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School Meal Applications
Please fill one out today!


Fri, Aug 28:

Miraloma Parent's Night Out
Miraloma Club @ 749 Portola Drive (no host)

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!

Sept 14:
SSC Meeting
6-7pm, Library

Sept 17:
Early Release Day
School is out at 11:20am


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)

MEEP: 415-859-9605

YMCA: 415-690-6403
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August 26, 2015  


AUG 28: Miraloma Parent's Night Out - meet new and returning families

SEPT 1: Submit School Meal Application - All families 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 for this important event!

Miraloma is Hiring a Noon Monitor - please share this info 
IMPORTANT: Online School Communications   - make sure you're signed up
Fun Run Fall Fundraiser is October 18th SAVE THE DATE!
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

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:
noonHIRING: Miraloma is Hiring a Noon Monitor - help spread the word
We are in search of a wonderful  Noon Monitor! This position i s part-time at two hours per day, from 10:50-12:50, Monday through Friday, on school days. 

The Noon Monitor is an extra set of "eyes and ears" to assist school staff in watching children (ages 5-10) during lunchtime meal and play periods. All candidates must complete an application and screening with the SF Unified School District. 

Please call 415-469-4734 for an interview or email Mr. Bass at principal@miralomasf.com.
parentsnightAUG 28: Miraloma Parent Night Out (no host)
Please join us for the Miraloma Parent Night Out (no host) on Friday August 28, 8pm at the Miraloma Club (749 Portola Dr) to welcome all our new families! With at least 6 new students in every grade in addition to the new kindergartners we hope to see lots of parents there - new and "old"! 

8:00pm - come for a bit, or close the place down!

Welcome Committee - welcome@miralomasf.com
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.
PTAmembershipNOW: Get / Renew your PTA Membership
Join the PTA to be more involved in your child's education and become a part of a great parent community. The PTA budget pays for family social events and most of the enrichment programs at Miraloma.

PTA membership costs $5.50 per adult and must be renewed every year - sign up online today!

Justin Ryckebusch, VP, Membership - membership@miralomasf.com
ptameetingSEPT 2: PTA Meeting & Volunteer Fair - learn more and get involved
Join the PTA Board and Mr. Bass for our first PTA meeting and Volunteer Fair on Weds, Sept 2nd from 8-9am in the Cafeteria.

PTA Volunteer Fair:
You'll learn more about each Committee and volunteering opportunity at Miraloma.

Here are a few roles we're trying to fill ASAP!
Email volunteer@miralomasf.com if interested.
  • Fun Run Corporate Sponsorship Team: solicit and manage the wonderful sponsorships for this event
  • Fun Run Graphic Designer: design this year's t-shirt
  • Fun Run Communications Team: take the lead on letting our community know all about the Fun Run
  • Newsletter Editor: produce our weekly school newsletter (with lots of help!)
  • Recess Parent Lead: coordinate parent volunteers for recess yard duty and work with our PlayWorks staff member, Coach Su!

Ellen Schatz, PTA President - pta@miralomasf.com

Mercedes Coats, Volunteer Coordinator - volunteer@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 - Save the Date
back to school Please plan to join your student's teachers for Back to School Night on Wed, September 9. Please note, there are two sessions based on grade level:
  • Kinder-2nd grades: 5:30-6:10pm
  • 3rd-5th grades: 6:20-7:00pm
While this is not a mandatory event, we highly recommend that an adult representative of every Miraloma student be present.

This is a great opportunity for you to come and visit your children's classroom, meet his/her teacher, and find out valuable information about grade level curriculum and classroom specific topics. It is also a wonderful chance for you to become familiarized with your child(ren)'s daily schedule and routine, get to know the teacher's expectations for the school year, and meet other parents in the same class.

More information on Childcare in next week's newsletter. Please try to make arrangements for your child(ren) to stay at home during this evening, as it is challenging to accommodate all families needing childcare.

Thank you in advance for taking an active role in your student's education at Miraloma Elementary School.
FunRunFUNDRAISING: FUN RUN is Sunday, Oct 18th - Save the Date
The 8th Annual Miraloma Fun RUN is on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Balboa High School track. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the Miraloma community, get some exercise with your kids, and raise funds for our school.

This is one of only two big fundraising events held by Miraloma, in addition to raising money through our Annual Fund. Please SAVE THE DATE! Email us to get involved and watch this space in the newsletter for more information as it becomes available.

Kristin Jamieson, Gedalia Braverman, Sarah Mattison-Earls
(Co-chairs, Fun Run) -
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
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!)
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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