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The Black Achievers Alliance is proud to present our workshop series Educate to Empower.


The first of these workshops will be held on May 10th at Ruby Bridges Elementary School, and it will be facilitated by Dr. Melanie Spears. The topic will be Positioning Black Families for Parent Involvement Success.


Please invite all who you feel may benefit from this workshop. Your support is greatly appreciated. Please see attached flyer. Thank. you



Juneteenth Festival & Celebration

June 19th - 11am -4pm


Robbie Wilson

Program Manager

BACR/LEAPS Expanded Learning Program

Alameda Unified School District

(510) 672-0651

"Leveling the Playing Field for All Children"

 "The BACR mission is to promote the healthy development of individuals, families, and communities."

Check out our ASP Blog at afterschool.bacr.org



Alameda Education Foundation "Summer Camps"


Middle School Students

School finishes June 16!

Do you still need something fun and educational for the middle school student in your house?

If the answer is "yes", AEF can help you out!

 Check out our Summer Camps for grades 6 and up.


  • Robotics***
  • Unity 3D Computer Programming 
  • Small Basic Computer Programming
  • HTML/Web Design
  • STEM Fly to Learn! programming

Visual Arts & Design

  • Photography
  • Jewelry Making & Design
  • Movie Making
  • Maker Faire***

Performing Arts

  • Glee
  • e-Motion Dance, Move & Inspire
  • Circus Arts


  • Mandarin (up to Gr. 7)

Writing & Speaking

  • Altered Books/Poetry
  • Writing "Your Story"
  • Debating & Public Speaking

Location: All camps (except the Maker Faire and Robotics camps) will be held at Haight Elementary school. 2025 Santa Clara Ave.

***Maker Faire and Robotics camps will be held at Wood Middle School, 420 Grand St.

For a digital copy of the 2016 Summer Camps brochure click here.

Early Bird Discount closes April 30, 2016. To Register go to:  alamedaeducationfoundation.org/ and click on the Blue Summer Camp button

Scholarships Availble. Please email enrichment@alamedaeducation.orgto enquire about scholarship eligibility.


Alameda Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit   
TAX ID: 94-2867769 
P.O. Box 1363  Alameda CA 94501


Dear Parents,


Some students are able to deal with adolescence and middle school with ease and others feel like it is the toughest time of their life.  It is a time when kids are trying to navigate their way and find their true identity.  I remember myself as a middle schooler crying in the mirror for no reason at all. Adolescents want to conform and yet they’re wondering if it’s OK to be a little different. They need a moral compass and confidence.

Children today have an even more complex “peer life” than earlier generations because of social networking, cell phones, text messaging, and other modern modes of communication.  Some children use social media to bully others or to use it as their main source to communicate.  They have more courage behind a screen than in person.  Monitor your child’s social media and demand they use it responsibly and respectfully.


As a middle school principal and a parent who has raised two children through these adolescent years, I’ve heard a lot.  “I don’t have any friends”.  “My best friend doesn’t like me anymore”.  First, reassure your child that she’ll get through this difficult stage. Let them know that being who they are is better than changing to fit in.  Be an original and explain to them what qualities they should look for in a friend. A true friend will appreciate them and allow them to be their true self. Give your child guidance and a real game plan when they are dealing with issues.  Don’t underestimate their feelings.  What might seem trivial to you can feel very real and major to them.  Be empathetic and take the time to listen.


As educators, we see a lot of perfectionism in today’s students. These students get upset if they miss one question on a test or if they get a B on a paper. They work so hard, they are often stressed out, moody, and sleep-deprived. Let your child know that you only expect them to do their best.  Don’t make them over anxious by discussing getting into college every day. It’s important to excel and strive for success but there should be a balance. Model hard work, relaxation, laughter, and joy. It’s not only what you say to kids, it’s how you live.

Cammie Harris

Sticks and Stones
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Volume III

Why Do Some Children and Adolescents Become Bullies?

Most bullying behavior develops in response to multiple factors in the environment—at home, school and within the peer group. There is no one cause of bullying. Common contributing factors include:

  • Family factors: The frequency and severity of bullying is related to the amount of adult supervision that children receive—bullying behavior is reinforced when it has no or inconsistent consequences. Additionally, children who observe parents and siblings exhibiting bullying behavior, or who are themselves victims, are likely to develop bullying behaviors. When children receive negative messages or physical punishment at home, they tend to develop negative self concepts and expectations, and may therefore attack before they are attacked—bullying others gives them a sense of power and importance.
  • School factors: Because school personnel often ignore bullying, children can be reinforced for intimidating others. Bullying also thrives in an environment where students are more likely to receive negative feedback and negative attention than in a positive school climate that fosters respect and sets high standards for interpersonal behavior.
  • Peer group factors: Children may interact in a school or neighborhood peer group that advocates, supports, or promotes bullying behavior. Some children may bully peers in an effort to “fit in,” even though they may be uncomfortable with the behavior.

Why Do Some Children and Adolescents Become Victims?

Victims signal to others that they are insecure, primarily passive and will not retaliate if they are attacked.  Consequently, bullies often target children who complain, appear physically or emotionally weak and seek attention from peers. 

Studies show that victims have a higher prevalence of overprotective parents or school personnel; as a result, they often fail to develop their own coping skills.


Many victims long for approval; even after being rejected, some continue to make ineffective attempts to interact with the victimizer.

Andrea Cohn & Andrea Canter, Ph.D., NCSP


Try reflecting on the factors that have shaped your child's behavior.  Think of ways to change those factors that have led to undesireable behavior. 

Volume II

W ith every bullying situation, there are only four roles in which individuals can play a part:

  1. The Bully– the person doing the aggressive behavior. Bullies are not bad people, rather their choices to ...more

Volume I

B ullying is a common and unfortunate occurrence that is typically at its peak in the middle school years. It can have devastating emotional effects that disrupt student performance in school and ...more