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Weekly Digest: At-A-Glance: 8th Feb 2016

Week’s Events: 

PBIS Focus this Month: Hallway Expectations

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Monday: 2/8: SAGE Matches Begin
Tuesday:  2/9: Black History Assembly; 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Visitors from Japan observing full inclusion
Wednesday: 2/10: 2-4 p.m. Staff Meeting
Thursday: 2/11: Field Trips: Lawrence Berkeley Lab (Room 202);
Friday: 2/12: NO SCHOOL!
Monday: 2/15: NO SCHOOL!



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Are you, your spouse or your friends having trouble receiving email from the Jefferson E-tree? Did you try to subscribe to the E-tree, but still aren’t receiving email? Please remind your friends that they can subscribe and unsubscribe to the Jefferson E-tree by following the instructions at http://jefferson.berkeleypta.org/jefferson-e-tree.
At the January Jefferson PTA meeting, several parents said they are not receiving news from the Jefferson E-tree. If you are still having trouble receiving email from the Jefferson E-tree, please contact Stefan Lasiewski. We will work with our email provider, DigitalPTO, on these problems.

You can help us: Please take a moment and check in your email spam folder for messages starting with the subject “[Jefferson]”. Please mark them as “Not Spam”, which will improve our “email score” with Google, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, etc.

Thank you from the Jefferson PTA Board!



Other Newsworthy Items (click on links to learn more) 

Silent Auction- March 12 – Save the Date

Grab your legwarmers and parachute pants and join us for the Jefferson 80’s Night silent auction and adult party on Saturday, March 12th from 6:30-9:30pm at Emmet Eiland’s showroom, 1326 9th St. in Berkeley. The auction is a crucial fundraiser for the school and helps to maintain programming supported by the PTA such as P.E., classroom field trips, teacher stipends, after school class scholarships and more. We have lots of fabulous items up for auction this year, including: a Russian River vacation getaway, gift certificates to local restaurants like Chez Panisse & Farm Burger, amazing art from our Jefferson community members, treats and outings donated by classroom teachers and more! The auction is a terrific opportunity for the adults of the Jefferson community to enjoy each other’s company, delicious food & drink as well as the sparkling entertainment provided by our beloved teacher emcees! We will have low cost childcare available on the Jefferson campus.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale, with suggested amounts of $15-25-35. Purchase your tickets at the auction website: http://jefferson80snight.blogspot.com/ OR Jefferson PTA website: http://jefferson.berkeleypta.org/  Tickets will also be available at the next PTA meeting, morning coffee klatch or contact mindyswilliams17@gmail.com
We are actively seeking donations for the auction (art, services, meals, vacation rentals, etc.). We also need volunteers to help with party planning, decorations, publicity and picking up donations from local businesses. Please contact vkratzer@yahoo.com or andreadejarlais@gmail.com to donate or help out!

The Music Connection Spring Music Festival

WHAT: The Music Connection (TMC) Spring Music Festival
WHO: BUSD Music Students
WHERE: Morrison Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
WHEN: April 9th. (Please sign up by March 19)

TMC’s Spring Music Festival is a fun opportunity for your young musician to perform a solo or in a small ensemble. Students will receive feedback from UC Berkeley music faculty members and instructors and prizes will be awarded for outstanding performances!

See informational flyer

Visit tmc.berkeley.edu to sign-up and for more information. (Please note the deadline to sign up is March 19th) If you have any questions feel free to contact us at tmcberkeley@gmail.com. (Please include Music Festival in the subject line.)

TMC is a UC Berkeley volunteer organization, which provides in-class, out of class, and free private music tutoring to students in BUSD. Through our programs and events we hope to help support music education in our community.

Attn Jefferson Families: The GOLDEN SNEAKER contest! Feb 22nd – March 4th

The GOLDEN SNEAKER contest is Coming Up Feb 22nd – March 4th!

Jefferson’s classes will be competing to see which class can have the most students getting to school using active transportation.

The winning class will claim the GOLDEN SNEAKER trophy and have a class celebration.

So get your sneakers on and get ready to get to school!

To kick off the contest:

Wear Anything GOLD for Walk and Roll to School Day on Feb 22nd.

Wear anything GOLD and get started getting to school on your feet, bikes and shared transportation!

