Panther Tracks
December 17, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
December 21 - End of First Semester | Minimum Day
December 24 - January 4 - Winter Break
January 7 - School Resumes
Tacolicious Restaurant Nights
Mondays in December, 632 Emerson Street
Every Monday in December, Tacolicious will donate 15% of their proceeds to JLS school. Please come out and support our fundraising efforts with Tacolicious. Here are the ways we can raise funds:
  • Monday dine-in or pick-up lunch or dinner.
  • Monday catering. Support JLS by having a taco bar delivered to your next meeting or event on one of your Mondays. To qualify for delivery, orders must total $500 or more. Email to book your delivery.
  • Monday parties. Host a large group in any of our private dining rooms! You must book ahead through and mention that the party is to support the TSP.
  • Gift cards. Purchase gift cards on Mondays and encourage recipients to use them on Monday as well. Double the funds!
  • T-shirts and cookbook. Buy great holiday gifts for family, friends and beloved teachers.
  • Monday pick-up of MF Chicken. Pick up a Rocky free-range rotisserie chicken
Thank you to Audrey Gold, Kory Cogdill and the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce (Iris Chen) for putting this together. 
Commuters' Corner
Winter Biking: Sun Glare Safety Tips
You may have noticed that some mornings it is very difficult to see because the low sun’s glare is particularly intense. Because sun glare blindness can be dangerous during our school commute times in the winter months, drivers and bicyclists should take special care. For more information, please see the City’s new informational flyer, Sun Glare Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Drivers. Together we can make our roads safe for everyone!
Each Friday! Superintendent's Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday on the District website.
Let's Talk - Easy Click to Send Your Comments  
PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin. In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication, here is the link again.
PTAC Successfully Hosted Two Community Meetings on Stanford General Use Permit (GUP) - Development Agreement - Thank You; How To Do Your Part - Act Now!
PTA Council continues our advocacy efforts to raise the awareness and understanding of the Stanford GUP, the largest application for building permit in the history of Santa Clara County. Stanford University is proposing to building 2.275M square feet and housing that may negatively impact PAUSD because some proposed housing is tax exempt. 

Our local public schools are funded by property taxes, and the exemptions proposed by Stanford's GUP would mean new K-12 students coming to our schools with NO tax dollars to fund our schools. That could mean larger classes, cuts to staff including support staff, and reduction of non-essential programming. This is in addition to traffic and congestion during drop off/pick up during school commute times. 

Please visit PTAC website now and read more on this and how to give timely input to our elected officials, Joe Simitian and Cindy Chavez, as they are now in negotiations with Stanford. Act now. PAUSD has put forth a resolution and PTA Council has a Wish List. Now, we need parents, teachers and neighbors to speak up and exercise your civic duty to tell our elected officials Joe and Cindy what is important to us. 

Get Involved! Ways to Speak Up:
  1. iPhone users: sign up for PTAC mobile alerts on the Click My Cause Free Two Tap App. Receive alerts when we need your voice. Act with just 2 taps on your phone.
  2. Android users: comment on Santa Clara County website (see suggested message on PTAC website).

Community News
Navigating School District Services for Children with Special Needs (All Ages)
Tuesday, January 15-22, 7-9 pm, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave
This workshop is intended for parents who have children with any type of special needs or suspected special needs. Come and learn about how and when a child would qualify for special education services in the public school system. Tips on how to develop a collaborative relationship with the school district will be discussed, as well as what recourse parents have when parents and school district personnel don't agree about the assessment process. With Diana Blank, LCSW. Fee: $90. Register here.
Parents Place Summer Camp Fair – Preschool/Elementary - High School Families
Sunday, January 27, 10 am - 12 pm, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave
It’s already time to start planning a great summer for your kids! The Parents Place Summer Camp Fair is a unique opportunity to engage with more than 20 summer camps, located on the Peninsula and beyond. This is the only event in the area that connects you with multiple regional and independent summer camps, including sleep-away camps and special needs camps, in one convenient location. Make a personal connection with camp staff, explore the variety of flexible options, and discover how to maximize your child’s summer camp experience. Fee $5 per family. Summer Camp Panel Discussion before the Fair is from 9-10 am. Moderated by Parents Place Director Karen Friedland-Brown, camp directors will discuss "Solving the Summer Camp Dilemma: How to schedule your child's summer and find the best fit for your family." Fee: free. Register here,
Celebrating Palo Alto CAC’s 30th Anniversary (Free)
Friday, January 11, 8:30-10 am, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd
Join the Palo Alto CAC in celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast treats while walking through a visual timeline of our committee’s role in helping parents and children with special needs in Palo Alto. Learn about legislative, program and advocacy milestones for inclusion of children in PAUSD. Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome. Spanish language translation will be available. Hosted by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Please contact with questions or for more information.
City of Palo Alto Enjoy Catalog
Local after school activities from Art Classes to Beginning Pickleball! Sign-up for January classes/activities now. To register visit the Palo Alto Enjoy website. Class registration is now open to all; fees are discounted for Palo Alto residents.
Service Learning & Community Service Opportunities
Wednesday, January 16, 8:30-9:30 am, Greene Middle School, Multipurpose Room
The Greene Parent Networks invite you to a presentation by Youth Community Service (YCS) on how to get students involved in meaningful Service Learning projects where students learn the nuances of a community issue, address that issue with a service project and then reflect on the process. Students learn how to examine real life issues and implement solutions gaining self-confidence from feeling that they made a difference in the community. Opportunities at the Palo Alto Humane Society and other organizations will be presented.
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JLS eNews is a publication of the JLS PTA. Previous editions and Publication Guidelines can be found at the JLS PTA website. If you have any questions or would like to make a submission, please contact Christy Moision, JLS's eNews editor.