Panther Tracks
September 17, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
September 17 - Site Council Meeting
September 26 - Connections ROPEs Parent Info Night
October 2 - PTA Executive Board Meeting
October 3 - Walk & Roll to School Day
October 4 - Staff Appreciation Latte Cart
October 5 - No School (Staff Development Day)
October 10 - 7th Grade Cell Models
October 12 - End of First Quarter
Join the JLS PTA -- Member Dues Are Only $6
If you have not already done so this year, it is not too late to join JLS PTA. Dues have been reduced from $15 to $6 to make it even easier to join. Your JLS membership supports JLS, promotes parent involvement, and increases the number of PTA members, creating a powerful voice for advocacy. In addition, members receive benefits such as discounts for Aquarium of the Pacific, Legoland, and Hertz car rental. You can see the full list of seasonal membership perks here. Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Bryna Chang.
JLS Model United Nations Club
JLS Model UN Club provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about public speaking, debate, and negotiation all while gaining knowledge about current events and real world conflicts. Students will participate in debates and public speaking activities about topics such as the refugee crisis in the Middle East to overfishing in the South China Sea. JLS Model UN Club was established to help middle schoolers foster research, collaboration, debate, and public speaking. Lessons are taught by students from Gunn High School and supervised by 8th grade social studies teacher, Francis Lacayo. JLS Model UN runs after-school on Mondays in room 720. All are JLS students are welcome to join, regardless of experience. No fees are required to participate. If you have questions, please contact the Gunn Model UN Club.
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.
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
The Magical Bridge construction is almost complete! The bridge was put into place on September 13th and will open for use this afternoon. It can be used for school commute starting tomorrow, Tuesday, September 18th.

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. All Palo Altans are encouraged to register their bikes with Bike Index. Questions? Contact
Measure Z Hosts a Night with Superintendent Austin 
October 4-9 pm, the Home of Lynn Brown & Bob Stefanski, 455 Santa Rita Ave
Come spend an evening getting to know PAUSD’s new Superintendent, Dr Don Austin. He will be talking about the District's $460 million Bond Measure Z that will be on our ballot on November 6. Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will be our guest as well, supporting Measure Z. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Susan Usman. Interested in finding out more about Measure Z and how to get involved? Visit
School Board Candidate Forum 
Thursday, September 27, 7-9 pm, 25 Churchill Ave at the District Office Board Room
League of Women Voters will hold a forum for the candidates who are running for the two open seats of our PAUSD School Board. Please try to attend this very informative evening where you can meet and hear from all the candidates.
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.
Urgent: Message the Governor Now!
Our PTA bills reached the Governor! Takes just two taps on your phone - to speak up for our students on the Click My Cause Two-Tap App:

  • Pupil Suicide Prevention and Training (AB 2639)
  • Help foster youth (AB 2043)
  • Prohibit trying our youth offenders as adults (SB 1391)

Sign up for Palo Alto PTA Council mobile alerts on the FREE Click My Cause Two Tap App.
More PTAC News:
1. PTAC General Association - September 12th
Thank you for a great turn out at PTA Council 1st General Association Meeting. We voted and passed our annual budget, PTAC calendar, and new appointments. Please visit our website for details. Thank you also to all visitors, new Executive Vice Presidents, as well as key volunteers, executive board members, and our Board of Education liaison, Jennifer DiBrienza. We're off to a great start! The next General Association meeting will be on Wednesday, October 10th. You are invited and welcomed.

2. New Appointments & PTA Presidents/Executive Vice Presidents (EVPs)
Congratulations to the following individuals for joining their School PTAs and the PTA Council!! We're glad you are here. Thank you to those who are already serving in various capacities at your schools and on the PTA Council. Congratulations!

