Weekly PTA Message: January 31

Tuesday, February 2nd , 6:30 – 7:30 pm John Rogers Attendance Boundary Change Community Meeting w/ Seattle School District Admin – Free Child Care Provided!

Wednesday, February 3rd 9:15 – 10:15 am – John Rogers Kindergarten Tours

Friday, February 5th 6:00 – 8:00 pm – John Rogers Community Art Walk & Family Dinner

February 10th – JR Kindergarten Tours 9:15 – 10:15

February 11th – Jane Addams Middle School Open House

February 12 9:15-9:50 am – Principal/PTA Board Chat

February 15th & 16th – Mid Winter Break – No School (School in session Feb 17-19th – Make up days)

February 23rd – PTA General Meeting 6:30 – 7:30 pm – All Welcome!


BOUNDARY CHANGE MEETING

Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30 PM in the John Rogers cafeteria, Child care provided

The boundaries for the John Rogers attendance area are set to change for the 2017 school year.   This change will affect many of our current families as well as our neighbors at Olympic Hills Elementary and Cedar Park Elementary (to open in 2017).     John Rogers could be impacted directly through displaced teachers, reduction in support staff and support services.   It appears approximately three out of ten families would be reassigned due to the boundary change with no consideration for grandfathering in current students.   The boundary change will assign a disproportionally high number of low income students at Cedar Park, as a brand new elementary.

Flip Herndon, Associate Superintendent of Capital Facilities and Ashley Davies, Director of Enrollment and Planning, from the Seattle School District will be present to provide information about the upcoming change and to answer questions from our community.

Please join us for this important conversation!


John Rogers Art Walk and Family Dinner

What: It’s a celebration of arts at our school! There will be art activities, displays of our children’s art and local artists.

Plus…TACO DINNER!

When: Friday, February 5th @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   Taco Night! Dinner served from 6-7 pm

Where: John Rogers Elementary

The Art Walk and Family Dinner are sponsored by the PTA and are free for all families…please plan to join us!


PTA 2016-2017 Budget Planning

Do you have an idea or suggestion for programs, projects, events, or materials that you would like the PTA to support?

The PTA Budget Committee will be meeting soon to work on the 2016-17 PTA budget.  If you have an idea or suggestion for the PTA to support, you can submit a request for funding to the budget committee.  A PTA budget request form is available in the office for proposals.   All requests will be reviewed by the budget committee and considered in with our review of our current items and forecasted revenue.

If you have questions, would like more information or are interested in serving on the budget committee and helping to prepare the details of next year’s budget, please contact Beth Sharlin, PTA Treasurer, bsel99@hotmail.com, 206-290-9693.


DAYTIME TOURS AT JANE ADDAMS MS

JAMS Vision:  Every student achieving, everyone accountable, everyone growing and learning – all the time.

JAMS Mission:  Jane Addams Middle School is a student-centered, collaborative team actively engaging students, families, and educators in a middle school experience dedicated to academic, social, and emotional growth for all.

Please call the JAMS main office at 206.252.4500 to sign up for one of the Daytime tours on Thursday, February 4th or Thursday, February 11th.

Start time:  9:45 am
End time:  10:45 am
Place:  JAMS Cafeteria

The daytime tours are for parents/guardians only.  No students please!

 

Weekly PTA message: January 24,2016

Awesome upcoming Family Events at John Rogers!

Plan to hang out with your John Rogers family this Friday and next! PTA is sponsoring both of these wonderful family events and we hope you are planning to join in!

Movie Night @ John Rogers

When: Friday, January 29th @ 6:30 PM

Where: John Rogers Cafeteria

What: Disney Pixar’s Inside Out

Movie Night is free for all families, but bring your $1’s… there will be a yummy bake sale put on by our 5th Grade Families and proceeds will be used to help pay for 5th Grade Camp

John Rogers Art Walk and Family Dinner

When: Friday, February 5th @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Taco Night! Dinner served from 6-7 pm

Where: John Rogers Elementary

What: It’s a celebration of arts at our school! There will be art activities, displays of our children’s art and local artists.

The Art Walk and Family Dinner are free for all families…please plan to join us!

