Weekly Digest: March 8th, 2018

Upcoming Events:
-Friday, Mar 9th: Coffee Mingle in the Morning @ drop off; 9:00 a.m.: Lockdown Drill; GOLDEN SNEAKER CONTEST ENDS
Saturday, Mar 10th: Silent Auction!! (see details below)
Saturday, Mar 17th: Kids Care Event

See Details Below For: 

– Safe Routes to School – Golden Sneaker Contest – Ends March 9th
– Petition for interior-locking doors: Successful – see below
– Silent Auction – March 10th
– Talent Show Coordinator
– Kids Care Events – Coming Up!


Safe Routes to Schools – Golden Sneaker Contest – ENDS March 9th

Keep of the good work Jefferson!
Congrats to everyone that’s put out the extra effort to get to school walking, sharing a ride, on the bus and on their wheels.
The Golden Sneaker Contest Ends on March 9th.
The winning class will be announced on Monday March 12th!



The letter below is in response to the PTA driven petition for interior locking doors on the remaining classrooms. The locks will be installed over spring break.

Re: Interior Locks for Jefferson School

Dear Ms. Loman:

Thank you contacting me regarding your safety concerns for Jefferson Elementary School. Student safety and security is our most important mission. As a District we take pride in providing a safe and secure student friendly environment conducive for teaching and learning.

Much like you and the entire Jefferson student body, I am very concerned about the increased incidents of active shooters on school campuses nationwide. This year alone in this country, we’ve experienced 18 campus shootings. Approximately twice as many shootings as schools experienced the previous year.

As you are aware the district board has specified Columbine-Style locking devices to be installed on our campuses. These devices can be used to quickly secure doors in the event of a lock-down situation.

Currently, we are planning to complete the installation of Columbine-Style locking devices at Jefferson Elementary School during the spring break. The project will cover the remaining 15 doors referenced in your petition regarding classrooms and community spaces. All funding has been secured and budgeted for this project and will not be an impediment to completing this project.

Additionally I am working with staff on a broader more comprehensive District-Wide Student Staff Safety Assessment and Security Upgrades Project. As you’ve mentioned in your petition, this is a serious concern and expediting facilities safety improvements to school campuses is warranted in the current climate on increased school shootings.


Timothy E. White

Executive Director of Facilities Berkeley Unified School District

Jefferson’s Annual Auction – THIS SATURDAY: 6-10 p.m. tickets below !!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

The Jefferson Silent Auction “Circus” is this Saturday, March 10th at 6:30pm at Neyborly
To preview all the Auction packages, please visit:
In addition to all the fabulous silent and live auction items, here are 3 Silent Auction item highlights:
An Evening at the Maharaja’s Court
Be a Maharaja for a night!  A magical evening for you and your guests hosted in a Jefferson family’s beautiful house. A Cocktail reception, a live Kathak Dance performance and an unforgettable dinner for up to 10 people. Celebrate this special night with your family and friends or join with another family.  Minimum bid: $600.00
Tahoe Cabin
Two night rental at Tahoe cabin in the Chamberlands neighborhood on the west shore. Walking distance to the lake with private beach area. One mile from Homewood Ski Resort. Two bedrooms/1 bath. Ideal for a couples rental or small family – sleeps up to 7. Minimum bid: $400.
Apartment in Chamonix France
One week’s rental in a spacious 3 bedroom (sleeps 8) apartment right in the heart of Chamonix, France! Magnificent views of Mt. Blanc and a short walk to ski lifts and the center of town.  Available: June 2018 or 2019; September 2018 or 2019; January 2019. Minimum bid: $1000
Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at:
Need childcare? Low cost ($10) childcare is available at Jefferson for kids ages 3+. Sign up in the Jefferson office or email Kim Winkleman at  kimwinkleman@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

The Jefferson “Circus” Auction is this 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.
DEADLINE: Today March 8th, 2018

Saturday, March 10th from 6:30-10:00 pm at Neyborly.

Talent Show Coordinator Wanted

We have a talent show where the 3rd-5th graders perform at the end of May or beginning of June. We are looking for 1 or 2 folks to run auditions at lunches, prepare a program and manage stage hands (5th graders). The show is MC’ed by students. Please let Mary know atmarycazden@berkeley.net if you are interested.  It is a really fun job!

Kids Care Events -Coming Up!

Dear Jefferson Parents –

Please join us for our next Kids Care! ​activity on Saturday March 17 from 11am-1pm. We will be doing yard work and other tasks for the Oakland Elizabeth House, a residence for women and children transitioning out of homelessness.  Necessary tools will be provided.  Wear comfortable work clothes and bring your hardworking spirit.  OPTIONAL BUT NOT REQUIRED:  bring a plant or some seedlings to plant in the house garden.

WHERE:  Oakland Elizabeth House, 6423 Colby St, Oakland, CA 94618
WHEN:    Saturday 3/17 from 11am-1pm

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 details about our upcoming Kids Care! events:

  • Saturday 4/21, 2-4 – visiting with residents at Berkeley Pines nursing home
  • May 22 – snacks and singing at Challengers game (Challengers is division of Little League for children with physical and mental challenges)