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AHS Media Center/ Pit 

October 17, 2017 - 7 pm 

November 14, 2017 - 7 pm

January 16, 2018 - 7 pm

February 20, 2018 - 7 pm

March 20, 2018 - 7 pm (Association Meeting/elections)

April 17, 2018 - 7 pm

May 15, 2018 - 7 pm

June 5, 2018 - 7 pm (location TBD)


Hello AHS Community,


The November AHS PTSA meeting is Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 PM in the AHS Media Center Pit. We are fortunate to have our own Dean of Student Services, Kai Dwyer, come to speak with us about PBIS or Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. Additionally, I will give a brief overview of the AUSD Career Technical Education Coordinator's grant application that proposes teaming with the City of Alameda for a Community Media Center at Alameda High school. I hope to see you there.


On to the Alameda City Council Cannabis Ordinance; here is my update:


At about 2:00 AM (!) on Wednesday morning, I watched as the Alameda City Council voted to adopt the current draft of their Cannabis Ordinance. In it they adopted the buffer zone that we asked for prohibiting cannabis dispensaries from locating within 1000 feet of all Alameda K-12 schools, licensed day care centers, and youth centers in existence at the time the permit is first issued. I would like to thank our PTSA VP Sue Devlin, Board of Education member Jennifer Williams, Alameda PTA Council Advocacy Representative Chuck Kapelke for staying well into the early morning hours to help me hold our City Council members accountable for their votes. Also, thank you to AHS PTSA Treasurer Mark Cachia-Riedl who has worked hard along side me attending public meetings and speaking on behalf of our kids and to those of you who wrote letters urging the City Council and Board of Education members to make Alameda kids a priority. It worked! 


I gave public comment at Tuesdays meeting to reemphasize our buffer zone request and to lobby for the AUSD Board of Education Cannabis Resolution request that a percentage of the tax dollars collected from the cannabis industry be set aside for an AUSD cannabis education fund. I understand that the State will have some funds available for cannabis education grants, but that is not assured to come to Alameda. A locally collected education fund will be guaranteed and necessary to better educate our students and families about the negative effects of cannabis use on developing brains, how to prevent accidental overdose by children from cannabis edibles, how best to discuss cannabis with our children, to name a few. Though, like any other tax, the tax on cannabis would need specific language written into it stating a certain percentage will go towards an AUSD cannabis education fund and needs to be put to a public vote. 


I hope you all will join me in sending letters to our City Council urging them to provide AUSD cannabis education funding in their cannabis tax measure. I believe our letters and hard work were instrumental in getting the 1000 foot buffer zone adopted into the Ordinance; let's do it one more time to get funds allocated to educate our kids against pot use and at the very least, try to keep the increased use that happened elsewhere, from happening here. 


Though not all the details of the Cannabis Ordinance, here are the allowed cannabis businesses:


*    2 medicinal cannabis dispensaries with on site consumption, including food and smoking of product, open from 7 AM-9 PM 

*    4 manufacturing businesses 

*    1 nursery  

*    2 testing labs 


Where these businesses and especially the two dispensaries end up being located, will be interesting. For example, the City Council expressed interest in locating the dispensaries on Park and Webster Streets, but I heard council members discuss placing one on Harbor Bay Parkway, Marina Village Business Park, or by the Knob Hill Shopping Center. Alameda zoning will be key to this decision. My understanding is that this goes to the Planning Board next and they will determine allowable locations based on current zoning. I know I will be watching for the Planning Board's report to the City Council.


If you are interested in this too, I recommend staying engaged and keeping an eye on the City Council. Amazingly, they seem to do important decision making very late at night or in the early morning hours!


Thanks everyone,

Kathryn Lamb-Tansey

AHS PTSA President   


cash back programs

It is easy to make contributions to Alameda PTSA to help fund important programs. Please take the time to join one or all of our Cash Back Rewards Programs:


With there are 3 easy ways to earn for Alameda PTSA.  The most powerful is for those of you who regularly shop online.  Merchants include Apple, Athleta, Verizon, Game Stop and hundreds more, Click on the link below to get started and designate Alameda High PTSA as your organization:


Be sure to download the ‘Forget me not’ banner onto your computer which will remind you to click through to eScrip every time you shop at an affiliated merchant.


