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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
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Lottery Deadline this Friday for PTA after school classes

Just a reminder that the Lottery Deadline for oversubscribed PTA After School Enrichment Classes is this Friday, September 5th, at 2:30 p.m. 

Please get your registration forms in by then if you want to be eligible for the lottery. After this Friday, all classes will be registered on a first come first serve basis. Final deadline for registration is September 12th.
Registration forms are available online http://jefferson.berkeleypta.org/after-school-enrichment-classes/ and extra forms are also available in the office while supplies last.
Thanks!
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1st PTA meeting DATE CHANGE & childcare info for back to school night

Hello Jefferson families!
Our first PTA meeting has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, September 23rd. The time and place remain the same: 6:30-8pm in the school library. We will have Spanish translation and childcare available.
Also a reminder, that there will be limited childcare available for Back to School Night, on Thursday, September 4th.
If you plan to bring your kids, please check them into childcare upon arrival as the classroom visits with your teacher(s) are designed for parents and guardians only. Also, the after school staff is also not able to accommodate very young children and you may want to seek out your own babysitter if you have infants, toddlers or children under the age of 4.
Thank you!
Andrea DeJarlais
PTA co-chair
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PTA After School Program Registration

Registration packets for the PTA After School Enrichment Program were sent home yesterday in your child’s blue communication folder. Classes this fall will run from September 22nd – December 19th.

The registration packet can also be found on the PTA website: http://jefferson.berkeleypta.org/after-school-enrichment-classes/

The deadline to register your child for PTA after school classes is Friday, September 12th  at 2:30p.m. Please return the signed and completed form along with payment to the locked green PTA box in the school office.

Due to the popularity of some of our classes, we will also hold a lottery for oversubscribed classes. The deadline for this lottery is Friday September 5th at 2:30 p.m. Please see the registration packet for more details.

As always, PTA-sponsored financial scholarships are available for those in need. All Jefferson students are given the opportunity to participate in our program. See the registration packet for details.

A note to New Kindergarten families: please wait until your child is assigned a permanent classroom teacher before registering– we need this info on the registration form. Transition Kindergarteners are not eligible for the PTA After School Enrichment Program.

We have three new coordinators running the PTA After School Enrichment Program this year: Prashant Jawalikar, Erik Wiener, and Jana Vourgourakis. After many years of tireless work running the program, Shui Wong is passing the baton on to us. A big thanks to Shui for all of her hard work!

 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program.

Jana Vourgourakis

jana.bis@hotmail.com

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Class Lists and Early Release

Greetings,

School starts tomorrow, Wednesday August 27th at 8:12 a.m.

Teachers will meet their students on the playground.

The class lists will be posted today at 4 o’clock. Please do not call or come to the school before 4 o’clock to check on the class lists. The District is still sending students to Jefferson at the last minute and we are working very hard to create balanced classes. Thank you.

Please note, the Ada Street entrance is closed. You may enter the school from the Rose Street gates or on Acton Street.

Also, Wednesday is an early release day. All classes are dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

And the school is closed on Monday, September 4th for Labor Day.

 

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Jefferson After-school Zone Program Registration

Dear Jefferson Families,

Late registration for the JAZ Program will be held this upcoming Tuesday, August 26th, in the Cafeteria from 8am-1pm. Enrollment space is limited, we will be accepting applications on a first come first serve basis.  Attached to this email is the 2014-2015 registration form, as well as the Parent/Guardian Handbook. For any questions or concerns please email Rochelle Arucan at: rarucan@bacr.org.
Thanks,
-Rochelle A.
Rochelle A. Arucan
Site Coordinator
Jefferson Elementary J.A.Z
(Jefferson Afterschool Zone)
1400 Ada Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510)644-8763  (phone)
(510)644-6984  (fax)
(510)292-6210 (Cell)www.bacr.org

“The BACR mission is to promote the healthy development of individuals, families, and communities.”

2014-2015 JAZ Registration

14-15 JAZ PARENT HAND BOOK

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Come Meet Your School

Kindergarten & First Grade Play Date

When: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Where: Jefferson Playground

What Time: 10:00 – 12:00

 

Welcome New Kindergarteners and Parents
to Jefferson School!

Come to the playdate to:

  • Meet other parents and incoming kindergarteners
  • Talk with parents of 1st graders
  • Find out what to expect the first day of school
  • Get info on after-school care, PTA classes, and other school programs
  • Get answers to any questions you may have!!!!

This is a fun and relaxing event and we encourage all incoming kindergarten and first grade parents, guardians, students, and siblings to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Download Jefferson Helpful Hints 2013. This handout contains common questions—and their answers!—that parents of incoming students have had.

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Jefferson School Rocks with BoxTops for Education

Dear Jefferson Families and Supporters:

We are now participating in and collecting “Box Tops for Education.” Please help us by sending in the Box Tops from various products that you purchase for your home. We all shop for groceries. Now turn those shopping trips into easy cash for our school, and encourage friends to do the same! Just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products in almost every aisle of the store. All you need to do is clip and send them to the school — each one is worth 10¢ for our school. One box top can make a difference! For a list of products that have Box Tops on them visit: http://www.boxtops4education.com/products/participating-products

And since we’re going into the summer, save them up in an envelope in your kitchen or office and you can submit them when school starts up again. We will have a collection box in the office.Together, we can all make a difference.

Thank you!