Noe Valley Nursery School Update

This is an update from the Noe Valley Nursery School (NVNS). The preschool has been renting the rec center at Christopher Park for many years after moving from Noe Valley. The preschool has some openings. The teachers and students are looking forward to the completion of the renovations to Christopher Park this fall. 

Message from NVNS

Noe Valley Nursery School is excited to announce we will reopen our doors on Monday 31st August 2020 for the new school year! The school will operate in line with SFPHD and licensing requirements. 

All sessions will be based at our school house, located at 5210 Diamond Heights Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94131. We plan to utilise our outdoor space as much as possible, including our two patios and Glen Park Canyon once the children are settled and into a school routine. The school believes in a play-based, child-centered, and developmentally-appropriate philosophy of preschool education. Additionally, we are a cooperative preschool which means our families support in the planning and operation of the school.

Primarily, we will begin with one stable pod of 10 children, but by the beginning of October, we aim to create a second stable pod who will attend on alternate days of the week to the 1st pod. There will be no cross over between children and teachers. Children will attend 2-3 days per week from 9am-1pm. 

We have several open spots available for our second pod. If you or someone you know might be interested in joining us please get in touch with NVNS membership at

Photo of one of our students; happy to be back at Summer School with her loving teachers!

Please help us to spread the word and fill the spaces in our second pod! 

Thank you

Noe Valley Nursery School

Christopher Park Construction Update

It is exciting to see the progress on the construction at George Christopher Park. It is awesome that the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has included replacing the baseball fencing and resurfacing the tennis court in the renovations.

Laura Chavez Message on the Construction Progress:

Cheers George Christopher Community,

There has been tremendous progress on George Christopher Playground Renovation this summer. The irrigation mainline piping has been installed, the concrete and CMU walls around the plaza and ramp area are almost complete, and the new plaza has been poured. The new single stall ADA restroom is tiled and painted, and the planters around the play areas have been formed. A couple weeks ago, our contractor started digging footings for the play equipment, and as the pieces come together for layout, you can glimpse how awesome this playground is going to be.

There was little response when I emailed at the start of the pandemic to notify you that one of the Jim Miller-Melberg play sculptures was unfortunately damaged during the course of construction. We’ve been working with the contractor and several committed community members and are pleased to announce that a replacement sculpture will be made for the new sculpture play area. We’ve coordinated with our deferred maintenance team and will be replacing the fencing at the ball field and resurfacing the tennis court in parallel with the playground renovation. The project team has also worked with several city departments to strategize around park accessibility, and we are revising our pathway plans and site signage so folks of all abilities can better navigate to all park amenities.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns.



Lauren Dietrich Chavez

Project Manager, Capital & Planning Division

We Have Moved! After August 5, 2020, you can reach me at:

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department  | City & County of San Francisco

49 South Van Ness Avenue, Suite 1220 | San Francisco, CA 94103

(628) 652-6643  |

Crime Update in Diamond Heights and Glen Park


Last night, Tuesday, August 11, at around 11:20 pm, gunfire coming from cars was heard in two locations. Ingleside Capt. Chris Woon has requested videos that may have captured the gunfire and cars. Call Capt. Woon at 415-404-4040 with any information and/or videos.

The locations:

  • Diamond Heights Blvd. at the intersection of Addison/Gold Mine
  • Elk at the intersection of Chenery

There have been no reported injuries from the gunfire.

Diamond Heights Bank of America Robbery

On Monday, August 10 around 2:30 pm a person robbed the branch and left with money. The SFPD has a good description of the suspect. No one was hurt in the robbery. The investigation has been turned over to the SFPD Bank Robbery Unit. 

Public Safety Meeting with Chief Scott, Capt. Woon and Supervisor Mandelman, July 30

Public Safety: Where We are Now and Where We are Going
Featuring San Francisco Police Department Chief Bill Scott, Ingleside Station Captain Chris Woon and District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman
Virtual Meeting on Thursday, July 30, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Diamond Heights Community Association, the Glen Park Association (GPA) and Upper Noe Neighbors have combined together to present an area-wide meeting. Thank you to the GPA for inviting the DHCA to participate and for organizing the meeting.

If interested in attending this virtual meeting, please reply to Betsy Eddy at Betsy will email the Zoom link to you a couple of days before the presentation.

Please share this announcement with friends, neighbors and your email lists.
All are welcome. Emailed questions will be passed along to our speakers and prioritized, but attendees are invited to put questions in the Zoom chat as well. The GPA intends to record the meeting and post it on its website for those who could not attend.
Email your questions to any of the three associations:

Stay safe and be well,

Betsy for the DHCA

SFPD Call for Videos or Witnesses for Shooting at Addison and Farnum, July 7, 7:15 pm

Capt. Chris Woon, Ingleside SFPD Commander, is Seeking Videos or Witnesses for Shooting on Addison next to Walter Haas Park near Farnum Street 

Sadly there was a shooting last night, July 7 around 7:15 pm

on Addison at Farnum Street according to Capt. Woon who said a victim of the shooting appeared at a hospital seeking care. It seems the victim may have been targeted so that the shooting was probably not random.

If you have information, have a video or are a witness, please call Capt. Woon at 415-440-4040. 

Stay safe and well,

Betsy for DHCA

Urban Angels is Looking for Part-time Volunteer in July

Urban Angels SF is a charity with volunteers that deliver essential supplies (food, water, clothing etc) 6 to 8 times per week to the men, women and children living on the streets of SF. The person who coordinates all these outings is going to be on vacation for the month of July. We are looking for someone to fill in for her from 7/3 to 8/1. All the work can be done from home. Training would take about two hours and could also be done by email and telephone call. Total time would be two to three hours per week. If you or someone you know could help us keep up the pace of serving over 1,300 homeless people per month, please call Silvia at 415-952-0711 Monday to Friday between 9 am and 3 pm. After hours call the same number and talk to Nelson.

