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Lee Hsu

26 neighbors want tech companies to develop programs that support volunteering at John Muir Elementary.

Lee Hsu
Many groups like Sf.citi are working with the Mayor's office to create committees to boost tech companies' engagement and contributions.  Why not direct engagement and contributions to SF public schools, which is absolutely essential to the future vitality of San Francisco?  We have to invest in our future generations, not just existing groups that are better funded and more well-organized than public school kids.  Is there any doubt that many young computer scientists and engineers would love sharing their passion with young elementary school kids if we just make it easy for them?

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Corey
Brandi Valenza
Jonathan Yankovich
Bruce Wolfe
Alissa Nelson
Christina B Castro
Lizzie
Linda Oubre
Seçkin Can Şahin
Chelsea Otakan
Ann Campbell
Dan B.
J D
Bridget
Matthew Henninger
Dan
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John Muir Elementary School, San Francisco, CA 94102

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John Muir Elementary School

Check out this video of our Principal, Shawn Mansager, on TV! www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJOEcb...

The producers of Bay Sunday learned about John Muir's campaign to raise much needed funds for their arts and enrichment programs and wanted to help. Please share this video with your neighbors and friends and consider making a donation of any amount at johnmuirart.us/

Thank you Haight Street Art Center for ensuring that 100% of all donations will go directly to the school. Thank you Abuntoo for rallying local businesses to provide thank you gifts for donations, including John Muir student art work.

And thank YOU for spreading the word. It takes a village, and YOU are our village!

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Posted Oct 12, 2016
Dan
Dan
Oct 12, 2016

Great job explaining the program Shawn!

Posted by Dan on Oct 12, 2016
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John Muir Elementary School

Dear PEPS Supporters,

We are excited to share our 2015-16 Impact Report with you! Read it here - www.sfpeps.org/wp-content/uplo...

We had great success connecting John Muir Elementary and its neighbors in mutually beneficial and meaningful ways. And we have big plans moving forward to realize our goal of a system wide plan. Neighbor by neighbor, and neighborhood by neighborhood, we are building public support for public schools from the ground up.

The impact metrics in our report show the value of our work and help us tell the story. We have learned so much and have so much to share.

We'd love to hear from you. Please reach out to us if you'd like to learn more, attend an event or have ideas for building the bridge between schools and neighborhoods.

Marian Chatfield-Taylor, Dawn Nakano, and Daphne Magnawa

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Posted Aug 6, 2016
Dan
Dan
Aug 6, 2016

Viva PEPS! Thank you for doing the work that you do!

Posted by Dan on Aug 6, 2016
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John Muir Elementary School

Howdy Neighbors,

We want to share a hearty and heartfelt THANK YOU to our neighbors who supported us throughout this school year.

Thanks to YOU, John Muir Elementary increased its per pupil fundraising from $1.15 to $19.23 in just 6 months!
We are SO grateful and want to share what your support made possible:

Reading Under the Stars dinner: Imagine walking into your school auditorium and finding tents, trees (fake😜), and a circle of camp chairs around a bonfire (also fake😜)! And imagine peeking into the tents and finding your teachers sitting under lanterns with stacks of books ready to read with you under the stars! It was a super fun night with the serious purpose of inspiring a love of reading. On these optional evening events, it's critical to provide dinner for families. The camping food was provided by YOU!

Testing snacks: This may seem trivial, but it is HUGE for our teachers and students. Testing can be long, stressful and anxiety provoking, so it’s important to keep students refreshed and nourished. Providing healthy snacks boosted our student’s mood and ability to focus. When students saw the array of snacks available to them on testing days, their eyes lit up. “Are those for US?” Thank you for helping us get our students through a challenging time!

Tri-fold display boards for our 5th graders: Last week, our graduating 5th graders created visual displays of their mastery of math, language arts and science. Students created interactive presentations of their work which they shared with fellow students, our staff, family, and friends. This is the culminating project of their elementary school career and using high quality display boards honored the effort, care and hard work they poured into this academic milestone.

