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Wood Middle PTA 2018-19

Executive Board


President | Nuala Creedon


Executive VP | Peri Drake


VP Membership | Kelly Gregor Hartlaub


Secretary | Jenny Gong


Treasurer | Kelly Scot


Auditor | Cici Cheung


Parliamentarian | Kathryn Yamada

Historian | Open


Hospitality | Sahru Keiser




Dine and Donate | Catherine Kassirer


Safe Routes 2 School | Allen Yip, Blanche Kim


5th grade Liaison | Kelly Scott


8th Grade Dance | 


Book Fair | OPEN


Volunteer Coordinator | OPEN


Communications | OPEN




Join the Wood School Site Council (SSC)

The school site council is an important advisory committee that meets monthly to develop, maintain and evaluate school plans and budgets.  Parents and staff, elected by their peers, meet with Principal Harris to discuss school programs and improvements.  If you'd like to join, please ask in the office for your name to be added to the SSC ballot.  Questions?  Email Blanche Kim at  blanche@woodmiddlepta.com

PTA Info

This Week's Updates

Helping Coast Guard Families and Federal Workers

Please share this information with all Coast Guard families and Federal Workers you know.

  • Free and Reduced School Meals –  Are you a federal worker who is having trouble paying for food for your AUSD student(s) because of the government shutdown? You can apply for Free and Reduced Meals on our Food and Nutrition Services page. Enter “0” in the field that asks for current income. When the government shutdown ends (and you begin receiving income again), please contact us to update your information.
  • Alameda Food Bank –  Members of the Coast Guard or any other federal workers can access the food bank regardless of their normal income at 1900 Thau Way.  More information here.
  • East Bay Coast Guard Spouses Club – Are coordinating various efforts to help families and can be contacted at Eastbayspouses@gmail.com.

Ways to help: 

  • All Good Living is selling a fundraiser t-shirt with proceeds going directly to Alameda Coast Guard families. 
  • The Local Alameda (1333 Park Street) has been collecting dry goods for Coast Guard families and needs your support! Stop by to donate food and cleaning goods, pet food, baby wipes, formula, toiletries, and more. Gift cards are also very appreciated. This will continue as long as the shut down is happening. 


Spelling Bee 2019! 

Are you the best speller at Wood?  Sign up today for the 2nd Annual Spelling Bee!

All 5th-8th graders are invited to participate.  Students compete within their grade-level.

All registered students will be entered into raffle for chance to win gift cards for local restaurants & stores!

Participants take preliminary written test on January 30:

5th grade  — in class

6-8 grades —  9 am in Media Center or 3:15 pm in MPR

Top 10 spellers from each grade compete in Final Spelling Bee on February 6, 6:00 pm, in MPR.

Applications must be submitted to the office by January 25 – application form  here.

Study Word Lists available in office or at these links

5th grade study list

6th grade study list

7th grade study list

8th grade study list


Bike Safety Training

We're excited to announce that Cycles of Change is bringing their "Drive Your Bike" safety training program back to Wood!

6th-8th grade students will participate during their PE class over the next few weeks, as follows:

Session 1 - Mr. Radecke's classes - 1/22 - 1/28

Session 2 - Mr. Redmond's classes - 1/29 - 2/4

Session 3 - Ms. Scott's classes - 2/5 - 2/11

Classes include helmet fitting, bike check, bike skills practice, intersection practice and more. There will be a community ride on city streets on the last day of each session.

Students are encouraged to bring their own helmets and bikes if possible; Cycles of Change will bring helmets and bikes for anyone who doesn't have them. Everyone gets to ride!

Adult volunteers are needed for the Community Rides, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11 or 12 - sign up here.

PLEASE NOTE: Community Ride dates may change, depending on weather conditions.


Otis Drive Speeding & Safety Concerns - Workshop, January 31

The City of Alameda invites you to participate in a workshop to discuss community concerns related to speeding and safety while walking, bicycling and driving on Otis Drive between Westline Drive and Willow Street.  We also will be discussing ideas for safety improvements and traffic calming.

WHAT: Workshop to discuss speeding and safety concerns on Otis Drive

WHERE: Wood Middle School multi-purpose room, 420 Grand Street

WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 6:30 pm

The goals of the workshop include discussing:

·         Areas where people on foot, riding a bicycle or in vehicles may feel unsafe, and identifying the reasons;

·         Areas where there are conflicts between people on foot, bicycles and in vehicles;

·         Options that could promote walking, riding the bus or bicycling, such as bike lanes or improved bus stops;

·         Options to reduce impacts of flooding/sea level rise; and

·         Options to improve streetscape, such as gateway treatments and landscaping.

We invite you to participate in the January 31 workshop and to sign up for email updates by sending an email to gpayne@alamedaca.gov.  If you have any questions or want to express what you would like to see addressed in the Otis Drive initiative, please contact Gail Payne at 510-747-6892 or gpayne@alamedaca.gov 

Read more about this issue here.  

For an overview of the City’s Transportation Choices Plan, click here.


AUSD Programs & Events

AUSD has some upcoming programs that may be of interest to parents/ guardians.

  • School Smarts is for elementary school parents and guardians. Come and learn about your child’s development, what they will learn in school, and the important role you play in today’s public education system. Plus, you will meet other amazing people in this journey with you. Our sessions begin January 22, 2019. Download the flyer or  register here.
  • Family Enrichment Series: families are invited to Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a nationally acclaimed documentary about kids and screen time. The film follows parents and their teens as they struggle to strike a balance between time spent on video games, social media, academics and internet addiction. Screenagers will be shown at Paden School, February 7, 7:00-8:30 pm. Here’s the flier, or register here (space is limited).
  • Parent University is for middle school parents and guardians. Your adolescent is growing up in this digital age, and our parenting style has to adjust and calibrate. Tweens/Teens need our support to navigate their social- emotional life in middle school AND also have the critical academic conversations for their future.  View our general program outline Join us at our Spring session, February 13, 6:00-8:30 pm at Lincoln Middle School. Register here.

Wood PTA Calendar

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PTA Meetings 2018-19

Please join us in Wood's Media Center at 7PM unless otherwise notified.  


September 20

November 8

January 10

March 14

May 9

We look forward to seeing you there.

Does Your Student Need Community Service Hours?

By registering with Remind, your student can get Community Service Opportunity information and alerts by text.

Here's how it works:

  1. Add Remind number 81010 to your contacts.
  2. Start a new text to 81010.
  3. Send the message @woodcommu
  4. You'll get a confirmation text; follow the instructions to register, using your full name.
  5.  When you get a text alert, follow the instructions to register to volunteer at the event.

Please note: You don't need the Remind app to receive texts.

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