DRAGON DIGEST
January 16, 2019   |   Vol. 350
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS**
BABY ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MR. INGBER
Tamar and I are beyond happy and feel incredibly lucky to share that we are now a family of four! Nava came into the world with a dramatic and exciting last minute flip from breech to heads down, pleasing her parents from Day 1. Nava is an Israeli name that means beautiful in Hebrew, and Libby was Tamar's grandmother, a  talented artist and a strong female role model.

Thank you to everyone who is working hard to help support our school while I'm out this week! 
Nava Libby Rudnick
Born 1.9.19    6 lbs, 8 oz

Lots of love to the whole Miraloma family, 
Noah, Tamar & Big Sister Aviv
***ADDITIONAL FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR SCHOOLS! TAKE ACTION NOW!*** 
Last year, the Second District PTA representing San Francisco voted to support Prop G, the Living Wage for Educators Act. We continue to insist on providing living wages for our teachers by asking SF for a fair share of the unexpected Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) windfall. Start the year out right by sending a quick email, tweet, or Facebook post TODAY to ask the SF Board of Supervisors and Mayor Breed to support our public schools. See here for sample messages.

Background:
San Francisco voters passed Prop G, the Living Wage for Educators Act, in June 2018. In August, SFUSD gave teachers and staff much-needed raises to keep educators in your school. An independent group has challenged the results of the vote; now, SFUSD may not get that money for years, even though the District has already started paying for the promised salary increases.  

The City of San Francisco just got $411 million back from the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) property tax - a portion of this unexpected windfall is meant to pay for education (as you can tell from the name of the fund). The Board of Supervisors and Mayor Breed are deciding right now how to spend the money. SFUSD is requesting  $60 million be spent on our schools. 

We need your help telling the Board of Supervisors and Mayor today that ERAF money needs to go where it was intended--into our public schools--before the budget committee meets tomorrow, January 17th.  

Board of Supervisors contact information: https://sfbos.org/roster-members
**UPCOMING EVENTS**
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: THIS MONTH AT-A-GLANCE
Upcoming events and important dates:
  • 1/18 (Fri), 7:15am - Running Club
  • 1/18 (Fri), 6:30-8:00pm - Family Dance Party
  • 1/21 (Mon) - NO SCHOOL (MLK, Jr. Holiday)
  • 1/21 - 1/30 - Miraloma Read-A-Thon
  • 1/24 (Thur), 11:20am - Early Release
  • 1/25 (Fri), 7:15am - Running Club
  • 1/30 (Wed), 6:00pm - PTA Meeting
  • 2/1 - 2/7 - Miraloma Book Fair
  • 2/1 (Fri), 8:00am - First Friday Coffee
  • 2/5 (Tues) - NO SCHOOL (Lunar New Year)
  • 2/7 (Thurs), 5:30-7:00pm - Art Fair
Want to know what else is coming up? Check out the  School Calendar.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18: FAMILY DANCE PARTY
Join Ms. Matarazzo in the gym THIS Friday, January 18th from 6:30-8:00pm for Miraloma's 1st Annual Family Dance Night! 

All family members are welcome, so bring the whole crew!
Dancing is one of the easiest and most fun ways to get fit! We'll dance to pop hits, old skool favorites, Motown, and even do some line dances. You can suggest your favorite song or dance at the suggestion box near the main office, and we will do our best to put it on the playlist. 

Please note that no food will be served and only water will be allowed in the gym. Thanks to all the volunteers we've had so far ... we still need volunteers to help do a quick sweep of the gym after our dance party. Please sign up here if you can help out! We hope to see you there!

Ms. Matarazzo - matarazzoa@sfusd.edu
JANUARY 21-30: START YOUR ENGINES, THE READ-A-THON IS ALMOST HERE!

It's that time again, bibliophiles! The 2019 Read-a-thon runs from January 21 to January 30th and all students are welcome to join the fun.  Reading logs will be distributed to the classrooms next week. For all the Read-a-thon details, or if you're looking for an additional reading log, please click here . Remember, January 21 is a school holiday, so kids can start reading anytime that day. Happy reading!

