SFKids May Newsletter
May is here and the weather has been great. Take advantage of it while you can, our lovely fog will be back soon. Visit our home page and our new Calendar Highlights Page weekly so you don't miss a thing.
Appreciate our Teachers in May
Thank a Teacher Today! The San Francisco PTA and the San Francisco Education Fund are promoting the Thank A Teacher Today Campaign during May. The campaign encourages everyone in San Francisco to take a moment during the month and throughout the year to personally thank teachers and let them know that you recognize and appreciate their dedication and hard work on behalf of the City's young people. For creative ideas on ways to say thank you, check out www.ThankATeacherToday.org
• Teachers Lounge Beautification Events, Saturday May 17th — Thank SF public school teachers by refurbishing a teacher lounge at one of 14 SF schools. See the SF Youth Connect Website for more information.
By Jennie Rose
Ask the right questions and the answers can sometimes speak volumes. To one question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” my friend’s son answered ... (read more).
Festivals, Fairs, and Carnaval, oh my!
Fair and festival season is in full swing, May is full of them.
• Saturday, May 17th — Saints Kiril and Methody Bulgarian Festival.
The Bulgarian community gathers at the Croatian American Cultural Center to celebrate their culture, and honor the Saints Kiril and Methody.
• Saturday, May 25th — Asian Pacific Heritage Festival at Bay Area Discovery Museum. Come learn about and experience the different traditions of Asian Pacific Islander communities of the Bay Area through performances, food, and the arts.
• Saturday & Sunday, May 25–26th — Carnaval Parade and Festival in the Mission. Carnaval’s Grand Parade is a unique multi-cultural event that celebrates the traditions of many countries and cultures around the world.
• Saturday, May 31st — American Sign Language Festival at Justin Herman Plaza
The American Sign Language Festival has a mission to educate people about the culture, heritage, and contributions of the ASL community, and to provide venues for recognizing and celebrating this rich legacy.
• Saturday, May 31st — Union Street Eco-Urban Festival The Union Street Festival is going green! This year's fair will feature an organic farmer's market, arts and crafts created with recycled and sustainable materials, and eco-friendly exhibits. The fair takes place on Union Street (between Gough and Steiner streets).
Children's Books for May: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
By Oliver Chin. Oliver Chin reviews four books by local Asian Pacific American authors.
Check Out Our New
Green Families Page
Our new Green Families Page was launched on Earth Day. This new page will feature tips and resources to help you and your family be more eco-conscious.
When Green Meets Healthy: Child Bedding & Clothes, by Laure Latham
Find out what's bad, what's good, and what to do if you can't afford to replace what you already have.
San Francisco Foster Parenting
Thousands of Bay Area children are in need of foster parents. If you have extra space in your heart and home, consider becoming a foster parent. For more information check the websites of these local organizations:
• Bay Area Homes for Kids
May is National Physical Fitness Month
Physical Fitness develops coordination, strategic thinking, and cardiovascular fitness as well as strength and endurance. With the rise of obesity in children and lack of funding for PE programs at schools, parents need to ensure their children (and their whole whole family) are getting enough exercise. San Francisco is a great place to find unique and fun activities.
We have many resources to help. See our listings of Sports and Fitness classes, and check out our Family Fitness Page and Family Fun Page, you'll will have lots of activities to choose from! Our Events Calendar also has many active events listed — do a sub-search for Sports and Fitness to find events and activities. Some upcoming events include:
• Girls on the Run Lollipop 5K or 1-mile Fun Run (5/17)
• Bay to Breakers 12K — Run or walk it with your kids. (5/18)
• Family Yoga at the Ingleside Branch Library (5/18)
Department of Public Health Resource Lists
The San Francisco Department of Public Health has updated their very informative maternal and child heath resource lists below:
• Domestic Violence Resource List
• Substance Abuse Resource List
• Postpartum Depression Resource List
• DV and Pregnancy patient brochure in 5 languages:
English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, & Tagalog
• SFDPH Maternal and Child Health Website
Lend Your Expertise and Share Your Opinions!
Youth Commissioners: The San Francisco Youth Commission seeks Youth Commissioners for its 2008-2009 term. Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 23, passionate about youth issues, highly involved and accountable, a resident of San Francisco, know the issues that impact his or her communities, and available at least 2 hours a week. They will have direct access to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, and other leaders in SF to make systematic change. Youth are eligible for health benefits. This is a great opportunity to gain experience for future school and career endeavors. Applications are due May 19, 2008. For more information please contact (415) 554-6446.
