Panther Tracks
November 12, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
November 12 - Veterans Day (No School)
November 13 - Music Department Fundraiser for SoCal Trip
November 15 - 7th/8th Winter Sports Parent Night
November 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break
November 26 - December 14 - Holiday Book Drive
November 26 - Site Council Meeting
November 28 - Choir Concert
November 30 - Student Store Open
Turkey Trot
The 3rd Annual Turkey Trot is Friday, November 16th during an extended lunch. We encourage all students and staff to run/jog/walk the .85 mile course. All participants will receive a JLS Turkey Trot button and a drawing ticket for a chance to win turkey-themed prizes. Come join the fun. We need a few parent volunteers to be course monitors and help with the buttons and drawing tickets. Please sign up to help volunteer starting at 12:10 pm.
Lost and Found
Our Lost and Found is overflowing again. There are many, many jackets, sweatshirts, t-shirts, PE clothes, etc. that need to be claimed. All items will be placed on tables outside the front office next week from Tuesday, November 13th through Friday, November 16th. Please feel free to stop by and also encourage your student(s) to check the tables as well.
Fundraiser for the Music Department Trip to SoCal
Don’t miss a special fund-raising evening for the JLS Music Department! Please join us at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto this Tuesday, November 13th from 5 pm – 9 pm. Skip cooking and eat at Gott’s Roadside any time from 5-9 pm, and shop at Books Inc from 5-8 pm. Both businesses will donate 20% of all sales during that time to JLS. Groups from JLS Choirs, Band, and Orchestra will be performing at various times throughout the evening at Town & Country. Your participation will help all our music students make their spring trip to Southern California! (Note: this is a family, not a drop-off event. Students must be accompanied by a guardian at Town & Country).
Holiday Book Drive
The library at JLS is hosting a Holiday Book Drive for the non-profit organization Access Books Bay Area which uses the books it receives to establish school library collections in underfunded elementary and middle schools in the SF Bay Area. For their current drive, Access Books is asking for books for an elementary school library they plan to support in January. A PAUSD teacher librarian is the executive director of this organization in the Bay Area and a PAUSD parent is on the board. The upcoming book drive is for K-5 fiction and nonfiction books. In the past Access Books Bay Area has had success with book drives held at middle schools requesting elementary level books because a lot of students and their parents want to clean out the home library of all the picture books and early chapter books that their middle schoolers no longer look at. Please help us increase local schoolchildren’s access to books by dropping off your gently used K-5 fiction and nonfiction books at the JLS Library from November 26th - December 14th.
JLS Basketball Coaches Needed 2018-2019
We are in search of Girls Basketball Coaches for the 2018-2019 season. Practices have already begun and games will begin the week of November 26th. Two teams are in need of a coach and the open positions are for our JLS Girls 7B team and JLS Girls 8B team. Practices are approximately 1 hour and 30 mins Monday-Friday that can range from 3 pm - 7 pm. Games are after school on Monday-Friday. We are in urgent need to fulfill these positions so the girls on the team will be able to play this season. If interested please contact Kevin Virrey, JLS Middle School Athletic Director.
PiE Rally Days - Challenge Grant
Generous PiE supporters have offered a brand new Challenge Grant to PiE.  Please donate or make a pledge by November 13th, and we can give an additional $268,000 to PAUSD students. Every dollar makes a difference. Gifts and pledges made by November 13th will be matched by a $268,000 Rally Days Challenge Grant. This is the final Challenge Grant for the year. Please support our students by donating to PiE today. If you have already given or pledged, thank you so much. If not, now is a great time to make your impact.
Commuters' Corner
The next time you see a construction project on a Palo Alto street and wonder what’s happening, you have a new online tool to turn to called Heads Up! Heads Up! gives you real-time information on street closures impacting our City’s roadways for four hours or more. You can also register and choose to receive alerts on any project.
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.
