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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)


AHS PTSA 10/17 Meeting Agenda and Important Information on the Alameda City Council Cannabis Ordinance

Our AHS PTSA meeting this month will be held on October 17th at 7:00 PM in the AHS Media Center Pit. I have attached the meeting agenda and the minutes from our September meeting.


Please read the below message I received from the Alameda PTA Council Advocacy Representative (PTAC), Chuck Kapelke. It is about the Alameda City Council cannabis/marijuana ordinance being considered. He did a great job summarizing and providing information for us. At the October AHS PTSA meeting, we will be discussing and voting on endorsing this PTAC resolution that supports the recent unanimous Alameda Board of Education vote asking for a 1000 foot buffer zone between all Alameda schools/AUSD preschools and cannabis dispensaries/producers, instead of the state required 600 foot buffer zone.  Even if you can't make it to our PTSA meeting, I hope you will read his message and be informed on this pressing topic. Then take action; please let our city council members know how you feel via an email or public comment! 


Here is a summary of what Chuck sent to PTSA/PTA President's:

Dear Alameda PTA Council Friends,


As many of you know, the Alameda City Council is drafting an ordinance that would allow the sale of marijuana/cannabis in Alameda, starting in 2018. The current draft of the ordinance would allow these shops to be located within 600 feet of schools and day care centers - the minimum distance required by state law. 


We have heard some concern from community members—including AUSD Board Member Jennifer Williams—that this distance would be too short, particularly given the risks of cannabis exposure for children and teenagers. In Colorado and other states where cannabis has been legalized, there have been sharp increases in instances of kids reporting to emergency rooms because they inadvertently consumed cannabis products believing they are candy (particularly as such products are often packaged as candies, cookies, chocolates, etc.) For teenagers, early marijuana use has been linked to many ill effects, including lower performance in school, higher dropout rates, anxiety, depression, and other negative short- and long-term consequences.


Given PTA’s mission to look out for the well being and interests of children, we have drafted a resolution (attached) that would demonstrate PTAC’s support for extending the required legal distance to 1000 feet, the distance that Board Member Williams is also advocating.

To be clear, this is not a statement against the sale of cannabis in Alameda, but rather a call for extending the distance to 1000 feet to reduce the exposure of our kids to cannabis while they are in the neighborhoods around their schools. The resolution also includes a commitment that PTAC will work alongside local school and government officials to find ways to raise awareness about the risks of cannabis for kids.


Here are some resources on this important topic:


1. The resolution we will be voting on. Note that this includes additional links to relevant resources.


2. City Council agenda: This page includes links to relevant documents, including the draft ordinance currently being considered by the city, as well as the revised presentation that includes a slide (page 50) showing what a 1000-foot restriction would look like.


3. CDC website about marijuana and public health.


4. The CAPTA resolution related to regulation of marijuana dispensaries near schools.


5. Research on the buffer  To the specific question of whether a 1000-foot buffer would have an impact, I was able to find this research that speaks to this issue, though citing related research from tobacco usage.


6. Websites for the two cannabis-community organizations that have connected with us about this issue: Alameda for Safe Cannabis Access and Alameda Island Cannabis Community.


Chuck Kapelke



Thank you,

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

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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:

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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.

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