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Mayfair Volunteer items still needed

Dear Jefferson Community,

Have you been meaning to help with the raffle this year but didn’t have any time? Here’s a chance to contribute in a fun way. We will be tallying the raffle tickets on Monday, April 27 at Magali Barbieri’s house from 6:30 until about 9 pm. If you can come for all or part of the time, please do! The more the merrier. Food provided.

RSVP to Magali (magali@demog.berkeley.edu) or
Mara Mahmood (mara.mahmood@gmail.com).

We still need help in a few areas for Mayfair:

1. We have plenty of cakes for the cake walk, but we need individual items for the bake sale.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b49abab2aabfa7-mayfair

2. If you haven’t signed up for a volunteer slot for your classroom booth or activity, please consider signing up on the sign-up genius below or on the sheets of paper outside each classroom. Lots of those spots need to be filled.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b49abab2aabfa7-mayfair

Also, if you can’t make the Mayfair, you can still contribute: bring books for the book sale, sell raffle tickets or bake items for the bake sale (but sign up above).

cheers,
Ellen M. Rigsby
emrigsby@gmail.com

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Jefferson 4th and 5th Grade Solution!

Dear Jefferson Families:

After a productive meeting with Principal Martin, Jefferson’s 4th and 5th grade team, and Admissions Manager, Francisco Martinez, we believe we have a working solution to the combination class dilemma at Jefferson for 2015-2016.

We reconciled district and site student counts fairly easily and determined that 2 larger 4th grade classes and 3 5th grade classes were doable for next year, and preferable, in the view of staff, to a 4/5 combo.

At present we are confident that 4th grade will load at between 61 and 62 kids given that we will freeze adding any additional kids to current third grade classes for the duration of the year and up until the start of school. Those numbers also reference pretty clear confirmation of students who will be leaving for a variety of reasons after this year.

The current 75 kids in 4th grade means a proposed 3 5th grade classes of 25 for 2015-2016 which could then accommodate a few additional kids, perhaps a larger amount of additional kids, should the attrition we predicted for 5th grade next year become a reality.

Additional details will be forthcoming from the Jefferson principal and discussion of how to best support the larger classes will continue.

Thank you all for your time, advocacy, and interest in our kids.


Sonya Martin
Principal
Jefferson Elementary School

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Cyber Safety Information Night – TONIGHT from 6:00PM-8:00PM!

parent education workshop on “cyber safety for kids” on 4/23 from 6:00-8:00

Hello Jefferson Families,

Cyber Safety Information Night

Thursday, April 23, 6:30 pm, In The Cafetorium
Dinner, Childcare & Translation Provided

Food at 6pm

Thanks to the rapid technological changes in recent years, our
children are growing up in a world that looks very
different from the one we grew up in. How are our children
using technology now both at school and at home, and how
will they continue to use it as they become teens and
adults? What is our role as parents?

Allison Krasnow and Wally Gutierrez, Teachers on Special
Assignment for Instructional Technology for Berkeley
Unified, Will help us explore this topic by discussing
how students use technology in the classrooms at Jefferson
and what students can expect in middle school, resources
available for families, and tips in keeping children safe
when using technology at home.

If you have burning questions about your children’s use of
the internet, smart phones, and other technology—either at
home or at school? If so, please email them to me at tej.k.datta@gmail.com
and we’ll use your questions to make sure we’re covering
topics you’re interested in.

All members of the Jefferson community are invited to
participate in this event.

Tej Kirkwood-Datta
about.me/tejkd
Tej Kirkwood-Datta on about.me

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Jefferson celebrates Earth Day!

Por favor, véase abajo para la traducción española.

Hello Jefferson families – In honor of Earth Day, the Green Team will be facilitating a couple of activities next week.  Please join us for some earthy fun!
Earth Day Assembly: Tuesday 4/21 8:45 a.m. - Meet the Green Kids Team and enjoy a presentation by EarthCapades, who educate kids about environmental science and encourage children to help preserve, protect, and respect our earth’s natural resources.

Walk and Roll to School! Wednesday 4/22 7:45 – 8:15 a.m. – Celebrate Earth Day and reduce pollution by Walking or Rolling to school!  Leave 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 school.  Parents, stay for a few minutes to join us for organic coffee (bring your own mug to reduce waste!) and participate in creating an Earth Day mural.  Pedestrians rule!

