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Friends of AEA Weekly Newsletter
October 10-14th, 2016 Newsletter Requests

Lantern Festival - Coming Soon

The 15th Annual Lantern Festival will take place at the AEA Elementary School on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 from 4-7 pm. It has become a wonderful tradition for the whole family to enjoy. Join us in celebrating a 100-year-old German tradition with food and drinks, singing, and ending with a traditional lantern walk around the neighborhood.

In the spirit of Saint Martin's gift to a coatless beggar, we will be collecting gently used coats and blankets for those in need again this year. The collection for these items will start a few days before the festival.

Please join us for a bratwurst dinner, bake sale, and music. 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.

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

Date and Time

Saturday, November 5th, 2016, 4-7 pm


Albert Einstein Academies Elementary School
3035 Ash St, San Diego, CA, 92102 (map)


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 lantern2016@foaea.org.

Dia de los Muertos Materials Needed

Our Spanish team is hosting a Dia de los Muertos celebration on Nov 3 and Nov 4 for all 6th graders. The celebration will include bread and chocolate milk, as well as crafting masks and sugar skulls.

100+ students will attend each day. To pull this all off, our teachers needs our help!

  • (15) 5 lbs Bags of granulated sugar needed by Monday Oct 24 (before the party!)
  • (10) 1 lb Bags powdered sugar
  • (30) Loaves of Pan de Muertos bread (at local Mexican bakeries)
  • (18) Gallons chocolate milk
  • (1) Gallon chocolate soy milk
  • (230) Napkins (Dia de los Muertos theme or bright colors, red, purple, turquois, etc.)
  • (230) Disposable cups (Dia de los Muertos theme or bright colors, red, purple, turquois, etc.)
  • (20) Red, pink, purple, blue, yellow or green plastic table cloths
  • (5) Parent volunteers each day from 8:45-10:45am

Dia de los Muertos decorations examples here. To donate or volunteer, please go to our Wish List here, so everyone can determine which items are needed. Please drop sugar by Monday Oct 24, and all other items by Weds Nov 2.

Thank you for helping make this an authentic celebration! Questions? Please contact Ms. Milian or Amy.


Sunday December 4th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Traditional Foods, Crafts, Music and Games.

Middle School Parent Committee

Join the Middle School Parent Committee and help us have the best year ever! Contact FoAEA Middle School representative, Kathi Blocher.

Looking for Volunteers for a Parent / Child Dance

We are looking for a coordinator of a parent / child dance (similar format to the father-daughter dances). Please e-mail volunteer@foaea.org if you would like to find out more information or volunteer.

German Currents Film Festival San Diego

Please attend the 6th Annual Festival of German Film 2016 on Sunday, October 23rd.

Festival Website: germancurrentssd.org.

Tickets: gcsd2016.brownpapertickets.com. Receive a 20% discount on all festival tickets! This discount is available for online ticket sales only, and valid until Saturday, Oct. 8th at 11:59pm. Enter "EARLYBIRD16" before your ticket selection to find the discounted ticket price.


Switzerland (2015) The classic Swiss children’s story of Heidi, her grandfather (Bruno Ganz), and their beloved Alpine home returns to the screen for a new generation, and offers a fresh take on the young heroine with authentic depictions of the era. WINNER: Best Children’s Film – German Film Award 2016. Movie details and trailer.

Sunday, Oct 23rd | 10:30 AM
Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)

OFFLINE - DAS LEBEN IS KEIN BONUSLEVEL (Offline - Are you ready for the next level?)

Germany (2015) In this turbulent coming-of-age adventure, computer gamer Jan gets hacked by an opponent and has to go out on a journey through the real world. Teaming up with feisty gamer Karo, the two teenagers have to overcome many obstacles before discovering their true identity. Movie Details and Trailer.

Sunday, Oct. 23rd | 1:30 PM
Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)

Featured Events and Announcements

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, Oct 17th

Staff Development Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, Oct 20th

Great Shake Out

ES School Pictures Make Up Day

Sunday, Oct 23rd

Language Bridge Potluck
On the Elementary School Campus

Monday, Oct 24th

Kiepenkasper - German Puppet Show (8:30-9:30am)

Tuesday, Oct 25th

Kiepenkasper - German Puppet Show (8:30-9:30am)

Wednesday, Nov 2nd

Pastries with the Principals (8:30-9:30am)
At the Elementary School

Thursday, Nov 3rd

1st Grade Fieldtrip to Balboa Theater (8:45-10:45am)

Elementary School Tour for Prospective Kindergarten Parents (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. Adults only please.

GCC Meeting (3-4pm)
Elementary School Campus

FoAEA Board meeting (6-8pm)
Middle School Campus

Saturday, Nov 5th

Lantern Festival (4-7pm)
At the Elementary 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.


SchoolPool: 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.


MS Parent Committee

Meeting minutes and information

Monthly Library Newsletter


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