Weekly Digest: Oct 11th, 2017

Upcoming Events:
Oct 17th (Tue): Picture Day (K-2nd Grades)(see details below)
Oct 18th (Wed): Picture Day (3rd – 4th Grades) (see details below)
Oct 20th (Fri): Walkathon: (see details below)

See Details Below: 
-Picture Day
– Directory
– Walkathon
– Friday Coffee Mingle!
– Jefferson Work Day – DATE CHANGE !!
– The Village Group – Next one Oct 16th
Napa and Sonoma Fire Emergency Help Kit
– Jeffersons and Daughters: Gift Cards Needed

Coffee Mingle this Friday immediately after in-take: 

Hey Jefferson parents, Please join us for the weekly coffee mingles on the school yard. Let’s get to know each other better without needing to worry about entertaining our children. We’ll provide the coffee, but feel free to bring some goodies to nosh on. In addition, you can grab a up of coffee and help organize the Jefferson Fire relief donations!  See you there….

PICTURE DAY Tuesday 10/17 (K- 2nd) and Wednesday 10/18 (3rd – 4th)

Order forms have been sent home. Forms along with payment are due on Picture Day. Late order forms will incur a $10 late fee.

Please note, due to a high number of returned checks, we are no longer accepting them–just credit cards, cash or money order.  If you would prefer to order online, HERE is an electronic order form you can fill out that must be submitted ON or BEFORE Picture Day.

If you have any questions, please contact Roots & Shoots Photography directly: grow@roots-shoots.com.


If you want to be included in the School Directory.  Please turn in the green sheets that were handed out at the start of the year or come get one in the office.


Walkathon is just one week from Friday, on October 20thWe still have many volunteer slots to fill, particularly at the 10:15 – 12:00 slot. We mostly need sidewalk monitors, who can cheer the kids on while making sure they stay safe. 

If you can help between 8:15 am – 12:00 pm (or any portion of that time), please sign up online:
  1.  Click here:Walkathon SignUp 
  2.  Enter your email address. (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp Genius.)
  3.  Sign up! Choose a shift – SignUp Genius will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. (SignUp Genius does not share your email address with anyone.)
 You can also sign up on the Walkathon Volunteer poster that is posted on the bulletin board outside the school office or Lori Hess can do this for you. Please contact her at loribhess@gmail.com to sign up or with any questions.


Finally, please remember to help your child ask for pledges (extra pledge forms can be found in the office). Every little bit counts!  Pledge forms are due the day of the Walkathon and pledge money is due by Friday, November 3rd. People may pledge online by clicking here:Walkathon Website.

Thank you for supporting Jefferson!

Napa and Sonoma Fire Emergency Help Kit


Today the students created a “donation request” list and distributed that list to every student in Jefferson school.  We will begin collecting donations tomorrow!  This effort has become a school-wide campaign so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a large amount of donations.  If you are available to help us set up a “collection system” please let Sean Keller know.  After speaking with Principal Mary, we’ve determined that the stage in the cafetorium would be the best place for us to collect & organize our donations.  We will need to establish clearly labeled bins & boxes to better streamline our work–This work will require both student & adult support.   This work will be caffeinated by the usual PTA coffee on Friday! But our collection work will start tomorrow, Thursday.

  • Pet food
  • Pillows, blankets, pajamas, bedding
  • Socks and underwear
  • Diapers, wipes and baby formula
  • Toiletries
  • Pads and tampons
  • Toilet paper
  • Batteries and phone chargers
  • Garbage bags and cleaning supplies
  • Bleach wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kids clothes
  • Adult clothing
  • Particle masks

Thanks for all you do,

Sean Keller
4th Grade Teacher
Jefferson School
1400 Ada St.
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 644-6299


WhenSat, Oct 21st 30, 10am – 2pm
WhereJefferson Elementary School, 1400 Ada St, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA (map)


Please join us for a day dedicated to improving the building and grounds around Jefferson. Mary has a number of projects she would like us to tackle. These are things either the district won’t do or won’t do quickly enough.  They include:

– Painting part of the exterior building (pillars, wall ball areas, basketball backboard)

– Landscaping within the school yard

– Cleaning windows and doors

These projects will go a long way to making the school a more inviting place. Please email Phil Polishuk (ppolishuk@gmail.com) if you are interested in helping. It doesn’t have to be for the entire time.  Also, if anyone has access to a rototiller, ladders, shovels and rakes please let me know.


The Village Group

The Village Group is a group of families and educators at our school with a mission of building a cultural community and understanding among Jefferson’s families, teachers, and students. We organize several events at the school (including the Multicultural Potluck, Art and Music Family Night, and Juneteenth. It is also a place to talk about diversity and equity at our school, making sure the whole school community is included and represented. Our next meeting is on Monday, Oct 16th. Childcare and food is usually provided. Stay tuned for future gatherings led by the The Village Group.
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Laura Atkins
Children’s Book Author and Editor
w: www.lauraatkins.com
e: laura@lauraatkins.com 


Jeffersons and Daughters: Gift Cards Needed

Jefferson has a strong tradition of supporting each other in challenging times.  Part of how we do that is that we keep gift cards (i.e., Target, Whole Foods, Sprouts) on hand for emergency situations.  Our supply is low so we are putting out a call to the school community.  Can you donate a gift card?  Please drop it by the office and tell Courtney it is for the Our School Cares folder.  You can also order cards online at Whole Foods (which is near the family homeless shelter) or Target and have them mailed to the school: Attention Lily Howell, 1400 Ada St, Berkeley, CA 94702.


Amanda, Melaine and Kellie

Jefferson’s and Daughters (soon to be Our School Cares)