Prekindergarten Graduation! On Aug. 22, 55 4- and 5-year olds were graduated from the Woodstock Child Development Center (WCDC).

The children wore paper graduation caps, received prekindergarten diplomas and happily accepted backpacks filled with school supplies from the Alameda Education Foundation.

The graduates are off now to transitional and regular kindergarten. WCDC provides some 200 toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school-aged children with high quality early education, child care and before and after school programs. First priority goes to children who are referred by Child Protective Services, who are homeless, or whose families are low income, but registration is open to all. For more information, please call 510 748-4001.

The next Board of Education meeting is Sept. 9. Topics to be discussed include Kyoto-USA's proposed solar master plan for the district, AUSD's revenues and expenditures in 2013-14, and an updated enrollment report.

The Alameda Education Foundation will give a presentation on its Equipped for Learning program, which delivers backpacks filled with school supplies to low-income and homeless children, and its Power Up 4 Learning program, through which residents can donate to technology education via their Alameda Power & Telecom bill). The board will also hear a presentation on Alameda High School's offerings and achievements.


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The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. You can also watch it live on the City of Alameda's website, AT&T's Channel 15, and Comcast's Channel 99, and you can follow it live on Twitter @AUSDNews. Several days after each board meeting, video of each agenda item is also posted to our website, at: http://alamedapublic.novusagenda.com/.

AUSD is working with the Alameda Little League to install four field lights on the Minor Field on the Wood Middle School campus. We have taken great steps to reduce the impact on the neighborhood, and we welcome all comments on the project. The public comment period on the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration is from Aug. 28 through Oct. 1. A hard copy version is also available in the lobby of the AUSD office. Please submit comments to: Dr. Robert Clark, Chief Business Officer, Alameda Unified School District, 2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, California 94501 or rclark@alameda.k12.ca.us. For more information, see the AUSD website at: http://ow.ly/A5ulX.

The Alameda Special Education Parent Support Group will hold a welcome back to school reception at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Franklin Elementary School. Founded by parents 13 years ago, ASEPSG now boasts several hundred members and aims to support and advocate for families, build community and enhance communication about special education issues in the community.

Susan Mitchell, AUSD's director of special education, will give a presentation at the meeting on Sept. 17; a 30-minute parent meeting will follow. Free child care is provided.

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Susan Davis is senior manager of community affairs for the Alameda Unified School District. You can reach her at sdavis@alameda.k12.ca.us.

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