ACLC Newsletter November 2017 

17-18 Hannah Camp
Hannah Camp was an adventure this year.  Despite hard rain on Thursday night our parent chaperones, facilitators and learners had an amazing time. Thank you to everybody for donations and making it up for our potluck. We all appreciated it!

Spec ial recognition goes to  Katy Carter, Yoare Geronga, Tay Lew and Ornella Soto for their leadership and organization.

Here are a few highlights from the trip!

Making the 17-18 Hannah Camp T-Shirt

Small groups working on skits and bonding.

Beth, Loreley and Patricia       Our hike to the lake!
at Hannah Camp

MAP Assessments Administered at ACLC
The MAP initial assessment was held early in October. You probably  heard  about it at home.  What is MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)?
The MAP Growth Assessments measure what learners know and inform the facilitators what they're ready to learn next.  By adjusting to each learner's performance, MAP Growth creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance-whether a learner performs on, above, or below grade level.

After our second  administration in the Winter, you will receive a report that will show your learner's growth in Reading and Math for this school year. 
Facilitators use reports to differentiate instruction and pinpoint individual learner needs. Higher-level reports give us the context to drive improvement across entire schools and systems.  ACLC Facilitators compare their learner's performance against norms to evaluate programs and improve instruction in individual classrooms and throughout school systems.

CCEF Updates
    RED ALERT!!!
          RED ALERT!!!

Creative Community Education Foundation ( CCEF ) is a non profit which fund raises and then distributes monies to fund all of the wonderful ideas that our ACLC Learners and Facilitators have. 

The CCEF Annual Fund is far behind its usual funding for this time of year. Please make your donation to CCEF soon. Go to the ACLC Website and look under "WE ARE PARENTS". The CCEF giving form is there. 

A vast number of activities and field trips we support are in jeopardy if the community does not make donations.  Some community events have been supported while others have not. Please do not put this off any longer. We need your contribution. 

This year we have funded:
-ACLC Poetry
-$5000 dollars for new computers in the Digital Media room
-Fear Fest
-5 Scholarships for 8th grdae learners to go on the D.C. Trip
-Interact Club Leadership Conference Fees
-Mural Project
-2 Eagal Scout Projects 
-Middle school Library

We also have un-funded obligations that CCEF would like to support.
-ACLC Robotics
-Ultimate Frisbee
-Science field trips
-ACLC Technology
-Graduation Celebration
-Seniors Service Grants
-Multicultural Night
-Courtyard Buetification Grant
-College Application  and SAT funding for underprivileged learners

Please Give to CCEF. Every penny goes to learner, facilitator and parent initiatives. 

Our goal is to raise $70,000 for 2017-2018. We need your help to make this happen. We are asking each ACLC family to donate $500. 

For those that can donate more please do! For those who can't quite get to that amount - every dollar helps! Please remember to check with you employer about matching. This year we will also be accepting stock donations (please talk to our Treasurer, Tony Steuer, at to make arrangements). You can write a check to  CCEF and leave it with, or snail mail it to, the ACLC office, or you can  visit us on-line. You can make a one time donation or a monthly contribution. Thank you for helping us to keep saying YES!

November 8th , 2017   6:45p.m.Joint PAC/CCEF                  
December 13th, 2017      6:45p.m.                            
January 24th, 2018          6:45p.m.
February 28th, 2018        6:45p.m. Joint PAC/CCEF
March 28th, 2018           6:45p.m. 
April 25th, 2018               6:45p.m.
May 23rd, 2018               6:45p.m. Annual Meeting & Joint PAC/CCEF 

From the Athletic Director
GIRLS Basketball  Evaluations being held this Tuesday at lunch!!! BRING FORM

We are excited to announce Coach Steiv Boyd, a super experienced basketball coach with high school and college prep coaching on his list of accolades, will be the new head coach of Girls and Boys basketball this year!  Evaluations were held this Tuesday (Halloween). Last year our team made it to the playoffs and we're looking forward to having a lot of fun this year! Coach Steiv will be giving an acceptance letter to those who are on the team. Only those with a letter should go on AEF's website and pay the fe e to officially join the team. Scholarships are available.