Grateful to be in Service,
Nelson Founder, Urban Angels SF 415-952-0711,

Message from Capt. Chris Woon, Ingleside SFPD Commander

 On Sunday, May 25, 2020 at approximately 8:15 AM, San Francisco Police officers from Ingleside Station responded to the unit block of Elk Street in regards to an assault.  Upon arrival officers found the victim, a 94 year-old male, suffering from a head injury.  The victim was taken to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.  
Officers on scene broadcast the suspect description via their police radio.  Two SFPD sergeants were patrolling the area of Diamond and Bosworth Streets when they observed a male subject matching the description provided by officers at the scene.  The sergeants detained the suspect without incident.  The suspect has been identified as 53 year-old Peter Rocha of San Francisco.  Rocha was booked at San Francisco County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse.  
The SFPD Homicide Detail is conducting the investigation.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the SFPD tip line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.  You may remain anonymous. 
Michael Andraychak #457
Sergeant of Police
Public Information Officer
Officer in Charge – Media Relations Unit
San Francisco Police Department
1245 – 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Captain Christopher Woon #1852
Commanding Officer
Ingleside Station
San Francisco Police Department 
1 Sergeant John V. Young Lane
San Francisco, CA 94112
Office: 415-404–4040

Learn How to Unite Neighbors to Prevent Crime! Create a Neighborhood Watch group.

Please help us spread the word about two important crime prevention meetings in January. Please forward this message to friends, neighbors and email lists. Please post the attached flyers. Click on them to download them. Thank you!

Wishing you a safe and happy 2020!

Learn How to Unite Neighbors to Prevent Crime! Create a Neighborhood Watch group
Resilient Diamond Heights invites the public to a presentation on starting up a Neighborhood Watch group on your block. Adam Cuadra, SF SAFE, will detail how to start a group at our RDH meeting, Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:00 for dinner and 6:30 for the Neighborhood Watch presentation. Please reply to this message if you plan to attend so we will have plenty of food for dinner.

Recently, there have been many car and home break ins in Diamond Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. Assaults and robberies of individuals seemed to have increased as well. You can take action by starting a Neighborhood Watch group on your block.

SF SAFE provides assistance starting Neighborhood Watch groups in a process of 5 – 6 meetings with neighbors. Crime prevention tips, creating an email group of your block, a free safety check of your home and other safety measures are provided. One of the best benefits of Neighborhood Watch is getting to know your neighbors which provides a foundation for watching out for each other to deter crime.

Diamond Heights Shopping Center Safety Meeting Jan. 27th, 6:30 pm Convened by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman
In December, a thief smashed a car window in the Shopping Center parking lot while a father and daughter were in their car. The thief took the girl’s backpack that had her homework in it. This scary incident is just one of the many “smash and grab” car break ins in the Shopping Center parking lot and in Diamond Heights. As a reaction to these crimes, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman has scheduled a meeting to look at prevention measures underway and what actions are needed to stop this criminal activity.

The public is invited to this meeting:
Diamond Heights Shopping Center Safety Meeting
Monday, January 27, 6:30pm
San Francisco Police Academy Community Room
350 Amber Drive at Duncan Street
Accessible parking is available in the Police Academy lot next to the community room.

Officials and others attending the meeting include Supervisor Rafael Mandelman; DA Chesa Boudin; Ingleside Captain Chris Woon; Diamond Heights Shopping Center representatives Henry Avila, Taran Stokes and Trina Perales; and SF SAFE.

Blue Christmas Gathering and A Jazzy Little Christmas This Week at St. Aidan’s

Blue Christmas: a Service that Makes Space for Grief and Loss at Christmas 
Wednesday, Dec 18, 5:30-7pm – (No Communion is offered) at St. Aidan’s Church
Messages from St. Aidan’s
For a number of people, Christmas is actually not an especially joyous time of year. Often those who have lost loved ones, or for whom family Christmas gatherings are deeply uncomfortable or simply not possible, feel a great deal of pain as Christmas approaches. This service of “Blue Christmas” seeks to make space for this experience. With a lessons and carols format featuring several readings and reflections, this service without Communion is meant to be accessible to people of various Christian traditions. Please feel free to come and invite anyone you know who might appreciate this service.

A Jazzy Little Christmas 
Please join us on Sunday December 22 for a night filled with music! Performances will include St. Aidan’s parishioners Elaine Jennings and Janet Lohr with guest performer Michael Jennings. All proceeds will help fund St. Aidan’s various ministries! Tickets are available now at and at the door.

Music on the Hill Presents Farallon Quintet, Dec. 8, 7 pm, St. Aidan’s Church

Music on the Hill presents
The Farallon Quintet
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 PM
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
101 Gold Mine Dr., San Francisco.
A dynamic Bay Area Clarinet Quintet (string quartet plus clarinet), the musicians are all
principal players in the S.F Opera & Ballet Orchestras. In addition to playing the classics,
the quintet seeks to perform rarely heard works, innovative arrangements, and new
music by living composers. In keeping with that tradition they will be performing original
compositions by Jose Gonzalez Granero, a transcription of De Falla’s Spanish Songs,
“The Dreams & Prayers of Isaac the Blind” and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.
Tickets are $20/$15. Purchase online at