Weekly Bulletin – February 20 – 23, 2018



Weekly Bulletin

FEBRUARY 20 – 23, 2018



February 16, 2018

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese: 春节; traditional Chinese: 春節; pinyin: Chūn Jié) in modern China, and one of the Lunar New Years in Asia, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between the 21st of January and 20th of February. In 2018, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Friday, 16 February, initiating the year of the Dog.

It is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the largest annual mass human migration in the world. It is a major holiday in Greater China and has had strong influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia, and the Philippines.

The New Year festival is centuries old and associated with several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. In about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.






**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnelle1@sfusd.edu. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am. Mrs. Grinnell

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number: 415-345-0064.   The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $25–checks or cash welcome! Social Committee

PARKING COURTESY:  Please do not block other cars in both the Bay Street and the Polk Street parking lots.  If you have to block a car, do it only for a few minutes and leave your Galileo Parking Hanger in plain sight in your car.  If you do not have a Galileo Parking Hanger, see Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office.    Mrs. Grinnell


NEW ACCOUNTANT:  Galileo’s former accountant, Eva,has been transferred to SOTA.  Our new accountant is Lisa and she will be at Galileo on Thursdays.  Her office will remain in Room 206.


COFFEE AND COOKIES: Support Special Education by purchasing a cup of fresh roasted coffee $1.25 and cookies $.25. Available daily 7:45am all year long in either room 214 or 212. (alternating bi-weekly)

If you would like to use our delivery service please call x3214 or x3212.

Thanks!! Ms. Meghan & Ms.Nobello


SENIOR HOMEROOM ASSEMBLY:  The Senior Homeroom Assembly will be this Thursday during homeroom in the Auditorium.  All 12th Grade Homeroom Teachers should bring their students to the Auditorium on Thursday as soon as the bell rings. Homeroom Assemblies will continue through the end of May.  Check the bulletin each week for the schedule.


GALILEO BLACK HOODIE SWEATSHIRTS:  On sale now in the ASB Office (Room 150);  teacher & staff discount is $25.


TEACHER LOCATOR:  The Current Teacher Locator is now posted on the Galileo Website.  Check the Staff Support Area on the website.  This document will be updated daily.


STAFF PHONE DIRECTORY:  The current Staff Phone Directory is now posted on the Galileo website in the Staff Support Area.  There are 2 versions which you can print out–legal size and letter size.  This document will be updated as needed.


TEACHER VOICEMAIL:  It is important for parents to contact their students’ teachers.  If you have not set up your email, please see me and I can help facilitate this.  It is important for parents to be able to contact their child’s teachers.  It takes 2-3 minutes and we can do it at my desk.


TEACHER EMERGENCY CARDS:  Hi All– It is so important that we have current information on your emergency card about who to contact in an emergency.  With so many new staff this year it has been challenging to reach out to everyone.  If I did not give you an emergency card to complete, please see me.  Thanks!                                            Bettie Grinnell



SENIOR HOMEROOM ASSEMBLY:  The Senior Homeroom Assembly Will be this Thursday during Homeroom.  All 12th Grade Homeroom Teachers should bring their students to the Auditorium as soon as the bell rings.  


GALILEO GEEK SQUAD: Interested in troubleshooting technology issues? Want to assist with the technology program and procedures during your free time at Galileo? Need IT or Tech experience for college/career? Looking for a fun and easy way to get Media Arts or Computer Science extra credit? JOIN GALILEO’S GEEK SQUAD!!! Geek Squad will spend their free periods being responsible for many of the technology issues that arise throughout the day at Galileo. Geek Squad will work on Chromebooks, MacBooks, PCs, iMacs, audio systems, SmartBoards, technology lab and carts, and miscellaneous tech items. Geek Squad members will receive a letter grade for their TA period as well as a signed letter of recommendation from a technology teacher to use on college and job applications. See Ms. Z in Room 260A for more information!


GALILEO BLACK HOODIE SWEATSHIRTS: ASB is selling  Galileo black hoodie sweatshirts. You can buy them from ASB officers during lunch.  Cost is $40.



BSU Spirit Week:  February 20 – 23

Spirit Week: March 5-9

Spirit Week Food Festival: March 9  

Boat Dance, March 10 (Spirit Week March 5-9)  

Pi Day: March 14

World Party: March 22, 5:30 PM (open to the whole community)

Student Talent Show: March 23  

College & Career Center announcement for 2/19-2/25/18

For 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th:

15th Annual HS Outreach Conference: 4/28 @ 8:30am-4pm @ UCSF on 513 Parnassus Ave. SF: FREE event for 400 HS students who’re curious about the medical profession.  You will spend the day talking to medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and graduate students at UCSF.  Try it for yourself with hands on demos from each school.  Registration is open on 1/29: tinyurl.com/HSOC2018 Registration code: UCSFHSOC2018.  This is a popular event, so register soon.  You will also need to complete a parent permission slip:tinyurl.com/hsoc2018permissionslip

