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Friends of AEA Weekly Newsletter
November 23-27, 2015 Newsletter Requests

Holiday Gift Giving

Each year FoAEA provides information on holiday gift giving that helps support our community and raises money for the school. Last year the AEA community helped raised $3,000 while purchasing holiday gifts for your family and friends. This year, with the growth in the schools and the better visibility of this program, we'd like to see how much better we can do.

Holiday Shopping Through Amazon

The amazon.com affiliate program has become one of our most successful fundraisers over the last few years in part because it doesn't cost anything beyond what you were going to purchase anyway. This school year participation has been fantastic.

How does the program work? Simple! The only thing special you need to know is our link.

As you are planning your holiday gift giving, please remember to use our link (foaea.org/amazon) and tell anybody you can about it including grandparents, uncles and aunts, friends of the family, etc. Gift giving can have even more meaning when it is also raising money for schools. There's no limit to who can use it, how many times, or how much money we can raise through this program!

Progress Fundraiser for the Fusion PE Program

PROGRESS in South Park is having their annual AEA Fusion fundraising event with 15% of proceeds benefitting our students on Wednesday, December 2nd from 10am - 7pm. PROGRESS has something for everyone this holiday season... furniture, candles, toys, home goods, ornaments, books, games, jewelry and gifts. Keep the cheer here this holiday season and consider shopping local and raising funds for physical education! PROGRESS is located at 2225 30th St., just blocks away from AEA Elementary. If you don't know about the AEA Fusion program please check it out here.

Artsonia is great for Holiday Gifts!

Go to Artsonia and check out your child's artwork. If you buy before December 15th it will deliver by Christmas and the school gets 20% of your purchases back as a donation.

Book Reading at AEACS by Famous German Author Cornelia Funke

AEA was able to host the famous German author Cornelia Funke on Friday on our elementary campus for a book reading to several of our elementary and middle school students who showed their interest by writing a brief German book report of their most liked Funke book. Frau Funke has written many bestsellers that were translated into English including The Thief Lord, Inkheart, Inkspell, and Dragon Rider, the Ghosthunter series, and several popular picture books.

Her reading at Einstein was out of her bestselling book Drachenreiter- Dragon Rider (Deutsch and English). After the reading children had the chance to ask the author questions and get a book signed. There was also a raffle with Frau Funke's books, signed of course.

This wonderful event, organized by our German language representative Mrs. Ibold and our German department, was made possible by the German Consulate General in Los Angeles and the German Department of School Abroad (ZfA) who has supported German education at AEA for many years through direct financial support and by bringing German events to AEA.

Want to volunteer at AEA?

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail to our volunteering committee at volunteer@foaea.org.

Featured Events and Announcements


Mixed Bag Fundraiser

We’re selling tote bags, travel bags, kitchenware, giftwrap, home goods & more through Mixed Bag Designs! Great gifts for the holidays! Please also share the catalogs with others; there’s something for everyone! We keep 40% of online orders through the end of the year. Check out this intro video and also the parent letter.

To order online, go to www.mixedbagdesigns.com with fundraiser ID 144878.

Make sure our ID number is added at checkout. Add the seller you are supporting too! Questions? E-mail us here.

Welcome back to school, parents! Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school earn cash. This school year, our school’s earnings goal is $1,000 which will go towards all the wonderful programs our school offers.

Collection Sheet

Are you a Box Tops member? Sign up at BTFE.com to stay updated on our school’s earnings and find a full list of hundreds of participating products. Members also receive exclusive coupon offers and recipes and can learn about extra ways for our school to earn more cash.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Nikki our Box Tops for Education Coordinator for AEA. Thanks for your help!

Support essential enrichment programs at AEA

Please help support essential programs at AEA through a donation to Friends of Albert Einstein Academies. Our goal is to have 200 families participate in this donation drive. Donating to FoAEA supports the enrichment programs that our kids benefit from including art, music, PE and science programs and provides funds for field trips, assemblies, and classroom supplies.

If you haven't signed up yet, please take 5 minutes to contribute to AEA's enrichment programs. Go to our donation website from your mobile device or computer and select a monthly donation amount or a one time donation. Choose $30/month ($1/day) or any amount affordable to you. Even $5 or $10 per month makes a huge difference for the kids.

Matching Grants

Last year, the following companies made matching grants to FoAEA: Union Bank, Qualcomm, Pfizer, Intuit, Genentech, Covidien, Nokia, and ARS National Svcs.

We thank all of these companies for their generous support. If you work for any of these companies and have not yet taken advantage of their matching grant program, it just takes a few minutes and is free money to the school. One way of finding out if your employeer supports matching grants is to look at this list of companies. Information normally needed to have an employeer make a matching grant is available here.

Calendar



Monday - Friday, November 23rd-27th

Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, December 2nd

Elementary School Tours for New Families (9:30-10:30am)
Since our school tours are filling up fast and we would like to keep the tour groups small please RSVP at (619) 795 1190 #2101 or e-mail Mrs McCreary.

Parent University: K-5 Common Core Math for Parents (5:30-6:30pm)
Join us for a Parent University designed to support parents in their understanding of Common Core Math.

Wednesday, December 3rd

Pastries with the Principals (8:30-9:30am)
Monthly update with both principals to keep parents informed. Casual forum to discuss school items. At the elementary school.

Progress Fusion Fundraiser (10am-7pm)
15% of all proceeds go to Fusion Physical Education Enrichment. Do your Holiday Shopping at Progress Home & Gift Store! 2225 30th St. Just Blocks away from AEA.

Tuesday, December 8th

Elementary School Tours for New Families (9:30-10:30am)
Since our school tours are filling up fast and we would like to keep the tour groups small please RSVP at (619) 795 1190 #2101 or e-mail Mrs McCreary.

Board of Trustees meeting (4:30-6pm)
At the Elementary School.

Wednesday, December 9th

8th Grade Field Trip: New School of Architecture (10am-12:45pm)
Ms. Duarte's Intro to Architecture students will walk to the New School of Architecture.

Thursday, December 10th

K-8 Parent University: The IB Continuum PYP/MPY/DP (5:30-7pmpm)
At the Middle School

Tuesday, December 15th

Elementary School Tours for New Families (9:30-10:30am)
Since our school tours are filling up fast and we would like to keep the tour groups small please RSVP at (619) 795 1190 #2101 or e-mail Mrs McCreary.

Thursday, December 17th

GCC Meeting (3-4pm)
At the Elementary School staff lounge.

Sunday, December 20th

Children's Christmas Choir Celebration (3-4pm)
Celebrate Christmas with us and enjoy a variety of traditional German and English Christmas songs. Grace Lutheran Church at 3967 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92103. Contact: Claudia Lorenz.

December 22nd - January 8th

Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

School Calendar

FoAEA shares a single Google Calendar with AEA. This calendar can be viewed here online and is on the AEA and FoAEA home pages. Subscribe to these calendars so that it shows up on all of your devices and you won't miss any school activities.

Wish Lists



From time to time our classrooms need supplies. To make the donation process easier for everyone, please use this permanent SignUp Genius Middle School Supply Wish List page. This list will include items which our MS teachers need to teach our kids.

Resources



School Pool: See the SchoolPool Factsheet. Please contact the AEA office to find out information about this program.

Volunteer



Throughout the year FoAEA will put on events and activities that require volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, please send an e-mail to our volunteering committee at volunteer@foaea.org.

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