Bessie Brief (09/01/2023)

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Announcement Message

Message From the Principal

At Bessie we value Family Partnerships and believe that they are fundamentally important to transforming outcomes for our students.  You are your child’s first and most important teacher. Next week we will be holding our Back to School Night and hope that you are able to attend!  Back to School Night is an opportunity for us to build a stronger connection between our school and families - we know it “takes a village” and really want to be a part of your child’s village.  We are excited for back to school night to be a positive experience and hope that you leave knowing that you and your child are supported and loved at Bessie! 

In Community, 

Ms. Bell




During the first week of school, important forms went home in your child’s yellow folder.  These forms included an Emergency Card, Media Release Form, Transportation Form, Victoria Manola Park Release Form, and the YBCA Form. These forms are essential and we ask that you return them completed as soon as possible to your child’s teacher. They can be returned by placing them back in the yellow folder.  If you are missing or lost any of the forms please let your child’s teacher know or stop by the main office for a new copy. 


Join us for Back to School Night on Thursday September 7, 2023, starting at 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Back to School Night meetings will take place at both campuses - please attend the campus in which your student is enrolled. 


Our school wide cell phone policy is off and away at all times - this includes accepting calls from their guardian.  If your child is seen with their cell phone out, they will be given a gentle reminder and asked to put it away.  If their phone is seen out a second time it will be confiscated and can be picked up in the main office at the end of the day.  If this occurs twice, your child will be required to check their phone in and out of the office daily for one week.  If this occurs three times your child will be required to check their phone in and out of the office for the remainder of the semester. If you need to contact your child for any important communication, please call the office (numbers listed at top of the newsletter) or send them a text that can be checked at dismissal or another appropriate time.  We believe that school is your child’s professional setting and ask for your support with this. 

AAPAC Meeting

AAPAC will be hosting a meeting on September 15, 2023 at 4:00pm in the Little Bessie Library. For more details, please contact Ms. Cassandra Minor at Click here for flier


Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 840 0531 7963

Passcode: 514169

One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84005317963#,,,,,,0#,,514169# US (San Jose)


Our school wide dress code policy is in alignment with Board Policy 5132.  Students shall not wear clothing that presents a health or safety hazard or is likely to cause a substantial disruption to the educational program.  Clothing, jewelry, and personal items shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia which is vulgar, lewd, obscene, profane, or sexually suggestive or which promotes the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or other illegal activity. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments.  See-through tops or bare abdomends are prohibited. Garments exposing the entire thigh or the buttocks are prohibited.  Please support us with supporting your child in understanding appropriate dress in different settings.  School is their professional setting and students are expected to dress accordingly. 


If you are in need of transportation, you can visit the following website to complete the “General Education Transportation Request Form (2023-24 School Year)” - Please note that Bessie students in TK - 8th grade can request transportation. 

Additional transportation options, include the Free Muni for All Youth program expansion (, that allows all youth under the age of 19 to ride Muni without proof of payment:,


One account gives you access to all of your students in SFUSD. Activate today:

Each parent/guardian who has Educational Rights to their students can have an account. Once you activate your account, you can use that log in throughout your student's SFUSD schooling. No need to activate each year. ParentVUE is also the best way to update your contact information to ensure you receive district and school notifications. 


For students to achieve academically, develop meaningful relationships with teachers and friends, and truly grow in our school community, they need to be here every day! Please see the attendance letter. Download the 2023-2024 school calendar today and keep track of holidays and school breaks. This calendar is also available online at Remember, ParentVUE is an amazing tool to also make sure our students are learning.

2023-24 Academic Calendar Downloads (PDFs)    ENGLISH TAGALOG ESPAÑOL


Get involved, be a leader, and make a difference at Bessie Carmichael PK-8/ FEC! PTA connects families, schools and communities by providing programs and services at your child’s school. For more information contact Ruby Turalba ( or Desiree Sheehan ( Only $10 membership fee! To join, sign up using this form ( 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 841 3300 7698   Passcode: 390009



Join the Bessie community at Oracle Park on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 6:45pm. Support your school and join the Giants as they take on the Cleveland Guardians at Oracle Park. $5 of every ticket purchased will go directly back to Bessie Carmichael! To purchase tickets, use this link: and Promo Code: BessieCarmichael. See Flier attached




BiSHoP is a nonprofit that is dedicated to ensuring vulnerable members of our community have access to affordable housing in San Francisco, and also advocate for their right to keep it. If you receive any eviction papers (documents that contain words like “summons” or “complaint” or “unlawful detainer”), please contact or 415-659-9184.


South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN) can provide a variety of support. The Family program can assist with services such as school enrollment and resources, affordable housing, mental health service referrals. Tenant Counseling provides help with getting your landlord to repair your unit, rent increases, evictions, buyouts, roommates, harassment, advice on fair housing and discrimination. Additionally, SOMCAN provides Worker Counseling by creating or updating resumes, job search and application, understanding your worker rights, advice about discrimination at work, referrals to free or low-cost legal services. Click here to schedule an appointment (




Before School Care

We are excited to announce that the Bessie Beacon Program will be offering morning care to students and

families of Bessie Carmichael FEC Elementary for 2023-2024 School year. Morning Care will be onsite

Monday-Friday from 8:15am-9:30am and will begin on Wednesday, August 16th. Students must be enrolled in

morning care to attend. If interested, please complete the form below! Spots are limited and on a first come

first served basis.

To apply you must meet the following requirements:

  • Need Morning Care due to Employment 
  • Provide Proof/ Letter from Employer 

To register for Morning Care visit this link


After School Programming

Mission Graduates will also be providing in person after school programming TK-8 in collaboration with Galing

Bata. Mission Graduates will provide homework support and a wide range of enrichments that align with our

communities diverse needs and establish college education as an expectation and goal for every child. After

school programming is offered from dismissal to 6:15 PM. If you are interested in registering your child in

Mission Graduates After School programming visit this link


Girls on the Run registration now open for grades 3rd-5th! Girls on the Run is a national program that focuses on empowering girls through running! The team trains on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45pm - 5:00pm from September 12 - November 2, with a culminating 5K at Golden Gate Park on November 13! For more information and to sign up, please check out this website:


Cost is on a sliding scale - students who qualify for free lunch could qualify for a reduced registration (usually around $25). Make sure to select that in the registration to be considered for the sliding scale. For more information, please contact Ms. Santiago (



Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) is a nonprofit and media production studio committed to expanding employment and education for young creatives and producing socially-minded digital stories that positively transform our communities. Its classes include skills such as artistic expression, critical thinking, collaboration, and leadership while delivering comprehensive instruction in digital technology. Our programs infuse youth development best practices with technical, arts, and soft skill-building activities. 

For more information, see flier -

Apply today (



Our middle and elementary programs have some age-specific programming but all of our age groups participate in daily activities such as our homework, "Power Hour". During this time, any youth who may need assistance with homework will receive either help from our staff or one of our tutoring partners. There is a daily, healthy snack that is provided by the clubhouse. We also provide physical activities: partnering with Street Soccer for middle school and weekly, if not daily, park trips. On Friday evenings, we stay open later, up to 8:00 in some cases, for "teen night". Middle school often gets supervised gym or park time with one of our community partners, have an open games room time in our clubhouse or may go on a field trip. Once a month, middle school and high school combine for teen night. 

See flier for more information


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