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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 www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F44ABA72BA2FB6-holiday

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
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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.

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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 MANAGEMENT STAFF WILL BE ON CALL AND, WEATHER PERMITTING, WILL BE ASKED TO PERFORM MID-DAY SCHOOL SITE INSPECTIONS AHEAD OF AN ANTICIPATED FRIDAY REOPENING.

All other certificated and classified staff will be off.


Sonya Martin
Principal

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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.
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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 www.jeffersonpta.berkeley.org. Checks are gladly welcome too and may be dropped off in the office. Thank you in advance for helping Jefferson thrive!

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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!
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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 vkratzer@yahoo.com

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Food Drive ends Friday & Lost and Found info

Reminder!  We are collecting contributions to the Jefferson Annual Food Drive.  Donated food will benefit Jefferson families in need. We usually help 15-20 families in our community struggling to keep food on the table.

During these difficult economic times, we have more families struggling than ever before. As a result, we need your generosity and support!

Starting next week November 10th contributions can be dropped off in either your child’s classroom or in the boxes located in the hallway outside of the main office (these will be set up next week).

Canned, bagged and boxed goods are requested; no glass containers please. Go through your pantry or pick up extra items this week at the grocery store.  We are also requesting gift cards to local grocery stores, i.e. Safeway, Lucky’s, Trader Joes.  The deadline for the Food Drive is Friday, November 21st.

Thank you for your help in supporting JefferSons & Daughters.

LOST & FOUND

Ever wondered why your child seem to be missing something? Missing a glove or hat? It’s likely that it ended up at our Lost & Found or in the Office! Come by to check in our Lost & Found whenever you come to the school. Please encourage your child to go there also.

The Lost & Found is OVERFLOWING with coats, sweatshirts, shirts, pants, and miscellaneous items. Glasses & Valuable Belongings – check in with Tiana, our school secretary.

If we find anything with your child name on it we will do our best to return it back to its owner. Remember to label your child belongings if you want it returned to you.

On Monday and Tuesday (November 24th & 25th), we will lay the items out on the benches near room 107. After the Thanksgiving holiday we will donate all unclaimed items to a charitable organization. Please note that we are not responsible for any lost and found items even after they are claimed.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions: Navy navysaray@gmail.com and Angie angie@garling.us

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Stop for coffee THURSDAY & Food Drive ends this Friday!!

Hello Jefferson families,
Stop for a delicious hot cup of Peete’s after you drop off your child Thursday morning, and find out what’s happening at Jefferson!
See you this Thursday morning on the yard.

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Thank you to everyone who has donated food or a gift card for the Food Drive.  We are still in need of more gift cards if you are able to provide them. Gift cards should be put in the green PTA box in the office. Drop off donations in either at your child’s classroom or in the boxes located in the hallway outside of the main office (these will be set up next week).
We have 16 families so far that have requested services, so every can helps!
Canned, bagged and boxed goods are requested; no glass containers please. Go through your pantry or pick up extra items this week at the grocery store.  We are also requesting gift cards to local grocery stores, i.e. Safeway, Lucky’s, Trader Joes.  The deadline for the Food Drive is Friday, November 21st.

Thank you for your help in supporting JefferSons & Daughters.

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Project Color work day & Sports Basement partnership Saturday, November 15th

Hello Jefferson families,

There are two fun ways to help out Jefferson this Saturday, November 15th!
1. Project Color is having a parent work day from 9am-3pm in an effort to brighten up the halls of the school!

Their plan is to paint the new bulletin boards in the hallways, repaint the sun mural on the top floor, and repair & reinstall some current art installations. Spontaneous volunteering is welcome!

2. Sports Basement is partnering with Jefferson Elementary this year and their Berkeley location is opening on Saturday!
The new Sports Basement store in Berkeley is having their grand “Snowpening!” in the old Iceland space (2727 Milvia). Just mention “Jefferson Elementary” at check out and you will receive 10% off your total purchase with 5% being donated to the Jefferson PTA. They will have games & a raffle with great prizes (lift tickets!) going on tomorrow. Get a jump on your holiday shopping and raise some money for the school at the same time! See the attached flyers for details.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Andrea DeJarlais
PTA co-chair

 

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JefferSons and Daughters Food Drive

Dear Jefferson Community-
Reminder!  We are collecting contributions to the Jefferson Annual Food Drive.  Donated food will benefit Jefferson families in need. We usually help 15-20 families in our community struggling to keep food on the table.

During these difficult economic times, we have more families struggling than ever before. As a result, we need your generosity and support!

Starting next week November 10th contributions can be dropped off in either your child’s classroom or in the boxes located in the hallway outside of the main office (these will be set up next week).

