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School Meal Applications
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THIS WEEK: Sing-Along will be Students-ONLY! Please read more here.

Aug 31:
SSC Meeting
6-7pm, Library
Sept 2:
PTA Meeting + Volunteer Fair
8-9am, Cafeteria
Sept 4:
First Friday Coffee Social 
8am, outside Cafeteria

Sept 7:
Labor Day Holiday

Sept 9:
Back to School Night
Save the date!


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

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August 19, 2015  


SEPT 1: Submit School Meal Application - EVERYONE should do this!

SEPT 4: First Friday Coffee Social  - 8am, Outside Cafeteria

SEPT 7: NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Holiday

SEPT 9: Back to School Night  - Save the Date! More info next newsletter

THIS WEEK at Sing-Along - important update for community attendance
IMPORTANT: Online School Communications  - make sure you're signed up
Register for MealPayPlus - you can pay for school meals online!
Parking & Traffic Guidelines  - best practices for drop off and pick up
Tardy/Absent/Sick? - follow proper reporting procedures

SFUSD Welcome Back to School Letter  - helpful info to begin school yr!
PresletterWelcome Back Note from PTA President
Welcome students, families, teachers, & staff to the 2015-16 school year! We are starting a fresh year with a brand new school! Miraloma looks fantastic; a year's worth of construction has resulted in a beautiful new school yard, refinished and refreshed classrooms, bathrooms, auditorium, library, and cafeteria-not to mention a whole new main office layout and the STEAM room. A huge thank you to the teachers and community members who spent last week putting the school back together-the turn around from chaos to order was fast and amazing!

This is a perfect example of what we as a school do so well; we come together as a community to figure out what our students, teachers, and school need to flourish and we make sure to get it done effectively and efficiently. Through our PTA funding and volunteer hours, we have provided arts education, organic snacks daily, our PE coach and Playworks recess training, professional development for our teachers (ask them about the Math Conference in Kansas City this summer), a gardening teacher, and many other needed and desired materials and resources.

To kick us off, please join us for the first PTA meeting and Volunteer Fair on Wed, September 2nd at 8am in the Cafeteria. This is a super opportunity to learn more about all the ways you can participate in the school and help our students. Your participation is greatly appreciated and much needed.

On a personal note, this is my last year as PTA President and my 10th and final year as a Miraloma parent and I would like to take a moment to thank the teachers, the principal, and whole community for a very enriching decade. My family and I feel so fortunate to have been a part of this community and to watch it grow into the stellar school it has become today. My one piece of advice as I look back: all students benefit from our school, but as a parent, I have found that the more you put into this community, the more you get out of it. And this community has an awful lot to offer.

Looking forward to seeing you at Morning Circle and the PTA meetings!

Ellen Schatz (Eliza 5th, Althea 9th)
PTA President - pta@miralomasf.com
singSING-ALONG - Students Only for THIS WEEK's attendance
PLEASE NOTE: This week's Sing-Alongs on Thursday and Friday will be Students-ONLY.

With an increased student body this year, we need a week of students-only Sing-Along sessions so that we can assess how many people can fit safely into the auditorium. 

I know parents and care-givers really enjoy attending Sing-Along so I will do my best to accommodate this participation in future Sing-Alongs. However, w e may need to limit the number of community members in attendance in order to safely accommodate our larger student body. I will update you as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your patience on this. This is a fire and safety issue and I appreciate your understanding!

commsIMPORTANT: Online School Communications
With so many new families joining Miraloma this year, we want to make sure everyone understands how to receive school communications. 

Make sure you have signed up for these three:
  1. Miraloma E-mail List - Weekly school newsletter, Principal announcements, PTA Fundraiser & Volunteer mailings
  2. Grade-wide Yahoo Group - Grade-wide events, sports teams, KOA weekends
  3. Class ListServ - Teacher-parent communications
    • Your room parent/teacher will invite for your class group
In addition we have several informal social media platforms you can join:
sscAUG 31: School Site Council Meeting - 6-7pm, Library
Join the 2015-16 School Site Council (SSC) for their first meeting of the year on Monday, Aug 31st from 6-7pm in the Library.