Co-ed middle school Volleyball team, Nea/ACLC Ninjahawks!
Our Nea/ACLC combined middle school volleyball team is in the middle of a great season having already qualified for the playoffs!  We've been in heated competition with Lincoln, Wood, Academy of Alameda and Encinal middle schools in the AEF Division II league.  Currently we've won 10 matches lead by Nea 7th grader and Co-Captain Hailey Miller with strong serves, by ACLC's Kyle Skuta with team motivation and effective positioning, and by Nea 8th grade Co-Captain Brittany Brown.   Come cheer for your team in their final regular season match versus Encinal.   This game will determine if we are 3rd seed (playoff  Tues Nov 14th) or 4th seed (playoff  Thurs Nov 9).  All game are at Alameda Point Gym  1101 Redline Avenue at  4pm.  Adults $3, student $2. Wear your Black &  Red and be Positive!

Our Awesome Team is composed of:  Abdual, Hakim, Saba, Kyle, Charlene, Helmi, Imani, Amira, Logan, Kaleena, Jack, Ezeuiel, Owen, Julian, with Captains Hailey & Brittney, Assistant Coaches Ms. G (Nora Gioia) and Ladi (Oladipo Wadley), and lead by Head Coach Ms. B (Sabunmi Woods), 

GIRLS Basketball Evaluations being held this Tuesday at lunch!!! BRING FORM
We are excited to announce Coach Steiv Boyd, a super experienced basketball coach with high school and college prep coaching on his list of accolades, will be the new head coach of Girls and Boys basketball this year!  Evaluations will be held  this Tuesday  ( Halloween ) at lunch at Boys and Girls club for Girls basketball.  If you plan to wear a costume that day please bring workout clothes to change into for the evaluation. Last year our team made it to the playoffs and we're looking forward to having a lot of fun this year! Attendees MUST BRING a completed AEF emergency/liability waiver signed by their parents:  Coach Steiv will give an acceptance letter to those who are on the team. Only those with a letter should go on AEF's website and pay the fee to officially join the team. Scholarships are available.

All-city middle school cross country Running team, the Alameda Asteroids
Sporting super bright green the Alameda Asteroids zoomed at their first three meets: Cesar C
havez in Union City, Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley, and the home meet at Crab Cove last week.  Our first meet we had 13 students in the top 10 in their heats.  Our ACLC students are:  Sadie Foltz and Jason Rittenbach are both 8th graders and Rafael Quinn Acevedo and Spencer Franklin are 7th graders.  Our final championship meet will be  November 1st at Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro.

GO Nea/ACLC Ninjahawks!!!

Lawyers Needed for English
Hello ACLC Community,

Seeking active or retired lawyers/attorneys to help with class project for 1-3 hours, 11/8-11/15.

Each year in English 9, we turn our classroom into a courtroom and hold a mock trial as the culminating project for the book we are currently reading, "Of Mice and Men."

I can't say too much about this criminal trial without creating a spoiler for freshmen, but I will say it is a compelling and controversial topic. It is always a fantastic addition to my classroom to have active or retired attorneys/lawyers come in and work with the prosecution and defense teams. When learners have a chance to strategize about their case with law professionals they are able add depth and professionalism to the case they are presenting. I cannot say enough about how great it is for learners to have this invaluable opportunity.

We will be working on trial preparation from 11/8-11/15. If you or someone you know would be interested in helping out the learner teams as they prepare their case, come up with evidence and prep their witnesses please reach out to me:

Thank you for your help!

Lynn Kameny

CCEF - Funds a classroom library

The Creative Community Education Foundation (CCEF) has awarded a generous donation toward a middle school classroom library.  The library will provide a robust array of exciting new books that learners are eager to read, share and talk about with their peers. The shelves will be stocked with single books, as well as book sets of 3-4 to enable several learners to read the same book and create a "buzz" around what they are currently reading. While the current inventory includes a generous collection of donated used books, new "hot" books will enhance the appeal of reading for our learners.  An expanded classroom library will enhance and encourage reading now and into our younger learners' futures. 

Class librarians will assist with the checking in and out of books, keeping the library organized, and working with others to ensure the library and its books are treated respectfully. Those interested in this job will go through an application and interview process. Chosen librarians will receive community service hours for their diligent efforts in monitoring and protecting our investment. 

A list of books to purchased has been compiled with the help of facilitators, learners, Alameda librarians, Sarah Burkey and Hallie Fields, and coach Caitlin Schwarzman. In addition, a 'wish list' will be posted on Amazon for any families to view should they choose to donate additional books throughout the year. 

The middle school facilitators and learners are excited to build their library and dive to new depths in their reading. We appreciate our CCEF for all they do for our community.

Loreley Smith
Picture Retake Day - Thursday - November 2nd
This Thursday at ACLC is the Make Up/Retake day for any that would like to get their pictures for this year.