 

Earth Day yard activities: Wednesday 4/22 9:25 to 10:20 and 11:25 to 12:40 – Join us at morning and afternoon recess for activities including planting in eggshell seed starters, *recycle*relay race, *upcycled* yogurt container baskets, *repurposed* fabric tote bags, and more!

  • Note: if your child would like to make a tote bag, have them bring an old, stained, ripped or outgrown t-shirt to school on Earth Day and remember to bring the shirt down to recess!
  • We are still collecting plastic yogurt containers (clean, empty containers of all sizes) and looking for more parent volunteers – contact loribhess@aol.com if you are able to help out!

Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup: Saturday 4/25 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. - Want to help clean up our bay?  A few Green Team families will be participating in the shoreline cleanup at the Shorebird Park Nature Center at the Berkeley Marina.  Bring your own gloves, sunscreen, water, and bags/buckets (they will have supplies there if you do not have them). Come join us and help keep our bay healthy and clean!  They would like families to register in advance if possible so they can have enough supplies.  Please contact Lori Hess loribhess@aol.com if you think you will make it and I will send you more details including a waiver you can fill out in advance to make registration go more quickly or you can call the nature center to register or ask questions (981-6720).

Happy Earth Day everyone!
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Hola Familias de Jefferson – En honor al Día de la Tierra, el Equipo Verde se facilitan un par de actividades la próxima semana. Por favor, únase a nosotros para un poco de diversión a tierra!

TAsamblea del Día de la Tierra: Martes 21/04 8:45 am – Conozca al equipo de Kids Verde y disfrutar de una presentación a cargo de EarthCapades, que educan a los niños acerca de la ciencia del medio ambiente y estimulan a los niños para ayudar a preservar, proteger y respetar los recursos naturales de nuestro planeta.

Camine y Ruede a la escuela! Miércoles 22/04 7:45-ocho y cuarto de la mañana – Celebre el Día de la Tierra y reducir la contaminación por Caminar o balanceo a la escuela! Dejar el coche en casa o dejar tiempo extra para aparcar a pocas cuadras de distancia para que pueda caminar Su Voto en su forma favorita de llegar a la escuela. Los padres, permanecen durante unos minutos para unirse a nosotros para café orgánico (traer su propia taza para reducir el desperdicio!) Y participar en la creación de un mural Día de la Tierra.

Actividades de patio Día de la Tierra Miércoles 04/22 9:25-10:20 y 11:25-12:40 – Únete a nosotros en la mañana y el recreo de la tarde para actividades como la siembra en los arrancadores de semillas de cáscara de huevo, * * reciclar carrera de relevos, * * upcycled yogur cestos contenedores, reutilizados * * bolsas de tela, y más!

Nota: si su hijo le gustaría hacer un bolso de mano, que traigan un viejo, manchado, rasgado o crecimiento excesivo de la camiseta a la escuela y recuerde traer la camisa hasta el recreo!
Todavía estamos recogiendo envases de yogur de plástico (limpios los contenedores, vacíos de todos los tamaños) y en busca de más padres voluntarios – contactar loribhess@aol.comsi usted es capaz de ayudar!

Día de la Tierra la limpieza del litoral: Sábado 25/04 9:00-11:30 – ¿Quieres ayudar a limpiar nuestra bahía? Unas pocas familias Equipo Verde estarán participando en la limpieza del litoralen el Centro de la Naturaleza Parque de Aves Playeras en la Marina Berkeley. Traiga sus propios guantes, protector solar, agua y bolsas / cubos (que tendrán los suministros allí si no los tiene). Ven y únete a nosotros y ayudar a mantener nuestra bahía sano y limpio! A ellos les gustaría a las familias a inscribirse con antelación si es posible para que puedan tener suficientes suministros. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Lori Hess loribhess@aol.com si usted piensa que lo hará y le enviaré más detalles incluyendo una renuncia puede llenar con antelación parael registro sea más rápido o puede llamar al centro de la naturaleza para registrarse o hacer preguntas (981-6720).

