Mark Your Calendars!


K-5 Musical Performance

“The Earth, Our Community, and Me”

Thursday, April 25, 2019

6:00 pm at Roosevelt Middle School

WHAT: 2019 New Traditions Spring Musical Performance

PERFORMERS: All K-5 students will sing 1-2 songs and all Instrumental Program students will also perform!

WHERE: Roosevelt Middle School

WHEN: Doors open at 5:45pm, the show starts at 6:00pm

AUDIENCE: All families are invited


How can I help? We are currently looking for 2-3 parents to be ushers starting at 5:30pm. We need ushers to help block off student vs family sections so that families and students can find their seats. (We will provide a map to show where each class belongs.) Please email Kim Yuzon (Zachary - K) at to help.



New Traditions Raffle is ON


Here’s a friendly reminder to encourage your child to sell their tickets for the raffle! Winners will be announced at the Discovery Festival on Sunday, May 5, and we have some great prizes:


  • Grand prize - Apple iPad

  • 1st prize - Beach Blanket Babylon tickets

  • 2nd prize - $100 Amazon Gift card

  • 3rd prize - $100 gift card for Spinnaker restaurant

  • 4th prize - Benzinger Winery tram tour


Pricing is $5 per ticket, $20 for five, and $40 for ten, and all funds go to our school. Ms. Debbie has more tickets if you need them. Please have your child return money and tickets to Ms. Debbie in the office.


Questions? Stephanie Haumueller or Matthew Morrissey



Play dates for incoming families


A warm thank you to all of you who came to the Principal's Coffee, brought some food, and helped welcome our new families!


Let's schedule some spring and summer play dates in the park for the incoming kindergarteners to meet our kids! Let us know if you could help us... we always need volunteers with new ideas and to keep things going.


Please, contact the Hospitality Committee if you’re willing to coordinate or co-host a play date:


With gratitude,


Kathia Sakamoto Reynolds (Miles R., 3rd Grade)



We need a new head of TOURS. Is it you?

Sheri Castilyn (Giana, 5th) is stepping down as head of tours, as this is her last year at New Traditions. Thank you for everything you have done for our school, Sheri! And now we’re looking for someone - or perhaps two people, if you work well as a team - to take on this role. For most parents, the tour was critical in helping us to envision our child at New Traditions. Would you consider being a part of shaping that experience for next year’s prospective parents? Please reach out to Sheri if you’re curious:



Group Photo for the Yearbook Cover - April 19


You don’t want to be late for school on Friday, April 19th - because right after morning circle, John Michaelsen (Annika - 5th, Gemma - 3rd) will be taking the annual group shot of all our students for the yearbook cover. Please wear this year’s Dragon Walk t-shirt if you have it, or any other New Traditions spirit wear, or a yellow or blue shirt (those are our school colors). But of course the most important thing to bring is your beautiful face, no matter what you wear! See you there!



Yearbook Dedication Submissions Due April 26


Last call for families to have a dedication in this year’s yearbook! Friday April 26th is the FINAL day to submit any dedications. Reach out to Jon Michaelsen at ASAP if you’re interested.


Yearbook Dedication Pricing:

1/16 page: $50 (usually can accommodate text)

1/8 page: $75 (usually can accommodate a photo or text)

1/4 page: $150 (usually can accommodate a photo AND text)



Discovery Festival: Alright now, let’s make it happen!

Sunday, May 5th 12-4pm


Live music, carnival games and prizes, arts and crafts, school art tour, amazing food, cupcake walk game, face painting, bake sale, and so much more - how DOES a community event this big and this fun happen each year? With the help of well over 40 willing and generous people, that’s how!


Add your name to one (or more!) of these lists to be part of the magic:


Salad Sign-up Sheet

Bring your killer salad or experiment on us with a new recipe - green salads, pasta salads, fruit salads - we want them all!


Setup & Teardown Crews

We need a crew for Saturday 10am-2pm (pizza lunch included) as well as for Sunday a couple hours before and after the festival.


Ticket Booth/Welcome Table Crews

Volunteers greet festival goers, orient them to the Festival, and sell food and game tickets. Sign up as a pair if you want to split a shift with someone. Shifts overlap so that the first shift volunteers can train the second shift volunteers. It’s easy and fun!


Or, you can email Andrea at or Leah Cohen at to learn about other ways you can help. There are seriously so many different ways. Thank you!



Discovery Festival Bake Sale


Who loves baking? I want to get the word out now so people have time to make their baking plans for the festival. The bake sale table is always fabulous and it cannot happen without you!


We will need LOTS of homemade baked goods for the bake sale table and to supply the Cupcake Walk Game (like a cake walk) with delicious cupcakes for every winner. The more volume and variety the better.



  • Homemade baked goods only please. Things with visual appeal are what sell first so get creative!

  • Nothing store bought as those items do not sell well.  

  • Cupcakes and cookies are very popular. Don't forget about things like bread, muffins, pies, tarts, etc.

  • No nuts in anything!

  • Some vegan and gluten free baked items are much appreciated.

  • Please individually wrap each item to maintain freshness and cleanliness. This especially applies to cookies. Wrapping cupcakes is not necessary. Use of clear plastic wrap or bags is best.

  • Bring your donations in disposable containers like paper bags, boxes or foil pans as the containers will not be returned.


