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. :)



Welcome to New Families

Tuesday, April 9 at 9:45am, Cafeteria


Let’s get together to welcome the new families for the upcoming school year!

On Friday, March 15, SFUSD will send the offer letters to the families that applied for the 2019-20 school year. Registration at New Traditions will happen in the weeks of March 18-22 and April 1-5. Our first event for the new families will be in conjunction with our monthly Principal’s Coffee in April. Please, bring some food to welcome our new community members. Thank you!


**Just a reminder: next Principal’s Coffee is this coming week – Tuesday March 12 at

9:45am, Cafeteria**


Thank you,


Hospitality Committee



The Auction is...tomorrow!


Don’t forget to buy your tickets! This is a community event, so if a $65 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.


Other Auction Reminders

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.


Check out



The Renegade Tinkering Club Summer Camps


The Renegade Tinkering Club is excited to announce our new Haight summer camp location at Xian Yan Academy on Page Street at Stanyan.


Girls only and coed kids STEM camps for rising 1st - 6th graders include: Chemistry (investigate substances and the ways in which they interact, combine and change), Take Flight (launch your imagination into the stratosphere by making a variety of flying machines and exploring the concept of aeronautics), Tinker Tales (create a graphic novel by building small scale sets and characters, taking photos with iPad and printing to combine with your handwritten final story), Toymakers (make toys, then play with them all the while exploring the science behind them).


Register today at



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!)



Lost & Found - Spring Cleaning


Hello Parents & Guardians,


Time flies and our Spring Break is around the corner!


Please, take the time to check our school Lost & Found. All items are placed on the basket cart and rack next to the Cafeteria.


Those items that cannot find a home by Friday 3/22 will be given to charity at the end of the day.


Thank you,


Hospitality Committee



Buchanan YMCA Summer Camps @ New Traditions


This summer the Buchanan YMCA summer camps will be held at New Traditions!


Here’s a message from Bill Burke, Buchanan YMCA’s Senior Director of Community Programs:


We have a new camp model this summer and we have developed themes, specialty camps, field trips, project based activities and a summer learning loss curriculum focused on engaging our youth throughout the summer. Jackson Livingston, who used to be our New Traditions Site Coordinator and now is our current Site Coordinator at our Chinese Immersion De Avila After School program, will be our Camp Coordinator, overseeing all of our programs and offerings.


You can find more information about our camp by visiting our website or by viewing our brochure. We have tentatively set our field trips for each week as well, and for that information please feel free to email me:  


Below is some information which is in our brochure:


Camp Locations:

New Traditions: June 10-July 19th

Buchanan YMCA: July 22nd-August 9th



Please feel free to reach out to Jackson or myself if you have any questions about the camp. We know you have a lot of options to choose for the summer, and we hope you choose the Buchanan YMCA!


415-292-3032 Direct

415-931-9622 Branch




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/Potluck & New Families Welcome (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