Weekly PTA message November 16

Important Dates:
Monday, November 17 – Last Day of the Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough and  KuKuRuZa Popcorn Fundraiser
Tuesday – Thursday, November 18 – 20 – Scholastic and Used Book Fair
Thursday, Nov 20 – Family Event – Kid’s PJ Night  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                                   Games, Crafts, Story time for families in the Cafeteria
PTA General Meeting   7:00 p.m. – 7:30 pm
Free childcare is available in the Gym during the meeting.  All welcome!                           Scholastic Book Fair Shopping  7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Last chance to buy books!!!
November 24 – 26 – Parent Teacher Conferences – No School
November 27 & 28 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

2014 John Rogers Scholastic and Used Book Fair
The 2014 John Rogers Scholastic and Used Book Fair will take place November 18-20. Scholastic Books will be available for sale on the lunchroom stage and a Used Book Sale will take place concurrently in the hallway outside the library before, during and after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Thursday evening there will be a Family Event-Kid.s PJ Night from 6-7 pm in the cafeteria with games, crafts, story time, and snacks before the PTA Meeting, childcare in the gym during the PTA Meeting  (7-7:30 pm), then Book Fair shopping after the meeting until 8 pm.  Complete details and a Book fair Booklist will be sent home with kids Monday afternoon. Volunteers for the Scholastic Book Fair are being recruited via email.
If you’d like to help, please visit this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D49A9A929A7FF2-20141/22608778, you can also call or email Beth Sharlin: bsel99@hotmail.com, 206-290-9693 or email Heidi Van Sewell: heidi@ricksteves.com

Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough and KuKuRuZa Popcorn Fundraiser
It is Not too late…. Return your completed form(s) and all your money (checks made payable to John Rogers PTA) to school on: Monday, November 17th

Box Tops and Labels for Education Kicking off our annual class competition!!!
It’s time to start clipping labels and sending them in to earn money for your school.  The classroom that collects the most by Friday, May 8th will win an ice cream or cookie party.  Any questions, please contact Candice Holsapple at 206-291-8488 or musthavechocolate@hotmail.com

Shopping at Amazon.com?
If you shop at amazon.com and would like a portion of all your purchases to go the John Rogers PTA…then please direct yourself to our PTA website to click on the school rewards Amazon.com link before you do your shopping.  A portion of your purchase will be directed to John Rogers PTA.  Link on the right side bar of this blog!

Book-It is returning to John Rogers!
On Friday afternoon, November 21st, John Rogers students will see a Book-It performance of Francisco Jiménez’s La Mariposa (The Butterfly).  Jiménez grew up in a Mexican migrant family; in La Mariposa, he tells the autobiographical story of his first year at school — a time when he knew little English.  We are delighted to announce that Book-It’s Arts & Education Program has produced La Mariposa as a bilingual play, performed in both English and Spanish.  All classes will hear and discuss La Mariposa in the school library prior to the Book-It event.  We expect to have seating available for parents and guardians who wish to join us for this special program.    Many, many thanks to the John Rogers PTA Enrichment Committee for bringing Book-It (and La Mariposa!) to our school.    La Mariposa, performed by Book-It Repertory Theatre Friday, November 21st at 1:15 pm John Rogers Lunchroom.

 

Weekly PTA message – November 12

Important Dates:

November 3 – 17 – Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough and KuKuRuZa Popcorn Fundraiser November 13 – Last day to donate books for the Used Book Fair
November 18 – 20 – Scholastic and Used Book Fair
November 20 – PTA General Meeting
November 24 – 26 – Parent Teacher Conferences – No School
November 27 & 28 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

Family Time in John Rogers Library Thursday, November 13 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM
There will be reading, homework, math games, computer use, and staff on hand to answer other school related questions.
The John Rogers Family Engagement Action Team (FEAT) invites students and their families to access the John Rogers library during our monthly family time in the library.
This time is geared for students to use the resources in the library, along with their parent or another adult, after school. Parents will have access to the computers and staff will be on hand to help register you for The Source as well as provide information about other online resources available for students.
This event will be held monthly on the second Thursday of each month. If your family would like to attend but transportation is a problem, please contact Andrea Bergan at thebergans@comcast.net or (206) 817-1340.   Transportation assistance is available.

