Jefferson PTA Enrichment Classes: Download The Forms Here

Jefferson PTA

After School Enrichment Classes Fall 2015 Session: Sep. 23 – Dec. 18

Registration Deadline (Lottery): Fri. Sep. 11 (2:30 pm)

Late Registration Deadline: Fri. Sep. 18 (2:30 pm)

The Jefferson PTA Enrichment Classes provide opportunities for students to explore additional interests after school hours – to have fun and learn! The program is organized by parent volunteers

through the PTA, and taught by independent instructors (not Jefferson or District staff).

Please help us make this independent, volunteer­organized program run smoothly by reminding your children what classes they are signed up for and checking in with them regularly.


Fiber Fun! ­ by Walmaria Caldas (Wed ­ Grades TK­3) Making Folk Music ­ by Karl Shadley (Wed ­ Grades TK­3) LEGO Robotics ­ by Tiny Techs Club (Fri ­ Grades 1­5) Spanish Through the Arts ­ by Conexiones Institute (Fri ­ Grades TK/K and Grades 1­3)


Classes / Registration / Lottery:2 sessions of classes – Fall and Spring – are offered during the school year. For classes that are oversubscribed as of the registration deadline (9/11), a lotterywill be held to select who will get in. Families that do not get into an oversubscribed class will be able to register for an alternative class until the late registration deadline. After the lottery on 9/11, enrollment is first come, first served. All signed and completed registration forms, along with a total payment check (that includes the registration fee) made payable to “Jefferson PTA,” should be placed in the green PTA box in the school office. Please DO NOT return them to your classroom teacher!

Scholarships:The goal of the PTA scholarship fund is to allow all Jefferson students the opportunity to participate in the PTA After School Enrichment Program. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are awarded on an honor system based on true financial need (ex. qualification for free or reduced lunch). Scholarship requests are limited to 1 class per child, per session, and are on a first come, first served basis. Please see “General Information” page for more details.

Continuous Childcare / Attendance:Students are not allowed on the school grounds without adult supervision, either before or after the PTA classes. Be sure to sign up for JAZ if there is a gap in your child’s schedule. Remind your child which classes they are signed up for and check­in with them regularly. We do also ask our PTA teachers to let you know if a child misses more than 2 consecutive classes.

The Rest of the “Fine Print”:​ ​Please read the “General Information” page along with the Waiver Form. QUESTIONS? Contact the parent coordinating team at

Download the schedule and forms here. JAS Packet – FALL 2015-2016


This is a test posting on the new Jefferson etree system

Randi, Lori, Shui, Beth, Glory, Valerie, and Mas,

This is the test email I mentioned. Please forward it to my personal email at  . Include a note letting me know if it looks fine on your computer and your mobile device. The post should include this text, a junk attachment, and an image (the old globe painting).THIS IS JUST A TEST ATTACHMENT



Jefferson world map

Jefferson world map



Jefferson First Day of School Wednesday!

Hello Jefferson Families,
Hope you and your families are enjoying the last days of summer vacation, and are ready for a new year at Jefferson!

Join us on the First Day of School, Wednesday, September 2 – for a cup of Peet’s out on the newly landscaped school yard.  Catch up with old friends, meet new parents and guardians, and say hello to Principal Martin!
Meet your child’s teacher, kiss your cutie goodbye, and join us on the yard at 8:15AM Wednesday – see you then!

Patricia Mok
Jefferson PTA Hospitality Committee


JefferSons and Daughters – Back to School Supplies

Dear Jefferson Community-
I hope you all had a great summer break!
JefferSons and Daughter’s (JS&D) mission is to provide support to Jefferson students from families in need. We hope when you’re shopping for supplies you’ll consider purchasing an extra one or two for a Jefferson student. Suggested items needed include pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, notebooks, lunch boxes, calculators, backpacks, crayons and rulers. There will be a bin labeled (JS&D) for you to deposit your contributions at the front desk in the main office. Supplies will be distributed to students in need during the first weeks of school by classroom teachers.
If you are a parent or guardian who would like to receive school supplies for your child either let your assigned teacher know or leave a note to the attention of JS&D with Tiana the school secretary.
Periodically throughout the school year JefferSons and Daughters will be sending out requests for needed items.
Thank you in advance for any assistance to help students in our community have the materials needed to help them thrive.
Enjoy the remainder of summer!
Christina Castro-Hernandez
JefferSons and Daughters Coordinator

Attention Jefferson Kindergarten and 1st Graders: Play Date Aug 29th

Kindergarten and First Grade Play Date
Saturday, August 29, 2015
10:00 amnoon
Cedar Rose Park  (fenced playground area)
Dear Incoming Kindergarten and First Grade Families,
Please join us for the annual k/1st grade play date!  This is a fun, relaxed event to welcome new kindergarten families and welcome back returning first graders.
Please join us to:
  • Learn:  Jefferson staff and PTA volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions.  Learn about after school options, PTA-sponsored classes, the e-tree, other Jefferson programs, and what to expect the first day of school.
  • Play: Meet other Jefferson families! Play with new and returning classmates in a relaxed environment.
  • Eat:  Nothing builds community like sharing food!  The PTA will provide pastries, coffee and juice.  First grade families: Please bring some fruit or veggies to share.  
We hope you can make it!
Amanda & Lauren
Organizers for the Jefferson Class of 2020
(That’s incoming 1st graders)

Cultural Assembly for the Fall!