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday, January 29th – Day between Semesters/School Make up Day – School is Open! Book It Theatre Performance. JR Movie Night –Movie: Disney Pixar’s Inside Out @ 6:30 PM

February 2nd – JR Attendance Boundary Change Community Meeting w/ Seattle School District Admin 6:30 – 7:30

February 3rd – JR Kindergarten Tours 9:15 – 10:15

February 5th – John Rogers Community Art Walk & Family Dinner

February 10th – JR Kindergarten Tours 9:15 – 10:15

February 11th – Jane Addams Middle School Open House


Do you use creativity in your work each day?

We are looking for everyday art superheroes to come and share with our John Rogers community at Art Walk on Friday, February 5th. Looking for all kinds of creative professions: hairdresser, architect, tattoo artist, graphic designer, window decorator, makeup artist, pastry chef, etc. If you or someone you know fits this description and would like to help out, please contact Suzanne Stauss (sstauss@gmail.com)


What’s going on in Music & P.E. at John Rogers??

-In P.E. we are just finishing up a 2 week bowling unit. The students each took turns with 4 different jobs: Bowler, Pin Setter, Ball Returner & Score Keeper. Grades 2-5 learned how to keep score by adding pins for each frame & had to learn that a strike is worth 10 points plus the next 2 balls rolled & a spare is 10 points plus the next ball rolled. Ask your student why a “Turkey” is called a turkey in bowling!! For the next couple of weeks, we will be goal setting for our fitness test scores, as well as integrating Nutrition based games and activities. Grades K-1 will be working on fitness testing, as well as games & activities that integrate Sight Words! Go Hawks! J~Mrs. Blumhagen

-There is lots of big news in music for 2016! First, we received a $2,000 grant to buy a classroom set of ukuleles for the music room and are in the process of ordering them for an upcoming ukulele unit for fourth and fifth graders!! Second, we welcomed student teacher Emily Nelson. She is studying to become a music teacher at Seattle Pacific University and is a wonderful musician, adding her guitar, piano, and voice skills to our classroom. All students have been focusing on the songs of the civil rights movement this January and will be sharing some at our January spirit assembly on Friday, the 15th.-Mrs. Trinneer


Seattle School District Admissions Fair

The Admissions Department is hosting its first annual Admissions Fair at Mercer Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with a focus on our option schools. Various departments from the district will also be in attendance as an opportunity to showcase our district and each school’s distinctiveness while helping to answer questions from our families.


Advanced Learning Testing:

The Advanced Learning office will notify families (who referred a child by the Oct. 8 deadline) via email about a child’s eligibility as scores are received and processed, late January through February. Families who haven’t received an eligibility email by Feb. 29 should contact Advanced Learning at alsupportanalysts@seattleschools.org with the subject line “Eligibility Letter.

  • Enrollment: Families who would like their child to participate in Advanced Learning programs or services in a school other than the attendance-area school should enroll the child during Open Enrollment, Feb. 17 to March 1. Families should submit a School Choice Form during this window even if they have NOT received eligibility results by this time.
  • Ineligible Students and Appeals: Families who wish to appeal must provide all appeals documents no later than THREE WEEKS from the date of the eligibility email. (We have tightened the appeals window in order to accommodate budget and staffing timelines.)
  • Eligible Students and Enrollment
    • Highly Capable-eligible students: HC services are guaranteed, either at the attendance-area school or through self-contained classes in the pathway Highly Capable Cohort school. To join the cohort, families should submit a School Choice form during Open Enrollment.
    • Advanced Learning-eligible students: Students may receive advanced work at the attendance-area school or through self-contained or cluster-grouped Spectrum classes, available at designated sites on a space-available basis. Families may submit a School Choice form during Open Enrollment, but a seat is not guaranteed.

K-8 testing continues at least through January, but all families who referred by the Oct. 8 deadline should have received a testing appointment date by now. Those who have not should email alsupportanalysts@seattleschools.org with the subject line “Winter Testing.”

For details about all of these issues, please see our Advanced Learning Enrollment page and our Advanced Learning Appeals page

Weekly PTA Message: January 11

IMPORTANT DATES:

January 13th – 2 Hour Early Dismissal – School will get out at 12:50

January 18th – Martin Luther King Jr Day – No School

January 19th – PTA General Meeting – 6:30 – 7:30 All Welcome! Free Childcare provided

January 29th – Day Between Semesters/School Make up Day – School is Open!

