Panther Tracks
October 29, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
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)
November 13 - Music Department Fundraiser for SoCal Trip
November 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break
Measure Z: Phone Banking Tonight from 6:00-8:30 pm
It's JLS's turn to help with phone banking, Monday, October 29th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Alain Pinel at 578 University Avenue. Please consider helping out and make a difference for our schools. More information on Measure Z is included in the PAUSD section of this eNews. Please sign up to help here.
Halloween Costume Guidelines
As Halloween approaches, we feel that it is important to review costume guidelines. Students may dress in a costume, however dress code applies and masks cannot be worn during class. Students may not bring any part of a costume that simulates a weapon, blood, violence, or any other inappropriate/banned item. If you are in doubt as to whether the item is allowed, please consult with JLS administration in advance. Any costume article of a violent/inappropriate nature will be held in the office until the end of the school day.
Community Conversation with Special Education Director
Thursday, November 15, 8:30 am, Room 730 
Join Principal Lisa Hickey for a Community Conversation with Special Education Director Alma Ellis. Do you have a child with an IEP or 504 or a child that needs a bit of extra help. Do you have questions about your child's progress at school? Curious about what social and emotional supports and interventions are available on campus? Join us for morning coffee and all parents are welcome, whether you just have a question or have a child currently receiving support. We hope you'll join us. Information/Questions contact: Yael Naveh or Christina Schmidt. Special Ed/ Inclusion Representative or PTA Special Education: or CAC for Special Education website.

Para Los Padres de la Escuela Secundaria JLS
Fecha: El viernes 15 de noviembre, 2018. Hora- 8:30 am. Lugar: Salón 730 de la escuela JLS
Invitamos a los padres de familia a una conversación acerca de Educación Especial junto con la directora de la escuela, Lisa Hickey. ¿Tiene un hijo con un IEP (Programa Individualizado de Educación), o un Plan 504, o un niño que necesita un poco de ayuda adicional? ¿Tiene preguntas sobre el progreso de su hijo en la escuela? ¿Tiene curiosidad sobre qué apoyo e intervención social y emocional están disponibles en el plantel escolar? Únase a nosotros para tomar un café por la mañana y todos los padres son bienvenidos, ya sea que tenga una pregunta, o tenga un hijo que recibe apoyo educacional. ¡Los esperamos a todos! Desea más información o tiene preguntas, contacte a Yael Naveh o Christina Schmidt, o Representante de inclusión del PTA en Educación especial,, o la página Web de CAC (Community Advisory Committee For Special Education/ Comité Asesor para Educación Especial).

致JLS 中学家长

日期:11月15日2018上午8:30 ; 地点:JLS 中学礼堂/MP Room

请加入我们和校长Lisa Hickey,与特殊教育主任Alma Ellis进行社区对话。
 您是否有IEP,504计划或需要一些额外帮助的孩子? 您对孩子在学校的进展有疑问吗? 想知道校园里有哪些社会和情感支持和干预措施吗?

请来参加我们的早晨咖啡,欢迎所有的家长,无论您只是想了解信息还是有孩子目前接受支持服务, 我们希望您能参加。
Pending Utilities Improvement Work
The City of Palo Alto Utilities Department has upcoming utility improvements scheduled to begin on November 5th. The planned improvements include the replacement of natural gas pipes along El Camino Real, from El Camino Way to south of W. Charleston Road. It is anticipated that this work will be completed within 4 weeks (November 29th). The construction activities will likely affect school faculty, staff, parents, and students commuting to JLS. For more information and a location map, please click here.
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. Any of our local bike shops can help you select lights to fit your needs and budget.

Daylight is fading earlier and earlier each day, and even at dusk bicyclists are very difficult to see. Please make sure your student's bike is properly lit so they can see and be seen.
Don’t Forget to Turn Over Your Ballot 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. Make sure you turn over your mail-in ballot – it’s on the last page! – and vote YES on Measure Z. Every vote counts and we need yours! The Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Daily Post, and League of Women’s Voters all endorse Measure Z as do many community leaders and residents. Can we count on your YES vote?

