Mad Hatter Silent Auction


Get your tickets now online and check out these items for Silent Auction

We are still looking for donations for our Jefferson Mad Hatter silent auction! Are you an artist or crafter? Do you make jewelry? Have a local business hook up? We are accepting GIFT CERTIFICATES and donations of ART, ITEMS and SERVICES.

Feel free to get creative with your donations! You can donate a couple of hours to towards someone’s “Honey Do” list, a service of dog walking or a delivery of food-how priceless is a delivered dinner?

The auction is 4 weeks away! To help us plan the party we could use your donations sooner, rather than later! Visit the Jefferson Mad Hatter website to download the donation agreement form:

Thank you Jefferson families!!!

Si desea recibir más información sobre este evento en Español comuníquese con Marta Skeen


PTA Meeting Wed. 2/18/15 & Walk N’Roll Fri. 2/20/15

Greetings Jefferson families,

The PTA will meet this Wednesday, February 18th from 6:30-8pm in the library.

Spanish translation and childcare will be provided. There will be pizza for the kids remaining in childcare.

Some agenda items include:
Principal’s report, PTA event planning & updates: Math & Science Night, Silent Auction, Treasurer’s report

Looking forward to see you all there!


Join us this Friday, February 20 for Walk and Roll to School Day, and stay for the Jefferson Cafe! Celebrate Walk and Roll to School Day by leaving your car at home, or leave extra time to park a few blocks away so you can Walk Your Vote on your favorite way to get to Jefferson.

After dropping off your child, have a hot cup of Peet’s coffee at the Jefferson Cafe, where you can volunteer for Math & Science Night Friday, March 13, or purchase your tickets for the world famous Jefferson’s Mad Hatter Adult Party & Silent Auction, Saturday March 21. You can also purchase Berkeley Bowl “scrip” (gift cards) on Friday!

See you on the yard Friday morning!


Walk and Roll to School Day Feb 20th & Silent Auction help needed!

For more information or if you would like to volunteer contact Lauren Freels at

Jefferson Walk & Roll to School Day Flyer


Hello Jefferson Families,

I have a few volunteer positions I want to fill for the Silent Auction.  The Silent Auction is a lot of fun and great way to get to know other parents in the community.
Decoration Planner: Plan decorations and props for the auction. Collect decorations and organize volunteers to help set up the night of the event.
Check in: 4 people- 45 minute shifts to check people in to the auction.
Food Set-up: Julie Wulferdingen is going to be in charge of food, but needs 3 people to help set up food and refresh as the night goes on.
Set-up Crew: 5 people – Arrive at 5pm the night of the event to help set up the auction
The blog is live now if you would like to find out more information about the auction, look at pictures from last year or buy your tickets.

BoxTops – Keep Them Coming Jefferson Families!

Hello Jefferson Families –

Thank you all for participating and bringing in your BoxTops to the Jefferson Office’s bowl of clips on the counter.
I’m reaching out now because this is the final collection month for BoxTops for this school year and it would be great to see us go out of the fiscal year with a nice sum to give to the PTA budget. All BoxTops must be in the mail to the BoxTops For Education folks by the deadline of March 2nd, so keep up the good work clipping and bringing them in.
Do you think that you don’t have any BoxTops on the foods you buy? You may be surprised by the number of brands and products that have that little pink box on them.
For a list of possibilities please visit this link:
BoxTops for Education makes it possible for EVERYONE to help the school. Let’s make it a program that grows stronger and brings in more funds for our school every year. Each one of you can contribute – so I hope to see the collection fishbowl continue to fill. (It’s been very impressive so far!)
Thank you for all that you do!
Best -
Shauna Rabinowitz
Your BoxTops Coordinator
PS – Continue to collect BoxTops year round – this deadline doesn’t mean the end of the program, just a point at which they collect and give us funding.  Thank you!



