Weekly Digest: 28th Feb, 2018

Upcoming Events:
-Thursday, Mar 1st: 4th and 5th Graders on the COLOMA Camping trip return
-Friday, Mar 2nd: Coffee Mingle in the Morning @ drop off

See Details Below For: 

– Volunteer Spotlight!
– Petition for interior-locking doors
– Save the Date: Silent Auction
– Play dates and Pick-up
– Safe Routes to School – Golden Sneaker Contest
-BUSD Calendar for 2018-2019 now available
– Kids Care Events – Coming Up!


Mar 10th: Jefferson Silent Auction!
Mar 6th: Last day for Golden Sneaker Contest
Mar 17th: Next Kids Care Event …more details coming soon


Thanks to several (K-2) parents who have filled out the Volunteer Survey – We need a lot more parents to participate! Please see this link and help Jefferson fit our needs with your interests!

As you may know we have some volunteer positions that really to be filled soon. Please see our Volunteer Spotlight!

Jill Loman

L|M Design Studio


Jefferson Parents:
In light of our discussions at our November PTA Meeting around Emergency Preparedness, we discovered that we could make our children safer during an lock-down / active shooter situation if BUSD provides interior-locking doors at our school. Please read the petition for more detail and add your signature so that we can forward to the appropriate people at BUSD and pressure them to take action on this issue.

Please see the below.





Jefferson’s Annual Auction – Save the Date!!

The Jefferson “Circus” Auction is just over a week away on Saturday, March 10th from 6:30-10:00pm at Neyborly.
Step Right Up! to preview the Live Auction donations:
  • Disneyland tickets (4 one day hopper passes)
  • Tour of Pixar Animation Studios
  • Couples Getaway in Stinson Beach (2 weekend nights or 3 weeknights)
  • Desserts for a School Year (once a month something sweet will arrive at your home)
  • Principal for a Day
  • Warriors Tickets (2 tickets for first round of playoffs)
  • Tahoe Long Summer or Fall Weekend away (4 nights; ideal for 2 families to share or one extended family)
Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at:
Need childcare? Low cost ($10) childcare is available at Jefferson for kids ages 3+. Childcare includes pizza and a movie with JAZ staff. Sign up in the Jefferson office or email Kim Winkleman at kimwinkleman@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Something is coming to town so please save the date for Jefferson’s Annual Auction – Saturday, March 10th from 6:30-10:00 pm at Neyborly.  More information and tickets will be available soon!

Protein/Granola/Allergen Bar Call

We have had an amazing turnout in the last 2 weeks to reorganize and restock our emergency cache. Thanks, Tej for organizing the efforts and the PTA for financial contribution. We are now asking for donations of granola, protein, fruit bars and bars for student with nuts allergies to be contributed by families. You can bring your contribution to the office. Thanks!

Playdates and Pick up

Please organize student playdates the day before. If students are supposed to go to JAZ or on the bus, that is where they will go.  We cannot allow students to arrange social engagements from the school and then leave with other families or kids. If your child has a pre-arranged playdate, please send a note and give it to the teacher so that we know that they have permission to leave with that family.

Safe Routes to Schools – Golden Sneaker Contest 

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

From February 26 to March 9, students in participating classrooms will work together to reduce car trips by using active and shared transportation options such as:

  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Skateboarding, using a scooter, or any other human-powered wheels
  • Riding the school bus
  • Using public transit such as AC Transit or BART
  • Carpooling with other families

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:

  • Park a few blocks away and walk
  • Meet up with friends who live close to school and walk or roll as a group
  • Start a carpool
  • Take the school bus or public transit to school

Students will track how they get to school each day. The classroom with the highest percentage of these healthy travel choices will win a Golden Sneaker Trophy and celebration.

Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools program, sponsored by the Alameda County Transportation Commission, is a comprehensive, proven approach to getting more kids walking and biking safely to school. For more information, visit http://alamedacountysr2s.org/

To find out more details or to get involved contact Lauren Freels at laileenf@gmail.com

Good luck!

Please find here the BUSD 2018-2019 School Calendar.

Key Dates:

First Day of School: MONDAY, August 27, 2018
Thanksgiving Holidays: Monday-Friday, November 19-23, 2018 (one week break)
Winter Recess: December 24 — January 4, 2019 (two week break)
Spring Recess: April 1 – 5, 2019
Last day of school: Friday, June 14, 2019

Kids Care Events -Coming Up!

Dear Jefferson Families-

Bring the whole family to our next Kids Care! activity. We will meet at different locations.
Questions? Contact kellieapplen@gmail.com for more information.

Please note: Kids Care! is not a Jefferson Elementary School or PTA sponsored event. It is organized exclusively by parent volunteers.
Stay tuned for future Kids Care! events on the following Saturdays:Saturday 3/17 from 11-1 – gardening at Oakland Elizabeth House for families transitioning from homelessness

Saturday 4/21, 2-4 – visiting with residents at Berkeley Pines nursing home
Thanks to all who participated in our last Kids Care! activity, where we assembled care packages and made blankets for hospice patients, and wrote letters as part of the Amnesty International Write for Rights campaign.  Click here or some great photos of our event!