What is the SSC?
The School Site Council (SSC) is an elected group of an equal number of parents, teachers and/or staff. The role of the SSC is to advise the principal on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the school's overall improvement plan and school budget. Learn more here and join them for their open-to-the-community meetings!

lunchappSEPT 1: School Meal Applications and Online Payment Options
Every year, all families at SFUSD need to submit a Free and Reduced School Meals Application regardless whether you are applying for subsidized meals or not. Read more on how this info is essential for SFUSD.

Please submit the application online today! (No printout needed.)

New to SFUSD?
Until your application is processed, you will need to provide your child(ren) a sack lunch or send money to purchase school meals. 

Want to pay for school lunch online?
Register for MealpayPlus, where you can view your child's meal account history, pre-pay for meals and monitor your balance.
ptameetingSEPT 2: PTA Meeting & Volunteer Fair - learn more and get involved
Join the PTA Board and Mr. Bass for the first meeting of the new year and a Volunteer Fair on Weds, Sept 2nd from 8-9am in the Cafeteria.

PTA Membership:
Be sure to renew or sign up for PTA membership (renewals are required EACH school year)

Volunteer Fair:
Learn more about each Committee and volunteering opportunity at Miraloma. Get involved and have fun making our school great!

Ellen Schatz, PTA President - pta@miralomasf.com
coffeeSEPT 4: First Friday Coffee Social - 8-9am, outside Cafeteria
Join your fellow Miralomans for a cup o' joe, a pastry and some good conversation!  Our First Friday Coffee Social takes place every month on the first Friday -- our kickoff event takes place Friday, Sept 4th from 8-9am outside the Cafeteria. 

Please contact Kathryn Shedrick if you are willing to bring a breakfast treat  --  store-bought or baked  --  to share with the community.  

For more on these monthly get-togethers, read here.

Kathryn Shedrick, Hospitality Coordinator - hospitality@miralomasf.com
backSEPT 9: Back to School Night 
back to school SAVE THE DATE!

Back to School Night is tentatively scheduled for Weds, Sept 9th in the early evening
. More details and schedule for each grade will be in next week's newsletter. 

Mr. Bass - principal@miralomasf.com
donationFUNDRAISING: Great ways to contribute to Miraloma!
One Time or Monthly!
Shop & Earn Online! Bookmark this link.

Earn $ via 
eScrip Online Mall!
Mention "Miraloma" for 10% off and 5% back to our school!

sickTardy, Absent & Sick Days - please follow these procedures
If your child is tardy more than 30 minutes or absent from school due to pre-planned arrangements or being ill, please follow our reporting procedures so the school knows what's going on.

1. Submit this form to the school secretary ASAP. No need to call! (This form is listed on the left side of every newsletter, too, below the side calendar listings.)

2. Check in with your child's teacher upon return to see what was missed and if there is any make-up work to be done.
policiesSchool Policies and Info - read up so you know
Please take a moment to review some school policies and information so that we get off on a good foot this year!

Learn more about Early Release Days! (The first one is on Sept 17th!)
superSFUSD Superintendent Carranza Reception - you're invited
From the district office... You're invited to the SUPERINTENDENT'S RECEPTION: Enjoy a light meal, dessert and talk with Richard Carranza, Superintendent of SFUSD. Attend the reception to show Superintendent Carranza that we (as individuals and collectively) want to partner in decisions effecting our kids' education.
prop13PROP 13 REFORM: Sign the Petition Today & Support Our Schools!
This is an issue which has negatively impacted California schools and students for the last 47 years and it is time to change that. As citizens and parents, I ask you to get involved and sign this petition and share it with your community.

Here is more from a group leading the reform charge, Evolve California:

Proposition 13 was passed in 1978 to protect homeowners. Unfortunately, Prop. 13 created massive loopholes for corporations, allowing them to avoid paying fair property taxes even when their properties change hands. This large corporate giveaway hurts homeowners, students, and all Californians. We need to close the loophole and make corporations pay their fair share. According to the Legislative Analyst's Office, requiring corporations to pay property taxes based on the current value of their properties would generate at least $6 billion each year for California, including $2.5 billion per year for education.

Ellen Schatz, PTA President - PTA@miralomasf.com

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Mercedes Coats, Newsletter Editor
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