Healthy Lunch
ACLC Community,

Our first Healthy Lunch was last Friday! Thank you to all of our parents who came to serve. We also always appreciate the families who cook. Its was a great day!

For future lunches, the meal is $6. Learners who qualify for free/reduced lunch will pay their regular rate. If you want to prepay for all five meals this year, please complete the attached "Prepaid Form" and submit it along with your payment to the office on or before 10/13. Checks should be made out to  CCEF .

If you are curious about HL, please join us. You're welcome to volunteer or observe. It's an opportunity to see HL as a part of the ACLC culture, see your kid(s) in their "natural habitats", and to ask questions of the HL team. You can have lunch with your learner or with the HL team. We serve learners, facilitators, and staff before serving parents/guardians. The HL team will enjoy the leftovers while visiting (aka cleaning up). 

Set up begins at  11:15
Serving begins at  12:15
Clean up begins after lunch around  1:15
You can find the sign up form on the ACLC Web site:

$30 for five Healthy Lunch meals for the 2017-2018 school year. 
Meal includes entreĢe, side dish, dessert, and beverage. 
Pre-paid meals are not pro-rated. No refunds for missed meals.
Almost all kids ate inside due to air quality. ACLC showed its flexibility and tenacity on that afternoon.

Future dates and tentative menu:
December 15 - Hearty and Wholesome Chili February 9 - Lunar New Year
March 16 - Luck of the Irish
April 20 - Mediterranean Feast 

Leadership Annual Pumpkin Carving Joy!
Hey ACLC Community!

We unfortunately did not have enough time to announce the winners of the pumpkin carving during CCC. Listed below are the winners of each category!

Small Group Winners:
School Spirit: 14, 12, 15
Facilitator Look a like: 1
Creative: 11, 12, 15
Sci- Fi:  7
Overall: 7

Greetings from Parent Action Committee Coordinator
Hello ACLC Families!

We have several meetings and volunteer opportunities coming up for families that would like to get involved. We hope to see you all at one of the dates below!

November 8th, 2017                    6:45pm Joint PAC/CCEF
No December meeting
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018       6:45pm (Couch Night)
February 28th, 2018                     6:45pm Joint PAC/CCEF
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018          6:45pm
Tuesday, April 24th, 2018             6:45pm
May 23rd, 2018                            6:45pm Joint PAC/CCEF

ACLC Enrollment for 18-19 School Year 

On October 17th, ACLC opened its Priority Application for the 17-18 school year. This application will be open until  January 31st, and we will conduct our lottery during the first week of February. We have mailed out cards, putting up flyers around town, and taking out ads online and in print. 

We are also still accepting applicants for this year. Please refer anyone with questions to Kira, Jeremy, or Dave. 

Site Tours.
All tours start promptly at  9 am.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Thursday, January 18th, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Family Info Sessions.
Middle school presentations  6:15 pm
High school presentations  6:45 pm

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

F E A R  F E S T  at  ACLC

The Art of Science -6th Grade project highlights

Congratulation to Beth Outright for coming to ACLC and making our 6th Grade Art of Science Class special and engaging. 2 recent projects include: 

6th grade parent, Shilo McCabe , teaching about photography

Clay sculpture unit and professional critique

 Upcoming Events in November

Thursday - November 2, 2017

  • Online Registration Deadline for Dec 2 SAT Test
  • School Picture MakeUp Day8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Volleyball: ACLC/Nea vs. Jr. Jets4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday - November 7, 2017
  • Family Information Session
    Middle School 6:15
    High School 6:45
Wednesday - November 8, 2017
  • Joint CCEF/PAC Board Meeting6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday - November 9, 2017
  • Volleyball Semi Finial 1 1st vs. 4th
Friday - November 10, 2017
  • Veteran's Day (Observed) NO SCHOOL
Tuesday - November 14, 2017
  • Volleyball Semi Finial 2 2nd vs. 3rd
  • ACLC Finance Meeting3:30 PM
  • ACLC Board Meeting6:30 PM
Thursday - November 16, 2017
  • Volleyball Championship 
  • School Site Tours9:00 AM
Monday - November 20, 2017
  • Fall Recess NO SCHOOL
Tuesday - November 21, 2017
  • Fall Recess NO SCHOOL
Wednesday - November 22, 2017
  • Fall Recess NO SCHOOL
Thursday - November 23, 2017
  • Fall Recess NO SCHOOL
Friday - November 24, 2017
  • Fall Recess NO SCHOOL
Thursday - November 30, 2017
    • Independent PE Sept. hours due (15hrs)

Quick Links