This Weeks Happenings at Jefferson

Hi Jefferson Families,

We have a few things going on at Jefferson this week that I would like everyone to be aware of. Also, PTA Afterschool Classes has started this week. Please Please help your kids by reminding them when they have classes. Rosters are up on the bulletin boards outside the school office. Class times and classroom information can also be found in the registration packet which is online here:

Tuesday, 2/3/15  5:30PM – 7:00PM
1st Culture Event Planning Meeting @Jefferson Library, 2nd Floor
Volunteers needed to help make this a fun and safe night. We need your help to coordinate and showcase the rich culture that Jefferson has. Please come to our first planning meeting and sign up to volunteer. If you have any questions please contact Navy Saray or Tameka Diaby

Wednesday, 2/4/15  4:30PM
Green Team Meeting @Jefferson Rm. 208, 2nd Floor
Jefferson’s Green Team is meeting this Wednesday, 2/4, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 208.  If you are interested in helping to make Jefferson School more eco-friendly by reducing waste and promoting environmental sustainability, come join us to plan activities for the rest of the school year!  If you have any questions, please contact Lori Hess ( or Shauna Rabinowitz (  Thanks and hope to see you there!

Friday, 2/6/15   6:00PM – 8:00PM
Community Art Night @Jefferson Cafetorium


Berkeley Chess Annual Championship Info

The Berkeley Chess School (BCS) holds its annual Elementary School Team Championship on Saturday February 28. This fun team event is open to all and has great Jefferson community spirit. Let’s get our Jefferson kids into the mix!

Details: Hillside School, 1581 Le Roy Ave., Berkeley. It’s pretty much all day, 9:45am to approximately 4:30pm. Registration fee: $25. Pay online at: or write check and mail to: BCS, PO Box 10073, Berkeley CA 94709

For more information contact: or


15 Minute Campaign

We need parent volunteers to help with:

* “15 Minute Campaign”

Research shows that when parents spend 15 minutes of quality alone time with their kids twice a week,wonderful things happen to your child’s BRAIN! The Jefferson Community is launching a campaign to encourage this important parenting practice.

The official launch date is February 17th!

We need help putting together materials in the “Workroom”  for the campaign on:
Monday February 2nd 8:15am to 9:15am
Monday February 9th 8:15am to 9:15am

Ariel “Smith-iyer (Parent in Mrs. Siobhan classroom) is already on board with helping with this campaign.

Thank You!!!

Federico “Tito” Aquino

Site Coordinator, Office of Family Engagement and Equity
Coordinador del Sitio, Oficina de Compromiso de la familia y Equidad
Berkeley Unified School District
Work Mobile # (510) 849-7382
Jefferson Elementary:  M & T  (510) 644-6298
Rosa Parks Elementary:  W, Th & F  (510) 644-8537 ext.2

Stop for coffee this Friday morning (1/23/15)!

Hello Jefferson Families,
Drop off the kids this Friday, January 23, stop for a delicious hot cup of Peet’s and catch up on what’s happening at Jefferson!  Does your child have a Jefferson hoodie or t-shirt for these chilly winter mornings?  Bring your checkbook and stock up on Jefferson gear!  Do you shop at Berkeley Bowl?  Buy some Berkeley Bowl scrip (i.e. gift card) and you can shop for groceries AND donate to Jefferson!  Need to get your creative juices flowing?  Sign up for Jefferson Art Night Friday, February 6th.  Find out more this Friday, 8:15 AM in the yard – see you then!
Patricia and Anne
Jefferson Hospitality Committee worker bees

Jefferson mailing list


PTA after school classes Lottery

The lottery for oversubscribed PTA after school classes was held this weekend and the following classes are now full:

Constructing Art on Mondays
Art Exploration on Tuesdays
Things fall down; Math Tricks with Marbles on Wednesdays
Circus Moves (K) on Fridays
Junkyard Challenge with Legos on Fridays
If your child did not make it into one of these classes, you have already received an email from us. If you do not receive an email it means that your child is in the class/classes you signed up for. (Class rosters will be posted on the PTA bulletin board on Monday January 26th)
Registration continues this week on a first come first served basis.
The deadline for registration is this Friday, January 23rd at 2:30p.m. Please put your forms and checks into the green PTA mailbox in the school office. Registration forms can be found online

PTA after school classes

Just a reminder that the lottery deadline for oversubscribed PTA after school classes is this Friday, January 16th at 2:30pm. Registration forms went out in last Wednesday’s communication folder. If you didn’t get one or if you lost or misplaced yours they are also available online:

After the lottery deadline, enrollment for open classes will continue on a first come first served basis until Friday, January 23rd.

