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Hello Wood Middle School Parents!


We’re in the last few weeks left of the school year. Wow! It has gone by fast! I would like to say a few things…


Thank you for attending the Parent Program series workshop, “Raising Kids with Emotional Intelligence”!It was a full house of parents and some of us had to stand to listen to George Papageorge, MFT give his presentation to us! As a parent, I felt that I was in a safe, heartwarming environment to learn about the emotional support that I my child who attends our fine school and my family needs for future reference and success. I’m definitely thrilled about George’s approach that he takes to teach us (in our parent language) so that we understood how everything was defined in psychological terminology. Thank you, George Papageorge for sharing your Greek heritage, how the terms you shared relates to Emotional Intelligence, and the important tips on staying “connected” with our kids.



Come to see what’s been accomplished by your child and their classmates! There is so much to be shared! Wood Middle School students and the staff want to show off their energy, joy, and pride they have put into their projects over this past school year! There will be a raffle and prize awarded! See you there!



We have our talented students providing great entertainment at 2 Assemblies in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

Assembly 1 - 9:07 to 10:07 AM

Assembly 2 - 10:10 to 11:10 AM

This is one of last special events and means so much to the kids to see them perform showing off their talents! See you there!



One last announcement I have for parents, is that I attended a Press Conference on your behalf, because as parents who wish they could attend their child’s school events or to volunteer at their child’s school.

It was for a proposed bill AB2405 – The Paid Family-School Partnership Act, authored by Assemblyman, Mike Gatto, 43rd District. This bill is so important to me to share with Wood Middle School parents, because in the past I have wanted to attend school events, but found I had to make a choice between earning money to survive (I worked 2-3 jobs) or not get paid and attend my children’s school events. Recently, I have made calls to ask WMS parents if they could come to our school parent seminars or other events, only to hear those same words I had to say: “Sorry, I have to work and cannot make it.” I’m sure that it tears a parent apart to choose between their job and their parental involvement at their child’s school. I have been there which is why I attended and spoke up about my parents at Wood.


This bill would require employers to give a parent 3 paid days off to be there at their child’s events or to volunteer, which schools really benefit, too! It's a WIN-WIN for all of us! I have attached a summary of AB2405 for your review.


Please support this legislation and vote for it! You'll have the right to be there for your child!


Thank you!

Caroline Topeé

Parent Liaison

Wood Middle School


Go Beavers!


Dearest PTA,


The teachers and staff at Wood would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts (and stomachs) for hosting such a fabulous Teacher Appreciation Week! It was so cool being met with sweet treats every day in the staff lounge not to mention the yummy Cinco de Mayo feast! And the staff lounge still blows our minds-it’s such a cool and jazzy destination now thanks to your hard work!


With Gratitude,


Wood Staff!



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

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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