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Mayfair- Passport to Fun!

Mayfair is Saturday, May 3rd from 11 AM – 3 PM. 

Passports- new this year! We will have a passport making station (Sean Keller’s classroom). Take your passport around to at least 6 different food/game booths (excluding the main food one) and collect ‘passport’ stamps. Take your passport with at least 6 stamps to the book booth and redeem for a free book!
 
Raffle Tickets! 4 reasons to sell lots of raffle tickets:
1. Top ticket sellers win prizes
2. Great way to support Jefferson
3. Top class wins a pizza party
4. The more tickets you sell, the more Jefferson bucks you earn (good for carnival games, etc.)
 
If you have sold all your raffle tickets, more are available in the office, with your teacher or contact Maramara.mahmood@gmail.com
 
Volunteer- this is a large event and we need a lot of help but only for a short amount of time. Go to volunteer spot to sign up for something the day of or to sell raffle tickets prior.

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Mayfair 2014 – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/8NWpRF
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

 

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Passport to Mayfair coming this May 3

Dear Jefferson Community,

Mayfair is just around the corner on May 3!  Our VolunteerSpot page is set up, and ready for volunteer sign-ups.  If you follow the directions below you can see our spreadsheet of volunteer shifts.
Some activities are run by a classroom, and others are available to the whole community.  It’s time to start browsing to see what might work for you.
–Sign up for a shift in your child’s classroom activity
–Sign up for a set-up or clean-up shift
–Bake a cake for the cake walk
There is something for everyone.  If you know someone who wants to sign up, but doesn’t do email, they can contact me directly, (Ellen Rigsby, with children in Mrs. Wong’s and Ms. Angela Reed’s classrooms).

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Mayfair 2014 – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/8NWpRF
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Looking forward to our Passport to Mayfair,

Ellen
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Help sell raffle tickets

Hello Jefferson families!

The Mayfair is just around the corner.  I’m sure you’ve heard it’s one of our big FUNdraisers.  We raise the majority of our money through raffle ticket sales.  Thank you to those of you who are already selling the books of tickets that came home with your child.
We also sell tickets three other places and would love your help!  We sell:
 
Thursday evenings at the Cheeseboard
Saturdays at Monterey Market
Sunday evenings at Off the Grid food trucks at North Berkeley Bart
It’s great fun and even more fun to do with friends. So get a group together and sign up!  You can contact Mara or Magali and we can sign you up for a shift (60-90 minutes) or sign up easily at Volunteer Spot. 
 1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/8NWpRF
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
If you have any questions please let us know.  If you need more tickets contact Mara, Magali (magali@demog.berkeley.edu) or see Tiana in the office.
Thanks so much for your help!
Mara, Magali & Margaret
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Main Office building opening

Hello Jefferson Families,

The new office and library building are finally ready! As of Monday the main office will be in the new building on Acton St.  You can enter from the new office door by room 101. You can now enter the campus by the stairway and walkway on Acton Street. The stairs are temporary with the permanent stairs being finished in the summer.
The library is completed  but won’t open until the furniture comes in and all of the books are shelved.
Peek in the windows! The new building is beautiful!
As of Monday remodeling will begin in the old office area. There is a temporary wall on the first floor, by the old office, that creates a separation between the hallway and the areas under construction.
The best way to drop off and pick up your children is on Rose Street, not on Ada St. In the near future we will close the Ada St. entrance. I will give you advance notice about the closing of this entrance.
In the near future we will plan the grand opening of the library!
See you at school,
Principal Maggie
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THANK YOU!

A huge thank you to all of those who made this Saturday’s Pancake Breakfast and CommUNITY meeting so successful! We had more than 140 parents and guardians there for honest and valuable discussions. This would not have been possible without the help of everyone involved: our amazing teachers, who not only stayed late on Friday to prepare their classrooms, but dedicated several hours of their Saturday to be a part of the event; the discussion facilitators who volunteered their time, the Cal BUILD volunteers, JAZ staff, and the many parents and family members who donated cooking equipment and helped us set up and clean up.
But most of all, this event would not have been possible without YOU, the parents and family members of Jefferson students who came willing to meet and talk with other community members about your child’s education, your hopes and concerns, and to build the relationships that make this such a wonderful community. Thank you.
So what happens next? The School Governance Council (SGC) will take all of the notes from the meeting, type and compile them, and write a report which we will share with the entire community; the ideas that came out of Saturday’s meeting will guide plans for next year and the coming years. Keep an eye out for that summary in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to talk to Principal Maggie or me.
Sincerely,
Erin Branagan
Jefferson School Governance Council
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Reminder – Math & Science Night this Fri (3/14) @ 6:30 pm

