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Hosts for exchange students sought


Opportunities are available to become a paid host family. At least eight international students will be arriving in August for the 2010-11 school year. Countries represented include Italy, Germany, Sweden, and more. Most students will attend Alameda High School. Host families have the student for either a semester or the entire school year, and receive a monthly stipend of $550 per month to cover costs. Families provide a room, board, and meals, and give the student a firsthand glimpse into an “American family” by welcoming them as a member of their own family. This is an opportunity of a lifetime!  If you are interested in hosting, please contact Tracy Valva at 388-5374 or e-mail tavalva@yahoo.com. For more information, check out http://www.educatius.org. Local support is provided. If you have additional questions about what it’s like to host, ask Jenna Freck, jennarations@gmail.com.


Alameda Island Kids enrollment open


Alameda Island Kids before- and aftercare enrollment is currently open for kindergartners entering school in the 2010-11 school year and for current kindergarten, first and second grade students who are already enrolled in school. Open enrollment for all grades begins on Tuesday, April 27 and continues through June 9. Parents can enroll at all participating schools from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily until they run out of space.

Starting in the 2010-2011 school year, a three-day-per-week care pattern will be offered for first through fifth grade students.

Alameda Island Kids is a licensed childcare service for both girls and boys at six elementary schools in Alameda, including Bay Farm, Earhart, Edison, Franklin, Lum and Otis. For more information about Alameda Island Kids, call Alameda Island Kids Program Director Pam Williams at 521-1743 ext. 202 or visit the Girls Inc. website.


Comcast volunteers spend day at Washington Elementary


Photo by Tue Nam Ton

A host of Comcast workers visited Washington Elementary School on Saturday to convert a work room at the school into a teacher’s lounge. The visit was part of the ninth annual Comcast Cares Day, an event that brought some 3,000 Comcast employees out to 14 schools across California to perform landscaping, cleaning and maintenance projects. Some 90 Comcast employees volunteered to work at Washington School.


Academy of Alameda appoints academic director, endorses Measure E


The Academy of Alameda Middle School has appointed Lori MacDonald as its academic director. MacDonald helped pen the petition for the public charter school, which will effectively replace Chipman Middle School in the fall. She has been an educator since 1995, and has worked in both traditional public and charter schools.

“Being a part of the crafting of the vision for The Academy of Alameda was a labor of love, but being able to be a part of building the school will prove to be infinitely more rewarding,” MacDonald said. “I am proud and honored to be tasked with this role.”

The charter’s board also voted unanimously to support the Measure E parcel tax. Local charter school parents had pressed the school board to give some of the money from the tax to charters.

“During these difficult economic times, it is incumbent on members of the community to do whatever we can to make sure that Alameda students are provided with the best education that we as a community can afford to give them,” board member Ron Whittaker said.

The charter’s leaders said in a press release that they would announce their endorsement to the board at its meeting Tuesday night.

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