Note from our Librarian, Ms. Judy Viertel


ALL books are due back in the New Traditions Library by Friday, May 17!

Please check your shelves and under your children's beds for missing books.


If you have questions about how to deal with a missing book, please see the New Traditions Library Website: (this is new: bookmark it!).


You can also email our librarian directly:


Thank you!




Hooray! Results are in from our district survey (ahead of schedule)!!


Check out the attached three documents that contain the survey results. This survey, conducted by the school district each year, solicits feedback from students, staff, and families at New Traditions. This year we had the most family participation we’ve had in this survey in quite a while, so thank you for helping to make this data meaningful.



The school year is almost over - don’t forget to purchase your yearbook!


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



Principal’s Coffee & Family Potluck

Tuesday, May 21 at 9:45am – Cafeteria


Time flies and here we are…very close to the end of the school year!

Join other parents/caregivers and Ms. Alderete for the last principal’s coffee of the school year.

Please bring some food to share if you can.

Some incoming families that could not come last month may be there. Let’s receive them with a warm welcome.


Thank you!


Hospitality Committee

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



Greening Day #3

Saturday, June 1st 10am-2pm

(it’s like an open house - stop by anytime!)


Final Greening Day of this school year is coming up! We've gotten fantastic volunteers on past greening days to help weed, mulch, build, and get their hands dirty - let's do it one final time, so our plants are ready for the summer.


We’ll have something for everyone to do - or you can help oversee kids playing in the yard.


The event is from 10am-2pm, but even if you can only join for 30 minutes, please stop by!


Questions? Reach out to Lucia Wallace  



To all the Discovery Festival bakers…


Dear New Traditions Community,


A big thank you to everyone who baked for the Discovery Festival Bake Sale & Cake Auction.


Everything you made was beautiful and delicious!


-Sheri Castilyn (Giana, 5th grade)



School Calendar



5/21 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Family 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