Panther Tracks
September 10, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
September 11 - PTA Association Meeting
September 12 - 8th Grade Parent Network Meeting
September 13-14 - Make Up Individual Photos
September 14 - Fall After School Sports Parent Night
September 17 - Site Council Meeting
September 26 - Connections ROPEs Parent Info Night
October 3 - Walk & Roll to School Day
Make Up Picture Days
If your child did not get their school picture taken during Jump Start Day, picture day will be September 13th or 14th in their PE class. The Lifetouch picture flyer was included in the summer mailing. Or, you can go to and enter the Picture Day ID: BY418006Q1 to pre-order pictures. There are also a few extra picture forms available in the office. Students who had their picture taken on Jump Start Day and would like a re-take should bring their picture package to school with them and hand it directly to the photographer.

A few volunteers are needed on both mornings. If you are available to help on either day, please contact the JLS office for more information.
Author Visits @ JLS
Daniel Jose Older, author of Dactyl Hill Squad, will visit JLS on Tuesday, September 18 at 11:30 am. Click here for details and order information. Margarita Engle, author of Jazz Owls, will visit JLS on Friday, September 21 at 11:30 amClick here for details and order information. Please know that author visits are powerful learning experiences and that your purchases of books by visiting authors help support these and future visits by other authors.
JLS PTA Association Meeting
Tuesday, September 11, Room 40, after drop off
Please join us for our first PTA general meeting of the 2018-2019 school year. We will present the new budget for the year, approve the calendar, and talk about plans for the upcoming year. We welcome all who want to join us that morning in Room 40. 
Support JLS by Shopping Online
EScrip: Please take a moment to update your information at and verify that your contributions are going to JLS (Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Group ID #130315138). If you are new to eScrip, sign-up can be done online or at 1-800-400-7878. Urge your friends and relatives to sign up and make JLS their supporter group. You can support up to three schools. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, same products, same prices, and same service. Shop at the link, sign in to your amazon account, choose "Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle PTA" as your charity to support. Amazon donates 0.5% of your online purchases to JLS PTA.
Kepler's Books: Shop at Kepler's JLS page and at the end of your online order, make sure to write inside "order Comments" a note for supporting JLS, then Kepler's Donates back 6% to JLS on any purchase you make! You can also support JLS by purchasing Kepler's Gift Cards. They never expire and can be used at the JLS book fair or at Kepler's book store any time. They make terrific gifts for teachers and friends!
JLS Parent Community Facebook Page
There are about 350 JLS parents/guardians who have signed up. This forum is for sharing information, asking questions, asking for help with references for tutors, outside resources, programs within PAUSD, ride sharing, JLS affiliated student projects, coffee opportunities to talk about issues. Please note that it is not appropriate to complain about specific teachers, programs, administrators or students. This page is not affiliated with JLS administration or JLS PTA. Click here to visit the Facebook group page, and then request to join.
Commuters' Corner
Do you have questions about Palo Alto's new bike registration program? What is it? How do I do it? What's this I hear about stickers? We've got answers! Check out the new Bike Index fact sheet. Questions? Contact

There is a delay on the Magical Bridge construction site that was caused by unexpected underground utilities. The revised completion date isn't yet official, but it's expected that the project should be complete by the end of this week. The Waverley Path is particularly busy right now while the bridge is closed. Please take a moment to remind your student of these Safe Riding on Shared Paths tips. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Palo Alto's Safe Routes to School Coordinators.
Got a Burning Nutrition Question? We’ve Got a Local Expert!
Wednesday, September 26, 6:30-8:00 pm, SDC Room, District Office, 25 Churchill Ave
Bring your burning questions to an evening with Professor Christopher Gardner, Ph.D, of Stanford Medicine’s Stanford Prevention Research Center. Low carb? Low fat? Fake meat? Non-Dairy Milks? Omega 3 supplements? Organic? The microbiome? Professor Gardner will be taking any and all questions on nutrition in a free form Q&A format. Professor Gardner has been involved in nutritional research for the past 20 years, focusing mainly on investigating the potential health benefits of various dietary components or food patterns. His research has also included non-health related approaches to improving diet, like the connections between food and climate change and children’s education, and improving institutional food, such as food served in universities, schools, hospitals and worksites. Parents may bring their children. Sponsored by PTAC Health and Wellness Committee.
Palo Alto Council PTAs Welcomes You Back-To-School 
The PTAC welcomes you back to school. Each school's PTA/PTSA has been hard at work all summer in the behind the scenes work, e.g., back to school (BTS) packets. PTA volunteers are the strength of communities and you can be one, too. Thank you for your involvement, time, talent, or treasure. Come to our first PTAC General Association meeting on Wednesday, September 12th. See you there! For details, visit our website or email
Palo Alto Council of PTAs - Looking for a Few Good Men and Women ...
If you have a desire to serve your community, want to know what is happening, enjoying meeting other like-minded seasoned PTA members, we have a suggestion for you. The Palo Alto Council of PTAs (PTAC) is looking to fill a few remaining key volunteer and board positions. PTA Councils meets twice a month (September-October and January-March), once for the Executive Board and once for the general public. PTA volunteers also serve on PTAC committees, including but not limited those listed below. Please consider this an opportunity to be influential in our students' education with our strategic partners. All level of experience, expertise, and interest welcome. Please email us at Join us!
Open Positions:
Vice President of Parent Education
Vice President of Communication (Co-Position)
Key Volunteers
Sponsorship Committee (3 members - Fall)
Elections Observers Committee (2 members - Fall) - this is a non-partisan group
Honorary Service Awards Committee (3 members - Spring)
125th Celebration Committee (3 members - Spring)
Urgent: Keep Tapping on Your Phones for Our Students!
Congrats!!! The Governor signed our bill to help homeless students. Takes seconds - two taps on your phone - to support our remaining PTAC bills on the Click My Cause Two-Tap App:

