ASPED Families Updates & More

There are a number of upcoming events that may be of interest to families of children with special needs; and caregivers for elderly or ill family members.

  • CAC (Community Advisory Committee) meeting, Monday Jan 28th, 6:30-8:00 pm, Marina Room, Alameda Unified School District, 2060 Challenger Drive. The presentation will be about financial planning for families of children with special needs. Here’s the flier with more information.
  • ASPED Families meeting, Wednesday Jan 20th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Franklin Elementary School. Presentation by Victoria Forrester on AUSD’s Strategic Plan for Special Education. Flier here.
  • Family Caregiver Workshop: The Alameda Free Library and C.A.R.E.S (Caregiver Access to Resources, Education, and Support) present a special evening of resources, assistance, and networking for family caregivers for the elderly and/or ill on Tuesday, February 19, from 6-8 pm at the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street. Information here.
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee Recruitment: Applications are being accepted from individuals who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Alameda – Contra Costa Transit District’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). The Recruitment Notice and Application, as well as information about the Committee can be found here. The deadline for submitting an application is February 1, 2019.

AUSD Programs & Events

AUSD has some upcoming programs that may be of interest to parents/ guardians.

  • School Smarts is for elementary school parents and guardians. Come and learn about your child’s development, what they will learn in school, and the important role you play in today’s public education system. Plus, you will meet other amazing people in this journey with you. Our sessions begin January 22, 2019. Download the flyer or  register here.
  • Family Enrichment Series: families are invited to Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a nationally acclaimed documentary about kids and screen time. The film follows parents and their teens as they struggle to strike a balance between time spent on video games, social media, academics and internet addiction. Screenagers will be shown at Paden School, February 7, 7:00-8:30 pm. Here’s the flier, or register here (space is limited).
  • Parent University is for middle school parents and guardians. Your adolescent is growing up in this digital age, and our parenting style has to adjust and calibrate. Tweens/Teens need our support to navigate their social- emotional life in middle school AND also have the critical academic conversations for their future.  View our general program outline Join us at our Spring session, February 13, 6:00-8:30 pm at Lincoln Middle School. Register here.

Helping Coast Guard Families and Federal Workers

Please share this information with all Coast Guard families and Federal Workers you know.

  • Free and Reduced School Meals –  Are you a federal worker who is having trouble paying for food for your AUSD student(s) because of the government shutdown? You can apply for Free and Reduced Meals on our Food and Nutrition Services page. Enter “0” in the field that asks for current income. When the government shutdown ends (and you begin receiving income again), please contact us to update your information.
  • Alameda Food Bank –  Members of the Coast Guard or any other federal workers can access the food bank regardless of their normal income at 1900 Thau Way.  More information here.
  • East Bay Coast Guard Spouses Club – Are coordinating various efforts to help families and can be contacted at

Ways to help: 

  • All Good Living is selling a fundraiser t-shirt with proceeds going directly to Alameda Coast Guard families. 
  • The Local Alameda (1333 Park Street) has been collecting dry goods for Coast Guard families and needs your support! Stop by to donate food and cleaning goods, pet food, baby wipes, formula, toiletries, and more. Gift cards are also very appreciated. This will continue as long as the shut down is happening. 

Dine & Donate – Chipotle

Bring your friends and family to Chipotle at South Shore Center, Tuesday, January 15th for DINE & DONATE !  
Present a paper or digital flyer, or just tell the cashier you are supporting Wood Middle School, between 4pm and 8pm and enjoy a delicious dinner – for dine in or take out – and 33% will be donated back to Wood!  All proceeds help fund field trips & other classroom needs. Check your student’s backpack for the flier!
Help support Wood Middle School while enjoying a tasty meal!

Coffee with Cammie, January 18

Join us for Coffee with Cammie, Friday, January 18th, 8:30 am in the Media Center, featuring special guest Robyn O’dell-Kondo, to give us the 411 on the new Aeries student information system.
This is a great opportunity to talk with and hear insight from our wonderful Principal, Cammie Harris. Meet other parents and guardians, find out more about our school programs while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea!
Wood PTA hosts a Coffee with Cammie most months; check the PTA calendar for details. We hope to see you there!