October Newsletter
Wed, Sep 30 10:25am

September 29, 2020

Important Dates

  • Thursday, October 8: Parent Circle - 12:15pm-1:15pm
  • Monday, Ocober 12: NO SCHOOL - Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23: Joe's Ice Cream Fundraiser
  • Tuesday, October 20:  School Site Council Meeting - 5:00-6:30pm 


A Message From the Principal

Dear Argonne Community,
Welcome to our monthly school community newsletter, The Argonne Howler! This will be a great place to learn about all the exciting things happening in our Argonne community!

This month, I want to highlight our school’s need for School Site Council (SSC) and English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) members. The SSC is established at all San Francisco Unified School District public schools, and the elected members represent parents, community members, and school staff in school governance. The SSC is responsible for the development of the Academic Plan, and overall school site budget including any categorical funds. The purpose of the ELAC is to advise the principal, SSC and school staff on programs and services for English Learners. Being a part of the SSC and ELAC are valuable ways to volunteer your time in supporting our school! If you are interested, please take a moment to complete this nomination form.

Thank you for all our parents, school and community staff for your contributions to making this newsletter one way for us to feel connected when we are apart.

Go Wolfpack!

In Community,
Ms. Catingub

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A Message From the PTO 

Hello to our new and returning Argonne families. 

We have been in fall session for six weeks and it is our hope that your student(s) are feeling settled in their routines and are connecting with their teacher(s). No matter your student(s) feelings about school, it is still a challenging time. The PTO board wishes everyone the best as we all manage uncertainty inside and outside of school. We are here to support you and your families in your effort to rise up and overcome individual and collective challenges. Our PTO will look for and provide opportunities for our Argonne community to connect with and help each other. 

As a start, please join us for an Argonne Parent Circle on Thursday, October 8, from 12:15-1:15pm. We are continuing with the same format from summer. It will again be an open forum to share insights, questions, concerns, and to get advice from fellow parents. Zoom link here. Teacher participation will be announced on Konstella as it is confirmed.

Like many of you, we are anticipating the time that we will be together in person. Until then, please reach out to us at any time with your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and joys. We’d like to share some of your stories and proud moments to inspire our community. We’d love to hear from you so please email us at argonneptocochairs@gmail.com.

In the meantime, give yourselves a moment of appreciation for your ongoing efforts at parenting, coaching, juggling, tech supporting, and keeping your children safe. 

To quote a comic book in Paul’s son’s collection: “Each hero is strong. As a team they are stronger.”  We are all superheroes. :)  Stay healthy and well!

Denise and Paul
Argonne PTO Co-Chairs

Argonne Volunteers in the Community

This year is very challenging for everyone, but of course there is also more need than ever. I would like to find out if anyone is interested in the following volunteer opportunities to help our community. At this point, I am just gauging interest.

Please send a quick email of interest to rtobener@gmail.com (Rachael Tobener, Community Building Chair)

1) Pop-up Foodbank at Golden Gate Senior Center (37th & Fulton), Mondays 8-10:30am - shift takes place OUTSIDE with masks and physical distance enforced. Adults only. Volunteers will help set up our food pantry and pack grocery bags for community members to pick up. This is physical work that involves some lifting of bags and boxes of food.
**this would be a one-time commitment and we would go as an Argonne group**

2) Home-Delivered Groceries Program - Families commit to once-a-week food pick up and drop off to a home-bound senior or community member with mobility issues. Shifts are either on Tuesday or Thursday between 3-5:30pm. There is a 30-minute virtual orientation. You always deliver to the same location. Kids are welcome.

3) Surfrider Beach Clean ups - cleanups are at Ocean Beach, stairwell 17, across from the Beach Chalet on the first and third Sundays of the month and at Baker Beach for the last Sunday of each month. All cleanups run from 10-noon.

Be Well,

Argonne Week at Joe's Ice Cream

Join us to help raise money for Argonne! Joe's will again be donating back 15% of total sales from 5 days in October to Argonne. Simply mention "Argonne" when ordering in-person, online or by phone. 

Who: Joe's Ice Cream

Where: 5420 Geary Blvd (between 18th & 19th Ave)

When: Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23, 2020

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm (Grill 11am-8pm) Friday 11am-10pm (Grill 11am-8pm)

Phone: (415) 751-1950

Website: www.joesicecream.com

Wellness at Argonne

Hello Argonne Community,

I hope this finds you all healthy, safe, and taking care of yourselves to the best of your abilities.    It has been wonderful to see so many of you during distribution days the past couple of weeks! I could really tell how long it has been by how much taller the students have gotten, and it was  a joy to see them.   

Teachers have been solidifying a classroom routine and now might be a good time to pause and reflect on the home routine as well. What is going well, and what tweaks can be made? A routine gives kids (and adults!) a sense of normalcy and security in what can be a nebulous time. There are many beautiful schedules online, but they don't have to be fancy to be effective. Just a general outline that you think you can maintain on most days that still leaves room for flexibility and down-time.If possible, try to designate a workspace for each member of the family, even if it’s everyone sitting in their appointed seat at the dining room table.

