Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hot topic: Open enrollment

Open enrollment starts on Monday. Feel free to ask questions and discuss your concerns in the comments. Parents for Public Schools will be monitoring the comments.

Round III

Share your news!

Hot topic: Everyday Math

An SF K Files visitor suggested that I post the following:
I followed the discussion on your blog concerning Everyday Math in the SFUSD. I left some comments and a link to an article I wrote that generally talked about the problems of math education in the US. Because it appeared in a journal published by Hoover Institution, I was instantly branded as right wing, so of course I would have such opinions.
I'm used to this at this point. There are many parents--liberals included--across many school districts who do not like what passes for math courses. You may be interested in an article that I wrote about my experience tutoring my daughter using Singapore math to escapte the train wreck of Everyday Math. It was just published a little over a week ago. It can be found here:
I suggest you look into using Singapore Math for tutoring your children at home, as many parents have done. I'd be glad to answer any questions you may have about this.

Hot topic: Homeschooling

An SF K Files visitor suggested that I start the following thread:
Could you please start a new thread on online school/home school? We are out 0/15 and as the school year approaches, I was looking at some other options and stumbled on this website essentially an online public school program which gives materials out so there is more guidance if anyone chooses to homeschool. Both of us work so we had not considered homeschool at all, but I was wondering if there are other parents who are looking into it as well and if there was an interest in a small co-op where working parents could help in other ways. Do other working parents have any ideas? I dont think we will want to homeschool past KG, but this might be something to do as a back-up as the public school enrollment plays out. People who do know about homeschooling, any ideas/suggestions?

Children's Rally

Join the California Children's Rally
June 23, 2009
Capitol Steps, Sacramento, CA

Organized by Burning Moms, a grassroots group of parents rallying to change education funding in California. Sandra Tsing Loh presented her documentary, "Burning Mom," about last year's rally at the PPS-SF Annual Meeting.

For more information and to sign up to join go to their website at

Hot topic: School search blogs

An SF K Files visitor suggested that I post the following. Also, please feel free to post links to your own school blogs in the comments:
hey I was thinking - I bet there are tens if not hundreds of people who you have prompted to start their own blog re: their "search for school" experiences. I would love to read those other blogs. Is there a way you could have a place for people to post links to their own blogs?

Rosa Parks Fund-raiser

Come to our Family FUNdraiser:
June 6th from 4:30-10:30
Stern Grove Clubhouse

Sorry for my absence

I'm sorry. I neglected the site over the past two weeks. If you have topic suggestions or want me to post info regarding an event, feel free to send them to Thanks! Best, Kate

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Upcoming Parent Meeting about School Food!

Current, Prospective and Soon-to-be SFUSD Parents,

Are you interested in learning more about the food in SFUSD schools, and how to improve it? Do you want to see more fresh fruits and vegetables served with school meals? Perhaps you have heard about the food in Berkeley schools and wonder why San Francisco is different? Are you dreaming about locally-grown foods in our cafeterias?

If you answered yes to any of the above, this is your chance to learn about SFUSD’s food program, and discuss options for change.

Please join us for an evening of information, conversation and brainstorming!

Where: Mission High School
3750 18th St. (at Dolores) 94114
Cafeteria, 1st Floor
Accessible by MUNI (J Church; 22, 33 buses)
Parking available via Dolores Street

When: Thursday, May 21, 2009
7pm – 9pm
Light refreshments will be served

To RSVP and for more information, contact:
Lena Brook, Parent, Grattan Elementary <>

Thursday, May 7, 2009

4th Annual Grattan Fun Fest!

Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 11-5 pm. A fun-filled event for the entire family featuring live music by great local bands including The Cottontails, Gaucho, GG Amos and more! Kids' carnival with food, games and prizes, plus a silent auction and wine cellar raffle! Check out our website for more information:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Claire Lilienthal Mayfair

Please join Claire Lilienthal's students, teachers and families and come celebrate Mayfair this Saturday, May 9th, from 10:30 to 3:30 pm.

The event will take place at Claire Lilienthal's Marina campus, 3630 Divisadero @ Beach and includes a raffle, games, prizes and crafts, plus a jumpy house, climbing wall, dunk tank and a cake walk! Don't miss our delicious Korean food buffet, and our Korean dance and music demonstrations! Raffle grand prize: a ride in KGO's Traffic Spotter Jetcopter.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hot topic: uniforms

This from an SF K Files reader:
I'm interested in hearing from folks about uniforms. both their feelings pro/con and also which schools have uniforms.

Sherman Garden Party

Please join Sherman’s Green Schoolyard Committee at our 2nd annual Sherman Garden Party on Saturday, May 9, 10 am–3 pm.

We welcome families, neighbors, and all kids to the celebration featuring a live trash fashion show, drums, DJ, poetry slam, hip hop, fod, cook-off, herbal salve-making, eco-carnival booth, and more.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Don't miss: Jose Ortega Dance Party

1,000 Cranes: Help our children soar!
A benefit for Jose Ortega School

Saturday, May 9, 2009
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
953 DeHaro Street, San Francisco
Tickets: $20

Jose Ortega Elementary School is throwing it's first-ever Dance Party! Groove to 80s and disco music spun by the Crackerjack DJs, enjoy spectacular views of the KFOG Kaboom fireworks, sample tasty bites prepared by Incanto chef W.P. Teasley, and sip wine while bidding on fabulous auction items including hotel stays, airline tickets, and restaurant gift certificates.

Check out the event Web site and buy tickets by clicking here.
Visit the event's Facebook page by clicking here.