2017-18 Biweekly PTA Newsletter - Issue date 09-22-2017
We had an amazing turnout on September 7th for our first meeting of the year for your Parent Teacher Organization (Friends of Albert Einstein Academies) – thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the discussion. One thing I realized during the meeting is that some parents and supporters of our schools are not familiar with what programs your fundraising dollars support. Since its inception in 2007, our Parent Teacher Organization has been integral to the funding of special programs such as Art, Music, PE, Gardening/Nutrition, Science, field trips, and German language support. This year we are happy to announce that we added funding for the libraries to modernize our equipment and ensure that we can offer books in every child’s native language. In the future, we are looking for other programs we can help to fund that will further improve our schools including researching the possibility of adding music and sports to our middle school. All of these amazing programs require money and one very important way we raise the funds is through your monthly giving. We have an ambitious goal this year to have 150 new families sign up for monthly giving by November 1st. Can you afford $30 a month, $15 dollars a month, $5 a month? No amount is too small and every dollar helps us to continue to fund the programs that make our schools awesome! Please consider starting your monthly gift today by visiting foaea.org/donate. If you have not already seen the video created by one of our parent volunteers, Aili Kato, that explains the importance of our organization better than I can in words, please check it out here.

-Brant Robinson
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Grant Writing


We are putting together some teams of grant writers to help us fund the current programs that we support such as Art, Science, PE, and Gardening as well as some new initiatives (possibly a middle school music or sports program). This effort is being supported by two professional grant writers in our community that will mentor teams to research and write grant proposals. If you are interested in being a member of a grant writing team, please fill out the following form and we will contact you in the next few weeks.

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October PTA Meeting and Wine Event 

Our next Parent Teacher Organization Meeting will be held on October 5th at 6pm in the Middle School MPR. Following the meeting, we will be hosting a social event at Food for Thoughts Café (located next door to the Middle School) with wine and appetizers. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to socialize with other parents and discuss with meeting presenters how you can get involved in our schools. Click here for the meeting agenda.

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with CarpoolWorld

Friends of Albert Einstein Academies is trying out a carpool matching service for our schools through CarpoolWorld. Carpooling will help ease the congestion around our schools at drop-off and pick-up, lower our carbon footprint, and help connect families that live close to each other. If you are interested in carpooling with other families in your neighborhood to and/or from school, please sign up here

Volunteer Opportunities for our Annual Lantern Festival 2017

Planning for the AEA Lantern Festival is in full swing, and there are many opportunities for parents to take part in this great AEA tradition.  YOU are invited to our first kick-off meeting, happening Friday, September 29th, 7:00 PM at Grant's Marketplace.  Come connect with other parents, and be a part of what makes our school community so special.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Cardinale at Lantern2017@foaea.org.
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6th Grade Oktoberfest

Our German Team is hosting its Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 5th and 6th for ALL 6th graders – 100 students each day! The celebration will include traditional activities and refreshments. To pull this event off, our teachers need our help! Visit our SignUpGenius to volunteer your time or to make a much needed donation of drinks and supplies. Please bring all donations to your child’s German teacher by Monday Oct. 2ndQuestions? Please contact your child’s German teacher or Amy Lanners (mom).

 
P.S. Many of our teachers have added their classroom wishes to our list: colored pencils, math books, art supplies, etc. Please check out the list and donate if you can. Thank you!
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From the GCC

Host A German Intern
The GCC is excited to have 9 German intern teachers at AEA this fall who help in all our German classrooms. Please take a minute to read about them on the the GCC board in the ES lunch arbor. If you are interested in hosting an intern teacher please contact Birgit at bschafer@aeacs.org.

German Cultural Committee Pretzel and Apple Juice Sale
Buy your authentic Bavarian-style pretzels, fresh from the San Diego Pretzel Company, from AEA's German language intern teachers every Wednesday starting at noon on the lower playground. Cash or credit accepted. Save more with punch cards, which can be purchased online! Guten Appetit!
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Around Campus and Beyond

Parent University Sept 25th, Supporting Your Beginning Reader K-1
Are you interested in learning ways to support your K-1 reader? There will be two available sessions for learning about the phonics and handwriting programs at AEA, while learning how to provide valuable support at home. The first session will be in English on September 25th, led by our Reading Specialist, Ms. Hall. A duplicate session will be offered in Spanish, led by Mrs. Alexandre, on September 27th. Both sessions are for adults only and will take place in the Elementary School Think Tank Childcare (for AEA students only) will be provided in the library. Please indicate the number of children you'll be bringing when you RSVP. Sign Up Here.
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