Give to the Denman Pride Fund!

Thank you Denman community! We made our fundraising goals for the year! Please see below how we were able to help our community grow and thrive this year.


With creative ideas and enthusiasm, teachers and staff are supporting our students via numerous Denman PTSA Teacher Grants this ’18-’19 school year…take a look at how our students benefit!

Literacy/ Classroom Books

Expanding classroom book options so students can pick a book right where they are. Teachers hand-pick a broad scope of reading materials including themes around social justice, gender spectrum, empathy for differences, multi-cultural and relatable lead characters, and other thought-provoking and appealing reads for all reading levels.


Comic Book Subscriptions to offer a wider variety of enjoyable reading options


STEAM Night raffle prizes; expansive Science Literacy Libraries in each science classroom; materials for STEAM-based projects including Arduino controllers and Miniature Golf at STEAM Night, Makerbot Extruders, and various supplies. 


Lunchtime Soccer Club; Black Student Union outing


Teacher & Staff Breakfast and Counselor Appreciation Week Coffee/Bagels

Student Events/ Activities

Wilderness First Aid Training (two teachers) to support the Outdoor Club and 7thgrade camping trip; Athletics Awards Ceremony

Denman Clean-Up Days

Supplies for volunteer corps to enhance the yard and classrooms – fall and spring

Teachers and Staff

Professional Development including lunches for monthly meetings/ trainings for new teachers; new teacher welcome $; Readers/Writers Project at Teachers College in Columbia (one teacher) 


Simple items that support students’ work: Pencils, graph paper, pencil sharpeners, white boards, classroom incentives, art materials, hands-on projects for Special Ed. 

Bake Sale @ STEAM Night!

Hello Denman!!
This Wednesday is a Steam Night and we decided to have a Bake Sale fundraiser.
When we did it last year, it was a success.  Let’s do it again!!
Please contribute if you can.   If you love to bake – great; or if you are not a great baker (like me) here are some ideas:
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts were a huge success last year.
Or individually wrapped cookies. If you can contribute Gluten Free cookies, that would be great.
We also want water (small, individual bottles) or Lacroix.
Please look for a table with big letters “Bake Sale“.
Thank you,
Zoya (Samantha) and Sapna (Rema)
7th grade students

Giving Tuesday

This is the time of year where we stop for a moment and reflect on who and what we are grateful for in our lives. I’d like to take one of those moments and think about James Denman Middle School and all the really great people that dedicate their daily lives to our children, to their learning, their experiences and to prepare them for the their next stage – High School.  

Our leadership team, teachers, volunteers and support teams at James Denman make this an awesome space for our kids–a space where they feel safe and are surrounded by people that are passionate about their learning. Many of the activities and learning opportunities reach beyond what the district provides our school and the support comes from us–parents and families. By donating we make these opportunities available.

I’m reaching out to ask for you to give to our Pride Fund Campaign this year. This money is used to support our teachers and students in all areas of the school, to strengthen learning, to teach beyond the curriculum, to inspire and provide opportunities. As this money comes in, it goes right back out so your child benefits in this school year.  We are currently working on two new funding projects for the school which we are hoping you will rally behind. The first is 40-50 books per classroom supporting Science Literacy for the 8 Science Classrooms. The second is funding for screen displays with tamper free cases on each floor of the building, displaying the daily schedule–what’s going on that day and upcoming events within the school.

Last year these were some of the areas we funded through PTSA support; the wellness center, baseball uniforms, classroom tools,  literacy kits, 200 books and bookcases for each of the 11 ELA classes, the kiosk in the office for information sharing, costumes for Hamilton, teachers training for Readers & Writers Workshops, robots, PE speakers, PE equipment, field trips, food, celebration activities and student acknowledgements just to name a few.  Notably our money goes a long way but we need around $35K to do it. So far we have around $18K and are very thankful to those that have donated, we are over halfway already and working to meet this goal.

Let’s aim for more and more positive experiences available to our students. Please consider giving. Donate at, it can be a monthly subscription or a one time donation. It’s 100% tax deductible. If you would like to write a check please make it payable to the James Denman PTSA and give to Ms. Liany in the office or mail it to Denman PTSA,  241 Oneida Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112. If you work for a company that has a matching program please consider utilizing it, it’s a nice way to double your donation.

If you have any questions please reach out.  Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and Happy Holidays!

Shae Brown
Fundraising Chair, Denman PTSA