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(This is the third and final blog post on becoming a school volunteer. Click here to see the previous post in this series.) By now, I know you are dying to help out at you child’s school. So, how do you start? The best place to get started is by attending you school’s open house, […]
(This is the second blog post on becoming a school volunteer. Click here to see the first in this series.) So you’ve made the decision to get involved at your child’s school… but how do you start? Let’s face it, unless you’re Betty Crocker, baking, wrapping, and selling 500 cookies can make even the most […]
(This article is the first in a series of three on becoming a school volunteer.) Let’s face it, with school budgets shrinking and teacher workload increasing, it is growing more and more important for all of us to get involved in our children’s schools. But I’m not writing this article to list the positive outcomes […]
Can you believe it? In only TEN more days, on August 15th, 2011, SFUSD students will start their first day of school. Based on my experience as a mom and teacher, I’ve put together a list of 5 easy ways families can prepare their child for successful school year! Build excitement for schoolGet your kids […]
San Francisco families of four and five-year olds will be the first to benefit from the district’s new enrollment system. This fall, incoming kindergarten applicants will receive preferential placement if they live within neighborhood school “attendance areas.” Here’s an excerpt from the SFUSD website: ———- “New Elementary Attendance Areas for San Francisco Public Schools The […]
It’s a good time for Pre-school and Elementary school families to get educated and share feedback on the district’s proposals for middle schools. I’m reposting a section of Rachel Norton’s blog about a recent Board of Education committee meeting yesterday, February 2. (See below.) —————————————– Recap: Quality middle schools and transportation cuts Lots of […]
Last week my daughters came home from kindergarten with an INCREDIBLE bag full of school supplies. They were so excited that they have not stopped writing and drawing on the mini-whiteboard tablets they received. In fact, I first learned about their new supplies when one of my daughters filled a whole mini-whiteboard with “P” words […]
You are probably already working with a morning routine. I created one last year, when my girls were in Pre-K. This year, though, I’ve asked my daughters to get involved in creating a written Morning Schedule.
I’m re-posting this great article on Board of Education Commisioner Rachel Norton’s blog. It’s entitled “How Kohl’s Cares makes sellouts of us all“. In it Ms. Norton talks about how corporations play off community concern for school funding; offering monetary give-aways in to schools that have the most people who clicking “like” on the Kohl’s Cares […]