 

 

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LCAP Survey due soon

Hi Jefferson Community,

Please find the links to a very important survey below.

The District LCAP Survey Sub-committee created this survey to learn what you think about both, you and your child’s/children’s experiences, in the Berkeley USD schools. By participating in this survey, you are providing important feedback regarding funded programs and actions designed to meet district goals.

The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and consists of two linked sections: the district survey followed by a School Governance Council (SGC) survey created by Jefferson’s SGC.

The survey is anonymous, and demographic information is requested to make sure that the entire Jefferson community is represented.

Please stop by the school office conference room if you need access to a computer. You may also complete the survey by hand, and return it to the office. Paper copies of the survey are available in the office.

You only need to complete one survey per family, but feel free to use the comment boxes to describe your whole family’s experience.

Please get your responses in by April 23rd! The survey will be closed on April 24th.

English LCAP Survey
Spanish LCAP Survey

Thank you,

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Reminder: PTA classes end May 1st

Reminder: There are only two more weeks left in this semester for PTA after school classes. Classes end on Friday, May 1st.

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Community Meeting Tuesday, 4/21

Hello Jefferson Families,

There will be a community meeting on Tuesday, April 21st in the cafetorium from 6:30-8pm for Jefferson families to share information and community concerns regarding next year’s projected class sizes and the 4/5 combo class. This meeting is open to all.

The Minutes from our meeting on Wednesday, 4/15 with Assistant Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi are now available on the PTA website

http://jefferson.berkeleypta.org/pta-meeting-minutes-treasurers-reports/

 

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Symphony family concert 4/11, ADA meeting 4/14, PTA meeting 4/15

Greeting Jefferson Families,

Many thanks to our etree moderator and room parents for all of their additional support while the etree was not functioning. Apologies if you are seeing some of these notices twice:

-Congratulations and appreciations are in order for all of thework Jefferson students (and families!) did to earn money to send to
Kerman-Floyd Elementary School for their classroom libraries. A specialthanks to the very moving spellers in the K and 1st grades. They
single-handedly raised over $1,900 just on their own!

Altogether, Jefferson Elementary students raised an incredible amountof $2,931.99. Thank you to the room 200 4th grade classes for organizing
this effort!

-Berkeley families are invited to join the Berkeley Symphony for their annual family concert this Saturday, April 11th either at 10am or 11:30 am (there are two shows with the same program) at Malcolm X Elementary, 1731 Prince Street in Berkeley. Admission is FREE although they accept and collect donations to support their Music In the Schools program.

This is a unique opportunity for very young children to attend a symphony performance in a casual and welcoming environment. The conductor and musicians engage with the audience and kids are encouraged to participate! Here is a link with more information, FAQs about the family concerts and even sheet music so that the musically inclined among you can join in the performance if you like!

http://www.berkeleysymphony.org/concerts/im-a-performer/#FAQ

-Next Tuesday, April 14th, at 5:30 in the library there will be a design presentation of planned ADA access to accommodate the new parking space at the corner of Rose and Acton. Principal Martin invites all interested parties to attend!

-Our April PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, 4/15 from 6:30-8pm in the cafetorium. On the agenda for next week’s meeting is:

-A visit from Assistant Superintendent, Pasquale Scuderi, who will addressparent questions and concerns regarding 4th & 5th grade class sizes/structure next year.
-Nominating Committee report on the executive board officers for 2016-17
-2016-17 PTA budget proposal & important event updates

As always, we will have Spanish translation and free childcare, withpizza, provided for kids. If you know you will use childcare, please email
andreadejarlais@gmail.com so we can plan to have enough food on hand.

Thank you,
Andrea DeJarlais
Jefferson PTA co-chair

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Jefferson News

Welcome back from spring break Jefferson Families!
Our etree is currently having technical difficulties and room parents are forwarding communications for us on a temporary basis. Apologies for the tardy arrival of this communication.
Congratulations and appreciations are in order for all of the
work Jefferson  students (and families!) did to earn money to send to
Kerman-Floyd Elementary School for their classroom libraries. A special
thanks to the very moving spellers in the K and 1st grades. They
single-handedly raised over $1,900 just on their own!