  • Increase K-12 school funding targets (AB 2808)
  • Help foster youth (AB 2043)
  • Pupil Suicide Prevention and Training (AB 2639)

Sign up for Palo Alto PTA Council mobile alerts on the FREE Click My Cause Two Tap App.
Community News
Important Community News: Measure Z Hosts a Night with Superintendent Austin
This coming Tuesday, September 11, 7–9 pm; Address Provided in RSVP
Come meet Dr. Don Austin, PAUSD’s new superintendent, and learn more about Measure Z, the $460 million school improvement bond for PAUSD schools, that will be on the November ballot. Refreshments provided.  RSVP online or contact Susan Usman. Stay tuned for information on a second event on October 4. Can’t wait until September 11th? Details about Measure Z are available at Please make an effort to learn more about Measure Z and how you can help support our schools.
Bike Palo Alto
Sunday, September 30th, 1-3 pm, Fairmeadow Elementary
Now’s the time -- find your bike and make sure it’s ready to ride by doing an Air-Brakes-Chain quick check. If you need assistance with flat tires, faulty brakes, or a rusty chain, visit our Resources page and choose one of our great local bike shops to fix it up. You’ll find more details on this fun, family-friendly event at Let’s get rolling!
Sign up for Palo Alto High School's 2-Day Weekend Glass Workshops  
Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, Nov 10-11, Nov 24-25, Dec. 8-9, 9:00-3:00 pm, Paly’s Glass Studio, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Rd 
The workshop will focus on beginning glass blowing techniques. It's an incredible, fun, hands-on experience and it benefits the Paly Fiery Arts Program. Repeating students progress from their last session. Advanced sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults. $425 per person. Open to Paly and the public. Contact: David Camner, founder of the Paly Fiery Arts.
Paly Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale - Glass Pumpkins, Pears, Cats and More!
Friday, September 21, 3-6 pm and Saturday, Sep 22, 11-4 pm in front of the Palo Alto High School Art Bldg. between the Performing Arts Center and the Haymarket Theatre, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Rd
Discover 800+ magical glass pumpkins, pears, fish, cats, birds, bowls, moose and more. Hand-blown art made by Paly instructors, alums, and students. Glass sales benefit the Fiery Arts program which creates opportunities for students to participate in an amazing sculpture curriculum. Come see the live demonstrations! More info here or contact Invite your family, friends, and neighbors! See you there.
Teen Read Week Movie 
Tuesday, October 9, 4-6 pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Join us for Teen Read Week as we watch a movie based from David Levithan's YA novel, Every Day. Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. Rated PG-13. Registration required. Grades 8-12.
Society of Bookworms @ CH 
Wednesday, September 19, 4-5 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.
Banned Book to Movie
Tuesday, September 25, 4-6 pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Celebrate Banned Books Week with a movie! We will be watching The Giver- a movie based on a banned book. In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world. Rated PG-13.  Registration required. Grades 8-12.
Volunteer on Coastal Cleanup Day: Community Service Opportunity
Saturday, September 15, 9 am - 12 pm, Baylands (Matadero or Adobe Creek)
The City of Palo Alto is hosting two Cleanup sites (Matadero: site 16 and Adobe: site 17) to clean up litter in the Baylands. Please sign up online and be sure to bring your waivers. Three hours of community service will be available.
Youth Community Service (YCS) Action Team
Earn service hours while making friends and learning leadership skills! YCS Action Team is an after-school leadership program for middle school students. Students will work on service projects focused on relevant community issues such as healthcare, pet adoptions, and civic engagement. Previous projects include socializing shelter pets and filming a public service announcement. Action Team will include service trips, leadership training, and team building activities. All middle school students are welcome! Every semester is different; students are encouraged to participate multiple times. For more information and to register please contact Ashley Yee-Mazawa (650-858-8021).
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