Readers and Families,
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy is ready to kick off the 2022 Read-a-thon!
What IS Read-a-thon? First and foremost, it’s a Celebration of Reading! For 10 days, students will be encouraged to read! ALL reading counts: books they read, books students had read to them, comic books, reading for school, reading for fun…. All of it!
Secondly, in order to support the school’s financial needs, Read-a-thon is also a fundraiser (though raising funds is NOT required to participate). Information is below on how to encourage your friends and family to support your student’s reading by “sponsoring” them.
Finally, Read-a-thon gives students the opportunity to SET a goal, and then WORK toward that goal. All students who meet or beat their goals will receive special recognition.
Timeline for Read-a-thon:
Before February 28:
- Set a Goal Go to harveymilk.com/Readathon to help your student set their goal for the number of minutes they can read in 10 days. This is the main objective of Read-a-thon this year. A special prize given to ALL readers who set and MEET OR BEAT their goals. (Goal suggestions are listed in the graphic below.) Goals must be submitted by March 2 to count toward a prize.
- Get Sponsors Students can ask their families and friends to “sponsor” them as they work toward their goal. This is a great fundraiser to share with grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends who are like family. All donations to HMCRA are tax deductible and support our amazing school. You can find a social media toolkit online to help you share the word with your personal community, and encourage our young readers.
- Find Something to Read All reading counts: in school, out of school, adults reading to students, comic books, magazines, Audio Books and some really great books from our own HMCRA library.
Starting March 1:
- Track your Minutes Use the online, form or the paper log on the back. For minutes to count, they must be tracked online or on paper. Online minutes can be entered daily, or once at the end, but must be tracked daily. (Students can also use this Google Sheet to enter all reading. Please only submit once after March 11.)
- Join your readers! Parents/Families can find a recommended reading list from the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee to join in the reading.
- Turn in all your minutes In order to have your minutes count toward your goal and your class’s tally, all minutes must be turned in to your teacher or online via this form by March 14th. Parents, if it’s easier, you can use this Google Sheet to track and then submit by emailing to Readathon@harveymilk.com. If your child forgets their forms at home, a picture of the reading log is fine! Please email it with your reader’s name and the subject “Student Reading Log” to email@example.com. All minutes must be received by the end of the day March 14th.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out anytime.
Thank you for supporting this effort to instill a lifelong love of reading in each of our students.
Sarah Kern (school librarian)
and Tarrah Pollaro (PFC Read-a-thon lead)
The last day to apply to San Francisco’s Public Schools is February 4, 2022.
If you have a child moving on to Middle School or an incoming Kindergartener you must apply by this date.
Learn more here
Tuesday, October 5, 3:45pm
We are pleased to announce Rainbow Club will start back up again in person this year!
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 3:45-4:30
First Meeting: October 5th
Meet Ms. Butler at the Collingwood Gate at 3:45
Open to all students of LGBTQ+ families, trans or non-binary students and allies!
Meetings will take place outdoors masked because there will be kids across grade levels. It will only be open to students this year (we will miss families!) unless we are doing a special project and Ms. Butler asks for volunteers.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rainbow Clubs are Elementary School versions of a GSA (Gender Spectrum Alliance) used nationwide.
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.
Please vote for two new members of the School Site Council (SSC), the body which collaborates to develop and implement Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy’s Academic Plan and budget. The term of office is 2018-2020. You may only submit ONE ballot per parent/guardian. Please return this printable ballot to your classroom teacher or the office or submit this online ballot by Friday, November 9, 2018. Thank you!
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.
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.
Wednesday, October 17, 5-7pm
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.