There’s a seat for you on the PTA Board


Would you consider volunteering to serve in one of the four open positions on the PTA Board for the 2019-20 school year? The PTA Board is responsible for considering the needs of all students at New Traditions and guiding the discussions and decisions about how to invest PTA funds. We need your voice in the discussion to make sure we’re being intentional and serving all students!


Open roles include VP of Communications (that’s the one who composes and sends out this Dragon Den each week!), EVP of Contracts, Treasurer, and Financial Secretary. The PTA board meets monthly at the school, and your children are welcome to accompany you (feel free to bring their corresponding electronic device if you wish), so you don’t need to have childcare to attend meetings.


Please reach out to Lucia Wallace, Vicky Keston, or Tim Hickey with questions. They can also provide detailed job descriptions for you to consider. If you’re curious but a little intimidated...please reach out anyway! It’s fun, and not nearly as formal or serious as it may sound. :)



Reminder: ASP Spring Enrollment ENDS this Sunday

Sunday, March 3rd @ 6pm, to be exact - so, just a few more days to enroll your child in an after school program class!


Click here to enroll



**Some classes will sadly be cancelled due to low enrollment. We will reach out to those families to let them know.**


Please note - Important!

*Admin Fee Updates:

The On Site Coordinator role has been brought under the employment of the YMCA. This change was required to address several issues. It will lead to an increase in costs to fund that position. The admin fees have been adjusted to $10.00 per class in order to account for the increase in costs.

*Dispute Resolution:

Parents are reminded that the courses in the After School Program are conducted by private contracted organizations. As such, if the children report concerns about conflicts, missing items, or other difficult or concerning situations the parent’s first contact should be with the program instructor. Homeroom rosters provide a complete and detailed contact list for instructors and organizations. ASP coordinators request that they be cc’d on correspondence related to these types of issues as continual review of these programs is important.

*In the event of emergency please contact Gemma @ 415-846-3535

*Classes may be canceled if there is insufficient enrollment.

*Please pack a healthy snack for your child to eat after-school on the days they attend enrichment classes.



The Auction is Almost Here!


We’re only a week away from the Auction! Tomorrow is the last day to buy tickets at the Early Bird price of $50 per person, after that tickets will be $65, so buy yours today! Please remember this is a community event, so if a $50 ticket is not in your budget, we would still love for you to attend. Feel free to reach out to either Ms. Alderete or email if this is the case and we’ll arrange for a complimentary ticket.


Online Catalog: Have you seen it? The Auction catalog is packed with so many awesome things (seriously, it is)! Bid on everything from your favorite restaurants, to summer camps for kids, to wine tastings and hotels to Giants Tickets and more… You can also support teachers and classrooms by purchasing a Fund-A-Need to contribute towards purchasing items, or support a fun community mural project for the middle yard! Online bidding will close on March 2 and items that have not reached their “Buy Now” price online will be at the March 8th event for further bidding.  


Seeking Volunteers on March 8th: We have several opportunities for volunteering on March 8th at the event. Most shifts are an hour long or less so you won’t miss any of the fun. Please sign-up on this google sheet or email, and thank you to those who have already volunteered!


Other Auction Reminders

We are still collecting wine donations (minimum $20 value): Carole Penta is collecting wine at morning drop off. If morning drop off isn’t convenient, email Carole ( or the auction committee ( to arrange drop off.


Rent a Speakeasy Outfit and Earn $50 for New Traditions. While dressing up for our auction is never required, it can be a whole lot of fun. If you are looking for an outfit for Auction Night, The Speakeasy  - a fun immersive SF theatrical experience and a Live Auction item at this year’s event!  - is offering New Traditions parents a great deal on a wardrobe rental.


A full costume rental, regularly priced at $125 will be discounted by 20% to $100 and half the proceeds will be donated to New Traditions! To take advantage of this offer contact Jackee Princeau at and mention you are with New Traditions Elementary School to receive the discount. Then you can arrange a visit to their retail shop at 748 Broadway to put together your look!


How are you getting to Auction Night? Save 20% on a Lyft Ride: Use coupon code NEWTRADITIONS19 getting to or from the General's Residence. See here for details.


Questions about Auction Night?  Check out



We need someone to run the end-of-year raffle! Is it you?


Want to make a big fundraising impact? We are looking for an individual to run our end of year school raffle. This is a time limited commitment over the next couple of months. We have several prize donations already so responsibilities mainly involve coordinating tickets sales and collections. Past raffles have raised $6,000 - $12,000, which is a significant portion of the PTA budget. You can make a difference! Please reach out to Don Anair if you’re curious. (And please note the correct email address - the one in last week’s Dragon Den was totally incorrect!)




Raise $$ for our school by ordering from Good Eggs!



And as a this week to win bagels for our amazing teachers!


If 25 families from our school place an order over $100 this week,

Good Eggs will send bagels for our teachers to enjoy!




How to join the fundraiser








Enter the code FONT2019 –– click "Shop Now.”




Add your groceries to your Good Eggs basket and check out.




New customers get $15 off with this code

and if 20 new customers join the fundraiser,

our school also gets a $500 fundraising bonus.


Fundraiser terms & details


5% will count back to the school on all orders placed between February 25 and April 30.

You must use the code FONT2019 on your first order to enroll in the fundraiser.

Orders placed between March 4 and March 10 will qualify toward the bagel prize.



Sign Up for SoccerInsight Summer Camp by March 23 and Raise Money for New Traditions!


We know many kids here love to play soccer, especially during the summer. Now your kid’s summer of soccer can also benefit all New Traditions kids with a generous donation from SoccerInsight.


Here's how it works:


SoccerInsight has agreed to donate 20% of proceeds from New Traditions registrations in SoccerInsight summer camp — half day or full day — to the New Traditions PTA. All you need to do is register for camp by March 23, 2018 to qualify. So, hurry up, and get your kids registered for this great summer camp that will benefit the entire community.


To register for summer camp, please visit



School Calendar



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


Next School Year

8/19/19 (Monday): First Day of School

9/2/19 (Monday): Labor Day (school is closed)

10/14/19 (Monday): Indigenous Peoples' Day/Día De La Raza (school is closed)

11/11/19 (Monday): Veterans Day (school is closed)

11/25 - 11/29/19 (Monday-Friday): Thanksgiving Recess (school is closed)

12/23/19-1/3/20: Winter Break (school is closed)
1/20/20 (Monday): Martin Luther King Jr. Day (school is closed)

1/24/20 (Friday): Lunar New Year (schools closed, district offices open)

2/17/20 (Monday): Presidents Day (school is closed)

3/30/20 (Monday): César Chávez Day, observed (schools closed, district offices open)

3/30-4/3/30: Spring Break (school is closed)
5/25/20 (Monday): Memorial Day (school is closed)

6/2/20 (Tuesday): Last Day of School (K-12)

8/17/20 (Monday): First 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