Classroom Auction Art Project - Volunteers Needed


We are looking for parents who want to work with their child's class in January or February to make an art piece to sell at the auction. The project usually involves one to three sessions during class time, coordinated with the teacher. This is a great opportunity for children to contribute to the auction and for parents to spend quality time in the classroom. Please contact Lucy Robinson at if you are interested in learning more or would like to volunteer. And don't forget to save the date for the March 8th Speakeasy Auction!



A Big “Thank You” to our Greening Day Crew!

You are seriously the best.


Last weekend, with the help of an amazing group of families, teachers, and staff, we made so many improvements to the school yard and green spaces! Our children and teachers spend so much time at New Traditions - thank you to everyone who took time out of their Sunday to give our school some loving care and attention.


In fact, a whopping 26 people signed up and at least that many showed up on the actual day. Some people were there from 10am until past 2pm, and some came for a time window that worked for their schedule - and it all helped tremendously. An amazing group worked on the green area around the basketball court which now looks fabulous again, a great team worked on the edible garden to give it a face lift, and the garden shed (and area behind it) is now clean and organized! Some parents generously donated coffee and pastries. Education Outside teacher Sean was a driving force last Sunday and will continue to distribute mulch around the areas that need it with the help of the older kids. And best of all - we all had fun!


Looking forward to Spring Greening Day with everybody - date TBD!


**If you would like to be more involved in the planning, please join the Greening Committee at one of its monthly meetings. Next one is TODAY at 4:30pm at school. Everybody is welcome!**



Update for Winter Performances

In an effort to better support families with multiple children, this year we will hold both musical performances on the same night: Wednesday, December 19th.



K-2nd students will perform in the cafeteria from 5-5:30 pm. Due to space constraints, this performance is only for K-2 students and their families. All K-2 students will sit with their classes, in the cafeteria, during the show. At the end of this program, we will need to clear the cafeteria to prepare for the older kids’ performance.  



3rd-5th students will perform in the cafeteria from 6-6:30 pm. This performance is intended for 3rd-5th graders and families only. The 3rd-5th grade students who arrive at the school as the K-2nd performance is still happening/wrapping up will go straight to their classrooms to wait until their performance begins.


Thank you all for your continued support. More details to follow!



Benefit Mobile App: Free $$$ for our school!


Have you heard of the Benefit app? You can use it to check out at the register in-store or on the online at tons of popular retailers - and at no cost to you. Now is an especially great time to try it out, because during the holidays a lot of retailers double the percentage that they give back. Paying with Benefit is faster, safer, and more rewarding than traditional payment methods. Each purchase earns between 2% - 20% of the transaction total that is sent to the cause of your choosing. It’s a super easy app to use - it takes maybe 20 seconds longer to pay with Benefit than with cash or a credit card.




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Auction Committee Needs your Help


Our team is looking for ideas on how to provide yummy food for our event, and we can use some help. We are looking for anyone in, or with connections to, the catering or restaurant business. If this is you, please contact us!


We are also on the hunt for unique and interesting live auction items:

  • Do you work someplace interesting (museum, at the airport, on a train, or at an interesting tech company)? Behind-the-scenes tours and unique experiences are super successful in the live auction.

  • Do you have a friend or family member with a house or apartment somewhere interesting (France, Spain, Monterey, SOMA)? Offering a weeklong getaway, or even a few days, can be a great live auction item.

  • Or perhaps you have a whole mess of airline miles or hotel points you don’t know what to do with. We can combine them with other items to make a cool vacation package - this kind of thing does great as a live auction item.


Send us your wildest and biggest ideas!



Sign up for a Scrip card to earn free $$$ for our school whenever you shop at Rainbow Grocery!


Do you shop at Rainbow Grocery? Did you know that Rainbow Grocery will donate 10% of your spend back to New Traditions when you shop with a Scrip Card?!  Please put your name down HERE if you would like the PTA to purchase a Scrip Card on your behalf for $10. You will simply reimburse the PTA for the initial purchase, and from there can add whatever amount you want to the card. Just bring the card with you every time you shop at Rainbow Grocery and use your Scrip Card as the form of payment.



Annual School Fundraiser: Shop @ Sports Basement and Raise $$$ For New Traditions!


Stress no more for the perfect holiday gift. Head over to any Sports Basement location December 13-15 and receive 20% off your entire purchase. If you want to make the deal even sweeter, become a Basementeer, designate New Traditions as your beneficiary, and not only will the school receive 10%, but you will get 28% off! That’s what we call a win-win, folks.


(Flyer attached)



Principal's Coffee & Family Potluck

Tuesday, December 8 at 9:45am in the cafeteria

Come gather in the cafeteria to mingle with other parents/caregivers 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



Lost & Found - Winter Clean Up is coming!

Winter Performance is on Wednesday, December 19 and it will be the perfect time to check the rack of clothing and the little cart with lunch boxes, containers, water bottles and miscellaneous items by the Cafeteria. All items with no names on them will be donated afterwards.

Stop by and peruse - you may find things you didn’t even know you lost!


Hospitality Committee



Kindergarten 2 College Program


Kindergarten 2 College account at Citi has had $50 deposited by whoever is pushing that savings account.


Go to: and click on "Forgot Account" to get your kid's account number (all you need is First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth and Zip code - so nothing special is needed to look up your account number).


Then, you go to that same site ( and click on "Check Balance" which takes to you the Kindergarten 2 College login page. If you've never logged in or registered, you can register right there, with the account number you just looked up, so super easy.


If you want to transfer money into this account (I'm not sure if there are still some "free money" incentives, but will report back), then you go to your own bank's website, go to your Bill Pay page, and save these Merchant Details:

  • Merchant Name: Kindergarten 2 College Account

  • Account #: your student's 15 digit account number

  • Merchant Address: P.O. Box 790020 St. Louis, MO 63179-9966

  • Merchant Phone Number: 415-701-2311

  • Set up a one-time payment or a recurring payment.


This savings program offered $50 for free for all Kindergarteners (not sure if they still do) - so it's worth taking 5 minutes to log on and set up the account, so you can get in there.



School Calendar


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

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

12/13 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

12/19 (Wednesday) 5-5:45pm: K-2nd Grade Winter Performance (cafeteria)

12/19 (Wednesday) 6-6:45pm: 3rd-5th Grade Winter Performance (cafeteria)

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

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

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



1/7 (Monday): First Day Back at School after Winter Break

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