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Announcement Message


August 7, 2023


Dear Cleveland Families,


It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2023-2024 School Year at Cleveland Elementary! We are excited about this upcoming school year!  We have been busy preparing for your children, with a primary focus on safety and learning, and hope they are ready for a great year of joy and learning. 


For those of you who do not know me, my name is Marlon Escobar and have been the principal at Cleveland for the past four years. I consider working for this community a great honor and privilege. My work as an SFUSD educator for the last 18 years, including nine years as a teacher in both bilingual and dual-immersion classrooms, has solidified my passion and commitment to helping young people learn and foster the skills they will need to succeed not only in school, but also in life. I believe that by working together, in community, to support our students’ academic and social-emotional development, we will accomplish our goals this school year and beyond.  


I am fortunate to once again be joined by Assistant Principal Lenar Ruiz for the third year. She has been an educator in K-5 public schools for 19 years including 10 years in the classroom in Vallejo and 7 years as an Instructional Coach in San Francisco. Lenar believes in helping build a positive, thriving school community where each and every student feels supported, loved, and engages in joyful learning experiences.


I would like to welcome our new staff members to the Cleveland Community: Nikki Williams, Kindergarten General Ed, Sydney Flores Equihua, 3rd Grade Spanish Bilingual, and Tara Benhudijiras, 5th Grade General Ed. We welcome back the team from Mission Graduates, our after school program and are fortunate to have Ely Jeronimo and Gaby Villanueva returning as the program directors.


Attached you will find important information to get ready for the new school year. Please note we have an early release on Wednesdays at 2:30pm. On the first day of school, we will send home a packet of forms to be completed and returned by the end of the first week, the most important of which is your child’s emergency card which you will find in this mailed packet and should be returned on the first day. 


I look forward to seeing you all on the first day of school and getting to know new families at our school. We highly encourage all students to test for Covid-19 via home kit or PCR before the first day of school. If you have any questions or concerns at any time throughout the school year, please don’t hesitate to contact the school. I will continue to hold our monthly Principal’s Chats and send home Cleveland Peacemaker Newsletters every Wednesday via electronic forms of communication to keep you informed about important dates and upcoming events. We also invite you to participate in any one of our parent activities and organizations, including our English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) and the School Site Council (SSC). 


Together we will ensure that all of our students succeed and have a great 2023-2024 school year. 




Marlon Escobar, Principal



Class lists

Posted on the windows by the main entrance to the building (455 Athens St.) by Friday, August 11, 2023 @ 3:30pm. You will also have access via your ParentVue account for your student(s).

School Norms

We review the following school norms daily with students.

Be Safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible. 

First Day of School

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 @ 9:30am. (Dismissal on Wednesdays is 2:30pm.)

Daily Schedule

Students are welcome to arrive at school at 9:00am for breakfast through Athens St. or on the yard at 9:15am through the Moscow St. gate. 

  • Student Instructional Day: 9:30am - 3:45pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9:30am - 2:30pm on Wednesdays. 
  • Students must be dropped off at the Moscow gate. For safety reasons, parents/guardians will not be able to enter the school campus in the morning
  • Supervision in the cafeteria starts at 9:00 am only for students interested in free school breakfast and entrance is via Athens St. Gate. 
  • Yard supervision begins at 9:15am. All students should be on the playground by 9:25am, where we will begin the day with our Morning Peace Circle. Instruction begins at 9:30am.
  • School gates/doors on Moscow St. will open at 9:15 am and close at 9:30 am sharp. 
  • All students arriving after 9:30am must go to the office to get a late pass before they report to class.
  • Dismissal will take place on the yard at 3:45pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 
  • Dismissal for Wednesdays will be at 2:30pm. Students enrolled in the Mission Graduates’ (MG) After-School Program will stay on campus with their MG teachers. 


In order to get ready for the school year,  it is important to sign up for ParentVUE, if you haven’t done it previously, (please see the inserted instructions below), the district’s online system for parents and guardians to find out important information throughout the school year and beyond. For example, you can find your child’s Homeroom and Teacher there. If you are new to SFUSD or you have not created an account, an activation key code is required and should have been sent to you by the district over the summer.

Face Masks

Optional: Face masks are no longer required, but students and adults may still wear them as desired. 

HIghly recommended: Wear a face mask if you have any cold or allergy symptoms not due to Covid. 


Dress Code

-Students wear navy blue pants or skirt, white collared shirt and burgundy sweater  

and closed toe shoes appropriate for running and playing. 

- Students may not wear hats or hoods in school buildings but may have them for recess time. -Please label the inside of sweaters and jackets with the student’s name.

-Kindergarten and 1st Grade students should bring a spare change of clothes in case of accidents. 


