DRAGON DIGEST
September 5, 2018   |   Vol. 334
**SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS**
PTA MEMBERSHIP -- DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP/RENEW!
Don't forget to sign up for your 2018-19 PTA Membership for only $5.50! Renewals are required EACH school year. Learn more about special discounts that come with your membership.
THE FUN RUN NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Scientists estimate there are at least 100 billion stars in the Milky Way.  
Good news:  We don't need nearly that many volunteers to make the Planet Miraloma Fun Run (Oct. 21) a success. But we do need a few...

Do you eat at the same sushi restaurant every week? Have your kids' dentist on speed dial? Friends with local small business owners? These are great potential Fun Run corporate sponsors. As you know, the Miraloma community is a loyal client base; becoming a sponsor is an effective, inexpensive way to develop brand awareness and goodwill -- while giving back to a great cause! Please email any and all suggestions to run@miralomasf.com.

We are also still looking to fill two key roles: 

1) Volunteer Coordinator -- this is a straightforward role that already has a lot of momentum.  This person helps recruit, direct, and organize the volunteers before and during the event! 

2) Student Outreach Leader -- we are trying to make this year's Fun Run as inclusive as possible and are looking for someone to take the lead with student outreach and registration to make it easier for all students to participate.  

To volunteer, learn more, ask questions or suggest sponsors, please contact  run@miralomasf.com!
JOIN THE MIRALOMA RUNNING CLUB WITH MS. MATARAZZO
Come one and all! Kindergarten through 5th graders! Little siblings, family members, & staff! Join Ms. Matarazzo out on the yard Friday mornings for Miraloma Running Club. You can walk, jog, or run around the yard as we simulate what it would be like to travel the entire perimeter of San Francisco: 7 miles by 7 miles by 7 miles by 7 miles! Don't be scared -- come give it a shot and see how strong you really are!

What: Miraloma Running Club
Who: All Miraloma students, family members, & staff may join! Enrollment is open & rolling throughout the entire year for everyone.
When: Friday mornings from 7:15-7:40am. Starts THIS Friday, September 7th!
Where: The yard
Why: To have fun, get fit, set goals, & earn prizes for your achievements!

See you out there!
Ms. Matarazzo

matarazzoa@sfusd.edu
2018-19 SFUSD STUDENT & FAMILY HANDBOOK
SFUSD has published the Student and Family Handbook 2018-19, available here in English and other languages. For more info, check  out SFUSD's  Student, Family & Community Support Division.

IMPORTANT: MULTIPURPOSE FAMILY INCOME FORM
ALL FAMILIES: 
Please submit the Multipurpose Family Income Form 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.  You only need to fill out one application per family.

STEPS FOR SUBMITTING THE MULTIPURPOSE FAMILY INCOME FORM
  1. Go to SchoolCafe.com 
  2. Do NOT click on the "Add a student" or the "Make a payment" buttons. These are for middle/high school families that use SchoolCafe.com for meal pre-payment; Miraloma families are still using mypaymentsplus.com for this. These buttons will not allow you to enter your student, as Miraloma is not listed on the drop down menu.
  3. If you have an existing account but can't remember your info, click on "Forgot Login" or "Forgot Password" to retrieve your info.
  4. Click on the "Apply for Benefits" or "Apply for Free/Reduced Benefits" button.  
  5. Follow the prompts. You will get to another "Add a student" button that will work.  Miraloma is listed and will allow you to register your child.
  6. You will see a series of 5 questions. Note that if you are not interested in free/reduced lunch, check "Yes" when asked "Do you want to Decline Benefits?".  This is question #4 out of 5. 
  7. Follow the rest of the prompts and you are done. You will see an image of a paper form on your screen. You may download it for future reference.

REGARDING 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. 

Noah Ingber, Principal
REMINDER: SIGN UP FOR SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS
Be sure to sign up to receive all relevant school communications, if you haven't already:
  1. Miraloma School E-mail List: Sign up here to
    • start receiving all official school communications including the newsletter, principal and PTA announcements, lice notifications, etc.
    • update your email address
    • update the grades of your children (e.g., if you have a new kindergartener) to receive grade-specific emails 
  2. Miraloma Community and Grade-Wide Listservs:
    Sign up for these informal groups to connect with other Miraloma families and set up grade-wide play dates, sports teams, camping trips, etc. 
  3. Classroom Email List: Your room parent or teacher will invite you to your class list so you receive teacher-parent and classroom communications. 
  4. Miraloma's Facebook Page: Like our page to see photos from school events and get updates.
In addition, visit our school website ( www.miralomasf.com) to see the calendar, fill out the tardy/absentee form, learn about volunteer opportunities, view previous newsletters, and more!

Jen Wana & Malia Kirschner
Co-VPs Communications, PTA 
REMINDER: SING-ALONG NORMS
Due to our very popular Sing-Along time with Ms.  Rhonda, we have put into place a set of agreements that allow for our students, teachers, and visitors to enjoy Sing-Along while maintaining order.  Every now and then there is a coffee spill, a distracting younger sibling, or a cell phone that rings, but THANK YOU for adhering to our visitor norms highlighted below.