Having something to look forward to can also help kids stay motivated. Setting up small rewards, like watching an episode of a tv show, can help them push through their last assignment of the day or remind them to use kind words towards their sibling. Again, this doesn’t have to be an elaborate system; a when/then chart can be a simple way to create some motivation.


Please stay healthy and safe and as always, please feel free to reach out to me if you need support for yourselves or your children.


Ms. Wang


A Message From The Richmond District Neighborhood Center

Welcome back to school Argonne Families!

We at The Richmond Neighborhood Center are dedicated to continuing working with the Argonne community! We are so excited to be able to work with the students virtually and continue our fun after school activities! We have already begun our FREE virtual after school program for the Fall semester. As our students are getting adjusted to their new schedules, we are also finding fun ways to get them more familiar with each other and with us as well. If you are not yet registered with us yet, you can go to www.richmondsf.org to apply and join our virtual program! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Program Manager, Raquel, at raquel@richmondsf.org. Read below to see what you can expect for the month of September!

K-2nd Grade Group

During our time together in September, I have been able to share some of the things I love from my own Mexican heritage through storytelling and art. We created a Loteria game together and learned about some traditional Mexican masks so that we could create our own. Along with these activities, we heard some stories with Spanish words and on Mexican traditions. This has also allowed students to share connections to their own cultures.

In October, our theme will be “IMAGINATION”. Students will get to be creative and think freely with some activities to engage them in their own imaginations. This will include puppet making and crafting with reusable supplies. We will also honor indigenous peoples following the holiday on October 12th and think about whose land we are on and what traditions are important to them.

-Ms. Veronica

3rd-5th Grade Group

Hey Everyone!
September sure was an awesome month learning all about Architecture! October is going to be a more chill month with our theme being: JOURNALING!. We will also play games, explore our creativity, and watch a movie at the end of the month.

It’s been fun getting to know you all more, and if there’s ever a game, activity, or video you would want to share with the class, feel free to let me know so we can work it into the schedule.

Thanks for always hanging out, see ya soon!

-Ms. Yesenia

Girls’ Sports Team

Hello Everyone!
I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe! At the end of August and during the month of September we did a lot of team building activities for Girls’ Sports. We played some games of cahoot where we learned about nutrition and sports. We learned a little bit about soccer and just kept getting to know each other better. For the month of October, we will learn more about soccer exercises, and yoga poses. I also want to keep doing games since they all seem to really enjoy playing. I am excited for another month of Girls’ Sports with all out awesome teammates!

Thanks for always hanging out, see ya soon!

-Mr. Maravio

Green Argonne

Green Argonne is looking for people to join our Steering Committee to assist with the watering and upkeep of our lovely gardens. If you’re interested, please contact Ryan Lewis (ryanlewis324@gmail.com). Also, please join our Instagram page (Green Argonne) to stay up to date on gardening activities.  

Argonne Picture Day 

Dear Argonne Famiies,

For the health and safety of our students and staff, we have decided to postpone Picture Day to Spring 2021.  Typically, Picture Day would take place in October, and we realize many of you hoped to receive your child's school photos before the holidays, however given the current situation, it is in the best interest of everyone involved to wait until next Spring to take photos.

We are excited to be working with a great new photography vendor, MugsyClicks.  We've done our research and have received great feedback about their services. They are reliable, responsive and have been very flexible given the current situation.  Additionally, they are a local family owed business and we are excited to support them.  We will provide more information about Picture Day later in the year and will look for volunteers to help.  We appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact Juliya Burg at jfekson@gmail.com or Gretchen Anderson at ghooversf@gmail.com.  

Thank you!

Your Picture Day Team

Juliya Burg (Allie & Caden, Ms. Partika's  4th grade)
Gretchen Anderson (Gage, Ms. Partika's 4th grade)

Argonne’s Bright Spots

In each newsletter we will highlight a "bright spot" (a teacher, student, or family who is bringing positivity to this time of virtual learning).

Our first bright spot is Kindergarten teacher Marcia Coleman (Room 102), who has been sharing her joy of teaching with her classroom families.

She recently drove to the homes of all of the families in her classroom to drop off a bag of school materials and projects and say a quick hello from the comfort of her car! 

In Marcia's words: "My heart is filled with joy because of my students and parents. The children lift me up and are the wind beneath my wings. Of course I want to go back to the classroom. But I enjoy coming on Zoom because of the children. They make this job worthwhile even though we are learning in a different way. The kids are wonderful and doing a great job. The families are doing a wonderful job considering the circumstances. I am trying to deliver joyful learning and I hope that I am doing that. I love my students."  



Argonne students show off their Wolfpack pride with goodies from the PTO sponsored Welcome Bag.

Volunteer Opportunities at Argonne

Room Parents

Interested in supporting your child's classroom? Become a Room Parent! Contact TheresaCMcGarry@gmail.com to find out more.

See’s Candy Fundraiser Coordinator

Looking for a way to be more involved this year? The See’s Candy Fundraising Campaign is coming up and we are looking for a volunteer to help run it. This role would include coordinating with See’s and helping with the community's orders and distribution. We are happy to provide training and extra support!

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