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Friends of AEA Weekly Newsletter
November 2-6, 2015 Newsletter Requests

The 14th Annual Lantern Festival is Next SATURDAY

The 14th Annual Lantern Festival will take place at the AEA Elementary School on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 from 4-7 pm.

A bratwurst dinner will be available for purchase as well as a bake sale. The 2nd graders will be putting on a performance in the MPR followed by a Beer Stein Competition. The event will end with a Lantern Parade around the neighborhood.

Students in grades K-4 will be crafting Lanterns with their German teachers. If you have a younger or older child that is interested in making a Lantern to carry for the walk, please visit this Lantern Crafting website for ideas and templates. Sticks and lights for the Lanterns will be available for purchase at the event.

The Lantern Festival is organized by Friends of AEA and volunteers like you! In order for the event to be successful, each year we need lots of volunteers. Please go to SignUpGenius to see the list of available opportunities and sign-up. If you prefer not to sign-up online, or would like more information about volunteering, feel free to email our event organizers, Jennifer Cardinale and Angie Santini directly at lantern2015@foaea.org.

For more information on the St. Martin’s Day Tradition and Laternenumzug, please check this out Martinstag (St. Martin's Day).

Candy Buy-Back at Lantern Festival

From 4-6pm at the Lantern Festival, Fine Dentistry will pay your kids $1 for every pound of unopened hard candy (up to 5 pounds), then send the candy to our troops overseas. (See flyer for complete details.)

Look for 4th Grader, Maya, at the Lantern Festival

Maya is in fourth grade in Ms. Johnson's class. She has put together a website Maya's Pillow Project to collect socks and pillows for the homeless. Maya will have a table at the Lantern Festival next to the coat and blanket donation box for you to also donate socks and pillows to homeless shelters. So far we have given out 376 pillows, 236 pairs of socks, 100 blankets and lots of pillow cases.

Maya will sock and blankets for sponsorship, a board game about homelessness, "Spent", a game on the computer to teach about homelessness and more. You can also write a personal note to give to a homeless man or woman along with the socks or blankets.

Middle School - 6th Grade Dia de los Muertos Celebration - Nov 5 and 6

Ms. Milian's Dia de los Muertos celebration for ALL 6th graders is next week, Nov. 5 and 6 at 9:45am. The celebration will include Pan de Muertos, hot chocolate, crafting papel picado (Look this up. It is really cool!) and decorating traditional sugar skulls.

100+ students will attend the celebration each day. To pull this off, Ms. Milian needs our help! She still needs:

  • (10) 2 lbs bags of POWDERED / CONFECTIONERS sugar for icing on the sugar skulls. Ms. Milian needs these by MONDAY NOV 2 BEFORE the party.
  • (20) Loaves of Pan de Muertos bread (at local Mexican bakeries).
  • (20) Half gallons of chocolate milk. If you can bring prepared hot chocolate to the party in a coffee carafe, that is even better!
  • (120) Paper cups in Dia de los Muertos theme or bright colors such as red, purple, black
  • (200 sheets) Tissue paper in bright colors example here
  • Dia de los Muertos decorations examples here

Although no parent volunteers are needed for this celebration, parents are welcome to attend.

To donate items, please go to the MS Teacher Wish List on Sign Up Genius here. This way everyone can determine what items are still needed. Please bring all non-perishable items to Ms. Milian by Monday Nov. 2nd. Please bring bread on Wed 4th, Thurs. 5th or Friday 6th. Signing up on SignUpGenius.com is a snap. But if you prefer not to sign-up online, simply bring your donations to Ms. Milian.

Thank you for making this an authentic Dia de los Muertos celebration! Questions? Contact Ms. Milian or Amy.

German Exchange Student Visit 2015

Join us in welcoming 40 students from Herderschule, Gießen, Germany this Friday who will visit AEA middle school families until November 18th. The German student exchange is a longstanding tradition at AEA and allows many middle school students to have a first-hand immersion experience. To find out more about our German exchange program please visit this link.