Parents Night Out Event – Coming this week – Friday, January 9th – 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Hello Jefferson Families,
Happy New Year’s!!!
Hope everyone enjoyed there winter break off.  Just a reminder of the upcoming event this week. Tomorrow is the last day to turn in your advance ticket purchase so 1 extra day only.
“The Village Group” (Formerly known as the Black Families Group)
 A Parents Night Out Event / A Kids Movie Night in Event
When:  Friday, January 9th 2015 from 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Where: Jefferson School Cafeteria
Movie: The Lego Movie (won the most votes from Jefferson children)
Cost: $8.00 for advance ticket purchase (last day to purchase tickets is Wednesday, January 7th 2015)
           $10.00 at the door (cash only)
-Includes: childcare, movie, pizza, and drink
$0.50 each for popcorn and hot chocolate  (Have your child bring cash only)
How to purchase advance tickets:  If you are interested in the advance ticket purchase please look out for the form in your child’s communication folder today.  Complete the form and turn back to your child’s teacher with the cash for $8.00 in an envelope no later than Wednesday, January 7th.  Otherwise, it will be $10.00 at the door.

Volunteer needs:
1. Hot water dispenser for the hot cocoa (Please let me know if we can borrow it for the event)
2. Parent volunteers the night of the event to help collect $$$ at the door
3. General set-up  / Clean-up crew

We hope to see as many kids ready for movie night, and as many parents ready to go out and have a little break and fun.
If you have any questions regarding the event please email me or you can volunteer the night of the event by emailing or Jamaica Moon at
***Note: All proceeds from the fundraiser event will be used to go towards more cultural building events at Jefferson school, fund-raising support, and other classroom support. ***

*I have attached the advance ticket flyer with details to this email just in case you might have misplaced your copy, see attachment.*

Thanks, for your advance support.
Tameka Young-Diaby
(Souleymane’s mom)

PTA After School Classes – Spring Registration

Registration for Jefferson PTA after school enrichment classes begins this week. Registration packets will be sent home today in the Wednesday communication folders. Dig through your child’s backpack and if it’s not there, please check-in with your classroom teacher.


The deadline for spring registration is Friday, January 23rdSince many of our classes are very popular we have a lottery for oversubscribed classes. The registration deadline for the lottery is Fri. January 16th at 2:30pm. After January 16th, all classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis until the final registration deadline (January 23rd).

Please return the signed and completed form with payment to the locked green PTA box in the school office.


PTA-sponsored financial scholarships are available for those in need. We want all Jefferson students to have the opportunity to participate in our program. See the registration packet for details, or contact Jana at


On Wednesday the registration packet will also be available online at:



Please Help With the Gift Drive

The Holiday Gift Drive continues and we still need lots of help!  Donating is easy.
Go to Signupgenius at

We have had additional families sign up for help this week.  We have more than 30 kids on the list ranging from age 3 to 17. So please take the time to help by donating a gift or two or by getting a gift card.
Please bring all gifts (preferably wrapped and marked with contents) to the front office Mon-Wed of next week.
We appreciate your help!
Carmen Borg

BUSD Will be Open Fri Dec.12th

All Schools Open Friday, Dec 12
Published: DECEMBER 11, 2014
All Berkeley Public Schools and programs will be open Friday, December 12, 2014.


Urgent: BUSD Schools and Offices Closed Thursday Due to Storm12/11/14

An important message from Principal Martin:

Dear Jefferson Community:

Given the most recent information by multiple weather services about the large storm headed to the bay area, and in the interest of maintaining an abundance of caution where student and staff safety is concerned, we are making the difficult decision to cancel classes and after-school programs for tomorrow, December 11, 2014.

San Francisco, Oakland, Marin, and a number of other neighboring districts have also decided to close.

