Daniel Webster Community Newsletter

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Note from the Principal

We're one week away from the end of the first trimester! Its hard to believe we're already a third of the way through the school year; it feels like just yesterday that we were opening our doors to everyone for the first day of school.

October, November and December are such fun months to be in school...tons of festive activities, events and even some class parties happening throughout the building. Read below to check out some of our upcoming events.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night at Pasta Night!

Max Gardner

Principal | Daniel Webster Elementary School

San Francisco Unified School District


Upcoming Events

Pasta Night tomorrow at 6 pm

Join us for our 2nd annual Pasta Night tomorrow night, Friday, October 21st on the Daniel Webster yard at 6:00 pm. There will be food, drinks and fun events! The whole family is invited.

Silent Auction

View the Silent Auction for Pasta Night Under the Stars!

There are so many great items- tickets to the Warriors, 49ers, and Moulin Rouge, Wine, handmade bags, jewelry, specialty chocolate, giftcards and more! If you haven't checked it out in a few days, we have also just added some amazing artwork. Help support Daniel Webster, our students and the hardworking staff! Auction closes at 7pm at Pasta Night.

Día de los muertos 10/26 - 11/2

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead is very quickly approaching. Our Dia de los Muertos altar will be set up in the entrance way next week to honor our loved ones who have passed away.

You are welcome to contribute memoirs (objects/photos/written or drawn memories) of special people and/or pets you'd like to honor to the altar any time between Oct. 26 - Nov. 2. Please only include things that you are not worried about getting back.

We are looking for donations of Marigolds to decorate the altar.

Please contact Ms. McDonagh (mcdonaghc@sfusd.edu) if you have any questions.

Halloween Parade on 10/31

Mark your calendars for our 2nd annual Halloween Parade at 8:45 am on Monday, October 31st hosted by DJ Mr. Thomas.

  • Students can come to school wearing their costumes
  • Please have them bring a change of clothes if it is a costume that they can't wear all day
  • The parade will begin between 8:35- 8:45 am. Students will walk from the school down 20th street to Arkansas and back. We're asking any parents who attend to line 20th street to cheer on our students and staff who will be dressed up in costumes!
  • The parade will end back on the yard between 9:00 and 9:10 am am with a short 10 minute Halloween dance party. Parents are welcome!

Parent Teacher Conference Week

Parent Teacher Conference week is happening the week of November 14th-18th. During this week you'll be able to schedule a 20-25 minute meeting with your child's teacher to discuss their academic and social emotional progress in school, as well as their goals moving forward.

Our students in 4th & 5th grade will facilitate a Student Led Conference in the classroom where they reflect on strengths, challenges and goals they've set for themselves.

Keep an eye out from your child's teacher for more information and a chance to sign up for time slots within the coming weeks

Scholastic Book Fair

Get Ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become bolder, prouder, and stronger readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.

Our fair will take place from 11/14-11/18 in our DW Library. View our flyer for more information in English o en Español

Other updates & information

Arriving to School On Time

This is a reminder that our rolling start each day is from 7:50-8:00 am. This means that students are to be in their seats in the classroom ready to learn by 8:00 am at the latest.

At 8:00, the gate on Texas street and on Missouri street will close. The only entrance after 8:00 will be the front door.

Beginning Monday, October 23, any student who arrives after 8:05 am will need to get a late pass and we will mark a Tardy for them in the system. Just a reminder that more than 3 tardies is technically considered 'truant' with SFUSD.

Please reach out to Max directly if you have any questions.

Report Cards

Report Cards from Trimester 1 will be available on Parentvue at the beginning the week of November 14th.

We will also provide them along with other test scores during Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday Morning Soccer

During Thursday morning recess, all students have the option of participating in soccer games that are led by a group of coaches who come out to the site!

Reporting an Absence or Tardy

When reporting an absence or tardy, send an email to include the following people

In the email state your child's name and why they are absent or late so that we can mark it as excused in our system.

**Just a reminder that 3 or more unexcused tardies or absences results in an automatic truancy letter home**

Join the PTA!

We are only ten memberships away from tying last year's record, so please join the PTA right now: https://jointotem.com/ca/san-francisco/daniel-webster-elementary-pta
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