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.

Weekly PTA message – February 1, 2015

Important Dates
Thursday, February 6th – John Rogers Family Dinner and Art Walk  Dinner is served from 6 to 6:30 pm  Art Walk from 6 – 8 pm
February 16th and 17th – Presidents’ Day and Mid-Winter Break – No School
February 19th – PTA General Meeting and Parent Education Night with Mrs. Mirabueno   Topic: John Rogers Advanced Learning Plan (ALO)
May 2nd – John Rogers’ Auction

John Rogers Family Dinner and Art Walk Friday, February 6th  6 – 8 pm
The John Rogers PTA is sponsoring a free family dinner…TACO BAR!!!  There will be something for everyone (veggie, gluten and/or dairy free).  Dinner is served from 6 – 6:30 pm in the school lunch room.  The Art Walk will feature John Rogers’ students’ art and art from local middle and high school students.  Enjoy hand on art activities for the whole family.  If you are or know a local artist who would like to display their work, please contact Candice Haskins at cmhaskins@seattleschools.org.  Volunteers are needed to help with this great event, please sign up in the main hallway at the school or email Candice Haskins.  Please bring non-perishable food donations for the HIP and John Rogers’ food bank.

John Rogers Sweatshirt Sale $15
Show your Otter Spirit with a John Rogers Sweatshirt! These cozy, forest green hooded sweatshirts come in both youth and adult sizes and are only $15!  Sizes do run small, so you may want to order a size larger than usual. Order forms were sent home in KidMail last week. Extra forms are available in the school lobby. All orders need to be returned to school with exact cash or check (made payable to John Rogers PTA) by Wednesday February 4, 2015. Incomplete forms and late orders will not be filled.  Sweatshirts should arrive at school mid-February and information will be sent home regarding the date and location for pick up. This will be the only sweatshirt order of the year.  Contact Allison VanDoren (anvandoren@seattelschools.org) with questions.  Go Otters!

A Message from the Office… Applications to Middle Schools
If your child is applying for acceptance to a private middle school and you need assistance from the main office and/ or your child’s teacher when completing the application, we will need at least 2 weeks’ notice in order to properly assist you.    Please provide all the necessary materials at least 2 week in advance of the due date.  If the application needs to be mailed to the school, please provide a pre-addressed, stamped envelope.  Thank you.

From the advanced  Learning Department…
We are writing to update you on our Advanced Learning testing process at Seattle Public Schools. This year, we are processingmore than 5,400 applications and are continuing to test students through the end of February.  If your child has not yet been tested, he or she will be scheduled during the coming weeks and we will contact you at that point.  Additionally, testing results and eligibility letters will be sent by early March.  Thank you for your patience during this long testing process.  Please visit our website www.seattleschools.org/advlearning for the answers to most Advanced Learning questions

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!

Jane Addams PTSA Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, February 7th, 9 AM – 11 AM  Where:  Lake City Lions Club @ the Lake City Community Center – 12531 28th Avenue NE, Seattle 98125 Cost:  $5 per diner; $20 per family (All proceeds go directly to JAMS PTSA due to the generosity of the Lions Club!) Who: All school and community members welcome. So, invite your friends, family and neighbors to support JAMS. We will have a free book for every kid courtesy of the Lions Club and door prizes!

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.

Nurses Office Needs Clothes!!!!
The office is in need of clothing.  When kids need to change at school it is nice for the office to have extra clothing for them to use…and it has a tendency to not be returned.  Sweat pants are great…all sizes needed, for both boys and girls!

 

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.