Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Important Update regarding Transitional Kindergarten (TK) in SFUSD

Effective immediately, SFUSD will not be offering Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for the 2012-2013 school year. Only students turning 5 years old on or before Nov. 1 will be eligible for Kindergarten entry for the 2012-2013 school year.

In the Governor’s proposed budget for the 2012-2013 school year, school districts would not receive any funding for Transitional Kindergarten, and the state would not mandate districts to offer it. Given that SFUSD cannot afford to offer Transitional Kindergarten if it is not funded by the state, SFUSD will not plan to offer Transitional Kindergarten for the upcoming school year.
While the California Department of Education continues to provide updates and the situation may change over the course of the next several months, SFUSD is moving forward on the assumption that there will be insufficient funding to offer Transitional Kindergarten in the 2012-2013 budget.

SFUSD is providing this notification so that families who were interested in TK can take action to make alternative arrangements for their children for the 2012-2013 school year.

New 4th grade class opening at Clarendon next year

Dear PPS,

Due to an imbalance in grade levels, Clarendon Elementary is opening up a new 4th grade class next year. Can you post the attached information on your website so families with current 3rd grade students can enroll in Clarendon for 2012-2013 during the EPC enrollment windows? Feel free to call me if you have questions.

Peter Van Court
Clarendon Elementary

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Share your public school lists!

Public school applications are due Friday, January 27. Feel free to share your school lists in the comments. Which schools are your top picks? Which schools are your back-ups?

Don't miss this dance party to benefit PPS-SF!

Parents for Public Schools is having its first fund-raising event. It’s also the last day to turn in enrollment applications so we’ll be ready for some cheer and celebration. Hope you can join us and help support Parents for Public School in a fun way!

You are invited to a DANCE PARTY!

What: Come join friends for dancing and delicious food. There will be a buffet, door prizes, Salsa dancing, lots of good cheer and fun.
Where: Rosy’s Restaurant: 2341 Folsom St. (between 19th and 20th St.)
When: Friday January 27th - 3:00pm to 10:00pm
Cost: Admission $20 (A Benefit for Parents for Public Schools)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

International SF Camp Fair

International SF Camp Fair: Over 50 camps represented.

Date: Saturday, February 4th
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: French American International School Gym, 150 Oak St at Franklin, San Francisco

2012 San Francisco Summer Resource Fair: Over 200 camps represented.

Date: Saturday, March 3rd
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street, San Francisco

Bayview Enrollment Fair This Sat Jan 21st from 1-4PM at True Hope Church

A small group of parents have organized an Enrollment Fair this Sat, Jan 21st from 1-4 PM at True Hope Church (950 Gilman) in the Bayview.

Historically, the Bayview community under participates in the enrollment process.  The goal of the enrollment fair is to achieve higher participation by providing Bayview families with information regarding their school assignment options.  Furthermore, we have arranged with EPC to have staff available to accept Assignment Applications.

We have invited all Bayview elementary schools as well as approximately 20 additional elementary schools to participate in the fair.  We are providing information about each school including distance from the Bayview as well as how long it would take to commute to each school via Muni.

PPS and edMatch are sponsoring the fair.  Circle Bank has made a monetary contribution to offset expenses.  And Patxi's Pizza has generously donated lunch for all fair participants.

Everyone is welcome!  If you still have some questions or have not turned in your enrollment form yet, please join us!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tech Search Party 3.0!

With just a few weeks to go, its time to sign up for Tech
Search Party at

TSP 3.0 will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 5:30 to
8:00 pm.

As a reminder, Tech Search Party is the annual scavenger
hunt fundraiser that takes place in Noe Valley.  All money raised goes to
Alvarado Elementary, James
Lick Middle School, and Marshall Elementary

The affair kicks off at James Lick Middle School and
concludes two hours later at The Valley Tavern.

All teams need is at least one smart phone, plus comfortable shoes.

There are prizes for the top three teams, the best team
name, and a new prize this year called the Condescending Ribbon for the
last-place team.

Teams of up to 4 can register for $50 and teams of up to 6
for $75.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Application deadline looming

Hi Everyone
Thanks to Kate for turning on comments again.