Hello Everyone,

This is Lolly Watanabe, PTA After School Enrichment Class Visual Arts Instructor and Inji El Ghannam, T K teacher. We are trying to bring Theatre of Yugen, an experimental Japanese theatre ensemble to Jefferson School in early October for an all school assembly. We have the first $600. and are trying to raise funds for the remaining $600. Please use the crowd funding link below and if you are interested and able you can make a donation here!

Thank you so much,

Lolly Watanabe and
Inji El Ghannam


Jefferson After School Zone (JAZ)

Dear Jefferson Community,

I am pleased to announce that Bay Area Tutoring Association/Leaders of Tomorrow will be the lead agency for the JAZ after school program for the 2015-16 school year.  As previously mentioned in the May 2015, Issue 8 of the PTA newsletter, I am committed to enhancing our course offerings, student experience, and academic outcomes.  Bay Area Tutoring Association has a history of academic skill building, targeted intervention, and Common Core aligned curriculum.  Adrianna Smith will be staying on in a lead position, and will have on-going agency support to assist her in the day to day running of the JAZ program.  However, there will be staff that will not be staying as they will be returning to school in the Fall.  Let’s send them positive thoughts on a successful transition as they pursue their academic endeavors.  We will be hosting an introduction meet and greet for the new agency in August. Information is forthcoming, so please join me in welcoming Bay Area Tutoring Association/Leaders of Tomorrow!


Thank you,

Principal Sonya Martin



*Attention Jefferson Families,The time to maximize the power of our community contributions is here. From now until the end of the school year, every donation to the Jefferson Giving Campaign will be matched-up to $10,000! A generous group of donors has offered to match, dollar for dollar, every contribution the PTA receives from now until June 12th. Donate $5 and the school will receive $10, donate $100 and the school will receive $200! We are currently just over $20,000 and we need $16,000 more to achieve our goal for the year.  Lets take advantage of this special opportunity to help us make our end of year Giving Campaign goal.  All donations are tax deductible and go directly towards school and classroom supports such as: field trips, classroom libraries and supplies, P.E.  programming, assemblies and more. Our goal is 100% community participation and no donation is too small or large. To further encourage everyone to get
in the spirit of giving, the PTA will pay for an end of year pizza party for the class with the highest rate of participation, so ask grandparents and extended family to get involved! The more contributions made in your child’s name the better your chances of winning the party!You can give in any of these ways:-drop your donation in the green PTA mailbox in the school office-visit:  and click on the Giving Campaign link -send a check to Jefferson PTA, P.O. Box 9584 Berkeley, CA 94709 *

With gratitude,
Andrea DeJarlais
Jefferson PTA co-chair


Target Giveaway

Dear Jefferson Community,

In case you want to give it a try, Target is giving away $25 per “thanks” that people give to their teachers. Just go to the link, find Jefferson, add a message to a teacher, and Submit. Takes seconds. (See below – you have to be a Facebooker to participate.)
How to Participate: Starting on May 14, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Central TimeB(“CT”) and through the earlier of June 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CT, or when the “Sponsor” (as defined below) donates a total of $5 million to the “Schools” (as defined below) (the “Promotion Period”), visit and log in using your Facebook account. (Creating a Facebook account is free but subject to the terms and conditions found at Follow the links and instructions to select a K-12 school from the provided list of eligible schools (each a “School”) and create and submit a thank you message to a teacher at your selected School (herein your “Message”). Your Message may contain a photo or video. The Sponsor will donate $25 (the “Donation”) to the School selected by the participant for each eligible Message submitted, up to $25,000 per School. Donations will be fulfilled to each School in the form of a check mailed to the School approximately 4-6 weeks after the end of the Promotion. Sponsor will donate a maximum total of $5 million to the Schools (subject to the cap of $25,000 per School) during the Promotion Period.


Shauna Rabinowitz
Jefferson Aficionado and Parent


Talent Show Audition & Happenings at Jefferson

Auditions for the Jefferson talent show will be held next Thursday (5/21) during lunch recesses. Auditions will be open to 2nd to 5th graders with a rehearsed talent to share. We are looking for young musicians, comedians, jugglers and more! The talent show will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 1pm.

Questions? Contact Nate or Andrea


Monday, May 18 – School holiday in honor of Malcolm X;s birthday

Tuesday, May 19 – Morning assembly featuring Kathak Dancers for Asian Heritage Month

Wednesday, May 20 – There will be a wood carver from Oaxaca in the Library

Thursday, May 21 – Open House from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Come visit the Classrooms.

Friday, May 22 – no special events other than the normal fabulous day at Jefferson!


Jefferson ‘Girls On The Run’ Bake Sale; Tuesday 2:30-3:30 to benefit Children’s Hospital Oakland

The Jefferson School Chapter of Girls on the Run, an after-school running and girl empowerment club, will be holding a bake sale on Tuesday right after school. All proceeds from the bake sale will benefit Children’s Hospital Oakland. Please stop by, or send some money with your student and support our girls! They are truly smart, courageous and totally awesome!

WHEN: Tuesday, May 12 2:20-3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Jefferson Playground, near the baseball diamond

WHY: As part of their community service project, all proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital Oakland

COST: 50 cents to $2.00

Make sure to congratulate our ladies for completing their 5K race this past weekend! Over 3,000 girls from all over the Bay Area participated in the race in Golden Gate Park


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 ( or
Mara Mahmood (

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.

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.

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).

Ellen M. Rigsby


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
Jefferson Elementary School


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
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
Tej Kirkwood-Datta on


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 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 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!

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 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).




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,


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.


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



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!

-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 so we can plan to have enough food on hand.

Thank you,
Andrea DeJarlais
Jefferson PTA co-chair


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 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!