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 www.denmanptsa.com, 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!
Fundraising Chair, Denman PTSA
Dear Denman Families,
Hope you had a wonderful Summer! As we start back to the 2018-19 school year, now is the time to engage in your student’s school community. Our goal is to build on Denman’s strengths, supporting the teachers and staff to make it the best public middle school in San Francisco. Middle school is just three short years. We have the opportunity to make a positive effect right now for your children and the community that surrounds them.
The PTSA has supplied teachers with College Reading and Writing Workshop kits for every grade, purchased $12,000 in books to ensure that every language arts teacher has a classroom library, bolstered the PE department’s fitness room, funded Finch Robots and other science material requests, subsidized field trips and funded completion of the Living Library project in the back yard in addition to making improvements to the blacktop. We have also purchased new uniforms for a variety of teams. Denman is an excellent school, but there is always room for improvement and no shortage of ideas from our amazing teachers and staff!
This year, after informally surveying our teachers and staff, the PTSA has decided to focus our efforts on supporting our science, technology and math departments with a goal of raising more than $30,000. This is significant, but it’s also achievable. And if we can raise even more, there are several exciting proposals circling around from other departments that would love to be able to expand or enhance their current programming.
Please consider making a personally meaningful donation to the Denman PTSA so that we can make these purchases as soon as possible. Unlike elementary school, there will be no auction, fun run or other subsequent ask. We ask that you give what you can and you give now, so that your children and their peers can benefit in the 2018-19 year from your generosity.
Donate online at www.DenmanPTSA.com or write a check to Denman PTSA, 241 Oneida Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112. Your contribution is 100% tax-deductible and may be matched by your employer.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Thanks so much!
|Meryl Bennan||Denman PTSA President