Weekly PTA message: December 14

Important Dates
Tuesday, December 16 - 11:30 to 12:30 – Science Bite: Flight
Wednesday, December 17 – Last day of John Rogers’ Winter Food Drive!
Thursday, December 18 – ****There will be NO PTA General Meeting****
Friday, December 19  Swim Session II begins.
School-Wide Sing Along 12:45 to 1:45 pm, Early Dismissal – School will be dismissed at
1:50 pm
December 22 – January 2 – Winter Break – There will be no school.

Winter Food Drive ends Wednesday, December 17th
Donations are still needed for our winter food drive!  We are especially in need of cereal/oatmeal, granola bars, hygiene items, and any canned foods.   Kroger or Grocery Outlet gift cards are also most helpful – please bring gift cards directly to Ms. Keene in the office.   All donations go directly to our own John Rogers families to help during the winter break.
If your family is in need of assistance from the food bank for winter break, please contact Ms. Keene in the office by Monday, December 15.
Drop off your donations outside the office or with our wonderful traffic volunteers before/after school!  Thank you for your support!

Shopping at Amazon?
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.

Join the Green Team!
Do you turn off the tap when you brush your teeth?   Compost your kitchen scraps?   Turn down your heat when you leave the house?  Do you think we need to reduce our environmental footprint?
If so, John Rogers needs you to participate on our Green Team! Staff and Parents are encouraged to join together to help form our green team and set our goals. We will recruit the student population once we become further organized.   If you’d like to join our team please contact Colleen Weinstein.  Colleen@dyggin.com

Clothing Needed!
The nurse’s room is in need of pants…specifically leggings and/or sweatpants.   All sizes! Please drop donations off in the office.

Nathan Hale Urban Farm Planning meeting Sunday, December 14th
Please join us in the planning phase of the Nathan Hale Urban Farm Design.  We are hoping to create a space for community involvement in growing and producing food in a sustainable way that will benefit those involved plus local food banks and the environment.  We will start off with a tour of the Nathan Hale Greenhouse and Gardens (behind Jane Addams Middle School) around 9:00 am and continue at Nathan Hale High School for brainstorming and planning sessions 10 am to 2 pm.  Lunch will be provided.  Please bring your expertise or just your interest and enthusiasm.  Please RSVP to randykilmer@comcast.net if possible or just show up.

John Rogers’ Swim Program Swim Session II begins Friday, December 19th
Swim Session II includes the following classes:
Group A  9:30 – 10:05  Room 13 Ms. Reeves
Group B  10:05 – 10:40  Room 8 Ms. Drown
Group C  10:40 – 11:15  Room 9 Ms. Thomas
Group D  11:15 – 11:50  Room 12 Mr. Clement
Thank you to all the people that make the John Rogers’ Swim Program happen!

Auction Committee Meeting!
Come One, Come All!!! January 22nd, 2015 7 pm @ Wong’s Restaurant: 9400 35th Ave NE, Seattle
** We will be discussing all things Auction!**
Themes Decorations Procurement Class projects
We will be looking for volunteers to head up mini-committees, so if you are interested in leading or helping on a committee or the auction, but can’t make the meeting; contact Melissa Blumhagen mblumgahen7@gmail.com.  We are also accepting donations or if you know of anyone who would like to donate something, please feel free to contact Laura Teeuw laurateeuw@gmail.com.  It definitely takes many helping hands to make our auction a successful event; we are looking forward to seeing you on January 22nd!

Volunteer Opportunities
Ms. Teather and Ms. Manabe, our wonderful school secretaries, have asked if anyone in our John Rogers’ Community is able and willing to volunteer their time in the office.
They mainly need help with:
 Assisting students with injury and illness
 Assisting parents with questions
 Answering phones  Between the times of (in priority order):
 11:30 am – 1:30 pm  2:00 pm – 3:30 pm  8:30 am – 9:30 am
Please email Ms. Teather at dlteather@seattleschools.org if you would like to help!

Weekly PTA message – December 7

Important Dates

December 1st – 17th – John Rogers Winter Food Drive
Tuesday, December 9th, 6-7:30 pm – Community Meeting hosted by Sharon Peaslee @     Northgate Community Center
Thursday, December 11th   8:45 – 9:30 am – Principal’s Chat with Mrs. Mirabueno,
3:00 – 6:00 pm – Family Time in the John Rogers’ Library
December 18th – ****There will be NO PTA General Meeting****
December 19th – Early Dismissal – School will be dismissed at 1:50 pm
December 22nd – January 2nd – There will be no school.

 John Rogers’ Winter Food Drive
December 1st – 17th  Please help ensure all of our students and their families have the food they need during the two-week winter break in December.  All donations go directly to John Rogers families.  Please donate canned foods including soup, tuna, vegetables/fruit, chili and stew.  Other good choices include pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, lentils, cereal, peanut butter, dried fruit, shelf stable milk, granola bars, and holiday foods.  We could use hygiene supplies like soap, shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste.  Or donate a gift card (Kroger or Grocery Outlet preferred).  Any questions about the food drive or if you would like to help, please contact Andrea Bergan at thebergans@comcast.net.  Thank you for your support!  If your family would like assistance from the food bank for winter break, please contact Mrs. Keene in the office by December 12th.

Family Time in the John Rogers’ Library
Thursday, December 11th from 3 to 6 pm  The John Rogers’ Family Engagement Team (FEAT) invites you to join us for family time in our school library.  Parents/adults join your children for some time reading, doing homework, using the computer or playing games in our wonderful John Rogers’ library.  Staff is available to help parents register for The Source and answer other questions about student/parent on-line educational resources.

Auction Committee Meeting!  Come One, Come All!!!
Januarry 22nd, 2015 7 pm @ Wong’s Restaurant: 9400 35th Ave NE, Seattle
** We will be discussing all things Auction!**
Themes - Decorations – Procurement- Class projects
We will be looking for volunteers to head up mini-committees, so if you are interested in leading or helping on a committee or the auction, but can’t make the meeting; contact Melissa Blumhagen mblumgahen7@gmail.com.  We are also accepting donations or if you know of anyone who would like to donate something, please feel free to contact Laura Teeuw laurateeuw@gmail.com.  It definitely takes many helping hands to make our auction a successful event; we are looking forward to seeing you on January 22nd!

Community Meeting Hosted by Sharon Peaslee
Tuesday, December 9th, 6 to 7:30 pm Northgate Branch Library, 10548 Fifth Ave  Sharon Peaslee, Seattle School District Board Director (District 1) is hosting a community meeting.  Some topics likely to be discussed are superintendent hiring, Growth Boundaries for 2015-16 and Transportation Service Standards for 2015-16.

Principal’s Chat
Thursday, December 11th, 8:45 to 9:30 am  Join Mrs. Mirabueno at John Rogers on Thursday morning for coffee and conversation.

Volunteer Opportunities
Ms. Teather and Ms. Manabe, our wonderful school secretaries, have asked if anyone in our John Rogers’ Community is able and willing to volunteer their time in the office.  They mainly need help with:
 Assisting students with injury and illness
 Assisting parents with questions
 Answering phones
Between the times of (in priority order):
 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
 8:30 am – 9:30 pm
Please email Ms. Teather at dlteather@seattleschools.org if you would like to help!

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!