We have heard that the link in the newsletter last week had an error in it so we wanted to send out another reminder about our Winter Staff Gift -- it's the holidays and we want to give a gift of thanks to the more than 40 hard-working Miraloma school staff members who work tirelessly on behalf of our children. People like the librarian, the custodial staff, the lunchroom staff, the counselors, the secretary, the coach, and many others. We are asking families to contribute to a cash gift to the staff in an amount that makes sense for your family. All gift contributions must be made by 9 pm tonight. You can contribute using the safe and secure online link.
DEC 21: 2018-2019 SFUSD Applications Due
6th grade and Kinder Sibling Applications: The SFUSD Educational Placement Center (EPC) requests that parents turn in applications at the school office by TOMORROW, Dec 21, the last day before the break. The EPC processes thousands of applications during Jan 8-12. Help eliminate long lines at 555 Franklin St and speed up processing times by submitting it ASAP and directly to me.
For the 3rd time, Miraloma students, parents, and friends have been invited to dance in the SF Chinese New Year Parade with the Chung Ngai Dance Troupe.
It is truly an amazing experience to be a part of this wonderful parade. Dance experience and Chinese background are not required - everyone is welcome to join. And this year, we have a special treat. Ms. Helen Wang, who is a professional dance instructor from the Beijing Dance Academy, will be our instructor.
Event Date: Saturday, Feb. 24
Practice Dates: Sundays - Jan 7, 21, 28, Feb 11 and 18 from 3:15-4:15pm.
Cost: $120 which includes a $90 donation & dinner for a dancer and parent, and a $30 costume (yours to keep).
Please let me know if you are interested in joining this great cultural event. Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate, as they won't allow you follow the parade route unless you're participating.
After several conversations about diversity, inclusion, and closing Miraloma's equity gap, Miraloma's School Site Council will think outside the box by using Design Thinking to address this huge topic in a condensed format.
Design Thinking is a methodology that provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. The five stages of Design Thinking, according to Stanford's d.school, are as follows: Empathize, Define (the problem), Ideate, Prototype, and Test.
We'll be meeting 5:30-7:00 pm in the Library. All are invited and childcare & pizza is available for school-aged children. Please let us knowif you need childcare.
What is a Sign-Up? It is a party/event hosted by Miraloma families as a donation to the auction. At the Auction, people sign up for parties by bidding on a slot.
Last year these "Sign-Ups" brought in over $100,000 at our Auction - about a third of our total earnings! We hope we'll get as many fun Sign-Ups as possible for our upcoming Auction on March 3, 2018! What kind of Party/Events can you host? Whatever you like! Adult-only, kids-only, or family events. In the past, we've had Italian, Indian, Peruvian, Caribbean, and Brazilian food-fests, beer and wine tastings, Dutch and South American cocktail parties, and game nights for the adults. For kids, there have been science, Lego, duct-tape, bowling, sleepover parties, and a lot more. Contact us for more information/ideas.
This year, Miraloma took inspiration from our "Rock n' Roll Fun Run" and proclaimed that "Miraloma Rocks Inclusion." From Kindergarteners to Fifth Graders, everyone participated in a school-wide art project of painting rocks, similar to the images from the book "Only One You," by Linda Kranz. We purchased the book, which was read in every classroom. Phase 2 of this project will be turning these rocks into a display in our garden.
Additionally, we "rocked inclusion" with a rock & roll concert in the auditorium by Charity & the Jam Band with messages of inclusion, peace, and unity. Finally, we hosted our annual Ability Awareness Stations for all of our students on Wednesday, with the help of several dedicated teachers and parent volunteers.
Inclusive Schools Week is an annual, nationwide event which exists to encourage and celebrate the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, race, gender preference, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, and other factors.
We need Yearbook Leads and Classroom Auction Leads for each classroom. The Arts Committee is hoping to have all classroom volunteers in place before the Winter break.
Yearbook Leads needed for each classroom! Collect or take photos to create a single page of fun class moments such as: Halloween pictures, field trips, working on projects. Using any basic program, Photoshop or MS Word, we need one 8.5x11 JPG per classroom. These pages usually only take a few hours to make and are due the first week in April.
Classroom Auction Art Leads for each classroom! Create a single collective art project to sell at the Miraloma Auction. The position involves communication with your teacher, 1 to 2 visits in to the classroom, and possible framing for completion. Past projects have ranged from a collection of simple line drawings, matted and framed, to more elaborate metalwork or paper-folding, sculptures, furniture, handprints, mosaics and portraits. Prices for projects start at $250, with some individual pieces bringing in over $1000 for our school! This is a fun way to interact with the kids and help them to work collaboratively. All art pieces must be in by February 16th.