Miraloma Community: Different Together!
Wed, Dec 3:
Common Core presentation
Join Mr. Bass and SFUSD in the Cafeteria, 6-7pm 

Fri, Dec 5:
First Friday Coffee Social
8am, outside Cafeteria

Fri, Dec 5:
Inclusive Schools Week Family Feast, 6pm Cafeteria
Bring a potluck dish to share and sign up to help
Wed, Dec 10:
Blue Bear Class Registration Starts - more details next newsletter

Fri, Dec 12:
Staff Appreciation Gift 
Please submit your contributions

Fri, Dec 12:
Chinese New Year Parade
Participation sign-up deadline

Fri, Dec 19:
School Spirit Day
Wear your pajamas!

Dec 22 - Jan 2:
Winter Break - NO SCHOOL


If your child will be absent or is tardy by more than 30 minutes, please SUBMIT THIS FORM to Ms. Mallen. (No need to call the school)

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December 3, 2014 


TONIGHT: Common Core Math State Standards Presentation 

- 6-7pm in the Cafeteria. Come learn everything you need to know!


Dec 5: First Friday Coffee Social - 8am after Morning Circle!


Dec 5: Inclusive Schools Week Family Feast Potluck - 6pm, join in!


Dec 12: Principal Visit from Willie Brown Academic STEM Middle School - join us for a meet & greet to get your questions answered


Dec 10: Registration for Blue Bear Music Classes - new 10 wk session!


Dec 12: Staff Appreciation Gift - say thanks by giving today!


Dec 12: Sign Up to Participate in the Chinese New Year Parade


Dec 19: SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY - Pajama Day!


Jan 15: Sibling Kindergarten Registration Due - for 2015-16 school yr

: Learn More About Common Core Math Standards - 6pm

Join me TONIGHT as Miraloma hosts an evening on COMMON CORE MATH STATE STANDARDS open for all to attend. Presented by the SFUSD Math Department, the event will help parents learn what they need to know about the new standards. Read these flyers to familiarize yourself with the topic in advance: 

LOCATION: Miraloma Cafeteria   TIME: 6-7pm


Principal Bass - principal@miralomasf.com

coffee DEC 5
: First Friday Coffee Social - 8am outside Cafeteria

Join the Miraloma community this Friday for our monthly Coffee Social! Meet outside the cafeteria at 8am for chit-chat and warm cups o' joe.


Ellen Schatz - PTA@miralomasf.com

inclusiveDEC 5: Inclusive Schools Week Family Feast - Fri, 6pm in Cafeteria
We are celebrating Inclusive Schools Week this week at Miraloma! It is an annual, nationwide, K-12 celebration of our year-round efforts to promote and build inclusive, welcoming school communities that embrace and support people of all natural and diverse abilities, sociological and cultural backgrounds.

This week your students are being given additional tools to deal with feelings of inclusion, exclusion and differences, to build on our ongoing social-emotional, TRIBES and bully-free curriculums. 

To cap off the week, JOIN US for the ISW Family Feast this Friday, 
Dec 5
Come to the Cafeteria at 6pm for our annual whole-school potluck, where families bring foods that represent their cultures and traditions to share with our community.
  • Bring a dish representing your cultural or family background - all foods welcome!
  • Remember to sign up to help with all the ISW activities!
Victoria Sanchez, ISW Parent Chair - inclusive@miralomasf.com
bluebearDEC 10: Registration for Blue Bear Music Classes - next session!
The next 10-week session of Blue Bear classes will start the week of January 12. Registrations details are below:
  • Returning students will receive a PayPal invoice this week. 
  • New students will be able to register for the Beginner Class (Tue/Thu @ 3pm) online next Wednesday, Dec 10. 

New registrations will be FIRST COME FIRST SERVE! So make sure to check the Dragon Digest next week and register right away.

staffgiftDEC 12: Staff Holiday Gift Collection - contribute today to say thanks!
It's that holiday time of year and we want to
give a gift of thanks to the more than 30
hard working staff members whom we
don't normally thank throughout the year.
These are the folks who support our teachers
and our school and interact with our kids every day. They are our custodial & lunchroom staff, the counselors, librarian, adviser, secretary, coach and many others.

If you would like to contribute, please use this safe and secure online donation option. Checks to Miraloma PTA with 'Staff Holiday Gift' in memo can be put it in the locked PTA mailbox at the office.
brownDEC 12: Principal at Willie Brown Academic STEM M.S. Visits Miraloma - 8am in the Cafeteria!
Please join me on Friday, Dec 12th morning (8am) to welcome the new Principal of SFUSD's new Willie Brown Academic STEM Middle School 
to Miraloma for a brief meet and greet with our community.

Principal Demetrius Brown will be joining us to share info on the new school. You will be able to ask questions and learn more about the STEM and other programs being offered starting in the 2015-16 school year.