Book It Theatre Performance

JR Movie Night – Inside Out 6:30 PM


*We need Swim Instructors for 3rd quarter & 4th quarter of swimming!!*

3rd quarter session is as follows:
February 26th, (Friday), February 29th (Monday)
March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
April 1st, 8th

4th quarter is mid-April until June

We would need you in the pool from 9:30-11:30 & this is a paid position.

*Please stop by the office for an employment packet. You will also have to be fingerprinted down at the district office (we would reimburse the cost). Questions? Contact Melissa Blumhagen: mjblumhagen@seattleschools.org


John Rogers Elementary Volunteer Applications

Walk to Swimming? Help in your child’s classroom?

If you answer yes to any of these you must return your volunteer application along with a copy of your identification (driver’s license)! All volunteers in Seattle Public Schools much complete the volunteer application process before volunteering. Volunteer applications are available in the office or can be downloaded at http://seattleschools.org. John Rogers’ school administrator is Ms. Keene


Recycled Plastic Caps Needed

The Student Green Team, in collaboration with The Art Walk, are collecting plastic caps of all colors and sizes for a recycled art project. Please bring your clean plastic caps to the collection station for recyclables next to the saltwater tank in the main hallway. Donations are needed as soon as possible and on an ongoing basis until you hear otherwise. Thank you!


Do you use creativity in your work each day?

We are looking for everyday art superheroes to come and share with our John Rogers community at Art Walk on Friday, February 5th.
Looking for all kinds of creative professions: hairdresser, architect, tattoo artist, graphic designer, window decorator, makeup artist, pastry chef, etc. If you or someone you know fits this description and would like to help out, please contact Suzanne Stauss (sstauss@gmail.com) Thank you!

Weekly PTA Message: December 21

IMPORTANT DATES:

December 21st – January 3rd – Winter Break – No School

January 13th – 2 Hour Early Dismissal – School will get out at 12:50

January 18th – Martin Luther King Jr Day – No School

January 19th – PTA General Meeting – 6:30 – 7:30 All Welcome! Free Childcare provided

January 29th – Day Between Semesters/School Make up Day – School is Open!

January 29th – Book It Theatre Performance, John Rogers Movie Night – Inside Out 6:30 PM


Winter I Enrichment at John Rogers

The Winter I Enrichment brochure went home in kidmail last week and you can view it here: John Rogers Winter 2016 as well.


Holiday Gift to JR PTA

Thank you for all your support this year! If you are able to make an additional gift to John Rogers PTA this holiday season, look for the holiday appeal letter that went home in Kid Mail on Monday, Nov. 30th. You can send your tax deductible gift in via Kid Mail OR use the link below to make an online gift between now and Dec. 31st. Please also forward the link to grandparents or other family who might like to support John Rogers PTA. Thank you for helping to make John Rogers a great school for our kids!


Shop on Amazon and support the John Rogers PTA!

Amazon will contribute a portion of your purchases to the John Rogers PTA when you shop using the special link below or by clicking on the School Rewards Amazon.com link on the PTA website (http://johnrogerspta.org/) when doing your online shopping.  It’s easy to bookmark the link on your computer, use it for your regular Amazon shopping and support the PTA!


*We need Swim Instructors for 3rd quarter & 4th quarter of swimming!!*

3rd quarter session is as follows:

February 26th, (Friday), February 29th (Monday)

March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

April 1st, 8th

4th quarter is mid-April until June

We would need you in the pool from 9:30-11:30 & this is a paid position.

*Please stop by the office for an employment packet.  You will also have to be fingerprinted down at the district office (we would reimburse the cost). Questions? Contact Melissa Blumhagen:  mjblumhagen@seattleschools.org


John Rogers Elementary Volunteer Applications

Walk to Swimming? Help in your child’s classroom? If you answer yes to any of these you must return your volunteer application along with a copy of your identification (driver’s license)!

All volunteers in Seattle Public Schools much complete the volunteer application process before volunteering. Volunteer applications are available in the office or can be downloaded at http://seattleschools.org. John Rogers’ school administrator is Ms. Keene.


