Weekly Digest: Nov 29th, 2017

Upcoming Events:
-Coffee Mingle Tomorrow: Friday, December 1
– Nov 30, Fall Berkeley Dine-out for Gardening Program (see below)

See Details Below: 

– Coffee Mingle
– Dine out
– Directory
– Dine outEmergency Preparedness
– Note from the Principal – Wrist and Cell Phones
– Lunches
– Lost and found
– Giving Campaign

Coffee Mingle tomorrow After Drop-off! Look for the group of under-caffinated parents by the cafetorium! Stay and chat, or drink and run.

Fall Berkeley Dine Out, November 30th, 2017

On Thursday, November 30th, we’ll partner with local restaurants throughout Berkeley for a food-filled day and night in support of garden and nutrition education for all Berkeley Public Schools. Dine Out at participating businesses and support our 13 educators and over 7000 students at 17 school gardens and 5 kitchen classrooms. Please Dine Out at one of the participating restaurants and a percentage of your check will go to us! Our list of participating restaurants is growing and can be found here


El jueves, 30 de noviembre, colaboraremos con restaurantes locales en todo Berkeley para un día y una noche repletos de comida en respaldo a la educación de jardinería y nutrición para todas las Escuelas Públicas en Berkeley. “Dine Out” (Cene en los Restaurantes) en los negocios participantes y respalde así a nuestros 13 educadores y a más de 7000 estudiantes en 17 jardines escolares y 5 salones de clase de cocina. Por favor ¡Dine Out en uno de los restaurantes participantes y un porcentaje de su cuenta será para nosotros! Nuestra lista de restaurantes participantes está creciendo y se puede encontrar aquí.

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Jezra Thompson, MS

Supervisor, Gardening & Cooking Programs

Berkeley Unified School District



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.

A note from a Jefferson PTA Parliamentarian!

The Jefferson PTA is governed by the Jefferson Elementary School PTA Bylaws, which are a set of rules provided by the California State PTA and adopted by you, the Jefferson PTA membership. The Bylaws outline the responsibilities of PTA Board and provides guidance on how the PTA should function. The PTA Bylaws must be renewed periodically, and we are in the final stages of doing that now.
The PTA Membership will vote on the adoption of the new Bylaws during November PTA meeting. Changes to the Jefferson PTA Bylawsinclude: new language requested by the Jefferson PTA Board to enable free Jefferson PTA membership, several clarifying changes requested by the Jefferson PTA Board, and updated language from the California State PTA. To review the proposed Bylaws, please visit http://jefferson.berkeleypta.org/about-the-pta/ and search for “Jefferson PTA Bylaws” at the bottom of the page.

For any questions, please contact the Jefferson PTA Board Parliamentarian, Stefan Lasiewski, at stefan@stefanco.com.

A Note from the Principal:

Cell Phones and Wrist Phones –  We have seen an increase in student wearing cellular devices on their wrists. Per  9.9. Board Policy 5131: Electronic Signaling Devices (Cellular Phones), students are asked to turn all devices off at the start of the day and they are not to be turned back on until the completion of the day. Starting Monday, we will ask all students to take devices off of their wristsand store them in their backpacks until the end of the day. If there is an emergency during the school day, families are advised to call the office at 644-6298.

Jefferson’s Emergency Planning

With the north bay fires and strange weather, everybody is feeling a bit apprehensive about emergency procedures. Please look for an article in the next PTA Newsletter about emergency preparedness at Jefferson.

Tej Datta is working on revamping our organization in our emergency stash. Please let him know if you are interested in helping at tej.k.datta@gmail.com.

Giving Campaign!

It’s time to give! The Jefferson PTA is kicking off our annual Giving Campaign to raise money for all the amazing programs we have here at Jefferson. Did you know that the PTA spends an average of $350 per child each year? Your donation supports physical education, counseling, English language support, staff development, Cooperative Adventures with Dave Nettell, classroom grants for special projects, field trip subsidies and more–all the things that make Jefferson a place where kids of all backgrounds can learn, grow and thrive together. Please contribute today to help us meet our 2017/18 goal of $40,000! Every family’s contribution counts, large or small. Put a check made out to Jefferson PTA in the locked PTA box in the office or donate online at http://jefferson.berkeleypta.org/. You can make a one-time gift, or sign up to be a monthly donor. All donations are tax-deductible.