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November 5, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
November 6 - JLS Mock Election
November 6 - PTA Executive Board Meeting
November 6 - SoCal Music Trip Meeting
November 8 - Parent Visitation Day
November 8-9 - PiE Rally Days
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
Parent Visitation Day - Thursday, November 8th
On Parent Visitation Day, parents are welcome to visit classrooms and see all aspects of the school. We ask that you follow the following guidelines:
  1. First come to the office to sign in, get a name tag, map, bell schedule, and teaching schedule.
  2. Please do not let your visit interrupt the teaching and learning process by talking to the teacher, students, or other parents in the classroom (unless the teacher invites you to do so.
  3. Please do not videotape or photograph any students while on campus. Please make sure your cell phone is on silent.
JLS Student Store open this Friday 
We have NEW exciting and fun articles available! Is your teen interested in buying a JLS hoodie, t-shirt or sweatpants against cost, or does he/she needs a pen, pencil, eraser or any other useful school supplies? The JLS Student Store has it all. 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. The JLS Student Store on campus will be open this 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. If you are interested to volunteer at the store email us. Opening dates: November 9 & 30, December 14, January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 12 & 26, and May 10.
Community Conversation with Special Education Director
*cancelled* Thursday, November 15 
This event will be rescheduled. More information to come.
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.
Commuters' Corner
Have you heard about the Grand Boulevard Initiative, a collaboration of 19 cities, counties, local and regional agencies united to improve the performance, safety and aesthetics of El Camino Real? Join the City of Palo Alto for a Grand Boulevard Open House on Thursday, November 8th, 6:30-8:30 pm at the College Terrace Library. The City of Palo Alto has developed conceptual diagrams for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on El Camino Real between Stanford Avenue and Lambert Avenue. The goal is to create a safe and healthy place for pedestrians and bicyclists while still serving drivers. Come review the progress on these initial ideas and share your feedback with the project team. This is the second of three opportunities to provide input on the study, which will continue to evolve through 2018.
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.
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.
Best of Luck to All Candidates - Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th
The PTA Council wishes all Palo Alto Board of Education Candidates the best of luck. We would like to thank all current Board of Education Members for their continuing service to all children and school families. We are most grateful to all PTA key volunteers and many who worked tirelessly behind the scenes at various schools to sponsor and organize a total of four Board Candidate Forums during this election season as a public service to our community. We also thank the League of Women Voters for their leadership. Watch Board Candidate forums here. The PTAC is a non-partisan nonprofit organization advocating for all school children in the Palo Alto Unified School District. Remember to vote tomorrow!
Election Day: Vote Yes on Measure Z!
Election Day is nearly here – vote Yes on Measure Z when you go to the polls on Nov 6! Measure Z will ensure that students get facilities that are modern, safe, secure, and provide for 21st century learning opportunities. Every vote counts and we need yours! Measure Z information is here. Thanks for your support of strong Palo Alto schools and vote Yes on Measure Z on Election Day! The Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Daily Post, and League of Women Voters all endorse Measure Z as do many community leaders and residents. Can we count on your yes vote?  Find your polling place here.
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
Palo Alto Police Officer Bradley Young: Hot Issues for Middle and High Parents
Wednesday, November 14, 8:30-9:30 am, Greene MP Room, 750 N California Ave
Palo Alto Police Officer Bradley Young will speak about trends at Gunn and Palo Alto High Schools, such as vaping, marijuana, and public hangouts, and topics to be aware of as middle school students gain independence. Bring your questions and your own thermos with coffee/tea. Organized by the Greene Middle School Parent Networks, but all middle and high school PAUSD parents are invited.
Caltrain Bike Access Survey
Caltrain has launched a Bike Access Survey to help gauge public opinion on efforts to support bikes and bike riders at Caltrain stations. The survey will inform implementation of Caltrain’s Bicycle Parking Management Plan, which was adopted last November and is intended to increase access to bike parking facilities throughout the system. Data from the survey will be used to help determine priorities for bike parking and bike share options at stations. Currently, Caltrain carries over 6,000 bikes per day, more than any other commuter rail service in the country. With the technologies available for bike parking and bike sharing rapidly expanding in recent years, Caltrain hopes to start offering amenities to better manage the demand for onboard bike capacity. The survey is open to all Caltrain riders until Sunday, November 11.
Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR)
We are recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information, please click here or contact Ellen Wilkinson, MA; Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA, 650-736-0591; or Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D, 650-498-4799.
Gunn High School Theatre Department presents Metamorphoses 
Wednesday, November 7, 4 pm; Thursday & Friday, November 8 & 9, 7:30 pm; Saturday, November 10, 2 pm & 7:30 pm, Gunn High School’s Studio Theatre, 780 Arastradero Rd
In adapting Ovid's Metamorphoses for the stage, theatre visionary Mary Zimmerman has created a work of stunning beauty and emotion. Her fanciful updating of the Latin classic was a surprise hit on Broadway. In addition, the stage crew has constructed an unbelievably beautiful set surrounding a pool of water on stage. This powerful, timely, and timeless piece of theatre is just right for these "interesting times" and is not to be missed. 
Does Your Boy Love to Sing? 
Fridays, November 9, 16, and 30 by appointment, Palo Alto
Free auditions for Silicon Valley Boychoir will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave). Open to 2nd-4th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families. In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events. Visit the website or email for more information.
Don’t Miss Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Junior Bach Festival Instrument Party
Saturday, November 17, 1-3 pm, All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St 
For instrumentalists of all ages and Free of charge!!! (Donations accepted.) Have you ever wondered what it’s like to actually play a baroque period instrument from Bach’s time? Here’s your chance! These instruments will be available for instrumentalists to try:
  • A magnificent tracker organ
  • A gorgeous harpsichord made by Kevin Fryer
  • A fine baroque style violins, violas, and cellos
  • A small, rare five-stringed baroque cello
Period instrument specialists from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Junior Bach Festival will be on hand to demonstrate instruments, answer questions, and to offer guidance. Thanks are due to Ifshin Violins for generously loaning baroque stringed instruments to the Junior Bach Festival for this event . If you plan to attend, please e-mail PBO's Director of Education, Lisa Grodin.
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.
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