pre-school to high school, are welcome to participate. Bikes, tricycles, backseats, scooters, skateboards, wheelchairs and strollers are all welcome!  

Volunteers needed to help pack Bike & Roll to School prizes and supplies. Please register for the the packing assembly party on Thursday, April 4 at the Presidio YMCA Main Gym.

Take the pledge to bike, roll or volunteer for Bike and Roll to School Week, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one of three Clearly bicycles in your child’s size.


Every year, we look forward to our auction gala as a fun, adult-only community event which will be held at the Salesforce Tower East ( located at 350 Mission St.- 30th floor) on Friday, April 26th. Join us for a night of eating, drinking, socializing, and raising money for our children’s education! The Friends of Alamo Foundation ( FASF) raises at least $300/student to provide outdoor education, chorus music, literacy specialists, art, ceramics and more, and our main fundraiser is our Spring online and Live Auction Gala. Buy your tickets HERE!

We need your assistance to make this a successful event. Please click on the link and complete the form no later than April 8th. If you have any questions about the form, please feel free to reach out to Tejal, Tatyana or Tasia.

Here are some ideas where you, another family member, friend or neighbor can help!

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 

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

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


Get a preview of our fabulous items for the online auction this year and put it on your calendar! The online auction will open Monday, April 22 at 8 pm and end Sunday, April 28 at 10 pm. There will be a great selection of restaurant gift certificates, summer camps, kid classes, museum tickets, sporting events, gourmet food and wine, fashion and other great items donated by the Alamo community such as vacation homes and home-cooked meals!

POEMS UNDER THE DOME invites you to celebrate National Poetry Month on April 18, 2019! Read your favorite poem or perform one of your own at San Francisco’s largest open mic poetry event inside City Hall. This FREE all-ages event runs from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the North Light Court. Visit their website for details.

This unusual opportunity to read poetry in such a unique setting always proves to be popular, and on the day of the reading each of the performance slots will be apportioned by drawing names from our magical hat, and limited to one poem for each reader. 


Looking for some creative fun for your kids this summer? Join our own Ms. Deborah for a week of nonstop art-making and fun for kids 5 to 13. Ceramics, mosaics, paper mache, printmaking, stuffed animals, mixed-media and painting, plus an art show and party every week! With time for fun and games, too!

It’s a great camp for creative kids of all ages, and an ideal camp for first timers - half day from 10 - 2, all ages welcome so siblings can attend the same session. Mine is the first summer camp for many kindergartners, a loving and safe space with teenaged counselors on hand to pay special attention to the youngest campers. I take kids who are entering Kindergarten in the fall if they are able to focus on projects for 30 minutes at a time and comfortable in a small group. Older kids will find a place to delve into familiar and new materials and have their imaginations inspired by a wide range of projects and media. Projects are tailored to each child’s age and abilities.

Camp is held in a lovely garden setting at Terra Mia in Noe Valley. Week-long sessions June 17 - August 9. Click HERE for detailed session information.


April Assignments

  • 4/1 - Room 202 (Ms. Ikeda)
  • 4/8 - Room 203 (Ms. Clark)
  • 4/15 - Room 204 (Ms. Witt)
  • 4/22-  Room 205 (Ms. Gustafsson)
  • 4/29 - Room 206 (Mr. Savant)

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


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