Please ensure that your child has a suitable backpack, labeled with his or her name. Check the backpack on a nightly basis for homework or other important communications from the school. 

Cell Phones & Electronic Devices

We ask that you allow your child to carry a cell phone only if absolutely necessary. Cell phones must remain off and out of sight once the student enters the school grounds or it will be removed by a teacher or staff member and returned at the end of the day. All other electronic devices such as tablets or portable gaming consoles are not allowed at school. Please call the office if you need to relay important or urgent information to your student. 

Personal Belongings 

Students should only bring learning related items to school (i.e. pencils, notebooks, erasers, etc.) Toys, balls, fidgets, games, and other items that may lead to distraction should be kept at home or it will be removed by a teacher or staff member and returned at the end of the day.

Parking & Pick up/ Drop Off

-Please respect our neighbors - do not park on the white zones at Athens St./ Moscow St., in driveways, or double-parking around the school. 

-All students must use the crosswalk when crossing the street.

Drop off and pick up students on the side of the street the school is on and NOT across the street. U-turns are NOT allowed. 

-Student pick-up at dismissal will take place on the yard. Please enter via the Moscow St. Gate only. Please note: During the first week of school, you must pick up your child on the yard. 

Breakfast & Lunch

School meals are free for all SFUSD students for the 2023-2024 school year.

Breakfast: 9:00am-9:20am in the cafeteria

Lunch: 11:40am (K), 12:00pm (1st), 12:20pm (2nd), 12:40 (3rd), 1:00pm (4th), 1:20pm (5th)


Lunch from home must be sent with student at the start of the school day and not be 

dropped off later. The office will not accept late lunch drop offs or deliveries. 


Please send a HEALTHY SNACK (ex. fruits, crackers, veggie sticks, yogurt, etc.) with your child each day. As per district Wellness Policy, fast food, candy soda, gum, hot chips, or other “junk food” are not allowed at school. Students will be asked to put “junk food” away to take back home. These foods may not be consumed at school during the school day. 

School Communication

Weekly Newsletter: Our Newsletter is sent home every Wednesday via Wednesday Folder and electronically. Please read the information and fill out and submit requested documents. Field trip forms may also be sent out in paper form at different points in the year by your student’s teacher and must be returned so your child can participate in off site activities.

Mission Grads



Mission Graduates is excited to be back in Cleveland as the after school program. Our program will be Monday through Friday from 3:45pm-6:30pm and from 2:30pm-6:30pm on Wednesday’s Early Release Day. All families will need to pay a $100 registration fee per student. 

Please register with the following link: https://missiongraduates.reg.eleyo.com/

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Ely Jeronimo, Program Director at (415) 678-7816 or email me at elizabeth@missiongraduates.org.


Note: Mission Grads will not be offering a morning before school program at this time. 


For the safety of all our students, any adult (parent or visitor) who comes on campus must 

at the office

Important Dates

  • No school on Monday, September 4, Labor Day.
  • Back to School Night - Thursday, September 7
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences Fall Semester - Week of November 13, 2023
  • Parent/Teacher Conference Spring Semester - Week of March 4, 2024


ParentVUE Account 



What is ParentVUE?

ParentVUE is one account for every parent that gives you access to all of your children’s school information including: grades and report cards, attendance, communication from the school and district, student login information, and online applications and forms including the Emergency Card. ParentVUE is also where you can update all your student’s information. 


How to Activate Your Parentvue Account (only for parents who have not already activated their account)

Before you get started make sure you have:

  • your activation key. [If you do not have your activation key, you may self-activate by clicking on “Request Account Activation”]
  • You can also contact us at familylink@sfusd.edu
  • an email address. It can be any email, but here's how to create a Gmail account.

Follow these steps:

  • Open a web browser on any device and enter: portal.sfusd.edu
  • Click ParentVUE >.Image removed.
  • Click Activate, then click Activate Account.
  • Read the Privacy Statement and click "I Accept."
  • Enter your name and activation key exactly as they appear on your letter.
  • Click Continue to Step 3.
  • Choose a username (no spaces) and password (7 characters). Enter your email address and click "Complete Account Activation."

When you are successful, you will see school information available to your students! 


ParentVUE Mobile Application

You can also download the ParentVUE app on your device. Search for "ParentVUE" on the App Store or Google Play and click download. To get started on the mobile app, follow the steps below:

  • Open ParentVUE and click either Allow or Don’t Allow “ParentVUE” to send you notifications.
  • Swipe left and enter your Zip Code.
  • Click San Francisco Unified School District. It will ask you to verify, click Yes.
  • Log in if you have already activated your account or click Create an Account to activate. 

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