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October 8 – 12 MINIMUM DAYS – Fall Conferences
October 12 HOEDOWN - 5:00 - 9:00 PM
October 14 The Run for Education, 8:30 AM
October 19 - 21 Disney on Ice FUNd Party, details in Ed Fund Section below
November 7 PTA Science Night, 6:30 - 8 PM
November 29 Kendra Scott Shopping Give Back Party, 6 - 9 PM




The highest percentage of parent volunteers signed up to volunteer at the Hoedown (from 2 classes)  will win a Jamba Juice party in their class.  Parents with children in more than one class will receive credit for those classes. To signup to volunteer, please go to: Hoedown Volunteer Sign Up.

Only 3 days left to pre-purchase Hoedown wristbands! Click her to visit PTA Webstore or go directly to the PTA homepage and click on the “hoedown” icon.

NEW this year, all guests who wish to participate in games or activities MUST have a wristband for entry. Parents and guests who will not participate do not require a wristband for entry. There are TWO wristband options now available online for pre-sale (through Midnight Wednesday, October 10th):

❖      Unlimited Wristband for $35 - Participation in all games and activities for the entire evening...including the giant rock climbing wall, archery challenge and dunk tank!

❖      Little Tykes Wristband for $20 - For those who may not be in the market for UNLIMITED activities, this alternative wristband can be used for most games activities for the entire evening, but does not include the giant rock climbing wall, archery challenge or dunk tank!

Save time waiting in lines and pre-purchase NOW! All pre-sale wristbands come with a special Alamo Hoedown “win ticket” clip-on bag that you can use to save up all of your winning tickets AND a food cardgood for two beverages, two popcorn and one cotton candy!

**Wristbands purchased at the Hoedown do not include a clip-on bag or food card. Additional food cards will be available for purchase for $5 each.

Pre-sale purchased wristbands will be available for pick up at the Hoedown. You must have a completed PTA waiver on file for each guest before picking up your wristbands. Click here to fill out the waiver.  Click here to fill out the waiver



Hoedown requires hundreds of volunteer hours to make it run smoothly - WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please visit the Hoedown Volunteer Sign Up to select a 90 minute volunteer slot and help make the Hoedown a magical night to remember!



The Cake Walk needs YOUR donations! Hand made, or store bought...Cake or Cupcakes (or cake pops, etc..)!!!  We appreciate it ALL!

Are you inspired to create something beautiful? Please enter our Alamo School's "Cake Wars"! Show off your skills and enter to win in one of four categories-

*"Alamo Nation" (Mustang, Red/Black, the Bell, etc)

*"Kids Only" (decorate using your best ideas... just no help from the adults!)

*"Most Creative Cupcake" (ANYTHING cupcake!)

*"Fabulous Fall Desserts" (pumpkins, harvest, apple pie, etc)

First place winners in each category will receive a $10 gift card, 15 WIN tickets and a Blue Ribbon (not to mention bragging rights!)

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Hoedown Volunteer Sign Up  to donate baked goods!

All contest entries MUST be in the Library between 3-4pm on Friday, October 12th for judging prior to the start of the Hoedown. All other donations (not a part of the "cake wars") need to be dropped off prior to 5:00pm.

For questions, or more information please email:


Last chance to register and for your child’s class to win a popsicle party! A huge THANK YOU to all of the students, parents, grandparents, faculty and staff who have registered for Run for Education! We are so incredibly grateful for your support.

We are in the final week and need to push hard to meet our goal of 100%!

Whether you run, walk or sign up to be a virtual runner, the run has something for everyone and everyregistration counts!

                  -5K Fun Run / Timed Run / Virtual Runner

                  -10K Timed Run / Virtual Runner

                  -Mini Run (FOR AGES 2-6)

                  -Friendship Run


ADDITIONALLY, fifth graders with the highest percentage of sign-ups will earn a Pizza Party! And, every class has a chance to win a popsicle party!

A portion of the funds earned will be used to purchase walkie talkies for our teachers AND to replenish the emergency supply kits in every classroom.

Let’s keep the tradition of having Alamo School earn the highest percentage of registrations! Sign-up today at!


REFLECTIONS-Parents. This is the final week to have your Mustang students submit their contributions to the 50th Annual PTA Reflections Art Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for each student to submit to one or more of the six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.

