2017-18 School Calendar now posted!

The 2017-18 School Calendar is now available on our website.  Paper copies will be sent home in the end of year packet. Magnet calendars will be sent home for all families in August.

Click here to view the calendar now! 2017-2018 School Calendar

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Last Week of School Dress Guidance for Parents

Clothing Guidance for the Last Week of School

Monday 6/26- regular uniform

Tuesday 6/27- Dress to impress! All scholars can dress up in their “Sunday best” for the last full day of school. No jeans or joggers please. If your scholar has PE please bring a pair of sneakers to change into.

Wednesday 6/28- Crew day! Scholars can wear their crew shirt for Field Day and should wear sneakers to participate in all of the events. Please apply sunscreen to your scholar in the morning before school. Field Day is at Alma this year on our new field!

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Uniform Store Opens June 19th, 2017

Alma del Mar uniforms are being ordered from epluno beginning in June 2017.

Place your order via the telephone number listed below or through our Online Store.

Customer  Service: 1-800-249-5275
Online Store: http://almadelmar.epluno.com/

Samples are available to try on at the school. Please contact the front desk at 774-206-6827 to set up an appointment.


When can I order uniforms? You can order uniforms anytime. For the best price, you should order during our bulk ordering windows. All items ordered during these times will be delivered to the school. The ordering windows for the Summer and Fall of 2017 are:

  • June 19th – July 7th (Items to arrive by July 28th.)
  • July 11th – August 3rd (Items to arrive by August 18th.)
  • August 14 – August 28th (Items to arrive by September 15th.)

If I already have uniforms for next year, do I need to buy new uniforms again? The uniforms from the new vendor are exactly the same as our current uniform. Anything that scholars are wearing this year that is within the uniform policy is acceptable for next year. If you are unsure if a uniform item that you have is in compliance with the uniform policy please stop by the front desk with the items for assistance.

What are the guidelines for the belts, undershirts, shoes and socks?
Scholars may wear any white socks and white tights without logos.
Scholars may wear any black belt.  A belt must be worn every day.
Scholars must wear solid black, close-toed shoes with a rubber tread and no logos, lights, wheels, or other distractions from learning.  They may wear boots to and from school but must wear sneakers while at school.  Sandals are not permissible.

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Alma del Mar welcomes Maria Rosario to Board of Trustees


June 14, 2017

New Bedford, MA

Alma del Mar welcomes Maria Rosario to Board of Trustees

Maria Rosario was elected to the Alma del Mar Board of Trustees during the Board’s May 26 meeting.

Rosario, who resides in New Bedford, has served for 11 years as Executive Director of NorthStar Learning Centers, a minority-led nonprofit that serves disadvantaged New Bedford area children and families. She has emerged as an influential leader in building support for strengthening the relationships between the schools, families, and the community at large.

“Maria has a proven passion for getting outcomes for kids,” said Will Gardner, Executive Director of Alma del Mar. “We look forward to benefitting from her deep experience in community-based leadership.”

Alma trustees are volunteers who serve a three-year term. They are entrusted with ensuring the school lives up to its mission, formulates and follows a long-range plan and accountability plan, and complies with all laws. As a member of the Alma del Mar Board of Trustees, Rosario will advocate on behalf of the 320 New Bedford children that we are committed to serve and put on the path to college.  

Other current Alma del Mar Board of Trustees members are: Jan Baptist (Chair), Chris Arnold, Mary Jean Blasdale, Bronwen Cunningham, David Eckert, Lucile Hicks, Martha Kay, Gail Fortes and Bob Unger. 

About Alma del Mar:

Alma del Mar is a public charter school serving New Bedford. Our mission is to put every one of our scholars on the path to college and to challenge them to be service-minded leaders. We are achieving this mission by providing a highly demanding, highly supportive education to every scholar who walks through our doors. Alma del Mar features a longer school day, a longer school year, high expectations for all scholars, and outstanding teachers from across the country. We currently serve 320 scholars in grades K-7. Next fall we will expand to offer grades K-8.

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Alma’s Scholar Art Auction is LIVE!


So, you’ve completed your spring cleaning and now it’s time to freshen up those walls in your living room, your guest room, your den, your office … wherever! … with some new artwork! It’s a perfect time to bid on some incredible artwork that was generously donated by Alma del Mar scholars. 

They took on the likes of Picasso, Rothko, Yayoi Kusama and René Magritte.

They learned to own their ideas and push themselves to dig deeper creatively.

Scholars in grades K-7 worked all year long to create these, and many other, pieces of high-quality art. 

The decision to place a selection of scholar artwork up for auction is really a celebration of the mastery Alma scholars achieved this year. Every single Alma scholar entered a piece of his or her work into the annual Art Exhibition.

Proceeds from this scholar Art Auction will support enrichment activities (including meaningful field work experiences, college visits and afterschool programs) at Alma del Mar.

We ask that you bid often, bid generously and help us spread the word by sharing this auction with friends, family, and colleagues near and far.