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Posted May 31, 2016
Dan
Dan
May 31, 2016

Thank you for the update!

Posted by Dan on May 31, 2016
Dan Frost
Dan Frost
May 31, 2016

Thanks to all who made these events and projects possible!

Posted by Dan Frost on May 31, 2016
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Reading Under the Stars
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 5:00pm - 7:00p
John Muir Elementary Auditorium-380 Webster @ Oak

​John Muir Elementary and Western Addition Beacon Center invite you to ​​​Reading Under the Stars​.​ Join us ​at our family literacy night ​as we engage students and families in reading support ideas for home and school. We will have make-and-takes by grade, activity tables, digital library training, snacks, and a reading campground in the auditorium.

Who Went?

Dawn Nakano
Tom K.
Dan
Daphne Magnawa
John Muir Elementary School
John Muir Elementary School

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Reading Under the Stars Volunteer Opportunities
3:30 - 5p, Set up tents for reading campground
5 - 7p, Serve food and drinks
7 - 8p, Clean up

You can sign up for an hour shift (or longer) during the times that work for you. ​Please sign up with Tulsi Pi at 415-749-2714​ or ​tpi@ymcasf.net.

​Thank you for supporting literacy at John Muir!​

Posted by John Muir Elementary School on Apr 16, 2016
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John Muir Elementary School

What happens when you mix a psychedelic poster artist with crazy amazing kid artists?​ ​The first annual John Muir Art Fair brought together the great American rock and roll poster artist, Gary Houston, with 175 elementary school kids. Thanks to a collaboration with Haight Street Art Center (HSAC), our students learned all about screen printing and got to take home beautiful posters of their collaborative art projects. Gary had everyone’s attention as he dumped globs of black ink onto screens burned with images of their art work. And then the magic… wide-eyed kids of all ages “ooooed” and “ahhhhed” as Gary pulled the ink across the screen and… voila! The screen was lifted and there was a poster sized print of their art work. Repeat 25 times and each kid had their own limited edition print to take home with them.

On the day of the art fair, we welcomed our neighbors to share in the magic. Gary set up shop in the auditorium and pulled 200 posters that HSAC gave away for free to fair goers. Art from John Muir’s Beacon program was set up “gallery style” in the cafeteria and our art teacher, Ms. Andrea, installed a wall of student art from the school year. HSAC donated pulled pork from Memphis Minnie’s BBQ on Haight Street, Bi-Rite Market donated fruit and Ms. Sunshine had a cupcake stand. One of our teachers said, “It felt really good… to see our community shining!”

Thanks to generous neighbors, we’ve raised $650 to support students and teachers at our school. One of our neighbors said, “Happy to support John Muir! It's been my go-to spot for dropping off my ballots for the past 10 years – the least I could do is make a donation.” We are asking you, our neighbors, to support us by also making a donation. It takes a village and you’re our village!

DONATE: ​wedid.it/campaigns/2546

View pictures from the event: goo.gl/photos/sYgPPm5VMHfaxLt46

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Posted Mar 11, 2016
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Introspection and Connection Student Art Fair
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 11:30am - 3:00pm
John Muir Elementary School (Webster and Page Streets)

John Muir Elementary School and Western Addition Beacon Center invites students, families, friends, and neighbors for art, food, and fun!

Student Art Exhibit: Paintings, Collages & Sculptures

*Historic Campus Murals by David Park
*11:30a Performance by John Muir Dance Troupe
*12-2p FREE print giveaway! Live Poster Printing with Portland's Gary Houston--one of the great american rock and roll poster artists
*Refreshments

Who Went?

JulieRP
Tom K.
Dawn Nakano
Dan
Daphne Magnawa
John Muir Elementary School
Dawn Nakano
Dawn Nakano
Feb 11, 2016

Haight Street Art Center is bringing in Portland artist, Gary Houston, to work with John Muir students on screen printing their art work in advance of the event. Gary is one of the great american rock and roll poster artists. He will be pulling prints LIVE at the event. Take home a FREE print!

