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Friends of AEA Weekly Newsletter
December 14-18, 2015 Newsletter Requests

Thank you for Donating to Friends

So far this month, we've raised over $7,500 in our annual donation drive with a total, so far, of 150 families donating $28,000 towards our goal of $57,500. This is a fantastic first half of the school year and we cannot thank you enough for your support.

End of the Year Donations

Many of you make your donations to charitable organizations towards the end of the year. We would like to encourage you to keep your kid's school in mind when making your end of the year donations. Donating to FoAEA supports art, music, science, physical education, field trips, and assemblies at the Albert Einstein Academies. Your donation to FoAEA goes directly to programs that benefit your child.

If you are a monthly donor, please help us meet our goal by keeping your monthly subscription active. Sometimes credit cards don't go through and sometimes we all get new credit card numbers. When this happens, please update your credit card information online.

Have you donated yet?

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.

You can see our fundraising progress during this school year in the chart below. September is always our biggest month due to the start of the school year and December is usually our second biggest with end of the year giving.

Corporate Matching Grants

Matching grants are another important way to help donate to the school. During the last school year Union Bank, Qualcomm, Pfizer, Intuit, Genentech, Covidien, Nokia, and ARS National Svcs all donated to FoAEA and this year we have commitments to donations from Qualcomm, Genentech, ThompsonReuters, and GoPro for over $10,000. We thank all of these companies for their generous support. If you work for a company who has a matching grant proram it just takes a few minutes and is free money to the school. Just ask your company's HR department. Information normally needed to have an employeer make a matching grant is available here.

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!

The chart below shows how much we've made through the Amazon affiliate program since the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. Each month this year has been better than the last school year. Let's keep it up!

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.

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!

Calendar



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.

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.

Connect


MS Parent Committee

Meeting minutes and information

Monthly Library Newsletter

Newsletter

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