See you there! and Glittering!

Lauren Freels

SR2S (Safe-Routes-To-School) Champion

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Silent Auction- March 12 – Save the Date

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Grab your legwarmers and parachute pants and join us for the Jefferson 80’s Night silent auction and adult party on Saturday, March 12th from 6:30-9:30pm at Emmet Eiland’s showroom, 1326 9th St. in Berkeley. The auction is a crucial fundraiser for the school and helps to maintain programming supported by the PTA such as P.E., classroom field trips, teacher stipends, after school class scholarships and more. We have lots of fabulous items up for auction this year, including: a Russian River vacation getaway, gift certificates to local restaurants like Chez Panisse & Farm Burger, amazing art from our Jefferson community members, treats and outings donated by classroom teachers and more! The auction is a terrific opportunity for the adults of the Jefferson community to enjoy each other’s company, delicious food & drink as well as the sparkling entertainment provided by our beloved teacher emcees! We will have low cost childcare available on the Jefferson campus.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale, with suggested amounts of $15-25-35. Purchase your tickets at the auction website: http://jefferson80snight.blogspot.com/ OR Jefferson PTA website: http://jefferson.berkeleypta.org/  Tickets will also be available at the next PTA meeting, morning coffee klatch or contact mindyswilliams17@gmail.com
We are actively seeking donations for the auction (art, services, meals, vacation rentals, etc.). We also need volunteers to help with party planning, decorations, publicity and picking up donations from local businesses. Please contact vkratzer@yahoo.com or andreadejarlais@gmail.com to donate or help out!
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The Music Connection Spring Music Festival

WHAT: The Music Connection (TMC) Spring Music Festival
WHO: BUSD Music Students
WHERE: Morrison Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
WHEN: April 9th. (Please sign up by March 19)

TMC’s Spring Music Festival is a fun opportunity for your young musician to perform a solo or in a small ensemble. Students will receive feedback from UC Berkeley music faculty members and instructors and prizes will be awarded for outstanding performances!

See informational flyer

Visit tmc.berkeley.edu to sign-up and for more information. (Please note the deadline to sign up is March 19th) If you have any questions feel free to contact us at tmcberkeley@gmail.com. (Please include Music Festival in the subject line.)

TMC is a UC Berkeley volunteer organization, which provides in-class, out of class, and free private music tutoring to students in BUSD. Through our programs and events we hope to help support music education in our community.

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Attn Jefferson Families: The GOLDEN SNEAKER contest! Feb 22nd – March 4th

The GOLDEN SNEAKER contest is Coming Up Feb 22nd – March 4th!

Jefferson’s classes will be competing to see which class can have the most students getting to school using active transportation.

The winning class will claim the GOLDEN SNEAKER trophy and have a class celebration.

So get your sneakers on and get ready to get to school!

To kick off the contest:

Wear Anything GOLD for Walk and Roll to School Day on Feb 22nd.

Wear anything GOLD and get started getting to school on your feet, bikes and shared transportation!

See you there! and Glittering!

Lauren Freels

SR2S (Safe-Routes-To-School) Champion

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Notice to JAZ parents: vote for parent representative for Afterschool Advisory Committee

Hello JAZ Families:
Thank you to all of the families who attend the BACR Meeting on Monday evening.  The program sounds very exciting and it was great to meet the staff.  If you are a JAZ Parent, please pick up an Afterschool Advisory Committee Ballot from Angela Gilder on Wednesday afternoon.  We had an overwhelming number of interested parents.  Please vote for one parent at each grade-level.  There will be an envelope near the JAZ Office where you can submit your completed ballot by Friday at 4:00 P.M.   An email will be sent to the selected candidates on Saturday.  I look forward to establishing the Advisory Committee to create an opportunity for effective communication, ongoing feedback and  program design; including taking a deeper look at reducing the current barriers between JAZ and BEARS.  
Thank You,
Pat Saddler
Director of Programs and Special Projects
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Weekly Digest: At-A-Glance: Week of Feb 2nd 2016

Week’s Events: 

