Battle of the Books *PTA
Battle of the Books is friendly statewide reading competition for students in grades 3rd-5th. Teams made up of four students read 16 assigned books (generally four books per child) and then “battle” over comprehension questions. Students may form their own four-person team or can be matched up with a team by coordinators. Alameda’s Battle of the Books is part of a national reading incentive program. The winning team from Alameda advances to a regional competition. More information >
Chess Club *PTA
Students meet weekly before school for chess instruction and some friendly competition. Students have the opportunity to compete in tournaments as well. All ages and skill levels welcome. Alameda 5th grade teacher Mr. Sisk and parent volunteers oversee weekly meetings.
4th and 5th grade students can join the Alameda Song-Birds choir, which practices weekly before school. In addition to singing fun songs, students learn more about vocal production, sight-singing, and singing in parts. This activity is funded by Run for the Arts proceeds and is led by Mr. Nelson, Artist in Residence.
Fifth Grade Play
Each spring students in 5th grade have the opportunity to perform in theater a production, an after school activity directed by an artist in residence. 5th graders audition for parts, sign up for backstage jobs, and create scenery and props. Students perform for the student body and in the evening for families.
Junior Green Team *PTA
The Alameda Student Green Team is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and offers a great opportunity for them to learn new leardership skills and build upon their interest in protecting our environment. Students will participate in discussions around Alameda's current use of resources (lights, paper, energy, food waste), and generate ideas to curb waste and promote awareness. More information >
Kids Care Club (Community Service) *PTA
The Community Service Club is a parent-led afterschool program designed to engage students in service projects and fundraising benefitting the greater community.
Reading Friends *PTA
This program is based on the SMART reading program. A parent volunteer coordinator matches parent and community volunteers with teacher-nominated kindergarten through 3rd grade students needing extra one-on-one contact to improve reading skills. Volunteers meet with the children for half an hour once per week during school hours. Most children are assigned two Reading Friends, and most volunteers are assigned two students.
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Supervised by the Assistant Principal, many 5th grade students commit to a year-long, weekly shift as crossing guards. They are stationed at selected intersections near Alameda before and after school.
Science Fair *PTA
Individuals and groups of students are invited to present their own science experiments at this event. Projects include a hypothesis and demonstration of how students attempted to prove their theories. At the fair, students share their ideas and what they learned with visitors and teacher-evaluators. Parent volunteers provide pre-event organization and support for the science fair evening. More information >
Writers’ Celebration *PTA
This monthly celebration tea provides students an opportunity to read a writing sample aloud to their families. Teachers select a different student each month. All Alameda students will participate once while attending Alameda School. Family members receive personal invitations to the library to listen and enjoy. Volunteers help with setup.