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