Weekly PTA message: March 29

IMPORTANT DATES:

March 30th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm – NE Region BTA IV Levy Community Meeting @ Nathan Hale HS Lunch Room
April 6th – 10th – Spring Book Fair to benefit the John Rogers’ Library (arranged by Secret Garden Books)
April 9th – Family Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Night @ John Rogers
April 13 – 17th – Spring Break – No School
May 9th – Save the Date! John Rogers’ Auction…Havana Nights.

Annual Auction & Dinner
May 9th, 2015 @ the Lake City Presbyterian Church
“Havana Nights”

DONATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 3RD!
THANK YOU to everyone for getting your donations in recently. However, we still haven’t reached our goal and will be extending the donation deadline through the end of this week, April 3rd. Please turn in your donations and contact your favorite businesses as soon as possible to ensure they make it in the auction! After April 3rd, items will be accepted on a selective basis only. Contact Laura Teeuw at laurateeuw@gmail.com with questions.

PROCUREMENT PRIZE DRAWING
All students of those who met the original donation deadline last Friday are entered to win. The winner of a fabulous teacher experience will be announced this week!

INVITATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 10TH (BEFORE SPRING BREAK)
Space at the venue is limited, so please buy your tickets before you head out on spring break to ensure you don’t miss out! Tickets are $35/person and can be turned in via kidmail or to the front office. Talk to your friends and put together a table of 8!
WINE DONATIONS
Please consider donating a bottle, case of wine or something in between to our auction. We need bottles valued anywhere from $10 to $30+ for both our wine toss game and to keep our guests bidding the night of the auction! Please contact Jamie Notzka at jpeanut@comcast.net with questions or to arrange pickup or leave your donations in the front office.

John Rogers Food Bank Donations Needed by April 3!

The John Rogers Food Bank needs donations of food and hygiene supplies for our spring break food baskets. These baskets assist John Rogers’ families during the week long break in April.

Please bring your donations to the donation bin outside the office or drop off with traffic volunteers by Friday, April 3. Gift cards to local grocery stores are appreciated as well. If you have any questions about donations or would like to help put together baskets, please contact Andrea Bergan at thebergans@comcast.net or (206) 817-1340.

If your family would like a basket for spring break, please contact Ms. Keene in the office by Friday, April 3.

FUN Needs You!

Seattle Audubon’s Finding Urban Nature Program (FUN) is an environmental science education program offered to 4th grade students at John Rogers, as part of their Science curriculum. There are four lessons taught in the Fall, and four more in the Spring. In FUN lessons, trained volunteers lead small groups of 4-6 children on explorations of their schoolyard habitat.
For more information, please see: www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/WhatWeDo/EnvironmentalEducation/ElementarySchoolProgram.aspx

We are currently seeking one additional volunteer for our Spring FUN session!
FUN Training – Training is required for FUN volunteers.
Seattle Audubon is offering FUN training Saturday morning, March 28th, from 9 am – 12 pm. An alternative training session will be scheduled for any John Rogers volunteers who cannot participate in the March 28th training.
Lesson Dates and Times – FUN will be taught on Friday afternoons: April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, and May 15th. The volunteer time commitment is from 12:15- 1:45 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kim McCormick, John Rogers FUN Team Leader, at kim.mccormick@comcast.net. Thank you!

John Rogers Family STEM Night
Thursday, April 9, 6pm – 8pm

Come explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with special guests and hands-on activities for the whole family. Take apart electronics and find out how they work, play math games, and discover STEM with our special guests:
-Microsoft Surface Team
-Young Women in Bio (YWIB)
-Boeing
-The Future of Flight Foundation
-Audubon Society and Finding Urban Nature
– Atlantis ROV Team, high school international champion underwater robotics team
-And more!

Volunteers are Needed for Family STEM Night!

Please look for the sign-up sheet in the main hallway of the school or email Beth Sharlin at bsel99@hotmail.com.

NATHAN HALE URBAN FARM
EARLY SPRING NETWORKING AND PLANNING PARTY
MARCH 29, 2015, 4pm – 6pm
Dinner served!

