The Urban School Alumni Association BLUESNOTES
December 11, 2015
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Winter Music Concert
Sunday, December 13
5 pm
Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Alumni Holiday Happy Hour
Tuesday, December 15
6 - 8 pm
The Interval, 2 Marina Blvd.
Fort Mason Center Bldg. A
Recent Grad Reunion for the Classes of 2011 - 2015
Wednesday, January 6
3 - 4:30 pm
The Old Library

Frances Dinkelspiel ('77) in Conversation with Julia Siler
Sunday, January 10
4 - 6 pm
Gumption Courtyard and

Pacific Northwest Reunion
Saturday, February 6
6 - 8 pm
Xico Upstairs
3715 SE Division St., Portland
Winter Art Show
Friday, February 19
3:30 pm
Urban Student Center
For more details on any events, please visit the Urban web calendar.
Click here to see pictures from The Class of '05 10-Year Reunion
Click here to see some photos from The Class of '95 20-Year Reunion Dinner

UrbanReads: Frances Dinkelspiel (’77) In Conversation with Julia Flynn Siler

On Sunday, January 10, from 4 - 6 pm, alumni parents are invited to join current parents and alums for an evening of true crime, history and wine. In her new book Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California (click here for details), Urban alum Frances Dinkelspiel (’77) explores the dark side of California wine. Tangled Vines has been getting wonderful reviews and is a NY Times best seller. Frances will be discussing her book in conversation with current Urban parent and author Julia Flynn Siler. Julia is the author of another great wine story, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty. The UrbanReads event starts with a reception in the Gumption courtyard with wine and nibbles followed by what promises to be a fascinating discussion in the theater. To RSVP, click here. We hope to see you!

Construction on the new Academic and Athletics Center began in earnest this past June. Since then, we moved an entire house 80 feet east, removed 15,000 tons of dirt, laid the foundation for a 64,000 square foot building and poured the concrete flooring for two levels of parking. It's all UP from here! Kudos to Plant Construction and its subcontractors who are working rain or shine to get the new facility built by Fall 2016.

We are so grateful to the 620+ donors who made this once-in-a-lifetime building project possible, and look forward to inviting everyone back to campus in the spring for hardhat tours and ultimately the building opening next fall.

To learn more about our progress and the North Campus expansion, please visit where you will find a link to the webcam to watch construction in real time.

Announcing the Alumni Blues Lounge!

In June of this year, we announced that a small group of Urban alums had pooled together a $200,000 challenge grant to encourage another $50,000 from alums in support of the Academic and Athletics Center by September 30. If alums rasied a total of $50,000, the upper student commons area in the new building would be named the Alumni Blues Lounge.

We are thrilled to share that over 320 alums stepped up in support of this unprecedented effort and raised a total of $294,500! The Alumni Blues Lounge is now official, and we look forward to unveiling a special donor wall recognizing all of our alumni supporters.

If you would like your child(ren) to be included on the alumni donor wall, please click here to make a gift in their name/s.

Urban in the National Spotlight

The Urban School made the front page of the New York Times in the online edition on October 14, as well as the front page print edition the next day featuring our work in educating kids around the Yes Means Yes law. In addition, the Today Show came to Urban to film Shafia Zaloom, our Sophomore health teacher and developer of a companion curriculum for the documentary The Hunting Ground, and seven of our Sophomores and Juniors. They shot 90 minutes of footage and distilled it down to just a minute or so, but Urban, our students and Shafia are featured -- and they are incredibly articulate and thoughtful. Affirmative consent is a national topic of conversation, particularly with new laws in California and New York. We are proud that Urban continues to be a pioneer in teaching our students these important and valuable skills.

New York Times
Today Show
KALW Radio Show


To be Urban is to be unfinished. To be Urban is to be in a state of steady and stimulating expansion and growth - all the livelong day, indeed all the livelong life.

          -- Jonathan Howland, Dean of Faculty and English Teacher

What does it mean to Be Urban? We hope you enjoy this year's Annual Fund video and seeing Urban teachers bring to life what it means to Be Urban, with students in the classroom, art studios, athletic fields and beyond. Each and every aspect of Urban's innovative program is supported by the Annual Fund and every donation makes a significant difference in ensuring that teachers, students and programs have the resources they need to thrive and Be Urban. If you would like to make a gift or pledge to Urban's Annual Fund, please click here. Thank you!

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


Restaurants/Bars/Specialty Food/Wine
   Boulevard (Nancy Oakes '69)
   The Corner Store (Ezra Berman '98)
   Flavor (Half Moon Bay) (Devin Grant '85)
   The Interval at Fort Mason (Alexander Rose '90)
   Liholiho Yacht Club (Allyson Woodman Jossel '94)
   Lord George (Ezra Berman '98)
   Mau and Tin (Hung Dang '93)
   Mission Pie (Karen Heisler '78)
   Nopa and Nopalito (Allyson Woodman Jossel '94)
   Pugs Leap Cheese and White Whale Farm (Anna Hancock '00)
   San Francisco Athletic Club (Ezra Berman '98)
   Wicked West Pizza & BBQ (West Sacramento) (Devin Grant '85)
   Kivelstadt Cellars (Jordan Kivelstadt '00)

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

   Alex Mill (Alex Drexler '96)
   Castle in the Air (Karima Cammel '92)
   Hare+Hart (Emily L. Harrison '02)
   India Rose (Carter Bolick '88)
   Nest (Marcella Madsen '85)
   Omnivore Books (Celia Sack '87)
   Subtletees (Minh-Jeffrey Le '12 and Nate Stern '12)
   Thomas Sires (Fiona Thomas '95)
   Topos Bookstore Cafe (Benjamin Friedman '86)

   Alison Photography Studios (Alison Hoffman '91)
   Courtney Cooper Realtor (Courtney Cooper '03)
   The FruitGuys (Pia Hinckle '82)
   GFF Magazine (Erika Lenkert '85)
   Hanson Bridgett LLP - law (Alex Berline '84)
   Hesse Press (Claire (Margaret) Kelly '06)
   Janet Jacobs Art Educator (Janet Jacobs '79)
   Kipper Clothiers (Erin Berg '08)
   Lambert Floral Studio (Sammy Go '08)
   Lara Klemens Massage Therapy (Lara Klemens '88)
   Law Office Nogolico (Zvonko Nogolico '81)
   The Local Foods Wheel (Sarah Klein '86)
   Mia Weinberg ('01) ( Acupuncture )
   Perry Garvin Studio (Perry Garvin '96)
   ProInsurance (Whitney Larson '04)
   QuickFox Events (Julie Miller '89)
   Simply Sorted (Shira Gill '95)
   Soraya Kohanzadeh Photography (Soraya Kohanzadeh '94)
   Villa Valdibora, a Heritage hotel in Rovinj, Croatia  (Zvonko Nogolico '81)

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