If you are having trouble viewing this message, please click here.

Friends of AEA Weekly Newsletter
August 2016 Newsletter Requests

Welcome, Willkommen & Bienvenidos!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! We are so excited to welcome our new and returning families to the AEA community! And, now things are getting even more exciting as our community continues to grow and we say hello to so many students attending our new middle school as well.

You may be asking what is Friends of Albert Einstein Academies or FoAEA?

FoAEA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit parent teacher organization dedicated to providing enrichment to AEA students and to supporting the Academies. Since our founding in 2007, FoAEA has served as the fundraising arm to the elementary and middle schools and is also the organization that puts on school community events. We work in collaboration with the parents, administration, teachers, and Board of Trustees.

Basically what this means, is ALL parents, teachers, and staff of AEA are members of FoAEA. We are all invested in our children and their success at AEA. We welcome your input and feedback and encourage participation from everybody at our board meetings which are normally held the first Thursday of the month.

There are simple ways you can help!

We know how busy everyone is and how crazy our day to day schedules can be. So, we want to make it as easy as we can for you to help and be involved.

  • Donate any amount of time or money
  • Any time you purchase through Amazon, you can help AEA
  • Cherish your little one’s art forever through Artsonia

This is what you will be supporting

  • Art
  • Language enrichment through music program
  • Larger scale field trips including Old Town, overnight on the Star of India & 6th grade camp to name a few
  • Curriculum based enrichment assemblies
  • School garden projects
  • Technology and science support
  • Environmental and nutrition education and more

Please join us for these fun events

  • Back to school barbecue
  • Hallmark German cultural Lantern Festival
  • Cake auction and chili cook-off
  • Jog-a-thons
  • Dances

The 2015-2016 school year was a strong fundraising effort raising more than $150,000 through donations from AEA parents, events, grants, and sponsorships. This amazing effort from our Einstein community enables us to increase funding to the programs we support and new programs. Over 2/3rd of our funding comes from just two sources: individual donations and school events. This is why you will hear so much about these activities during the year. With the school's increased student body size this year, FoAEA will have to raise even more money in order to continue the same level of support.

If you have any questions about FoAEA, please contact us here.

On behalf of the the 2016-17 Friends of AEA Board,
Joel Linsky, FoAEA Board President

Vice President: Rebecca Bennett, Secretary: Jen Johnson, Treasurer: Kai Schoettke, Elementary school teacher rep: Eryn Holt, Middle school teacher rep: Donny Powers, Vice President of Events: Deborah Pawloski, Technology and Webmaster: Joel Linsky, Volunteer and Room Parent Coordinator: Lissa Metzger, MS Parent Coordinator: Rebecca Bennett, and Board Assistants: Jennifer Cardinale and Angie Santini

If you are interested in joining the FoAEA board, please contact us. We have a few positions open including VP Fundraising, VP of Special Events, and somebody to head up the fall fundraiser.

FoAEA Communications

FoAEA communicates with the AEA community through a number of different media.

FoAEA prefers communicating via e-mail as this is the most cost effective and efficient means to reach the AEA community. We recognize that many people get a significant volume of e-mail in their daily lives, so we make every attempt to make our communications timely and relevant. We try to maintain our e-mail lists as accurately as we can. Many parents change e-mail addresses during the year. When this occurs, please contact the school front office. Periodically, we will also send e-mail blasts for other AEA school events. We strive our best to be clear on who is sponsoring the event and where any proceeds from the event will go.

FoAEA publishes a single weekly newsletter for both the Elementary and Middle schools. The newsletter format has the following sections:

  • Welcome (upper left). Changes each week and highlights important events and/or information.
  • Calendar (upper right). Updated each week. The calendar for the two schools contain only events for that school.
  • Featured Events and Announcements (middle left - below welcome). Information in this section stays as long as it is relevant. Newer items are at the top.
  • Fundraising Opportunities (middle). Changes rarely. Includes links to the Annual Appeal, Amazon.com, and Artsonia.
  • Connect (lower part of e-mail). Changes rarely. Includes links to the newsletters, AEA blogs, Middle School newspaper, social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Calendar), resources, and contact information for volunteering.

We maintain a website, foaea.org containing even more information than our newsletters. In many cases, the newsletters will refer back to the main website for more information.

Social Media
FoAEA has a Facebook account and an AEA Business Connections LinkedIn group.

Google 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. You can also subscribe to these calendars so that it shows up on all of your devices. We have some instructions for doing this on iPhones/iPads and Macs.

FoAEA values your privacy. We will do not disclose our e-mail lists to other entities and all of our e-mail lists are moderated so that you cannot receive e-mails from entities other than FoAEA on our e-mail lists. If you have questions or concerns about our privacy and/or e-mail list usage, contact us here.

Fundraising Events

There are a number of tax deductible ways you can support Friends of Albert Einstein Academies. Some of the main fundraising activities we run during the year are described below.


FoAEA suggests a $1/day per student donation. You can donate directly from your computer or smart device via credit or debit cards, PayPal, or by check. The most convenient way for most people is an automatic monthly donation of $30 but any amount helps.

Internet Shopping

Make your everyday purchases support AEA. Whenever you shop at Amazon.com using a special address (foaea.org/amazon) 8% of the sales price comes back to FoAEA! The last two year's of this program have been fantastic with last year raising over $9,500. Anybody can use this link so encourage your family and friends and local busineses to use it and raise even more for the school.


Participate in our fall sale fund raiser, jog a thons, auctions and other fun fundraising events.

Commemorative Bricks

Purchase a commemorative brick for the entry way to the new AEACMS Campus. The bricks will be used in the opposite squares from the "A" and "E" in the AEA logo (upper right and lower left squares).

Buy a Brick donation website

Matching Grants
Remember that some companies match contributions to non-profit organizations like parent teacher associations. Information that you can provide to your employer for these matching contributions is available here. Each year, FoAEA raises more than $10,000 from corporate matching grants. It is worth the effort to apply.

FoAEA Board Meetings

Our meetings are always open. The FoAEA board normally meets the first Thursday each month, though we do move some meetings around due to school holidays. All meetings are on the school calendar and announced in the weekly newsletters. We would appreciate agenda requests no later than 1 week prior to the meeting. Please join us!

The meeting schedule for 2016-17 is:

  • September 8th, 2016
  • October 6th, 2016
  • November 3rd, 2016
  • December 15th, 2016
  • January 26th, 2017
  • March 2th, 2017
  • April 6th, 2017
  • May 4th, 2017
  • June 15th, 2017

Event Calendar

Back to School BBQ: Aug. 26th, 5-7pm

Pastries With the Principals: 1st Wed. of every month

Father Daughter Dance: Fall

Golftoberfest: October

Lantern Festival: Nov 5th

Fall Fund Raiser Start: Mid November

Rock 'N' Run-A-Thon: March

Staff Appreciation Days: May 1-5th

This email was sent by Friends of Albert Einstein Academies. Copyright 2016. Friends of AEA.
3035 Ash Street, San Diego, CA 92102 | http://www.foaea.org | webmaster@friendsofaea.org