Key Dates

  • Reading begins: Monday, January 21
  • Reading ends: Wednesday, January 30 @ 9:00pm
  • Reading logs due: Thursday, January 31
  • Winners announced: Week of February 4
JANUARY 21 & JANUARY 24: MLK HOLIDAY AND EARLY RELEASE
Please remember that school will be closed on Monday, January 21st in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

There will be an early release day on  Thursday, January 24th.  The school day will finish at 11:20am and afterschool programs will begin immediately after dismissal. As a reminder, all our Early Release days are also displayed on our school calendar.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7: MIRALOMA ART SHOW
Miraloma's annual school-wide art show is coming soon! Thursday, February 7th, will be an evening of art and fun. Each child can submit an art piece for the Miraloma Art Show. 
  • Art of any medium and size: 3D, paintings, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, computer animation, or videos. 
  • Students should bring their artwork to their classroom teacher on or before Wednesday, Feb 6th. If their piece is large, please email the Arts Committee to get special delivery instructions.
  • Three art works will be chosen for entry into the SFUSD Arts Festival and will be displayed at the Asian Art Museum in March. The Asian Art Museum does not accept artwork made from flowers, branches, food, recycled wood, feathers (including processed feathers from art supply stores), nut shells, cigarette butts, candy, seeds, dirt or sand, fabric, yarn, textiles, or bamboo.

     
  • Art works with a recycled theme or materials will be entered into the "Rise Above Plastic" Message In A Bottle art show at the Palace of Fine Arts in April.

Ryan Silvers, Brooke Corley
Arts Committee  --   arts@miralomasf.com
MARCH 2: HELP PREPARE FOR AUCTION 2019!

Miraloma's biggest fundraiser and party will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 6pm-12 midnight at the Verdi Club and we need your help to make this event a success! Click here for more details. Where we need your help:
  • Tell us if you have a great live auction item to donate (e.g. vacation home, sports or show tickets) and/or connections in the hospitality business. Please contact our Procurement Lead, Lisa Burrell, at donations@miralomasf.com.
  • Donate a bottle or two of good wine ($30+ per bottle) for the Miraloma wine raffle. Please hand it to Angela Han, Sarah Lowry or Jamie Dever at morning circle.
  • Join the team as Event Co-Planner and help our Event Lead, Jaime Dever, make auction night run smoothly. We're looking for an organized person to help plan, coordinate, and help out during the event. Email auction@miralomasf.com for more info.
Michelle Kennedy & Catherine Homsey
Co-Chairs, Auction Committee - auction@miralomasf.com
AUCTION 2019 - The Hot List!
Each week we'll highlight items or packages that will be up for auction on March 2nd!
JUST IN..
PIXAR VIP TOUR

To infinity and beyond! Four guests will receive an exclusive tour of Pixar Animation Studios where animation comes to life! Experience a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the studio that created some the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including The Incredibles, Inside Out, Cars, and Toy Story. The auction package also includes a VIP gift basket with a fun-filled assortment of Pixar merchandise.
**SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS**
MV CODE: CODING CLASS FOR 3RD-5TH GRADERS

Have a kid in 3-5 grade who is interested in learning to code after school? MV Code is offering 7-day sessions of coding for $350, targeting beginners, and taught by experienced coders. Lessons available for returning students as well.

For more information and to sign up, please see the flyer here.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES





If you are interested in exploring these opportunities, please email volunteer@miralomsf.com.

Read-A-Thon Lead:
 It's time to pass the baton! Read-a-thon is looking for replacement chairs (or co-chairs) to take over the Read-a-thon next year. As part of the transition, we're hoping to find replacements that could shadow this year's coordinators. 

Fun Run Lead(s): The Fun Run Committee is looking for a new Chair or Co-Chairs for the 2019/2020 year. This is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities we have at Miraloma as this is such a memorable event for a our whole community. 

Snack Committee:
Also, there is a small group of parents who are prepping carrots Wednesdays at 1pm in the Garden and invite others to join them whenever they're available.

Brigitta Dougherty
PTA, Volunteer Coordinator - volunteer@miralomasf.com
PARAPROFESSIONAL POSITION AVAILABLE
Miraloma has just received approval by SFUSD to hire a new paraprofessional! The official job posting will be available online soon, but in the meantime please help us get the word out and if you know anyone interested, please encourage them to apply. For more information or if you have any questions, email Mr. Ingber at principal@miralomasf.com.

**HELPFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES**
ABSENT / TARDY ONLINE FORM
SUBMIT THIS ONLINE FORM  if your child will be absent or is tardy by more than 30 minutes (n o need to call the school).
QUICK LINKS
SCHOOL MEALS

MIRALOMA
AFTER SCHOOL CONTACTS
YMCA Site Coordinator:  Angelina Quintana,  415-690-6403
SF REC & PARK Site Coordinator:  Rich Ibarra, 415-337-4704 
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FLYER & DISTRICT NOTICES
Safe Routes to School  - information guide on walking, biking, taking transit, and carpooling
SF Kindergarten to College Program
FREE Muni Passes for Low/Middle Income Youth
San Francisco Public Library Fine Forgiveness
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