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October 22, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
October 24 - Unity Day
October 24 - 7th Grade Parent Coffee
October 26 - JLS Dance
November 1 - Staff Appreciation Latte Cart
November 6 - JLS Mock Election
November 6 - PTA Executive Board Meeting
November 6 - SoCal Music Trip Meeting
November 8-9 - PiE Rally Days
November 12 - Veterans Day (No School)
Unity Day - Wear Orange to Show Your Support!
JLS will celebrate Unity Day on Wednesday, October 24th. This year marks the sixth anniversary of PAUSD’s district-wide participation in Unity Day, which is about promoting kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. There will be various Unity Day activities during lunch. Please encourage your student to wear orange on Unity Day. 
JLS Student Store Open this Friday 
Is your teen interested in buying a JLS hoodie, t-shirt or sweatpants at cost, or does he/she needs a pen, pencil, eraser or any other useful school supplies? Have your teen bring some cash and check out the JLS Student Store. The JLS Student Store on campus will be open on 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. Tentative opening dates: October 26, November 9 & 30, December 14, January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 12 & 26, April 12 & 26, and May 10 & 24.

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.
JLS Fall Dance
JLS will be hosting their first dance of the year on Friday, October 26th from 7:00 to 9:30 pm for 6th and 7th grades. 8th grade will end at 10:00 pm. The theme of this dance is “ Neon.” Tickets will be sold October 22nd-October 26th at lunch by the cafeteria for $5. Students will need to have their student ID in order to purchase a ticket and should also bring their ID to the dance. Tickets can also be purchased on October 25th and 26th after school until 3:30 pm in front of the cafeteria. Concessions will be sold at the dance. Please bring small bills for purchases. Students who have excessive tardies or have been suspended from school will not be eligible to attend the dance. Overdue library books or library fines must be cleared before a student is able to purchase a ticket. As always, JLS Dress Code applies. We hope to see you there.
Commuters' Corner
As we near the end of Daylight Savings Time ("fall back" November 4th), it is important to make sure all bikes are outfitted with proper lighting so they are both safe and legal. California law requires a white front headlight and a red rear reflector, although a red rear light is highly recommended.

Daylight is fading earlier and earlier each day. Please make sure your student's bike is properly lit so they can see and be seen.
Don’t Forget to Vote YES on Measure Z
Measure Z will ensure that students get facilities that are modern, safe, secure, and provide for 21st century learning opportunities. We need 55% of the vote to pass this important bond measure, which enables us to complete the second half of needed upgrades to PAUSD sites. Mail-in ballots have arrived, so be sure to vote YES on Measure Z. Every vote counts and we need yours!

