Panther Tracks
October 8, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
October 10 - 7th Grade Cell Models
October 12 - End of First Quarter
October 15 - Site Council Meeting
October 18 - JLS/Gunn Band Concert
October 24 - Unity Day
October 26 - JLS Dance
November 1 - Staff Appreciation Latte Cart
Thank You, Walk and Rollers!
Fantastic turnout for Walk and Roll to JLS last Wednesday! Over 650 student entered the drawing and there were 9 winners. Thank you to the following: Our trusted and invaluable PTA parent volunteers, Safe Routes to School TSRs, all Student Leadership, Student Green Team, Student Year Book, KJLS reporters and students Shea and Zoe. Our two Panther cats, purrr. Mr. Froley, Zero Waste Custodians, Edgar and Sergio, Mr. Haro, Mr. Harris, Ms. Choi, and Ms Bibat. The entire front office and attendance staff, Ms. Hickey, Ms. Hickey, and Ms Hickey! A robust shout out to our Palo Alto business donations: Ada’s Cafe, Country Sun, Mike’s Bike’s, Mollie Stone’s, Piazza’s Fine Foods, and Rick’s Ice Cream. Penny Ellison, City Council member, Cory Wolbach for your presence in supporting our JLS community. We made it happen. Until next time - Keep on Roll’n On!
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
Please remind your students to properly look their bike anytime they leave it. Even though the JLS cages are locked during the day, bikes are not safe after school hours. As an added precaution, all Palo Altans are encouraged to register bikes with Bike Index. You can start the process by clicking on this dedicated link to the Palo Alto group. Questions? Email
Parenting In A Digital World
Thursday, October 11, 6:30-7:30 pm, 25 Churchill Ave, SDC Room
Dr. Forsell will address the use of digital devices and screentime in the home. She will share ways to use media thoughtfully and how to set technology boundaries with your children. There will also be time to discuss whether your child is ready for a smart phone. Free Childcare of potty-trained children. Interpretation in Mandarin and Spanish. Light snacks provided

地點:Palo Alto 學區辦公室, 25 Churchill Ave.
Forsell 博士將演說有關家中電子產品的使用和屏幕時間,她將分享審慎使用社交媒體的方式,和如何跟子女設定妥善使用科技的界限。同時就是否已經是時候讓您的孩子可以使用手機交換意見。

La crianza de los hijos en un mundo digital 
jueves 11 de octubre, 6:30 - 7:30PM, 25 Churchill Ave., Sala SDC 
El Dr. Forsell abordará el uso de dispositivos digitales y tiempo de pantalla en el hogar. Ella compartirá maneras de usar los medios de manera reflexiva y cómo establecer límites de tecnología con sus hijos. También habrá tiempo para discutir si su hijo está listo para un teléfono inteligente.
PTAC General Meeting 
Wednesday, October 10, 9:00-10:45 am, PAUSD Board Room
Please attend October’s PTAC General Meeting. Hear what PTAC has been up to. Light refreshments provided. Executive Board Meeting immediately following.
Success - We Did It!
Huge thanks from your Palo Alto PTA Council for tapping on our 2018 CA legislation mobile alerts, on the Click My Cause Two-Tap App. Our bills passed all CA Assembly and Senate committees, and the Governor signed our bills:
  • Suicide prevention
  • Prohibit trying our youth offenders in adult court
  • Increase Family Engagement, a proven model for student success

Thank you for speaking up for our students and making a difference.
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 20th or 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
  • 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.

The video of the Thursday, Sept 27th forum can be viewed on YouTube.
Community News
Joint PTA Parent Ed Night Viewing of Screenagers
Wednesday, Oct 17, 6:45-8:30 pm, Greene (formerly Jordan), MP Room, 750 Middlefield Rd
Are you concerned your child spends too much time on screens? Do you worry your child is being cyberbullied? Come with your children for this special film Screenagers. Right after the film, there is a discussion panel with some key experts and high school students. For more information see Greene's PTA Site or the Screenagers Movie page.
Upcoming Preview Nights for Parents of 8th Graders
Are you wondering about the next big step in school for your child? Come learn about what to expect for the move to 9th grade! These evening events are hosted by PiE and replace their former fall high school tours. (Each will be held at their respective school.)

  • Paly – Wednesday, November 14, 7:00-9:00 pm (Performing Arts Center)
  • Gunn – Wednesday, November 14, 7:00-9:00 pm (Spangenberg Theatre)

At each school site, the Principal and other staff will provide insight on the school and what you can look forward to in this new chapter. Parents will share tips for a smooth transition.  Click here for more information. 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.
Donate/Buy Halloween Costumes at Paly Flea Market
Saturday, October 13, 9 am - 2 pm, Palo Alto High School parking lot
Looking for a place to donate gently used Halloween costumes? Searching for a great deal on a second hand costume? Come to the first annual Halloween costume sale at the Paly Flea Market. Shop for vintage glasses, local honey, and cool clothes, enjoy tasty food prepared by students, and support Paly’s Instrumental Music program. The flea market began about 30 years ago to raise funds for the music program and has grown into a community event with over 100 vendor stalls. Free parking.
The November 6th Election and the MidPen Media Center 
Want more information about everything that's on the November 6th ballot? Look no further, the MidPen Media Center has videos that cover each measure, initiative etc. for your perusal, including the recording of the Thursday, Sept 27th PAUSD Candidate Forum. Be a smart voter, judge for yourself and vote on November 6, 2018.
What Are Your Thoughts About Raising a Family in Palo Alto?
The City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Advisory Committee on Early Care and Education would like to know your thoughts about raising a family in Palo Alto. What is going well? What is challenging? Please help us by completing a survey. For participating in the survey, you are eligible to participate in a raffle for a $75 Visa gift card. If you have a question about the survey, please call Minka van der Zwaag at 650-463-4953. Thank you very much for your time. Your responses will make Palo Alto an even better place for families and children.
Workshop on Special Ed Assessments and “SMART” IEP Goals
Saturday, November 3, 9 am - 12 pm, JLS Middle School Cafetorium, 480 East Meadow Drive
Free! This workshop covers the basics of the Special Education Assessment process and SMART IEP Goal writing. It includes how goals are developed and measured to meet a student’s functional and educational needs. Assessments are the tests and evaluations that measure current academic and functional skills, and determine eligibility for special education. Assessments are the foundation of the entire IEP. SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, use Action words, Realistic, Time Limited) are the stepping stones of an appropriate education. Parents learn about the tools that schools use to assess students and how to help identify and define goals for their own kids. Organized by Palo Alto CAC, presented by PHP ( Parents Helping Parents, and co-sponsored by PAUSD, PTAC and SELPA1-CAC. Please use this form to let us know if you are coming, especially if you would like childcare or Spanish translation.
Snacks with the City of Palo Alto Staff
Tuesday, October 16, 8-9 am OR Tuesday, Oct 16, 11 am - 12 pm OR Thursday, Oct 18, 6-7 pm, Rinconada Pool, 777 Embarcardero Rd
The City is finalizing a contract which will take effect on January 1, 2019 for our city-wide aquatic operations. Come chat with the City of Palo Alto to learn more about our program and contracts. Questions? Please call Stephanie at 650-329-2107.
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