Weekly PTA message: January 18, 2015

Important Dates

Monday, January 19th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
Tuesday, January 20th @ 11:30 – 12:30 am – Science Bites @ Lunch – Circuits
@ 2:50 – Green Team Meeting in the Cafeteria
Thursday, January 22nd @ 7:00 pm – Auction Committee Meeting @ Wong’s Restaurant on 35th
@ 6:30 pm – Math in Focus Night @ Olympic View & Stevens Elementary
Friday, January 23rd @ 6:00 pm – John Rogers Movie Night – Popcorn and Red Vines!    Featuring: How to Train Your Dragon;
January 30th – Day between Semesters – No School
February 6th @ 6:00 – John Rogers Family Dinner and Art Walk

Math in Focus Parent Night
Don’t miss the next Math in Focus Parent Night, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at two Seattle elementary schools.  Stevens Elementary in Capitol Hill and Olympic View Elementary in Maple Leaf will host the hour-long sessions, open to all parents, relatives and friends who support district students at home. Spanish and possibly Somali and Amharic translators will be present, but child care will not be provided. A trainer representing the Math in Focus publisher will provide insight on the “bar modeling” concept — a basic component of the Singapore method-based Math in Focus texts, adopted by Seattle Public Schools in June 2014. The trainer also will review tips for helping students with homework and will walk parents through the concrete-pictorial-abstract progression concept within the texts.

Middle School Tours & Info for 5th Grade Families
JAMS – Jane Adams Middle School Open House Night Wednesday, January 28th, 6:30-8:30  Come and learn about all the JAMS has to offer!  After a short presentation in the auditorium at 6:30, 5th graders and their parents will be able to meet teacher and see some of the newly remodeled areas of JAMS.
Eckstetin Middle School Thursday, February 26th, 7-9 pm  Incoming and interested students and their families are invited to learn more about Eckstein.  The evenings agenda will include an informational presentation in the auditorium and an opportunity to tour the school.
Hazel Wolf K-8 Tuesday, January 27th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Thursday, February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm  Hazel Wolf is Seattle’s first E-STEM (environmentally-focused, science, technology, engineering & math) school.  Come find out about their E-STEM program and tour their temporary location near Greenlake. Morning tours are available – 9:30 – 11:30 am – 1/21, 2/3, 2/18 & 3/2.

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.  Please RSVP to Laura or Melissa if you are planning on coming to the meeting!

John Rogers Green Team
Tuesday, January 20th @ 2:50   Our goal for the year is to increase our school’s energy efficiency. Students and parents are welcomed and needed!  Come to our first meeting to learn and help.

 

Weekly PTA message – January 12, 2015

Important Dates

Wednesday, January 14th – Early Dismissal – School will be dismissed 2 hours early at 12:50 Thursday, January 15th – 2:15 – 2:45 pm  Coffee Chat with Mrs. Mirabueno;
7:00 to 7:30 pm  General PTA Meeting — All Welcome and Free Childcare Provided!;
7:30 to 8:00 pm  Family Art Project – Following the PTA General Meeting
January 19th – Martin Luther King, Jr Day – No School
January 22nd @ 7:00 pm – Auction Committee Meeting @ Wong’s Restaurant
 January 23rd @ 6:00 pm – John Rogers Movie Night – Showing:  How to Train Your Dragon 2    Popcorn & Red Vines!!
January 30th – Day between Semesters – No School
February 6th @ 6:00 – John Rogers’ Family Dinner and Art Walk

It’s Show Time!!!
Rogers’ students, it’s time to get those amazing talents ready to share!  Do you love to jump rope, juggle, tumble, hula hoop, dance, sing, rap, tell jokes, do magic, lip synch, put on skits, play an instrument, recite a poem, or anything else you can safely do on stage?  If so, you can prepare a 2 or 3-minute presentation alone or with a group and show us what you can do. Please bring this note back signed by a parent or guardian by Friday, January 16th and you can sign up for a time to audition.  You will either be chosen to share your act in a mini show for your grade level or you will be invited to perform in the big show on  Friday, March 13th.

