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October 1, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
October 2 - PTA Executive Board Meeting
October 3 - Walk & Roll to School Day
October 4 - Staff Appreciation Latte Cart
October 5 - No School (Staff Development Day)
October 10 - 7th Grade Cell Models
October 12 - End of First Quarter
October 15 - Site Council Meeting
October 18 - JLS/Gunn Band Concert
October 26 - JLS Dance
Walk & Roll to School Day!
Ride, walk, roll, or carpool to school this Wednesday morning, October 3rd! Enter to win cool gift card prizes: Ada’s, Ricks Ice Cream, and Mike’s Bikes, and more! For drawing tickets, look for student leadership teams starting at 7:30 am at the bike cages and in front of the school entrance.

For any questions, email Liz Gardner or cal 650-845-7502.
PTA Membership Cards and BOGO Baskin Robbins Coupons Available for Pickup in the Office
JLS PTA Members for 2018-19 can now get their membership cards in the Main Office. As a perk, members can also pick up a BOGO Baskin Robbins ice cream coupon. Your membership card will be blank; please sign and write in our National PTA Identification number: 00028722. Don't forget to sign your card to access benefits.  

It's never too late to join the JLS PTA! Members receive additional benefits such as discounts for Aquarium of the Pacific, Legoland, and Hertz car rental. You can see the full list of membership perks here. To join, stop by the Main Office for a form; $6 dues can be paid by a check made out to "JLS PTA."
Commuters' Corner
Walk & Roll to School Day, this Wednesday, October 3rd, is a great opportunity to try an alternative commute! Help your student get their bike ready with an " ABC Quick Check," dust off that scooter or skateboard, or check out the carpooling resources put together by the City's Safe Routes to School team. If you're used to driving, the best route for bicyclists, pedestrians, and skateboarders is likely different than what you're used to. Our Walk & Roll map will help you find the best route!
First PAUSD Student Nutrition Services Newsletter for the 2018-19 School Year 
The PAUSD Student Nutrition Services Department shared the first newsletter of the 2018-19 school year. One of the upcoming events for Student Nutrition Services in October is the Annual Tasting Week featuring the A-Z Salad Bars. Students will have the opportunity to try fruits and vegetables representing every letter of the alphabet. In November, it’s election time, and students will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entrées and share the entrées they would like to see added to our menu selection. Check out some of the great things that are happening in Student Nutrition Services. Newsletter also available in Spanish and Mandarain (same link above).
Parent Network Workshops - Cyberbullying Prevention
Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7-8 pm, Microsoft Store, Stanford Shopping Center
Please join the Greene Middle School 7th Grade Parent Network to learn what is cyberbullying, how it occurs and how to prevent it to enhance academic achievement and social/emotional wellbeing. This invitation is open to all PAUSD parents. Topics covered:
  • Different ways kids participate in cyberbullying
  • Impact of cyberbullying
  • How to prevent cyberbullying
  • How to set privacy settings on Windows 10 and Xbox

These workshops are free but please RSVP online.
Voting YES on Measure Z is Crucial for our School District Facility’s Safety and Security and for 21st Century Learning Standards
Measure Z funds will continue PAUSD facility improvements by enhancing school security and upgrading classrooms and labs to meet 21st-century instructional standards. If approved by 55% of voters, this measure would provide locally-controlled funding for school improvements, including:
  • Ensuring school facilities are accessible for students with disabilities and equitable for all
  • Upgrading schools to current seismic safety standards to help keep students safe in the event of an earthquake
  • Completing needed repairs at school facilities
  • Increasing school safety and security, such as fire alarms, door locks and emergency communication systems to bring security systems up to current standards
  • Providing classrooms and labs to support up-to-date science, technology, engineering and robotics instruction
  • Providing up-to-date facilities to maintain outstanding performing and visual arts programs

How you can help:
  1. Sign up to phone bank with your school
  2. Participate in a Precinct walk: October 6th, October 20th, and November 3rd.
  3. Display a lawn sign!
  4. Go to your polling place on Election Day, November 6th, or mail in your yes vote as soon as your mail-in ballot arrives. All registered voters will receive a ballot the week of October 8th and ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 6th, to be counted.
Upcoming School Board Candidate Forums 
  • Tuesday, October 2, 6:45-9:00 pm, 25 Churchill Ave (District Office Board Room) - Focus is on Elementary Education (PreK-5th)
  • Sunday, October 14, 4-6 pm, Greene Middle School MP Room, 750 California Ave - Focus is on Educational Equity & Access: Achievement Gap and Special Education
  • Saturday, October 20, 4-6 pm, JLS Middle School MP Room, 480 E Meadow Dr - Focus is on Secondary Education (6th-12th grades)

