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Enriching our Students

Your PTSA membership and donations supports enrichment programs for all students in every grade, including: go green challenges, OLC garden instruction, art in the classroom, STEAM programs, field trips, special education, music, middle school sports, reading interventions, and more!

Run by parent volunteers and supported by the PTSA, the Arts Program ensures that every student has an opportunity to express themselves creatively. From the Art Docent program, which brings artistic expression into every classroom, to the Reflections Arts Recognition Program, a national arts recognition and achievement program for students, Bay Farm PTSA is committed to supporting Bay Farm’s Arts programs.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math what fun! With leadership from the PTSA STEAM team and financial support from PTSA members, Bay Farm promotes a variety of opportunities for students to challenge their understanding of the world. Could you build a robot? Create an App? Compete in the Math Olympiads? Or present a project at the Science & Engineering Fair? The Bay Farm PTSA is committed to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to showcase their discoveries, pursue scientific inquiry, and nurture the possibility!

Thanks to PTSA support and efforts of staff and parent volunteers, Bay Farm School operates the largest school garden program in Alameda. The Outdoor Learning Center Garden Instruction supplements many of the in-class science lessons and standards and provides students with hands-on experience in the natural ecosystems around them. During garden instruction, students plant, tend, harvest, and prepare and eat organic produce under the supervision of the (PTSA funded!) Garden Instructor and parent volunteers. Our goal is that students—kindergarten through 8th grade—are “eco-literate” by the time they leave Bay Farm School. 

The PTSA is proud to provide additional funding for 1st – 8th grade music instruction at Bay Farm and fully supports regular music lessons for our Kindergartners. Music is an extremely important subject for all children to learn and can lead to better brain development, increases in human connection, and even stress relief. In addition to formal music instruction, the PTSA supports a variety of music and dance activities like Talent Shows and Karaoke Nights to encourage students to showcase their talents.

Parents, students and staff have worked together since 2009 to ensure that Bay Farm School is a green school. In 2016, our efforts were recognized nationally when Bay Farm was recognized by the US Department of Education as a Green Ribbon School, the first Green Ribbon School in Alameda. Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate exemplary achievement in three categories or “pillars”: reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and providing effective environmental education that incorporates STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

Field trips are one way that Bay Farm teachers provide experiential learning experience and bolster their classroom curriculum. Has your child been to the opera? Pet a chinchilla? Explored Safety Town? Or panned for gold in the American River? Whether through visits to the classroom or off-campus adventures, thanks to PTSA funding, Bay Farm’s students have the opportunity to experience all of these and more!

This school year will be different than any before. Students and teachers are grappling with how to interact in online classrooms. Parents are figuring out how to support their child’s education. Students are unable to interact with their friends in person. We don’t know when things will go back to normal. To enrich our remote learning experience. Bay Farm parents and the PTSA has collected a variety of free, online resources for that parents and students can use.

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