Armstrong Alumni Newsletter
Community Fundraiser Prices INCREASE Soon
Mark your calendars...the 12th Annual Community Fundraiser and Benefit Auction will be:
Saturday, March 25, 2017
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco

Tickets are on sale now!
Tickets can be purchased on-line by  clicking here .

Special Pricing for Alumni Under 30:
$30 until February 28
$35 March 1-17
$45 March 18 and after

Stories Project Launches at Community Fundrasier
Charles Armstrong School turns 50 on October 5, 2018 and the festivities kick off this October (2017).

As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, Armstrong is collecting stories from its alumni about how Armstrong impacted your life.

We will launch our Story Project at the Community Fundraiser.  Please stop by the Alumni Area to video your story.  

We will also have a booth at EdRev at AT&T Park on April 22, 2017.

The project will continue all year and shortly, we will share details about how you can share your story if you can't visit one of our Story Project booths.

As you prepare to share, consider these questions...

  • What is one lesson you learned at Armstrong that sticks with you today?
  • What is one of your favorite Armstrong memories?
  • Who shaped your experience at Armstrong?
  • How has Armstrong changed your life?
  • When it comes to your Armstrong experience, for what are you most grateful?
  • What is one word that sums up your Armstrong experience?
  • What makes Armstrong special?
  • What advice do you have for the school as it continues to educate dyslexic learners today?

Summer Opportunity at Armstrong
Charles Armstrong School Summer Camp Directors are beginning the process of recruiting counselors for 2017.  This awesome program needs enthusiastic employees to keep it running smoothly and provide the campers great activities and support.

Camp runs during the month of July in the afternoons. We plan a variety of activities (PE, arts and crafts, cooking, etc.) when we are on campus. We also travel to different bay area locations (waterpark, baseball game, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, etc.). 

Click here to see the full job description and information about how to apply.

Alum Elaina Vielbaum with summer campers at  BBQ.
Zach Adamis (left) and Andrew Gaddis (right) with an Armstrong Summer camper.
Armstrong Alumni,

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Thank you.  

Alumni News
Amy Young is a an EMT in Contra Costa County, and the first female medic with the Contra Costa County SWAT team AND an Armstrong alum. (She attended at Armstrong from 6-8 grade, Class of 2007.) Earlier this month she presented during our annual career day. She was very popular with our middle school students as she shared stories from her work. Thank you, Amy!.

To share your news, click here or email

Alumni Update
Leigh Ganschow
From our Facebook page.  Leigh -- thanks for sharing!!

I am a graduate from the Armstrong School - now 45 years later. I think I attended from approximately 1967 to 1972. I went from the Armstrong School and back to a public school at the age of 12 (skipping over 6th grade and going right to 7th.) The transition to public school was hard, but I got support from the Armstrong school when I needed it most. I can't imagine what my life would have been like without the skills I learned while I was at the Armstrong School (which at the time was in Menlo Park.) In my life, I've read thousands of books I wouldn't have read without the reading skills and alphabet recognition exercises I went through. I remember fondly the physical programming I was taught at the Armstrong school to help me recognize the shape and sounds of letters (A - Apple - "ahh" while writing an "a" in the air with my finger.) I make my living evaluating the written word (mostly regulations) and writing business communications (emails, corporate policies, and training classes) and I stand in front of people and make presentations and conduct training. I'm a college graduate. I could never have achieved what I have without the Armstrong School. I'm fortunate that my parents cared enough to take me out of a public school and searched to find somebody who could help me with my dyslexia. I'm fortunate that the school even existed back then and had solutions to my education difficulties. Reflecting on and counting your blessings is a good thing. I'm glad I ran into this facebook page so that I could offer support to parents who might be thinking "Can this school help my kid?" It helped me.
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Community Fundraiser:
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time:  6:30 - 10:30 PM
Location:  California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park
See details in the article.

Spring Musical (Lion King, Jr.) Pizza Party:
Friday, May 5, 2017
Time:  evening before the show
More details will follow.

Class of 2017 Reception:  
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time:    TBD
Location:  Armstrong Campus
More details will follow.

Alumni Facebook Page
Armstrong Alumni have their own Facebook page which includes  invitations  to upcoming campus events, campus updates, and photos from then and now.  Click on the icon (below)  or search Charles Armstrong School Alumni to visit the page and follow our updates.