SFUSD Parent Advisory Council: The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) was created 5 years ago to be an advisory group to the Board of Education on issues of concern to parents. The PAC meets monthly and all members must be a parent/guardian of a student enrolled in a San Francisco public school. This is a great opportunity to public school parents to understand the workings of the Board and to voice the concerns and perspectives of public school parents. For more information or to download an application go to www.pacsf.org or call Ruth at (415) 263-0308.
Summer Camp — There's Still Time to Sign-up
See our Camps Page to browse around for something your kids will enjoy. We also have a list of low-cost summer camp options on our camps page.
Looking for Something to Do on Memorial Day?
• Check our Active Fun Page for places to bike, bowl, or fish.
• See our Events Calendar for lots of ideas.
• Use our Adventures Pages for listings of museums, libraries, beaches, and more.
• Have time to get out of town for the day? See our Out of the City Page.
• Play tourist in your own city for a change, use our City Sights Page for ideas.
• Don't usually take public transportation? A great day trip can be had just riding the rails! See our Transportation and Getting Around Page for some great resources and ideas. Did you know that BART offers a youth discount pass?
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Hot Picks This Week:
Our Family Events Calendar contains hundreds of listings of local family-friendly events; here are just a few highlights.
• Asian Folktales at the North Beach Branch Library at 4pm for ages 4–7. FREE
• Noe Strolls Welcome Stroll. Meet other parents while you stroll through Noe Valley, meet at 11am. FREE
• Keeping Kids Safe Workshop is a unique approach to child safety, teaching kids to keep themselves safe and create stronger families. This talk will teach safety lessons in a fun, entertaining and motivational way without creating fear and paranoia on scary topics at the Presidio Sports Basement at 6:30pm. FREE
• Going Green with Your Family at the Noe Valley Library at 10:30am. From small steps to world-changing strategies, learn how to be green at home with your family and discover the resources available for City-kids and their caregivers. FREE
• Birding the Hill at Corona Heights Park. Check out avian inhabitants! Audubon experts will lead a bird walk to find out who is nesting, setting up territories, or just passing through. The walk lasts about two hours and includes several stairs and a steep path to climb. Children ages 5 and older and their parents are invited at 8am. FREE
• Golden Gate Valley Library Branch's 91st Anniversary Party! Children's activities and performances at 2pm. FREE
• Young at Art: SFUSD Art Festival at the deYoung. Treat your family to a special Family Day featuring performances by community arts groups. All visual art exhibits and performances are free to the public. FREE
• Film Night in the Park San Francisco starts this Saturday with a
screening of The Wizard of Oz at Dolores Park at 8:30 pm.
Kids Nights Out:
- UCSF Fitness and Recreation Center at Mission Bay for ages 4–11. Cost: $20 per child.
- Presidio YMCA for ages 2–8. Cost: $25 per child.
- FiestaVal at Fairmount ES
- Grattan ES Carnival
- Alvarado ES Spring Carnival
- Peabody ES Carnival
• Family Campfire at Crissy Field. Join in storytelling and merriment as you watch the sunset in the West. Families will make s'mores and sip hot cider by the fire! $15 per family of 3, $5 per additional member.
• Girls on the Run 5K or 1-Mile Fun Run for the entire family in Golden Gate Park. $15 child/$30 adults.
• Children's Storytime and Family Walk at the San Francisco Botanical Garden at 10:30am. FREE
• Dig Into Urban Farming at Alemany Farm. A food production site on the south side of Bernal Hill seeks volunteers to help with bedding and digging.FREE
• San Francisco Community School Carnival in the Xcelsior and Yard Sale, 11am-4pm.
• Mountain Play on Mount Tamalpais: The Wizard of Oz at 1pm for the next four Sundays. $24-39
• Looking for a class for your child?
• Looking to meet other parents? See our list of parent Yahoo groups.
• San Francisco Free Museum Day List
• Search for activities by your child's age. See our age pages on the left side of the home page.
• Summer Day Camps for Preschoolers and Entering Kindergarteners by Robin Dutton-Cookston
• Four Key Tips for Online Scholarship Searching by Kyle Collins
• Parenting Overachiever vs. Overreacher: Is there Really Any Difference? by Jennie Rose
• First Food Ceremony by Robin Dutton-Cookston
Just Added to SFkids.org
• The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club
• UCSF Women's Health Resource Center
• Sarah Lindsay Cakes and Classes
• Door Dog Music Productions
• Mechanics' Institute Chess Club
• Seven Tepees Youth Program
• Excelsior Teen Center
• Bay Area Writing Project
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