The Urban School Alumni Association BLUESNOTES
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Third Annual Alumni Holiday Party
Celebrate the season with us! All alums (ages 21 and older) and their guests are invited to an evening of good cheer and laughter with friends old and new. Food is complimentary and the first two drinks are on us!
Thursday, December 18 from 6 - 8 p.m.
RSVP here
Recent Grad Reunion for the Classes of 2010 - 2014
Please join us in the Old Library and enjoy refreshments while catching up with your Urban friends, teachers and this year's juniors and seniors. We would love to see you!
Wednesday, January 7 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.
RSVP here
New Orleans Reunion with LeRoy Votto
As Urban will be presenting at an indepedent school conference in New Orleans, we are planning a special reunion in the area. Please join us for drinks and appetizers in the Garden District. All alums and their guests are welcome.
The Tasting Room
Saturday, January 24 from 6 - 8 p.m.
RSVP here
East Coast Reunion in Brooklyn
East Coast alums, we're coming to visit and hope you can join Mark Salkind ('70) and other Urban faculty for a reception and dinner in Brooklyn. Please share this with your East Coast Urban friends. We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Frankies 457
Saturday, February 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
RSVP here
Vision 2017 Strategic Plan Presentation for Alums
Thursday, January 29

We are putting together an opportunity for alums to join Head of School Mark Salkind ('70) to hear about Urban's current strategic plan and an update on the exciting North Campus expansion project. We are looking for an alum who could host this event, with an estimated attendance of 25 alums, in their home in San Francisco. Please email us with suggestions.
Alumni/Student Speaker Series
Thank you to members of our alumni community, including Michael Gast ('98), Misha Olivas ('94) Carey Smith-Marchi ('05), Ariana Smart Truman ('89) and Zach Shedd ('03), who joined us during Urban's fall term to speak to students about their careers and life outside of Urban. And a special thank you to our student alumni relations committee, LeRoy Votto and Charlotte Worsley for putting these visits together! For photos of these visits and other fun alumni events please click here. If you are interested in serving as a resource to our students please click here.
Thank You - Your Support Makes a Difference
We recently launched our Alumni Annual Fund and Class Endowment Campaigns for the 2014-15 school year. We're proud that last year ~220 of our alums participated in these efforts—thank you! We hope you will consider making a gift to Urban's 2014-15 Annual Fund. We invite alums in the Classes of 2009 - 2015 to make or renew a gift to your Class Endowment Fund. At a small school like Urban, each and every gift, no matter the size, makes a real difference in supporting our students and teachers.
Send us your Class Notes!
New job? New baby? Bumped into an old friend or teacher? We love hearing from you! Email us your class notes for the February BluesNotes. Pictures welcomed and encouraged!
from the alumni council
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our All-Alumni Reunion Weekend in October. We had so much fun connecting with over 100 Urban graduates from 1970 - 2014.

The Class of '85 is already making plans for their decade celebration in 2015. If you are an Urban graduate from '75, '95 (woot!) or '05 email us to start planning for next year's decade celebrations.

There is a lot in store for our alumni community during the 2014 - 15 school year. Please check out our website, Facebook and LinkedIn for updates on upcoming events and networking opportunities. We’re continuing to add alumni business information to share with each other. Email us if you would like to include your business in our list.

We are excited to share that we have a special committee of alums working together to make plans around alumni support for Urban's new Academic and Athletics Center, Phase 1 of Urban's North Campus expansion. More information will be coming in the months ahead, but in the meantime, see Urban's website for updates about the project. We are proud of our small school and its promising future for the next generation of students.

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and hope to connect with you in the New Year.

With much thanks and appreciation,

Tara Wilson ('95)
Alumni Association President
from the alumni council

Looking for holiday shopping ideas? Check out these fun options and support an Urban grad!

Restaurants/Bars/Specialty Foods:
Boulevard (Nancy Oakes '69)
The Corner Store or San Francisco Athletic Club
(Ezra Berman '98)
The Fruit Guys (Pia Hinckle '82)
The Interval at Fort Mason (Alexander Rose '90)
Mau or Tin (Hung Dang '93)
Mission Pie (Karen Heisler '78)
Nopa or Nopalito (Allyson Jossel '94)
Pugs Leap Cheese and White Whale Farms (Anna Hancock '00)

Kivelstadt Cellars (Jordan Kivelstadt '00)

Pet Lovers:

The Animal House (Megan Johnson '86)
Noe Valley Pet Company (Celia Stack '87)


Alex Mill (Alex Drexler '96)
Castle in the Air (Karima Cammell '92)
Hare+Hart (Emily L. Harrison '02)
Kipper Clothiers (Erin Berg '08)
India Rose (Carter Bolick '88)
Nest (Marcella Madsen '85)
Omnivore Books (Celia Sack '87)
Thomas Sires (Fiona Thomas '95)


Courtney Cooper Realtor (Courtney Cooper '03)
Hanson Bridgett LLP - law (Alex Berline '84)
Janet Jacobs Art Educator (Janet Jacobs '79)
The Local Foods Wheel (Sarah Klein '86)
Lara Klemens Massage Therapy (Lara Klemens '88)
Mia Weinberg Acupuncture (Mia Weinberg '01)
ProInsurance (Whitney Larson '04)
Samuel Go Garden Design (Samuel Go '08)
Simply Sorted (Shira Gill '95)
Soraya Kohanzadeh Photography (Soraya Kohanzadeh '94)

Projects to Support:

Chasing Portraits – a documentary film (Elizabeth Rynecki '87)

If would like your business included please email us!


alumni events
Alumni Holiday Party
Thursday, December 18, 2014
6 - 8 p.m.
Asiento on Bryant at 21st St
in San Francisco.
RSVP here
Recent Grad Reunion for
the Classes of 2010 - 2014

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
3 - 4:30 p.m.
The Old Library
RSVP here
New Orleans Reunion
Saturday, January 24, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
The Tasting Room
RSVP here
East Coast Reunion
Saturday, February 28, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Frankies 457
in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
RSVP here
student news
Winter Music Combo Concerts
Wednesday and Thursday
January 28 and 29, 2015
4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Gumption Theater
Winter Art Show
Friday, February 20, 2015
3:30 p.m.
Winter Production
Wednesday - Saturday
February 25 - 28, 2015
4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Gumption Theater
photos and fun stuff
click here for pictures of recent events
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student news
Kathleen Lingo ('98) won a News & Documentary Emmy for New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture for her work on the interactive documentary A Short History of the Highrise.
Aaron Murphy ('85) is playing George in It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play at the Tides Theater in San Francisco from Thursday, December 11 – Sunday, December 28. Tickets can purchased here. Half price tickets are on Goldstar.
Alexander Rose ('90) is the Executive Director of The Long Now Foundation and his newest effort, The Interval, was voted one of the 21 Best New Bars in America by Thrillist and one of San Francisco's hottest bars by Zagat. Alexander was profiled in Sunset Magazine's September issue!
Josh Schell ('05) will be appearing in the Shotgun Players production of Our Town from December 4 – January 11. More information can be found here.
Max Schoening ('05) has co-authored a powerful NY Times op-ed piece on human rights violations by the Colombian government.
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