APC

APC in Action

Dons Dialogue Replay
If you missed Friday’s Dons Dialogue with Principal Bell, click
here for a replay. (approx. 90 minutes)

ICYMI: A Healthy Approach to College Admissions presented by Challenge Success
Visit the Parent Education section below for a replay link to last week’s presentation.

2020-21 Acalanes & President’s Volunteer Service Awards Program
Spring is the time for students to submit their volunteer service applications and now is the time to start getting organized! Given the limited volunteer opportunities, we reduced the service hour minimum to 20 hours to help more students qualify for the Acalanes Award. The President’s Volunteer Service award is a federal program and we cannot modify their minimum number of hours/program requirements. 

We encourage students to be creative with ideas that can turn into volunteer opportunities while following guidelines to keep yourself, families and neighbors safe.  Ideas to consider (verification of hours is still necessary):

  • Grocery shopping or running errands for senior, disabled or at-risk neighbors
  • Tutoring or Homework help (unpaid) for younger students in your neighborhood (non-family members)
  • AHS Clubs focused on service such as Key Club, Children’s Hospital, Equip for Equality, Environmental, Asian Student Union, SAGE, Protect Animals Worldwide

If you have a great idea about a way to be of service in your community and want to see if it qualifies under the AHS program, email us!  In the meantime, download the service award application forms here. Then submit completed, scanned applications between March 25 and April 10, 2021 to communityservice@acalanesparentsclub.com.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

We have a busy few months ahead! Get those calendars out as we invite you to several exciting events! 

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when we honor the contributions of the famous civil right leader. Stanford University’s “The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute” is hosting a webinar and online documentary series. Get inspired with more ideas for how to celebrate and honor Dr. King. 

For the first time in history, our country will have a female Black and South East Asian Vice President. Experts and activists from both communities predicted that Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, would rally minority voters and keep them engaged in the political process. Read more here

Tuesday, Jan 19 from 7-8:30pm Racial Equity Series with Dr. Lori Watson
If you haven’t already signed up for Tuesday’s session, sign up
here. Remaining dates: 

  • Feb 9 “Whiteness”
  • March 3 “Children and Race”
  • May 6 “Disrupting Racism/Co-Conspiratorship”. 

Wednesday, Jan 27 from 6-8pm – AUHSD Equity and Social Responsibility Workshop
Featuring Dr. Ammar Saheli. Click here to join. 

Thursday, Feb 4 from 6:30-8pm District Book Club Event
Dive into the novel “
Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Watch this powerful film adaptation of the book.  Book copies are available at Orinda Books, who will donate proceeds to the Miles Hall Foundation in honor of Black History Month. Sign up here, and invite a friend! Event is open to all. 

Tuesday, Feb 23 from 6:30-7:30pm Private Virtual Speaker Event with Arshay Cooper
Arshay Cooper is the author of the novel
“A Most Beautiful Thing” and co-star in the movie of the same name. Sign up here! The book is a true story about the first all-Black high school rowing team in the US. The critically acclaimed film adaptation was executive produced by rapper Common, NBA basketball stars Grant Hill and Dwayne Wade, along with music producer 9th Wonder! During this panel-moderated interactive Q&A event, Arshay will share more about his life, trauma, experience as a rower, film career, and more. In the meantime, purchase the book here. The movie is available on Amazon Prime and Xfinity

To join us, or if you have ideas or questions or you want more information, email us! Stay current by visiting our webpage, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Legislative News

Last week Governor Newsom released the proposed state budget for next year.  The budget, which is typically revised and presented again in May, increases total funding for K-12 and community colleges to $89.2 billion. Gov. Newsom proposes $4.6 billion for summer school, more learning time in 2021-22 budget. It also includes a reduction of 2 percentage points in the districts’ share of pension payments, provides a cost-of-living adjustment, and pays off two-thirds of the deferrals (money owed by the state to the districts) which were used to balance last year’s budget.

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Parent Education

Replay: Challenge Success presents “A Healthy Approach to College Admissions”
Did you miss the chance to join this informative and engaging session? Watch the replay here. Additionally, here are several follow-up resources suggested by Challenge Success:

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni
What Matters the Most by Paul Tough
The Truth About College Admissions by Brennan Bernard
Who Gets In and Why by Jeff Selingo

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Legislative News

In an unexpected development, it appears there may be good news in the school finance arena – for the short term at least. The California Legislative Analyst’s Office has released its projections for next year’s budget based on tax revenues and predicts a large surplus. Keep in mind, however, that the first use for any additional funds would likely be to pay off the deferrals which the state imposed on school districts this year – i.e. paying back the money the state owes to the schools. In ‘remarkable’ turnaround, California schools can expect huge one-time windfall next year, LAO says

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Parent Education

Friday, Oct 23 from 11-11:45am – Challenge Success reVISION 2020
Join Challenge Success co-founders Dr. Denise Pope and Dr. Madeline Levine in a 45-minute live streamed event featuring NY Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb as they examine how 2020 has highlighted the importance of how we view well-being and relationships. Topics include what really matters for our children, families and schools, and how education can best support students to become balanced, healthy and engaged learners. This event is a fall fundraiser for the Challenge Success organization, but registration is free. Learn more here

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APC in Action

Mark your calendar and join us for the following important events:

Tuesday, Aug 18 at 6:30pm A Forum on Race
Join our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team for a virtual discussion on Race. See details and registration information below. 

ICYMI: Dons Dialogue Recording
Click here to catch the recording of Friday’s Dons Dialogue with topics including Distance Learning, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Wellness. 

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Tuesday, Aug 18 from 6:30-8:30pm Forum on Race
We are proud to feature Dr. Lori Watson, a Racial Equity and Social Justice Consultant who is partnering with the Acalanes School District on these issues. We hope you’ll take part in this virtual discussion and learn about the vision, mission and goals of the DEI committee while participating in Q&A. Advance registration required.

Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30pm Teacher-moderated Book Club: How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
The book, a NYTimes Bestseller, brings a “groundbreaking” approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society — and in ourselves. Copies are available at Orinda Books, and a portion of each sale will be donated to the Center for Antiracism Research. Stay tuned for registration and participation details.

Check back with us again next week as we launch a 21-week challenge to engage each other on racial equity and bias with various podcasts, videos and articles. 

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Be sure to join us for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum on Race Tuesday, Aug 18 at 6:30pm. Visit the DEI section for details. Be sure to check back each week for more Parent Education events coming soon. 

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