Canned, bagged and boxed goods are requested; no glass containers please. Go through your pantry or pick up extra items this week at the grocery store.  We are also requesting gift cards to local grocery stores, i.e. Safeway, Lucky’s, Trader Joes.  The deadline for the Food Drive is Friday, November 21st.

Thank you for your help in supporting JefferSons & Daughters.

Questions? vkratzer@yahoo.com

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PTA meeting & Dine Out for cooking and gardening TONIGHT!

Hello Jefferson families,
We have a PTA meeting tonight! Thursday, November 13th from 6:30-8pm in the cafetorium. Spanish translation and childcare will be provided. We will also have pizza for the kids staying in childcare.
Agenda items include: Principal’s report, the December Scholastic Bookfair and ice cream social, Giving Campaign, treasurer’s report, a discussion of the PTA calendar of events and more.
Also, today is the day to Dine Out for cooking and gardening! You can dine out at a number of local restaurants who will be donating a portion of proceeds to Berkeley school cooking and gardening programs. Consider dining out before or after the PTA meeting! See the message below for more details about the Dine Out fundraiser for cooking and gardening below from our program coordinator, Jezra Thompson:
On Thursday, November 13, 2014 we will partner with generous local restaurants throughout Berkeley-and dipping into Oakland-to co-host a wonderful food-filled day and night in support of a garden-based learning education for Berkeley Public Schools. This is a great way to try something new, dine out at a local business, and support your public schools in providing a garden-based education.

If you are an eager diner awaiting this sensational event, please plan on dining at one or all of the following participating restaurants. You can learn more about our district-wide program, our student reach, and teacher support, as well as get an updated list of participating restaurants on our website: http://www.berkeleyschools.net/cgp/

Mark your calendars and spread the word:

Benchmark Pizzeria – 1568 Oak View Ave, 94530

Build Pizzeria Roma – 2286 Shattuck Ave, 94704

Cafe Clem – 2020 Kittredge St, 94704

Cafe Rouge – 1782 4th St, 94710

Cancun – 2134 Allston Way, 94704

Comal - 2020 Shattuck Ave, 94704

Corso – 1788 Shattuck Ave, 94709

East Bay Spice Company – 2134 Oxford Street, 94704

FIVE Restaurant – 2086 Allston Way, 94704

Gaumenkitzel – 2121 San Pablo Ave, 94702

Ippuku – 2130 Center St, 94704

Jules Thin Crust – 5804 College Ave, Oakland, 94618

La Note – 2377 Shattuck Ave, 94704

Phil’s Sliders – 2024 Shattuck Ave, 94704

Pizza Moda – 1401 University Ave, 94702

Tacubaya – 1788 4th Street, 94710

The Local Butcher Shop – 1600 Shattuck Ave, 94709

Townie – 1799 University Ave, 94703

Westbrae Biergarten – 1280 Gilman Street, 94706

Thank you so much for your support!

 

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Common Core Math Night

The PTA would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the teachers who put together the wonderful workshop on Common Core math curriculum for Jefferson parents last Thursday evening! Many parents requested access to the presentation by 5th grade teacher, Rick Kleine, as a reference. Here’s the original PowerPoint presentation.
For those of you who’d like to avoid Power Point, here’s a PDF version.
Also, a special thank you to the folks from Josephine.com who were nice enough to provide food for our meeting. Check out their healthy home-cooked meals to-go for this week here. Mention that you were referred by the Jefferson School PTA and they’ll even give you a free fresh pressed juice or dessert on your first visit!
  • If you have any questions about Josephine feel free to reply to hello@josephine.com and get in touch!
We hope to see you at the next Jefferson PTA meeting, on Thursday, November 13th from 6:30-8pm!

 

Andrea DeJarlais & Tej Datta
PTA Co-chairs
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Berkeley Community Art Team event on Friday!

Hi Jefferson Parents!

I’d like to let you know about a great organization that works to provide great culture experiences for every kid in Berkeley public schools.  The Berkeley Community Art Team is having a kickoff event this Friday at Crowden School right next door – please stop by and let’s talk about what kind of creative world we can open for our kids!
Best,
Kim Bennett
(Russell, 2nd grade)

Access to the arts is an issue of equity for every child in Berkeley schools.

The Berkeley Community Arts Team invites parents, students, educators, school administrators, and community members to this free special event. Learn about the current arts landscape in Berkeley schools and what we can be doing collectively to improve it for all children.

Friday, September 26

4:30-6:30 pm

Crowden Music Center

To RSVP, and for more information, go to our Eventbrite page:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ensuring-access-to-the-arts-for-all-berkeley-students-registration-12942845399

Event Schedule:

4:30 pm - Arts Organization Resource Fair

5:00 pm - Reception with light refreshments

5:30-6:30 pm - Event

Please share this invitation with others who care about the arts in Berkeley schools!

