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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Inscribanse/Enroll 2016-2017

Si recibieron su carta de matricula, ¡bienvenidos y felicidades!   Si no llegaron a inscribir a su hijo/a durante el tiempo requisito, por favor visiten a la oficina central al 555 Franklin para asegurarse lugar para el año que entra. Nuestra próxima reunion familiar de Kinder se llevara a cabo el viernes, 12 de agosto, 4:00 - 5:30 de la tarde.  Vengan a conocer el programa y a los maestros de Kinder. El primer día de clases es el lunes, 15 de agosto, 8:40 de la mañana.


If you have received your letter of assignment, welcome! and congratulations!  If you missed the deadline to enroll your child, visit Educational Placement Center (EPC) at 555 Franklin Street to ensure a spot in 2016-17.  Our next Kinder Orientation Meeting takes place on Friday, August 12, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m..   Come meet your child's teacher and learn about our fabulous Kinder programming.  The first day of classes will be August 15 at 8:40 a.m. 


Semana de la Ballena/ Whale Week

Estamos super emocionados de proveer a los niños la gran oportunidad de armar y desarmar el eskeleto de una ballena juvenil, gracias a la gentileza y vision del Taller de Ciencias Misión.  Por cuatro días empezando el lunes, 4 de abril y terminando el jueves, 7 de abril, los niños tendrán esta gran oportunidad. ¡Les invitamos a disfrutar con nosotros! Vean un video aqui.

We are super excited to provide children an opportunity to construct and deconstruct a baby whale skeleton, courtesy of Mission Science Center.  For 4 days, children in every classroom will have just such an opportunity.  Come join us.  It's going to be  a blast! See a video here.

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

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



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.