Weekly Digest: Feb 8th, 2017


11979386740106This Week:
Feb 11th: Kids Care Activities, (See below)
Feb 17th and Feb 20th: NO SCHOOL
 (Lincoln’s Birthday and Presidents’ day respectively)

Upcoming Dates:
Feb 22nd: Bike Rodeo 2017 (see below)
Feb 22nd – Mar 10th: Golden Sneaker Contest
Mar 11th
: Silent Auction, (See below)
Mar 23rd: Math and Science Night (see below)

Noteworthy News Below: 
– Giving Campaign
– Silent Auction
– Bike Rodeo 2017
– Golden Sneaker Contest
– PTA General Meeting Presentation
– Summer Tennis Camp from Winslow Academy
– Berkeley Chess Tournament
– Kids Care Activity
– Parking Enforcement
– Math and Science Night

GIVING CAMPAIGN – Thanks to those who have donated to the Giving Campaign.  You can continue to donate online on the PTA website, http://jefferson.berkeleypta.org/

SILENT AUCTION: The Silent Auction will take place this year on Saturday March 11th at 6:30pm at the Wooden Duck in Berkeley to all Jefferson families we are seeking volunteers for the Jefferson annual silent auction. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need volunteers to help make this a successful event. Everyone is welcome to volunteer. If you have 30 minutes or 1 hour per week we need your help. No time frame is too small to volunteer your time. For volunteer opportunities and more information please contact our silent auction coordinator Amaka at amakawatson@aol.com or call 510-823-4395.

Bike Rodeo 2017:

FREE Safe Routes to Schools Student Bike Rodeo Coming to Jefferson Elementary

Wednesday, February 22 

For students in grades K-5 in after school programs at Jefferson

Our team leads a fun-filled session of games and drills to teach bicycle skills. We’ll have a playful practice course and review skills for riding and walking safely.
Bikes and helmets provided, or bring your own! 

Skills Taught: 
• Performing a bicycle safety check 
• Fitting a helmet properly 
• Starting and stopping 
• Signaling and communicating 
• Scanning ahead 
• Checking over your shoulder 
• Avoiding obstacles 

for more information contact: Lauren Freels, Safe Routes Site Coordinator laileenf@gmail.com

Golden Sneaker 2017 Contest: 

Safe Routes Golden Sneaker Contest 
Lace up those shoes, dust off those bikes, or get ready to share your ride! The Safe Routes to Schools Pollution Solution 2017: Golden Sneaker Contest is coming to your school!

For 2 weeks from February 27nd to March 10th,  participating classrooms will be tracking and talking about the benefits of using active transportation – walking and rolling (biking, skateboarding or using a scooter) or shared transportation (riding the school bus, using public transportation and/or carpooling with other families) – to come to school. The classroom with the highest percentage of these healthy travel choices will win the Golden Sneaker Trophy and celebration.

The Golden Sneaker contest offers a chance for every student to participate. If you live too far from school to walk or roll you can always:
• Park a few blocks away and walk
• Meet up with friends who live close to school and walk as a group
• Start a carpool 

To find out more details or to get involved contact: Lauren Freels, Safe Routes Site Coordinator laileenf@gmail.com

El Concurso del Zapato Dorado

Amárrate bien las agujetas, quítale el polvo a tu bicicleta, o prepárate para compartir tu carro.  ¡La Solución contra la Contaminación del 2017: El Concurso del Zapato Dorado viene a tu escuela! Por dos semanas, del 27 de Febrero al 10 de Marzo, las clases que decidieron participar en el concurso comenzaran a apuntar y hablar de los beneficios de utilizar modos de transporte activo tal como caminar o ir en ruedas (bici, patineta, o patín),  transporte compartido (utilizando el autobús, BART, o compartiendo tu coche con otras familias) para ir de las escuelas.  La clase con el porcentaje más alto de estudiantes que utilice estos tipos de transportes ganara el Trofeo del Zapato Dorado. 

El concurso del zapato dorado ofrece la oportunidad para que cada estudiante participe. Si usted vive muy lejos de su escuela, y no puede caminar o ir en ruedas,  puede tratar las siguientes opciones:
• Estacionarse unas cuantas cuadras de la escuela y caminar. 
• Juntarse con amigos que vivan cerca de la escuela y caminar en grupo.
• Tratar de compartir su coche 

Para más detalles por favor comuníquese con: Lauren Freels, Coordinador de Rutas Seguras laileenf@gmail.com


Summer Tennis Camps From Winslow Tennis Academy

ANNOUNCING THE WINSLOW TENNIS ACADEMY’S 3 SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS FOR KIDS —  (1) and (2) Two of our one-week Super Fun Camps for Kids Ages 7-13 ranging from brand new Beginner to Lower Intermediate Player.  Dates:  July 17-21 and August 14-18.  Location: beautiful Arlington Park at the top of the hill in El Cerrito.  Kids have a ton of fun and actively participate in a lively and supportive environment.   My attentive staff and I provide outstanding technical instruction, an endless supply of fun tennis games, athletic contests, footwork and skills development, and lots of running around.  One day includes a short curriculum on life skills and sportsmanship.  We also take breaks to enjoy new friends and to have the opportunity to play other sports and games such as basketball, soccer, Capture the Flag, and board games….or for some, to play more tennis.  Youngsters come home happy and tired, and at the end of the week they receive an awards certificate and a Winslow Tennis Academy t-shirt.  Sign up now!