The Berkeley Community Arts Team is an alliance of representatives from the Berkeley Unified School District, local arts organizations, the City of Berkeley and members of the Berkeley community. Our mission is to ensure that all Berkeley students consistently engage in authentic, high-quality arts learning experiences that will inspire them to be confident, creative life-long learners. Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/berkeleycommunityartsteam


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Berkeley Half Marathon & Jefferson School

Hello amazing Jefferson families~
Now’s the time to get excited about the Berkeley Half Marathon.  If you’re thinking about registering, & I really think you should, please do & consider joining our team.   I did this run last year & it was a blast.  If that’s not enough reason to run, did you know it is also a fundraiser for Jefferson Elementary School.  How cool is that?  We can run together & raise money for various school programs & field trips.  If you’re interested in running in this year’s event register here: Home – Berkeley Half Marathon

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Home – Berkeley Half Marathon

A point-to-point race highlighting Berkeley: the city center to UC Berkeley and the beautiful waterfront. Choose from the 1/2 marathon, 10 mile, or 10K.
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You can enter the 13.1mile or the 5k.  Worry not, you have plenty of time to train.  The event is Sunday November 9th.

Check out our team…there’s room for more.

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Joining the Jefferson Elementary/Schools Fund 2014 team allows 50% of your fundraising money to go directly to Jefferson. The other 50% will be donated to the Sch…
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Hope to see you on the course,
 
Sean Keller
4th Grade Teacher
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After School Classes registration deadline reminder

The final deadline for registering for the PTA after school program is this Friday, September 12th at 2:30p.m. Please put your forms in the green PTA mailbox in the school office. We will register students on a first come first serve basis.

Registration packets can be found online http://jefferson.berkeleypta.org/after-school-enrichment-classes/

and in the school office.

 

The following classes are closed:

Math Games (K)

Circus Moves (K)

Circus Moves (1-5)

 

The following classes are almost full:

Constructing Art (1-5) on Mondays

Mad Science

Act Up!

Constructing Art (K) Thursdays

Constructing Art (1-5) Thursdays

Photography (Thursdays)

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

 

Jana Vourgourakis

jana.bis@hotmail.com

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after-school classes: lottery results

The lottery for oversubscribed PTA After School Enrichment Classes was held last night and the following classes are now closed:

Math Games (K)
Circus Moves (K)
Circus Moves (1-5)
Junkyard Challenge with Legos (1-5)

If your child did not make it into these classes, you will be receiving an email shortly. If you do not receive an email it means that your child is in the class. (Class rosters will be posted on the PTA bulletin board next week)

The following classes are almost full:

Mad Science
Act Up!
Constructing Art (1-5) THURSDAY
Photography (3-5) THURSDAY

Registration continues this week on a first come first serve basis. The deadline for registration is this Friday September 12 at 2:30p.m. Please put your forms and checks into the green PTA mailbox in the school office.

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K to College School Supply Give Away

The non-profit K to College will be giving away free school supplies and oral hygience kits to Berkeley Unified students eligible for the free/ reduced price lunch program.
The supplies will be given out Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00-3:00 PM at the Francis Albrier Community Center at San Pablo Park.

If you have any questions, please contact, Charity DaMarto at (510) 644-8991.
La Organización no lucrativa K to College estará regalando útiles escolares y productos para la higiene dental a los estudiantes del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Berkeley que son elegibles para el programa de almuerzo gratuito o a precio reducido.
Los útiles y los productos se van a entregar el sábado 13 de septiembre de 11:00-3:00 PM en el Francis Albrier Community Center en San Pablo Park.

Si usted tiene preguntas por favor comuníquese con Charity DaMarto al  (510) 644-8991.

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Box Tops for Jefferson – start clipping!

Hello Jefferson Families -
Welcome back and for new parents – welcome! This year our school will be participating in the Box Tops for Education program. My name is Shauna Rabinowitz and I’m happy to serve as the coordinator of this program for Jefferson Elementary. Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for your family to help our school buy what it needs. Box Tops are each worth 10 cents and they can quickly add up to real cash for our school. This school year, our school’s earnings goal is $2000.00. I believe we can make this goal if we all pitch in and participate.
To help our school, just look for pink Box Tops on products, clip them and send them in to school – we have a collection bowl in the office now. For more information on the Box Tops for Education program and participating products and vendors (Safeway in one), and our school’s earnings progress, visit www.BTFE.com. While you’re there please consider becoming a member and you’ll receive information on additional ways for our school to earn with Box Tops.
I hope you’re excited to help our school this year with Box Tops! It’s a way that all of us can give. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at dakotasmomsr@gmail.com. I’m here to make our school’s BTFE program a success this year.
Thank you for your help!
Shauna Rabinowitz
Jefferson Parent