Today I spoke with several families looking for the right fit for their children.  One parent asked me to state, "in 30 seconds or less" the most important points about our school.  I did my best in more like 2 minutes, but how do you talk about the richness of César Chávez in a sound bite?  How do you compete with the callow and shallow ratings on popular websites?  I can't blame the parents, having maybe looked up websites, talked to friends and then wandered in a big gym through rows and rows of dozens of tables, they looked overwhelmed and it was only 10 a.m. The best advice I gave today was this:  Visit the schools you know nothing about because it's in the conversations with staff, children and families and walking the halls of our communities that you get a feel for whether this school is the right fit. AND even then, when you feel uncomfortable with our differences, be sure to give schools like ours a chance because we need each other in all of our multiethnic, multiracial, and multilingual selves to learn about and develop with each other and our children to maybe begin to approach the ideal of a more perfect union. I also shared this article with some of them.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences - Reuniones Entre Padres y Maestros

First Trimester Parent/Teacher Conferences are NEXT WEEK, Monday, November 16 through Friday, November 20.  Sign up for a slot if you haven't already done so!  Students dismissed early ALL WEEK, at 1:40 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you!


Las Reuniones entre Padres & Maestros para informarles sobre el progreso de sus hijos este primer trimestre empiezan la próxima semana, de lunes a viernes, 16 a 20 de noviembre.  Los niños serán despedidos a las 1:40 de la tarde TODA LA SEMANA!  Estamos muy emocionados de reunirnos con Uds. asegúrense de que han fijado una fecha con el maestr@ de su hijo/a.


Enrollment & School Tours/ Matricula y Recorridos

It is time to search for the right school for your entering PreKInder and Kinder child.  Our schools tours have begun, Fridays, 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Sign-in in the office. There is nothing like visiting the school, meeting the staff, talking to students and getting a feel for the community.  Applications are due by no later than January 15, 2016. We eagerly await your visits.


  • Dedicated & Passionate Teachers and Staff
  • Caring & Collaborative Community
  • Innovative differentiation for whole child
  • Children with proven grit & perseverance

Es la epoca de escoger la escuela clave para su hijo/a y los recorridos a escuelas si Uds. desean registrar a sus niños entrando a Pre Kinder o Kinder. Los recorridos se llevaran a cabo los viernes, de 9:15 a 10 de la mañana. Registrense en la oficina.  No hay nada como las visitas a la escuela para concocer a los maestros, platicar con los niños y tener la experiencia de conocer la comunidad.  La fecha limite para entregar su aplicacion es a no mas tardar del 15 de enero, 2016.  Los esperamos con entusiasmo.


  • Personal apasionado y dedicado
  • Comunidad colaborativa y caritativa
  • Innovadores de instrucción que trata al niño en toda su complejidad
  • Niños que no se dan por vencidos

Back to School / Regreso Vuelta a la Escuela

This year, each grade level team will hold its a welcome back meeting with families.  Please review the schedule and mark your calendar!

PRE-KINDER: Wed. Aug. 26, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., ROOM 2

KINDER: Wed., September 2, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., ROOM 11

FIRST GRADE: Friday, August 28th, 3:05 – 4:05 p.m., LIBRARY

SECOND GRADE: Thurs. Sept. 3, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., BUNGALOW 2

THIRD GRADE: Thursday, Sept. 3, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., ROOM 18

FOURTH GRADE:  Thur., Aug. 27, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., ROOM 15

FIFTH GRADE: Tue, August 25, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., ROOM 16


Este año, cada equipo de nivel de grado iniciara la bienvenida.  Revise las siguientes fechas y marque su calendario.

PRE KINDER: miércoles, 26 de agosto, 5:00 – 6:00 de la tarde, SALON 2

KINDER: miércoles, 3 de septiembre, 5:00 – 6:00 de la tarde, SALON 11

PRIMER GRADO: vier, 28 de agosto, 3:05 – 4:05 de la tarde, BIBLIOTECA

SEGUNDO GRADO: jueves, 3 de septiembre, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., BUNGALO 2 (en el patio)

TERCER GRADO: juev, 3 de septiembre, 5:00 – 6:00 de la tarde, SALON 18

CUARTO GRADO: juev, 27 de agosto, 5:00 – 6:00 de la tarde, SALON 15

QUINTO GRADO: martes, 25 de agosto, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. SALON 16

Family Connection/Conexion Familiar

clipartclipartStay informed.  Read our most recent Family Connection newsletter here.  You can also visit us on Facebook now.

Quédese informando.  Lea nuestra mas corriente Conexión Familiar aquí.  Ahora nos puede visitar en Facebook.


School Information


825 Shotwell St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Tel: 415.695.5765
Fax: 415.695.5843


Catalina Rico

Assistant Principal

Jennifer Freeman

Community Schools Coordinator

Efrain Barrera

Family Liaison


School Secretary

Carol Wood

Senior Clerk

Liliana Lopez


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday:

8:40 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.


8:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Children must be dropped off and picked up INSIDE the school on the Folsom Street patio, NOT on the street. Kinders are always picked up inside their classrooms.

No supervision BEFORE 8:00 a.m. and AFTER 3:05 PM, and after 1:55 PM on early release Thursdays

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SFUSD Non Discrimination Policy

San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

If you believe you have been discriminated against, immediately contact the school site principal and/or Executive Director of the Office of Equity, Ruth Diep, at (415) 355-7334 or A copy of SFUSD’s uniform complaint policy is available upon request.