Panther Tracks
August 13, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
August 14 - First Day of School & PTA Coffee
August 16-17 - Sixth Grade Panther Camp
August 22 - Back to School Night
August 29 - Back to School Pizza Dinner
August 31 - Minimum Day (12:25 Dismissal)
Panther Camp: JLS 6th Grade Orientation - Volunteers Needed
Incoming JLS 6th graders have a super fun two-day orientation program called Panther Camp on Aug 16 and 17.  Sign up now to get involved! Parent volunteers can sign up for an hour or the whole day, whatever you can manage. Volunteers would be involved with helping to supervise activities, take photos, etc. This is a great way to get to know your incoming 6th grader's new surroundings and maybe some of their fellow students a little better and hopefully connect with a few other parents also. Please click on the sign up link above and look through the areas where we still need volunteers to help out on both Thursday and Friday. Questions? Contact Collette O’Donovan.
Volunteers Needed for PE Uniform Distribution
The JLS PE Department is looking for volunteers to help distribute uniforms. Sign up here.
  • 7th and 8th grades: Thursday-Friday, August 16-17
  • 6th grades: Monday-Wednesday, August 20-22
Staff Appreciation Latte Cart
Thursday, August 23, 7:30-9:30 am, Room 40
The PTA hosts a monthly Latte Cart at JLS, where coffee and morning treats are served to our wonderful JLS staff as a thank you for all they do. To make these mornings a success, we ask our parents to contribute the breakfast foods, homemade or store bought. Come by room 40 to drop off your treat and help fuel our teachers and staff for a successful day of teaching and interaction with our children.  
After September, we will ask individual grades to be main contributors (but of course any volunteers are welcome!), so keep an eye out for when it will be your grade's opportunity to provide this thank you to our staff. Please sign up here and bring your breakfast items to room 40 (at the entrance to the breezeway) the Latte Cart morning between 7:15 and 9:30 am. Non-perishable items may be brought the day before to the Main Office. Questions? Please contact us at
Volunteers Needed!
Middle school is a period of significant change for our students and parents need support from one another. Volunteering can bring that much needed support and bring the community closer. Consider donating an hour or two and meet other JLS families and staff in the process. JLS is a large school and events cannot run smoothly without our valuable volunteers.
JLS Back to School Pizza Dinner
Wednesday, August 29, 6:00-8:00 pm
Join us at the JLS Cafetorium for pizza, salad, and dessert! See old friends and make new ones at this casual, fun kick-off to the school year. This event is FREE! Help us make sure we order enough pizza! RSVP online. We’d love volunteers to help us serve pizza!  Sign up to volunteer here. Questions? Contact Janet Owen.
UpToUs Online Directory
Looking to connect with an old friend, or a new parent you just met? JLS PTA is using UpToUs for its electronic Directory and community messaging (via grade-specific parent networks). More information about UpToUs can be found here. What about eNews? JLS PTA will continue to use eNews to push out school information, district and community news. UpToUs will serve as our eDirectory and (moderated) platform for our grade-level parent networks. If you have any concerns or comments, send an email to
Commuters' Corner
For students who usually commute via the bridge near Magical Bridge playground, please see the temporary detour maps. This is an important safety issue for students who live to the south and southeast of the JLS campus. Please review the detour routes (highlighted in yellow) with your student before the first day of school.

At Jump Start Day, volunteers helped many students register their bikes with the new registration program -- Please check your inbox for an email from Bike Index, and follow the instructions to confirm the registration and set up a free account. If your student didn't get their bike registered, it is easy to do it yourself at home. Stickers for registered bikes will be available in the office later this week. More information on how to sign up is available here. If you have any questions, please email
Community Contributions to PiE Make a Difference
Support Our Students and Teachers - Pledge to PiE Today!
The 2018-2019 PiE fundraising campaign is underway. Pledge your contribution early and check it off your list! Our kids depend on the support of the whole community. Many essential programs and critical staff positions depend on funding from PiE. From our classroom aides, to teachers for STEAM-focused electives, music and art, to caring counselors and mentors, PiE-funded staff impact on our kids every day. Between now and September 4, you can double your impact via the $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant which matches every dollar donated to PiE. Please donate today!
Community News
Stanford Study on Housing
$45 for participation in a Stanford Study on Housing. The department of Sociology at Stanford University is conducting ongoing research on the housing crisis in the Bay Area. We are currently conducting interviews with people who are living in a space that may have only been intended for one family or folks that live in the area who are employed in low wage service work. For participating in a 1-hour interview, you will receive a $45 Target gift card. Contact Ellie Rosa at or 707-228-6534 to participate.

$45 para participar en un estudio de Stanford sobre las viviendas. El departamento de sociología de Stanford está llevando a cabo entrevistas sobre la crisis de la vivienda en el norte de california. Actualmente estamos llevando a cabo entrevistas con personas que viven en un espacio que puede haber sido destinado solo a una familia o personas que viven en el área y que trabajan en un servicio de bajo salario. Para participar en una entrevista de 1 hora, recibirá una tarjeta de regalo Target de $45. Póngase en contacto con Ellie Rosa en o 707-228-6534 para participar.
Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Friday, August 24 and 31, by appointment, 600 Homer Ave
Auditions for the Fall semester will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto. Open to 2nd-5th 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. Email or visit our website.
Volunteers Needed for a Stanford Social Skills Study
Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) is 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.
2018 Palo Alto New Families Welcome Fair
Sunday, August 19, 2:00-5:00 pm, El Palo Alto Rom, Mitchell Park Library
We cordially invite you to attend Palo Alto’s 1st ever New Families Fair to learn more about our community including: services provided by the City of Palo Alto and the K-12 public school system of Palo Alto Unified School District. We will also have experts on site to explain the importance of a “529” education savings account, life insurance, personal credit score buildup, and more. There is a raffle too! 
Co sponsored by: Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club (PACPC), Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Palo Alto Police Department, and Palo Alto Partners in Education (PIE).
All Families Invited to Host an AFS Exchange Student
“One of these days we’d like to host an exchange student.” Hosting helps a high school student become fluent in English and experience life in America. It is also a fun chance to see your own country and daily routines in a different light. “Becoming a host family took us out of our comfort zone and provided many new experiences.” Elementary, middle, and high school families are eligible. To get a conversation started contact Veronica Buxton. AFS USA is a premier, non-profit volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department.
Book and Supply Drive for Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy (Grade 6-12)
Sunday, Aug 12 – Friday, Aug 24 at Duveneck Elementary School, 705 Alester Ave and participating Palo Alto Libraries - Children’s, Rinconada, and Mitchell Park
Clean out your children's bookshelves and help literacy in East Palo Alto. Scouts from Troop 57 BSA Palo Alto will hold a community-wide book and supply drive. This drive directly supports the students in learning by providing the tools necessary for the classroom, allowing teachers to focus on academics and reducing the financial burden for both students and teachers. For questions about this Eagle Scout service project please contact Joshua Athayde.
Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Enrollment Now for 2018
2019 School Year Starts on August 17th
Palo Alto Chinese School has been serving the community in Chinese language instruction for 55 years, and is accepting new enrollment. Class meets every Friday from 7-9 pm at JLS. There are two tracks. The Mandarin track is offered from Preschool to Grade 12, for students from heritage families. The Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) track is offered from intro, beginning, intermediate to advanced level for students with various exposure to Chinese language. Please join us for a school open house and classroom visit on August 17th and 24th. See our website for more information or email us.
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