Recycled Plastic Caps Needed

The Student Green Team in collaboration with The Art Walk are collecting plastic caps of all colors and sizes for a recycled art project. Please bring your clean plastic caps to the collection station for recyclables next to the saltwater tank in the main hallway. Donations are needed as soon as possible and on an ongoing basis until you hear otherwise. Thank you!


Common Sense Media

“May you live in interesting times,” says a well-known curse … and we do — increasingly complicated, ever more linked to technology, and – of late – deeply troubling. When I need to sort my way through the maze of news, information and technology that affects young learners, I turn to Common Sense Media. This independent nonprofit organization is highly respected throughout the educational world. Its leaders believe that media and technology can be “a positive force in all kids’ lives,” but they also realize that teachers and parents need a map to navigate through today’s endless sea of digital products and information sources.

As a librarian, I use Common Sense Media as a resource for teaching digital citizenship, and also depend on its reviews of educational technology products.   When I have questions about the developmental appropriateness of new children’s literature or online games, Common Sense is a place where I can look for guidance.

There is an entire section of the Common Sense website devoted to parents and guardians. Here you will find frank and thorough assessments of movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. You will also receive advice on how to help your children cope with recent news events. In particular, I recommend a recent post entitled “Explaining the News to Our Kids,” available at: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/explaining-the-news-to-our-kids

What I most appreciate about Common Sense Media is their level-headed approach to the digital world. As they state, “We believe in sanity, not censorship. Achieving a healthy approach to media and technology can make a big difference in kids’ lives today.  … Yet every kid has different needs. As parents and educators, we know our kids best.  Common Sense is here to help.  We can steer you away from things that are developmentally inappropriate, and help you find the hidden gems that are right for your family and your kids.”

Please take a look at all that Common Sense has to offer: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

As always, feel free to share any questions, concerns, or feedback with me (even during Winter Break!), Nancy Fisher-Allison @ nafisheralliso@seattleschools.org.


John Rogers’ eBook Library

The John Rogers Library has dozens of eBooks, some provided by Seattle Public Schools and some purchased directly by our school. Children and families have access to these titles at all times — via  our library catalog — from any connected device.

To view our list of eBooks, go to the John Rogers Library Catalog. You can reach the catalog from our main school webpage, http://rogerses.seattleschools.org/

Pull down the tab labeled “Academics” and select “Library.” Once on the library page, select “Library Catalog” from the right-hand sidebar.

On the catalog page, select “Universal Search” from the left-hand sidebar. You should receive a list of 102 titles.

To access a Follett eBook (indicated with a green capital “E”)

Click on the “Open” button. Your book will open in Follett’s BryteWave K-12 Edition Reader.

To log in:

Username: Studentsps

Password: access

Note: Most Follett eBooks are single-user. If someone else is reading a Follett eBook, the book may be marked “Out.”

To access a Mackin eBook (indicated with a blue lowercase “e”):

Click on the “Open” button and proceed to a new tab. You will be routed to the MackinVia eReader.

To log in:

School: John Rogers Elementary, SEATTLE, WA

User ID: johnrogers

Password: otters

Note: Most of our Mackin eBooks are multiuser; an unlimited number of people may read them at the same time.

I truly hope that you and your family will explore our eBooks.   As always, feel free to share any questions, concerns, or feedback with me (even during Winter Break!). Nancy Fisher-Allison -JR Librarian – nafisheralliso@seattleschools.org

Weekly PTA message: December 13

IMPORTANT DATES:

Wednesday, December 16th – Popcorn & Cookie Dough Pick up!

Friday, December 18th – Sing-a-long Performance 12:45-1:40 pm

One Hour Early Dismissal – School Dismissed at 1:50 pm

December 21st – January 3rd – Winter Break – No School


Winter I Enrichment at John Rogers 

The Winter I Enrichment brochure went home in kidmail last week and an electronic copy is attached for your convenience.

Jacob, the administrator of the program, will be at John Rogers’s main hallway to answer your questions on Monday, December 14th, after school.