Coin Drive for UNICEF
The John Rogers Coin Drive for UNICEF has concluded and our families rose over $901.47.
Thank you!!!

2014 John Rogers Scholastic and Used Book Fair
The 2014 John Rogers Scholastic and Used Book Fair will take place November 18-20. Scholastic Books will be available for sale on the lunchroom stage and a Used Book Sale will take place concurrently in the hallway outside the library before, during and after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Thursday evening there will be a Family Event-Kid’s PJ Night from 6-7 pm in the cafeteria with games, crafts, story time, and snacks before the PTA Meeting, childcare in the gym during the PTA Meeting (7-7:30 pm), then Book Fair shopping after the meeting until 8 pm.

Complete details and a Book fair Booklist will be sent home with kids Monday afternoon. Volunteers for the Scholastic Book Fair are being recruited via email.   If you’d like to help, please visit this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D49A9A929A7FF2-20141/22608778, you can also call or email Beth Sharlin: bsel99@hotmail.com, 206-290-9693 or email Heidi Van Sewell: heidi@ricksteves.com

Got books…  If you have any used books that would be appropriate for the sale, please drop them off at school prior to Friday, November 14th. Please note: we can ONLY accept children’s and young adult books (this means no adult fiction, no cook books, no reference or school books, nothing seriously out of date or in disrepair, etc.  – thanks so much for understanding!)  Please contact Laura Spring at 206-524-8865 or laura@springnet.org.

Weekly PTA message- November 2

Important dates:

Monday, November 3 – Coin Drive to Support UNICEF ends, Bring in your coins!
November 3 – 17 – Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough & KuKuRuZa Popcorn Fundraiser  Friday, November 7 – Yuen Lui Picture Retakes
November 18 – 20th – Scholastic and Used Book Fair
November 20 – PTA General Meeting
November 24-26 – Parent Teacher Conferences – No School
November 27 & 28 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

The 2014 John Rogers Scholastic and Used Book Fair is scheduled for November 18-20. Scholastic Books will be available for sale on the lunchroom stage (a Used Book Sale will take place concurrently but in the hallway outside the library) before, during and after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with a family event scheduled to coincide with the PTA meeting taking place Thursday evening.   Volunteers for the Scholastic Book Fair are being recruited via email. If you’d like to help, please visit this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D49A9A929A7FF2-20141/22608778.   Complete details regarding the Scholastic and Used Book Fair will be forthcoming.

The John Rogers Used Book Sale is a great way to get books into the hands of all of our students. For only 25 cents, students (and parents!) can purchase gently-used but much-loved children’s and young adult books.  Got Books…  We rely completely on donations from our community.  If you have any used books that would be appropriate for the sale, please drop them off at school prior to Friday, November 14th.  Please note: we can ONLY accept children’s and young adult books (this means no adult fiction, no cook books, no reference or school books, nothing seriously out of date or in disrepair, etc. – thanks so much for understanding!).    Have a passion for books and want to help?  Please contact Laura Spring at 206-524-8865 or laura@springnet.org.  Happy reading!

John Rogers Food Bank
John Rogers maintains a food bank to provide emergency food support for our families as well as food boxes during extended school breaks including the upcoming Thanksgiving break in November.  Our food bank relies on donations from our community.   Please consider donating non perishable foods, grocery gift cards and hygiene items.  A donation bin is located in the front hall at school.    If you have questions about food bank donations or to volunteer, please contact Andrea Bergan at thebergans@comcast.net or (206) 817-1340.    If your family needs assistance, please contact our school counselor, Sheila Meagher or the the school office at (206) 252-4320.  Your request for assistance will remain confidential.     Thank you to all of our families that donated food during the Fall Festival!   John Rogers Otters are generous!

