Panther Tracks
September 3, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
September 3 - Labor Day - No School
September 4 - PTA Executive Board Meeting
September 5 & 6 - 6th Grade Math Night
September 11 - PTA Association Meeting
September 13-14 - Make Up Individual Photos
September 17 - Site Council Meeting
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. 
Individual Photo Make-up Day: Volunteers Needed
Thursday-Friday morning, September 13-14
Photo make-up day for individual photos will take place on September 13-14. 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.
JLS Student Store Open This Friday, September 7th
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 Friday during lunchtime. 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.
Support JLS by Shopping Online
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!
2018-19 JLS Site Council Seeks New Parent Representatives
JLS is looking for additional parents to volunteer for the Site Council. The Site Council is a representative body made up of parents, staff, and students. It is responsible for developing and monitoring the Single Plan for Student Achievement, allocating resources to meet the goals identified in the plan, and providing broad-based input on school effectiveness.

Membership on the Council consists of four parents, four students, and eight staff members. Parent membership consists of three elected positions and one position appointed by the PTA. Elected parent members of the Site Council hold office for two years, provided that they continue to be a parent at JLS; otherwise the term of office is one year.

If you have questions about the Site Council and/or are interested in placing your name on the ballot, please contact Judy Lukensmeyer, Site Council Coordinator.
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
Having recently taught a class on bicycle safety to all incoming 6th graders, we know that most JLS students ride courteously and know the rules of the road. Unfortunately, there was a bike-on-bike collision on the Waverley Path this week involving a JLS student and a Fairmeadow first grader. Our wonderful bike paths are for everyone and older students need to be mindful of both the smaller children and the seniors using them. The Waverley Path is particularly busy right now while the bridge near the Magical Bridge Playground 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.
Last Days of PiE Challenge Grant
The PiE 2018-2019 fundraising campaign is happening now. Your donations make a difference in the education of all students in our 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. Take two minutes to see how the enriched education we want for our kids is only possible with PiE. Every gift provides essential funding! Gifts and pledges made by Sept 4 will be matched by a $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant. Please donate today.
Measure Z Hosts a Night with Superintendent Austin
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
Notice of Public Hearing: Sufficiency of Materials
Tuesday, September 4, 6:30 pm, Palo Alto Unified School District Office, 25 Churchill Ave
Board of Education Meeting: In accordance with Education Code §60119, the PAUSD Board of Education will receive input from the public relative to certification that students in the Palo Alto Unified School District have sufficient textbooks or instructional materials, or both, for the 2018-19 school year.
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
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).
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.
New Cooking Class for Kids
Tuesdays, September 11 - November 27, 3:15-4:45 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center (Fireside Room and Kitchen)
Cooking Round the World is a new class offered for kids ages 8-12 through the City of Palo Alto Recreation program. It is a wonderful opportunity for children to explore the world through food (cooking it and eating it). Cooking Round the World is a completely nut-free program.  Registration is open and the course number is 13138.
4-hour Kidpower Safety and Self Defense Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with Their Adults 
Saturday, September 22, 9 am - 1 pm, PACCC Ventura Activity Center, 3990 Ventura Ct
Families practice personal safety skills together for handling everyday emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies.  Visit the registration page, call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email us for information. Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you're interested!
Ohlone Mandarin Immersion 10-Year Anniversary
Saturday, September 8, 11 am – 2 pm, Ohlone Elementary School, 950 Amarillo Av
Welcoming ALL students and staff who were at Ohlone from Fall 2008 to the present, this celebration commemorates 10 years of accomplishments with the implementation of OMI as an integrated and integral part of Ohlone. Please come to celebrate OMI's accomplishments and enjoy reminiscing with lots of hugs, and thanking all the participants in the establishment and development of Ohlone Mandarin Immersion.  RSVP to the potluck here. Also, we need your help to put on this celebration! Please sign up to volunteer for a short shift at the party.
Calling All Cargo Bike Riders!
Do you have a cool bike that you use to carry your kids, pets, or cargo around town? If so, Bike Palo Alto would love to feature you and your bike in this year's event. Bike Palo Alto 2018 is on Sunday, September 30th at Fairmeadow Elementary School, 500 E. Meadow Drive, from 1-3pm. This year, Bike Palo Alto is adding the cargo bike expo so that community members can see a variety of cargo bike options in person, ask the owners questions about them, and take them for test rides. If you have a cargo bike and would like to volunteer to participate in the expo, please email Rebecca Navarro and be sure to include your name and the make/model of your cargo bike.
Free Mindful Moms Intro Class with Krassi Harwell
Tuesday, September 11, 12-1:30 pm, 67 Encina Ave
Come try this intro class for free and join our community of wise and caring moms as we navigate the rich and rewarding journey of raising kids into adults. We’ll practice yoga, meditate, and tap into the healing power of togetherness as we share stories, strength and support. For moms who have kids of all ages – particularly toddlers thru teens! Be wise – build your support network as you navigate motherhood.  Registration is required. More information 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 as space is limited.
Family Yoga Every Saturday
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am, Blossom Birth, 290 California Ave
Family Yoga at Blossom is perfect for moms, dads, or grandparents and their toddlers or preschool kids. Enjoy vitalizing yoga, playful meditation, and singing as a sweet way to connect with your child. Have two or more? Bring them all, children join for free. Make this a joyful weekend family routine or just drop-in whenever you need some vitalizing movement. Blossom Birth Services is a 501 c(3) community based nonprofit organization.
Future of El Camino Real
Survey ends September 7th
Community feedback is sought on bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and safety enhancements along El Camino Real between Stanford Avenue and Lambert Avenue, including potential protected bicycle lanes, among other ideas. Please let the City of Palo Alto know your thoughts by taking an online survey and signing up for future notifications on the project webpage.
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