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Kickstarter: Help Alma scholars hang their artwork professionally

Our Art Teacher, Ms. Frazer-Rego has a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 to cover the purchase of movable gallery walls. These walls will be used for our annual Scholar Art Exhibition as well as at Expedition Nights to ensure our scholars’ high-quality work is displayed professionally. 

Please visit our Kickstarter page, share it with your friends, and consider donating to the cause!


More about the project:

As a college-minded school, we strive in our visual art curriculum to instill in our scholars the idea that they are growing artists. It is vital to the growth of any artist that they have the opportunity to display their work and receive feedback from the public and their peers. As we have grown as a school it has become necessary for us to provide a more professional space for the scholars to display their artwork. A space that is deserving of all the hard work and growth that our scholars have made over the course of our school year.

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Educators’ Professional Development: Building Better Work

Calling all educators! Please join us for an open professional development session on “Building Better Work” (Increasing complexity by analyzing student work). This is a free session offered by Alma del Mar – please share the opportunity with all your teacher friends!

March 23, 2017ADMAug16_161
4:30 – 6 PM (Training)

Alma del Mar
515 Belleville Ave.
New Bedford, MA

This FREE professional development session is open to all teachers in the region. Please invite your colleagues and teacher friends! You will earn 2 PDP training hours for attending!

Please register using the link below so we can ensure enough seats and meals for everyone in attendance.

During this free session, you will learn:
*Engaging students in self-assessments & feedback (creating Criteria for Success)
*Using exemplars to increase the level of rigor in your classroom (Tuning Protocol)

A FREE dinner will be provided following the training, at 6 PM.
Register here by Monday, March 20!

*Please note, the form may not open if you are using Internet Explorer. If you have difficulty registering using the form, please contact Becca Kurie at beccakurie@almadelmar.org

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You’re Invited: Cyber Safety Night at Alma

We invite Alma del Mar scholars and their families to learn more about how to be safe online at our first-ever Cyber Safety Night. The event is scheduled for Monday, March 20th from 6-7 p.m at Alma del Mar.

As more and more forms of social media and uses for internet arise, it is important that we help young people understand how to be safe on the internet. In addition, as adults it is important that we understand the different forms of social media, and how they are impacting the young people around us.

Topics that will be covered:
-“Social Media and You”
-Social media and internet family contracts
-Information on various forms of social media
-The permanency of the internet
-True stories of cyber safety
-How to be an upstander for cyber bullying and cyber safey
-Information on a future event: A screening of Screenagers

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Meet Mr. Marko: Office and Data Manager

Marko headshotMr. Marko grew up in Brewer, Maine, a fantastic community 40 minutes inland of Acadia National park and the Atlantic Ocean — it is across the river from Bangor, Maine, and roughly two hours north of Portland.  He graduated from Brewer High school in 2006, and continued to live in Maine while getting Bachelors in Criminal Justice from the University of Maine.  In 2011-12 Mr. Marko interned on the Maine Marriage Equality campaign and helped pass marriage equality in Maine at the ballot box in November 2012.  He spent the next five years traveling the country working on Progressive Issue oriented campaigns, with a primary focus on LGTBQ equality.  Some highlights were being on the team to pass marriage equality in Rhode Island, and being on the team to stop a harmful anti-LGBTQ constitutional amendment in Indiana.  Mr. Marko’s last major campaign role was being the Deputy National Operations Director of Bernie 2016.  He worked in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Illinois, Wisconsin and Vermont during his time with Bernie 2016.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

It was a chance to work with a group of passionate educators who are committed to creating better opportunities in the New Bedford area for young people.  I thrive on being surrounded by inspirational coworkers, so Alma del Mar is a great fit.  I found out about this opportunity from a dear friend, and one of the original founders of the School, Meredith Segal, who I met in the campaign world.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

In my role, I hope to make the lives of our wonderful teachers easier, by providing service and creating more efficient systems.  When our teachers can best perform their jobs is when our scholars will reach their highest potential.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

Helping with the transition of Alma del Mar becoming a full K-8 for the first time!

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

I had a fantastic 7th grade History teacher named Mr. Hamill, who really pushed us in creative ways to learn and enjoy history.  I give him credit for making me explore certain topics which helped shape my world views as an adult.

Why did you become involved in education?

I was looking for a way to still be active in helping out communities, and impacting the greater good, while taking a hiatus from direct political action work.  My good friend Meredith Segal thought it would be a perfect fit for what I was looking for at this stage in my life.  I have learned to blindly trust Meredith.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to the University of Maine, an attended classes at multiple campuses.  I am also a deferred graduate student working on a Master’s in Public Policy from the Muskie School which is part of the University of Maine system.  I think the University of Maine, knowing that they have students from all over Maine who wish to pursue higher education, while not all living near a dense city, has done a great job at integrating different campuses and programs so that Mainers have a quality education that is accessible and flexible.

What is your favorite food?

It is hard to narrow down a favorite food, but lately I would say that I could eat sushi 7 days a week!

What is your favorite book?

Choosing a favorite book is extremely difficult, three books I have read in the last year that have had a huge impact are Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, The Art of Learning by Joshua Waitzkin, and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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