 

Weekly PTA message- October 26

Important Dates:

Monday October 27 - Monday, November 3rd – Coin Drive to Support UNICEF
Tuesday, October 28 – Interim superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland Meet & Greet at Northgate Community Center from 6-7 pm
Wednesday, October 29 – 2 hour early dismissal (school dismissed @ 12:50)
Thursday, October 30 – All John Rogers Lost & Found Donated to Nathan Hale                 Instrumental Music Clothing Drive     Please check for your child’s lost items in the cafeteria!
Friday, October 31 – Return form for International Walk/Bike to School Month
Saturday, November 1 – PTA Grants due for First of the Bi-Annual Allotments

Instrumental Music
Instrumental Music for Our 4th And 5th Graders to Begin on Monday, October 27th  We have a new, permanent instrumental music teacher who will begin on Monday, October 27th. Frank Seebeerger is excited to teach instrumental music at our school.  We will continue to have instrumental music on Mondays so please make sure your child is bringing their instrument every Monday.

Fall Garden Work Party
Thank you to those who attended the Fall Garden Work Party on Sunday October 19th. The gardens look great because of you!

John Rogers PTA Grant
The John Rogers PTA is excited to be able to grant up to $2,000 for the 2014/15 school year. Each grant request is limited to $200.  Parents and/or teachers are eligible to apply, plus multiple people may combine their requests to apply for grants in excess of $200.  Grant applications are reviewed twice yearly; in November ($1000) and March ($1,000).  Applications are available inside the main office, under the mailboxes.  Please submit them in the PTA box in the main office before November 1st.

Annual LGBT Families Dinner
The annual LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 13th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at NOVA/World School (300 20th Ave E).  Members of the school board will attend to welcome LGBT families and their friends. All district families and staff are welcome to attend!  This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office and the Office of School Family Partnerships.  Dinner and entertainment will be provided through community donations.  To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Intervention Office at 252-0982 or llove@seattleschools.org.

Weekly PTA message – October 19

IMPORTANT DATES:

Wednesday, October 22 – Science Bites: Geology of Mt. Rainier from 11:40-12:25pm
Friday, October 24 – Fall Spooktacular Festival and JRE Food Bank Drive from 6-7:30pm
Monday, October 27 – Monday, November 3rd – Coin Drive to Support UNICEF
Tuesday, October 28 – Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland Meet & Greet
at Northgate Community Center from 6-7pm
Wednesday, October 29 – Picture Retakes and 2 hour early dismissal
Friday, October 31 – Return form for International Walk/Bike to School Month

Fall Spooktacular Festival and Food Drive
Volunteers are still needed for this fun event! If you have or know a high school student that needs volunteer hours this is a great fun way to get them. Please sign up for volunteering on the bulletin board outside the office or contact Robin Goodman via email  (rgoody44@msn.com) or text message (206-295-7507) if you can help during the event or with clean up. Also needed, cupcakes for the CUPCAKE WALK! Please let Robin know if you will provide some delicious baked goods.
On the night of… kids are encouraged to wear costumes (dress like your favorite character from your favorite book!). Also, please bring canned food for the food drive. All donations go to benefit John Rogers Families!!

Coin Drive to Support UNICEF
Last Friday, at the School Spirit assembly Sylvia Stellmacher, Community Engagement Fellow from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, spoke to our children about the work that UNICEF does around the world and at home. This assembly is the kick off to our school wide Coin Drive and Trick or Treat campaign to support UNICEF. The Coin Drive runs October 27 – November 3

October 16th PTA Meeting
Thank you to all the people who attended our meeting last week! The amended Budget for the 2014-2015 School Year was approved and copies will be available outside the office. We are looking for 1 or 2 more people to join the Budget Committee. Please contact our Treasurer Beth Sharlin at bsel99@hotmail.com if you are interested. Also, we need brave and motivated people to lead our auction committee next year please take this opportunity to learn from the current auction chairs (Melissa Blumhagen and Laura Teeuw)! Email Colleen Weinstein at colleen@dyggin.com if you are interested.