Altogether, Jefferson Elementary students raised an incredible amount
of $2,931.99. Thank you to the room 200 4th grade classes for organizing
this effort!

Also, please note there is *no PTA meeting this Thursday, April 9th*. The

meeting has been moved to next Wednesday, April 15th from 6:30-8pm.

On the agenda for next week’s meeting is:

-A visit from Assistant Superintendent, Pasquale Scuderi, who will address
parent questions and concerns regarding 4th & 5th grade class
sizes/structure next year.
-Nominating Committee report on the executive board officers for 2016-17
-2016-17 PTA budget proposal & important event updates

As always, we will have Spanish translation and free childcare, with
pizza, provided for kids. If you know you will use childcare, please email
andreadejarlais@gmail.com so we can plan to have enough food on hand.

Later this week, BUSD is holding a Smarter Balanced Assessment Workshop
this Thursday, April 9th from 6:30-8pm in the Longfellow Middle School
Cafeteria, located at 1500 Derby St.

The evening will provide parents/guardians with more information about this
new testing program for grades 3-8, and 11. Parents will have a chance to
ask questions and families will have time to explore the online assessment
tool and actually take the test at any grade level. This will be a
particularly useful and informative workshop for parents who would like
to learn more about the district’s new assessment program.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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PTA meeting Wednesday, 4/15

Greetings Jefferson Families!
The April PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 15th from 6:30-8pm (location TBD but we will be either in the cafeteria or the library as usual).
Please note this is a date change! We will NOT be meeting on Thursday, April 9th.
At this meeting we will hear from BUSD Assistant Superintendent, Pasquale Scuderi, regarding the district’s plan for next year’s 4th and 5th grade classes at Jefferson. If you have questions or concerns, please make a point to attend this meeting.
We will also be presenting the 2015-16 PTA budget, hear a report from our nominating committee on the slate of candidates for next year’s executive board (if you are approached by our nominating committee members please consider it an honor!). There will also be important event updates! We are looking forward to World Culture’s Night and its almost Mayfair time!
As always, Spanish translation and childcare will be provided. We will also have pizza available for the kids who remain in childcare. If you plan to use our childcare, please emailandreadejarlais@gmail.com so we can plan accordingly when ordering food for the kids. 
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Andrea DeJarlais
Jefferson PTA co-chair
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Jefferson’s Mad Hatter’s Silent Auction is this Saturday!

The Jefferson silent auction is this Saturday – March 21st from 6:30-9:30pm at Emmet Eiland’s Oriental Rug Company on 1326 9th St at Gilman.
Haven’t bought your tickets yet? Although you can buy your tickets at the door, purchasing tickets in advance helps us to plan the party! Please buy them now by visiting:
Check out the great items up for auction, including vacation getaways, art, summer camps & classes, adult parties as well as special outings and treats offered by Jefferson teachers:
The auction is a unique, adults only event with low cost childcare available at the school. (contact susi@popsugar.com to see if there is still space ) It is also a terrific party and an important fundraiser for Jefferson. So, grab a hat and buy your tickets now!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Andrea DeJarlais
Jefferson PTA co-chair
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Districtwide Green Team Gathering/Encuentro de los todos Rquipos Verdes del Distrito

Are you interested in supporting the 4Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, rot) at your school, but not sure where to plug in? Come join us at LeConte next Wed, March 18th, 6-8pm for a districtwide Spring Green Team Gathering! Green Teams are made up of parents, teachers, staff, and/or students at each school and support district efforts to reduce waste and more.

Dinner will be served at 5:45pm and the meeting will begin promptly at 6:15pm. To RSVP, please visit bit.ly/197DluX. A $50 stipend will be available to district classroom teachers and staff in attendance.

Questions? Please contact Mia Villanueva at miavillanueva@berkeley.net or 510 486 9351.

We hope you to see you there!

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] BoxTops – Keep On Clipping for Jefferson

Dear Jefferson Friends and Families,

On the March 2nd spring deadline, I submitted $47.80 more of Box Tops to BTFE. I’m hoping for a big spring collection before we’re off for the summer (during which you can still collect at home)! General Mills’ Box Tops is a no-cost way to raise money for the school, and can really add up if everyone gets involved and notices those little pink labels on their groceries.

