MIRALOMA DRAGON DIGEST - 223
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HAPPENING THIS WEEK
TONIGHT:
Back to School Night
NEW Format!

5:30-5:40: Meet on the Yard for Welcome/Introductions
5:40-5:45: All parents & guardians travel to classrooms
5:45-6:15: Classroom presentations
6:15-6:30: Final Questions & Stop by other rooms/etc.
6:30: Teachers dismissed
6:30-7:00: PTA reception in library

Mon, Sept 14:
SSC Meeting
6-7pm, Library

Tues, Sept 15:
Sing Along Parent's Meeting
with Mr. Bass
8am, Auditorium
A LOOK AHEAD
Sept 17:
Early Release Day
School is out at 11:20am

Sept 22:
STEAM Committee Kick Off Meeting
8am, Cafeteria 

Oct 2:
First Friday Coffee Social
8am, outside Cafeteria

Oct 3:
Garden Work Party 
10am, Garden

Oct 15:
LGBTQ Families Dinner
5:30-7:30pm, Aptos MS

NOTIFY SCHOOL OF ABSENCE/TARDINESS:

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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Sept 9, 2015  
IN THIS ISSUE...

UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES:

TONIGHT: Back to School Night  - NEW FORMAT! 5:30pm meet on the yard

SEPT 11: Sing Along for K-2 - 1st Grade Parents only this week 

SEPT 14: SSC Meeting & Elections  - all are welcome, 6-7pm in the Library


SEPT 17: Early Release  - school ends at 11:20am



OCT 2: First Friday Coffee Social  - sign up to help / 8am, outside Cafeteria

OCT 3: Garden Workday  - 10am, in the Garden - Save the Date!

FUNDRAISING:
FUN RUN Sponsorship  Be a FUN RUN sponsor this year!
Give to Miraloma Annual Fund  - Let's feed the Dragon
Other Ways to Earn $ for Our School  - Earn $ at stores and online

VOLUNTEERING:
Snack Team   - Check out how you can help
School Tours - Sign up to help show off our school

REMINDERS:
Gender Neutral Bathrooms  - FAQ from Mr. Bass
Register for MealPayPlus  - You can pay for school meals online
Prop 13 Reform  - An important issue for CA schools
 
DISTRICT FLYERS:
backTONIGHT: Back to School Night - 5:30 start. Note NEW format!
back to school
Back to School Night is TONIGHT, Wed, September 9 from 5:30-7pm! 

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW FORMAT!

While this is not a mandatory event, we highly recommend that an adult representative of every Miraloma student be present.

The schedule will be as follows:

5:30-5:40: All teachers and families meet on the Yard for Welcome & Introductions
(5:35 Teachers dismissed to their classrooms)
5:40-5:45: All parents/guardians travel to classrooms
5:45-6:15: Classroom presentations**
6:15-6:30: Final Questions/Stop by other rooms/etc.
6:30: Teachers dismissed
6:30-7:00: PTA reception in library

**All families with more than one sibling will be encouraged to attend the oldest sibling's classroom presentation. If two family members attend, they can split up and attend each child's class presentation.

Childcare: Childcare will be provided on the yard for school-age children (drop off and pick up in the Cafeteria), however it is very limited. Please try to make arrangements for your child(ren) to stay at home for this event, if at all possible.

Thank you in advance for taking an active role in your student's education at Miraloma Elementary School.

SingSEPT 11: Sing Along - 1st Grade Family Attendance Only
As mentioned at morning circle, this Friday's  K-2 Sing-Along will be open for community members from 1st Grade only. We are currently rotating community attendance due to safety and space concerns. 

Please note some agreements that need to be followed for attendance:
  1. Adult attendees must let students and teachers enter and exit the auditorium unobstructed. Please leave doorways open until all students are seated and don't get up until students are out after Sing Along.
  2. Please sit on the stage or on front sides, not in the main auditorium seats which are needed for students.
  3. To make the experience best for students, please refrain from leaving Sing-Along in the middle. Plan to stay for the whole time.
As this is an on-going issue, I will be holding a Parent's Meeting on Tuesday, Sept 15th at 8am in the Auditorium to discuss our long-term Sing Along policy. We will discuss student experience, teacher concerns, parent feedback, school safety and regulatory guidelines. Please attend so we can work together and problem solve this issue.

sscSEPT 14: SSC Meeting and Elections
Join the SSC (School Site Council) for their first meeting of the year on Monday, Sept 14th from 6-7pm in the Library

They will be holding elections next week to fill vacant spots, including two parent members spots and some alternates. 
  • The call for Candidates will take place Monday at the meeting
  • They will have elections the following Friday via paper ballots at morning circle. 
  • For more information, please email David or Al below.
David Schwartz & Al Collins, Co-Chairs - ssc@miralomasf.com 
meepSEPT 15: Deadline to Sign Up for MEEP Specialty Classes
MEEP is currently accepting applications for the following classes until September 15, 2015. Please note these classes are first come first serve.