PBIS Focus this Month: Hallway Expectations

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Tuesday:  2/3: Assembly Recognition and Hallway Expectations; 8:20 for Kinder through 1st, 9:00 for 2nd through 5th
Wednesday: 2/3: Hearing Screening – Grades K,2,5 in special education and referrals
Thursday: 2/4: Field Trips: Lawrence Berkeley Lab (Room 206); Asian Art Museum (Rooms 106, 107)
Friday: 2/5: Reminder: District placement requests are due to district for incoming K’s and outgoing 5th graders
Wednesday-Friday: 2/3-2/5: Camp Arroyo for 4th Grade

 

 



Other Newsworthy Items (click on links to learn more) 

Equity Circles

To Equity Circle Participants,

While the Equity Circle collaborators greatly look forward to the start of the process, the start date of February 6 will need to be postponed. Jefferson will work with Pamela Harrison on a new schedule and reach out to participants by mid-February. Thanks you for your patience while we work to make sure this important process is done well.

Valentine’s Teacher Tea

Hello Jefferson families,

Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, let’s show our love and appreciation for Jefferson’s incredible teachers and staff! The PTA is organizing a Valentine’s Tea for the staff meeting on Wednesday, February 10th. Please sign up here: Valentine’s Tea Signup if you are interested in helping out. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Hess (loribhess@aol.com) or Patricia Mok (patricialmok@gmail.com).

Thank you!

Lori and Patricia

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Valentine’s Teacher Tea

Hello Jefferson families,

Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, let’s show our love and appreciation for Jefferson’s incredible teachers and staff! The PTA is organizing a Valentine’s Tea for the staff meeting on Wednesday, February 10th. Please sign up here: Valentine’s Tea Signup if you are interested in helping out. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Hess (loribhess@aol.com) or Patricia Mok (patricialmok@gmail.com).

Thank you!

Lori and Patricia

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Equity Circles

To Equity Circle Participants,

While the Equity Circle collaborators greatly look forward to the start of the process, the start date of February 6 will need to be postponed. Jefferson will work with Pamela Harrison on a new schedule and reach out to participants by mid-February. Thanks you for your patience while we work to make sure this important process is done well.

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Notice to JAZ parents of meetings on Feb 1 and 8

JAZ families,
Please see the letter below from Patricia Saddler, Director of Programs and Special Projects, regarding two upcoming meetings. For further background, you can also read the informational letter posted to the etree on Jan 12th.

January 26, 2016

Hello JAZ Families:

I am writing to share information regarding two important meetings related to the Jefferson after school program, and to invite you to consider serving as a parent representative on the JAZ Advisory Committee.

JAZ Parent Informational Meeting with Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) staff:
Monday, February 1, at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria

JAZ Advisory Committee Meeting:
Monday, February 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Library

If you are the parent or guardian of a JAZ student and interested in serving as a parent representative on the Advisory Committee, please notify both Aaron Jorgensen and me no later than Monday, February 1 at 4:00p.m. (contact information below). We ask that you please submit by email your name, the grade level of your child(ren), and a short statement on why you are interested in being a Parent Representative.

If more than five interested parents come forward to serve on the committee, we will conduct a simple election to select parent representatives. A ballot will be distributed to all JAZ families on February 2 and due back in the School Main Office by 12:00 noon on February 5. This will allow us to announce the names of the elected parents (those who receive the most votes) on Saturday, February 6.
We would like to gather your questions in advance so that we may have the best answers available to you when we meet. In order to do so, this LINK will direct you to a short questionnaire for you to complete and submit. We will compile the questions and provide answers at the meeting.
I would like to personally thank you for your patience during this transition in the after school program at Jefferson, and for the opportunity to work collaboratively with you. I am confident that JAZ will again be the high quality program of enrichment and academic support that your children will enjoy.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email:
aaronjorgensen@berkeley.net
patriciasaddler@berkeley.net

Sincerely,

Patricia Saddler
Director of Programs and Special Projects

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Updated SGC agenda: All welcome for 2/4 meeting

Here is an updated agenda:

  • Discuss and vote on allocating funds for materials (~$5000), and Dave Nettell’s Cooperative Adventures philosophy and practices (~$1000).
  • Review survey questions from previous year and discuss new survey options.
  • Discuss PlayWorks and Jr. Coaches
  • Update on Equity Circles

 

Best,

Peter Ross

SGC Chair

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Weekly Digest: At-a-Glance: Week of Jan 25th 2016