PTAC Executive Board:
Auditor - Karrie Chen
Co-VP Parent Ed - Offir Gutelzon

PTA Council Member Schools:
Addison PTA President/EVP - JC Renners/Lauren Williams
Barron Park PTA President/EVP - Nakia Davis/Ana Zacharias
Briones PTA President/EVP - Mayank Bhatia/David Ng
Duveneck PTA President/EVP - Valerie Rainey/Julie Tomasz
El Carmelo PTA President/EVP - Jen Wiener/Edrienne Brandon
Escondido PTA President/EVP - Christine Klenow/Amy McCarter
Fairmeadow PTA President/EVP - Nadia Priestly/Nirmala Patni
Walter Hays PTA President/EVP - Meredith Martin/Lise Latour
Hoover PTA President/EVP - Indira Priyadarsani/Sridevi Narayanan
Nixon PTA President/EVP - Matthew Hayes/Emily Wessler
Ohlone PTA President/EVP - Kimberly Klikoff/Rebecca Sweat
Palo Verde PTA President/EVP - Karolina Werner/Iris Chen
Fletcher PTA President/EVP - Audrey Gold/Melissa Racz
Greene PTA President/EVP Amanda Steil/Ann Balva
JLS PTA President/EVP - Lili Nova-Rosseig
Gunn PTSA President/EVP - Sigrid Pinsky/Kimberly Eng Lee
PALY PTSA President/EVP - Elizabeth Olsen/Melinda Zschietschmann

3. PTA Council Directory Is Here
Hot off the press!! The PTAC Directory is now available New district personnel contact information can also be found in the PTAC Directory. Consult your school or PTA copy. Thank you to James Cook, BIll Cortright, and all unit Presidents, EVPs, who worked expeditiously to bring this to you.

4. PTA Council Endorses Measure Z 
At the General Association meeting on September 12th, the Association voted to accept the recommendation of the PTA Council Executive Board. PTA Council endorses Measure Z (School Bond Measure) and financially supports it. We hope unit PTAs will do likewise. For more information, please visit our website
Community News
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!
New Ultimate Frisbee class for Boys and Girls
Saturday, September 29 - November 17, 1-2 pm, Greer Park, Field 5
Is your child looking for a fun sport and they want to try something new? The City of Palo Alto Enjoy catalog is offering a brand new class, Ultimate Frisbee for kids 8-14. The course is open to both boys and girls and instructed by the Bay Area Disc Association. The class will be held at Greer Park on Saturdays starting September 29th.  Registration is open and the course number is 13137.
Stanford University Seeking Research Subjects  
Join the Girl BAND Study (Girl Behavior and NeuroDevelopment)! Researchers at Stanford University are looking for girls ages 6-14 with developmental disabilities or typical development to participate in a study exploring brain development in relation to behavior, cognition, and mood in girls. Participation involves a comprehensive cognitive and behavioral evaluation and MRI/NIRS scans (safe, non-invasive, no x-ray/radiation). Potential benefits include evaluation reports, annual follow-up, results of the study, and a $100 honorarium for participation. For more info, contact or (650) 724-2951.
Let's Talk: Parent Spec Ed Support Group with Special Education Local Plan Area
Monday, September 17, 10 am - 12 pm, cafe tables in front of Whole Foods, Los Altos on El Camino
This is a great opportunity to connect with other parents who can relate to the joys and challenges of raising kids with differences. This is a chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Monthly event organized by SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area)1 CAC. More details here.
Free Women’s Wellness Intro Class: A Taste of the Season with Jalene Salus
Friday, September 28, 10 am - 12 pm, St. Mark’s, 600 Colorado Ave
In this free class, Jalene Salus will offer an introductory taste of Integrative Nutrition as she shows you some sweet and simple ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Enjoy a little taste of some seasonal spring bites while you discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family. Jalene will show you how aligning your self-care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women’s wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women. Registration is required for this free workshop as space is limited! More Info here. Register here.
Palo Alto City Council Candidates Forum sponsored by Palo Alto Neighborhoods
Thursday, Oct 4 7-9 pm doors open 6:45 pm, Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave
Join PAN for an evening of questions to the five candidates running for City Council. Traffic, housing, budget, and more will be discussed. Fill out your questions in advance by 9/18 at
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