We will start planning the 2016/2017 Exchange in Feb/March 2016, please check for meeting announcement at that time.

Purchasing on Amazon: The Networking Effect

Thank you for continuing to use our link to Amazon.com. The success of this program is growing and it is all thanks to you. October was our best non-holiday month ever with over $930 raised! Keep up the good work and remember to use our link for all of your Amazon purchases.

Don't forget that anybody can use foaea.org/amazon and help support AEA. Tell grandparents, uncles, and aunts know. Let your friends know. Tell anybody walking down the street, sitting next to you at a restaurant, or your officemate at work. Change the bookmarks on any computer you can find. Use it at work. If somebody asks you to help fix there computer, tell them that changing their Amazon bookmark to foaea.org/amazon is the support fee. There's really no limit to how much we can raise with this program. All we need is to do is keep getting the word (or link) out and don't forget to change your own bookmarks on all of your computers and smart devices.

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.


Monday, November 2nd

MS Benchmark Window

5th Grade Assembly (9:10-11:30am)
Theater group workshop in house

Tuesday, November 3rd

MS Benchmark Window

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.

5th Grade Field Trip to Junior Theater (10am - 2:45pm)

Parent University: High School Night (5-7pm)
In the MS school auditorium. This event is designed to support parents and students in making the appropriate high school placement decision. Every high school that participates will be introduced in a general session and then provided a space to meet and share information about their program.

Wednesday, November 4th

MS Benchmark Window

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

Thursday, November 5th

MS Benchmark Window

GCC Meeting (3-4pm)
Elementary staff lounge

FoAEA Board Meeting (6-8pm)
Elementary school

Friday, November 6th

MS Benchmark Window

3rd Grade Field Trip to SDSU Planetarium (8:30am-12pm)

Saturday, November 7th

Lantern Festival (4-7pm)

Monday, November 9th

District Site Visit - Both Schools (7am-4pm)

Tuesday, November 10th

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.

2nd Grade Field Trip to World Beat Center 2A and 2B (9:45-11am)

2nd Grade Field Trip to World Beat Center 2C and 2D (11:15am-1pm)

Lunch League Ultimate Rings and Flag Football Championships (11:55am-12:45pm)
Top Lunch League seeds participate in their championship games. The winning team has their photo taken and posted on the 'Einstein Wall of Champions. The Ultimate Rings Championship Game (for 2nd and 3rd graders) will be held from 11:55am to 12:15pm, and the Flag Football Championship Game (for 4th and 5th graders) will be held from 12:25pm to 12:45pm. Parents are invited to come watch and cheer!

Board of Trustees Meeting (4:30-6pm)
Middle school location

Wednesday, November 11th

Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 12th

Elementary Parent University (5:30-6:30pm)

Parent University Middle School: Math Night

Friday, November 13th

German Exchange Field Trip to LA - Host and Exchange Students

Saturday, November 14th

Family Fitness Run: Coronado, Sunset Park (9:45am)
Free Family Fitness Run. 1, 2 or 3 miles. Meet at Sunset Park Coronado.
Directions: 75 South to Coronado, Continue on 3rd, Left at Alameda, Right at Marina, Continue on Ocean Blvd.
Family Fitness Runs are informal weekend events to encourage parents and their children to go out and jog, run & train together at some of our beautiful local beaches, lakes & parks. Feel free to bring your dog to take to Dog Beach after run!

Monday, November 16th

Parent Teacher Conferences (Minimum Day)
Elementary and Middle schools

Middle School Progress Reports

Tuesday, November 17th

Parent Teacher Conferences (Minimum Day)
Elementary and Middle schools

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, November 19th

Parent Teacher Conferences (Minimum Day)
Elementary and Middle schools

3rd Grade field trip to Ruben H Fleet

1st Grade field trip to Bach to the Future, Balboa Theater (8:45-10:45am)

Friday, November 20th

Parent Teacher Conferences (Minimum Day)
Elementary and Middle schools

ACTFL Conference - German Teachers

Monday, November 23rd - Friday, November 27th

Thanksgiving 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.


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


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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