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On behalf of Bay Farm School PTA, we would like to thank the parents, teachers, volunteers, school staff and community members who have supported Bay Farm School and enabled us to help provide a vibrant K-8 school environment, and rigorous education for all our students.
Because of your support this year, Bay Farm students enjoyed in a bigger-than-ever Coast Guard Day; participated in the ever-successful book fair; and enjoyed a myriad of field trips from Yosemite to Coloma. Our eighth-graders are preparing to go to Washington, D.C. and New York to study government and history, even as they finished writing novels for National Novel Writing Month. Our middle-schoolers are working on their second year of participation in the National History Day contest.
Because of your support, we have a new greenhouse for our Outdoor Learning Center. We’ve been fortunate enough to host fun events for our families and appreciation events for our teachers and staff. In the spring, we will host the Kangaroo Math Competition and our science fair. All this and more comes from a school community at Bay Farm that values education and opportunity for our children.
It has been an amazing start to our second year as a full K-8 school. Because of you, we continue to be one of the highest-performing public schools in the Bay Area while also providing a small-school, nurturing environment. We’re looking forward to seeing what will be accomplished in the second half of this school year!


Lynn Christiansen Esquer and Georzann Chaco, co-Presidents, Bay Farm School PTA

The Midway Shelter for abused women and their children would like to thank the following individuals and groups who contributed to the shelter during the month of November. A number of the listed donors contributed several times last month. Two donors chose to remain anonymous. 
The shelter couldn’t exist with people like Christine Buck, Frank and Winifred Ghiglione, Lilo Coler-Dark, and Kathryn Hanley. Betty Sanderson sent the shelter a check in November, as did Ginny Krutilek, Dawn Graeff, Lois Pryor, Kathy Paget and Louis Toepfer. 
Ann and Bob Kenyon Robert Jackson gave generously. They were joined by Donna Porter, Robert McBride and Anne Lamb. Debbie and Roland Gregoire donated in memory of Cathleen Dowdell and to celebrate Dawna Dowdell Dos Santos’ birthday. Carla McGrogan donated in memory of Marge Lanzit.
Alameda Elks Lodge #1015 sent a check to help the shelter, as did the Alameda Hospitality Club, Isle City #51 YLI, the Alameda Welfare Council, Bay Ship & Yacht Co and the Downtown Business Association. Friends sent a donation along with birthday greetings to Mary Beth. 
If you’d like to see your name listed with the generous December donors, send a check to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda CA 94501. To learn more, call 523-2377 or visit www.midwayshelter.org.


Ginny Krutilek

The pride of the U.S. Coast Guard at its latest drug seizures is misguided (“Bertholf Unloads Drugs,” Nov. 26). 
The war on drugs is a war on poor people of color. It has turned Mexico into a killing field and made the United States number one in both the rate of incarceration and population of prisoners, the overwhelming majority of which are poor people of color. 
Do black lives matter? Not if 40 percent of African-American males between 20 and 40 are in jail.


David Baker