Principal Bass - principal@miralomasf.com
chineseDEC 12: Participate in the Upcoming Chinese New Year's Parade

For the seventh year, Miraloma students (and alums) are invited to join the Chung Ngai Dance Troupe in the 2015 Chinese New Year Parade. The parade for the Year of the Horse will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015* in Downtown/Chinatown San Francisco. (*Please note this is the same evening as the Miraloma Auction.)

This is the perfect opportunity to take part in the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia. More info here.


If your child would like to participate, return an application form to Susie Quan by Tuesday, Dec 12. We have a limit to the number of children that can participate.

sibsJAN 15: Register Younger Siblings for Kindergarten 2015-16!
If your current grade K-4 Miraloma student has a younger sibling who will
be applying to Miraloma for the 2015-2016 school year, please turn in
your SFUSD registration forms to Ms. Mallen in the school office
by January 15th, 2015
 so we can reserve a kindergarten spot for you.

Registration forms are also available at the school office. Please speak
with Ms. Mallen if you have any questions.
volunteerVOLUNTEER:  Miraloma Needs Your Help - NEW Opportunities!
Miraloma Families! If you have some spare time, please sign up below to help in various ways at school. Thank you!

Brigette Prater - volunteer@miralomasf.com


We need volunteers for the Saturday school tour, on December 13, from 8:15 - 9:30 am. We have 80 interested parents signed up to tour that day, and not enough volunteers to be stationed around the school to answer questions. You do not need to know everything about Miraloma, all is in the self-guided tour packets they have. Just be a friendly face and school parent as guests walk the tour. We will bring coffee for volunteers. Feel free to bring your kids! Sign up today. Thank you!

Jennifer Kesteloot & Amanda Hughen - tours@miralomasf.com


There's still time to help during this important week at Miraloma!
Victoria Sanchez - inclusive@miralomasf.com

Students' Healthy Snack Prep:
Mondays and Wednesday @ 8am in the Garden to help prep snacks.
Alison Eastwood - snack@miralomasf.com

First Friday Coffee Social:
Sign up to bring coffee (paid by PTA!) to one of the Friday Coffee Socials. hospitality@miralomasf.com

Dragon Wear Sales at First Friday Socials:
Help spread the Miraloma spirit with "swag sales" on Fridays.
Elena Lipkins - dragonwear@miralomasf.com 

Adopt a Shelf in the Library:
Help re-shelve, reorder and preserve books - 10 min per week.
Victoria Sanchez - library@miralomasf.com

Care for Our Chickens:
Brian Leonard - chickens@miralomasf.com 



The new STEM Committee is looking for:




Join parent David Schwartz as co-chair of the STEM Committee that focuses on maximizing our kids' exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. [read more about the STEM Committee]



If you work in a technology or science based field, or have connections at any of the many STEM based companies in the Bay Area, we'd love to hear from you!



Join the STEM committee and work together with the Miraloma PTA, SSC, and Faculty to help define & design the STEM lab, search grants and research STEM programs.



We would love your input on how to implement STEM at Miraloma!


Contact STEM@miralomasf.com

givingFUNDRAISING: Heard of Giving Wednesday? Yes, it's today!

Did you miss out on Giving Tuesday yesterday? No worries, today is Giving Wednesday! 'Tis the season to donate to your favorite school, Miraloma. Consider making a one time or monthly donation to our Annual Fund. And THANK YOU. 

freemoneyFUNDRAISING: Do These Quick Things to Earn Miraloma $$$!

Please check out these 5 ways to earn FREE (to you) money for our school:

1. Corporate Matching: check with your employer about corporate matching to double the impact of your Fun Run or Annual Fund Donations!


2. Whole Foods: from now until Jan 18th, bring your own bags when you shop at Whole Foods on Ocean Ave and the donated bag credit goes to Miraloma

3. Amazon: starting your session by clicking any Amazon Button* on our website/newsletter and you'll earn 4-12% for Miraloma with your purchase 

*Bookmark this link: http://www.amazon.com/?tag=miralelemesch-20

4. eScrip: register your credit cards at eScrip.com and sign up to become a supporter of Miraloma. Group ID: 5109134

5. Sports Basement: Mention MIRALOMA at check-out to get a 10% discount and earn Miraloma 5% on your purchases

Britta Narum - fundraising@miralomasf.com 

denmanmsINFO: Our Feeder School is James Denman MS - learn more here
James Denman Middle School is the feeder school for Miraloma ES, Sunnyside ES, Lakeshore ES, Longfellow ES, and Sheridan ES. We have added some info about our feeder school to the Miraloma Website under
Our School > Our Feeder School.


You will find links to the Denman Website, Twitter accounts of the Denman principal & assistant principal and more.


If you want to connect with parents at the other feeder schools and former Miraloma families whose kids are currently at Denman, please join the Denman Feeders Yahoo! Group.

gatenewsREMINDER: GATE Identification Info for 2014-15

There will be no new GATE identifications for students in Grades 3-5 this school year due to the absence of end of the year academic student data. Contact our GATE Coordinator, Ms. Kitsuda, directly if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you for reading!
Mercedes Coats, Newsletter Editor
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