Time until September Coffee With Coffee

Join Wood PTA during registration to enter a drawing for prizes

A message from Wood Middle PTA (Parent Teacher Association)
Hope everyone is having a great summer.  School and registration is soon approaching.  During registration, the PTA will have a table with information about all the great programs we have funded for your child.  We encourage everyone to pay their dues on registration day to continue to support your child and the school.
Parents who join PTA  ($15/member) on registration days will:
– receive a school starter kit (first 25 students per grade).
– be eligible to participate in a drawing to win a gift card (1 gift card per grade)
– get an additional  ticket to for another great prize when making a donation to PTA.
See you all on registration day.
Time: 1-4 pm

Aug.10th – 7th grade  
Aug.11th – 8th grade  
Aug.15th – 6th grade 
Aug.16th – Make up Day

Back-to-School Ice Cream Social

Students, families, teachers and staff are invited to the PTA back-to-school ice cream social on Friday, August 18, from 4-6 pm. Enjoy a sweet treat and catch up with friends before school starts on Monday, August 21!  We welcome our 4th and 5th grade students, who can visit their new classrooms during the ice cream social.

Info Night for Relocated Lum Students, June 15, 6:30PM

Relocated Lum students will have information nights at their assigned schools on Thursday, June 15 at 6:30PM.  4th and 5th graders will be housed on Wood School’s site next year.  Come find out about the school and program this Thursday at 6:30PM in the MPR.  Wood PTA will also be on hand with refreshments and to answer questions. Welcome to Wood!

Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents,

It has truly been an amazing year, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.  This year has been full of hard work and a massive learning for all of us as we continue on our journey towards being a model STEAM school.  Receiving the Honor Roll award and the Gold Ribbon validates our positive trajectory.   I hope we’ve given you as much in this process as you’ve given us.  As I greet students each morning, I get inspired just by seeing the excitement and enthusiasm your children bring to the site, often carrying projects, wearing sports shirts, or playing an instrument before class.

We’ve accomplished so much as a site from our STEAM nights, dances, talent show, concerts and robotics competitions.  Once again, our volleyball team donated $600.00 to Friends of Faith for Breast Cancer. Visitors come frequently to learn from our collaborative and dedicated teachers. A team of teachers were the highlight of the STEM symposium and our students were won first, second and third in Alameda’s speech contest.  

We say goodbye to Mr. Muller, Ms. Dwyer, Ms. Fikiri and Ms. Monterrosa.  They all are flying high and moving to greater adventures. We welcome the 4th and 5th graders and some fantastic experienced newly hired staff.  

Parents, it has been my pleasure getting to know not only your child, but you as well.  I’ve enjoyed discussing the value of homework at Coffee with Cammie and attending PTA meetings.  Having parental support is crucial for a successful school year.  Our phenomenal PTA has been so essential to every event.  We thank you for the Book Fair, luncheons, staff lounge renovation, mini-grants, dances, donations and so much more. Thank you for all of your support.  

So to my dear eighth grade students, as you embark on a new chapter of your life, always remember that learning does not stop inside the classroom.

As Henry L. Doherty said, “Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” Every experience in life will teach you something. You just need to keep an open mind and open heart to see what lessons the world has to offer.

Never forget to envision your dreams and when things get tough to not give up; engage and persist.  I wish you the best and you will forever be in my heart.  Once a Beaver, always a beaver!

Happy Summer,

Cammie Harris



Special Screening of “Time to Choose” June 7, 6PM, Michaan’s Theater

Climate change is local.
So are today’s solutions.

You’re invited to join us June 7th for…

This is about climate change,
and how you can be part of
local solutions in Alameda and beyond.

Join Alameda and East Bay residents, and Alameda city officials for a special screening of Time to Choose — a beautiful 2016 documentary (by Charles Ferguson, Oscar-winning Inside Job filmmaker and Tom Dinwoodie) outlining today’s broad range of global climate challenges alongside solutions now available to solve them.

Executive Producer, Tom Dinwoodie (former co-founder, SunPower) and Sierra Club Executive Director, Michael Brune (a local Alameda Resident!) will join us for a live panel discussion following the film. You will hear what these leaders are working on today, as well as learn about multiple – EASY – ways to get involved in active, ongoing solutions happening across Alameda, and throughout the Bay Area.

  • 6:00pm – VIP Reception
  • 6:30pm – Welcome & Film Screening + Panel Discussion
  • Michaan’s Auction Theater, 2700 Saratoga St, Alameda, CA
  • $25 VIP Reception | $10 Film + Discussion | $5 Students or pay at will donation
Buy Tickets
Watch the Trailer
This event is brought to you by local nonprofit CASA (Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda).100% of proceeds to benefit CASA initiatives. More info at www.casa-alameda.org.  

Condolences to the Family of Kim Contaxis

Wood Community lost a member of our family this past month.  Kim Contaxis  passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on May 18.  “Miss Kimmy” as many students knew her, was a longtime employee of AUSD, most recently in the kitchens at Wood.  Her warm and patient presence will be greatly missed.  As one of the staff noted,

“Kim was fantastic with all the children but she was especially kind and patient with our Special Day students.  She never rushed them; their needs were her first concern.  Kim made a point to know all of their food preferences and accommodated them.  Her care for them was clear.  Often we would have the children share the highlights of their day with “Miss Kimmy”.  Kim was always a ready listener, smiling and delighting in their accomplishments.  This always made our students feel special.

She was special, always taking care of everyone and I hope she knew how much we appreciated the special little things she did.  I hope she knew we loved her.

Yes, Kim was the “lunch lady” with the hairnet at Wood Middle School and yet she was so much more.  I witnessed her interacting with some of the toughest students in the district.  She treated them with care and kindness.  I guess you could say she taught care and kindness by example. In her role, she took care of a lot of kids and she will be missed terribly.”

Where to Get Free Breakfast & Lunch This Summer in Alameda

ALAMEDA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB 1900 3rd Street Breakfast Time:8:30 – 9:30 Lunch Time: 12:00 – 1:00 6/19 – 8/11

ALAMEDA POINT COLLABORATIVE 677 W Ranger Avenue Breakfast Time: 9 – 10 Lunch Time: 12:00 – 1:00 6/19 – 8/11

WASHINGTON PARK 740 Central Avenue Lunch Time: 12:00 – 1:00 6/19 – 8/11

SHINSEI GARDEN APARTMENTS 401 Stargell Avenue Lunch Time: 12:00 – 1:00 6/19 – 8/11

ALAMEDA HIGH SCHOOL 2201 Encinal Avenue Breakfast Time: 8 – 9 6/19 – 7/14 Lunch Time: 12:30 – 1:00 6/19 – 8/11

RUBY BRIDGES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 351 Jack London Avenue Breakfast Time: 8 – 9 6/19 – 7/14 Lunch Time: 12:30 – 1:30 6/19 – 8/11

*The Summer Food Service Program serves FREE meals to ALL kids & teens, 18 years and younger!

*No Applications | No ID | Just show up and receive free nutritious meals

Wishing Everyone a Great Summer

Congratulations to our 8th graders as they move on to high school.  This is the last newsletter of this school year, so please let us know if you want to unsubscribe.  Simply click on “Unsubscribe” at the bottom of this email.

Continuing students’ families, please check our Wood PTA calendar for upcoming summer events, registration dates and any other information.  The latest updates can also be found in Wood PTA’s Facebook group, and on WMS schoolloop.

Please forward the newsletter and let your friends and neighbors with incoming Wood students know of the many ways to keep up to date and stay involved.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
― Helen Keller