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AMS Arts and Crafts Fair, December 4th, 11-3pm

Albany Middle School will be hosting the 8th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Sunday December 4th from 11-3 in the Middle School Gym. This is a wonderful, festive community event with more than 40 adult artists, 30 student artists, music from student artists and a delicious bake sale. All proceeds raised from the event go to support the AMS PTA. So if you are beginning to think about holiday shopping, this is the perfect place to buy gifts while supporting a good cause. Spread the word and bring your friends, neighbors and family - we look forward to seeing you there!

Parent Meeting- Ultimate Frisbee Team (Wed., Nov. 30th)

The Athletic Department will host a parent meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30th at 7pm in the AMS Gym to discuss the possibility of creating a Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee team for the 2017 Spring Season. Parental support is needed in order to get this program started, therefore all parents of interested students-athletes are encouraged to attend this informative meeting!

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Writer Coaches needed

WriterCoach Connection at AMS still needs a dozen new adult writing coaches so that every 8th grader gets one-on-one help this winter. (More than 60 coaches are needed to work with 300 students.) We start coaching students in late-January, but NOW is the time to let us know that you can join the program. You don’t need to do anything more until January when trainings are held -- just sign up this month. Learn more by visiting our table at the AMS Arts & Crafts Fair this Sun. Dec. 4, 11-3. Or write to us at:
amscoaching@gmail.com. More info. At www.writercoachconnection.org. Thank you for considering it!

Speak Up Survey

Dear AUSD parents and community,
This year, for the first time, AUSD is participating in a national survey focused on technology in education in order to better understand our school community's usage of, and opinions about, educational technology. 
We are trying to have as many people take the survey as possible in order to gather a broad picture of our community. This includes administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community members. Please be a part of this conversation and take the survey. 

 
Instructions for completing the Speak Up survey
Go to this link: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2016 
Click on the appropriate survey (Parent, Community member).
Follow the given instructions to access the survey. Begin by entering your school zip (94706) or clicking on the drop down button and select your state, then go to the next line and type in your school name to find your school.
For a list of FAQs, please visit http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/faq_parents.html
 
To learn more about the project, visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.

MATH COUNTS!! INVITATION TO THE MATH WORKSHOP SERIES

The AUSD Black/African-American Parent Engagement Committee is sponsoring a Family Math Workshop Series to promote engagement and achievement for students in the math classroom.

When: Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.
November 16, 2016-Math Perseverance
December 14, 2016-Common Core Content
January 11, 2017-Math Advocacy and Resiliency
(click for more info)

Winter Music Camp Counselors needed

Counselor-In-Training (CITs) positions are open for the Winter Break Music Camp December 19 - 30, 2016 at Jingle Jamboree Music in Albany (near the Albany public library). Choose any number of days or weeks to be a CIT. This is a wonderful opportunity for AMS students to share their knowledge of music through learning to be a counselor at one of the longest running music camps in Albany. For Winter Break the cost is just $25 a day with shifts from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm or 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. This is a fun camp for friends to work together in a music setting. It is a small camp with 8 to 10 elementary age children. To register fill out a form at this link: jinglejamboree.com/camp/ or for more info. look at the blog: jinglejamboree.blogspot.com Feel free to call Jeff Luna-Sparks, camp director and a music teacher in the elementary schools in Albany at (510) 334-8851. These CIT positions can possibly lead to paid positions once students are in high school.

Library Fundraiser

Help bring new books and materials to AMS Students today!
This year, the AMS Library is teaming up with Follett, a nationally respected library vendor, to provide a quick and efficient way to donate to the Library! Unlike traditional book fairs and in-store fundraisers,TitleWish will give 100% of your donation back to the AMS Library.

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Events

Arts and Crafts Fair
Date: 12/4/2016, 11 AM 3 PM
Location: AMS gym
AMS/AHS Orchestra Winter Concert
Date: 12/6/2016, 7 PM 9 PM
Location: AHS Little Theater
AMS Cobra Band and Concert Band Winter Concert
Date: 12/7/2016, 7 PM 9 PM
Location: AHS Little Theater
AMS Symphonic BAnd and Jazz Band Winter Concert
Date: 12/8/2016, 7 PM 9 PM
Location: AHS Little Theater
AMS Choir Winter Concert
Date: 12/13/2016, 7 PM 9 PM
Location: Veteran's Memorial Building