Argonne San Francisco

2015-2016 Fundraising Goals


Fundraising provides our teaching staff with the tools, expertise and time to deliver a rich and complete education for our children. Your support helps the Argonne Elementary community thrive!


  • Your individual donation makes the difference! Walk-a-Thon A great way to build the Wolf Pack spirit.
  • Parking Fundraisers Outside Lands & Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (Oct 3-4) Outside money into our school!
  • Auctions Summer Camp (Feb) & General Auction (Nov) Parent Night Out Come socialize with the adult Wolf Pack.
  • Grant Writing Greening and tech grants for our school.
  • Birthday Book Club Celebrate your child’s birthday while supporting our school’s library.
  • Giving Letter Our most critical fundraiser as it yields 2⁄3 of the PTO budget.
  • Spring Fair & Raffle The Springtime carnival for the whole family, with incredible raffle & prizes.
  • Community Events Special events at House of Air, Joe’s Ice Cream, Sports Basement, Patxi’s Pizza, Books Inc and Pasta Pomodoro. A percentage of sales go back to Argonne!
  • Wolf Pack Count-Me- In Parties Parent or teacher hosted events to unite and inspire our community – Play dates at the park, Craft parties, Trivia & Poker Nights…
  • Shop for Argonne Support our school while you shop – sponsored clickthroughs to Amazon from, Target REDCard rewards and Scripps.


  1. Teacher Collaboration (Professional Development)
  2. Reading Team Specialists
  3. Full-time Counselor (Second Step)
  4. Physical Education 5. Computer Lab
  5. Art in Action
  6. Garden Teacher
  7. Writing Instruction for 4th graders
  8. Field Trips

See or contact Sharon Davis ( or 415 341 2568) for information.

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Tour Information

Families interested in touring Argonne are welcome to visit on our scheduled tours dates. Our tours are designed to give you information about our school, community, and educational philosophy to help you decide if Argonne is a good choice for your child and your family.

Tours at Argonne are led by our parent volunteers and will begin in early-October 2015. They are scheduled on the following days from 8:45 am to 10:05 am.

Tour Dates Fall 2015

  • Monday October 5, 2015
  • Tuesday October 20, 2015
  • Monday November 2, 2015
  • Monday November 16, 2015
  • Monday December 14, 2015
  • Monday January 11, 2016

Please contact Grace in our Argonne office to reserve a spot: 415-750-8460

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Summer Lunch/Recess Help

We would love your help with summer lunch/recess monitoring

We don’t have an official sign up for summer sessions but if you’re free any school day from 11:15-12:05 (not even an hour! C’mon ya know you wanna!) then just come to school, sign in and ask the yard/lunchroom staff how you can be of help. They love it!

Planning on being there anyway with your little one? Once your child is settled ask the staff if they need anything. It’s easy and fun!

These little sweethearts are getting used to a big school and really need our smiling faces to let them know they have support when they need it.

Here’s that link again to sign-ups for the regular school year for those that may have missed it and thanks to those who have already signed up!

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Argonne Lunch/Recess Help!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot
2. Enter your email address. (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Alyssa Miller and she will sign you up manually.

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Spring Fair 2015

Argonne Spring Fair 2015 was an amazing day filled with students, laughter, games, food, family, prizes, shopping, neighbors and talent.

Thanks to everyone who came out to play. See you all next year!


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Google Groups Signup

There are two Argonne Elementary Google groups open to parents. read below for an explanation of each and how to sign up.!
This list will be used for official communication from Argonne Elementary School administration, Argonne PTO, and Tuesday newsletters. All messages will be moderated. If you have a question for the Argonne community, please email list; this list is for official school news only.!
This list is open to the entire Argonne Community. This is the right place to ask questions about dentist recommendations, or to discuss the parking situation around the school, etc. All messages to the list will be moderated to make sure there are no inappropriate or offensive postings.