Holiday Gift to JR PTA 

Thank you for all your support this year! If you are able to make an additional gift to John Rogers PTA this holiday season, look for the holiday appeal letter that went home in Kid Mail on Monday, Nov. 30th. You can send your tax deductible gift in via Kid Mail OR use the link below to make an online gift between now and Dec. 31st. Please also forward the link to grandparents or other family who might like to support John Rogers PTA. Thank you for helping to make John Rogers a great school for our kids!


Is something missing from your student’s life? 

Is your JRE student missing a coat, lunchbox, or raingear?

The missing item may be waiting patiently in the Lost & Found. Encourage your student to visit the Lost & Found (located in the front of the cafeteria) to be reunited with the long lost object. Any items remaining in the Lost & Found at Winter Break will be donated, never to be seen again.

****A pair of children’s prescription glasses found on the corner of 35th Ave NE and NE 110th. They have black frames with a hint of green. Contact Kristina Bartleson at 206-949-0322 for a picture of the glasses 


Shop on Amazon and support the John Rogers PTA! 

Amazon will contribute a portion of your purchases to the John Rogers PTA when you shop using the special link below or by clicking on the School Rewards Amazon.com link on the PTA website (http://johnrogerspta.org/) when doing your online shopping.

It’s easy to bookmark the link on your computer, use it for your regular Amazon shopping and support the PTA!


John Rogers Food Bank Donations Needed by December 16th 

Please consider donating non-perishable food items to the John Rogers Food Bank for our winter break food baskets. All donations go directly to John Rogers’ students and their families. Our Winter Break food boxes will go out to families on Friday, December 18th. The food bank donation bin is located outside the office at school or donations can be dropped with traffic volunteers. Gift cards are also appreciated for the purchase of fresh produce, hygiene items, etc. (Kroger and Grocery Outlet most helpful).

If you’d like to help with the food bank or with preparing winter boxes, please contact Andrea Bergan at (206) 817-1340 or thebergans@comcast.net.

If your family would like a winter break food box, please contact Ms. Keene, in the office at (206) 252-4320 by Friday, December 11th

Thank you for your support!


John Rogers Elementary Volunteer Applications 

Walk to Swimming? Help in your child’s classroom?

If you answer yes to any of these you must return your volunteer application along with a copy of your identification (driver’s license)!

All volunteers in Seattle Public Schools much complete the volunteer application process before volunteering. Volunteer applications are available in the office or can be downloaded at http://seattleschools.org. John Rogers’ school administrator is Ms. Keene.


Recycled Plastic Caps Needed 

The Student Green Team in collaboration with The Art Walk are collecting plastic caps of all colors and sizes for a recycled art project. Please bring your clean plastic caps to the collection station for recyclables next to the saltwater tank in the main hallway. Donations are needed as soon as possible and on an ongoing basis until you hear otherwise. Thank you!


Common Sense Media 

“May you live in interesting times,” says a well-known curse … and we do — increasingly complicated, ever more linked to technology, and – of late – deeply troubling. When I need to sort my way through the maze of news, information and technology that affects young learners, I turn to Common Sense Media. This independent nonprofit organization is highly respected throughout the educational world. Its leaders believe that media and technology can be “a positive force in all kids’ lives,” but they also realize that teachers and parents need a map to navigate through today’s endless sea of digital products and information sources.

As a librarian, I use Common Sense Media as a resource for teaching digital citizenship, and also depend on its reviews of educational technology products. When I have questions about the developmental appropriateness of new children’s literature or online games, Common Sense is a place where I can look for guidance.

There is an entire section of the Common Sense website devoted to parents and guardians. Here you will find frank and thorough assessments of movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. You will also receive advice on how to help your children cope with recent news events. In particular, I recommend a recent post entitled “Explaining the News to Our Kids,” available at: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/explaining-the-news-to-our-kids

What I most appreciate about Common Sense Media is their level-headed approach to the digital world. As they state, “We believe in sanity, not censorship. Achieving a healthy approach to media and technology can make a big difference in kids’ lives today. … Yet every kid has different needs. As parents and educators, we know our kids best. Common Sense is here to help. We can steer you away from things that are developmentally inappropriate, and help you find the hidden gems that are right for your family and your kids.”

Please take a look at all that Common Sense has to offer: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

As always, feel free to share any questions, concerns, or feedback with me (even during Winter Break!), Nancy Fisher-Allison @ nafisheralliso@seattleschools.org.