For all you future Nathan Hale & JAMS parents…We are trying to create a larger more interesting greenhouse and urban farm space for Rogers, JAMS and Nathan Hale kids to enjoy and be part of a larger curriculum in the future. Please join us! Randy Kilmer

Come see plans for the space around the greenhouse and learn how you can join the effort…Greenhouse north of Jane Adams Middle School 11051 – 34th Avenue NE, Seattle, 98125

Please RSVP by clicking on this link. If the link does not work paste this into your browser:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1o4GDqsgBHHfLWvpWPO4rTCfEAj_ksQlov4GXMPFgoN8/edit#

BTA IV Capital Levy

The BTA IV (Building, Technology, and Academics/Athletics IV) Capital Levy is in the early planning stages. It is possible that JR will be included in the levy!

Attend the NE Region BTAIV Levy Community Meeting on Monday, March 30th from 6:30 – 8 pm in the Nathan Hale High School lunchroom (10750 30th Ave NE). A large turnout from John Rogers’ families is critical! Wear your John Rogers gear!

What to expect? A presentation on BTA IV, and time for public input and questions. There will likely be comment card and/or a survey. It is important to fill these out, so that they get logged as official BTA IV community input.

Questions? Contact Kim McCormick@ kim.mccormick@comcast.net .

John Rogers Day at the Mariners!
It’s your last chance to purchase tickets!!! Final call for ticket orders on Monday, March 30th!!!

Join your friends from John Rogers and the Mariners on Sunday April 26th @ 1:10. The cost is only $15 per ticket (cash or checks made payable to John Rogers PTA). Get your ticket orders in by Monday!!!

Questions? Contact Allison Van Doren @ anvandoren@gmail.com Go Mariners!!!

JAMS PTSA

Is your 5th grader headed to JAMS next year? If so, we have a lot of opportunities to share with you!

JAMS PTSA
JAMS is currently seeking next year’s parent leaders. Could it be you? Are you friendly, inclusive, and committed to making JAMS a great school? If so, email tracy.patton@outlook.com. Board descriptions available at.: http://www.jamsptsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Jane-Addams-PTSA-Board-Member-Descriptions.pdf

Volunteer Opportunities
JAMS has lots of ways for you to get involved with our school. Some opportunities are short and sweet and some are a bigger commitment. You can learn more at: http://www.jamsptsa.org/incoming-6th-grade-volunteer-opportunities/

The Year Book committee needs photos!

We are compiling photos of all the great kids at John Rogers. Now is the time to submit your photos of field trips, class events, school events, clubs, and kids on the playground or just sights from around the school. Simply submit photos via email to Oksana Zarodnyuk (zarodnyukok@gmail.com) or Robin Goodman (rgoody44@msn.com) or drop off a CD/zip drive (it will be returned to you!) in the PTA box in the office. Your photos will help secure this year’s special memories in the Year Book for the kids.

If you enjoy working with digital images and are interested in helping with the year book, please contact Oksana or Robin.

Swim Program Substitutes Needed!

John Rogers has an amazing group of parents working as lifeguards and instructors for our swim program. As we head into the final trimester (Mondays, 9:15-11:45 & Fridays, 9:15-11:15) of our swim lessons, we are in need of parents willing to be added to our instructor substitute list. If you would like to find out more about becoming a substitute swim instructor, please contact Robin Goodman (rgoody44@msn.com).

After School Enrichment Enrollment Information

Enrollment for after school enrichment at John Rogers has begun. Students must enroll prior to participating in the classes. There are several ways to do so:

1. Visit the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. NE, Seattle WA
2. Call the Meadowbrook Community Center at 206.684.7522
3. Online through SPARC at https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/Start.asp
4. On Monday, March 30 & Tuesday April 7 from 2:30pm to 3:20pm Meadowbrook CC Staff will be hosting a registration table in front of the office at John Rogers. Here you can register using check or exact cash only.

NEW Students: Must fill out an E13 Form, E13 Forms are located in the School Office
RETURNING Students: Should have an E13 on file

 

Weekly PTA message: March 22

IMPORTANT DATES
Wednesday, March 25th – Seattle School District 2 Hour Early Dismissal – School will be dismissed at 12:50 pm
March 30th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm – NE Region BTA IV Levy Community Meeting @ Nathan Hale HS Lunch Room
April 6th – 10th – Spring Book Fair to benefit the John Rogers’ Library (arranged by Secret Garden Books)
April 9th – Family Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Night @ John Rogers
April 13 – 17th – Spring Break – No School
May 9th – Save the Date! John Rogers’ Auction…Havana Nights.
Annual Auction & Dinner
May 9th, 2015 @ the Lake City Presbyterian Church
“Havana Nights”
THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO TURN IN YOUR DONATIONS OR PROCUREMENT FORMS!
Thank you once again to all of you who have been able to procure something for our auction this year. We are really excited about the items we have received. But we still need more! All donations are due by this Friday, March 27th. Please contact Laura Teeuw (laurateeuw@gmail.com) with any questions.