We offer both Full Day (9am-3:30pm, $350/week) and Half Day (9am-1pm, $260/week) options.  Price discounts are available for: 1. Signing up by the end of February ($25); 2. Bringing a sibling; 3. Signing up for both camps; and/or 4. Being a returning camper.  Ask for more details.  We also offer free early drop-off beginning at 8:30am, and an after-care option for an additional fee.

(3) Our 2nd High Performance Camp for Stronger Intermediate Players — This is for players Ages 9-13 who are already competing or are interested in competing.  Dates: Monday Aug 21-Thursday, Aug 24.  Location: Harding Park, El Cerrito. Camp is focused, fun, and rigorous, with drills, competition, point tactics, and speed, strength and conditioning work.  Schedule: 9am-1pm.  $225. Price discounts available for: 1. Signing up up by the end of March ($25); 2. Bringing a sibling (siblings cost only $50); and/or 3. Being a returning camper. Ask for more details. 

To sign up or for more information:  Alexander Winslow, Winslow Tennis Academy. USPTA-certified teaching professional and Member, Wilson USPTA Advisory Staff Program.alexanderbwinslow@gmail.com  and 510.220.0067

Winslow Tennis Academy is for stroke technique, footwork, shot making, fitness and agility, healthy competition, and playing lots of tennis games.  We develop young kids, older kids, beginners and tournament players. It’s also a delight to work with adults either learning for the first time, rediscovering their games, or playing league matches.  We work with more advanced players on match play, mental approaches, point tactics and strategic doubles. We’re for having fun while becoming better, stronger happier players.  Alexander Winslow, former head coach, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Bishop O’Dowd High School; former nationally ranked junior and varsity starting player, San Jose State University.
Annual Berkeley Chess School Elementary Chess Tournament
The Berkeley Chess School’s annual Elementary School Team Chess Tournament is happening on Saturday, March 18.  Sign up to play for the Jefferson team!  It’s a fun, exciting day for kids and parents, and you don’t need to be an “expert” in order to help the Jefferson team do well.  The more kids that play, the more points Jefferson scores.   Details: 9:45am-4:30pm, hosted by the Berkeley Arts Magnet School, 2015 Virginia Street.  Register with the Berkeley Chess School in person (1845 Berkeley Way), over the phone (510.843.0150) or online: www.berkeleychessschool.org For any families needing assistance with the $25 registration fee, the Jefferson PTA will cover your costs.  For questions, contact Jefferson parents Ellen Rigsby or Alexander Winslow.

Kids Care! Activity Coming up February 11

Hello Jefferson Families!
Bring the whole family to our next Jefferson Kids Care! activity, where we will assemble care packages for elderly residents of a skilled nursing facility in Berkeley.  After completing the packages, we will hand deliver them and visit with residents at the Kyakameena Care Center.
Where: Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley, and the Kyakameena Care Center at 2131 Carleton Street in Berkeley.

When: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Feb. 11, 2017

What: If you are able, please bring items from the list below according to last name.  All are welcome to assist with assembling the kits, even if you are unable to bring donated items.

Last names A-L

  • magnifying glass
  • handkerchief
  • chapstick
  • hand lotion
  • books, such as mystery novels or puzzle books, preferably large print
  • playing cards

Last names M-Z

  • small puzzles (no more than 100 pieces)
  • slip-proof socks
  • scarf
  • bookmarks
  • comb and brush set
  • soap

Questions?  Contact kellieapplen@gmail.com for more information or visit berkeleykidscare.com.

Stay tuned for our next Kids Care! activity on Saturday, March 18 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. We will do some gardening at the Oakland Elizabeth House for women and children transitioning out of homelessness.

And last but not least, a big thank you to all those who helped cleanup and beautify the Martin Luther King Shoreline Park on MLK Day!

Math and Science Night

Jefferson’s annual Math & Science Night will take place on Thursday, March 23 from 6-7:30PM. This fun-filled event gives kids (and adults!) a chance to try out some hands-on math and science activities. To help out with this great event, please email Jess at jessica.reich@yahoo.com and join us, if you can, at the first planning meeting on Monday, February 6 at 8:15AM at the picnic tables on the yard (weather permitting) or in the cafeteria (if it’s too cold/rainy). 

Parking Enforcement – The police have spent the last 2 weeks around Jefferson giving out parking and moving violation tickets. Please observe traffic rules around the school and when parking. Thanks for keeping our kids safe.