Tuesday, February 18 – Thursday, February 27, 2020

From February 18-27, students will record their minutes reading (in class and anywhere else!).  Every day from Feb. 19-28th, students who read the day before can put a raffle ticket in the bucket at morning circle to try to win prizes from local bookstores.

This year we will continue our Civil Rights Leaders theme. Every school day, the entire school will be learning about a different civil rights leader. We’ll kick it off with a short biography of the day’s leader at morning circle, followed by further reading in each classroom. We will be looking for parents to come in and read to their kid’s classes, so look for an email from your room parent to come spend some time during Read-A-Thon.

Download the 2020 Read-A-Thon Kit

How to Participate

Find Sponsors
Ask family, grandparents, and family friends to sponsor your reading by the minute or just a total dollar amount (a fixed dollar amount is easier to collect!). Use the “Sponsors” form provided, then ask sponsors to donate here.

Read and Log Your Minutes
From Tuesday, February 18, through Thursday, February 27, record every minute you read on the “Your Minutes” form.  Classroom and homework reading count.  Being read to counts.  Comic books, magazines, newspapers, and picture books count.

Daily Raffle
When you read, fill out an “I Read Yesterday” raffle ticket and add it to the raffle bucket at morning circle.  Submit one ticket per student per day. From Wednesday, February 19, to Friday, February 28, prizes will be awarded every morning!

Turn In Your Forms
When the Read-a-thon ends, turn in your “Sponsors” and “Your Minutes” forms to your classroom teacher. Remember to put your name and room number on them and have parent signatures or initials where needed. Take a picture for your own records if necessary!

Collect Pledge Payments
After the event, ask your sponsors to submit their pledge payments by Friday, April 5. New for this year: all pledge payments should be submitted by credit or debit card at Because Harvey Milk PFC is a 501(c)(3) charity (Tax ID 46-5672780), all pledge payments are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law and donation receipts will be issued for credit or debit card payments.

HMCRA Community Survey

Dear Harvey Milk CRA Families,

Our annual in-house community survey is ready to go! This survey is conducted once per year by the School Site Council (SSC).

Our in-house survey is one of the most important tools at HMCRA to help us plan for the future. The combination of surveys from teachers, staff, families and students provides valuable insights into our school programming, operations, culture and climate. It informs our practices, provides longitudinal data and influences our decision-making. I do read every single comment so your feedback is very much appreciated.

Please complete the HMCRA Community Survey linked below by Friday, February 14th.

Please complete one survey per household (If you are part of a two household family, please complete two surveys).  
HMCRA Community Survey

As you may recall, there are 2 surveys that families must complete every year. Our “in-house” survey (used by the SSC, the PFC, and me) is the first, followed by an official SFUSD survey in March/April.

As always, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions, concerns, comments, or celebrations!

Happy Surveying,
Ron Machado
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy

Parents Night Out

Saturday, February 8, 5p-8p
Flying Pig Bistro Pub, 433 S Van Ness Ave

Save the date for an all-school Parents Night Out! Join your fellow HMCRA parents for an evening of good food, good beer and great company at the Pub of one of our Harvey Milk families (a suggested donation of $20 includes chili, salad and a drink). Volunteers are needed to bring food, so please sign up here…food volunteers get 2 free tickets!

If you’d like to come, but will need childcare, please email so we can get numbers to the YMCA staff.

Hope to see you at this fun, adult-only (21+) night!

Toy Drive

HMCRA’s annual toy drive for kids in need runs this year from December, 2 – December 19. Please bring new, unwrapped toys for children 0-17 (teens love gift cards!) to morning circle or the big toy barrel in the office. Thank you in advance!

School Site Council Ballot 2019-2021


This is the School Site Council Parent and Community Members Ballot. The School Site Council (SSC) collaborates to develop and implement Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy’s Academic Plan and budget. The Academic Plan highlights the specific goals and activities for the school in the following areas: school safety; parent involvement; instructional practice; student equity; and academic achievement.

Please take a moment to vote for 2 of the 3 people below to serve on the School Site Council. The term of office is 2019-2021. You may only submit ONE ballot per parent/guardian. Please complete this survey online or print it and return it by Friday, November 15, 2019, to your classroom teacher or to the office. Thank you!

To vote for two members, please check the box before his or her name, or write in a candidate at the bottom of the list.

About the Candidates:

What is your greatest priority for improving education at HMCRA?

Rui Ewald:  To promote a strong parent community with the aim to ensure continuity of the great progress made over the past 3 yrs. principals may come and go but the quality of the school’s education should remain steady .

Avinia Rucker: My biggest priority would be improving the schools overall math and reading proficiency.

Janette Fernandez: My priorities are the Math and science areas. I think Reading and Writing already have a good foundation and structure. Social Justice is also very much on track. I think that some changes like STEM programs can improve our Math curriculum.

How do you see yourself representing the parent population if you serve on the Site Council?

Rui Ewald: I want to donate my time in whatever way might be most needed by the school. Ultimately I want to donate my time and skills in a way that can benefit the community

Avinia Rucker: As a parent I know we all want the best for our kids, unfortunately in San Francisco supporting our children’s education can be a financial burden. I want to make sure our kids get the best possible education that everyone can be proud of.

Janette Fernandez: My involvement in Events and Tour committees for the last 2 years has let me know parents from different groups around the school. This will allow me to represent different voices from our community.

To vote for two members, please check the box before his or her name, or write in a candidate at the bottom of the list. The Ballot can be found here

Movie Night: Spiderman into the Spider-Verse

Join the Harvey Milk community in the school cafeteria for a family-friendly movie night next week! We will feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Friday Nov. 15th at 6:00 pm. We will have drinks, Popcorn, Hot-dogs, mac and cheese and ice cream. If you can, please volunteer to help clean up after the movie.

School Site Council Elections Nomination, Fall 2019

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.

We are looking for 3 seats to be filled plus one alternate. Nomination are being collected until October 31 and Elections for SSC members will be held on 11/1-11/8. Nominations forms can be completed online here.

Parent Faculty Club

Tuesday, October 8, Cafeteria
Dinner at 6:15pm, Meeting starts at 6:30pm

Please join us for our 2nd Parent Faculty Club (PFC) meeting next week. The agenda will include:

  • Annual Giving Campaign,
  • Budget Update: including a year-in-review, a look-ahead, and a vote on budget changes for 2019-2020 school year, and
  • Fundraising
The PFC is your opportunity to share your ideas and ask questions. Dinner and Childcare are included. Food is prepared by The Breakfast Project, one of the programs funded by the PFC.

Good Eggs Fundraiser


Our much anticipated Good Eggs Fundraiser is coming up starting 10/1! HMCRA is partnering with Good Eggs, an online grocery that delivers fresh local produce, meat and fish, dinner kits and more delivered the same day. We’ll earn 5% back on every order this October and November, plus the first 5 new families to join will win a flower bouquet from Good Eggs. Simply visit, enter our code harveymilk2019, shop, and share with your friends and family!