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URGENT: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED THIS SATURDAY!

We currently have only 4 volunteers signed up to help with tours this Saturday at school, and 80 parents touring. We need at least 4 more volunteers to be at school from 8:15-9:15 am, simply standing in the halls and answering questions. You don't need to know everything about the school -- most things are covered in the self-guided tour packet, and anything else Mr. Bass can answer in the Q&A at 9:15am. | SIGN UP TODAY

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IMPORTANT DATES
Wed, Dec 10:
Blue Bear Class Registration Starts - more details next newsletter

Thur, Dec 11:
Early Release Day
School ends at 11:20am 

Fri, Dec 12:
Meet Principal @ Willie Brown Academic STEM Middle School
8am, Cafeteria

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

Tues, Jan 13:
Puberty Education for Parents
8am, Cafeteria 

Thur, Jan 15:
SFUSD Registration Forms Due (Incoming Kinder Sibling Forms go to Ms. Mallen)

Sat, Mar 7:
Miraloma Auction
Save the date! 

NOTIFY SCHOOL OF ABSENCE/TARDINESS:

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 10, 2014 
IN THIS ISSUE...
 
COMING UP:

 

DEC 10: Registration for Blue Bear Music Classes - sign up today!

 

DEC 11: Early Release is Tomorrow - school ends at 11:20am!

 

DEC 12: Meet Principal from Willie Brown Academic STEM Middle School - 8am, Cafeteria with Principal Demetrius Brown

 

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 13: Puberty Education Presentation for Parents - 8am, cafeteria

 

JAN 14: SFUSD Enrollment Forms Due to Ms. Mallen - for incoming Kindergarten siblings and outgoing 5th graders going to Middle School!

SAVE THE DATE:

MAR 7: Miraloma Auction 2015 - the biggest fundraiser of the year!

SPECIAL SAVINGS:
VOLUNTEER:
bluebearDEC 10: Blue Bear Music Class Registration - sign up online now
The next 10-week session of Blue Bear classes will start the week of January 12. Registrations details are below:
  • Returning students have received a PayPal invoice. Pay today to secure your spot!  
  • New students (Grades 3-5) can now register online for the Beginner Class (Tue/Thu @ 3pm) - include Student Name in comment field.

New registrations are FIRST COME FIRST SERVE! There are limited spots available, so register asap.

brownDEC 12: Principal at Willie Brown Academic STEM M.S. Visits Miraloma - 8am in the Cafeteria
Please join me this Friday, Dec 12th morning (8am) in the cafeteria, to meet and greet the new Principal of SFUSD's new Willie Brown Academic STEM Middle School. 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
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.
chineseDEC 12: Participate in the Upcoming Chinese New Year's Parade

SIGN UP by Friday! 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.

purbertyJAN 13: Parent's Education Session on 5th Grade Puberty Training

Every year the fifth graders receive puberty training from an outside educator that is approved by the district. There is also a parent information session a few weeks before the kids have their class so parents can be informed.

 

The parent puberty info session will be Tuesday January 13th at 8:00 am  - immediately after drop off in the cafeteria. Everyone is welcome. The kids will have their class later in the month.

 

Principal Bass - principal@miralomasf.com

sfusdJAN 14: SFUSD Enrollment Forms Due to Ms. Mallen for 2015-16
Don't forget to complete your SFUSD Enrollment forms for incoming younger siblings going to Kindergarten and/or outgoing 5th graders going to Middle School!

Ms. Mallen has printed forms in the office or you can download them here. She will take your completed forms for the 2015-2016 school year and deliver them to the District office by their deadline of January 16, 2015.

Please return forms to Ms. Mallen by January 14th! 

Ms. Mallen - admin@miralomasf.com
saveSAVE THE DATE: MARCH 7 is Miraloma Auction 2015

Save the date for Miraloma's biggest fundraiser and party: March 7, 2015 from 6:00pm-midnight. You don't want to miss this! 

 

Stay tuned to the newsletter for more info in the new year!

cirqueSAVINGS: PTA Members Get Discount for Cirque du Soleil Tickets
We've been offered a limited time discount for
PTA Members to get discounts on tickets to KURIOS by Cirque du Soleil. Please click here
to purchase. The discount does not apply on Saturdays but every other show date is discounted. There is no sign up and no minimum number of tickets required. 

To sign up for PTA membership (only $5.50 per adult!), click here.
newvolunteerVOLUNTEER: Please Help w/ NEW Volunteering Opportunities
ART CLOSET COORDINATOR:

Ms. Mallen is looking for a parent volunteer to help with the following.
  • Organize the Art Closet (Supply Room)
  • Track supplies
  • Coordinate ordering of supplies with Ms. Mallen

JOIN/HELP THE STEM COMMITTEE:

STEM Committee Co-Chair
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]

Connections in Tech or Science-based Co's
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!

Committee Members
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.

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

David Schwartz - STEM@miralomasf.com
volunteerVOLUNTEER:  Miraloma Needs Your Help - sign up today
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


School Tours - SPECIAL SATURDAY TOUR
HELP NEEDED!

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

 

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 
givingFUNDRAISING: 'Tis the Season for Giving to Miraloma

Don't miss out on a tax deduction this year! A donation to Miraloma this 'giving season' means so much for the students and whole school. Consider making a one time or monthly donation to our Annual Fund. 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.

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