Panther Tracks
September 24, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
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
Walk & Roll to School Day!
Join us on Wednesday morning, October 3rd to celebrate Walk & Roll to School Day! More than 50% (and counting!) of JLS students commute to school by bike, ped, scooter, skateboard, bus, or carpool everyday. Join the movement! We’ll have our Panther mascot, the Student Green Team, the Leadership Team, staff, and parent volunteers to greet arriving students, and a noon-time prize drawing for those who choose an alternative commute.

A few more parent volunteers are needed for this event! To help, please contact Liz Gardner (650-845-7502), JLS PTA Walk & Roll lead volunteer.
Lost and Found at JLS
The new school year has started and many students have lost so many items that it is overflowing! All lost and found items will be displayed on tables in front of the main offices between Monday, September 24th and Friday, September 28th. Please have your student(s) check this week for hoodies, jackets, lunch boxes, backpacks, notebooks, PE clothes, and any other item they may have lost. Anything remaining will be donated to a local agency at the end of the week.
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.
Commuters' Corner
It's always a good time for a safety check! Make sure your student's helmet fits properly (low, level, and snug). As the days get shorter, it's important to outfit our bikes with lights. Bike Lights 101 will help you see and be seen! Lastly, a properly locked bike is much less likely to be stolen. Safe riding is fun riding!
Paly Centennial Celebration
Sunday, October 7, 2:00-3:30 pm, Paly Performing Arts Center
Palo Alto High School celebrates 100 years of community-supported public education on its current campus during the 2018/2019 school year. This year also marks 125 years since the founding of the first public school in Palo Alto. Everyone is invited to Paly’s spectacular new Performing Arts Center to celebrate Paly’s 100th birthday with world premier vocal and theatrical performances and special dedications presented by notable Paly alumni. The event is FREE but visit click here for general admission tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door. Box Office opens at 1:30. 
Tech Night for PAUSD Parents 
Monday, September 24, 6:30 pm, 25 Churchill Ave
Families will be shown how to utilize Infinite Campus and Schoology. Information about iConnect and the 1-to-1 Chromebook Program at the high school with be shared. Finally, tech tips for the home will be provided. Free child care for children who are potty-trained. Translation to Mandarin and Spanish. Light snacks will be provided.
Parent Network Workshops - Cyberbullying Prevention
Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7-8 pm, Microsoft Store, Stanford Shopping Center
Please join the Greene Middle School 7th Grade Parent Network to learn what is cyberbullying, how it occurs and how to prevent it to enhance academic achievement and social/emotional wellbeing. This invitation is open to all PAUSD parents. Topics covered:

  • Different ways kids participate in cyberbullying
  • Impact of cyberbullying
  • How to prevent cyberbullying
  • How to set privacy settings on Windows 10 and Xbox

These workshops are free but please RSVP online.
Measure Z Hosts a Night with Superintendent Austin 
Thursday, October 4, 7-9 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
Upcoming School Board Candidate Forums 
  • Thursday, September 27, 7-9 pm, 25 Churchill Ave (District Office Board Room) - Sponsored by League of Women Voters and PTAC
  • Tuesday, October 2, 6:45-9:00 pm, 25 Churchill Ave (District Office Board Room) - Focus is on Elementary Education (PreK-5th)
  • Sunday, October 14, 4-6 pm, Greene Middle School MP Room, 750 California Ave - Focus is on Educational Equity & Access: Achievement Gap and Special Education
  • Saturday, October 20, 4-6 pm, JLS Middle School MP Room, 480 E Meadow Dr - Focus is on Secondary Education (6th-12th grades)