MEEP Specialty classes are:
  • Tennis - Monday afternoons
  • Fencing - Friday afternoons
  • Math Club - Monday and Wednesday afternoons
  • Lego Engineering - Thursday afternoons
To obtain an application please contact our office at meepoffice@gmail.com or visit us at www.Meepinc.com and click on the "Enrollment" tab.

Please note: our office currently does not have a phone due to the location of the room and our current space is void of any phone jacks. We are working with Miraloma School to find a solution to this problem.  The best way to contact us is by email at meepoffice@gmail.com or simply contact our sister program Tutors R Us 24/7 voicemail at 415-632-1665.

Armen Dilanchian, ED of MEEP - meepoffice@gmail.com
earlySEPT 17: Early Release Day - school ends at 11:20am
School is out at 11:20am on Thursday September 17, but students will still have lunch at school.

Please help us make this day a success by planning ahead for early pick-up. All after school programs will begin at 11:20 on early release day. If you are not able to pick up your child early and the drop-in fee for MEEP is not an option for you, please contact Mr. Bass.

FYI: The system of monthly early release days benefits all staff and students with less sub-time AND saves the school $20,000/year. Read more...
funFUNDRAISING: Be a FUN RUN Sponsor! Sign up today.
Promote your business, support our school and the annual FUN RUN, this year on Sunday, Oct 18th! 

Being a FUN RUN Sponsor is a fantastic opportunity to promote your business to our school community. 

Sponsors get a lot of visibility and community wide recognition. Visibility ranges (depending on level of sponsorship) from having your name / logo on RUN banners, event signage, on website pages and in the weekly newsletter, and of course on our keepsake t-shirt!

Sponsorship levels found here or 
contact Bronagh Hanley at  run@miralomasf.com .

Bronagh Hanley, Corporate Sponsorship Lead - run@miralomasf.com
+ Gedalia, Sarah & Kristin (FUN RUN Co-Chairs)

mollieFUNDRAISING: Mollie Stone's Community Cards
Shop with your Mollie Stone's Community Card, and they will contribute up to 5% of your total purchase to Miraloma. Please take a moment to sign up in person at any Mollie Stone's or online. It's free money for Miraloma!

Thanks to all who signed up for Community Cards at First Friday last week. And a BIG thank you to Mollie Stone's for generously donating breakfast!

Kathryn Shedrick - hospitality@miralomasf.com
toursVOLUNTEER: Sign up to help with school tours!
You remember touring schools (ugh) and how helpful it was to talk to real live parents. Sign up today to pay it forward by helping out with one or more tours this year. 

It's really easy - you do NOT need to be an expert on anything - you just need to be willing to talk about your experience as a Miraloma parent. Follow  this link  to sign up for a tour today!

Jennifer Kesteloot & Amanda Hughen -  tours@miralomasf.com
snackVOLUNTEER: Snack Team Needs Your Help!
The Healthy Snack Program is in full swing, and the snack crew hopes that all your children are enjoying the local and seasonal produce they are eating for snack every day.

We are 100% volunteer based, and we have several spots that we still need filled to keep the program running smoothly.
  • Bin Collection, Composting & Cleaning (Tues/Wed & every 2nd Fri)
  • AM Snack Cart Set Up (Tuesday AM before 9am)
  • Snack Preparation (Mon & Weds after morning circle)
Please email Alison to find out more info and plan to come to Snack Prep to help out anytime you can!

Alison Eastwood - snack@miralomasf.com
annualFUNDRAISING: Feed The Dragon... Donate to the Annual Fund!
DONATE TO THE  ANNUAL FUND
One Time or Monthly!
Please read our email letter sent yesterday for information on how your donations help our school!

Britta Narum, PTA VP Fundraising - fundraising@miralomasf.com
donateFUNDRAISING: Easy ways to raise funds for Miraloma
Shop & Earn Online!


Earn $ via 
eScrip Online Mall!

Mention "Miraloma" for 10% off and 5% back to our school!

 
bathroomsREMINDER: Gender Neutral Bathrooms - Updates from Mr. Bass
If you'd like more information about the media surrounding our new Gender Neutral bathrooms, read Mr. Bass' recent email. You can also read the FAQ regarding the bathrooms

Questions? Email Mr. Bass - principal@miralomasf.com
ptamemb REMINDER: 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
prop13REMINDER: Sign Prop 13 Reform Petition & 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. For more information, visit Evolve California, an organization leading the charge on this issue.

Ellen Schatz, PTA President - PTA@miralomasf.com

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Mercedes Coats, Newsletter Editor
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