Thank You Carole Penta ~ Greening Day #2 ~ Holiday Sustainable Workshop ~ Join the PTA ~ Good Eggs Fundraiser ~ Scholastic Book Fair: Help Needed ~ Lost & Found ~ Chipotle Fundraiser ~ The Booksmith Fundraiser ~ Sports Basement Holiday Shopping Days ~ School Calendar 

Thank You Carole Penta





Every few years, the thought of a particular parent graduating and leaving NT fills us with mild dread. This year, that parent is the tireless Carole Penta.


For the two of you who haven’t met Carole, we should start with a backgrounder. When she’s not escorting your kid from the car, or being your class liaison, or checking you into the auction; she is reigning supreme as the Mother of the Dragon Walk. In the beginning, the Dragon Walk was seen as a way to get the kids some exercise, have a little fun and bond as a community. (Oh and maybe we can make a few bucks.) Under her guidance, our quiet little walk in the park has grown in scope and fun to become a truly massive fundraising event for New Traditions.


Given this is Carole’s last year at NT, we wanted to take a moment to offer a huge THANK YOU for all of her tireless efforts for the Walk and beyond. Please be sure to tell her as well when you see her at dropoff, or in the halls, or volunteering at yet another event.


Another great way to share your enthusiasm for what she has built is to be part of the team to take on the management of next year’s Dragon Walk! Interested? Contact the FONT Board at


Tom O’Connell  & Anne Hauk

(Wyatt, NT Alum & Henry, 5th)



Greening Day #2

We had a wonderfully successful 2nd Greening Day! A huge “Thank You” to everybody who joined. It was nice to see that many families joined for as long as fit their weekend - some came for 30 minutes, and other stayed from even before the event started until after 4pm! Every hand helps!

We planted 57 native plants, most of them purchased from Sloat Gardens and the SF Botanical Garden Plant Sale, and some donated by the Botanical Garden! The volunteers did it right - they removed the mulch first, dug holes, added compost, watered, planted the plants, watered again, and put the mulch back. It took time and many hands. We also recreated the stepping stone nature path, filled the giant hole in Twig Town (kids have over time dug in the dirt and removed a lot of soil) with a full truck load of top soil, weeded and cleaned up the sidewalk gardens, and painted the wall of the bungalow a bright and happy blue.

Please note that we also erected a temporary orange construction fence, to protect the new plants and help them survive the next 6-8 weeks. Please help us by reminding kids to be careful and gentle with the area behind the fence, until the plants get stronger.

Tell the good folks at Manitas that you appreciate their donation of coffee to fuel the volunteers at our greening days (and other events), if you can :-).

Thank you all for coming together to care for our gardens and for your continued support!

~The Greening Committee~


Parent Teacher Conferences & Early Dismissal at 2:30pm from November 18-22

School will dismiss early all week, please make sure to make arrangements for your child to be picked up by 2:30pm, for Monday, 11/18 through Friday 11/22.  All After School Enrichments are canceled for this week to accommodate for the conferences.


Please make sure that you schedule your conference with your student’s teacher(s).  


Sustainable Holiday Workshop

You've been wanting to become more sustainable for a long time, but didn't know where to start. Here is your chance!

Join us on November 14 to discuss how to approach the holiday entertaining more sustainably, while doing it beautifully and with ease. Zero waste advocate and event planner, Julia Rockwell of Our Simple Song will share some easy but effective tips and tricks on how to tackle holiday entertaining sustainably. Special guest Nicole Burke from Burke & Black will then give a demo on how to style beautiful appetizer and dessert platters while keeping it local, seasonal and package-free. Come ready to learn, nosh, and gather as we kick off the holiday season sustainably.


When: November 14 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Where: The Collab in San Francisco 

How: Click here to reserve a spot



Join the PTA!

78 people have joined the Friends of New Traditions PTA so far this year. A big thanks to all of you!  Our goal is to have 200 members so we’re almost halfway there. If you haven’t already joined, please do so now (link below) - it only costs $10 to join, and as a member you’ll be able to take part in the decision-making process about how PTA resources (time, energy, and money) are used to support our school. Your input is critical!

Join the PTA Now



Good Eggs Fundraiser

Shop on Good Eggs for delivery this Thursday (11/14) and get entered to win $100 towards Thanksgiving dinner! There will be 3 winners across all schools. And remember, the fundraiser ends soon, so use our school code NTFALL19 to earn us 5% back on all grocery orders placed through November. 


It’s simple:

  1. Visit

  2. Enter our school code: NTFALL19

  3. Order away


Way to go everyone!  You earned treats for our teachers and staff :)



Scholastic Book Fair: Help Needed

The Scholastic book fair is coming, November 18-22 and we need your help to make it a big success. The main hallway will be filled with hundreds of books for our students to explore before and after school. The book fair raises funds to purchase new books for the library and gets books directly into classrooms via teacher wish lists. We are looking for volunteers throughout the week and have several time slots available, can you help us bring the book fair to life? Please sign up today (link below) or email


2019 Book fair volunteer sign up



Lost & Found

Lost & Found is getting rather full!  You will have until Friday, November 22 (last day before Thanksgiving break) to claim any missing articles.  After that, everything will be donated.  


Chipotle Fundraiser - December 8th

Ease into the Monday and make dinner a breeze by joining us for a fundraiser to support New Traditions. Come into the Chipotle at 2675 Geary Boulevard in San Francisco (City Centre Mall by Target - Masonic/Geary/Anza) on Sunday, December 8th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to New Traditions.

Online orders will not be included in the fundraiser total. 


The Booksmith Fundraiser - December 9th

Shop at The Booksmith or The Bindery on Monday, December 9th from 10am-10pm. Give our school's name at the register (and at the bar!), and Booksmith will donate 15% of the total sales for all the purchases to New Traditions!  The Booksmith location will be providing cookies and juice for free throughout the day. Sounds like a good excuse to get together with some other parents or families and do some shopping and socializing!


Sports Basement Holiday Shopping Days - December 6-12

Head over to any Sports Basement or shop online between December 6-12 for either 20% off (Basementeers) or 11% off (non-Basementeers).  From shoes to jackets to bike gear to camping supplies, there is something for everyone at the Sports Basement!


School Calendar


11/11(Monday) - No School in observance of Veteran’s Day

11/12 (Tuesday) - Picture Retake Day

11/18-11/22 - Parent-Teacher Conference Week- Early Dismissal at 2:30pm all week (no ASEs)

11/18-11/22 - Scholastic Book Fair

11/25-11/29 - No School for Thanksgiving Break



12/8 (Sunday) - Chipotle Fundraiser (4pm-8pm)

12/9 (Monday) - The Booksmith/The Bindery Fundraiser (10am - 10pm)

12/6-12/12 - Sports Basement Holiday Shopping Days