Save the date! Jefferson’s annual Math & Science Night will be on Friday, March 14 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the cafeteria. Come and have fun with family math & science games and activities. This year, you and your kids will be able to:

–Build a crazy and complicated “Rube Goldberg” machine with 4th grade teacher Sean Keller.
–Look at the ordinary and extraordinary through a microscope.
–Graph your wingspan and compare it to that of other Jefferson kids & adults — and birds of prey.
–Build a bridge out of spaghetti with engineering students from Cal.
–Design an urban landscape with a mix of roads, buildings, gardens and parks — and then see if it floods when there’s a rainstorm.
–Learn about classroom pets.
–In celebration of Pi Day, discover how the circumference and diameter of a circle are related.
–And more!

For more information, please contact Mas Handa at m-handa@comcast.net.

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JefferSons & Daughters – Immediate Need [03/13/14]

Dear Jefferson Community-
JefferSons and Daughter’s mission is to provide support to Jefferson students from families in need. Periodically throughout the school year JS&D will be sending out requests for needed items.
A couple of requests have come through for some families that are in need of groceries and possibly some clothing/shoes for their children.
If you would like to contribute please leave your donation at the front office with Tiana at the main office.
Sincerely,
Christina Hernandez
JefferSons & Daughter Coordinator
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Oakland A’s Step Up to the Plate for Education with Jefferson Elementary!

Jefferson is excited to participate in the Oakland A’s Step Up to the Plate for Education program for the 2014 season! Students, parents, and their friends and families have the opportunity to purchase special fundraising tickets for select A’s games.  A portion of each ticket will go directly back to the school. To purchase tickets and view the available games, please visit our school’s personalized link below:

www.athletics.com/Jefferson  

Tickets for the select games are limited – to participate in this special offer, we recommend purchasing tickets ASAP to reserve the best seats. Our school has selected April 19 as Jefferson Elementary Day at the A’s. In addition to this game, there are 5 other games to choose from including giveaway days, Mother’s Day, and a game vs. the Boston Red Sox.

Please note that there are big changes from previous years – the paper order forms are gone!  You order online and the tickets can even be emailed to you!  This is much easier for me and for the A’s – and I’m sure the forests are grateful.  The downside is that there won’t be a specific “Jefferson” seating area at the April 19 game, so if there are people you want to sit with you should order your tickets as a group.  Feel free to distribute the ticket forms to friends and family – they don’t have to be part of the Jefferson community to enjoy the discount.

Questions?  Contact Catherine Scholar at cscholar@digitalman.com.

See you at the game!

 

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Jefferson Math & Science Night (Fri 3/14)

Save the date! Jefferson’s annual Math & Science Night will be on Friday, March 14 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the cafeteria. Come and have fun with family math & science games and activities. This year, you and your kids will be able to:

–Build a crazy and complicated “Rube Goldberg” machine with 4th grade teacher Sean Keller.
–Look at the ordinary and extraordinary through a microscope.
–Graph your wingspan and compare it to that of other Jefferson kids & adults — and birds of prey.
–Build a bridge out of spaghetti with engineering students from Cal.
–Design an urban landscape with a mix of roads, buildings, gardens and parks — and then see if it floods when there’s a rainstorm.
–Learn about classroom pets.
–In celebration of Pi Day, discover how the circumference and diameter of a circle are related.
–And more!

For more information, please contact Mas Handa at m-handa@comcast.net.

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Jefferson Discount Tix to Cal Bears Men’s Basketball game on Saturday

Please join us for a special Jefferson Event. Cal Bears Men’s Basketball #6 is playing Colorado #4 for their final home game of the season this Saturday at 3:30. We’ve arranged a special Jefferson event so you can buy tickets: Youth (Under 12th grade) is $10 and Adults $20.

 

There will be a special Kids Zone offering face painting, jumpy house, basketball shooting, Food Trucks and Beer Garden. The flyer and order form is being sent home through the weekly Communication folder this week. Deadline to submit payment is Thursday, March 6, 2014.  Tickets will be held under your name at Will Call, Haas Pavilion.

For questions call:  Mable Yee 510-918-3700 or email at myee05@yahoo.com

 

For all you Cal Alumnae and friends of Cal…..Go Bears!

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SGC meeting this Thursday, March 6, 6:30 pm

Dear Jefferson community,
The Jefferson School Governance Council will hold our next meeting this Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 pm in the staff room. Below is the meeting agenda:
-Approve minutes of Feb 20 mtg
-Community meeting planning status 
-food
-childcare
-outreach
-program
- volunteers
-LCAP/LCFF updates
 
The meeting is open and all members of the school community are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!
 