All submissions must meet the guidelines. Please read the information in the link below carefully and ensure your children's submissions adhere to this years theme "Heroes Around Me" and guidelines:

Theme Ideas/Tips for students:

Each student must submit an entry form along with their artwork. Each entry must contain a title and an artist statement, which communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work.

Please submit the artwork by October 11th or 12th to:

Peter Ensrud

640 Appaloosa Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 

contact: (469) 400-3951 or email questions to

*** I will be hosting a FREE photography workshop this Wednesday evening, October 10th, at the Sugarloaf Open Space. Pizza will be provided, so please RSVP total number of people to attend. Meeting point will be 2194 Lariat Ln, not down in the parking lot. We will meet at 5:45pm. The "golden hour" will start at 6pm, and we will walk a short distance into the open space, around 75m, and will spend 30-60 minutes taking pictures of the sunset. Parents of students are welcome to bring their cameras and tripods, cell phones, iPods, anything with a camera. We will learn a little about composition and landscape images, and portraits for those interested. Please RSVP by Tuesday October 9, 2018 to Hope to see students and parents there! 


RUN CLUB- Come out and join us at Run Club on Wednesday mornings at 7:55 a.m.  Please make sure you have filled out the PTA waiver for your students so they can participate.   Run club is a fun way to get started in the morning.  Students/parents and teachers either run or walk around our Alamo field.  Runners receive a bracelet and earn charms based on how many miles they run throughout the year.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Economos at

YARD DUTY-We are always looking for yard duty volunteers during lunch.  Have you always wondered what your student does during recess?  Come find out! Please contact Christine Wheatley at to be added to her signup email.  

PTA Legislative:

Legislative Advocacy Newsletter

October 2018


October Legislative Advocacy Newsletter Article

By Catherine Tsai, Legislative VP (

Election season is upon us. As the November election quickly approaches, PTA wants to remind you that your vote matters. Please be sure that you are registered to vote. You can register to vote anytime, but to be eligible for an election, you must be registered 15 days prior to election day, which for the November 6th election is October 22, 2018. In Contra Costa County, you can register online. For information about the upcoming election, please visit the Contra Costa County Elections Division.

PTA POSITIONS ON STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES: California State PTA supports California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act and encourages PTA members to get involved in the campaign. This initiative will change how commercial and industrial property is taxed and raise between $6 billion and 10 billion to support our schools (40 percent) and other local governments (60 percent).

The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act would tax certain commercial and industrial real property based on fair-market value— rather than, under current law, the purchase price with limited inflation.

•                It exempts agricultural property and certain small businesses.

•                It dedicates portion of any increased revenue to local services and to supplement, not replace, state’s minimum-funding guarantee to schools.

It provides tax exemption for $500,000 worth of tangible personal property used for business and all personal property used for certain small businesses.

California State PTA Opposes Proposition 5 – Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property.  Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statue

Proposition 5 would amend Proposition 13 and allow homeowners who are 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer the tax-assessed value from their prior home to their new home no matter the new homes’ market value, the new home’s location within the state, and does not limit the number of times a homeowner can move.

The negative impact on the finances of schools and communities could be enormous.  Although schools would still receive Prop 98 funding, the state budget would be negatively impacted.  CAPTA has ample authority to take an opposed position on this proposition based on the authorities cited in the attached study.

Per the Legislative Analysis Office, schools and other local governments would each probably lose about $100 million in annual property tax revenue in the first few years, growing over time to about $1 billion per year.  Property taxes are a major revenue source for local governments, raising over $60 billion per year.

Current law requires the state to provide more funding to most schools to cover their property tax losses.  As a result, state costs for schools would increase by over $100 billion per year in the first few years. Over time, these increased state costs for schools would grow to about $1 billion per year (in today’s dollars) – which is less than 1 percent of the state budget.   

                  SAVE THE DATE:

                  PTA Association meeting-November 1, 2018 after drop off.

                  Science Night-Wednesday, November 7th

SRV Council of PTAs

The mission of the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs is to coordinate advocacy activities and to provide training, ideas and inspiration to parents, educators, students and unit PTAs, so that they can better support the needs of children and youth.


Did you know you can get discounts with your PTA membership?  Click the logo!

We are happy to announce our Directory Cover contest winner this year

1st Place - Vienna Lewis - 4th Grade

with runners up

Bethany Liu - 3rd Grade and

Gigi Barnert - 5th Grade!

Non-Discrimination Statement

San Ramon Valley Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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