February 2020
The sun is out and the semester is going smoothly. Thank you for helping us make Marina great!
Are you looking for ways to get involved? Check out the events and opportunities below!
Note from Principal Daws

Dear Marina Families;
We cannot believe it is February but the weather surely does let us know with cold and warm absolutely following each other.
We have a busy month in front of us!

We are looking forward to celebrating Black History Month with a number of assemblies and activities. We're also looking forward to a Valentine's Day Dance on February 14th!

Construction update:  We will begin construction of half the first floor (front door to the auditorium doors) during Spring Break. Students with lockers in this area will move to the lockers in the art/music wing. The classes on this floor will also move to the art wing. They will all be moving back in June when school ends and construction on the second half of the first floor and second floor will be going on during the summer. We are also having solar panels put on the roof of the auditorium during February and March.
Have a great weekend.
Upcoming School Events
Join us for our Annual
STEAM Night  on April 16th at Marina Middle School from 4-6pm.

Science experiments, cool gadgets, and art projects for your whole family!

This year, we are introducing our
first annual Family Invention Fair
as part of STEAM Night!
You and your student will come up with an invention, make a prototype, and display it for a group of judges. Winners will take home a prize! Click below if you're interested in signing up!
Conchas Y Cafe Meeting
Thank you to all who came to our Conchas Y Cafe Meeting this Friday! If you missed it, we will have another one on Friday, March 6th from 9-10am.

Our Pingüinos Latinos team is meant to help Latino Families at Marina grow in community and discuss strategies on how to make Marina a more welcoming and supportive place.

Email Kambriz@ymcasf.net for more info.
PTSA Meetings
We have two upcoming PTSA Meetings in the MMS library from 6-7:30pm.
On February 12th, we will be hearing a presentation from the Marina Culture and Climate team. We highly value your opionns and highly recommend you be present at this meeting.
We will have another PTSA Meeting on March 18, which will be discussing school culture and budget. We would love to see you there.
Marina Celebrates Black History Month!
Marina is celebrating Black History Month with numerous activities for students and families! All month, we will be celebrating famous black figures with our cultural student union creating presentations and displays for the school and our Beacon program putting together celebrations at lunch for our students.
Black History Month Celebration
On Wednesday, February 12th we will be celebrating black excellence at our African American history month assembly designed and led by our cultural student union members, Marina staff and Beacon st aff.
AAPAC Meeting
We will also be having an African American Parent dinner at the Buchanan YMCA on Thursday, Feb. 27th from 6:30-8pm. This will be a time for all our African American families to get together and celebrate the greatness of their Marina students. 
DeYoung Field Trip
We have planned a field trip to the DeYoung museum's exhibit of Soul of a Nation for our interested students on Wednesday, Feb. 19th. They need to see Miss Leicham for a form to attend.
We will be celebrating our African American honor roll students at the annual celebration on Thursday, Feb. 20th at St. Mary's Cathedral. We are so proud of of our honor roll Penguins!
The Marina Culture and Climate Team created a survey to help us understand how families feel about our school, their child’s learning, and how we can improve. It is very important that we get as many of our families to respond as possible so that we have data that truly represents the whole school and not just a few people. Everyone’s voice is important! This survey will be anonymous. Parents with multiple children in this school should fill out one survey for each child.The survey is available online and is translated into Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Arabic. 

Please take a moment to take our survey .  
Things to Check Out
Sea Scouts Registration
Join us for a day on the Bay! 
Saturday, March 14th 
Stop by Anytime 11:00AM - 3:00PM
3500 Van Ness Ave. in Aquatic Park, San Francisco. 
The San Francisco Sea Scouts invite all local youth and their families to attend a special day of sailing, rowing, free food, and knot tying. 
No previous boating experience required, just show up, dress warmly, and get ready for an adventure! 
Track and Field Registration
Track and Field sign-ups will be in the school auditorium afterschool (3:45pm) on Tuesday, February 18th. See Ms. Berwick or Mr. Chu if you have any questions.
Power Scholars Summer Program
Sign up for Power Scholars, our YMCA sponsored summer program that helps students have fun and gain new skills!  Go to the website to learn more  or download the application below!

Also, make sure to check out our video from last year to the right!

Summer Resource Fair

Click HERE to see where you can attend a resource fair near you and see what your student can do this summer!
Penguin Shout-Outs
Congrats Geography Bee Top 10!!

8th Tomoko Konami, 7th Ivan Linser, 7th Eloise Ahn-Daum, 7th Jacob Neidleman, 8th Scarlett Carew, 8th Evan Tran, 8th Jack Lawrence, 8th Oliver Pretkin, 8th WanRong Wu,
8th Caven Xiong, 6th Kaito Nien

Our 3rd place finalist were Evan Tran and Tomoko Konami
2nd place finalist was Scarlett Crew
and our 1st place winner was Caven Xiong!

Congrats Everyone!
Soccer Essay Contest Winner
Congrats to Joaquin Garcia who won the Soccer Essay contest! 

He will be given a scholarship to attend Nike Sports Camp this Summer at Saint Ignatius.
Thanks for joining us at the Lunar New Year Family Dinner!
We had a great time celebrating with you at the Chinatown YMCA and hope to see you next year!

For more info on the Chinatown Y, click HERE !
Please help us by answering a question regarding the way our students communicate online and through social media. English Spanish Chinese

2/12 - PTSA Meeting @ MMS 6pm
2/12 - Black History Month Assembly at Lunch
2/17 - President's Day: No School
2/27 - AAPAC meeting @BuchananYMCA 6:30 - 8
3/6 - Conchas Y Café @ MMS 9am
3/9-3/13 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
3/18 - PTSA Meeting @ MMS 6pm
3/30-4/3 - Spring Break
4/11 - Family Hike
4/16 - STEAM Night and Family Invention Fair
@MMS 4-6pm
Thank You!
Jesse Francheterre
Family and Community Engagement Coordinator
Marina Beacon