APC

APC in Action

Due Friday, Oct 9 2020-2021 APC Grant Applications
Acalanes Parents Club will continue its APC Grant Program this year with a focus on creative solutions to enhance the educational experience of AHS students during distance learning, and with an eye toward ideas for when we gather again in-person. Teachers, students and parents are encouraged to submit a grant proposal by accessing the criteria and application form here. Email APC Grants Coordinator Catherine Habas with questions. To submit your completed proposal, email Catherine or deliver to the APC box in the office. 

ICYMI
Watch the replay of Friday’s Dons Dialogue with Principal Bell here.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Continue to Build Habits Supporting Racial Equity
Each week, we suggest you explore something that will help you become more educated and thoughtful in this area. September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month during which we recognize the invaluable histories, cultures and contributions of community members whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. For Week Five: Learn about Puerto Rican civil rights pioneer Felicitas Gómez Martínez de Mendez and how she helped pave the way for Brown v. Board of Education. 

Tuesday, Sept 22 from 7-8:30pm Register to Attend Book Club!

Join us online for a teacher-moderated discussion about the book How to Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Register for the event here. Don’t miss this important discussion, even if you haven’t had a chance to finish the book! Click here for the ‘Shortform’ book summary. Let’s meet online on Tuesday! 

Thursday, Oct 1 from 6:30-8pm Parent Racial Equity Seminar
The first in a series of six seminars with Dr. Lori Watson will allow parents to intimately explore issues of race and identity. Dr. Watson will respond to parent questions that have come up since her last parent forum. She will also address the teacher-moderated racial equity workshops our children have attended. Let’s continue to listen and learn! Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Interested in joining our committee? Have questions? Email us.

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Legislative News

The November 2020 election will include two state ballot measures affecting education.  Prop 15 in particular is being hotly contested.  Stay tuned for more info. 

Proposition 15: California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act
This initiative would require commercial and industrial real estate property worth $3 million or more be taxed on current market value, raising as much as $11.5 billion in additional funding for schools and other local governments. It protects all homeowners and renters by maintaining tax protections for ALL residential property. This money would be allocated to schools (40%) and other local governments (60%).

Proposition 16: Repeal Proposition 209 – Restore Affirmative Action
This constitutional amendment, placed on the ballot by the legislature, asks the voters of California to vote on permitting the use of race, gender, and ethnic diversity as factors (but not decisive factors) in education including college admissions, government hiring, and government contracting.  California ballot measure to lift ban on affirmative action widely opposed by surveyed voters

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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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Co-Presidents’ Message

What an incredible week! Though it hasn’t been a typical Dons Day experience with the whole campus coming together at the same time, it has been so wonderful to connect in small groups and see each other in person. We’ve had the privilege of welcoming our Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores to campus so far and we cannot wait to meet our Freshmen tomorrow for their big welcome! 

None of this could happen without our incredible parent volunteers, and we are so grateful for you all. A monumental amount of work went into this year’s Dons Days, thanks to our Dons Day Chairs Meredith Meade and Mary Beth Towery, and our VP Services Veronique Kuhner. We appreciate the care they took in making these the safest, and most efficient and spirited Dons Days we could ask for. To the Dons Day volunteers, some of whom worked multiple shifts, to Pancoast Pizza who generously donated lunches for the all-day team, and to the parents and students who graciously accommodated the new schedule, we give a big thank you!

And now, on to the start of school! We have so much happening this year! We are excited to work with our administration to expand the Community Can’t Be Canceled campaign that was started last spring into “ACA” – Acalanes Community Always; a long-term commitment to remaining connected to each other, and to integrating Acalanes High School into the greater Lafayette community. More information about this campaign can be found in the ACA section below. 

Additionally, our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team has been working all summer with school and District administration toward Acalanes’ commitment to being an antiracist school. This incredibly important work includes facilitating a Parent Forum on Race, featuring Dr. Lori Watson and Principal Bell next Tuesday, August 18. Read more about this committee in the DEI section below and on our website

All of this work is possible because of the generosity you show us each year. If you haven’t yet donated to APC, we hope that you consider doing so in whatever way is meaningful to your family. 

Finally, we hope to (virtually) see you all at our first Dons Dialogue on Friday, August 14. These monthly events offer parents the opportunity to hear directly from administration on relevant topics. With the shift to a new learning management system and a full distance learning model this year, this will undoubtedly be an informative and helpful discussion. Details and registration link are in the section below.

APC In Action

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Co-Presidents’ Message

It’s hard to believe that next week is the last week of school! Just a reminder that there will be no school on Monday since it’s Memorial Day and no finals this semester. Peer Tutoring is still available to help students with essays, projects or tests for next week.

Our Community Can’t Be Canceled efforts made it into the New York Times article highlighting the AHS Kresnak family’s double graduation. The campaign is going strong with the following updates:

  • Friday, May 29 at 6pm Let’s Celebrate Our Seniors with 2020 Dons, Forever Strong! Ring the bells for our seniors during their originally scheduled graduation date & time.
  • AHS Performing Arts Finish Strong Distance learning hasn’t stopped AHS creativity in the world of Drama, Choral and Instrumental Music with fantastic end-of-year performances. Hats off to all the PA teachers and students!
  • Home Delivery of Dons Show Up Spirit Thanks to student officers and class liaisons, each class has received some sort of spirit item drop-off to remind students that Dons spirit doesn’t take a break during distance learning!

We want to extend an extra special thank you to our outgoing APC Board Members Meg Fellner and Traci Reilly and outgoing 2020 Class Liaisons Kathy Hemmenway, Kat O’Donnell, and Ellen Seiler who will be closing out their tenure as Dons but will join the Dons Alumni family. These rock-star volunteers have collectively served Acalanes for over fifty years and their legacy of volunteerism is appreciated by us and the entire Dons community.

Dawn Brightbill and Sarah Cusumano

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Membership & Fundraising

Looking for a unique graduation gift? Give a Legacy Brick and help leave a lasting impression on the Dons Legacy Wall! Families can pay tribute to your upcoming graduate, past graduates, a favorite teacher, or anyone who has contributed to your time at Acalanes.  You can even dedicate a brick to your AHS sports team, performance group or favorite club. To order your personalized brick, please fill out this order form and make your $250 tax deductible donation to Acalanes Parents Club on the AHS Web Store.

Questions? Contact Legacy Brick Coordinator Melissa Arends.

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