Panther Tracks
May 6, 2019
JLS News
Important Dates:
May 8 - Volunteer Appreciation Coffee
May 9 - Connections Coffee
May 10 - Student Store Open | JLS Dance
May 13 - Site Council Meeting
May 14-16 - 8th Grade Exit Interviews
May 14 - PTA Executive Board Meeting | Orchestra Concert
May 15 - Band Concert
8th Grade Exit Interviews
Tuesday, May 14 through Thursday, May 16
The school needs parent support during the three days of 8th Grade Exit interviews. Parent helpers are needed to assist the interviewers and 8th graders during the process and help set up the breakfasts/lunches for the interviewers. Please sign up for one or more slots, and help ensure the success of this unique-to-JLS experience. Questions? Contact the coordinator at
8th Grade Promotion Party
Friday, May 31
The Promotion Party, after the Promotion Ceremony, is an 8th grade tradition at JLS. Typically, 6th and 7th grade parents sign-up to help since 8th grade parents are at the ceremony. When your child is in 8th grade, the 6th and 7th grade parents will return the favor. It's also your chance to preview what's in store for your child at the end of 8th grade. 8th grade parents are welcome to volunteer if they like. Volunteers are needed to help this event run smoothly. Short on time but want to help? You can also sign-up to bring strawberries, marshmallows, etc. for the chocolate fountains, for example. Please sign-up here.

This year's theme is Willy Wonka. To help bring the Willy Wonka theme to life, go to Amazon to purchase candy complimenting the Willa Wonka theme. Drop off candy at JLS before the event. Please label "2019 8th Grade Promo Party Donation." Questions? Contact the promotion party team, Mayma Raphael & Kyle Edwards, at
Volunteer Appreciation Coffee
On Wednesday morning, May 8, JLS will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Coffee to honor all parents who’ve contributed to our school this year. We would like to thank all of our volunteers who have
given their time in a variety of ways from packet stuff and Jump Start Day all the way to the 8th grade promotion party. Please join us at 8:15 am in the library courtyard for coffee and treats. We want all parents who have volunteered in any capacity at JLS to be there. You may have driven on a field trip, chaperoned a dance, helped in the library, volunteered at a PTA event, or contributed food to the monthly staff latte cart. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday morning. Thank you.
Back to School Helpers Needed
July-August 2019
It’s the strong community of volunteers that helps make JLS a great place for our children to feel safe, happy and welcome, and for the staff to feel appreciated. A new school year is right around the corner, so we need many hands to get the ball rolling! JLS is looking for parent volunteers to help with back to school (BTS) events, such as form sorting, Jump Start Day, etc. If you'd like to join the team, please let us know by signing-up. Once the BTS event coordinators have the event sign-ups ready, they will reach out to you so you can select specific shifts. Thanks for helping us plan ahead!
Family Talk: Adolescence Workshop
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8 pm, Greene Middle School, Multi-Purpose Room, 750 N California Ave
This workshop is designed to promote healthy communication within families that lasts a lifetime. Health Connected’s parent-child communication expert, Vanessa Kellam, will guide families through discussions about brain development, strong emotions, values, sexting, sexuality, sexual behavior, and consent. In a relaxed setting, families will learn, laugh, and share, making a potentially sensitive subject more comfortable. Families of all structures – parents, grandparents, co-parenting individuals, and trusted adults – are welcome. Family Talk is a discussion-based workshop recommended for 7th and 8th grade children and their families; however, adults may bring children younger or older, depending on their maturity level. There is no fee for this event. Space is limited to 60 families. Translation is available in Spanish and Mandarin. Childcare is available for school-age children between 5-13 years old not participating. For questions contact PAUSD Health Services. More information and registration online.
