Community Meeting
Thursday Feb 16, 5:15pm-6:15pm


Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
Gather to discuss where Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy is right now, and where it's going. Organized by the (SSC) School Site Council.


Valentine's day at
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy


Dear Parents and Guardians,
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I wanted to reach out and say that we know this is always a highly anticipated day at school and the act of giving and receiving valentines from friends is a simple, yet meaningful act.
In past years, I have noticed and questioned the amount of candy that generally comes to school on Valentine's Day. While I know it's a very fun holiday in that way, I have been struck by the unhealthy relationship such celebratory days bring between our children’s health and wellness policy. I have received a lot of feedback from parents about candy at school as well as the faculty and we believe that it's time for us to make a decision on where we stand.
As part of that conversation, we would like to direct that the students not bring in candy or gifts to accompany their valentines. The valentines themselves are worthy offerings. We find that students who don’t have these extras, (due to personal preference, busy schedules, finances, etc.) can feel that their valentines are somehow ‘less than’ worthy. This decision supports HMCRA’s commitment to health and wellness for our students.
I realize that this announcement is coming close to Valentine’s Day and that some of you may have already purchased candy or small gifts to accompany your child’s valentines. If this is the case, we do want to celebrate that wonderful thoughtfulness, and ask that you and your child have a conversation about alternative options for the candy/gifts. Can you brainstorm some things that you could do with the items? Can they be saved for party favors? Also, please make sure that, if your child is bringing valentines that are non-candy/treat related to school, he or she has one for each member of the class.
Thank you for helping us focus on what makes Valentine’s Day special, inclusive, and healthy at HMCRA.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you, too!
Mr. Machado


Just 1 More Parent Needed to Serve on Next Year’s PFC Board!

We're close to having a complete slate for the PFC Board Vote at the next meeting on Thursday, February 16. One spot is left:

• President (volunteer needed)

If there isn't a full slate, we'll have to delay the vote and make a plan to fill the last spot.

Email Jeff Fassnacht at with questions, or to express interest by Monday, February 6, 2016.

Read About PFC Board Positions

HMCRA Black History Month Honor Roll & Celebration
Friday, February 24th
@6pm in the school cafeteria

Food and refreshments will be provided for all. The event will have multiple performances and speakers from the community to help us highlight the achievements of many of our black students. This event is planned to include the entire HMCRA community.

Early Dismissal Friday Feb 10, 12:40PM


Steve & Kate’s Free Date Night
February 14th from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy


If you haven’t quite nailed down your plans for a mid-February date night, let Steve & Kate’s help with the kids. Drop your kid(s) off for up to 3 hours and enjoy a night out. We’ll have crafts, a private screening of Kubo and the Two Strings, animation stations, and board games. We’ll even take care of dinner!

Just like camp, kids age 4-12 are welcome, and drop off and pick up are flexible. Due to staff availability, we will cap attendance at 45 children. If you want to have your child(ren) join us, RSVP today. We'll send more details closer to the date.
RSVP for Date Night

Castro Cares
Sock Donation Request

HMCRA has teamed up with Castro Cares, a community-based organization, for a sock drive to benefit community members living on the streets or who are in transition. Dry socks are critical for people living at risk, so starting Monday, February 6th, the HMCRA student council members will be collecting socks in a large box during morning circle. The sock drive will last through the month of February and donations will be collected weekly by our Castro Cares partner. 

Let's get this box filled with socks and support our community!

Volunteers Needed:
School Library helpers

Shelve Books: There are a ton of books on the blue cart - just shelve them in Dewey Decimal order (it's easy, just look at the spine labels) or in appropriate bins

Straighten Shelves: The books are a mess! Make sure they are shelved neatly, and in the right place

When: Before school Wednesday, Thursday or Friday

Sooner is better, and the more the merrier - contact Sarah Kern at or Vashti at

Broadway Night Out- Into the woods
Friday, March 24, 2017 8:00 PM

Golden Gate Theater 1 Taylor Street San Francisco

Tickets are $52 ($10 from each ticket goes back to HMCRA)

Limited tickets are available so order now!

(Deadline is February 3 or when tickets sell out)

Reserve Tickets Now

Girls on the Run

contact Miss Kia at for info and sign ups.

Changed Date!
SSC and PFC Meetings

Thursday, Feb. 16th
SSC begins at 5:15pm
PFC begins at 6:30pm

Lost & Found

A reminder - On the last Friday of each month, clothes on the Lost & Found shelves by the elevator on the ground floor will be donated to Goodwill. Please find any lost clothes you might have and take them before the last Friday of the month.

Hoodies are IN! 

If you ordered a Hoodie (Adult or Kids) they are ready for pickup in the office! Check the box and your name will be on your order. 

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