Author Archives: Heather Elder

Why does the Art Department love Town School?

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….A Chinese New Year Story by Lauren Menschel.

Sometimes trying new things means taking risks.  February 10th, was the conclusion of a new project which had felt like a big risk.  On that culminating day, after weeks of hard work, 1st graders celebrated the Lunar New Year with a Chinese Lion Dance performance.  The grandiose costumes, drum banging, and lion stomping were all student-made and performed having lots of fun.

One of the great things about Town School is how our community rallies behind good new ideas and makes it safe to take risks.  At times we (the art department and 1st grade teachers) wondered if we had bitten off more than we could chew.  In the end, it was the Town community at large which made it successful.

It’s amazing to think the number of people who lent a hand: parents who helped during art class, PE teachers who gave up their class time for practices, a music teacher who lent her instruments, encouragement and video recording by administration, an 8th grade student who recommended a Kung Fu master as a guest teacher, teachers in different grades who offered their expertise with music and costumes … the list goes on.

It’s a toss up, in my mind, what was the most fulfilling part of this project.  Was it the proud smiles of the boys’ faces on performance day?  Was it the fun of experiencing a colorful and lively Chinese tradition?  Or maybe, the best part was the satisfaction of taking a risk with an amazing group of people and feeling part of a team.



Town School made a great Valentine!

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If you missed it, the Annual Giving chairs along with Kathy Nyrop, greeted the community with a special treat on Valentine’s Day to thank them for their participation and support.  It was the perfect morning to hand out candy and wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.  We hope it was a good one!

And,once again, thank you to all of those who have already participated in Annual Giving.  It has been a thrill to see the participation numbers rise .  And, we are so happy to see so many people supporting Town School.  This week, especially, we have seen a lot of love for the school.

Please remember to support Annual Giving and we are looking forward to watching parent participation continue to climb!

Looking for a Valentine? How about Town School?

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Congratulations Parents! It only took 50% of the year to get 74% of the way there.  How close to 100% parent participation can we get to by Valentine’s Day?

As you know, we are aiming for 100% parent participation in the Annual Giving campaign.  100% of the Faculty and Staff and Trustees have already participated.  So,  if you haven’t already sent along your gift, please do consider sending it along before Valentine’s Day.

What better way to show how much you love Town School?

Click here to make your donation.

Thank you!

The animals at the SF Zoo love Town School too.

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The Town School community is top notch when it comes to connecting for the purpose of helping others.  The groups that sign up are always enthusiastic, excited and ready to roll up their sleeves and help.  The rewards are plentiful and sometimes even surprising.  Read below to see how the HOT (Helping Our Town) group prepared presents for the animals at the SF Zoo and what the Zoo did to thank them. Thank you Rachel Hollister for sharing your experience.

“My boys and I recently attended a HOT (Helping Our Town) event and had an amazing time. HOT is new to Town School and has been created for our Town community to have an opportunity to help people, animals and organizations in the San Francisco area. It is another way for us to reach out and help others.

On Sunday, November 20th, a large group of us met at the San Francisco Zoo. We had arrived to plant a vegetable garden that would provide extra food for the animals. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain but there was a wonderful back up plan.  Instead, we met in the old Mother’s Building (originally built for mothers and their children). In the building, the Zoo members had different stations set up for our children and us.

We soon found ourselves either making “edible” paste, taking tape off of large packaging boxes, or wrapping the large boxes with holiday wrapping paper and using the “edible” paste to adhere the paper to the boxes. These were being created for the animals as a Holiday Treat. The Zoo members will fill the boxes with various treats and the animal’s job will be to unwrap and find the treats inside. We were told that the animals love this and it is another way of entertainment for them.

All of the boys, siblings, moms, dads and even grandparents were excited to help out. There was a wonderful amount of enthusiasm in the room and I have to say it was a great way to start off the Holiday Season! Plus, the Zoo surprised us with complimentary ice-skating and carousel rides to thank the Town School group. Definitely a very fun and productive morning!

A huge “Thank you” to Lisa Zanze and Lindsay Bolton for organizing this event! We will definitely look forward to the next one!”

Mark your calendars, the next HOT event is Sunday, January 29th at the San Francisco Food Bank from 12:20 – 2:30.  Hope to see you there!

The Town School Community Loves the Town School Clothes Closet

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Since Rachel Hollister is an Annual Giving co-chair AND Town School Clothes Closet co -chair, we thought it a perfect fit for her write a post about how wonderful the Clothes Closet is for our community.  And, what better way than to showcase the fun that was had at their holiday party.  Here is what Rachel had to say:

“This year I have had the wonderful opportunity to co-chair the Town School Clothes Closet with Margaret Mann. We recently hosted a Holiday Party at the store, which was quite an experience as well as a success. The party went from 1pm -8pm, so, not only did we get to throw a fun party but we were also able to see the “ins and outs” of the store.

Elena, the amazing woman responsible for keeping the store running successfully, had the place decorated beautifully and ready for a celebration. The store had a consistent flow of people coming in and out and either shopping or dropping off items to eventually be sold. Meanwhile, more ski items and holiday products were being put on the shelves. There was a happy bustle of activity throughout the day.

The evening was filled with fun food and drink as well as many shoppers.  It was a lovely way to give thanks to all the people responsible for the store and to all of those who shop at the store. Town School is lucky to have the store as part of its community. If you get a chance, please stop by and see what the store has to offer!”