>>> Why do we need two mailing lists?
We’d like to separate official school communications from discussions of the general Argonne community to make sure that everyone pays appropriate attention to official school news. We’re adding you to both lists; at least one parent from each Argonne family needs to stay on list.

>>>Will I get spam?
NO! All messages to will be moderated, so spam will simply not go through.

>>> More questions? We’d love to help! Email

Click here to sign up for Argonne News! and click here to sign up for Argonne Community!

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Argonne Spring Fair

The Argonne Spring Fair is our annual fundraising carnival. It’s a day filled with carnival games, thrilling activities, fun crafts, delicious food, local shopping and live entertainment.

This year the fair is Saturday, April 18, 2015. Fair tickets & bracelets, as well as raffle tickets, will be available online and at the school in early spring 2015. Be sure to check the website for monthly updates, where you’ll discover what new adventures are coming to the Fair in 2015!

You can sign up for volunteering opportunities here:

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Argonne 2014-2015: Welcome Message from Principal Cami Okubo

Dear Argonne School Community,

I am so happy to welcome our families and staff to the 2014–2015 school year, and I especially want to welcome our new families. I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation and look forward to hearing your summertime stories. My family and I spent time visiting with family and friends on the East Coast. Our son, Raiden, loved hanging out with cousins, playing dominos, riding the New Jersey Transit, and admiring the sculptures at the Storm King Art Center.

Please join me in welcoming new staff to our community. Ms. Amy Gast will teach fourth grade this year in Room 304. Many of you know Ms. Gast as she has served our community as a parent, student teacher, and substitute teacher. Ms. Meredith Smith will leave her position as a reading teacher and continue to support students as our 0.5 Resource Specialist Program (RSP)/Special Education teacher. Ms. Meredith will work full-time the last two weeks of summer session and then on Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays during the regular session. Ms. Angela True will teach David Lopez’s class while he in on leave. Prior to student and substitute teaching at Argonne, Ms. True supported families as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Please mark your calendars for the following events. On Friday, August 1st, the Argonne Elementary community will host our third annual walk-a-thon. Please plan on participating/volunteering for this amazing community event. Also, all families are invited to attend our Kickoff Assembly on Tuesday, August 19th from 1:00-1:45 PM in the Multipurpose Room. Come meet staff and community leaders and celebrate the beginning of the year.

We look forward to working with you this year. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions/concerns. You may also contact me at 415.750.8460 and/or

Warm regards,

Ms. Cami Okubo

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Chinese Afterschool Program

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Click on the photos to see more from our Lunar New Year Celebration on February 7, 2014

The program has been designed to offer children the opportunity to develop proficiency in Chinese as a second language and enrich with the understanding and appreciation of Chinese language, customs, and cultures.

The Argonne Chinese After School Program was founded and established by parents in 1999. The program provides the Argonne community with an opportunity to learn Chinese language and culture. The program operates within guidelines set by the School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), a not-for-profit organization with the 501(c) (3) status.

CASP Application (PDF format)

CASP Handbook (updated 09-22-15) (PDF format)

CASP Brochure (updated 08-26-15) (PDF format)

Program Registration Info

  • Argonne’s Chinese After School Program(CASP) provides Mandarin or Cantonese language instruction classes for Argonne students grade K-5.
  • CASP accepts applications year round. Applications for wait listed students will be kept on file pending future openings.
  • CASP is parent-run and relies heavily on volunteers.
  • Family participation will be weighed heavily for enrollment consideration.
  • Each family is committed to 10 volunteer hours upon program enrollment.
  • Additional fees will be assessed for any unmet volunteer hours at $10 per missed hour.
  • Each family is required to attend 5 mandatory program meetings per enrolled school year.
  • Attendance counts towards the volunteer hours requirement.

Daily Schedule

(2:40pm – 3pm) Students gather at the multi-purpose room for roll call and snack from home.

(3pm-4pm) Lesson/Enrichment

(4pm-4:20pm) Recess

(4:20pm-5pm) Lesson/Enrichment

(5pm-6pm) Homework Time

(5:15-6:00pm) Pick up

Late fee is billed at $1 per minute late after 6pm.

