Discovery Festival is this weekend!

Sunday, May 5th 12-4pm


Please make plans to attend with your family, and bring a friend! And we still need many volunteers - can you help, in a big or small way? Sign-up sheet links below, one more time.



Ways you can participate in the Discovery Festival, one last 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).




Long commutes to New Traditions are nearly done,

And now it’s time for Ms. Debbie to have some fun!


Please save the date for


~  Ms. Debbie’s  ~

Retirement Celebration


Wednesday, May 15th at New Traditions



5:00 - 5:30 - Potluck Set-up / Enjoy an Appetizer

(Please bring salads, sides or main dishes to share!)


5:30 - 6:15 - Community Dinner


6:15 - 6:45 - Presentation in Cafeteria


Adventure Awaits:

In lieu of gifts, we’re asking the community to please consider a donation to help send Ms. Debbie on her dream vacation - a trip to Tuscany!


Go Fund Me Link:


(Or search “Debbie Tuscany” on Go Fund Me website)

*Cash donations also accepted - please contact


Memories (a Scrapbook for Ms. Debbie):

Students and Families are invited to share a memory or farewell message for Ms. Debbie (a letter, card, drawing or photo) to be included in a scrapbook! Have your student turn anything into their teacher by Wednesday, May 8th.



Contact Carole Penta ( or Gina Robertson (Room B15)



Teacher Appreciation Week 2019

May 6th – May 10th


How can we ever thank our teachers and staff enough for all that they do? Well, that would be close to impossible; however, as a community, we will do our best to show much appreciation for our teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week next week!


A group of NT parent volunteers along with the PTA are planning a special week. Breakfasts, a catered lunch, special treats on different days and other surprises await. Please look for more specific information from your class liaison via email with details about how your student or class can participate on Tuesday, May 7, which is Terrific Teacher Tuesday!


If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Carole Penta



New Traditions Raffle: Last Call


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 on Friday (tomorrow)!


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.


Jon Michaelsen



School Calendar



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)

5/15 (Wednesday) 5-6:45pm: Ms. Debbie’s Retirement Celebration (main hallway+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