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JR Upcoming Important Dates

September 24 – PTA meeting/volunteer fair – Tuesday, 9/24 at 6:30 PM – PTA Meeting/Volunteer Fair in the cafeteria.   Everyone is invited! PTA membership is not required to attend. Free childcare!  Contact Karen:

September 25 – Picture day – Preorder at (search for John Rogers).  All students will have their picture taken, regardless of whether or not they order pictures. Retakes and class photos on 11/6. Questions? Contact Melissa at

October 3 – Open House is scheduled for Thursday, October 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Our principal, Mr. Ostbye will speak briefly in the cafeteria at 7:15 PM

October 11 – NO SCHOOL 

October 25 – Fall Festival – Friday, October 25th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm come for games, cotton candy, and cupcake walk!  Free family night of fun. Karen:


John Rogers Back to School Potluck! Wednesday, Aug. 28

Please join us on the playground at John Rogers Elementary to celebrate the start of the new school year! Meet new friends, see old friends, meet new staff and welcome our new principal, Brent Ostbye.

Back to School Potluck – Wednesday, August 28 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Class assignments will be posted (no class assignment information will be available prior to this event).

If possible, please bring a food item to share. Our PTA will provide beverages.

Last Names A-H: appetizers/side dish

Last Names I-Q: main dish

Last Names R-Z: dessert

Go Otters!

Last Message from Principal Mirabueno!

ALL items in the Lost and Found will be donated to charity tomorrow, Thursday June 27, at the end of the school day.

We hope you will join us for a summer playdate – these are a great opportunity to see friends, meet new students and have fun! Playdates happen on the playground at John Rogers at the dates and times noted below. Please keep in mind, the building is not open during playdates so water fountain/bathrooms are not available – plan accordingly.

July 21 at 4:00 PM

August 6 at 6:00 PM

August 21 at 12:00 PM

Our Back-to-School barbeque is August 28th beginning at 5:30 PM on the playground at John Rogers.

In partner with a local business, we are collecting USED backpacks tomorrow, June 27, for donation to St. Vincent DePaul. Feel free to bring any used back packs to the collection box outside the office.

Your student should be coming home with summer reading from our free book giveaway. We encourage all students to read, read, read during the summer!

And finally, if you see Mr. Dale the crossing guard at 110th/35th Ave NE, please tell him “thank you” for his 16 years of helping keep our kids safe. Today is his last day as cross guard. His smiles and fun jokes will be missed.

Have a fantastic summer!

Upcoming Events at John Rogers – June

John Rogers Newsletter – week of June 10, 2019


June 12 – School Garden Cleanup

June 18 – Pacific Science Center Day at JR

June 18 – PTA Evening Celebration

June 26 – Field Day

June 27 – 5th Grade Promotion and Last Day of School (1 hour early dismissal)


We need volunteers to help with our student green team meeting at lunch recess (11am -12pm) this Wednesday, June 12th! Come help students harvest the fava beans, garlic and onions that we planted last Fall and clean up the bed so it will be ready for the Kindergartens to plant summer vegetable during a unit about bees! Please email Beth if you can come and help!


Help us clean up the garden beds! We will be at school right after early release on Wednesday. There is a ton of weeding to be done! We’ll have some gloves and tools but feel free to bring your own favorite gardening supplies. Kids are welcome!


Field Day is Wednesday June 26th! We will need LOTS of volunteers to make this a fun & exciting event for our kiddos! Sign up here: Volunteers will need to be here around 9:00 am to set up their station & field day will go from 9:30-11:30! Questions? Talk to Mrs. B!


We have three special recycling programs at John Rogers! We recycle glue sticks and bottles as well as foil juice and apple sauce pouches through Terracycle. We also recycle used markers, any brand including dry erase markers through Crayola ColorCycle. Bring these items from home to the school to recycle. Look for the collection bins in the front hall and in the lunchroom. Let’s get these items out of our landfill!


We will be experiencing turnover for next school year’s Swim Program. We are looking for instructors (no experience needed) and those interested in becoming certified Lifeguards. You will be in the pool from 9:30-11:30 am on Fridays. These are paid positions. Cost of trainings and fingerprints will be reimbursed by PTA. If enough interest, we will be able to pay for your Lifeguard training certification this summer! We need to know soon if you are willing to be a part of our amazing swim program! Contact: Melissa Blumhagen with questions:


Do you have a student starting kindergarten in September? Be sure you have registered them for John Rogers Jump Start! This free program runs August 19 -23 from 9AM to noon. Jump Start introduces kids to kindergarten, allows them to meet our teachers and learn routines for the school year. We highly encourage incoming kindergarteners to attend. Registration forms can be picked up in the office.

Our lost and found is overflowing! Please take your missing items. All left behind items will be donated on June 27.


Turn your box tops in! There is a box in the lobby under the PTA bulletin board or send them with your child to class. They add up quickly and our goal is to make $1000 on box tops this year! You can see a list of products at It is an easy way to raise money for our school!

Upcoming JR Events


April 18 – Family Dance! We are excited to host our first ever all Family School Dance on April 18, from 6-7:30. We definitely need help from volunteers to make this party happen. It’s free, it’s for everyone, and it’s gonna be a blast. Please go to our sign up genius and see if there’s a spot you can fill. Thank you! If you have questions please email Karen at

April 22 – School Community Meeting – Did you know that John Rogers Elementary is scheduled to be rebuilt? Come learn about the timeline for this project on Monday, April 22 at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. Richard Best, Director of Capital Projects for Seattle Public Schools will be leading this meeting.

April 23 – PTA meeting

April 30 – Family Nutrition Night – CANCELLED – TO BE RESCHEDULED

April 30 – JRE YEARBOOK ORDER FORMS/PAYMENT DUE! Yearbook order forms will go home via kidmail this week! Please complete your form and return it to the school with payment by Tuesday, April 30th. Please consider making a donation so that any JRE student that wants a yearbook receives one! Question? Email Nikkol Jennings @

May 3 – STEAM night is Friday, May 3 (6-7:30 pm). There will be outsider presenters, hands-on activities, and student projects and artwork on display, all to increase students’ exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Look for information about student projects this week in kidmail. We are also looking for members of our community to present. If you have experience in any of these fields, please considering being a part of this exciting event (email Tess

May 7 – National Teacher Appreciation Day

May 17 and 18 – Willy Wonka Performances – Come and see our first ever production of Willy Wonka JR! It will be performed on May 17th and 18th at 6pm. Tickets are free. There will be a bake sale with drinks during intermission, proceeds will go towards next year’s 5th grade camp.

May 27 – No School, Memorial Day