Among the chief concerns factoring in to our decision are:
Potential injuries to students and staff coming to and from school
Possible delays with transportation, both for district bus lines and parent drivers
Weather-related hazards in and around school campuses (downed power lines, structural hazzards, etc.)
Possibility of inadequate student supervision if large numbers of staff have difficulty getting to campuses
Potential power outages and the complications they will bring to bear on the regular school day
Potential for flooding at school sites or in classrooms
As always, we will be overcautious in making decisions about student and staff safety.


All other certificated and classified staff will be off.

Sonya Martin


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Jefferson Book Fair Event – All Week Long – Ice Cream Social Event on this Friday, December 12th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a reminder that the Jefferson Book Fair Event is running all week long, so please check it out and purchase books to support the school.

According, to Scholastic Books the benefits of hosting a book fair is the best way to support our school’s reading efforts, students, parents, and teachers.  See below:

  • They provide easy access to a wide assortment of books.
  • They give kids a choice in what inspires them to read more.
  • Book Fairs involve family, which demonstrates to kids that reading is important

***Save the date for the upcoming Ice Cream Social Event on this Friday, December 12th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Jefferson cafeteria.  There will be a board game area, art and crafts, ice cream and of course everyone loves ice cream, so come and join us at the event.

Note: The PTA will have Jefferson merchandise for sale like T-shirts, water bottles, hoodies, tote bags, etc.  So please bring cash or check if you are interested in purchasing any items.  All funds raised will continue  to support our school needs.

We hope to see as many families there as possible.

Donate now and cross “donate to the Giving Campaign” off of your to-do list!

Hello Jefferson families. The busy holidays are upon us and to-do lists are getting longer so why not cross one of those items off of your list! Get your Giving Campaign donation in before the end of the year and get that awesome tax break too!  Every year the parents  and extended Jefferson community generously donate to the giving campaign so that many of classes and programs can be funded for your children to enjoy.  Please remember that every dollar counts and while we certainly welcome larger donations, anything that you can give is greatly appreciated and will be used to its fullest potential. We even make it easy to donate from home. Our paypal link is the fastest and easiest way to donate. Please visit Checks are gladly welcome too and may be dropped off in the office. Thank you in advance for helping Jefferson thrive!


December meeting cancelled & Sports Basement holiday party!

The upcoming PTA meeting on December 11th is cancelled. That is right, we are taking the busy month of December off and we will meet again in January of the new year.
We also have a fun & easy way to benefit our school coming up soon!On Saturday, December 6th between 10am-12noon, Sports Basement will be hosting a holiday/shopping party for Jefferson families. Sports Basement is a cross between REI and a sporting goods store. They carry wide variety of gifts, sports equipment, camping & general outdoor gear. They are located at 2727 Milvia Street, in the old Iceland space. All day on Saturday the 6th, mention Jefferson at check out and you will receive 10% off your purchase with 10% going directly to the PTA!
This is in addition to our ongoing discount of 10% off with 5% back to the school which is good at all Sports Basement locations.
The 10% off/10% back offer is good all day but if you come between the hours of 10am-12 noon Sports Basement will also provide space in the store for Jefferson families to meet and mingle, snack on finger foods and sip drinks for both kids and adults. They hope to have at least 20 adults at the holiday party so, grab your Jefferson teammates and come stock up on supplies and gifts and take advantage of Sports Basement’s generous hospitality! See you all there!

Looking for Volunteers that can work from home!

Hello Jefferson Community,

I have three volunteer jobs that can be done at home and would greatly help the school with it’s fundraising for the Silent Auction and Mayfair. It’s a great way to help the school if you don’t have time to be on campus. Ideally, the volunteers would have database or Word, mail merge experience, but I’m happy to train you.

Here are the job descriptions:

1. Someone to revise the business list for the solicitation. Remove old businesses and add new business in Berkeley to the list.

2. Print and send letters from the Solicitation list once its revised in December. Around 350 letters.

3. January-March – Input the donations in the database received by businesses and follow-up with businesses we haven’t heard from to see if they are going to contribute.

If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact me at