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Welcome to Claire Lilienthal Alternative School!
We’re very excited about the opportunities for your child at Claire Lilienthal and welcome you and your entire family! Because CL has a wide range of activities and teams to support you and your child, the PTA has put together this welcome letter to briefly answer some frequently asked questions, with links where you can find more extensive information. The best source for detailed information is the Parent Handbook at Claire Lilienthal Parent Handbook.
Day-to-Day at Claire Lilienthal
Claire Lilienthal has two campuses. Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade attend the Madison Campus. Students in 3rd through 8th grade attend the Scott Campus. Principal – William Hack. Assistant Principal – Patty Harmon
- Madison Campus, 3950 Sacramento St. Admin. Assistant: Kathleen Shustar (415) 750-8603
- K – 2nd Grade Classes starts at 7:45 AM.
- Curbside drop-off and pick-up is on Clay Street. Adults will help children in and out of cars. Drop-off starts at 7:30 AM. Pick-up begins at 1:45 PM. (also see Handbook pgs 9 – 13)
- Bus drop-off and pick-up is on Sacramento Street. Adults help children on and off of the bus. Drop-off starts at 7:25 AM. Pick-up begins at 1:50 PM. For additional bus information from SFUSD, see SFUSD Transportation - Lilienthal
- Aftercare. On-campus aftercare is available at The Claire Lilienthal After School Program (CLASP). CLASP is a nonprofit organization licensed by the State Department of Social Services. CLASP is open every day after school from 1:45 PM to 6:00 PM There is a an initial registration fee and an ongoing monthly fee. CLASP Director is Frank Kanios. For further information concerning fees and CLASP programs contact CLASP at (415) 750-1577.
- Scott Campus, 3630 Divisadero St. Admin. Assistant: Candace (Candy) Selig (415) 749-3516
- 6th – 8th Grade Classes start at 7:40 AM.
- 3rd – 5th Grade Classes start at 7:45 AM.
- Curbside drop-off and pick-up is on Divisadero Street. Drop-off starts at 7:30 AM. Pick-up begins at 1:45 PM. (also see Handbook pgs 9 – 13)
- Bus drop-off and pick-up is on North Point Street. Adults will help children on and off of the bus. Drop-off starts at 7:25 AM. Pick-up begins at 1:50 PM. For additional bus information from SFUSD, see SFUSD Transportation - Lilienthal.
- Aftercare. On-campus aftercare is available at The Claire Lilienthal Learning Academy (CLLA). CLLA is part of the State’s Excel after-school program, and overseen by the SFUSD Health Programs Dept., provided with our community based partners at the Presidio YMCA. CLLA offers Lilienthal 3rd -8th grade students an extracurricular after-school program. CLLA is open every day after school from 1:45 PM - 6:00 PM CLLA Emergency and Pick Up forms are available in the CLLA office and must be filled out prior to attending. General questions may be left for CLLA at the school office number of (415) 749-3516 prior to 3:00 PM daily.
- SSC – The School Site Council: The SSC is a part of CL’s management system, and is the body responsible for ensuring that CL conducts a high quality curricular program. It is a state-mandated, elected consensus-based entity. The parent members of the SSC are elected by a majority vote of each Lilienthal parent/guardian. Other SSC members include teacher and staff representatives and the Principal. The SSC establishes policies regarding CL’s academic programs and extracurricular activities. It is the primary way the school community can participate in the review, development, and implementation of the school’s curriculum, as well as other important issues affecting the school. For additional details about the SSC, also see Handbook pg27.
- KIP – Korean Immersion Program: CL has a Korean/English Immersion Program for grades K-8 (for most years there is one class per grade). KIP students generally participate in all curricular and extracurricular activities offered at Lilienthal. KIP is administered by Lilienthal’s Principal. KIP also includes a parent representative is also elected to the SSC to represent KIP and other English Language Learner programs. In addition, KIP is working toward funding school-wide Korean cultural events featuring art, dance, martial arts, and drama. For additional details about the KIP, also see Handbook pgs 27-28.
- PTA – Parent Teacher Association: The CL PTA is a child-advocacy body that meets monthly to develop programs to support school academics, to improve coordination between home and the classroom, to build a strong, supportive school community, and to coordinate with SFUSD and statewide PTA activities. PTA membership is open to all parents/guardians, school administrative staff and faculty. Members vote on most PTA issues and PTA elections. The CL PTA Executive Board consists of individuals elected by the members of the PTA body (elections are held at the end of the school year).
The PTA sponsors programs such as Outdoor Education, Environmental Education program, supplemental PE, and many science, art, and music programs both directly and in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Education Project. The PTA pays for these types of programs through fundraising, and its nonprofit status makes it the most effective means of raising money. For additional details about the PTA, also see Handbook pg 28-31.
- PTA meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday night in the Scott Campus Auditorium in most months of the school year.
- Wednesday Envelope: The Principal and Assistant Principal publish a Wednesday Bulletin that is sent home with your child. The envelope will also include other flyers and notices.
- From the Principal: Principal Hack provides letters in the Wednesday envelopes, updates at PTA meetings, and hosts occasional coffees during the school day.
- PTA website: www.clairelilienthal.org includes reference information such as the Handbook and PTA meeting minutes, the weekly school newsletter as well as some calendar and event information. The PTA expects to further enhance content during the 2012-2013 school year.
- PTA Google Email Group: http://groups.google.com/group/clpta . The PTA distributes email notifications via this group.
- From the PTA Board: The PTA President sends out 2- 3 letters each school year with high-level updates on key priorities and long-term goals. Committees provide a small number of high-level updates on major subjects like fundraising and outdoor education early in the year. These letters will help families plan for the costs of supporting trips and fundraising in advance.
- Stay Informed
Teacher, Administration and Parent Groups - What Do They Do?
Claire Lilienthal is a “Parent Partnership” school, which means that all parents/guardians are expected to actively participate with the teachers, staff and the administration, in their child’s educational experience. There are several different kinds of groups that support the educational mission at CL.
Where Do I Find Out More? How Can I Connect With Other Parents?
How Can Parents Help?
As a Parent Participation school, our success is dependent on you! There are a lot of ways to help.
- Sign up for the Google Email Group and start looking at the website once a week
- Read the Wednesday Envelope
- Join the PTA and indicate how you’d like to get involved by clicking here: PTA Membership Signup Form
- Contribute Financially
- Donate to the Annual Fund. The fundraising team sends out a request a few weeks after school starts.
- Help with a fundraiser! Look for a request from the fundraising team.
- Sign up for eScrip. Simply registering your credit card and a part of your regular purchases will go to CL (at no extra cost to you!): Lilienthal eScrip Sign Up