Week’s Events: 

PBIS Focus this Month: Hallway Expectations

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Monday:  Professional Development for Teachers: NO SCHOOL
Tuesday:  26th Jan: Stop Waste Assembly 8:20 – Kinder – 3rd, 9:00 – 4th-5th

Coming up next week

Tuesday, February 2nd– TK-1st: 8:20: Assembly; 2nd – 5th Gr: Awards and Hallway Expectations
Wednesday, February 3rd – 8:15 – 11:00: Hearing Screening for Grades k,2, 5
Wednesday – Friday, February 3rd – 5th – Camp Arroyo for 4th grade.


Other Newsworthy Items (click on links to learn more) 

Spring 2016 Girls On The Run registration open
Registration for the Spring 2016 of Girls on the Run is open!

You can pick up paper registrations in the Jefferson School office, or enroll online at
http://www.gotrbayarea.org/get-involved/register-your-girl
Make sure to choose Jefferson School in BERKELEY!

See the flyer here!

We are also looking for coaches available Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2:30-3:45
The season begins March 7, 2016 and culminates with a 5K Family Run in Golden Gate Park onMay 22, 2016.
Interested coaches, please register here:

ALL JEFFERSON FAMILIES AND STUDENTS (GIRLS AND BOYS) ARE INVITED TO SIGN UP FOR THE FAMILY RUN IN GOLDEN GATE PARK ON MAY 22, 2016!

Any questions or concerns?  Please email Susanne Reed at susannereed@berkeley.net
Thank you!
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Spring 2016 Girls On The Run registration open

Registration for the Spring 2016 of Girls on the Run is open!

You can pick up paper registrations in the Jefferson School office, or enroll online at
http://www.gotrbayarea.org/get-involved/register-your-girl
Make sure to choose Jefferson School in BERKELEY!

See the flyer here!

We are also looking for coaches available Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2:30-3:45
The season begins March 7, 2016 and culminates with a 5K Family Run in Golden Gate Park on May 22, 2016.
Interested coaches, please register here:

ALL JEFFERSON FAMILIES AND STUDENTS (GIRLS AND BOYS) ARE INVITED TO SIGN UP FOR THE FAMILY RUN IN GOLDEN GATE PARK ON MAY 22, 2016!

Any questions or concerns?  Please email Susanne Reed at susannereed@berkeley.net
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Jefferson Update

Dear Jefferson Families and Staff:

With Principal Martin out until the end of February, the following leadership structure will be in effect for the duration of that absence.

Suzanne McCulloch, longtime district administrator and recently retired head of the district’s visual and performing arts program, will be assigned as Jefferson’s acting administrator until the end of February. Ms. McCulloch will oversee school operations and logistics 4 days a week including budget, facilities, transportation, personnel, student supervision, and the enrichment programs, as well as a variety of day to day administrative responsibilities.

Additionally, Jefferson teacher, Mary Cazden, who already serves as teacher in charge when the principal is off campus, will expand her instructional leadership role. Ms. Cazden will continue to coordinate support services for students, work with the leadership team, help plan and co-facilitate meetings, and work with the acting administrator on parent and staff communications. Ms. Cazden’s current duties will be modified slightly and she will be designated as a teacher on special assignment to expand her support of the overall instructional program at the school.

This temporary change in school leadership understandably leaves our parent community seeking reassurances. Toward that end we believe that we have two highly competent and veteran educators, as well as a skilled and committed faculty, leading and supporting our school and programs in the interim. We have every confidence that they can sustain a positive and productive learning environment for our kids until Ms. Martin returns.

Maggie Riddle, Director of K-8 schools, and Jefferson’s former principal, will advise this leadership team daily and will communicate additional details regarding who to contact for particular needs to families early next week.

Respectfully,

Pasquale Scuderi

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

Berkeley Unified School District

510-644-6257

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Enrichment class registration ends Friday

Reminder: registration for PTA After School Enrichment Classes ends this Friday, January 22, 2:30pm.

We still have a few spots left in the classes below. We’re especially hoping to get a few more kids into the Spanish classes otherwise we might not be able to hold them. So if you’re thinking about it, now is the time!