International Career Mentor Night: 3/1 @ 6pm-8pm @ World Affairs in downtown SF: A unique opportunity for high school and community college students to meet with Bay Area professionals who have experience in international development, journalism, government, education, law, business, human rights and global health. Not unlike speed dating, this is a mentoring workshop for high school and university students designed to allow you to ask questions and discuss career options with many seasoned professionals from various international fields in a series of rapid small group conversations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore what career options are available for the globally minded! Mentors are continuously updated, so please check back often.  TO RSVP: https://worldaffairs.tfaforms.net/352135

9th Annual Pre-Law Conference at UC Hastings: 3/3 @ 8:30am-4pm @ 198 McAllister Street, SF: This event is sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Pathways to Law.  This event is FREE for all attendees.  All food and beverages will be provided. Pathways to Law aims to expose college and high school students, as well as recent young graduates, to law school and the legal profession; to explain career options available with a law degree; and to discuss current issues that impact Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  The conference will feature distinguished panelists who have used their law degrees in a variety of ways. The panels will cover legal careers in the public and private sectors – including firm attorneys, public interest attorneys, government attorneys, judges, and in-house counsel – as well as career paths outside the “traditional” practice of law.  Also, a panel of Bay Area law students will share their experiences from admission through graduation, and attendees will get a taste of law school through an interactive mock class. In addition to the panels, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with attorneys and law students during the lunch hour.  All attendees will be provided with a packet that will include tips on the admissions process and legal education.

All interested students, parents, teachers, and others are welcome.  Please register at https://www.aaba-bay.com/pathways  Walk-ins are welcome.  If you have any questions, please email Claire Choo at cchoo@dankolaw.com

Vietnamese Student Association’s (VSA) VISION Program at UC Berkeley from 4/26-4/29 @ UC Berkeley: VISION is a 4-day, 3-night, all-expense-paid mentorship program that takes place annually in April where high school students from across California are invited to spend a weekend in Berkeley to explore, discuss, and learn about issues that affect Vietnamese and Vietnamese American communities as well as overarching challenges encountered across all cultures.  FREE: includes room & board at UC Berkeley and BART tickets to Berkeley. For any HS students with any GPA from any ethnic background.  Apply by: 3/3.  Apply on: http://tinyurl.com/vision2018mentee

Oasis for Girls: This is a non-profit organization that empowers young women by providing different workshops and supports.  Time commitment is short.  Application deadline is ASAP.  For more details or to apply: http://www.sfoasis.org/

College Ambassador (CA) Meeting: 2/20 @ 12:20pm @ RM 104: This is your usual weekly meeting.

For 9th:

Minds Matter Info. & Application Workshop (9th only): 3/1 @ RM 104: This is a free program that offers an adult professional mentor for the rest of your high school career.  They will also provide college prep. resources such as SAT prep, summer programs, college campus visit for free.  They look for low income and first generation to college students.  If you’re a freshman, please come check out this fantastic opportunity

For 11th:

Students Rising Above Scholarship (SRA): 2/21 @ 11:45am @ RM 104: If you’re interested in applying for a scholarship and get support to apply for college and get through college, come check out this opportunity!

Quest Bridge College Prep Scholars Program: Full scholarships to summer programs: apply by 3/21.  For more details:https://www.questbridge.org/

For 12th:

FAFSA & CA Dream ACT Application: You must submit either of these financial aid application forms for 4-year or 2-year colleges by 3/2. If you need help, please ask.

Funding Black Futures: 2/20 @ 4pm @ Rm 104:  JCYC & uAspire are teaming up to help African American Seniors to complete the Financial Aid Application before the deadline! Free dinner and raffle prizes for attendees. Be sure to bring financial aid materials: 2016 taxes, SSN (if applicable), etc. For questions, email nleon@jcyc.org or visit Natalie at the Advising Hub Room 209.

Transition to College Presentation for 12th grade parents (trilingual presentations): 2/28 @ 5:30pm-8pm @ Cafeteria: Seniors and parents: What do you do after college acceptance?  What should you do while you’re in college to make sure you can graduate from college?  We will explore this important topic over dinner.  Information is presented in Cantonese and English with Spanish translation.

Scholarship Scam: if you get a call telling you that you’ve won a scholarship or that they are calling from the federal dept. to give you a scholarship, and they need your bank account information, please DON’T give out your parents’ nor your own information.  If you’re not sure that is a scam, please talk to a counselor or an advisor to verify.   If you’re told to pay to apply for a scholarship, that’s a scam.   

uAspire can help you with financial aid related questions.  Turn in your uAspire consent forms to Michael in room 209 to receive financial aid help.

If you’re interested in applying for scholarships, please check the updated Scholarship List either on http://galileoweb.org/college/scholarships/ or on the Scholarship bulletin board in the Counseling Center (RM 258).

Supporting you every step of the way for the college application process, just ask for help!

Ms. S. Chan

College & Career Counselor

Room 258F