Category: school


Nora’s school, Rosa Parks Elementary, won a huge contest for a “green makeover” estimated at about a quarter of a million dollars! Please watch the video our students made, along with the help of Barb Fujimoto, Lora Hirschberg, Mr. T (that would be T for Thompson!), Mr. Nagle, Ms. Jefferson, Ms. McPherson and of course many others.  The video is priceless, and it makes me laugh and cry at the same time. I can’t wait to see what wonderful changes this brings to the school over the coming months and years.  

From the SFGate.com post:

Rosa Parks beat out 13 other San Francisco schools vying for the environmentally friendly upgrade in the Green Schools Initiative contest sponsored by EcoMedia and CBS Corp. The students created a cute-as-a-button video entry in the format of a television news program. It won over the judges.

I can’t embed the video here (the video only resides on the Ecozone website), so you have to go to the Green My School contest website to view the video. Here is a screenshot of what you will see when you go to the page. You have to scroll down to the Rosa Parks Elementary video entry; it is not a direct link to the video.

Watch the Winning Video Entry!

Watch the Winning Video Entry!

A snippet from the EcoMedia press release:

EcoMedia, a leading environmental media company, and CBS Corporation today announced the winner of their Green Schools Initiative. In a ceremony hosted by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, it was announced that Rosa Parks Elementary School will be awarded the grand prize “green makeover” that will be overseen by a green schools professional and approved by the San Francisco Unified School District.

Potential projects could include energy efficient lighting, solar and wind projects, a green roof and internal and external green upgrades. San Francisco Unified School District will receive the grand prize green makeover for Rosa Parks and a sustainable environmental program valued at approximately $250,000 in products and services.

Read the full EcoMedia press release.

Watch the CBS 5 KPIX  video on the announcement of winning the contest.

Read an article on SFGate.com about Rosa Parks Elementary winning the “Green My School” contest.

Read the Examiner.com’s take on the story.

If you haven’t already, watch the winning video entry here. Be sure to scroll down to the entry for Rosa Parks Elementary.

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Back to School Night


Ms. Tsukamoto and Tanaka Sensei were both very gracious last night in spending time with all the parents at Rosa Parks JBBP for Back to School Night. Nora is doing well in kindergarten, and already knows lots of words and songs, and some hiragana characters.

Nora’s drawing is the one in the bottom left corner, with the long dangly earrings. Just click the photo to enlarge and see her rendition of her name in Japanese. Yes, she can already write her name in Japanese too! After just about one month in school. It looks like this:

One website translated it as “The kanji used to write your name mean: Ability, Fine Silk. Meaning: You are a beautiful princess clothed in fine silk who abounds with great ability and achieves whatever she sets her mind to.” Hmmmm… sounds like my Nora to me!

Nora’s in Kindergarten!

I'm a Kindergartener now!

First day is under-way! VIEW THE PHOTOS from before school on Flickr.