  • Monday – Conversational Mandarin (Gr 1-5)
  • Tuesday – Act Up! (Gr 1-5)
  • Tuesday – Jedi Engineering using LEGO (TK/K)
  • Wednesday –  Fun with Mandarin (TK-3)
  • Friday – Spanish Through The Arts (TK/K)
  • Friday – Spanish Through The Arts (Gr 1-5)

Go here to check out the openings and register online:

http://jefferson.berkeleypta.org/enrichment/

PTA Enrichment Coordinators

jefferson.ptaclasses@gmail.com

P.S. Thank you for your prompt response to lottery and waitlist invoices. If we don’t get your payment within 48 hours, we can’t guarantee your spot.

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Jan 20 after school advisory meeting postponed

In light of Principal Martin’s medical leave, the after school advisory meeting scheduled for tomorrow, January 20th, has been postponed until further notice.

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Principal Martin out on medical leave

Dear Jefferson Staff and Families:

Beginning on Tuesday, January 19, Principal Sonya Martin will be on medical leave for approximately 6 weeks.
While this turn of events may understandably cause some concerns for our school community, Superintendent Evans, myself, and Director of K-8 schools, Maggie Riddle (Jefferson’s former principal), will be partnering closely with staff to ensure continuity of program for our kids and families.
We fully anticipate and understand some potential frustration with the lack of additional details provided here, but approved leaves are personnel matters that require us to honor and respect privacy.
On Tuesday morning, Maggie and I will meet with Jefferson staff and will make arrangements for District staff and teacher leadership to jointly cover the school for the duration of the week.
Over the next few days we will be reviewing and considering the options for longer range coverage until Ms. Martin returns, and our goal is to communicate a clear plan for the duration of her leave to staff and families by Friday evening.
An unexpected shift in school leadership is never an easy thing, yet given the caliber of the Jefferson staff and the familiarity of District staff with the Jefferson program we are confident that the school will be in the best hands possible during the next several weeks.
We expect full continuity of program for our kids, and will communicate with staff and families regularly during this time sharing any details that are relevant and appropriate to share.
Respectfully,
Pasquale Scuderi

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
Berkeley Unified School District
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Important: JAZ Afterschool Program Update!

Dear Jefferson Families,

This message is being posted a second time to ensure you are informed.

Please see the attached letter for an update on JAZ.

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Thank you,

Principal Sonya Martin

Sonya Martin

Principal

Jefferson Elementary School

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JAZ Afterschool Program Update!

Dear Jefferson Families,

Happy New Year! I hope each of you are having a wonderful start to the year!

Please see the attached letter for an update on JAZ.

JeffJAZLetter

Thanks,

Sonya Martin

Principal

Jefferson Elementary School

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Middle School Information Nights

Hello Jefferson Families —

Do you have a 5th Grader and wonder about what happens after Jefferson?  Have questions about 6th Grade and beyond?!?  Come to BUSD Middle School Information Night and meet the Principal and Teachers, learn about curriculum, after school enrichment programs, and much more!

Middle School Information Nights begin at 7:00PM on the following dates:

January 13 King

January 20 Longfellow

January 27 Willard

For more information, go to the BUSD website:

http://www.berkeleyschools.net/departments/berkeley-school-admissions/

cheers,

Patricia Mok

Jefferson 5th Grade & Berkeley High Parent

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Weekly Digest: Week At-a-Glance: 11th Jan 2016

Week’s Events: 

PBIS Focus this Month: Assembly Expectations

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Tuesday:  12th Jan: Assembly 2-5 @ 8:20 am

Tuesday:  12th Jan: BSEP P&O Committee Meeting @ 7:15 pm

Coming up next week

Monday, January 18th-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School
Tuesday, January 19th-Incoming Kindergarten Information Night @ 7pm in the Jefferson library
Thursday, January 20th-LCAP Parent Advisory Meeting @ 6:30pm in RM 126 at the district.


Other Newsworthy Items (click on links to learn more) 

JefferSons & Daughters Request: Quarters and/or Safeway gift cards

Hello Jefferson Families,

We have an ongoing need of quarters to help several families with laundry and Safeway gift cards food.  If you have some quarters or gift cards to spare, please bring them to the office and give them to Tiana.

Thanks,

Valerie Kratzer

JefferSons & Daughters Co-Coordinator