Panther Tracks
August 20, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
August 22 - Back to School Night
August 23 - Staff Appreciation Latte Cart
August 29 - Back to School Pizza Dinner
August 31 - Minimum Day (12:25 Dismissal)
September 3 - Labor Day - No School
September 5 & 6 - 6th Grade Math Night
September 6 - PTA Executive Board Meeting
Back to School Night
Please join us on Wednesday, August 22nd for our Back to School Night from 7-8:45 pm. This is a parent only event. Parents will go from class to class starting with 1st period and proceeding in order through 7th period. Students will bring home a detailed schedule and school map on Wednesday after school. Hope to see you there.

Staff Appreciation Latte Cart
Thursday, August 23, 7:30-9:30 am, Room 40
PTA hosts a monthly staff appreciation breakfast. To make these mornings a success, we ask our parents to contribute the breakfast foods, homemade or store bought. For August, we are still low on donations ( sign up here). Items can be dropped off in room 40 between 7:15 - 9:30 am on Thursday, August 23rd. Non-perishable items may be brought the day before to the Main Office. Questions? Please contact us at
Volunteers Needed for PE Uniform Distribution
The JLS PE Department is looking for volunteers to help distribute uniforms to 6th graders on Monday-Wednesday, August 20-22. Please sign up here.
JLS Student Store open this Friday
Is your teen interested in buying a JLS hoodie, t-shirt, or sweatpants at cost, or does he/she needs a pen, pencil, eraser, or any other useful school supplies? Have your teen bring some cash and check out the JLS Student Store. The JLS Student Store on campus will be open on Fridays during lunchtime. To begin with the store will be open August 24th and September 7th. Cash or checks only. The store will be run by JLS students as a club; if your student is interested in participating, have them check it out at the club fair. The JLS Student Store is a small store on the JLS campus and is a joint cooperative effort by the Student Council, Parent volunteers, and the JLS administration. The JLS Student Store sells at cost. Questions? Contact the JLS Store Folks.
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. 
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.
Connections – Welcome Parent Coffee
The first Connections Parent Coffee will take place on Wednesday, August 29th, from 8:15 - 9:15 am, just outside the JLS library. Parent coffees are a big way to get to know other parents, and to meet with the teachers behind the program. JLS Principal Lisa Hickey will join us for this first one, to share her thoughts and take questions on Connections. Don't miss it!
Commuters' Corner
The beginning of the school year is a great time to review our Safe Routes to School Tips for cyclists, skaters, walkers, and drivers. The City of Palo Alto's Safe Routes to School team has website full of great information and resources. And be sure to check out the new video about PAUSD's Safe Routes to School program!
Community Contributions to PiE Make a Difference
Support Our Students and Teachers - Pledge to PiE Today! Double your Donation Now through September 4th!
The PiE 2018-2019 fundraising campaign is happening now. Your support makes a huge difference to our school community. PiE funds go to every PAUSD school and help principals to staff programs that deliver a well-rounded education. PiE's funding provides enrichment and support in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the Arts, and Wellness and Support. PiE-funded staff make a positive impact on our kids every day. Double your impact. Between now and September 4th, gifts and pledges will be matched by a $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant. Please donate today!
Measure Z – School Improvement Bond Measure 
The PAUSD Board of Education has placed a $460 million school improvement bond, Measure Z, on the November ballot to support the District goals of high-quality teaching and learning, equity and access, and student wellness and safety. When the Palo Alto Strong Schools Bond was approved ten years ago, it was only estimated to address approximately half of the facility needs identified at that time. Since that time, new projects have been identified resulting from changes in learning technology, educational curriculum, and student enrollment trends. As the Strong Schools Bond upgrades are being completed, PAUSD is planning the next phase of improvements to enhance school security and upgrade classrooms and labs to meet 21st-century instructional standards. Measure Z will provide funding for school improvements, including:

  • Ensuring school facilities are accessible for students with disabilities and equitable for all
  • Upgrading schools to current seismic safety standards to help keep students safe in the event of 
  • an earthquake
  • Completing needed repairs at school facilities
  • Increasing school safety and security, such as fire alarms, door locks and emergency communications systems to bring security systems up to current standards
  • Providing classrooms and labs to support up-to-date science, technology, engineering and robotics instruction 
  • Providing up-to-date facilities to maintain outstanding performing and visual art programs

More information will be shared at the upcoming PTA meetings throughout the district. Please make an effort to learn more about Measure Z and how you can help support our schools.
Urgent: Speak Up Now for our Students - in Seconds! 
The CA legislature is voting NOW on CA PTA approved bills, directly impacting our PAUSD students. It takes just two taps on your phones to make a difference:

  • Pupil Suicide Prevention and Training (AB 2639)
  • Invest in Pre-K (AB 1754)
  • Increase K-12 school funding targets (AB 2808)
  • Help for our Foster Youth (AB 2043)
  • Help for our Homeless Youth (AB 1406)

Sign up for FREE Palo Alto PTA Council iPhone mobile alerts on the Click My Cause Two-Tap App.
Community News
Connecting Palo Alto Community Workshop - Community Meeting on Rail Grade Separation
Thursday, August 23, 6:00-8:00 pm, El Palo Alto Room, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Join us to help evaluate potential railroad crossing grade separation ideas throughout Palo Alto. Specific ideas related to separating the street from the railroad will be presented for Churchill Avenue, Charleston Road, Meadow Drive, and Palo Alto Avenue. There will also be further discussion of the Citywide tunnel and trench ideas. Your feedback and ideas will be used to help identify the universe of grade separation ideas to be considered when shaping the citywide solution.
Classic Math School Open House
Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 pm, Greene Middle School (Rm N6), 750 N California Ave
We would like to invite parents with students (K-10) to our annual Classic Math School Open House. This is a great opportunity to meet our teachers and learn firsthand about Classic Math School teaching philosophy, methods, and principles. Your questions will be answered while your students will be offered a free Interactive Placement Test ( preregistration by email is required). Light refreshment will be served. Please see our flyer for more information.
Free Local Parent Hikes Led by Experienced Sierra Club Parent Volunteer
Do you like going on 8-10 mile hikes up 2,000 feet while your kids are at school? Join us for Parent Hike Mondays from about 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Weekly dates dependent on weather and interest -- on local trails throughout the Bay Area. If interested, please email Sonya Bradski, PAUSD Parent and volunteer non-profit, Sierra Club Hike Leader, to be added to the hike announcements list.
Classroom Volunteers Needed – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student's Life 
If you’ve enjoyed spending time in your child's classroom, please join other parents volunteering in east Menlo Park or East Palo Alto schools where there are virtually no parent volunteers. You’ll help tutor kids in grades K-5. Over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math and are eager to work with you. Our volunteers go once a week to the same classroom for about an hour, building relationships with students throughout the school year. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates everything. We start in mid-September. You can make a real difference! To learn more or sign up, visit or contact Keri Tully.
Saturday, September 8 & 15, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd
GirlsCodeMonth is a 3 in 1 workshop, hackathon, and conference for middle and high school girls in the community to learn computer science. The workshop portion teaches basic coding syntax; participants use these skills to build a project during the hackathon; they network with other during the conference. Girls who are interested can sign up and find more information here.
Youth Community Service (YCS) is Hiring! 
Join our team at YCS and make a difference in the lives of young people through service learning. This is a part-time position with a flexible schedule. Please visit our website for the full job description and application instructions.
Learn to Knit!
Thursday, September 13, 4:30-6:30 pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Teens and adults are invited to spend Thursday evenings knitting in a relaxed, social setting. This is a great opportunity to share your love for knitting, meet new friends and help others with their projects -- and learn something new if you're new to knitting or have always wanted to learn! Registration required. Grades 6-12.
Author Visit @CH: JoAnne Wetzel
Wednesday, September 12, 4:00-5:00 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St
JoAnne Wetzel will be at Children's Library to read her new picture book, Mermaid School, about a mermaid's first day at school. No registration needed. All ages welcome.
Palo Alto Players presents Disney's Tarzan, a Musical Adventure for the Whole Family
September 8-23: Thursdays 7:30 pm, Friday 8 pm (9/8 only), Saturdays 2 pm (9/15 and 9/22 only) & 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm, Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd
Tarzan, the king of the apes and his lady love, Jane, swing to the Lucie Stern stage in Palo Alto in this musical adaptation of Disney's epic animated adventure. Swinging excitement and heart-pumping music by Phil Collins, make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience for the whole family. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Please note: Children under 3 will not be admitted to the theatre. Tickets ($25-55*) can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 650-329-0891. *Students/Educators enjoy $5 off regular priced tickets to any performance, except preview night. Additional discounts available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit For $10 off adult tickets, use code TARZANCAST before 9/9.
Teen Maker Tuesday @MP: VR Oculus Rift Tiltbrush Demo
Tuesday, September 18, 4:30-5:30 pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Try using the Tiltbrush virtual painting and sculpting software on our Oculus Rift!  Registration required. Grades 6-12 only.
Society of Bookworms @ CH
Wednesday, September 19, 4:00-5:00 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St
Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children's Library! For September, the book is Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Can events that happened before you were born affect your life? Deja is learning about the events of 9/11 in school - and learning about what it means to her personally. Come join us for a thoughtful discussion of this novel. Registration required. Grades 4-6 only.
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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.