#dragonwalk2018 - Surprise!

We know, the Dragon Walk is fun enough by itself…but we’ve just added a new twist that will really make it spooktacular. This year, we’re combining our community Halloween Celebration with the Dragon Walk! Costumes will be welcomed and more details are to come - it will be a bootiful and fangtastic walk…

Students helped us inform the community of this fun surprise during Circle Time this morning.  And they announced we have raised $7,204 so far! We also “officially” introduced our Dragon Walk Mascot – did you know LENNY is our mascot’s name?! Wonder what Lenny will be for Halloween…

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Dragon Walk Donation SUCCESS Stories:



  • A group of 2nd graders received $230 in 2 hours at Alamo Square by offering lemonade, cookies, popcorn and more. They had fun and enjoyed telling people about New Traditions and the Dragon Walk. Congratulations!

  • 3 bags of COINS have been turned in so far. One bag contained $132 – cha ching! Another had $9.50, and the last bag was worth $18.53. We cash them in and credit your student!

Other Creative Ideas:

  • The kindergarten classes are having a Mom’s Night Out Wine Social for Dragon Walk at a family’s house. It’s a fun way to raise money and get to know each other.

  • Several students have created their very own “tug-on-the-heart-strings” VIDEOS and shared them with family members. Funny ones work as well!

  • It’s a great HOLIDAY weekend with lots of foot traffic all over the city. Perfect for Bake Sales, Lemonade Stands, Bottled Water Sales - the sky’s the limit:

    • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Concert is this FRIDAY October 5 through SUNDAY October 7 in GG Park

    • The Blue Angels make an appearance ALL weekend long (I know some of you are rolling your eyes…)

    • The Castro Street Fair is Sunday, October 7

    • Monday is Indigenous Peoples’ Day – many of you will be with friends and family – excellent opportunity to share all about New Traditions and our fundraising needs (outdoor education, art, music)!

And Don’t Forget About Corporate Match…

Will your company match your donations? Please let us know! We like to recognize companies that match.  

Keep up the great work – our goal is $55,000 - and stay tuned for more details and updates as we ramp up for Dragon Walk 2018. It’s NOT Just a Walk in the Park.


Principal's Coffee & Family Potluck

Tuesday, October 9 at 9:45am in the cafeteria

Come gather in the cafeteria to mingle with other parents for some informal conversation and a Q&A with Principal Alderete. The event starts at 9:45am, and Principal Alderete will join at 10am. Free coffee courtesy of Manitas Café!  

These coffees take place monthly on the second Tuesday of each month, except for the month of May, when it will take place on May 21 (the third Tuesday of May).

Unfortunately, school parking is not available for this event due to ongoing PE activities at that time, so please plan accordingly.



California’s Education System Demystified

Do you know about Ed100.org? Ed100.org is working with the California State PTA (of which our school’s PTA is a part) to create informed parent leaders. It’s an important, free resource that we can use to help us learn more about our schools in California.

Each lesson takes about 5 to 8 minutes to read. Sign up for Ed100.org (Also available en Español) today, and select our school in your profile when you sign up. This will help us keep track of our progress... and might help us win some money in one of Ed100.org’s drawings, too.


Last Call For Community Members To Serve On Our School Site Council

Dear New Traditions Community,

We need you! The School Site Council (SSC) is in need of additional parents/community members. The elected members will represent parents, students, community members, and school staff in school governance for a two-year term.

SSC meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, currently scheduled from 4-6 pm* in the Library. If you are interested in serving, please email Julia Kreitzer at juliakreitzer@gmail.com with a short bio by TOMORROW, Friday, October 5th.

By way of example, here was my bio from last year (this is just an example; please feel free to write whatever you wish):

Julia Kreitzer

Profession: Attorney at Bley and Bley

Children: 1st grade (Charlie) and Pre-K (Benji)

Bio: I grew up in the Bay Area and love our neighborhood and our school. Advocating for children, families, and education is one of my lifelong goals.

Once all bios have been received, we will hold an election during the week of October 8-12. Our new members will be elected in time for the next SSC meeting on Thursday, October 18th. Thank you all in advance for offering your time and energy to serve our school community.

*Note that there has been some discussion regarding changing the meeting time to better accommodate community members' schedules. Please provide feedback regarding the proposed meeting times of 4pm, 5pm, or 6pm.  

