Panther Tracks
January 7, 2019
JLS News
Important Dates:
January 7 - School Resumes
January 9 - 8th Grade Connections Spaghetti Night Fundraiser
January 10 - Latte Cart
January 11 - Student Store Open
January 14 - Site Council Meeting
January 15 - Sixth Grade and Group Photos | PTA General Meeting
January 16 - Connections Coffee
January 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
PTA General Meeting
Tuesday, January 15, 8:30 am, Room 40
Please join us for some coffee at the General PTA meeting. We will update you on budget expenditures and vote in the Nominating committee. All are welcome!
JLS Student Directory
Printed Directories have arrived! Please drop by the JLS office to get your copy.
January Latte Cart
Thursday, January 10, 7:30-9:30 am, Room 40
The PTA hosts a monthly Latte Cart at JLS, where coffee and morning treats are served to our wonderful JLS staff as a thank you for all they do. To make these mornings a success, we ask our parents to contribute the breakfast foods. For our Latte Cart in January, we are inviting the 7th Grade class to be the main contributor. However, because of the fast turnaround (it's this week!), we are reaching out to all families.

Please bring your breakfast items to room 40 (at the entrance to the breezeway) the Latte Cart morning between 7:15 - 9:30 am. Non-perishable items may be brought the day before to the Main Office. Please sign up here.
JLS Student Store Open This Friday 
Is your teen interested in buying a JLS hoodie, t-shirt or sweatpants against cost, or does he/she needs a pen, pencil, eraser or any other useful school supplies? The JLS Student Store has it all.
The JLS Student Store is a small store on the JLS campus and is a joint cooperative effort by the Student Council, Students, Parent volunteers and the JLS administration. The JLS Student Store sells at cost. The JLS Student Store on campus will be open  this Friday during lunchtime  Cash or checks only. The store is run by JLS students as a club, if your student is interested in participating have them contact  Tom Jacoubowsky. If you are interested to volunteer at the store email the  JLS Student Store Folks. Opening dates: January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 12 & 26, May 10.
Commuters' Corner
Did someone at your house get a new bike over the holidays? Make sure to register it (and all your bikes) with Bike Index! Taking a few minutes now to register with this national database may save you a lot of time later, and more importantly, give you a better chance of getting your bike back if it goes missing. You can find all the information you need about Palo Alto's use of Bike Index on our information flyer, and there is a dedicated registration page for Palo Alto on the PTA's Safe Routes to School website. If your JLS student would like a custom City of Palo Alto / Bike Index QR code sticker, they are available in the office or email for more information.
Each Friday! Superintendent's Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday on the District website.
Let's Talk - Easy Click to Send Your Comments  
PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin. In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication, here is the link again.
Video of the Stanford GUP Meeting is Now Available 
Video is available, complete with Closed Caption with auto translation. Subscribe to the PTAC Youtube channel and enable notification for future live streaming of important meetings and events.
Community News
Wisen Space Coding Class
Wednesdays from January 23 - March 6, 2-4 pm, JLS, R810
Wisen Space ’s purpose is to empower students to use code to bring into reality the apps, games and art that their creative minds can imagine. It was founded by a Palo Alto middle school student’s father in search of a program that would allow his daughter to explore her own interests and not that of a preprogrammed curriculum that students blindly follow. Unlike other STEM based classes, with Wisen Space coding, each student can continue to improve and customize their projects as well as share what they created on any device after class lecture like iPhone instantly. Each class at JLS Middle School is centered around the creation of real project. At the beginning of each class, the students choose what they would like to build and work together to bring it into reality. As this project comes into reality, each student will have a chance to customize their projects to match their interests. Through multiple real projects based courses, the students will create a coding portfolio of their own creation and will learn to use coding to better themselves and pursue their interests confidently. (Coding Portfolio = your favorite topic + coding.) This class has been already been successfully implemented at Greene Middle School. For more information, visit  or contact 480-200-9799.
Paly Community Market Puzzles & Games, Flowers and Espresso To Benefit Paly Music Program
Saturday, January 12, 9 am - 2 pm, Paly Flea Market at Palo Alto High School (parking lot on corner of El Camino and Embarcadero)
Come experience the new Community Market booths bringing the community together once a month! Drop off gently used board games and puzzles and get some new ones at the Community Market Puzzles & Games table. Shop for fresh flower arrangements, vintage clothes, and much more. Stop by the barista for espresso and enjoy tasty food prepared by Paly music students. Like the Facebook page for details. All funds raised through the Paly flea market will benefit the Paly music program. Questions? Contact Colleen Nielsen.
Middle School Art Classes
Unleash the creativity in your student by signing up for one of our middle school art classes at the Palo Alto Art Center or the Mitchell Park Community Center. We offer classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and jewelry and metal working. Please review our brochure for class information and live links to registration. Classes will run January-March, 2019. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello (650-617-3509).
Navigating School District Services for Children with Special Needs (All Ages)
Tuesday, January 15-22, 7-9 pm, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave
This workshop is intended for parents who have children with any type of special needs or suspected special needs. Come and learn about how and when a child would qualify for special education services in the public school system. Tips on how to develop a collaborative relationship with the school district will be discussed, as well as what recourse parents have when parents and school district personnel don't agree about the assessment process. With Diana Blank, LCSW. Fee: $90. Register here.
Celebrating Palo Alto CAC’s 30th Anniversary (Free)
Friday, January 11, 8:30-10 am, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd
Join the Palo Alto CAC in celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast treats while walking through a visual timeline of our committee’s role in helping parents and children with special needs in Palo Alto. Learn about legislative, program and advocacy milestones for inclusion of children in PAUSD. Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome. Spanish language translation will be available. Hosted by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Please contact with questions or for more information.
Service Learning & Community Service Opportunities
Wednesday, January 16, 8:30-9:30 am, Greene Middle School, Multipurpose Room
The Greene Parent Networks invite you to a presentation by Youth Community Service (YCS) on how to get students involved in meaningful Service Learning projects where students learn the nuances of a community issue, address that issue with a service project and then reflect on the process. Students learn how to examine real life issues and implement solutions gaining self-confidence from feeling that they made a difference in the community. Opportunities at the Palo Alto Humane Society and other organizations will be presented.
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