We need your help:
  • Phone bank with your school and help us make Get Out To Vote calls.
  • Precinct walk with us on our last one on November 3rd. Secondary students receive community service hours!
  • Display a lawn sign!
  • Go to your polling place on Election Day, November 6th, or mail in your yes vote as soon as possible. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 6, to be counted.
Find more information on Measure Z at Don’t delay – turn over your ballot and VOTE YES ON MEASURE Z TODAY!
Upcoming Preview Nights for Parents of 8th Graders
Paly – Wednesday, November 14, 7-9 pm (Performing Arts Center)
Gunn – Wednesday, November 14, 7-9 pm (Spangenberg Theatre)
Are you wondering about the next big step in school for your child? Come learn about what to expect for the move to high school! These evening events are hosted by PiE and replace their former fall high school tours. For more information, click here. Open to all current 8th grade parents. No reservations needed. Translators will be available for Spanish and Mandarin speakers. This evening is geared for adults. Childcare will not be provided.
Paly Theatre Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream 
November 2, 3, 9, 7:30 pm; November 4, 2:00 pm (including Centennial Reception); 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. There will be a special Paly Centennial Reception immediately following the performance on Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 pm. Come enjoy refreshments and drinks with Paly High Alumni of all ages and a chance to meet our student actors. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students/seniors. Reserved seating available online. Box office opens one hour prior to curtain.
Advocacy Tips from Supervisor Joe Simitian
Thursday, November 8, 6:30-8:00 pm, Haymarket Theater at Paly
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.

Consejos para Abogar del Supervisor del Condado, Joe Simitian
jueves 8 de noviembre de 6:30 a 8P Teatro Haymarket- Escuela Secundaria de Palo Alto (Paly)
Hay alguna causa o asunto del cual usted se siente fuerte? Sabe usted cómo hacerlo? El Consejo del PTA de Palo Alto llevará a cabo un seminario de defensa que usted necesitará! Si usted es nuevo padre o es in líder con experiencia. El supervisor del condado Joe Simitian tiene fabulosos consejos y estará disponible para responder sus preguntas. Por favor únase a nosotros para aprender a como abogar por la educación, salud, y bienestar de todos los niños(as) de nuestra escuela y comunidad. RSVP.
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!
Community News
Now Hiring School Crossing Guards!
The students of Palo Alto School District need your help finding School Crossing Guards. This is very important work, protecting children as they walk to and from school everyday. If you're interested in joining the team, click here for details.
5th Annual Challenge Success Parent Ed Event - Say What? The Power of Communication in Raising Healthy, Engaged Kids
Friday, November 2, 7:30-9:00 pm, Stanford University, Memorial Auditorium
Grab a few friends and join Challenge Success for an evening of inspiration and education at our 15th Annual Parent Education Event featuring Dr. Wendy Mogel, a clinical psychologist and author of Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen. She will be joined by Challenge Success Co-Founders, Dr. Denise Pope and Dr. Madeline Levine, for an interactive discussion to explore how to strengthen conversations and family relationships and promote student well-being and engagement with learning. See flyer for more details or purchase $10 tickets here.
Baha'i Holy Day Celebration
Friday, November 9, 6-9 pm, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd
The Bahá'ís of Palo Alto warmly invite all interested in learning more about the Bahá'í Faith to join its celebration of the births of the Báb and of Bahá'u'lláh. Open to adults and students of all ages, and will include dinner. Email for more information
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Fall Concerts
Saturday, November 3, 7:30 pm, Cubberley Theatre (with piano soloist Keisuke Nakagoshi)
Sunday, November 4, 3:00 pm, Cubberley Theatre
Sunday, November 18, 3:00 pm, Palo Alto Arts Center
Join PACO's 52nd season opening concert on November 3rd followed by two more concerts this fall. Treat yourself to classical favorites including our feature performance of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.1 and colorful chamber works. You'll be impressed with the extensive repertoire and artistry of these talented young musicians. All concerts are admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy. For more information and the 2018-19 season calendar, please visit or email
Don't Wait Until College to Study Abroad!
Live in France, Germany, Spain, or Italy for up to three months with a carefully matched exchange partner and their family and then host your partner in turn. Learn a new language and make a friend for life with Adolesco International Youth Exchange. Open to friendly and adventurous children and teens ages 9 - 17. Fall 2018 application deadline is Nov. 9. Learn more at or email
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