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John Rogers Totally RAD 2017 Auction!


The John Rogers PTA invites staff, families and friends to a fun night out to support our school.  The auction is an adult-only event and our school’s primary fundraiser of the year.  Tickets for the auction are purchased in advance and include dinner and open bar.  The event is a great opportunity for you to socialize with other parents and staff while also helping raise money to benefit our students’ education.

The night will consist of both a silent auction (items to bid on include everything from gift certificates to restaurants, sporting event tickets, hand made items, unique experiences for children and fun outings for everyone) as well as a live auction (bid on larger items like vacation getaways, unique experiences, classroom projects and experiences with teachers and staff – and whether you participate in the Live bidding or not, it is highly entertaining to watch!).

Last year we raised over $70,000 for the school!  Those fundraising efforts helped us fund our school counselor, tutoring programs, art and science enrichment, library books, classroom supplies, community and family events and much more.

There are many ways for each of our John Rogers families to ensure the success of the event again this year:

Attend the Auction!  Invitations will be sent home, please buy your tickets – the earlier the better – and line up your babysitter!  Meadowbrook Community Center provides a fun night out for kids ages 3-12. More information will be provided soon.

Fund-a-Need!  Can’t attend the event but still want to donate money?  Or do you have a friend or family member that would like to donate?  Every year we choose a specific budget item as our Fund-a-Need and the funds raised are designated for this item.  You have the opportunity to donate at any amount you choose whether you attend the Auction or not, and ALL Fund-a-Need donations are 100% tax deductible.  Details on our 2017 Fund-a-Need goal will be announced soon.

Company Matching Program:  Many companies offer a program that will match your donations to non-profits organizations.  Please check with your company to see if they have a matching gift program!

Procure items!  We are looking for desirable, unique and high quality donations of all sizes and are asking EVERYONE to think through their entire network of family, friends and colleagues – anyone you know that might have access to popular and/or creative auction items.  Don’t be afraid to solicit beyond local businesses! Procurement forms and cover letters are available near the main office. You can download them both here: Procurement form and Letter.  Questions about how and what to procure? View the Procurement Q & A here: Procurement QA. Want to see who has already been contacted? View the google doc, and add any procurement contacts you have made here!
The deadline for donations is February 10, 2017!

Volunteer!  Help is needed in every capacity: decorations, procurement, classroom projects (these are usually huge sellers at the event), event set-up and more.  For donation questions or volunteer information, please contact Janay Nowlin email: janaynowlin@yahoo.com or Lori Campion loricampion@gmail.com.

Picture Day is Friday, September 30!

Picture Day is Friday, September 30, 2016

Please look for picture order forms in kid mail this week.
There are two ways to order pictures:
  1. Pay by credit card online:
    1. Go to www.yuenluistudio.com and click on School Prepay
    2. Enter keyword: John Rogers
    3. Click View Gallery for John Rogers Prepay (for appropriate date)
    4. Complete the online order process
  2. Bring order form and money on picture day
    1. Please do not send picture money before picture day. School staff members are not allowed to collect or keep picture money.  Picture money brought before picture day will be sent home.
All students will have their picture taken, regardless of whether or not they are ordering pictures.
Questions?  Contact Melissa Rodda at 206-390-6923 or melissarodda@hotmail.com



Congratulations on another great year at John Rogers!

As we are all heading out for the summer break, here are a few fun John Rogers Summer Events to add to your calendar.

John Rogers Summer Play dates:

Wednesday, July 6, 6:30-7:30 pm

Saturday, July 30, 10-11 am

Tuesday, August 16, 10-11 am

Come to the playground to meet new friends and connect with old ones! All incoming and returning families are welcome. Children must attend with an adult.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Karl at lkarl324@yahoo.com


Kindergarten Jump Start:

August 22nd-26th 9:00 am – 12 pm each day

This free transition program, available to all incoming John Rogers kindergarteners, allows kindergarteners to become familiar with the school and begin learning some new routines.


Fourth Annual John Rogers Meet and Greet:

Wednesday, August 31st 5:30pm – 6:15pm

In addition to finding out who will be your child’s teacher for the 2016/17 school year, the John Rogers PTA will be sponsoring a potluck BBQ on the school playground from 5:30-7:00pm. Families are invited to bring something to share!