Best,
Erin Branagan
SGC Chair
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Safety at arrival and dismissal to school

Hello Jefferson Parents/Guardians,

 I’m writing to ask you to be careful when you drop off and pick up your children from school. Many families are dropping their children off on the opposite side of the street. Students are running across the street on Rose and Ada Streets and are in danger of getting hit by passing cars.

 Even though Ada is a smaller street, cars race down it every morning. Drivers cannot see children coming from parked cars which creates a very dangerous situation.

Rose Street is very busy all day long and is particularly dangerous in the morning.

Children should only cross the street where there are crossing guards.

Otherwise, please park on the school side of the street when you pick up or drop off your students.

Principal Maggie

 

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Stop for Coffee, College and Career Day!

hello Jefferson Families,

Join us at 8:15AM Friday, March 7 - for morning coffee and information about college readiness . School-wide Student Dress Up Day - wear college sweatshirts, hats and buttons ! Or, dress as what you want to be when you grow up !  Parents are encouraged to show their school spirit as well .

Thanks, and see you on Friday morning !

cheers,
Patricia and Anne

Your Hospitality Crew

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Silent Auction Thank You – Checkout

Wow! Jefferson parents really know how to have a good time. You Rock!

Check out the pictures here.  Thanks to La Bedaine for another year of fantastic food. The Berkeley High Jazz combo “Midnight Mission” reminded us of why the Berkeley’s music program is so awesome.
Thanks to our teacher emcees Jackie Murillo, Beth Trevor, Susanne Reed & Sean Keller for their amazing performances of “Love Potion #9″ and “That Old Black Magic” and hosting our event.  We can’t wait to see the video!
Thanks to the volunteers who made this wonderful event a success.  We had such a hard working group of people and I want to thank them for all the work they did.
It was our 5th anniversary at Emmett Eiland’s Oriental Rug Company.  Richard and Blair feel like family now after all this time.  They have a Facebook page and it would be wonderful if everyone could thank them for their generosity.  Click here.

Winners - Tomorrow you will be notified by email of your winnings.  After you pay, we can arrange for you to pick up items at school or have them dropped off at your house.

We raised $26,866.00 thanks to all our bidders and attendees, our highest amount to date. Thank you to all the parents that donated to the auction and those of you who bid.   Money from the auction will go to pay for PE, field trips, lunchtime supervision and other programs that benefit all our kids.

Let the good times roll,
Valerie
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9 More Days Until the Auction!

Buy Tickets Now!

Buy Tickets Now!

Only 9 more days until Jefferson Mardi Gras!  Get your tickets online, return the ticket form in the green PTA box in the office or contact Andrea at felony@waste.org.

Childcare Sign-up!  Childcare will be provided again this year by our wonderful JAZ staff.  They will be accepting children ages 3 and up for childcare from 6:15pm-9:45 pm.  The kids will be split into groups by age and shown age appropriate movies. They will also be served pizza.  All this for only $10 per child. You must get your reservation in by Feb 21 so we know how many staff to have on hand.          

To sign-up for childcare contact Susi May at smay@sugarinc.com or at the JAZ check-in table in the cafetorium.

Volunteers need for set-up!  Want to join the Silent Auction Krewe to set-up the event?  We have a great time and need your help.  Contact Valerie vkratzer@yahoo.com or contact Andrea at felony@waste.org.
Check out auction items, party information and buy tickets at:http://jeffersonmardigras.blogspot.com

Si desea recibir más información sobre este evento en Español comuníquese con Marta Skeen marta.skeen@gmail.com (510) 333-3144

Look at the these great parent donations!
Indian Dinner for Six - Served hot and delivered to your house!
Champagne Tasting for Six - “Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.” – Mark Twain. We will be tasting sparkling wines from around the world including champagne, cremant, prosecco, cava, and others. Evening will include food pairing, lively discussion and bubbles galore.
Chinese Dumpling Party – Back by Popular Demand! Chinese dumplings are a common Chinese meal, and dumpling-making parties are a beloved tradition in China, especially at Chinese New Year. Learn how to prepare the filling, fold and crimp, and best of all, enjoy the delicious dumplings and other delectables, with delightful company! Cocktails with an Asian twist will also be served, and though they are not really part of the Chinese tradition, they are lots of fun!
Tiki Hoohiwahiwa – You are kono to a tiki party! Get out your aloha wear, a grass skirt if you dare, because the mai tais are chilling, da kine food will be thrilling, a tropical evening in paradise and the ticket is really a very good price!!!

2nd Annual Jefferson Dad’s Night – Cocktails, Poker Tournament, Games of Chance & Skill. Last years party was quite the event. You won’t want to miss this years action!

