Join the PTA!

Did you know that this is an annual membership?  In other words, if you want to be part of the PTA, you need to join each year - this isn’t a “one and done” sort of thing!  


85 parents, teachers, staff and caregivers 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!


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Library Volunteer(s) Needed

Do you like to organize and sort?  If so, Ms. Judy could use your help!  The ask is simple, simply come in once a week for 30-60 minutes on Thursdays or Fridays and help shelve books that kids return to the library. We have a lot of amazing new books and shelving them helps our students have easy access to them every week. 


If this sounds like something you would like to help out with, please contact Ms Judy ( or Lucia Wallace ( for volunteer’s perspective. 


Discovery Festival Volunteers (Desperately) Needed

Unfortunately most of the families that led the charge on Discovery Festival graduated last year.  As such, the Discovery Festival Committee needs some new volunteers to help make sure we can continue with this wonderful community event.  PLEASE reach out to Leah ( if you would like to assist.  This is a great opportunity for families of the lower grades to get involved and help shape an event their children can enjoy for years to come!  Who doesn't love a cake walk?! 


SFUSD Board of Education Approves Contract with Revolution Foods

SFUSD’s Student Nutrition Services recently evaluated proposals from three prospective vendors to identify a prepared meals vendor for the 20-21SY. Based on the full evaluation, Revolution Foods was deemed to be the best value responsible bidder to serve SFUSD. The Board of Education voted to approve the contract on January 28, 2020.

Learn more about our lunch program. Questions? Email


Greening Day Recap 

Landscape Update

On Saturday, February 1st, several families and Ms. Robertson turned out for yet another Greening Day. All these hard workers did a wonderful job on our winter gardens.

In the Middle Yard the fronds were hung from the fencing for students to play with and make their weavings. Please let your students know that the fronds on the palm tree are no longer to be played with or even touched. The tree just might grow! The bin near the steps was weeded and replanted with succulents, no easy task. Students are welcome to watch these plants grow without digging or putting sand in the bin. The jasmine and bamboo were also trimmed and there was very little sand in the containers this time around so thank you. 

The Butterfly garden was weeded and several natives were planted as this garden has gone from full sun to partial sun/shade thanks to the beautiful ceanothus. This big wooded shrub is NOT a tree and children should stay off the branches. In the past a branch broke with a student hanging off the shrub and an arm was broken. It does look like a tree but structurally it is not strong like a tree.

The Edible Garden planting bins were weeded and are ready for planting. The shared bins will be planted this week. The Lion”s Mane, Jerusalem Sage and vine were pruned. There will soon be crocuses and daffodils in the garden. Please remind your students to look and not pick the flowers.

The Upper Yard fencing was repaired and the native plants weeded. This is the growing season for our native plants so anything that keeps balls and kids out of these gardens for a few months is appreciated.

Thank you all for encouraging students to pick up their trash and use the garbage bins. Most of the trash was wrappers and NO straws…yay!


The Greening Committee 


“Lights, Camera, Auction!”

There are only a few days left to purchase an Early Bird ticket to the Auction.  Tickets are only $50 per person and include food, beverage, live music, silent and live auctions, and a DJ for those who want to “cut a rug.”  Ticket prices go up to $65 per person after March 7th! Don’t wait… go HERE now!


USF Boys Soccer Camp

The San Francisco Soccer Camp is excited to announce its boys' 2020 summer camp schedule! There’s a full range of summer camp offerings in order to support all levels of play. The San Francisco Soccer Camp will help players develop technical skills and game intelligence in a positive and fun environment. All camps are hosted at the Negoesco Stadium in a secure field at the USF campus!


If this wasn’t enough to get your soccer players excited, enroll your student by March 31st, list New Traditions during the registration, and the camp will donate $50 to New Traditions!  Please see the attached flyer for more information.


** For girls camps, please check out the sister camp, Jim Millinder's Girls Soccer Camp. It's a fantastic, professionally run camp catered to GIRLS only and also hosted at the iconic NEGOESCO STADIUM on the University of San Francisco Campus. For these GIRLS only camps please contact Pinder Nijjar on (310) 953-7818 or


SF Botanical Garden - Garden Camp

Garden Camp, an all outdoor day camp at San Francisco Botanical Garden is open for registration. Designed to connect children to plants through a combination of structured, themed activities and open-ended time to develop curiosity, initiative, imagination and creativity. Themes include gardening, art, wellness, and ecology.


Renegade Tinkering Summer Camp

Looking for summer camp? Want to encourage your child to learn, grow, think, one block from New Traditions? Renegade Tinkering Club offers hands on camps for rising 1st - 5th graders. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit run by two moms, Vicky (former mom at NT) and Terri David. Their camps are warm programs that teach kids STEM while playing.

The camps will be located at USF, with expected room assignment at Fulton and Cole, the first two weeks of August, and in SOMA at Presidio Knolls School near Costco.


Creature Workshop. Connect with your inner Dr Frankenstein and create LIFE! Journey with the Renegades to investigate biology, biomimicry, armatures, gears, linkages, shapes, connections, mass and volume, materials properties, and lots of other STEM concepts by building their own tiny creatures.


Renegade STEAM. Each day, Renegades investigate one letter in the acronym STEAM, doing projects that concentrate on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math while discussing what those concepts mean and what you can create with them. 


Science of Magic. Enchanted by Harry Potter? Spellbound by Percy Jackson and the other Demigods? Engineer magical devices and wands. Experiment with potions. Whether training as a witch, wizard, or magician, conjurors invent and practice a whole new bag of tricks.


Tinker Spy. Spend the week as Junior Renegade Agents, learning tools of the Secret Agent trade. Investigation, making, and tinkering take the forefront as Junior Agents discover a variety of ways to send secret codes, make their own handy spy gadgets, and hone their observation skills.


Math with Beast Academy. Renegade Tinkering teaches math using the acclaimed Beast Academy curriculum. Kids use graphic novels about math to learn the concept, and practice with puzzle-like problems in small groups. Your fee includes a copy to keep of one Beast Academy Guide


Renegade Tinkering offers generous financial aid for low income parents: apply


March Tacolicious Fundraiser

Since 2012, Tacolicious has made public education its priority, investing back into the Bay Area community through the Tacolicious School Project. For Tacolicious founders Joe Hargrave and Sara Deseran, this mission is personal. Since kindergarten, their children have attended SF public schools.


How it works: From September to May, each of our SF, Palo Alto and San Jose Tacolicious locations pair up with neighboring public schools, donating 15% of a month’s worth of Monday’s proceeds to each of our 54 partner schools. Some schools have raised as much as $8,000 with this program!


New Traditions was selected as the North Beach location partner school for the month of March!  This is a great way to not only support a local business that is reinvesting in the community, but an incredible way to raise money for the school.  Take Mondays in March off from cooking and pick up a meal at the North Beach Tacolicious restaurant. If you work downtown, consider ordering a catered lunch or dinner from the North Beach location any/all Mondays in March (contact the Tacolicious catering department and be sure to mention it is for the New Traditions fundraiser)!


Contact if you have any questions or thoughts on how to make the most of this opportunity!  


School Calendar


Every Monday - Tacolicious Fundraiser @ North Beach 

3/9 - 3/13 - Parent Teacher Conference Week

3/13 (Friday) - Auction from 6pm-11pm @ The General’s Residence-Fort Mason

3/30 - 4/3 - Spring Break


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 your PTA Communications Team (Ericka Karner and Tina Kim) at