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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Bay Farm community. Starting at a new school can be a confusing transition. We’ve complied a list of common questions and their answers to help you with this transition. If you have other questions please email our PTSA President at president@bayfarmptsa.org or our school Principal, Katherine Crawford at kcrawford@alamedaunified.org

How do I register my child for school?

  • Visit the AUSD Enrollment page for information for new students and returning students.

What is the best way to receive information from the PTSA, coordinate with classmates and to find out what is happening?

  • Join Konstella! Konstella is the communication tool used by the PTSA. Go to Konstella.com or download the iOS or Android app.
  • Parent Square is the communication tool used by Alameda Unified School District and is separate from Konstella. Join both to receive the distinct communications from each.

Where is the school calendar and bell schedule?

You can find Bay Farm’s school calendar and bell schedule on the school website.

Is there a meet-up during the summer?

  • We offer a popsicle play date for incoming TK and K students. This year it will be on Sunday, August 11 at 1:00 pm at Bay Farm School in the TK/K/1 playground. No need to sign up. We will have an event on Konstella as well.
  • There will be a school-wide Back-to-School Meet Up the Friday evening before school starts.
  • Occasionally there are parent-planned meet ups for other grades. These are promoted on our Facebook page: Bay Farm School – PTSA

How do I find out my child’s teacher & classroom?

  • Class assignments usually come out the day before school starts to families who have completed Data Confirmation. Principal Crawford sends email reminders.
  • Once the teachers are released, visit the Aeries Parent Portal.
    • On the left sidebar, select “Student Info”
    • Select “Demographics”
    • In the middle of the page, there is a box that says “Teacher.” Your student’s teacher should be listed there.

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Where do I find the school supplies list?

All the basic supplies your child will need will be supplied by the school. Your teacher may send home some requests for special items or suggestions for at home, but nothing is needed before the first day of school.

What should I expect on the first day and first week of school?

  • Fun! Learning! Excitement! Nerves! Fatigue!
  • The 1st– 8th graders will be on a modified schedule for the first week, with pickup at 12:30PM.
  • Kindergartners will get out at 11:40 for the first 3 weeks of school.

What do I need to do to volunteer?

  • Each volunteer needs to fill out the Volunteer Agreement Form from AUSD and have a current tuberculous (TB) test on file with the office.
  • If you plan to volunteer/interact with children while unsupervised by a teacher or staff member, you will also need to be fingerprinted at a Live Scan location (form provided by office).
  • If you plan on driving children in your car you will also need to provide proof of sufficient insurance.
  • Watch Konstella for volunteer opportunities or contact any board member.
  • You can also sign-up to volunteer in class with your student’s teacher.

What are options for before and after school care?

View a list of options on our school information page. This is not a comprehensive list nor an endorsement of the programs listed. Regardless, it’s good to register early as these programs normally have wait lists.

When are the school holidays and minimum days?

  • For information on district wide holidays and minimum days visit the AUSD Calendar.
  • For Bay Farm specific holidays and minimum days, as well as the current bell schedule, check out the Bay Farm School Calendar .

How does my child buy a hot lunch at school?

All California students may receive a free school breakfast and lunch. More information about the AUSD school nutrition program and the daily lunch menu are found on the AUSD Nutrition Services webpage. Regardless of economic status, all students are asked to apply for the free and reduced lunch program. This application DOES NOT impact your child’s ability to receive a free school lunch. It CAN provide additional benefits for your student and Bay Farm School.

School breakfast is served each day in the multi-purpose room starting at 7:45 AM. Students must be supervised until 8:00 AM.

On minimum and early release days, students can have lunch in the MPR for about a half hour after school ends.

How can I buy cool Bay Farm spirit wear?

Visit our online Spirit Store to see what is currently available.

What should I do if my child is being bullied?

Please review the AUSD Anti-Bias and Anti-Bullying Resources page for information on addressing incidents of bullying on campus.

What will happen if there is an emergency while my child is at school?

Please review the AUSD Emergency Plan and the A.L.I.C.E. FAQ for information on what will happen in case of an emergency. Also, always make sure your child’s emergency information is up to date in the Aeries Parent Portal

What is this U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School about?

What is the California Distinguished School Award about?

Is Bay Farm PTSA a non-profit charity?

  • Yes, Bay Farm PTSA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Your donations are tax deductible. EIN: 94-3158930.

What is the etiquette for dropping off and picking up students at school?

Please view our Getting to and from School page for all the details!

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