There are six candidates who are running for the two open seats of our PAUSD School Board. Please try to attend these very informative evenings where you can meet and hear from all the candidates. Open to the public. Spanish and Mandarin translation available. Childcare available. Information/Questions: Contact Christina Schmidt or Kimberly Eng Lee.
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.
Community News
Bike Palo Alto
Sunday, September 30th, 1-3 pm, Fairmeadow Elementary
This annual, family-friendly event encourages people of all ages and abilities to bike more places more often, and kicks off PAUSD’s Walk & Roll to School Week. Join us at Fairmeadow Elementary headquarters for helmet fitting, minor bike checkups, Safe Routes to School information, a cargo bike expo, and more! Then, choose one of three bike-friendly routes and explore with free treats along the way! Routes and treat stops are open until 4 p.m. All riders need a waiver, so if your student is riding without you, please print , sign, and send one with him/her. You can find all the details at
PAUSD Cubberley ReDesign
Thursday, September 27, 7- 9 pm, Cubberley Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Rd
PAUSD and the City of Palo Alto envision a new future for Cubberley Community Center that will also create the potential for a future school on the site. Please join us for the first of four meetings. Each meeting will build upon the results of the previous meeting and your continued participation will help us ensure that everyone’s visions are considered as we together create a master plan for Cubberley. Childcare will be provided (children must be potty-trained). Spanish and Mandarin interpreters will be on hand and translated activity materials will be provided. Please RSVP online.
Let's Talk: Parent Spec Ed Support Group 
Wednesday, October 17, 7-9 pm, Los Altos Library, 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos
Connect with other parents who can relate to the joys and challenges of raising kids with differences. Learn from others’ experiences and share your wisdom. 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 1 CAC. Details here.
Palo Alto High School Cheer and Dance Teams Fundraiser - Gizdich Ranch Pies 
The best part of the holidays is sharing amazing meals and desserts with friends & family. This holiday season, the Paly Dance & Cheer teams are selling “farm-fresh” holiday pies from Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. The Apple, Two Berry, and/or Pumpkin pies are $20 each, or 3 for $55. They will be available for pickup in person outside of the Tower Building on Monday, November 12th from 3-7pm, or available for delivery that day for an extra $5.  Download and print order form here. Deadline to order is Friday, October 19th so put your orders in early. Thank you in advance for your support to help pay for our team expenses - we really appreciate it! Please contact for more information.
St. Lawrence String Quartet: Concert for the Community 
Wednesday, October 3, 4:30-5:30 pm, Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford
The St. Lawrence String Quartet presents its annual Concert for the Community, offered free of charge to local elementary and middle school children, teachers, and their families. Presented by the Friends of Music at Stanford in partnership with the Department of Music.  More info here.
Books & Nooks - The Mysterious Benedict Society 
Sunday, October 28, 3-5 pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Discuss a great book with your friends at the Mitchell Park Library. This month's book is The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" The perplexity of this newspaper ad catches the attention of a boy named Reynie Muldoon, who is indeed gifted and yearns to achieve purpose outside the walls of Stonetown Orphanage. Upon responding to the ad, Reynie and dozens of other children find themselves taking a test that is not an average multiple-choice exam. The participants are quizzed with random questions pertaining to math, geography, science, and other subjects of academic nature - in addition to humility, kindness, and courage.  Registration is required. Grades 5-8.
Society of Bookworms @ CH 
Wednesday, October 17, 4-5 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St
Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children's Library! For October, the book is Tom's Midnight Garden a graphic novel adaptation by Edith of the classic by Philippa Pearce. Tom finds himself in the midst of a strange adventure involving a clock that strikes thirteen, a garden that appears only at night, and a girl from another time. Join us to review the art and the story. Registration is required. Grades 4-6 only.
Stellar Science Enrichment Seeks Volunteers to Work with At-Risk Elementary School Students
Tuesdays, 4-5 pm, Mariano Castro Elementary School, Mountain View
Stellar Science Enrichment is seeking middle and high school volunteer mentors for the 2018-19 school year. Volunteers will work with at-risk elementary school students to complete hands-on science experiments and activities to support their science curriculum and enjoyment of the subject. A student run program, Stellar Science works with the YMCA after school program in Mountain View schools. Students in the area in 6th-12th grade with an interest in science and/or service are encouraged to join and be part of a very rewarding experience. Contact Lucy Volino, Director, to sign up or with any questions.
Teen Read Week Movie- Interstellar
Sunday, October 7, 3-5 pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Join us for Teen Read Week as we watch a movie based on Teen Read Week's theme, "It's Written in the Stars." Astronauts embark on a dangerous mission through a wormhole in order to find a habitable planet in a distant galaxy. Rated PG-13. Snacks provided. Grades 7-12 are welcome. Registration is required
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