In appreciation,


SSC Chair


SFUSD School Board Candidate Forum 2018

Mon, October 15 @ 6:30– 8:30pm

Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, 555 Portola Drive

Come learn about the candidates running for a seat on the SFUSD Board of Education. The forum will be moderated by the SF Chronicle's Jill Tucker. Chinese & Spanish Interpretation will be available. This event is sponsored by Parents for Public Schools SF, Second District PTA, San Francisco Education Fund, Support for Families with Disabilities, and the Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA.

Register FOR FREE here

Registration is not mandatory but is helpful for the organizer. No need to print your tickets.

Hosted at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in the Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre. Limited parking will be available in the school parking lot. Enter along O'Shaughnessy Blvd. Additional street parking is available by the shopping center at Portola and O'Shaughnessy.

**Did you know that non-citizens can vote in school board elections if they have a child in an SF school?**


Box Tops for Education – Yes, 10 cents will help our school!

1st Deadline – Friday, October 26th


This year, New Traditions is participating in the Box Tops for Education program. It’s “free” money for the school just because you - or family members and friends - buy select items that have Box Tops.

Each Box Top is worth 10 cents, and we already have over $100 in Box Tops collected and ready to turn in! Can we make it to $500 this year? We have two opportunities each year to submit them: November 1 and March 1. Please turn in your Box Tops by Friday, October 26 to make the November 1 deadline.

Two Simple Steps!

1.  Simply clip any box tops you may see on products you’ve purchased – Ziploc, Annie’s products, General Mills products, etc. (see attached list).

2.  Place them in the Box Tops Collection box located on the PTA table in the entryway of our school

Couple things to NOTE:

  • Please keep in mind that Box Tops do expire – check the dates prior to submitting.

  • If you’d like to use a “Box Top Collection Sheet” (super fun to get kids involved), see the attached sheet and turn it in once completed.

Questions? Please contact Carole Penta (carolepenta@yahoo.com).


Junior Achievement Program Needs You!

Principal Alderete and parent Tim Seufert plan to bring the Junior Achievement program to New Traditions next Spring, for grades 3-5 at first. We still need a couple more adult volunteers to teach the class if this comes together (and thanks to Jason Geller, Praveen Rao, Gina Meneni, and Tom O’Connell who have put their names in thus far!). Can you afford 5-10 hours in total commitment next spring?

Please reach out to Tim if you’re interested: timseufert@sbcglobal.net

What is Junior Achievement?

JA's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Junior Achievement aims to educate children and help them realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. JA's unique, volunteer delivered programs, show them all of the possibilities that lay before them. They realize they can choose different paths; College? A specific trade? Start their own business? Through your participation as an organization or as an individual, these statistics below can begin to change in your community:

  • 20% of U.S. students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma.

  • 49% of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers.

  • 36% of Americans say that they have at some point in their lives felt their financial situation was out of control.

  • 91% of millennials wish they had greater access to entrepreneurial education programs.

More info on JA at https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-norcal/


The New Traditions Yearbook!

Photographer volunteers needed throughout the year

At the end of every school year, parent volunteers - led by Jon Michaelsen (Annika 5th grade and Gemma 3rd grade) - produce a fabulous, full-color yearbook filled with photos of our children. The photos celebrate our students and commemorate the memories we’ve shared.

And how does the yearbook committee accomplish such a task, you might ask? With photos by YOU, of course! The yearbook committee is searching for photographers to contribute their skills and time throughout the year as they are able. Please reach out to Jon at yearbook@newtraditionssf.com if you're interested in helping to capture this school year's special moments for our yearbook.


New School Spirit Wear - order yours today!

Show your New Traditions Dragons pride by donning our all-new t-shirts and hoodies! All items are ready for pre-order in our school’s online store - choose from short sleeves, long sleeves, and zip up hoodies. You can find more info in a recent discussion thread on FreshSchools: https://www.freshschools.com/app/discussions/227


3 Ways to Join the PTA:

  • Join Online

  • Grab an envelope from the PTA table (or ask Ms. Debbie), fill it out, and put it in the ASP mailbox (then email membership@newtraditionssf.com that you left an envelope, just to make sure it gets collected)

  • Talk to PTA President Patrick Ehlen or any other board member and tell them you want to join. We’ll make sure it happens.