AUCTION PROCUREMENT PRIZE DRAWING
Don’t miss out on the chance for your child to win one of four exciting teacher experiences that are usually reserved for the auction. Turn in a donation by Friday, March 27thand your child will be entered to win!

INVITATIONS DUE APRIL 10TH
Buy your tickets early as seats are limited! RSVP’S are due April 10th. If you cannot attend the auction this year, consider making a donation and checking with your employer for corporate matching programs.

WINE! WINE! WINE!
We still need all types of wine for our auction event. Wine donations also count for the procurement prize drawing! Contact Jamie Notzka at jpeanut@comcast.net with questions or to arrange pickup or leave your donations in the front office.

John Rogers Food Bank
The John Rogers Food Bank is in need of donations for spring break food boxes that will be provided to our families in need of assistance during the break in April. Non-perishable foods, hygiene items, cleaning supplies and gift cards are needed. A donation bin is located outside the office at school or contact Andrea Bergan at thebergans@comcast.net with questions. Thank you for supporting this important effort to ensure our students have enough food and snacks during spring break.
If your family would like a food basket for spring break, please contact Ms. Keene in the attendance office at (206) 252-4320 by Friday, April 3.

FUN Needs You!
Seattle Audubon’s Finding Urban Nature Program (FUN) is an environmental science education program offered to 4th grade students at John Rogers, as part of their Science curriculum. There are four lessons taught in the Fall, and four more in the Spring. In FUN lessons, trained volunteers lead small groups of 4-6 children on explorations of their schoolyard habitat. For more information, please see: Seattle Audubon website.

We are currently seeking one additional volunteer for our Spring FUN session!
FUN Training – Training is required for FUN volunteers.
Seattle Audubon is offering FUN training Saturday morning, March 28th, from 9 am – 12 pm. An alternative training session will be scheduled for any John Rogers volunteers who cannot participate in the March 28th training.
Lesson Dates and Times – FUN will be taught on Friday afternoons: April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, and May 15th. The volunteer time commitment is from 12:15- 1:45 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kim McCormick, John Rogers FUN Team Leader, at kim.mccormick@comcast.net. Thank you!

John Rogers Day at the Mariners!!!
When:
Sunday April 26th at 1:10 pm against the Minnesota Twins
What: It’s Salute to Kids Day at Safeco Field and every child will receive a Kyle Seager Jersey t-shirt upon entry. Plus, every family can stay after the game to watch a special showing of The Lego Movie!
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! Also a portion of every ticket will go towards purchasing new playground equipment for our school.
All ticket orders are due back to school by Friday March 27th. Order forms went home via KidMail last week. Any questions contact Allison Van Doren at anvandoren@gmail.com. Go Mariners!

SEATTLE SPECIAL ED PTSA
SEATTLE SPECIAL ED PTSAis a Seattle School District PTSA whose purpose is to serve and advocate for all students with disabilities and their families. Meetings of the SPED PTSA are held monthly at JSCEE (John Stanford Center) 2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA – Second Floor, Room 2700, 7:00-9:00pm.
The next meeting will be Monday, March 23. We will be discussing the state of SPED within the District, the RC-CAP, how Open Enrollment went for our students, Smarter Balance tests, and more.
Your input and presence is greatly valued. Check out our website for more important information: http://seattlespecialedptsa.org/

JAMS PTSA
Is your 5th grader headed to JAMS next year? If so, we have a lot of opportunities to share with you!
JAMS is currently seeking next year’s parent leaders. Could it be you? Are you friendly, inclusive, and committed to making JAMS a great school? If so, email tracy.patton@outlook.com. Board descriptions available at: JAMS PTSA website

Volunteer Opportunities at JAMS
JAMS has lots of ways for you to get involved with our school. Some opportunities are short and sweet and some are a bigger commitment. You can learn more at JAMS PTSA website

BTA IV Capital Levy
The BTA IV (Building, Technology, and Academics/Athletics IV) Capital Levy is in the early planning stages. It is possible that JR will be included in the levy!
Attend the NE Region BRAIV Levy Community Meeting on Monday, March 30th from 6:30 – 8 pm in the Nathan Hale High School lunchroom (10750 30th Ave NE). A large turnout from John Rogers families is critical! Wear your John Rogers gear!
What to expect? A presentation on BRA IV, and time for public input and questions. There will likely be comment card and/or a survey. It is important to fill these out, so that they get logged as official BTA IV community input.
Questions? Contact Kim McCormick@ kim.mccormick@comcast.net

