PTA Community Meeting #2

Thursday, November 8th 6-8pm

Guest Speaker: Michael Stachon, Principal at Roosevelt Middle School


Please join us TONIGHT for the second PTA meeting of the year! As we enjoy a pizza dinner, we’ll hear from Michael Stachon, Roosevelt Middle School Principal, as well as a message from our own Principal Alderete and others who have exciting things to share. We will also hear an update on our After School Program - it’s important to have the parent community informed and weighing in on this, so please try to attend!


Open Art Studio with Ms. Mandy (free childcare) - please sign up here to ensure your child’s spot


We can’t wait to see you there!



Photo Re-Takes on Tuesday, November 13

If you want to take re-takes, please make sure to send your student to school with the old pictures to return.  



Early Dismissal Week

Monday, November 26 - Friday, November 30  


Dismissal for all students is 2:30pm for the week of parent-teacher conferences. ASP Classes are cancelled that week, and YMCA still cannot accept drop ins. Please plan accordingly, and make sure you schedule your parent-teacher conference with your child's teacher.



No School Monday, November 19 - Friday November 23

This is the week of Thanksgiving vacation for SFUSD schools.



After School Program Reminders


  • Enrollment for Winter Session begins November 11 at 6:00pm!

  • Last day of Fall Session is Friday November 16!

  • There are NO ASP CLASSES the weeks of Nov. 19-23 or Nov. 26-30

ASP Winter Session BEGINS on December 3:

Mondays - 9 meetings - last class Feb 25

Tuesdays - 10 meetings- last class Feb 26

Wednesdays - 11 meetings- last class Feb 27

Thursdays - 11 meetings- Last class Feb 28

Fridays - 11 meetings- last class Mar 1


Link for Enrollment and Course Descriptions:




The Peace Path

By Principal Julie Alderete


Throughout conversations with the SSC last year, we recognized the need to support our kids with a common language for conflict resolution - hopefully something they can use at home and at school. Earlier this week, with the help of students in the YMCA program, Charlie "installed" a Peace Path on our school yard. We envision this tool will be useful for our teachers, noon time monitors, YMCA Staff, and Junior Leaders on the yard.


The Peace Path is a step-by-step conflict resolution activity that teaches social and emotional skills. The Peace Path empowers children with self-regulation and necessary communication skills. It also provides our community with a common language to support conflict resolution.


At the end of the day, while we cannot always avoid conflict, we must prepare our kids (and ourselves) to confront conflict with kindness and respect.




Principal’s Coffee & Family Potluck

Tuesday, November 13th 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.


Please, bring some food to share. 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.


Hospitality Committee

(Kathia Sakamoto Reynolds - Miles R., 3rd Grade / Catherine Spaulding - Anya, 1st Grade)



Lost & Found


Please, come check the two racks of clothing in the area between the Cafeteria and the Edible Garden, and the little cart with lunch boxes, containers, water bottles, and miscellaneous items next to Ms. Debbie's office.


All items with no names on them were donated just after the Dragon Walk, and our racks are already filling up again very quickly!


Stop by and peruse - you may find things you didn’t even know you lost (it happens to me every time!).


Hospitality Committee

(Kathia Sakamoto Reynolds - Miles R., 3rd Grade / Catherine Spaulding - Anya, 1st Grade)



Volunteers Needed: Scholastic Book Fair

November 26-30


Volunteering at the annual Scholastic Book Fair is a great way to stay connected to your child at school and help students find the books they can't wait to read. We're looking for set-up assistants, cashiers, and folks to help market the fair. Email Ray and Monica at if you can help!



Join the Friends of New Traditions PTA


The Friends of New Traditions PTA has 103 members now. Thank you to those who have taken the time to join this year. If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late to become a member for the 2018-19 school year!

Join the PTA


Whether you’re giving of your time, your money, or your energy, our students benefit - even if the resources you give are a few minutes of your time and $10 for yearly dues. Every bit of effort toward supporting our students counts! Teachers, staff, parents and caregivers - thank you for everything you do to support and advocate for our students, and thank you for considering PTA membership.



Still Needed: Someone with Landscaping/Irrigation Experience


The greening committee is still looking for someone to help with improving the irrigation system in our green spaces. If you might be able to help, please contact Thank you!



San Francisco Little League Spring Season


San Francisco Little League is focused on helping city kids to have fun, make friends, and learn how to compete through youth sports. We invite all kids in San Francisco to come out and play with us. The attached flyer has information on how to sign up with SFLL for spring of 2019 (deadline is Dec 1st).


For more information about SFLL and the 2019 Spring season, please visit our website or email questions to



School Calendar


11/8 (Thursday) 6-8pm: 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 (early dismissal at 2:30pm)

11/26-11/30: Scholastic Book Fair (main hallway)



12/2 (Sunday) 10am-2pm: School Greening Day

12/3 (Monday) 10am-10pm: Shop at Booksmith+The Bindery on Haight Street, and they’ll donate 15% of your sale to our school!

12/6 (Thursday) 4:30-6pm: Greening Committee Meeting

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)

1/24 (Thursday) 4:30-6pm: Greening Committee Meeting



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) 6-8pm: 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) 6-8pm: 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!



Get Your News In The Den


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