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 bsel99@hotmail.com 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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449aba62ba20-jrfield 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! mjblumhagen@seattleschools.org


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: mjblumhagen@seattleschools.org


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 www.boxtops4education.com. 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 krandrew@yahoo.com.

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 @ nikkol.jennings@gmail.com.

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 teresaaman@gmail.com).

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

Two Important Events for JR Families in March!

4th Annual Heritage Night is Wednesday, March 13th from 6-8pm
YOU are invited and your participation is encouraged in this fun family event with food, activities, performances and displays exploring the many cultures and stories of our school community.

All students are invited to participate through our poster project. Posters have been sent home with directions attached as well as event flyers with details prior to mid-winter break.

Please return paperwork and posters by Friday, March 8th.

Questions please contact: Andrea Bergan aebergan@seattleschools.org OR Lisa Matsumoto matsulisa@gmail.com

Positive Discipline: Raising Our Children with Love and Firmness (classes in English and Spanish)
Registration is now open!  See link below.
A free series for parents wanting more cooperative, respectful, and warm relationships with their children. Sponsored by the John Rogers School PTA and the Puget Sound Adlerian Society. Funded in part by the Horizons Foundation. Presented by Ximena Grollmus, M.Ed. (Certified Positive Discipline Trainer)
Thursday, March 14, Wed 20, 27, April 3, 17, 24, 2019. 6:00 – 8:15 p.m. John Rogers Cafeteria
Free childcare (limited spaces)
Register early, space is limited. Click: Positive Discipline Online Registration 
For more information email Karen Andrew at johnrogerspta@gmail.com or call 206-351-1373

Bingo/Karaoke THIS Saturday!!!

Crazy fun, and serious fun-draiser!
6:30 start, 2 games bingo, 2 karaoke songs, repeat cycle till 8:30.
$30 regular prizes, special prizes 50% of the pot
Next Events: Jan 26 and Mar 2
$15 entry. Wine, Beer, Drink and Snacks are available to purchase.

PLUS! Any PTA with at least 5 members present get to be in a draw for a $500 JACKPOT! So we NEED YOU THERE to represent John Rogers PTA!  So we hope to see you there!

John Rogers News and Upcoming Events

January News & Events:

Please attend the District Levy Meeting at John Rogers on Tuesday, Jan. 8th at 7pm regarding the upcoming Seattle Public Schools FEBRUARY LEVY.

With the passage of this levy, John Rogers is slated for a rebuild, but only if it passes!
Stay informed:

Tuesday, Jan. 8th – PTA Grants Deadline; The PTA is accepting applications for grant requests to support our school community. Applications available in the main office. Grant requests up to $400 will be considered.

Tuesday, Jan. 15th – Family Engagement and Action Team (FEAT) Meeting at 2:30pm in the Library; this meeting will be used to begin the planning process for our annual Heritage Night event coming in mid-March.

Tuesday, Jan. 15th – Potluck, PTA, and Parent Ed Night starting at 6pm – come hear from our school specialists (Music, PE, Library and Art).

Saturday, Jan. 19th – Parent Social at Korochka Tavern starting at 7pm; come meet and connect with other parents/ guardians while a percentage of the night’s proceeds will be donated back to the John Rogers PTA.

Monday, Jan. 21st – NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Day.

Friday, Jan. 25th – Movie Night and 4th Grade Bake Sale Fundraiser; come enjoy a free movie in the cafeteria (more details to come via Kidmail soon) and 4th graders will be hosting a bake sale to help raise money for their trip to camp next fall (donations of any amount are welcome!)

Tuesday, Jan. 29th – Incoming Kindergarten Tour (1 of 2) starting at 8:30am; Do you know anyone planning to come to JR next year? Please spread the word about our upcoming tours.
We are also looking for volunteers to help run the tours. Please email Lisa Matsumoto if you are willing to help with tours – matsulisa@gmail.com

Wednesday, Jan. 30th – NO SCHOOL (Day between semesters).


Wednesday, Feb. 6th – Jane Adams Middle School Open House and Tour 6:30pm for incoming 6th graders for the 2019-20 school year.

Friday, Feb. 8th – Game Night; more information to come!

Tuesday, Feb. 12th – Incoming Kindergarten Tour (2 of 2) starting at 8:30am

Wednesday, Feb 13th – We Love Our Staff Appreciation Day hosted by 2nd & 3rd grades