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


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.

Weekly PTA message: October 12

Important dates:

• Thursday, October 16 7– 8 pm – General PTA Meeting
All are welcome and free childcare will be available
All attendees will be entered in a raffle for a $25 Target gift card to be awarded at the end of the meeting!!

• Sunday, October 19  2:30 – 4:30 pm – John Rogers Garden Fall Clean up
Please join other John Rogers families on Sunday October 19th from 2:30-4:30 to help
tidy and prepare our garden for winter. Bring your favorite garden tools and work off
those SEAHAWKS game day snacks! Contact: Colleen@dyggin.com

• Friday, October 24 6 – 7:30 pm – Fall Spooktacular Festival & Food Drive
Please look to kid mail for more details about this PTA sponsored annual event.
Coming soon , there will be a bulletin board outside the office to sign up for volunteering the night of the event. Also needed, bakers for the ever popular CUPCAKE WALK. Email Robin Goodman at rgoody44@msn.com if you can contribute cupcakes for the walk (homemade or store bought).

• Wednesday, October 29
Picture ReT-akes by Yuen Lui
2 Hour Early Dismissal – school will be excused at 12:50

Weekly PTA message- Oct. 5

Hello John Rogers’ Families!
This week’s events:

Swim Program
Session 1 participants will all be swimming again on Monday, October 6th.
Session 1 includes these teacher’s classes:  Ms. Rugen, Ms. Riley, Mr. Tabares & Ms. Bodensteiner

No School
There is no school on Friday, October 10th.

Information of interest to our John Roger’s Community:

Please respect the rules of the road for morning drop off.  This past week we had many instances of children exiting their car before they reached the front of the drop off line.  This slows up the flow of traffic and is dangerous; please do not let your children out of the car until they are greeted by a traffic volunteer.

 Lunchroom Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are still needed on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:50 – 12: 45
Please contact Christy Gardiner (christygardiner@yahoo.com) if you can help.

Art Docent’s Needed!
Do you love art?  Do you want to share your love of art with students?  Volunteer to be an art docent in your child’s classroom once a month.  We have the curriculum and all the support you need!
Contact Suzanne Stauss (sstauss@gmail.com) for more information.  Thank you!

Music Notes:
We’re off to a flying start to the year in the Rogers music room!
Students in all classes have created class behavior agreements which were sent home so parents and students know what is expected of them in music.  We have also learned two otter cheers to chant when we celebrate, such as at our monthly spirit assemblies.  Be sure to ask your student to show you!

In following our vision of “EVERY student seen, engaged, challenged, and growing,” students have been exploring the rhythms of their own names, playing them on instruments, and creating class chants out of them.

In celebration of our many cultures and languages, Rogers’ students are also singing songs, playing instruments, moving to music, and playing games from cultures around the world.  If you want to check in on what your student is learning in music, please visit the music section of the Rogers fusion site: http://rogerses.seattleschools.orgYou can also find more detailed information on the music that is specific to your child’s grade level by clicking on the staff section of the fusion site.  Under Stephanie Trinneer, there are grade bands you can click on that will lead to more information.

Stephanie Trinneer  – Rogers Music Teacher, Choir Director

John Rogers’ Food Bank
John Rogers Elementary maintains a food bank with non-perishable food items and hygiene supplies for our families in need of emergency assistance.  If your family needs assistance, please contact our school counselor, Sheila Meagher at (206) 252-4322 or through a note routed through the office.

Our school food bank is not funded but relies completely on donations.  Please consider donating nonperishable foods, hygiene items and cleaning products.   These donations will be used to assist our families on an emergency basis and also a provide food boxes for families during school breaks.  A donation bin will remain in the front hall at school all year.   To help with the school food bank or if you have questions about donations, please contact Andrea Bergan at thebergans@comcast.net or (206) 817-1340.   Thank you for your support!

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…
School Day off Hoops Camp @ Meadowbrook CC October 10th / 9AM-3PM / Boys and Girls K-6th Grade
Cost: $60

Instructional Basketball League for Grades K/1st/2nd
(Great introduction to team play while learning fundamentals – organize a team from your school!)
We provide the coaches to teach YOU how to play the game.
Location: Meadowbrook CC         Begins: Saturday, November 1st!

Pre-Season Tune-Up Ages 8-13 (perfect for Rec League Teams to train before games begin in January)
Locations:  Ravenna CC  Begins: Saturday November 15th.
Space is limited…register today!
Stuart Michie     One on One Basketball, Inc.        206-715-3443     stuart@1on1basketball.com

Parent University for Elementary Math
Seattle Public Schools is excited to announce a terrific opportunity for busy families to learn more about our new elementary math program, Math in Focus.

Math in focus trainers will

  • share the framework for the Singapore approach, the basis for the Math in Focus program
  • provide strategies families may use at home to support students in their learning

When: Thursday, October 9th, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where:  5 locations around the district -
Eckstein Middle School Auditorium

Washington Middle School Lunchroom

West Seattle High School Auditorium

Whitman Middle School Auditorium

Van Asselt Elementary School Auditorium

Mark your calendars! PTA meeting dates

PTA Meeting dates 2014-2015

September 18th - General Meeting (PTA Standing Rules)/Volunteer Fair
October 16th - General Meeting/Budget Amendment and Raffle
November 20th - General Meeting/Read- In with Book Fair
January 15th - General Meeting/Family Art Activity to promote Art Walk
February 19th - General meeting/Parent Education Night with Mrs. Mirabueno
March 19th - General meeting/Activity to promote Math and Science Night
April 23rd - General Meeting (Vote in new Executive Board)/Parent Education Night with Mrs. Mirabueno
May 21st- General meeting ( 2015-16 Budget)/Volunteer Recognition and Golden Acorn Award

Meetings start at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Free childcare is provided. You are not required to be a member of the PTA to attend our meetings – they are open to all!