Bikers from the Bay Area Coastside Armada Harley Club rev'd their engines to kickstart a Not In Our School anti-bullying campaign at Peralta Elementary School at 9 a.m today. The Coastside Armada teamed up with national nonprofit Not In Our School to launch Peralta’s anti-bullying program today. The Not In Our School campaign takes a proactive stance to bullying by nurturing a safe and accepting culture among the diverse student body, according to Peralta principal Rosette Costello.

Watch the video and hear the enthusiasm!

AuthorSteve Mundro

Our wonderful school has been recognized for its brilliance by the US Dept. of Education! We have been awarded a National Blue Ribbon School Award. Kudos to Rosette and the amazing teachers and staff. Also to the entire school community for doing such a wonderful job of creating and maintaing a successful, thriving school for our children. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program (BRSP) recognizes elementary and secondary schools that are both academically superior and have demonstrated dramatic gains in student achievement, while serving an economically disadvantaged population of students. Schools recognized through the BRSP are national models of excellence for other schools to emulate. All of the 2011 nominees were either previous California Distinguished Schools or California Title I Academic Achieving Award schools.

Peralta was 1 of 21 California schools, and only 1 of 2 Alameda County schools recognized.

Click for U.S. Department of Education press realease

News reports:

KQED radio

CBS News

Oakland Tribune

Contra Costa Times

AuthorSteve Mundro

Peralta students' art will be showcased at the Albany Film Fest this weekend! Three short films, all produced by students last year, will be shown in the first hour of the festival. Admission is $5 for adults and just $1 for kids (see location and map below).

Kicking off the festival at noon will be "Things That Spin," an animation piece by Ms Larsen's and Ms Hackett's second graders last year. During that 1st hour there will also be a screening of "Trash Elimination," created by Ms Ana's 4/5th graders from last year, and  "Land Beneath Our Feet," a history of the East Bay done in paper cutouts by 1st graders in Ms Lucker's class last year.

Watch the films:

Things That Spin

Trash Elimination

Land Beneath Our Feet


Albany Community Center Theatre 1249 Marin Ave Albany CA map

AuthorSteve Mundro