The latest complete Box Top list, which is comprised of over 100 familiar products, can be found here: http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products.

Please get in the habit of clipping and turning in your collection(s) to the fishbowl on the school’s office counter. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me, Shauna at dakotasmomsr@gmail.com. Thanks!

Shauna Rabinowitz
Your BoxTops Coordinator

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PTA meeting Tonight, Thursday, 3/12!

The PTA (that’s you!) will meet this Thursday, from 6:30-8pm in the school library.

Spanish translation and childcare will be provided with pizza for the kids in childcare.
We will be discussing the future of the PTA after school class program (this includes the lego, chess, Mandarin and construction art classes). This unique program needs new leadership and volunteer support to sustain it. Please attend this meeting if you want to help the afterschool classes at Jefferson continue to flourish.
The Jefferson PTA urgently needs parents to join its nominating committee! This is the committee that nominates members for next year’s executive board. The nominating committee should be a committee of diverse perspectives and backgrounds and we need a few more parents to participate. Serving on the nominating committee is a tremendous service to the school but not a huge time commitment. Please contact andreadejarlais@gmail.com or tej.k.data@gmail.com ASAP if you would like to join this important committee.
Other agenda items for the evening include:
-A brief presentation from Evolve, a grassroots organization working to reform prop 13
-Principal’s report
-Important event updates: Math & Science Night, Silent Auction and Mayfair
-Nominating committee
-2015-16 Budget discussion
-Treasurer’s report
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
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Math/Science Night is Friday!

Hello Jefferson families,

This Friday, March 13, from 6-8pm is Jefferson’s annual Math & Science Night. Please join us in the cafeteria for fun math games and hands-on science experiments that will encourage kids (and grownups) to explore chemistry, physics and biology.

See you then!
Jess Reich
(Jefferson parent)

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Green Team seeking items to *reuse* for Earth Day celebration and Mayfair

The Green Team is seeking some items to reuse/repurpose:

For Earth Day celebration:
• egg cartons
• clean plastic yogurt containers (any size)

For Mayfair:
• little items (already in your house – not newly purchased) to use for prizes, like small plastic toys, balls, pencils, erasers, books, etc.

We will place collection boxes under the PTA bulletin board outside the school office. Thanks so much for helping us keep these items out of the landfill!

-The Green Team

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Silent Auction info & It’s Baseball Season

Wow! Only two more weeks until the Silent Auction! Get your tickets online now. Tickets bought online can be picked up at Will Call at the event. For questions regarding ticket orders please contact Mindy Williams at mindyswilliams17@gmail.com or (650) 483-5899.

If you need childcare for the auction, JAZ staff will provide childcare for kids 3+ at the school for $10 per child. Includes pizza and a movie. Please contact Susi May at susi@popsugar.com to reserve your spot. We  need to know how many staff to provide, so please let Susi know by March 11.

 


 

Oakland A’s Step Up to the Plate for Education with Jefferson Elementary!

It’s that time of year again, spring is coming, and that means it’s time to plan some baseball outings that will be fun AND help our kids. Jefferson Elementary School is excited to participate in the Oakland A’s Step Up to the Plate for Education program for the 2015 season! Students, parents, teachers, school staff, 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 PTA. 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!

Feel free to pass along the link to friends, family, co-workers, even your entire Facebook feed! The more tickets we sell, the more our kids benefit.

Feel free to contact me at cscholar@digitalman.com or 510-913-5787 if you have any questions.

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Stop for Coffee, College & Career Week!

Hello Jefferson Families,

Join us Tuesday, March 10 at 8:15AM for morning coffee and the start of College and Career Week. Drop off the kids, get a hot cup of Peet’s and stay for the school assembly. Special guest is BUSD Superintendent Dr. Donald Evans.

Thanks, and see you on the yard Tuesday at 8:15AM!

Cheers,
Patricia, Anne and Kim
Jefferson PTA Hospitality Crew

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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:

http://jeffersonmadhatter.blogspot.com/p/donate-to-auction.html

Thank you Jefferson families!!!

Si desea recibir más información sobre este evento en Español comuníquese con Marta Skeen marta.skeen@gmail.com

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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!

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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!