Palo Alto Weekly Story
The Palo Alto Weekly is working on a story about the mental health challenges that new and expecting mothers face, including postpartum depression, anxiety, stigma and other issues. If you are willing to share your story, please email staff writer Elena Kadvany.
PTAC Congratulations Newly Re-Elected Board Member & Thanks All Candidates And Volunteers For Their Efforts
PTA Council congratulates the newly re-elected PAUSD Board Member, Ken Dauber. Thank you also to all volunteers and voters who took time out of their busy schedules to help make a difference in our children's lives. PTA Council is a non-partisan organization advocating for all children in our school district. Your feedback on the Candidates' Forums is important to us. Let us know if you found the format, location, time of day, etc. to be helpful. Email your comments to Jade Chao.
Community News
Parent Ed Workshop: Building Healthy Relationships and Creating a Culture of Consent 
Wednesday, November 28, 7-8:30 pm, Board Room, District Office, 25 Churchill OR Thursday, December 6, 7-8:30 pm, PAC, Palo Alto High School
Whether your child is 5 or 15, it is essential that they are given the understanding, language and skills to appropriately express their own boundaries, and at the same time show respect for those of others. National expert Anea Bogue will provide workshop attendees with practical tips and strategies to effectively communicate with your child about affirmative consent and healthy relationships in an age appropriate manner. Our parent education workshop will focus on providing you with expert insight on how to effectively broach these subjects with your students in ways that minimize resistance, risk and instead promote mutual trust and greater connection. Sponsored by the PAUSD RISE Task Force. Appropriate for parents/guardians of students of all ages (TK through 12).
Support PALY Student Athletes
Buy your Christmas Tree from Paly High students and support our student athletes! In the Palo Alto High parking lot at the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino the following dates and times: Friday, November 23rd, 4-9 pm. Saturday & Sunday, November 24th & 25th, 9 am-6 pm. Friday, November 30th, 4-9 pm. Saturday & Sunday, December 1st & 2nd, 9 am-6 pm. Proceeds go to the wrestling program and Paly Sports Boosters. 
AFS Exchange Students
Calling Elementary, Middle and High School Families: You are eligible to host an AFS Exchange Student.
Hosting helps a high school student from abroad become fluent in English and experience life in America. “Becoming a host family took us out of our comfort zone and provided many new experiences.”
Contact Veronica BuxtonAFS USA is a premier volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department.
Donate/Buy Board Games and Puzzles To Benefit Paly Music Program
Saturday, November 17, 9 am - 2 pm, Paly Flea Market at Palo Alto High School Parking Lot
Try some new board games during the holidays! Work on a new puzzle! Donate board games and complete puzzles. Come drop off gently used board games and puzzles and get some new ones. Shop for vintage glasses, fresh flowers, cool clothes, and much more. Enjoy tasty food prepared by Paly music students. All funds raised through the Paly Flea Market will benefit the Paly music program. Questions? Contact Colleen Nielsen or Heike Fischer.
Happy Birds
Wednesday, November 14, 3:30-4:30 pm, Mitchell Park Library, El Palo Alto Room
Join us and prepare to be amazed by the amazing tricks of some very talented birds!
Annual Writing Contest for Kids and Teens
Saturday, December 1, Palo Alto City Library
Contest officially begins December 1st. Check the library website for additional dates, rules, and this year’s creative writing prompt. Grades 3-12.
Society of Bookworms @ CH
Wednesday, November 14, 4-5 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St
Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children's Library! The book for November is The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Registration desired. Grades 4-6 only.
Creative Writing Club for Teens
Thursday, November 15, 4-5:30 pm, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd
Work on your short story for NaNoWriMo month, or join us for some creative writing prompts, music, and snacks. Grades 6-12.
Teen Maker Tuesday: 3Doodler
Tuesday, November 20, 4:30-5:30 pm, Mitchell Park Library, Midtown Room
An interactive program for teens featuring different Maker related projects. Grades 6-12. Registration required.
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