The Year Book committee needs photos!
We are compiling photos of all the great kids at John Rogers. Now is the time to submit your photos of field trips, class events, school events, clubs, and kids on the playground or just sights from around the school. Simply submit photos via email to Oksana Zarodnyuk (zarodnyukok@gmail.com) or Robin Goodman (rgoody44@msn.com) or drop off a CD/zip drive (it will be returned to you!) in the PTA box in the office. Your photos will help secure this year’s special memories in the Year Book for the kids.
If you enjoy working with digital images and are interested in helping with the year book, please contact Oksana or Robin.

Swim Program Substitutes Needed!
John Rogers has an amazing group of parents working as lifeguards and instructors for our swim program. As we head into the final trimester (Mondays, 9:15-11:45 & Fridays, 9:15-11:15) of our swim lessons, we are in need of parents willing to be added to our instructor substitute list. If you would like to find out more about becoming a substitute swim instructor, please contact Robin Goodman (rgoody44@msn.com).

Weekly PTA message – March 1, 2015

Important Dates

Monday, March 2 – PTA Spring Grant Applications Due
Friday, March 6 – Movie Night (6-8) & Bake Sale (5:30) Attend and help send the 4th Grade to Horse Camp!  Movie: Big Hero 6   Suggested Family Donation: $10.00
Bring extra $$$ for the yummy baked goods!
March 16 – 11:40-12:30 – Science Bites @ Lunch/Lunch Recess – Topic: Chemistry
5-9 PM – Dine out at the RAM @ University Village to support John Rogers PTA!
March 20 – Pacific Science Center Van @ John Rogers
April 9 – Family Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Night @ John Rogers
May 9 – Save the Date! John Rogers’ Auction…Havana Nights.

 

Headphone Drive
Coming up in March our 3rd-5th graders will begin taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  Part of this assessment includes use of headphones.  While our school does have a class set of new headphones that we will be using we are in need of more.  If you have a pair of clean, working headphones that could fit the heads of 3rd-5th graders and that you are no longer using we would love it if you would consider donating them to our school.  We will have a donation box located in our office where you can donate the headphones.  Thank you.

PTA Spring Grants
The John Rogers’ PTA is excited to be able to grant up to $2,000 for the 2014-15 school year…$1,000 was awarded in November and it is now time for the spring grant. As a reminder, grant requests are limited to $200, but multiple people (staff member or parents) may combine their requests for grants in excess of $200.  Requests must be submitted in writing to the PTA mailbox in the main office by 3:00 PM on Monday, March 2nd.   Applications are available inside the main office under the mailboxes.

Dine out to Support John Rogers’ PTA!
Monday March 16th from 5-9 PM  Gather your friends, family and neighbors to help support our school!  The University Village RAM will donate 10% of their sales generated from 5-9 PM to the John Rogers PTA.  Hope to see you all there!

HIP Packing Party
Come join us for the HIP Packing Party! Thursday, March 5 from 3:15 – 5:00 PM @ Lake City Presbyterian Church (3841 NE 123rd St) Help us pack up Healthy HIP Packs for the next month.  All ages welcome!

Annual Auction &Dinner
May 9th, 2015 @ the Lake City Presbyterian Church “Havana Nights”  WE NEED DONATIONS!  Without donations, guests at the auction will not have anything to bid on.  We’re looking for quality over quantity, but will take NEW items of all sizes! Contact your neighbors, friends and family – anyone you can think of that may have something to donate or have a connection to a fun and unique experience that would make a great auction item.  Read through the Procurement Q&A in the auction packet for more ideas.  Donations are due by March 27th!
AUCTION PROCUREMENT PRIZE DRAWING: Procure an item for our auction, and your child will be entered to win one of four exciting experiences with our teaching staff!  Drawing details are in the blue Auction Packet.  Drawing will be held on March 31st!

WINE! WINE! WINE!
Wine is needed for the upcoming auction as part of the wine toss event and dinner. You can donate individual bottles or cases or something in between.  Wine toss item values range from under $10 – $30+ If you or someone you know is interested in donating or you have questions please let me know.  Wine can be dropped off at school in the office or contact me to arrange pick-up/drop-off. Thank you Jamie Notzka & auction committee jpeanut@comcast.net 

Homework Help at the Northgate and Lake City Library Branches
Monday – Thursday, 4:30-7:30 pm  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!

