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August 23, 2017
COMING UP
Welcome (Back) to Miraloma from PTA President
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! 

While the summer season fades, we can look forward to another fantastic year at Miraloma Elementary, where our kids will learn, explore, share, grow, and thrive under our exceptional team of teachers, staff, and parents!

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

Sarah Sims (Zadie 5th, Nolan 7th-Alum)
PTA President -- pta@miralomasf.com
ASAP: Sign Up for School Communications
Welcome! We keep all school communications online and digital for your convenience -- and we  consolidate all important, school-wide information into our weekly newsletters, the Dragon Digest. Take 5 minutes to read it each Wednesday!

For more info on our school communications and approach,  please   visit our website.

Here are the basics:
  1. Miraloma School E-mail List
    Official school communications such as our weekly school newsletter, Principal announcements, PTA Fundraiser & Volunteer mailings
  2. Class Email List
    Teacher-parent and classroom communications
    • Your room parent or teacher will invite you to your class list
  3. Community Yahoo & FB Groups:
    While not a must-have, these informal groups are a great way to connect with other Miraloma families, set up grade-level play dates, sports teams, grade-wide camping trips etc. Learn more here.
In addition, we have two social media feeds where you can follow school communications and photos:
  • Like us on Facebook Miraloma's Facebook Page (follow for events & announcements, too!)
  • Follow us on Twitter Mr. Ingber on Twitter
Mercedes Coats
VP Comms, PTA --  communications@miralomasf.com
AUG 25: School Meal Applications & Online Payment Options
ALL FAMILIES: 
Please submit an online meal application at your earliest convenience, even if you're just indicating "not interested." The expectation is that 100% of our school has an application turned in as the family income information collected is a requirement for SFUSD.

SchoolCafe is a completely new interface that combines the Meal Application with the Multipurpose Family Income Form.
  • Please apply for the eligibility benefits and note that even if you don't qualify it's required to complete the process. 
  • Only fill out one application per family
  • Be aware that the application asks for your Student ID Number which you will find on your registration letter, report cards, and most official correspondence from SFUSD. It starts with HO2 but leave off the "HO" when you enter it.
MEAL PAYMENTS:
To pay for your student's school meals at Miraloma, please go to MypaymentsPlus.com and submit payment. If your child pays full price for breakfast and lunch meals, you have the option to pay for meals one day at a time or to purchase several meals ahead of time.

NOTE: 
Every family must submit the School Meal Application (100% participation!) but you only need to submit payment if your student will be eating school meals and you want to cover the cost ahead of time.

Noah Ingber
AUG 24: Back-to-School Ice Cream Social
hot_fudge_sundae.jpg All students and their families are invited to an ice cream social this  Thursday at   5:00 pm , in the Upper Yard near the Cafeteria. Enjoy a sweet treat and mingle with new families and old! Sponsored by the Miraloma PTA. 

Thursday August 24th 
5:00-6:30 pm
Upper Yard, near the Cafeteria

Jenifer Wana
PTA Auditor --  jenwana@yahoo.com
AUG 25: Emergency Cards 
Fill out your child's  Emergency Card (distributed by teachers on Monday).  This is essential information for the school to have on hand in order to contact you regarding your student.

Please return the emergency card by Friday, Aug 25th to your teacher.

Noah Ingber 
Principal -- principal@miralomasf.com
SEPT 1: First Friday Coffee Social, 8 - 9 am
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, August 25 from 8-9am outside the Cafeteria. 

Please  contact us i f 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.

Hospitality Committee  --  hospitality@miralomasf.com  
SEPT 6: Back to School Night - Save the Date!  
Back to School Night is scheduled for 
Wednesday, September 6 from 5:3
0-7:00 pm. More   details and schedule for each grade will be in next week's newsletter. 

Noah Ingber
Principal -- 
principal@miralomasf.com
SEPT 14
: PTA Meeting & Volunteer Fair
Each individual parent should renew or sign up for PTA membership for 2017-18 - renewals are required EACH school year.

Join the  PTA Board and Mr. Ingber for the first PTA meeting of the school year and a Volunteer Fair on Thursday, Sept 14 from 8-9 am in the Cafeteria. Come to the meeting and fair to get involved and have fun making our school great!

Learn more about each Committee and all the volunteering opportunities at Miraloma and get ready to jump in!

Brigitta Dougherty
Volunteer Coordinator -- volunteer@miralomasf.com
SEPT 28: Tentative Early Release Day
Heads up! Miraloma is tentatively planning our first Early Release Day of 2017-2018 for Thursday September 28, when the school day will finish at 11:20 am. The date will be confirmed ASAP.

All Early Release days for the year are currently posted to the school calendar AND the word "tentative" will be removed as soon as they are confirmed by SFUSD's Transportation Department.

Please read more about our Early Release Program on our website. There is a wide range of research showing that monthly early release days benefit teacher effectiveness, and therefore student achievement.  Read more on this here.

Noah Ingber
Principal --   principal@miralomasf.com
Tardy or Absent/Sick? 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 always listed on the home page of the website and on the left side of every newsletter, too.)
  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. 
Noah Ingber
Principal -- principal@miralomasf.com
REMINDER: Sing-Along Norms
With our increased student body in the same-sized auditorium, we have put into place a set of agreements that allow for our students, teachers, and visitors to enjoy Sing-Along while maintaining order. Please review the following Sing-Along schedule and thanks in advance for adhering to our visitor norms highlighted below.

Thursdays
8:05-8:30: 4th and 5th grade Sing-Along

Fridays 
8:05-8:30: Kindergarten and 1st grade Sing-Along 
8:35-9:00: 2nd and 3rd grade Sing-Along 

Sing-Along Norms
  • Students first: Please enter only after all classes have been seated. Please do not move any of the folding chairs placed for student use.
  • Be mindful: This is student instructional time and part of the academic day. All conversations should remain outside the auditorium. Please silence your cell phones.
  • Think safety: Exits must be clear at all times by law. Please enter and exit through the back doors of the auditorium. Access the auditorium from the sidewalk outside the Omar Way doors.
Sing-Along is one of the best things about our school! When we all work together, each experience will be that much more meaningful.

Noah Ingber
School Policies: read up so you know
Please take a moment to review the key school policies and information so that we get off on a good foot this year!

Parking & Traffic
Emergency Procedures
General School Policies
Head Lice Information

Please remember that our play structure is closed before and during Morning Circle. It's closed again at 2:10 pm, after pick-up is complete. This policy helps keep our students safe. We appreciate your cooperation!

Noah Ingber
Principal -- principal@miralomasf.com
VOLUNTEER
Miraloma Elementary School is made great by all of our staff, teachers, parents, and students working together. 

Please take a moment to consider how you can lend a hand and help us continue to improve by checking out our volunteer opportunities or contacting volunteer@miralomasf.com


THIS WEEK'S VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS:

SNACK PREP:
  • Please help with Snack preparation every Mon & Wed after Morning Circle in the Garden. Great way to get to know Miraloma parents!
  • They are also looking for after school bin cleaners every day of the week -- please email Allison Eastwood directly at aheastwood@gmail.com if you can help.
NEWSLETTER EDITOR:
  • Join the Communications Committee to help edit our weekly newsletters and to be in the know about all things Miraloma. Learn more about this role and get in touch with us - communications@miralomasf.com -- we need someone ASAP!
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