Help Wanted: JLS eNews Co-Editor and Webmaster for 2019-2020
JLS PTA is looking for a volunteer familiar with Constant Contact who is willing to share editor responsibilities of the weekly JLS PTA eNews for next year. If you are interested, please contact VP Communications, Anjani Sarma. JLS PTA is also looking for a new webmaster to implement various updates to the JLS PTA website throughout the year. If you are interested, please send an email to
Summer Camps Info Now Available on PTAC Website
Looking for a summer camp in your neighborhood or at one of our Palo Alto Unified school sites? Now you can find it at the PTAC website. Camp providers listed on this page host activities/summer camps at PAUSD Schools, and pay rental fees to our district. These rental fees help to defray the cost of running our schools while providing local opportunities for our kids. PTA Council does not endorse one camp over another. This service is offered to give parents an easy way to find out what is being offered and where. Please contact the PTAC Webmaster to recommend updates to this information. There is no charge to providers to be listed.
Commuters' Corner
Hoover Elementary School will be doing underground utility work on their exit driveway starting Monday, May 6th, requiring a closure of their normal drop off and pick up route. In order to facilitate Hoover drop off and pick up, Waverley Street will be opened temporarily to allow thru-traffic from Charleston to Meadow. While Hoover is encouraging parents to use alternative commute options (e.g., parking in Mitchell Park and walking to school), there is a potential for increased traffic through JLS. JLS parents who drop off their students in the JLS parking lot and students who bike to school on the Waverley bike/ped path and cross Waverley Street to get to the bike cages need to be aware of the potential for increased traffic. There will be staff monitoring traffic during drop off and pick up times, but students should expect cars in an area that is usually blocked to thru-traffic. If you have questions or concerns, please email Royce Rippere or the JLS Administration.
Each Friday! Superintendent's Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday on the District website.
Youth Art Show at the Palo Alto Art Center 
Now - May 19, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd
Reception: Wednesday May 1, 4:30-7 pm with marks at 5:30 pm
The extensive imagination and talent of PAUSD art students will be on display for the public at the Palo Alto Art Center later this week. Exhibit includes work from students in grades K-12. PiE funds art programs in PAUSD. 
Mandarin Parent Workshops - Inter-cultural Dialogue  
Thursdays through May 16, 6:30-8:30 pm, Greene Middle School Library
Wellness & Support Services Dept. and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) are offering a ten-week parenting workshop series, “Inter-Cultural Dialogue,” in Mandarin. An AACI Therapist facilitates the research-based workshops designed to help families navigate the generational and cultural differences in their families.
May 9 – Parents managing their stress and emotions
May 16 – Revision, celebration, and completion
Spaces are still available. For more information or to save your place, please RSVP on Eventbrite.
Mondays at Tacolicious
Didn't get enough Tacolicious earlier in the year? Monday nights in May benefit Greene Middle School and PTAC. PTAC (which includes all the schools, so please go eat!) and Greene Middle School get a percentage of cash totals from customers who eat out on Monday nights at Tacolicious Palo Alto (632 Emerson Street). Help support our schools and local businesses -- it's now so easy to get a quick Monday meal (eat in or take out). Thank you to Audrey Gold and Kory Cogdill and the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce (Iris Chen) for putting this together.
PTAC - Stanford General Use Permit - Update
The PTA Council would like to thank all PAUSD school PTAs, PTSAs, PTA volunteers, friends, neighbors, and community organizations for coming together to rally around this very important school issue. We believe dialogue and continuing efforts for creative solutions will be benefit all for years to come. Thank you! At the April 16 Special PAUSD Board Meeting, there was a discussion and presentation by PAUSD and Stanford on an Agreement reached by Stanford University and PAUSD. You may watch the April 16 Board Meeting online. If you any comments or questions, please feel free to connect with us at