 

Weekly PTA message – February 15

Important dates:

Monday & Tuesday, February 16th & 17th – President’s Day and Mid-Winter Break – No School
Thursday, February 19th, 6:45-8 pm PTA General Meeting and Parent Education Night      with Mrs. Mirabueno   Topic: John Rogers Advanced Learning Plan (ALO)
March 2nd – PTA Spring Grant Applications Due
March 6th – Movie Night and Bake Sale – Attend and help send the 4th Grade to Horse Camp!   More details to come soon!
May 9th – John Rogers’ Auction!

Headphone Drive
Coming up in March, our 3rd – 5th graders will begin taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.   Part of this assessment includes use of headphones.  While our school does have a class set of new headphones that we will be using, we are in need of more.  If you have a pair of clean, working headphones that could fit the heads of 3rd-5th graders and that you are no longer using, we would love it if you would consider donating them to our school.  We will have a donation box located in our office where you can donate the headphones.  Thank you!

Traffic Volunteers Needed
Morning and afternoon shifts available (some only every other week!).   To maintain the safety, we offer a car drop off and pick up…we need volunteers to fill the shifts.  Many of current volunteers are parents of older children who will be moving onto middle school, so we need a constant influx of new volunteers to keep the schedule full and the system working.  Please consider taking on a 30 minute shift every (or every other) week.  Contact Kristina Bartleton to get on the schedule.  thegalley@hotmail.com  or 206-949-0322

John Rogers’ Sweatshirt Pick up
Parents, come pick up your sweatshirt order afterschool on Thursday February 19th in Room 1 from 2:50-3:20 pm or before the PTA Meeting that evening in the lunchroom from 6:30-6:45 pm.   Please email Allison Van Doren (anvandoren@seattleschools.org) with any questions. Thank you for your order! Go Otters!

PTA Spring Grants
The John Rogers’ PTA is excited to be able to grant up to $2,000 for the 2014-15 school year…$1,000 was awarded in November and it is now time for the spring grant. As a reminder, grant requests are limited to $200, but multiple people (staff member or parents) may combine their requests for grants in excess of $200.  Requests must be submitted in writing to the PTA mailbox in the main office by 3:00 PM on Monday, March 2nd.   Applications are available inside the main office under the mailboxes.

PTA Budget Committee
Interested in the PTA budget process?  Join the 2014-15 PTA Budget Committee and help prepare the details for next year’s budget.  The committee will meet 2-4 times this spring with the first meeting at the end of February.  If interested, please contact Beth Sharlin, PTA Treasurer, bsel99@hotmail.com.
Not able to join the committee? You can still participate! If you have an idea or suggestion for programs, events, or materials that you would like the PTA to support please email Beth Sharlin, PTA Treasurer, bsel99@hotmail.com  for more information on submitting a request.

SPS Technology Vision Town Hall Meetings
Seattle Public Schools wants to give everyone an opportunity to provide feedback and input into the district’s Technology Vision process. To accomplish this we are scheduling five “Town Hall” meetings around the district.  A meeting will be offered in each of the five major regions. The schedule is as follows:
NORTHEAST REGION: Monday, Feb. 23 at Eckstein Middle School cafeteria CENTRAL REGION: Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Washington Middle School cafeteria SOUTHEAST REGION: Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Rainier Beach High School cafeteria NORTHWEST REGION: Thursday, Feb. 26 at Ingraham High School cafeteria WEST SEATTLE REGION: Monday March 2 at West Seattle High School cafeteria  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. so that attendees can browse sample results from the Tech Summit. The structured meeting will begin at 6 to 8 p.m.
The more input we have from across the district; the more we can assure that we have a vision that meets the needs of all Seattle Public Schools students.  Supervised children’s activities will be provided. Translation services are available.  Interested individuals who are unable to attend any of the Town Hall meetings are encouraged to submit their vision, ideas, and comments to techvision@seattleschools.org.

Middle School Tours & Info for 5th Grade Families
Eckstein Middle School Thursday, February 26th, 6-8 pm  Incoming and interested students and their families are invited to learn more about Eckstein.  The evening’s agenda will include an informational presentation in the auditorium and an opportunity to tour the school.
Hazel Wolf K-8 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 – 2/18 & 3/2.