Posted by Dawn Nakano on Feb 11, 2016
Tom K.
Tom K.
Feb 17, 2016

Very cool! Thanks to Haight Street Art Center for helping to make this happen. And appreciative of all the work PEPS is doing to connect the neighborhood to the John Muir School community.

Posted by Tom K. on Feb 17, 2016
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John Muir Elementary School

Hi neighbors!

Our fabulous afterschool program,Western Addition Beacon Center, is organizing a toy drive to benefit our kids.

If you would like to donate, the Beacon Center needs new toys or gift cards of $20 or more. Toys are needed for all ages. You can drop off toys at the school's main office (380 Webster St) weekdays between 9a and 6p until Dec 17th. Please contact Tulsi Pi if you have any questions: tpi@ymcasf.net or 415-749-2714

There are a number of other drop off locations:
John Muir Elementary, 380 Webster St
Buchanan YMCA, 1530 Buchanan St.
French American International High School, 150 Oak St.
New Traditions School, 2049 Grove St
Gateway Middle School, 1512 Golden Gate Ave.
Redemption Church, 1600 McAllister St.

Thank you for being a part of our school's Winter Wonderland event!

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Posted Dec 9, 2015
Daphne Magnawa
Daphne Magnawa
Dec 9, 2015

What a great way to get involved!

Posted by Daphne Magnawa on Dec 9, 2015
Dawn Nakano
Dawn Nakano
Dec 9, 2015

Thanks Beacon and John Muir for ALL you do to support kids and families!!!

Posted by Dawn Nakano on Dec 9, 2015
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Shawn Mansager

As the Principal of John Muir, I would be very open to this. We have a good amount of technology here at Muir including laptop carts, iPads and smart boards. We will need support in maintaining and replacing this equipment, as well as, in introducing children to technology that enhances literacy and prepares them for our future technology landscape. We currently have a teacher in a technology role who can help facilitate this process. Any ideas of who to connect with?

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Posted Dec 3, 2015
Tom K.
Tom K.
Dec 3, 2015

So cool Principal Mansager and welcome to Neighborland!

I live a few blocks away at Hayes/Buchanan and would love to help figure out how to make this happen as well. SO MANY TECH WORKERS in the neighborhood around the school (in addition to the companies with City CBAs like Dan mentioned).

Posted by Tom K. on Dec 3, 2015
Shawn Mansager
Shawn Mansager
Jan 20, 2016

Thank you Dan for making this important introduction to Caroline! You’ve been an amazing ally to our school.

Posted by Shawn Mansager on Jan 20, 2016
Dan
Dan
Jan 21, 2016

We're happy to help in any way that we can Shawn. Viva John Muir Elementary!

Posted by Dan on Jan 21, 2016
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Dan

Hey Lee, did you see the launch of Circle of Schools from sf.citi:

"Using an adopt-a-school model, Circle the Schools partners participating San Francisco-based technology companies with a local public school. Over the course of a school year each company will organize three to five activities at their partner school. These volunteer activities are tailored to meet each school's individual needs. From bringing snacks to kids on standardized test days to participating in Read-Aloud literacy events or hosting field trips to company offices, these activities foster relationships between students and company employees. Our goal is to bring together tech and community and move forward as #OneCity."

www.sfciti.com/initiatives/cir..."

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Posted Oct 22, 2014
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Dan

Completely agree with this Lee ... the best way for us to build a bridge between tech workers and communities is through mentorship.

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Posted Jan 10, 2014
Bruce Wolfe
Bruce Wolfe
Jan 19, 2014

But, let's be very clear, we do not want our public schools privatized the way Big Foundation is trying to do with City College.

Posted by Bruce Wolfe on Jan 19, 2014
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