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Silent Auction Menu

Buy Tickets Now!

Buy Tickets Now!

Just in case you needed another reason to come to the Silent Auction and Party, here is menu from La Bedaine for the event.  Read on and drool.
 
Check out auction items, party information and buy tickets at:http://jeffersonmardigras.blogspot.com

Catering from La Bedaine

Mardi Gras Dinner

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Smoked Salmon Canapés
Shrimp Remoulade with tomato, meyer lemon (g)
Mini Goat cheese and Spinach Quiches (v)
Boudin Noir Deviled Eggs (g)
Cheese allumettes (v)
Gougères (v)
Endive with roquefort butter, candied walnut (v) (g)
Roast Beef sliders with horseradish, celery root remoulade, arugula
Vegetarian “Muffulettas” (v)
Red Bean Salad with bacon, celery, red onions, vinaigrette, chervil (g)
Jambalaya with chicken, chorizo, garlic sausage
Ratatouille (g) (v)
(v) Vegetarian
(g) Gluten Free

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PTA Meeting – Feb 13

Join us for our monthly PTA meeting this evening, from 6:30-8pm in the school cafetorium. Agenda items include:
Principal’s report (including a presentation on funding changes for next year), treasurer’s report (beginning to plan the PTA budget for the 2014-15 school year), forming a nominating committee for next year’s executive board, updates on upcoming events such as the Silent Auction (3/1), Math and Science Night (3/14), the Community Meeting (4/12) and Mayfair (5/4). Also, we will discuss adding more funds to this year’s budget for BART tickets used for field trips. (The teachers have planned many great field trips using BART this year, and our ticket supply is currently running low.)
Spanish translation and childcare will be provided! Hope to see you there!
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Jefferson Independent: January 2014 Letter from Principal Maggie

Dear Jefferson Families,

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

January 20th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On this day, our country celebrates Dr. King’s birthday, his accomplishments as a civil rights leader and activist and his legacy of service to the community.

During the month of January, your children have been learning about the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I’d like to invite you to our school assembly on January 23rd where they will share what they’ve learned with performances for our entire school.

Dr. King believed that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” At Jefferson School we uphold this belief and teach our students what it means to be of service to their school and community by providing them with the opportunity to join Jefferson’s Service Learning Club. Over 60 students from grades 3,4 and 5 are Service Learning Club members and are engaged in a wide variety of jobs that make our school a better place for everyone. The jobs include:

• Peacemakers- Conflict Managers

• Library Support Team

• Green Team

• K-1st grade tutors

• Yard  Team

• Office Team

• Playground Team

The Service Learning Club is coordinated by school counselor Virginia Peden and is  supported by funding from our generous PTA.

On any given day our Service Learning Club volunteers can be seen all over the school, signing up in the office, bustling along in the halls and on the yard, wearing their sashes and vests and making a difference. They take their jobs very seriously and carry them out with tremendous pride and joy. Through their actions, they are following in the steps of our great leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I, too, am proud of our students. They are truly keeping Dr. King’s dream alive by working in service of their school community and, as such, are great role models for all of us.

Sincerely,

Principal Maggie

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Art night supplies request

Hi Jefferson Families,

We are looking for the following items for Art Night projects.  If you have a surplus of these things in your art supplies cupboard we’d love to take them off your hands!

  • Googly eyes

  • Glitter

  • Yogurt containers w/lids (quart)

  • Multicolored embroidery floss

  • Felt

  • Ribbons

  • Doilies

  • Sheets of stickers with Valentine or car theme

There is a box in the main office where you can drop off these donations.

Note: Art night is Friday, February 7th from 6 – 8 PM

Questions? Email coordinators: Walmaria Caldas (walmaria@speakeasy.net), Deirdre Murphy (deirdre@metopic.com), Jana Vourgourakis (andrewjana@earthlink.net), or Laura Atkins (laura@lauraatkins.com)

Thanks!

Deirdre.

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PTA classes: Registration ends 1/24. Rosters posted 1/28

Hi Jefferson families,

Friendly reminder that tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 24, 2:30pm is the registration deadline for the Spring session of PTA Classes.

There’s still room in all classes with the EXCEPTION of the following which are full:

Constructing Art: Mon. (grades 1-5)
Art Exploration (grades 1-5)
Building Imagination (K)
Eng. with Legos (grades 1-5)
Skilly Circus (K)

Extra brochures are on the PTA website and in the school office.

We’ll try to have rosters posted Tues. Jan. 28 in the school hallway. Please review them if you’re at school to check that your kids are properly registered into their classes. We’ve got a great team, but mistakes do happen.

Cheers,
Shui Wong