Schools and offices closed Friday November 16

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Dear SFUSD Community,

SFUSD schools, central offices and after school programs will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 16, due to ongoing concerns regarding air quality both inside and outside of schools and offices.

As you know, the air quality in the Bay Area has remained at red (unhealthy) throughout the week. Some staff and students have reported that the ongoing conditions have also contributed to poor air quality indoors.

We understand that closing schools places a burden on some of our families, and we want you to know that we have given this decision careful consideration.

All school sites will be closed for Thanksgiving Break and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26. Central offices will be open next week Monday, Nov. 19 through Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Please stay safe.

Dr. Vincent Matthews, SFUSD Superintendent

Enchanted Forest Book Fair

November 26-30, School Library

The annual Book Fair to support our library is coming closer. Fifty percent of sales go directly to the school and classroom libraries.

Preview some of the books here.

For an even bigger selection, purchase books online here from 11/19-12/9. Online sales qualify for the 50% profit, and books will be delivered to school for free before Winter Break.

More info in this flyer, you can volunteer here volunteer link.

Book Fair Hours:

  • Mon – Thu: 8:30-9:30am, 12:45-1:30pm (for students), 2:30-6:30pm
  • Fri: 8:30-9:30am, 12:45-1:30pm (for students), 2:30-4:30pm

Cash, checks (made out to HMCRA PFC) and credit cards accepted.

SSC and PFC Meeting

Tuesday November 13
SSC: 5:15-6:15pm, Room 205
PFC: Dinner at 6:15pm, Meeting starts at 6:30pm, Cafeteria

Please join us for our next SSC and PFC meetings this Tuesday. Free childcare and dinner will be provided for the PFC Meeting. You can find the agendas and minutes for all our PFC meetings here. Come and hear about Mission Science Workshop, part of our PFC founded Science Enrichments this school year.

If you couldn’t make it to the PFC Meeting there will be a morning recap Wednesday November 14 after morning circle.

Movie Night – COCO

Friday, October 26, 6-8:15pm

Join the Harvey Milk community in the school cafeteria for a family-friendly movie night! This fall we will show the Pixar movie Coco. As an article in the New Yorker describes: [COCO] presents death as a life-affirming inevitability”.  Ultimately, the main message of this film is that families belong together, in life and in death.

Please sign up here to volunteer at the Movie Night!

THE HARVEY MILK CIVIL RIGHTS ACADEMY family would like to honor our ancestors and loved ones who have passed on by putting up an “Ofrenda” in the hallway across from the main office. Anyone and everyone are welcomed to bring a photo, a poem, a symbol representing the person(s) you are honoring, to place on the altar. The altar will be up Monday, October 15 through Friday November 2, 2018.

School Site Council Elections Nomination

The School Site Council is a critical part of our school. Please consider nominating yourself to be part of the Council this year. The elected members represent parents, students, community members, and school staff in school governance. The SSC is responsible for the development of the Academic Plan, and overall school site budget.

More information and downloadable nomination forms can be found here, or they can be completed online here. A timeline for the election is hereThe nomination period is extended to October 22.

13TH – Film Viewing and Discussion

Wednesday, October 17, 5-7pm
Room 202

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee invites everyone to join a viewing and discussion of the documentary “13TH“.

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

There will be dinner cooked by kids in the Soup Squad and child care is available.

PFC Meeting

Tuesday, October 9, Cafeteria
Dinner at 6:15pm, Meeting starts at 6:30pm

The Parent Faculty Club (PFC) is our school’s parent teacher organization. We’re all members, and there are no membership fees. We discuss various issues about the school and the budget every month. This is where your voice can be heard! We’d love to see you at our second meeting of the year, so mark your calendars. As always, childcare and dinner is provided. The dinner for the adults will be curried lentil tomato and coconut soup (made by the after-school Soup Squad) and cheese pizza from Goat Hill for the kids.

Good Eggs Fundraiser

Starting October 1st Good Eggs is partnering with Harvey Milk for a fundraiser! New Good Eggs customers get $15 off their first order and 5% will go back to the school during October and November 2018!

How to join the fundraiser:

1. Visit schools.goodeggs.com.
2. Enter the code HARVEYMILK18 and click “Shop Now.”
3. Add your groceries to your Good Eggs basket and place your order. You will see confirmation text on the checkout page that says “You’re supporting Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy!”

As an extra incentive, if 20 HMCRA families try Good Eggs using the school code, we will get a $500 fundraising bonus added to the 5% from all orders.

More information about all of our fundraisers with local businesses here.

HMCRA Committees

Just one of the many ways to be active in our community is to join an HMCRA committee. They are all in need of volunteers throughout the year. Please see more details here about the goals of each of these committees and what help they are looking for. If you are interested in taking part, the email contact for each committee is listed in the link above. Please be in touch!

Our Committees are:
Before/After Care • Community Events • Diversity & Inclusion • Fundraising • Garden • Newsletter • Room Parents • Tours & Welcoming • Yearbook