The Palo Alto Weekly and League of Women’s Voters both endorse Measure Z as do many community leaders and residents. Can we count on your YES vote? We need your help:
  • Sign up to phone bank with your school.
  • Participate in a precinct walk: November 3rd.
  • Display a lawn sign!
  • 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 8 and ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 6, to be counted.
Find more information on Measure Z at Vote yes on Measure Z today!
Building Communities
We encourage you to join your local school PTAs and help support great community building events, such as the upcoming PACPC Chinese New Year's Celebration, happening on February 24, 2019. See more at the PTAC Community Events Calendar.
PTA Is Advocacy -- Follow up on last week's Stanford GUP Announcement
School Board Meeting, Tuesday, October 23, 6:45 pm, 25 Churchill Ave, Board Room
We are pleased to announce that the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Staff Recommendation to allow the Stanford application for a General Use Permit ("G.U.P.") and Development Agreement ("D.A.") to now include community input. Thank you to all who wrote to the County Supervisors and who went to speak at their meeting. The Palo Alto Council of PTA advocates for PAUSD school families and children. The PTAC wrote a letter to our school Board members to take a position on the Stanford G.U.P and to ensure that no decisions would be made that would have a negative impact on current and incoming PAUSD students. PTA Council will speak again at the next board meeting. Please plan to attend, if you can, and show your support.
Palo Alto Council of PTAs – We Need You. Make A Difference for All Children
Do you enjoy meeting other like-minded parents with a passion for our children or like to shadow seasoned PTA members from other schools? The Palo Alto Council of PTAs (PTAC) is looking for students, teachers, and parent volunteers at its upcoming PTA Council annual events. These are community wide events to meet district and community folks. All level of experience welcomed. 
  • PTAC Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Tuesday, November 6 12-1 pm, District Office Board Room. Student Presenters - 3 PAUSD 8th graders or above. Parent Volunteers - many positions open.
  • PTAC Honorary Service Awards Committee - Thursday, April 25, 4-6 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center. Student Presenters - 3 PAUSD 8th grade & above. Parent Volunteers - many positions open. Staff Presenters - 3 (classified / non-classified welcomed).
Please email us at Hurry, don't wait. Positions go fast!
Advocacy Tips from Supervisor Joe Simitian 
Thursday, November 8, 6:30-8:00 pm, Haymarket Theater at Palo Alto High School
Is there a cause or issue that you feel strongly about? Do you know how to go about advocating for it? The PTA Council of Palo Alto brings to you the only advocacy seminar you will ever need! Whether you’re a new parent or experienced leader, Supervisor Simitian has some fabulous advocacy tips and will be available to answer your burning questions. Please join us in learning how to advocate for the education, health, safety and wellbeing of all children in our schools and community. RSVP here.
Community News
Start Family Conversations about Puberty
Wednesday, October 24, 6:30-8 pm, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real
Puberty can feel like a tricky time for kids and parents. Join Health Connected, PAUSD’s partner for puberty education, for Family Talk: Puberty, a program designed to help families start conversations that will last a lifetime. Through drawings, multimedia, and activities, you'll explore the physical changes that many youth experience during puberty, gaining important information and skills, in a fun and relaxed setting. This program is for families with children ages 10-12, but other ages are welcome depending on their maturity. Dads, moms, grandparents, trusted adults - all family members are welcome! $25 per family.  Click here to learn more and register.
Paly Math Club AMC 8 Workshop
Sunday, November 11, 1:30-4:30 pm, Palo Alto High School
The AMC 8 is a middle school mathematics competition designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. Paly Math Club's AMC 8 workshop offers individually paced training and one-on-one teaching, with rigorous curriculum taught by former USA(J)MO and AIME qualifiers, all from Palo Alto High School. It provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students will apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment. We suggest a donation of $100 for new students or $75 for returning students or siblings. All income from the workshop goes to supporting Paly Math Club, enabling high school students to attend math competitions. If you are interested in registering, please fill out this form. Contact for any questions.
Paly Theatre Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream 
November 2, 3, 9, 7:30 pm; November 4, 2:00 pm; November 8, 4:30 pm, Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd
Palo Alto High School Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy of thwarted romance, magical transformation, and mistaken identity. By many accounts the funniest of Shakespeare's works, the story involves four young lovers whose romances become confused and complicated by magical intervention in the forest ruled by Oberon, the King of the Fairies and his Queen, Titania. Oberon commands impish Puck to apply magical elixir to the eyelids of sleeping victims, causing them to fall in love with the first living thing seen upon awakening, with hilarious results. Meanwhile, amateur actors who are in the enchanted forest rehearsing their unintentionally awful version of the play Pyramus and Thisbe, are caught in the comic web of confusion. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students/seniors. Reserved seating available online. Box office opens one hour prior to curtain.
Greene Middle School Proudly Presents The Wizard of Oz
October 25 & 26, 7 pm; October 27, 2:30 pm, Greene Middle School, 750 North California Ave
Follow the yellow-bricked road all the way to Greene Middle School’s Multi-Purpose Room and see this classic show on stage! The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Directed by Lee Ann Gray, Music Direction by Jesse Denny, and Choreography by Amanda Collins. Tickets sold at the door: $10/adult & $5/child-student.
Annual Make a Difference Day
Saturday, October 27, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm, DLA Piper at 2000 University Avenue, East Palo Alto
Please join YCS for the Annual Make a Difference Day. Light breakfast and lunch provided. Volunteer projects begin at 10 am. Service sites include Palo Alto Baylands Duck Pond, San Francisquito Creek Restoration, Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, IHSD at Ravenswood, and more. To sign up, please click here.
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