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For the past 6 years, Alma has had the traditional 1 week of days where scholars could dress up according to day. But this year, we decided to spread out the fun! Every Friday in March, we will have a Spirit Day.
Please work with your scholar to plan a simple homemade costume. Items around the house make great costumes!
Please note the following costume guidelines:
Scholars who do not meet behavioral expectations the day before the event will not be permitted to participate. If a scholar is on red, receives a Community Violation, or earns an In School or Out of School Suspension the day before the event, they will not be allowed to participate. Middle school scholars who are On the Dock will be allowed to participate. Classroom teachers will contact families the day before the event to inform them if their scholar is not able to dress up.
Famous People Day
|Stay comfy all day long while wearing your pajamas to school. Go all out with onesies, sweatshirts or fuzzy pants.||Wear whatever crazy clothes you want! Mix and Match everything, from crazy socks to mismatched leggings.||Sport your school spirit by wearing your college colors. Go head to toe and show your school pride.||Who’s your favorite famous person? On this spirit day, you can dress up just like them. From Rosa Parks to Beyonce, show us who’s your favorite.|
A group of seventh grade scholars at Alma del Mar Charter School will donate 15 fleece blankets to The Donovan House, a sober transitional housing program for women and their children in New Bedford. This group, known as the Colby College Crew (named for the Alma Mater of their crew leader, Emily Darrow), held a series of bake sales in December to raise money to buy fleece for the blankets. They worked on the blankets every morning in January and are now looking forward to donating the blankets to be used during these cold winter days. The Colby College Crew’s project is just one of many service projects that middle school scholars developed at Alma del Mar. In sixth grade, scholars collected winter clothing items that were then donated back to other Alma del Mar families in need.
Pictured below are Cesar Ruiz, Emanuel Matias, Vado DaRosa, Anthony Woodis, Ty Velez, Kyanna DaSilva, Kyla Lopes. (front row) Franklin Salvador, Justin Andrade, Nazyia Andrade, and DeAni Mota.
Jillian Gomes is a lifelong New Bedford resident who attended New Bedford Public Schools as well as GNB Voc-Tech where she studied graphic design. After high school she earned her associates degree in liberal arts from the Community College of RI, and then transferred to RIC. She’s joining the Alma team with over 15 years experience as an office manager — her most recent position being a charter school in Fall River. Jillian is also a founding Alma parent with two scholars who attend.
Why did you choose the Alma team?
I chose Alma for my family eight years ago when I heard about the possibility of it opening. The idea of my children being encouraged to become “service minded leaders” moved me. I had never heard anything like it! I chose to work at Alma because this community (scholars, staff and families) is the most energetic, supportive and welcoming group I’ve ever encountered.
What do you hope to contribute?
I hope to utilize my unique perspective as both a charter school OM and an Alma parent to consistently find the best ways to support all scholars, staff and families.
What is your top goal for your first year?
To ensure that all Alma families always feel well informed and welcomed, and are comfortable contacting me whenever they need to.
Who was your favorite teacher growing up, and why?
Mr. Paul Durland , my history teacher from GNB Voc Tech. He was infectiously joyful and energetic. He also sparked my love of local history, and my deep appreciation for New Bedford and the people who make it such an amazing place to live.
Where did you go to college?
I went to CCRI Providence, and my favorite thing about it was how diverse the students and faculty were. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting people from all over the world, as well as attending classes with people of all ages. This experience taught me to see things from many different viewpoints, a reminder of how unique we all are.
What is your favorite book?
A definite tie between A Chance in the World by New Bedford native Steve Pemberton (who I had the pleasure of meeting last summer), and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Where is your favorite place?
South Shore beach in Little Compton, RI
We are one month out from the lottery for the 2018/19 school year. Please make sure all siblings and other loved ones get their applications in on time. The deadline is Friday, February 21st at 5 pm. The waiting list is erased each year, and you MUST reapply. Applicants must be 5 years old before Sept. 1st 2018.
All applications for the 2018-19 school year are due by 5:00 PM on February 21st. Our lottery for the 2018-19 school year will be held on February 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM. We hold a lottery every year to make a new waiting list for each academic year. Please download an application below and mail or drop it off at 515 Belleville Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02746. You may also fax an application to 774-206-6821. You may also call us at 774-206-6827 to have an application mailed to your home.
Todas las aplicaciones para el año escolar 2018-19 se reciben hasta las 5:00 PM el 21 de Febrero. Nuestra lotería para el año escolar 2018-19 se llevará a cabo el 28 de Febrero del 2018 a las 6:00 PM. Llevamos a cabo una lotería cada año para hacer una nueva lista de espera para cada año de escolares. Por favor, descargue una aplicación de abajo y enviela por correo o entregarla al 515 Belleville Avenue,New Bedford, MA 02746. También puede enviar por fax una aplicacion al 774-206-6821. También nos puede llamar al 774-206-6827 para tener una aplicacion por correo a su casa.
Middle School Winter Strings Concert
Dear Alma Families,
The Instrumental Choice Class scholars will be showing off their hard work over the past few months by presenting a concert! Family, friends and other scholars are invited to attend and show their support.
WHO: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade CHOICE CLASS scholars
WHAT: Brief concert consisting of six pieces
WHEN: Friday, January 26th—Arrive at 5:30 for tuning, Concert – 6:00pm
WHERE: Alma gymnasium, 515 Belleville Avenue
WHY: Scholars deserve an audience for their great music making! This will also be part of their final grade.
DRESS: Black or dark blue pants or knee length skirt (cellists will require shin length skirts) and white top. All black is also acceptable. Black shoes are preferred.
Jonathan was born and raised in New Bedford before recently moving to Fairhaven with his fiance and stepson. He attended New Bedford High School before earning a degree in Physical Education from Bridgewater State University. Jonathan enjoys being active and being involved with sports.