There are six candidates who are running for the two open seats of our PAUSD School Board. Please try to attend these very informative evenings where you can meet and hear from all the candidates. Open to the public. Spanish and Mandarin translation available. Childcare available. Information/Questions: Contact Christina Schmidt or Kimberly Eng Lee.
Community News
Middle School Parents Network Meeting - Speaker - Police Officer Young 
Wednesday, November 14, 8:30-9:30 am, Greene (formerly Jordan) MP Room, 750 N California Ave
Back by popular demand, Palo Alto Police Resource Officer Bradley Young will speak about topics to be aware of as our middle school students gain independence and prepare to enter high school, including vaping, marijuana, and hanging out in public places. All parents welcome. 
March to Paly: A Centennial Reenactment & Centennial Celebration 
Sunday, Oct 7, 1:00-3:30 pm
Palo Alto High School celebrates 100 years of community-supported public education on its current campus during the 2018/2019 school year. This year also marks 125 years since the founding of the first public school in Palo Alto. Everyone is invited to these two fun free events:
March to Paly: A Centennial Reenactment 1:00-2:00 pm 
Join the Palo Alto Historical Association, Paly students, staff, alumni, and civic and community leaders as we follow the festive Paly Band and retrace the “March to Paly” that took place 100 years ago when the school community marched from the old high school located at 850 Webster (Channing House) to the Embarcadero Road campus. Click here for more information about the route.
Centennial Celebration 2:00-3:30pm 
Following the March, everyone is invited to Paly’s spectacular new Performing Arts Center to celebrate Paly’s 100th birthday with world premier vocal and theatrical performances and special dedications presented by notable Paly alumni. The event is FREE but click here for general admission tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door. Box Office opens at 1:30pm.
Halloween Costume Swap and Scare Faire 
Sunday, October 7, 1-3 pm, Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave
Join Transition Palo Alto at the Halloween Scare Faire and Costume Swap - all are welcome to bring costumes at 1 pm and begin taking costumes at 1:20 pm. Demos will include story circle, face painting, costume makeovers, and more. All ages welcome.  Please sign up to volunteer to help with the event, or to share a skill. Students 14 and up can get volunteer service hours. Shifts are available from 12 pm to 4 pm.  More information here. Have a demo? Questions? Contact:
Compassionate Parenting: How to Raise Teens Who Are Kind, Creative, and Resilient 
Tuesday, October 2, 7:00-8:30 pm, Palo Alto High School – Performing Arts Center (PAC)
How can you raise teens who are more creative, compassionate, and resilient? Students who will become emotionally intelligent leaders? Dr. Leah Weiss, Stanford University, international expert in compassion, shares advice about what parents can do to remain mindful while navigating the ups and downs of raising kids. Learn how to quiet your critical inner voice and practice greater self-compassion to raise kids who are emotionally resilient. Leah Weiss, PhD and author of new book How We Work, teaches courses on compassionate leadership at Stanford Graduate School of Business and is founding faculty for Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Program. Parents, students, and educators welcome! Spanish and Mandarin translation. Event sponsored by Paly PTSA and Gunn PTSA. Light refreshment will be provided.  Info and tickets here.
Study Abroad & Exchange Student Programs 
Wednesday, October 17, 8:30-10:00 am, Greene MP room, 750 N California Ave
Greene Parent Network Presentation for All PAUSD Parents. Please join our PNs to learn more about Studying Abroad for your Middle or Highschooler. Plan ahead and learn about programs for middle and high school students. All programs come recommended by parents whose children attended. Speakers from: Dream Volunteers, Amigos de las Americas summer program in Panama, AFS U.S. government exchange program to multiple countries, Neighbors Abroad, Palo Alto's sister city exchange programs to Japan and Oaxaca, and Adolesco for Europe. Plus information on many more programs. Bring your questions and your own thermos with coffee/tea.
Let's Talk: Parent Spec Ed Support Group 
Wednesday, October 17, 7-9 pm, Los Altos Library, 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos
Connect with other parents who can relate to the joys and challenges of raising kids with differences. Learn from others’ experiences and share your wisdom. Ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Monthly event organized by SELPA 1 CAC. Details here.
Palo Alto High School Cheer and Dance Teams Fundraiser - Gizdich Ranch Pies 
The best part of the holidays is sharing amazing meals and desserts with friends & family. This holiday season, the Paly Dance & Cheer teams are selling “farm-fresh” holiday pies from Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. The Apple, Two Berry, and/or Pumpkin pies are $20 each, or 3 for $55. They will be available for pickup in person outside of the Tower Building on Monday, November 12th from 3-7pm, or available for delivery that day for an extra $5.  Download and print order form here. Deadline to order is Friday, October 19th so put your orders in early. Thank you in advance for your support to help pay for our team expenses - we really appreciate it! Please contact for more information.
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