 

  • Enter after all classes have been seated. Don't move folding chairs placed for student use.
  • Refrain from talking inside the auditorium. Please silence your cell phones.
  • Keep exits clear at all times. Enter and exit the auditorium through the back doors of the auditorium, from the sidewalk outside the Omar Way doors.
Just a reminder, all Sing-Alongs are on Fridays and times are as follows:
    • 8:05-8:30: Kindergarten and 1st grade 
    • 8:40-9:10: 2nd and 3rd grade 
    • 9:15-9:45: 4th and 5th grade 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: SNACK BIN HELPERS *STILL NEEDED*
We still need bin cleaners on WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY and/or FRIDAY.  Timing is flexible! Bins can be collected and cleaned anytime, from after 10am snack to the evening. You can also share this job (e.g. clean bins every other week, alternating with another volunteer).

**We also STILL need a volunteer right after THURS and FRI morning circle to set 19 snack bins from the snack fridge onto the snack cart.  It takes exactly 2.5 minutes (hee hee)! We'll just need one parent for each day.

Help support the snack committee by signing up!

Snack Committee
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: MIRALOMA CHICKEN DUTY
Hello Miraloma families! Why not sign up for some weekend chicken care as a  regular p art of your volunteer routine? It's fun for the whole family and greatly appreciated -- especially by the chickens! Even if you've never signed up for chicken duty before, don't be shy: training is available! 

Sign up here.   And remember, you get to keep any eggs you find...!    

**UPCOMING EVENTS**
POSTPONED--POTLUCK FOR YMCA FAMILIES 
Attention all YMCA after school families!  

The potluck (originally scheduled for Sept. 12) has been postponed to allow for more planning time. We will announce the rescheduled date soon.

 Jamell Bailey
FRIDAY, SEPT 7: FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE SOCIAL, 8AM
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, September 7 from 8-9am outside the Cafeteria.  

Please  contact us 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.

Hospitality Committee
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 12: BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT, 5:30-7:00PM
Back to School Night is scheduled for 
Wednesday, Sept 12 from 5:30-7:00pm 

Here are the details: 

5:30-5:40: Whole community meets on the yard in morning circle spots for Principal's Welcome
5:40-5:45: Families travel to classrooms
5:45-6:15: Classroom presentations*
6:15-6:30: Final questions/stop by other rooms/etc.
6:30-7:00: PTA Reception in cafeteria -- come join us for dessert and a mini-volunteer fair. Learn more about all the exciting ways you can volunteer your time and/or talents. Your support helps make Miraloma great!
 
*All families with more than one child should attend the class of the oldest sibling

Childcare: please try to make arrangements for your child(ren) to stay at home for this event. Limited childcare will be provided on the yard for school-aged children only. Drop off and pick up will be in the auditorium.
 
Thank you in advance for making the effort to join us! 

Noah Ingber 
Principal -- principal@miralomasf.com

MONDAY, SEPT 17: SSC MEETING & 2018-19 ELECTION
Join the 2018-19 School Site Council (SSC) for their first meeting of the year on Monday, September 17, from 5:45-6:45 pm in the Library.
 
What is the SSC?
The School Site Council (SSC) is an elected group of an equal number of parents, teachers, and/or staff. The role of the SSC is to advise the principal on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the school's "Balanced Scorecard," which in turn informs the school budget. You can read the agenda for the first meeting and learn about the election timeline for 2018-19 here

Come join us for our first open-to-the-community meeting on Sept. 17th! 
 
THURSDAY, SEPT 20: EARLY RELEASE DAY AT 11:20AM
Though technically not yet confirmed, Miraloma is confidently planning our first Early Release Day for Thursday, September 20. *** REMEMBER, the school day will finish at 11:20 am. 

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
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 26: PTA GENERAL MEETING AND VOLUNTEER FAIR 6-7:30PM
Join the PTA Board and Mr. Ingber for the first PTA meeting of the school year and a Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, Sept 26 from 6-7:30pm in the Cafeteria. Learn more about each Committee and all the volunteering opportunities at Miraloma and get ready to jump in. Both the meeting and fair are excellent ways to get involved and have fun making our school great! 

***Childcare and pizza will be provided by the PTA!***


Linda Cheu 
PTA President 
 
**FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES**
MIRALOMA ANNUAL FUND
  DONATE TO THE  ANNUAL FUND ---   One Time or Monthly!
EARN $ FOR MIRALOMA WITH EVERY DAY PURCHASES
(Bookmark the link on your computer and phone to make it even easier.)
Sign up for the  "Basementeers" program for 10% off plus 10% back to our school!



Get a Mollie Stone's Community Card - up to 5% of your purchases will be donated to Miraloma!
**HELPFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES**
ABSENT / TARDY ONLINE FORM
SUBMIT THIS FORM  online 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 
DRAGON DIGEST SUBMISSIONS
Please submit  your newsletter item  by Sunday 7pm  to  newsletter@miralomasf.com

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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