Its been a busy 2 months for us. I toured a school not on my original list and turned in our application last week. I haven't had a chance to add my school tour notes but here is a summary with my list.

A quick summary shows that our top choices are small schools, Middle School Feeders also affected our choice. Afterschool care cost also a factor, any afterschool care run by the CDCs at the school would be in the $460 range for us, and that would be difficult for us at this time.

Sanchez: Our top choice. It is easy to get to on Muni for us (we are close to Market Street and the F runs frequently enough). My husband and I toured separately and both were very impressed with the principal Dr. Isola. The FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) program is a big draw for us. We didn't think full immersion is right for our son but 3 hours a week we think will be great. The api scores do not bother us, our visits to the school show a dedicated staff and happy students who are learning and respectful. They have dance, gardening/science, computer, library time for all grades. I also think that this is a school we can get into in the first round which is a big deal for us. The afterschool care is open to all students and at this time is free to all students, which is huge for us. I feel I need to write up a longer review of this school which is one I hear referred to frequently as a terrible school, and I saw nothing on my tour that makes it terrible (except api). The one con is the start time 7:50, but with it being so easy to get to and not out of the way for my husband or I to get to work and drop our younger son at daycare it is doable. Everett is the feeder Middle School, I do like to think of my children in schools next to each other when the older one moves into Middle School. 2 GE K classes, 1 Spanish Bilingual K, 1 special Ed class (K, 1, 2). There is a PTA and all goals are posted in the school corridors, along with art, poetry and essays by the children.

Harvey Milk: I love the small size and huge parent/community involvement. Work on a water garden was in progress when we visited. We visited many classrooms and had Q&A with the 5th Graders. It is a little more difficult for us to get to on public transportation, but still doable with a later start time of 9:20 (or is it 9:30?). Afterschool care asks for an $80 donation a month. The principal is new to the school in 2011 and met with the touring parents. Everett is the Middle School from the Feeder plan. 2 GE K classes.

McKinley: This seems like a fantastic school as well with a huge parent/community involvement. Early start time 7:50am. Quite a few afterschool options, including language and reasonable cost around $230, but if you mix the programs it will cost a little more. E.g. Language is Monday to Thursday, if you need additional care on Friday you can pay extra. The principal met with the touring parents at the beginning of the tour. Putting this school down was a long shot as it is oversubscribed AND we didn't put it first. It is also not that easy to get to on public transportation, parking is pretty difficult (I got a ticket on the tour), I'm not sure if there is a rolling drop off like some other schools had. Everett is also the Middle School on this and from what I overheard on tour parents are not happy about this. 3 K GE classes.

Daniel Webster: Our Assignment area school. Again small school, but only 1 K class out of 3 is GE. ISA is the feeder Middle school, but it is also a High School. I'm not happy with that. This is also not as easy to to get to for us, however the start time is great 8:40.

Schools we did not list and why
Bessie Carmichael: 4 K classes, the school just seemed too big. It also seems disorganized. My first tour which I scheduled early in the search process was not successful as either the office had not notified the principal or they did not notify me that he was not available. So it was a bit of a panic when I showed up. The parent liason stepped up to show me the school but was unable to answer most of my questions regarding education/discipline. On my second tour which was led by the Vice Principal we only saw the K classes, I thought this was odd as on every other tour I have been welcome in all classrooms. But I do know that other schools do not do this either. I just didn't get a sense that this would be a good place for my son. I wanted to love this school, however the size and the afterschool fees (CDC) are just not a fit for us.

Tenderloin Community: I posted a review for this school and I did really like it. But 4 K classes seems too big, the Feeder school is Francisco which is also a negative for us due to location.

I'm really happy with our choices, I'm was also pleasantly surprise after all the negative things I've heard about the SFUSD schools to have seen such great schools, everyone that we visited had teachers who had the children engaged in learning. All of the children seemed to be learning the same things when we visited. This was not as daunting as I first thought.

Good luck everyone, and if you have feedback on my selections please share.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Comments are back on for now

Comments are back on yet registration is required. Please stay tuned while we try to figure out how to manage the troll situation.