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December 3, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
Now through December 14 - Holiday Book Drive
December 4 - PTA Executive Board Meeting
December 5 - Band Concerts
December 6 - Latte Cart | Connections Coffee | Orchestra Concert
December 12 - Stanford General Use Permit Community Meeting
December 13 - CAC JLS Community Conversation with Alma Ellis
December 13 - Holiday Staff Appreciation Cookie Exchange
December 14 - Student Store Open
Giving Tree from December 3rd to 10th
The holiday season is here and the spirit of kindness is growing. Many people around us cannot afford gifts, but our students can help. At lunch on Monday, December 3rd, students will be able to go to the Giving Tree across from the snack bar and pick up a wish from a person in need. The Giving Tree will then be moved to the Guidance Office. Extra tags will be available for the rest of the week. Students will have until Monday, December 10th, to buy a gift and return it to the Guidance Office. We thank all of you in advance for helping the less fortunate.
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. 
New Bike Fix-It Station
Thanks to the PTA for purchasing this bike fix-it station for JLS students. Located outside the large bike cage, the station contains a bike pump, stand, and various tools for students to use. (Click on the image to see a larger photo.)
For JLS Middle School Parents
New Date: Thursday December 13th, 2018 at 8.30am; Location/ 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 Representatives or  PTA Special Education or CAC for Special Education website.

Para Los Padres de la Escuela Secundaria JLS
Fecha: December 13th, 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 Nave 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:December 13th, 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。信息/问题,请联系:特殊教育/包容代表 Yael Naveh 或 Christina Schmidt 或PTA特殊教育: 或CAC特殊教育网站:
Lifetouch School Photo Offer
Lifetouch has limited time offers on online fall school picture purchases detailed in this flyer.
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.
Commuters' Corner
Your PTA Transportation Safety Reps have observed many bikes in our cages either unlocked or locked with thin cable locks which are easily cut. Please make sure your student has a rigid lock (like a U-lock) and that they know how to properly lock their bike's frame to one of the racks in the bike cages. For further protection, all Palo Alto residents are encouraged to register their bikes with Bike Index. Questions? Email
Each Friday! Superintendent's Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday on the District website.
PTA Council Host Stanford General Use Permit School Community Meetings
Wednesday, December 5, 6:30-7:30 pm, Greene Middle School MPR and
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30-7:30 pm, JLS MPR/ Cafeteria (will be live streamed and recorded)
These important and timely meetings are to give PAUSD parents an opportunity to learn about and give input to our elected officials on the Development Agreement currently being negotiated as between Stanford University and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Now is the time to speak up, or we might end up with overcrowded schools and fewer resources for staff and students. We hope you will join these meetings and help PAUSD parents and staff know about this important issue. What we do now will impact our school families for years to come! 
Community News
Empower Young Voices
Parent Informational Meeting: Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm, Palo Alto Family YMCA
Program Start Date: Thursday, January 10, 6:30 pm, Mitchell Park Community Center
The California YMCA Youth & Government Model United Nations is a middle-school (Grades 6-8) leadership program that simulates a “real-life” United Nations. Throughout the program, participants will participate in activities focused on cross cultural understanding, public speaking, and leadership skills. In their role as delegates, they will research, debate and establish policies, treaties and resolutions focusing on international issues, including disputes between countries, peace-keeping responsibilities, border crisis, stabilizing financial markets, and dealing with hunger, disease, and poverty. No prior debate experience or knowledge of UN necessary to participate successfully. For more information, visit see our flyer or contact Melissa Kaganovsky.
Will Your Child Be a 6th or 9th Grader Next Year?
Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) has posted some helpful tips on how to get prepared for middle and/or high school. And if you missed their info nights at Greene, JLS, Fletcher, Paly or Gunn, they have the presentations posted. Helpful Tips and Preview Night Presentations.
Paly Choirs 16th Annual Madrigal Feaste
Saturday & Sunday, Dec 8 & 9, 1:30 pm seating/refreshments; 2 pm show, Palo Alto High School, Performing Art Center
King Henry VIII welcomes you to his 2018 16th Annual Feaste. The King welcomes all ye to his palace to join him and his family in the festivities of the season. Ye shall hear the finest choirs in all the lands, see a jester of unparalleled talent, and feast on sumptuous tea sandwiches and desserts. Appropriate and fun for all ages. Huzzah!  Tickets available online.
Fletcher Middle School Books & Burgers Night
Tuesday, December 4, 5-8 pm, Books Inc. and Kirk's Burgers, 855 El Camino Real
Come to Town & Country to support the Fletcher Middle School Library. Shop at Books Inc., eat at Kirk's. They are donating a portion of the night's proceeds to FMS Library! We will have raffle prizes from many other T&C stores too. Win-Win for everyone just before the holidays!
Dream Volunteers Summer 2019 Family Service Trip to Latin America
Trip takes place June 24, 2019-July 1, 2019. Deadline for sign-up is January 13, 2019.
Dream Volunteers, a local non-profit, has been organizing service trips abroad for schools and families since 2007. A service trip with Dream Volunteers is an incredible way to immerse your family in a beautiful culture, while make a difference in the lives of people striving to lift up their communities. Sign-ups for next summer's Guatemala Family Volunteer Trip are happening now online. This trip is appropriate for families with kids between pre-school and high-school age. There will be a live webinar with more information about the trip on December 5 at 7:30 pm or you can reach out directly to Dream Volunteers with questions at
Donate/Buy Board Games and Puzzles To Benefit Paly Music Program
Saturday, December 8, 9 am - 2 pm, Paly Flea Market, Palo Alto High School parking lot (Corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero)
Try some new board games during winter break! Work on a new puzzle! Make room on the shelf and donate your used board games and puzzles for a good cause. Come drop off gently used board games and puzzles and get some new ones at the Paly flea market. Shop for handmade ceramics, vintage glasses, fresh flower arrangements, Paly Sports Boosters gear, and much more. Enjoy a burger, hot chocolate and dessert prepared by Paly music students. Did you know that you can rent a space to sell your own artisan or used items? All funds raised through the Paly flea market benefit the Paly music program. Questions? Contact Colleen Nielsen or Heike Fischer.
Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Winter Glass Sale – Paly Glass makes great gifts!
Friday, December 14, 3-6 pm and Saturday, Dec 15, 11-4 pm, Palo Alto High School, inside the Tower Building, (Administration Bldg), 50 Embarcadero Road across from Stanford Stadium
Glass snow-people, reindeer, ornaments, cups, bowls, candy cane and more. Paly Glass makes great gift. It supports a local non-profit. It supports the arts. It's a unique hand-made treasure that brings joy. Made by Paly instructors, alums and students. Sales benefit the Fiery Arts program which creates opportunities for students to participate in an amazing sculpture curriculum. Live demonstrations! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors! Free cookies & hot cider! For more information, visit our Facebook page or website, or contact
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