Last Name (A-J) – Fruit or Veggies

Last Name (K-O) – Chips

Last Name (P-S) – Dessert

Last Name (T-Z) – Drinks

PTA will provide hot dogs (veggie dogs available) and the fixings. This will be a fun way to get ready for the school year! Questions and/or want to help, contact Nikkol Jennings at nikkol.jennings@gmail.com or Robin Goodman at rgoody44@msn.com.

John Rogers PTA Spring Fundraising Campaign

Please give generously! A group of John Rogers parents have offered to match dollar for dollar any amount we raise by April 30th up to $22,000! So a gift of $25 turns into $50, a gift of $100 turns into $200, and a gift of $1,000 turns into $2,000! Please forward to family and friends too!




Weekly PTA Message: March 11


March 15th – PTA General Meeting – All welcome. Childcare provided.
March 23rd – 2 Hour Early Dismissal – School will dismiss at 12:50
March 28th – April 1st – Secret Garden Book Sale in the Library
March 31st – One World Many Stories: Heritage Night – More information to come!!
April 3rd – JR Spring Garden Party at school AND Elliot Bay Brewery Meetup @ 8:00 PM – JRE PTA April 26th – Growth Boundary Meeting @ Roosevelt High School

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.

Volunteer opportunity! 

We have an opening in morning traffic duty….Every Monday, just 25 minutes (8:20-8:45am)  Help keep our kids safe and meet more of our school community. Contact Kristina Bartleson for more information 949-0322 thegalley@hotmail.com

Heritage Night – Thursday, March 31. “One World, Many Stories”
Please join us for Heritage Night on Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. All are welcome to attend and we invite everyone to participate by sharing their story. This fun evening will showcase the many different stories of our school community – share your family story, culture, customs, food, clothing, through display, dance, potluck dish, music, etc. We encourage you to be creative and have fun!

JR spring garden party! Sunday, April 3 2016 1-4PM 

Please join fellow JR volunteers for a spring garden party! We will pull weeds, plant flowers and mulch!

PTA Adult Social – Sunday April 3rd, Elliott Bay Brewery (Lake City Way), 8:00 PM
Please join Kerri Brown Wooster at the Elliot Bay Brewery! If you are thinking “why would I do that?”…here are some reasons:
1. You want to meet other John Rogers Parents
2. The John Rogers PTA is seeking volunteers to fill Executive Board positions and committee positions for next year including President, Vice President and Treasurer. Interested? Let’s talk about it! (Want to Learn more about these volunteer opportunities, and can’t come for drinks, email Kerri at kerribrownwooster@gmail.com )
3. If you can and want to help with the school auction next year, we are building a team. Come learn more!

Secret Garden Book Sale
The library is hosting the Secret Garden Bookshop book sale again! Come shop for some great books and support your library at the same time. The sale starts Monday, March 28th, after school. Books will be for sale before school and after school, and also on Thursday night, during heritage night. The sale will end on Friday, April 1st, once the first bell rings. We need volunteers to help sell and also to set up Monday the 28th and tear down Friday the 1st. Interested in helping? Please email Laura Spring at laura@springnet.org

John Rogers Day at the Mariners  – Save the Date!
When: Sunday May 1st at 1:10 pm against the Kansas City Royals
Cost: $15 per ticket (cash or checks made payable to John Rogers PTA)

Why: Come root on the Mariners with all of your friends from John Rogers! All kids 14 and under will receive a pair of Mariners socks. This is also a fundraiser for our school (a portion of the ticket will be donated to the PTA to help fund the many great programs at John Rogers).

All ticket orders are due back to school by Friday April 1st. Order forms will be sent home via KidMail the week of March 21st. Any questions contact Allison Van Doren at anvandoren@gmail.com. Go Mariners!

Seeking activists!
We are seeking group of John Rogers Parents and Teachers to continue the conversation with the district regarding the upcoming boundary change, the upcoming loss of our school counselor, and the state of our school building. What will this group do? Connect with Board Directors and District administrators, share information with other parents, and connect with other schools in our area. Many hands make light work. Please join us.

Contact Rebecca Brito at seatownbritos@gmail.com or Lisa Matsumoto at matsulisa@gmail.com.