In store purchases at Lucky’s are now part of eScrip so be sure to register your phone number at and enter your phone number at the register each time you shop.


eScrip has a new mobile app called Benefit Mobile.  If you regularly purchase on-line through a mobile device using Apple Pay (or similar) or love gift cards for purchasing at retailers like Starbucks, this is for you.  Merchants include Amazon, Target, Whole Foods, Safeway and hundreds more. From your mobile device, click on the link below to get started.  Remember, in addition to on-line purchasing, you can purchase gift cards for many retailers while standing at the cash register for the exact amount of your purchase :


I shop at Nob Hill/Raley’s:


In order for Alameda High to benefit from your in store purchases at Nob Hill, you must register for their Something Extra rewardsprogram at.   Once registered, click on ‘manage your account’ on the right hand side.  Click on ‘extra credit’ on the right hand side and designate Alameda High PTSA as your organization.  Remember, when shopping at Nob Hill, you must enter your phone number at the register each time you shop.


I only shop at Amazon on my computer:


If this is you, please register for AmazonSmile.  It is the same Amazon you know.  Same products, same prices, same service only you will support Alameda PTSA every time you shop.  Start here at   Designate Alameda High PTSA as your organization.


Questions?  Need Help? Contact Joanna Bianchi at

#StartWithaSmile at for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Alameda High PTSA



Memorialize your student's experience at Alameda High School forever!

Alameda High's Memory Brick Wall is currently under construction at the school's main entrance. Purchase a brick for your student, family, alumni, favorite faculty member - the possibilities are endless!  Brick's may be purchased for $100 through the AHS PTA.  Funds raised are used for teacher's classroom needs, campus beautification, technology enhancements and more.  
Bricks may have 3 lines, 15 characters per line.  Please email to place your order. 

eScrip Video Explanation

Still not sure how to register credit cards with eScrip? Shop on-line a lot and want to contribute $$$ to our AHS programs for free? Click on this video link from eScrip to see how easy it can be:

If you have any questions, please contact Joanna Bianchi at

Sign up for Amazon Smile--benefit AHS PTSA

#StartWithaSmile at for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Alameda High PTSA

Donate to AHS PTSA


Join YAHOO! group. Stay informed by becoming a member of the AHS Yahoo group.

Click here to have an email generated for joining.

To change your email address: follow the directions below for unsubscribing from your old email address, then follow the directions above to join the Yahoo! group.

To unsubscribe from the Yahoo! group, click here to have an email generated for unsubscribing or click the 'Unsubscribe' link at the bottom of each AHS Yahoo message.  You will get a verification email which you need to reply to.


Is Grandma’s old jalopy taking up valuable space in your garage or driveway?  Do you have an extra car that the teen won’t even drive?  Maybe it’s time to check out PTSA’s Vehicle Donation Program where 80% from the sale of the vehicle funds worthwhile programs at Alameda High School.  Don’t forget that you receive a tax deduction of 100% of the selling price.  Motorcycles, RV’s and boats are also part of the program.  If you have a vehicle that you’d like to donate, please go online to, click on “Donation Form”, complete the information regarding the vehicle and when you get to the bottom of the form don’t forget to indicate Alameda High PTSA as the charity.  The folks at Vehicles for Charity will be in touch with you shortly upon completion of the online form.  For additional information or questions, please email .

buy a memory brick

Memory Bricks are a great way to leave a legacy and make a perfect gift for your student/graduate or  alumnus .  The bricks are $100 each and will be proudly displayed on the ever growing memory wall located just inside of the front gates of the main entrance to the school.  Contact to get a form for completion.


Shop online and earn $$ for our school! Put in your Favorites and shop popular sites like Amazon, Home Depot, Old Navy, iTunes, etc.; select Alameda High School as your charity.

eScrip Online Mall - Earn easy $$$ for AHS

From Amazon to ZipCar and everything in between. Just click on the eScrip image below to start shopping.

AHS Escrip