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!

Homework Help at the Northgate and Lake City Library Branches
Mondays – Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Do your kids need more help with their homework?  Are you both getting frustrated by the new way kids are learning math? Check out our Homework Help!  Volunteers are there to help kids with any Homework they’ve got!

From the library…  
Upcoming Open Library event in the John Rogers Library: Thursday, January 22nd, 3-6 pm.  We’ll be preparing for Lunar New Year, and will have a trunk of Chinese artifacts from the Seattle Art Museum.

After School Enrichment Program
Thanks to Seattle Parks and Recreation, there have been enrichment programs on site after school.  Please register your child directly with Meadowbrook Community Center or online through SPARC as instructed in the form.  Details about Winter 2015 Enrichment Program are included with this Newsletter.  Although the school has been forwarding registration forms and checks to the community center as a courtesy, we are not responsible for any losses.  Thank you.

2015 Winter Enrichment Schedule
Season Greetings to all you Otter Families out there!  I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Holidays to come!  The Winter 2015 Class Schedule is now out & you are able to enroll your kiddos. Winter brochure is attached. Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks,  Heather Harlow Recreation Leader Meadowbrook Community Center Heather.Harlow@Seattle.Gov

Mondays starting January 26 through April 6
Drama with Wedgwood Studio 2nd-5th Grade 3  2:50pm-4:15pm $140  Course# 128928

MiNi (5 Weeks): Broadcast Journalism with Young Writers Academy All Grades  2:50pm-4:10pm $75 Course# 128936

MiNi (5 Weeks): Advertising through Broadcasting with Young Writers Academy All Grades  2:50pm-4:10pm $75 Course# 128935

Thursdays starting January 29 through April 2

MiNi (5 Weeks): Science & Such All Grades  2:50pm-4:10pm $75 Course# 128940

Drama with Wedgwood Studio K-1st Grade  2:50pm-4:15pm $140 Course# 128931

Explore Art! (Longer Time) All Grades  2:50pm-4:45pm $175 Course# 128934

3rd- 5th Grade Ensemble at Wedgwood Drama Studio
Our 3rd-5th Grade Ensemble class is an acting class that focuses on how actors work together to develop characters and tell dramatic stories. We'll use games, movement, music and improvisation to explore both written and original characters and stories. The class welcomes students from our after school drama programs in neighborhood schools as well as new students interested in a safe and supportive environment to try something new! For more information or to register visit: www.wedgwooddrama.com
LOCATION – Wedgwood Drama Studio- 3524 NE 95th Street Seattle, WA 98115
SATURDAYS- January 17-March 28 (No class 2/14) TIME- 9:45-10:45 AM COST- $140

North Seattle Baseball Registration is now open!
Get outdoors this spring and join our baseball community which serves boys and girls ages 4-18.  Our younger divisions play “buddy baseball” where you can request your preferred team/coach/teammates/schoolmates.  Our older divisions are competitive and prepare athletes for high school ball with advanced Pony rules.  Practices start in March; games go through the end of the school year and take place in NE Seattle Meadowbrook/Wedgwood area fields.  Teams will be formed in late January/early February so sign up soon!    You can register and find out more information at www.northseattlebaseball.org.

Attention Hopeful Skiers!!
5th Grader Skiers are eligible for a free season pass at Stevens Pass for the 2014-15 Winter Season. Information here:  http://www.stevenspass.com/site/passes/deals/5th-graders-free

Free ski helmets available for children at least 4 years old to age 18 from Seattle Children’s Hospital. One helmet per child. Wearers must be present and be fitted to receive a helmet. Quantities are limited. First come, first served. No appointments needed. Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Location: Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center, 1500 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 Contact: To learn more visit http://MakeSureTheHelmetFits.org Cost: Free

 

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.