Program Fees

Fall 2015 $600 + $50 (books , supplies & materials) + ($25 for two Program Tee Shirts for all new students)

Spring 2016 To be determined

Teachers may ask for additional supplies to be contributed from families for their child(ren).

(Program fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.)

Program Calendar

The program operates on the same extended year calendar as Argonne Elementary. Summer session is open to grades 1-5 only. Please contact any program officer for more information.


As the program is entirely non-profit, collected program fees are determined by the teacher’s salaries, liability insurance and supplies only. Any contribution is welcomed and much needed to further enrich program curriculum and special projects. Please contact any program officer for more information or to make a donation.

Our Teachers

Flora Chen
Vivian Gee
Zoe Zhu

Our Teacher Assistants

Isolde Chen
Melissa Hou
Shirley Cai
Shirley Zhang
Weng Wong (substitute)

Program Officers

Gerald Crump (Co-Chair)
Judy Huey (Co-Chair)
Joe Lam (Treasurer)
Margaret Poza (Secretary)

Advisory Committee

Janet Yieh (Parent)
Jason Beckham (Parent)
Winnie Kwei (Parent)
Ray Oyung (Parent & PTO Co-Chair)

Please direct any inquiries or questions to

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Parent-Teach Organization (PTO)


One of the amazing assets that Argonne has is its parents and our community. We are so grateful to have a thriving and involved group of parents helping lead initiatives at our school. We ask you to join us!!!

Current Officers:
PTO Co-Chair: Ray Oyung
PTO Co-Chair: Chanda Nash
PTO Treasurer: William Chang
PTO Assistant Treasurer: Jennifer Carlin
PTO Communications Co-Chair: Erika Malzberg
PTO Communications Co-Chair: Mark Chichester
PTO Fundraising Chair: Sharon Davis
PTO Recording Secretary: Oliver Dunlap, Sheryl Denker

To get involved email us! We can help you discover the right role for you.

Our parent leadership is what keeps our community strong and allows us to continuously improve the education we deliver to our kids.  We are extremely fortunate to have so many parents that help out in all aspects of our school.  Argonne’s parent involvement has increased our fundraising capability,  and allows us to to provide our children with the extracurricular programming and special academic support they deserve.  Most importantly it defines the culture of our school community as one that works together to achieve our goals.

Thank you to all of you who are involved and bring so much energy and talent to our school. We encourage new parents and anyone who has not yet been able to participate to join us!  We have a lot of fun and enjoy our success in working together.


Each year we welcome additional parents to join us and become more involved our PTO. The PTO is seeking people who are willing to train in the following areas to support our organization:

Communications — We want to make sure we are communicating with each other effectively. This includes helping publish a weekly (mostly on-line) newsletter, managing our Argonne website, keeping family database up-to-date and other communication strategies.

Technology — We are working to better integrate our new computer lab and technology with grade-level appropriate curriculum in the classroom. We are looking for parents with Macintosh administration skills to help on an ongoing basis to help the lab running smoothly

Fundraising/Resource Development — Join our parent volunteers who help us pursue grants, develop partnerships and fund-raise. This includes the giving letter, Mayfair and all the other new ideas we can deploy next year to increase our goals! We have a great crew that works tirelessly for our school, but they can always use an extra pair of hands….

Multi-Cultural Committee (ELAC) – Beyond advising the school in it’s English Language Acquisition Program, the Multi-Cultural Committee sponsors events that engage our diverse community. The Lunar New Year Celebration is one of Argonne’s favorite events.

Programming — We need committed parent volunteers willing to help us plan special programs and events.

Volunteer coordinating — Join our committed parent volunteer coordinators to help us recruit and track parent volunteers to make sure we leverage all the resources available and have us organized and ready for any activity that needs a pair of hands!

Green Argonne — Help out with our schoolyard initiative that includes beautification, greening, and providing healthy choices for our school.

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