Category Archive: General News

Apr
18

Volunteer for a Slot to Help at the May Fair, May 5 (set-up begins at 9:30; clean-up ends at 5)

The May fair is almost here! We need your support in making the 2018 Cinco De Mayo May Fair on May 5th the very best! Part of the fun of May Fair is bringing our adult (and young adult) community together to volunteer running activities, giving out prizes, serving food, setting up and cleaning up. …

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Apr
18

Calling all SECOND grade families!

We’re inviting you to help sell raffle tickets this Thursday at the Cheeseboard from 5:30-7 or whenever works for you that evening. Thursdays at the Cheeseboard are epic!! The North Berkeley Farmers Market is that night and people line up to buy their pizza. It’s like fish in a barrel!! Fourth graders sold $100 worth of …

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Apr
16

Help Jefferson Celebrate Earth Day, Monday April 23

Hello Jefferson families, The Green Team will be facilitating our annual Earth Day Extravaganza on Monday, April 23rd, with fun eco-friendly yard activities during morning and afternoon recesses (see below for more details).  We are collecting no-longer-worn NECKTIES and small SUCCULENTS (smaller than 4″ diameter) for earth day projects.  Please place donations in the collection …

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Apr
13

Weekly Digest: April 13-20

Upcoming Events:   – Friday, April 20: COFFEE!  Be green and bring your own cup! See Details Below For:  – Earth Day Celebration – Bike Rodeo Afterschool Event – Next Jefferson Kid’s Care Event – The Village Presents:  Art and Music Night! – SELL RAFFLE TICKETS FOR MAY FAIR Raffle with Friends! – Mornings at Jefferson …

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Apr
11

4th and 5th grade families, come sell raffle tickets this weekend!

Calling all FOURTH and FIFTH grade families! We’re inviting you to help sell raffle tickets this Thursday at the Cheeseboard from 4-5:30p- before Math and Science Night!! Thursdays at the Cheeseboard are epic!! The North Berkeley Farmers Market is that night and people line up to buy their pizza. It’s like fish in a barrel!! …

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Apr
09

Reminder! Math and Science Night is the Thursday!

Jefferson’s annual Math and Science Night is this Thursday, April 12 from 6-7:30 PM in the cafeteria. There are more than a dozen activities for kids and families. See a sheep’s brain up close! Build a marshmallow catapult and a lava lamp! Experiment with sound waves and magnets! Construct a quake-proof house! Take action to …

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Apr
09

Collecting Items for Earth Day and Mayfair

Hello Jefferson families!  Hope you had a fun and relaxing spring break.  The Green Team is collecting some items and hoping you could “spring clean” your closets, shelves, and gardens for: neckties and succulent clippings (no bigger than 4 inches in diameter) for earth day projects gently used (or new but not newly purchased) items …

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Apr
08

We are now collecting items for Earth Day and Mayfair!!

Hello Jefferson families!  Hope you had a fun and relaxing spring break.  The Green Team is collecting some items and hoping you could “spring clean” your closets, shelves, and gardens for: neckties and succulent clippings (no bigger than 4 inches in diameter) for earth day projects gently used (or new but not newly purchased) items …

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Mar
28

Weekly Digest: 28th March, 2018

Upcoming Events:   – Friday, Mar 30: COFFEE!  Be green and bring your own cup! – See Details Below For:  – Make your voice heard – Annual Survey – Math and Science Night – Mornings at Jefferson – Library Initiative – Our School Cares – Grocery Cards Request – Petition for interior-locking doors: Successful – see …

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Mar
22

Reminder PTA meeting tonight with special guest Beth Terry, author of Plastic-Free….

Hello Jefferson families! Reminder that our next PTA meeting is tonight Thurs 3/22 with special guest speaker Beth Terry, author of Plastic-free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. Beth will share her journey from self-confessed plastic addict to empowered plastic-free activist (Beth’s talk will begin at 6:00 sharp). Childcare for …

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Mar
19

BUSD Sustainability Plan kick-off TOMORROW 4-6:30 at Longfellow Middle School Cafeteria

Dear Jefferson families: Are you passionate about the environment and sustainability? Want to make your opinions and feedback heard about a project that could make an impact on the Berkeley Unified School District for years to come? The Berkeley Unified School District’s Facilities Department is excited to announce the launch of a year-long process to …

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Mar
16

Snack Drive for Jefferson Emergency Supplies!

Hi Jefferson Families Your kids need snacks! The Jefferson staff has been pushing to fortify the school’s emergency supplies. Please donate boxes of high protein energy bars, granola bars, and nut and gluten free snack bars, especially if your child has food sensitivities. High sugar items are not recommended. We hope to have all supplies …

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Mar
15

Weekly Digest: March 15th, 2018

Upcoming Events:   – Friday, Mar 16: Philz Sponsored COFFEE!  Be green and bring your own cup! – Saturday, Mar 17th: Kids Care Event – Thursday, Mar 22nd: PTA Meeting: Green Team Special Presentation  (see below) See Details Below For:  – PTA Meeting – Our School Cares – Grocery Cards Request – Golden Sneaker Contest – …

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Mar
15

PTA Meeting March 22–Green Team Special Presentation

Hello Jefferson families! Jefferson’s Green Team, in collaboration with the Jefferson PTA, is excited to bring you a presentation by special guest speaker Beth Terry at our next PTA meeting on Thursday, March 22nd from 6:00 – 7:45 in the school library. Beth Terry, author of Plastic-free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, will …

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Mar
13

Our School Cares Request – Grocery Cards

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., Safeway, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Target) on hand for emergency situations.  Our supply is low so we are putting out a call to the school community.  Can you donate a …

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Mar
12

Volunteer Spotlight–Immediate Need

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE – IMMEDIATE NEED Limited time commitment for 3 positions. It’s time to nominate next year’s PTA board and we need your help in searching for new faces. Duties include: Obtaining list of roles and responsibilities of positions needing to be filled and searching for potential candidates. This commitment is great for those who …

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Mar
09

Silent Auction Afterparty at Neyborly tomorrow after the Silent Auction!

Stick around for the afterparty! The PTA fundraiser on Saturday will feature its own afterparty, with a group singalong led by a live rock band!  Three Jefferson dads — Chris Mahmood, Tom Nishioka, and Ben Paulos — have worked up a short set of popular favorites from the ‘80s (Journey, Police, ABBA, and Squeeze, anyone?).  …

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Mar
08

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 …

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Mar
07

Golden Sneaker Contest Update

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!

Mar
07

Jefferson Auction Preview

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 …

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