Posted November 11, 2014 By sara

The OV PTA is a group of parents and staff who volunteer together to create community, support our children’s education and well-being, and organize events that are enjoyable and informative. Join us!


Writer Coach Connection

Posted November 11, 2014 By sara
Parents: If you like writing & editing and would like to work one-on-one with a handful of students, please consider volunteering as a Writer Coach at Albany Middle School.  Fringe benefit: you get a look at the middle school – and you learn more about the major 8th-grade project.

WriterCoach Connection brings teams of trained volunteers to the school to work with every 8th-grader on the i-search project. This year we will coach for eight weeks, from Feb. 3 to April 2.  Volunteers coach in one class per week (1 hour, 40 minutes), for a total commitment of less than 15 hours.

We provide the training in two 3-hour sessions scheduled for December and January.

Please check out this two-minute compelling video:

Signing up online should only take two minutes:


Feel free to contact the AMS Writer Coaching site coordinators with questions.  AMScoaching@gmail.com, Mary Flaherty at 510-559-9552 and Nick Keefe at 415-637-7168.


Give to AEGC today!

Posted October 29, 2014 By sara

AEGC: Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese flyer!

Albany depends on parents to provide additional funding to our schools to give kids the extras that the school district can’t afford. The Albany Elementary Giving Campaign (AEGC) is the way that the Cornell, Marin, and Ocean View pay for specialists to teach chess, poetry, art, some music, and puberty education during our school day. This single campaign is the only way to fill the account that funds the specialist’s contracts.

Other donations to the PTAs, AEF, AMF, and SchoolCare don’t do this. All these organizations and campaigns are worthy, and we hope that you can support them all. But if you haven’t written a check to AUSD/AEGC, please do it now! We have not reached our goal, and these programs will not go forward this school year without funds in this district account to support these specialists.

Suggested donation is $100 per child, but any amount is very much appreciated!


Albany Fundraising Organizations

Posted October 29, 2014 By sara

Read this in PDF: Fundraising Orgs Translated
Fundraising Orgs 411

One of the areas that seems to cause the most confusion for parents in Albany is the multiplicity of fundraising organizations and what they fund. As the school year gets started and these campaigns launch, you may want to
know more about these groups.

1) What are the fundraising organizations that contribute to Albany Elementary Schools?

– SchoolCare
– Albany Elementary Giving Campaign (AEGC)
– Albany Education Foundation (AEF)
– Albany Music Fund (AMF)
– PTAs at all three schools

2) What do they do?

SchoolCare--funds specific, salaried teaching positions at all Albany schools. As a trusted fundraising entity, the district counts on SchoolCare to fund staff each year. Decisions are made based on the annual funding priorities spring survey (distributed to both parents and teachers) and by working closely with the district. SchoolCare brings in the most bucks,
raising nearly $290,000 in the 2013-2014 school year. They also ask the most, requesting $500 per student. Fundraising goes on throughout the year and you can make donations online. The main fundraiser, a phonathon, is in the spring.

Albany Elementary Giving Campaign (AEGC)–funds the elementary enrichment programs. These are subjects taught by specialists during the school day and include art, chess, poetry, and puberty education. Cornell has used their AEGC dollars to fund music, but with the district committed to providing weekly music instruction in grades 1-3, they may now make a
different choice. PTA officers at each elementary form the AEGC committee, but these donations to not go into a PTA account, they are deposited directly with the district. The AEGC drive starts off the year in September, and is a wonderful example of how the Albany community works together cooperatively. The same push is made at each of the elementary schools, identical materials are used. The money is then divided up according to the number of students at each elementary. Goal is $75,000,
they ask $100 per student.

- Albany Education Foundation (AEF)--directly supports teachers through a grant-writing program. Teachers submit small grant requests for equipment, field trips, etc. AEF writes checks directly to teachers for the winning proposals. Main fundraiser is the Chocolate and Champagne Gala in February.

- Albany Music Fund (AMF)–supports music education throughout the district. They strongly lobbied the district for elementary music education and the district has responded with a new program for 1-3 grades, 30 minutes of music weekly. AMF fundraises at band and choir events and with a letter campaign in the fall.

- PTAs at all three schools–PTAs have a dual role, fundraising to support the educational programs at their school, but also working to build community ties. Building a strong school community is no small task, and involves bringing together parents, teachers, students, and staff. PTAs also strive to build relationships within the local community…to other schools, businesses, and neighbors.

3) Why are there different fundraising organizations?

All the fundraising organizations do great work. Most professional fundraising experts agree that the way to maximize donations is to ask often, ask for different purposes, and ask in different ways (auctions, raffles, walk-a-thons, etc.).

4) Can I just write one check?

Write one check?! Well, no, not at this time. It is probable that if we tried to switch to that system, all these organizations would lose revenue, and consequently, our kids would lose programs and supplies. It is easier on family budgets to write multiple small checks throughout the year. Plus, you remove the opportunity for all kinds of community/parent/school interactions. These events fuel our social web and improve our community.


Fall Festival – This Saturday!

Posted October 15, 2014 By sara


This is Ocean View’s biggest fundraiser, with an emphasis on FUN.

There will be carnival games, food, arts and crafts, glitter tattoos, a silent auction, the walk-a-thon, a giant slide, and more.

New this year will be an online auction with dozens and dozens of items from restaurants, museums, stores, theaters, etc. Last week Information was sent home with your student including the walk-a-thon pledge sheets and how to collect pledges online at https://99pledges.com/fund/fallfestiv . Send this link to friends and families so they can easily support your student in the walk-a-thon.

To make this event a success we need volunteers. To sign up you can a) go to http://vols.pt/giFFiJ, b) return the volunteer sign-up form that went out last Friday, or c) email volunteers@oceanview-pta.org.
Among other things, funds raised at this event help provide for: classroom supplies and teacher support, enrichment programs, noontime aides and a noontime sports coordinator, tutors, parent education programs, educational school assemblies, field trips, community building events, and more.


fall festival