We have about 67 members so far (10 more since last week)! Let's try to get to 100 by the next PTA meeting! Please keep in mind that your membership in our PTA counts toward the California statewide PTA membership numbers, as well as the national PTA numbers. State and national PTA organizations advocate for our students in California and in Washington. Help them by showing they represent a large number of families!


SFGG Junior Youth Rugby OPEN HOUSE DAY

Sunday, October 14 at 9:30am

SFGG Rugby, 725 California Ave., SF 94130 (Treasure Island)

Boys & girls ages 6 to middle school are welcome

No rugby experience is required. Come out and have some fun with us on the rugby pitch. We will practice a few drills, play some fun games, and have a hot dog and some laughs in the clubhouse when we're done.
RSVP For Open House here


Questions: email junioryouth@sfggrugby.com or call Ansel at 415-269-5888


Walk & Roll to School Day - it’s next week!

Wednesday, October 10

Next week, our school will be participating in national Walk & Bike to School Day (or Walk & ROLL to School Day, as we call it - our students love their scooters!). Whether you can walk or roll directly from your house, or you need to use a car to get to school in the morning - we meet at a designated location in the neighborhood (TBD) so we can all travel the last leg of the journey to school together! More information coming soon.

Why walk or roll to school? It’s fun, it promotes healthier habits, it fosters a cleaner environment - and it gets families talking about biking and walking safety! Learn more about this fun annual event here.


School Calendar


10/4 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

10/8 (Monday): Indigenous Peoples’ Day (school is closed)

10/9 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

10/10 (Wednesday): Walk & Roll to School Day

10/13 (Saturday) 2-3pm: SFUSD Enrollment Fair

10/15 (Mon) 6:30-8:30pm: SFUSD School Board Candidate Forum 2018 (Ruth Asawa SOTA)

10/18 (Thursday) 4-5:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (school library)

10/22-26: School tours for prospective families (each morning from 8:30-9:30am)

10/25 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

10/28 (Sunday) 1pm-4pm: #DragonWalk2018

10/31 (Wednesday) 1-2pm: Halloween Parade (lower yard)


11/8 (Thursday) 6-7:30pm: PTA Community Meeting #2 - everyone is welcome!

11/12 (Monday): Veterans Day (school is closed)

11/13 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

11/13 (Tuesday): School Picture Retakes

11/15 (Thursday) 4-5:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (school library)

11/19-11/23: Thanksgiving Recess (school is closed)

11/26-11/30: Parent-Teacher Conference Week


12/6 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

12/11 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

12/19 (Wednesday) 6-7pm: 3rd-5th Grade Winter Performance (cafeteria)

12/20 (Thursday) 4-5:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (school library)

12/20 (Thursday) 6-7pm: K-2nd Grade Winter Performance (cafeteria)

12/21 (Friday): Last Day of Fall Semester

12/24-1/4: Winter Break (school is closed)


1/8 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

1/9 (Wednesday): SFUSD Application Deadline

1/10 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

1/17 (Thursday) 4-5:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (school library)

1/21 (Monday): Martin Luther King Jr. Day (school is closed)


2/5 (Tuesday): Lunar New Year (school is closed)

2/7 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

2/12 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

2/13 (Wednesday) 6-7:30pm: PTA Community Meeting #3 - everyone is welcome!

2/15 (Friday) 9:30-10:30am: Kindergarten Dental Screening

2/18 (Monday): Presidents Day (school is closed)


3/4-8: Parent-Teacher Conference Week

3/8 (Friday): Annual Auction Fundraiser

3/13 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

3/14 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

3/25-29: Spring Break (school is closed)


4/4 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

4/9 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

4/10 (Wednesday) 6-7:30pm: PTA Community Meeting #4 - everyone is welcome!


5/2 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

5/5 (Sunday) 12-4pm: Discovery Festival (upper and lower school yards)

5/16 (Thursday) 4-5:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (school library)

5/21 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

5/27 (Monday): Memorial Day (school is closed)


6/4 (Tuesday): Last Day of School

Please tell us if we’ve missed something!



Do you have the lowdown on an event that you think would be of interest to the New Traditions community? Send it to Amy Millward at dragonden@newtraditionssf.com.