Please let me know if there are any questions. Thanks so much!


Sheri Castilyn (Giana, Rm 7)



Join the Good Eggs fundraiser this week to win a Good Eggs dinner kit!


To enroll, just visit, enter our code FONT2019, and place your first order. The fundraiser ends April 30—help our school hit our fundraising goals by shopping today!


New customers also get $15 off with our code, and if 20 new customers join the fundraiser, our school also gets a $500 fundraising bonus.



DIY Family Camp by New Traditions Parents!


Are you looking for options for what to do the first 3 days of summer break? Either just for your kid (drop off) or with your kid, but you'd prefer company for yourself and your kid(s)?


If so, join us for a DIY Family Camp - Explore SF. We just did one of these for Lunar New Year, and the kids had a blast. Good hiking, community snack and lunch, and lots of play. Not too many summer camps are offered for those awkward first 3 days, and I don't actually want a camp just yet. So let's create our own adventure! No age restriction.


Tentative plan

Day 1, Wednesday, 6/5: Hike Lands End (El Camino Del Mar and 32nd), lunch at Sutro Bath, afternoon at Ocean Beach. Uber/Lyft back to starting point.


Day 2, Thursday, 6/6: Start at Conservatory of Flowers and walk/scooter/bike to Park Chalet. Snack/lunch at blue playground. Pick up at Park Chalet.


Day 3, Friday, 6/7: Academy of Sciences or Zoo or Discovery Museum or Magic Mountain Park & Curiodyssey or TBD. All of these are up for discussion and will be finalized based on preferences of attending families.


RSVP Here:


Cost: NONE, of course. If you'd like to donate to our NT PTA, just follow the link below. Suggested donation is 0-$20 for any kids joining with an adult.


Drop Off Option: You can also drop off your kid (suggested donation to NT FONT: $75), if we have enough adults joining to ensure a 5:1 ratio. Feel free to sign up and indicate it's for 1 child only, no adults, and a few weeks before the day, we'll confirm.


Please feel free to RSVP “Maybe” if you're intrigued, but can't commit right now.


Lucia Wallace (Oliver & Elliot in 2nd, Otto in K)



Bienvenue en classe de français! Welcome to French class!


2019-2020 registrations are now open for incoming kindergarteners and current New Traditions students for EFBA’s French after-school program.


For the 2019-2020 school year, New Traditions will continue to offer EFBAs twice-weekly French after-school classes for French-speaking and Non-French speaking students. Education Francaise Bay Area's French classes are built on play-based, appealing and varied activities: the EFBA teachers’ main motivation is to make children eager to learn, read, write and speak French. We teach French as a Foreign Language (FLE) for children who do not speak French at home, or Anglophones, and French as a Native Language (FLAM) for French native speakers, or Francophones. The EFBA after-school program includes 54 classes, spread out over the course of the school year (September through May). Classes meet twice per week. Each class is 1.5 hours long, with 30 minutes of playtime before class begins.

Classes Offered


Petits, Moyens & Grands Francophones:


PLAYTIME: 30 min (starts at 3:30pm)

CLASS: 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Starting date: September 18th, 2019*


French Second Language 1 & 2:


PLAYTIME: 30 min (starts at 3:30pm)

CLASS: 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Starting date: September 19th, 2019*


*Please note that starting dates are subject to change. In this case, the admission office will inform you.

Enroll, FAQ, and Questions


Enroll at:

EFBA website:



Financial aid: Any family wishing to apply for financial aid may do so by filling out the application online after May 1, 2018.


Any questions, or interested in an info-session later this spring?

Contact EFBA/NT parent liaison Amy Balkin at:



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



Support Ceramics Teacher Mandy on her AIDS LIFECYCLE ride!


Next week - April 15-19 - is Bike & Roll To School Week (more on that soon) - and at the end of that week, Friday, April 19th, Ms. Mandy will be selling some of her ceramic wares at drop off and pick up times to raise money and awareness for her AIDS LIFECYCLE ride. Be sure to take a look to support one of our teachers as well as a great cause!



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



Summer Camp @ Booker T. Washington


I would like to introduce you to the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center After School and Day Camp programs. We will host our annual Spring Camp on March 25-29th and Summer Day Camp June 10-August 9th. We have provided youth development services for over 60 years and work with great partners like the University of San Francisco, Recology, Treasure Island Sailing Club, Trips for Kids, and many more to provide a comprehensive and enriching experience. See our flyers attached. Contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.


Jerry Trotter




School Calendar



4/18 (Thursday) 9-9:30am: Bike & Roll to School Day

4/18 (Thursday) 4-5pm: School Site Council Meeting (library)

4/19 (Friday) 9:30am: NT Community Photo for Yearbook! (middle yard)

4/23 (Tuesday) 3:45pm: Greening Committee Meeting #7 (middle yard)

4/23 (Tuesday) 5:30-6:30pm: NT Community Meeting - ASP & YMCA for 2019-20 (cafeteria)

4/25 (Thursday) 6-7:30pm: Spring Performance K-5 Students (Roosevelt Middle School)



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)

5/28 (Tuesday) 3:45-4:45pm: Greening Committee Meeting (library hallway)



6/1 (Saturday) 10am-2pm: Greening Day

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