2019 PTAC Honorary Service Awards - Congratulations & Thank You!!
Over 120 guests celebrated in our annual appreciation of PTA volunteers for all the amazing work they do at all 17 schools. We welcomed PAUSD Superintendent Dr. Don Austin, and Board Trustees, Melissa Baten Caswell, Dr. Jennifer DiBrienza, and Todd Collins as well as many Principals. Thank you to Tacolicious, and United States House of Representative, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s representative, Chrystal Yu, who presented Congressional certificates of appreciation to all PTA awardees. Special thanks to the Palo Alto Art Center Staff, Suzanne, Selene, and Amy for a great event. Youth Art exhibit is ongoing. Please stop by and see for yourself. For the list of the 2019 PTA Honorary Service Award Recipients, please visit the PTAC website
Tap Twice on your iPhones for Student Mental Health Services
Your voice is needed now! The California legislature is now voting on a bill ( AB 8) to increase school services for student mental health. We can advance this bill with two taps on our iPhones, via PTAC mobile alerts in the Click My Cause app (Tap 1: open alert; Tap 2: message Sacramento). If the app is not yet on your iPhone, download the Click My Cause app, select “Palo Alto PTA Council”, tap “allow” notifications, and tap on your red “act now” buttons in the app. Android users: voice your support for AB 8 to Asm. Berman, Sen. Hill and the CA Assembly Appropriations Committee (
Community News
Teens Invited to Join "Takeover for Wellness" 
Saturday, May 11, 11 am - 1:30 pm, Palo Alto City Hall
Take time-out for wellness with your peers. Take a break from stressful year-end studies, refresh, recharge and reconnect. Workshops led by teens for teens. Music and food too! Peer-led sessions include: ROCK - Sources of Strength, BringChange2Mind, Teen Wellness Council - CHC, YCS Peer Leaders - Youth Connectedness, Youth Advisory Group - Stanford allcove. Co-sponsored by Youth Community Service, City of Palo Alto Recreation Department, and Project Safety Net. For more info, contact YCS at 650-858-8061 or
Palo Alto Farmers’ Market Opens 
Saturday, May 11, 8 am - 12 pm, Gilman St between Forest and Hamilton
The downtown Farmer’s market is moving to a year-round schedule. Responding to customer and vendor feedback the market will now be open all year to provide locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers, along with other locally produced foods such as fresh eggs, fish, olive oil, crepes, breads, and more. Opening Day, May 11, will include award-winning chocolates by Charlotte Truffles, olive oil from Grumpy Goats Farm, produce from organic farms like Full Belly and Coke, as well as live music.
City of Palo Alto Summer Camp Fair
Saturday, May 18, 11 am - 4 pm, Mitchell Park Community Center
Summer is just around the corner. Are you still looking for fun activities for your child? Not to worry, it is not too late. Come check out all the open camp options (for kids 3 -17) offered by the City of Palo Alto at our annual Summer Camp Fair. Not only can you meet the instructors and ask questions about the different camps but you can also register on the spot. The free event will also have fun activities: face painting, jumpy house and food trucks.
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Spring Concerts
Come spend your Friday evening at the Dinkenspiel Auditorium in Stanford for Senior PACO's finale concert featuring an exciting collaboration with jazz violin. And don't miss the virtuosity of this year's Concerto Competition winners in performance on June 1st at the Cubberley Theatre, or any of our season ending concerts May through June. Admission is free and for the entire family to enjoy.
Friday, May 17, 7:30 pm, Stanford Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Senior PACO Orchestra
Sunday, May 19, 3 pm, Palo Alto Art Center, Preparatory Orchestra
Saturday, Jun 1, 7:30 pm, Cubberley Theatre, Sinfonia Orchestra
Sunday, Jun 2, 12 pm, Palo Alto Art Center, Superstrings Orchestra
Sunday, Jun 2, 4 pm, Palo Alto Art Center, Debut Orchestra
Paly Cheer & Dance Little Vikes Summer Camp
June 10-14: K-8th grade Full Day 9 am - 3 pm with lunch included or
Half day Pre K sessions from 9 am - 12 pm
Cheer Focus: Campers will be taught cheerleading motions and technique, cheer jumps, stunts, gymnastics, sideline cheers, dance technique and a dance routine. There will also be games and crafts. This is a great way to learn more about the sport of cheerleading while having a ton of fun with our amazing team. No experience necessary.
Dance Focus: Campers will be taught dance progressions, turns, leaps, jumps and kicks, several dance routines in various styles from hip-hop to contemporary. Let our nationally ranked dance team show you how to move and groove! Some dance experience is recommended. Register online. Questions: Contact Alanna Williamson.
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