Reminder: Discovery Festival is coming up soon!

Sunday, May 5th 12-4pm


Just over one week away. Please make plans to attend with your family, and bring a friend!



Discovery Festival Prize Booth Needs Volunteers to Sit Down In the Shade.


That’s right - we need parents to man the prize booth at the upcoming Discovery Festival! You really can’t beat this cushy, one-hour volunteer position.


If you’ve been to the Festival before, you know the prize booth gets busier and busier as the afternoon wears on, so we're making sure there are more volunteers manning the booth towards the end of the day.


So if you are looking for a nice shady spot to sit and chat while you eat your delicious bake sale goods, please consider a stint at the Prize Booth!


Sign Up Here (it’s the first tab; scroll down for prize booth sign-ups)


Heather Bollinger (Dani - 5th, Joey - 2nd)



And here are the other ways you can participate in the Discovery Festival, one more time:


Salad Sign-up Sheet


Setup & Teardown Crews


Ticket Booth/Welcome Table Crews/Prize Booth (make sure you’re on the first tab)


Bake Sale + Cupcake Walk - No sign-up necessary for this, but if you love to bake, start thinking about what you’ll make for the Discovery Festival bake sale and Cupcake Walk. Sheri Castilyn (Giana, Rm 7) is your contact person for all things baked:


Adopt a Bulletin Board - We need volunteers to mount art for our 2019 Art Show (a special part of the Discovery Festival)! Our hallways need to be filled with your kiddos’ magnificently creative artworks. Choose a board, check in with Robin or Mandy, and we will provide you with the work to hang and the pushpins and tape. You will have Thursday, May 2nd and Friday, May 3rd to mount this amazing exhibit. Sign-up sheets are attached to all the bulletin boards in the school - let us know the date and time of your availability on the board you choose (plan for 1 to 2 hours of work).



New Traditions Raffle: Last Call


Here’s a friendly reminder that the deadline for purchasing raffle tickets is Friday, May 3rd. 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



Order your yearbook today!


The New Traditions yearbook is a hardcover book with over 60 full-color pages, filled to the brim with photos of every student and the fun and memorable times we shared this year. It’s made with love all throughout the year by our very own Jon Michaelsen (Annika - 5th, Gemma - 3rd), and you can order it now for just $40!  

Click Here to Order


If the cost is prohibitive, please talk to your child’s teacher or to Ms. Debbie. We want everyone to enjoy this one-of-a-kind bit of New Traditions history.


Online ordering not your thing? Complete a paper order form and pay by check or cash:


  • Make checks payable to Friends of New Traditions PTA (“yearbook” in memo)

  • Place form+payment in yellow yearbook box (by bulletin board in the school lobby)



Contact Jon Michaelsen, Yearbook Chair, with questions: or 415-308-3990



You could put together grant proposals for our school


Did you know that many companies and foundations want to give some of their money to help kids in education? Whole Foods, Home Depot, and many more award between $500 and $5,000 EACH to schools in the form of grants. Grants are a fantastic way to raise more money for our school WITHOUT asking our families to donate money.


This is much more of a “project manager” type role than it is a job for a writer. Amy Millward (PTA communications/Dragon Den) is on call to help with the actual writing, or to do all the writing entirely, if writing is not your thing. What we really need is for someone to identify some grants that our school has a shot at and then pull together the information each grant proposal requires (this will involve being in contact with PTA board members and Principal Alderete). Once the proposal has been looked over by a few different people to make sure it’s ready, you would submit it by that particular grant’s deadline.


If you’re curious, please reply to this email or reach out to Amy Millward at or 321-230-4101.



Last week of the Good Eggs fundraiser!


To enroll, just visit, enter our code FONT2019, and place your first order. The fundraiser ends this coming Tuesday, April 30!


New customers get $25 off with our code, and if 14 more new customers join the fundraiser, our school gets a $500 fundraising bonus. Thank you to all those who have participated - you’ve raised well over $200 for New Traditions so far!



School Calendar



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)

5/7 (Tuesday): One School, One Author Event (cafeteria)

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