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John Rogers Families!!!

Can a pandemic stop us from doing a school yearbook?  NO WAY! Since school looks a little different this year, so will our yearbook, and we need your help.  This year our yearbook will have student portraits submitted by families. Please read the below directions for how to submit your child’s photo. 

Photos are DUE APRIL 30TH! 

The guidelines for portraits are as follows:

  • Recent, non-professional, color photo portraits only. Photos taken by a phone work great!
  • Please don’t use a professional studio shot.  
  • Make sure you have good lighting on your face, and not behind you. 
  • Full face view (no mask). 
  • Set up your background intentionally. It could be your usual work space, or something more interesting.  
  • Please don’t use creative filters, photographic treatments, or digital backgrounds.  
  • Clothing, jewelry, accessories, and background should not include anything that goes against the school dress code. 
  • No weapons or hand signs of any kind.

Yearbook portrait photos link!!!

If you cannot sign into Google, please email your student’s portrait with his/her First and Last name PLUS Teacher’s Name directly to

 We NEED photos!  Add any other photos you would like in the 2020-21 yearbook HERE!  Or email them to  These can include, but are not limited to:

·  5th grader “When We Were Younger” pictures (5th grade only! Share a picture of you from as far back as you can!)

·  JRE families: a picture of all of the people in your family who are members of the John Rogers students and staff

·  Remote Learning photos

·  Any artwork you want to share from this year

It seems more important than any other year to have your child in their Yearbook! Please get your photos in ASAP!

SPS K-5 Asynchronous Learning, March 29-31

Dear Families of Students in Kindergarten-5th Grade,

We are excited to welcome students in kindergarten through 5th grade back to in-person learning on Monday, April 5. K-5 educators will begin health and safety trainings and preparing classrooms for students next Monday through Wednesday, March 29-31. During these days, educators will be in training and there will not be live instruction. Students will return to remote learning at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 1-2.

The Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction Department has developed the activities below for your student to participate in at home asynchronously while educators are preparing their classrooms for in-person instruction.

At Home Activities, March 29-31 

REMINDER: To support students’ equitable access to in-person learning, we are taking the immediate step to increase yellow bus transportation and accommodate as many students as possible. This requires a change to elementary and K-8 bell schedules, school start and end times.

Elementary and K-8 schools will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. for students in both the remote and hybrid, in-person (part-time in person and part-time remote) models. This change will take place on March 29 for all elementary and K-8 students and continue through the end of this school year. *Subject to Board Approval this Wednesday, March 24  

This change does not include 6-8th grade comprehensive middle schools. Comprehensive middle schools will continue to begin at 9:00 a.m.

Please visit for the most up-to-date information about the return to in-person learning.

Office of Public Affairs

SPS March 25 Family Update: Return to In-Person Instruction

Dear Families of Students in Elementary and K-8 Schools:

Last night, the school board approved bell times for elementary and K-8 schools. School will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. for students in both the remote and hybrid, in-person (part-time in person and part-time remote) models.

This change will take place on Monday, March 29 for all elementary and K-8 students and continue through the end of this school year.

In-Person and Remote Bell Schedule: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (in person, if selected)

Morning block: 8 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Afternoon block: 11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays all students will be remote, 8 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

This change does not include 6-8th grade students at comprehensive middle schools. Comprehensive middle schools will continue to start at 9 a.m. Learn why a bell time change was recommended. (

As a reminder, all K-5 students will have asynchronous learning on March 29-31 as teachers prepare to switch to in-person teaching or to teach new classes of students who will be staying remote.

In preparation for K-5 students who will begin returning to school in person on April 5, we encourage you to watch this video with your child about what the school day will look like. Day in the Life Video

Daily Health Screening

All students learning in person will be required to have a completed health screening each day before entering the building. The personalized link for your child will be sent to your email every morning to confirm your child does not have symptoms related to COVID-19. Daily Health Screening Video.

Please continue to review resources on our website, including health and safety protocols, our Top Ten Things Families Should Know infographic.

Office of Public Affairs

Otter News 2/14

We return to classes on Monday February 22.

NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION: If your child will be 5 years old by August 31, it is time to enroll for kindergarten. If you need assistance with enrollment, please contact Andrea Bergan at


Please get your volunteer applications in! for instructions and application. Approved applications are good for 2 years. Required to volunteer in your child’s classroom virtually and when we return to the building. Questions? Contact Michelle at


New art kits are ready for pickup! Swing by school to grab your student’s on February 24 from 1-3pm OR February 25 from 4-6pm.

Can’t make the pickup times? Kits will be available in a bin outside of school or email about delivery. Questions?

March 10, 6:30 PM, Zoom link to come, all are invited. Join us for a fun online family community night playing trivia and hanging out with friends! Email Karen: with questions and suggestions for trivia categories

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Support our John Rogers Community by organizing spring otter gear sale (school shirts, sweatshirts, etc)! Looking for someone to lead the way with an online ordering process. Interested? Please contact:


Arts programs for students – free or pay what you can! Art, dance, music, sewing, etc. Information and class registration: Questions? Alex Peterson:

PARENT DISCUSSION The PTA has a helpful virtual discussion group for families. This group allows you to talk with parents in your class, in your grade level also the entire school community. It can be a place to ask questions, connect with other families, and find support. Visit to register. Questions? Contact Melissa.

BECOME A PTA MEMBER TODAY! Membership is $9. JOIN NOW! Scholarships are available by emailing John Rogers PTA. Questions? Contact John Rogers PTA.

PTA GROUP ON FACEBOOK  John Rogers PTA Facebook page

NEWSLETTER REQUESTS Blurbs must be less than 50 words & include contact info. Email: Kristi Yee by noon Thursday:

JR Otter News 1/17/2021

Otter News
The Rogers Way to Be – Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible

Reminder, there is no school on Monday, January 18th in honor of Martin Luther King Day
1/19: Virtual PTA Meeting
1/20 All School assembly at 8:30 AM (teacher should provide link)
1/21: Library curbside pickup
1/28: Day between semesters (NO SCHOOL)

Trimester 1 progress reports are available in the Source for parent review. If you are unable to access the Source, please contact Ms. Keene in the office Mon – Thurs. for assistance (206) 252-4320.

NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION Online registration for new students for 2021-22 school year began 1/4. If your child will be 5 years old by August 31, it is time to enroll for kindergarten. If you need assistance with enrollment, please contact Andrea Bergan at for assistance.

Please share with your neighbors and friends: Virtual Tours for prospective John Rogers families are on Wednesday 1/20 at 7 PM and Tuesday 1/26 at 7 PM. See the John Rogers website for more information and for the Zoom link

NEED TECH HELP? In-Person Tech Support Center hours 11 AM – 6 PM at Nathan Hale High School – Entrance is on 110th street near the athletic field. Parking is available on 110th Helpful tech information:

LIBRARY CURBSIDE PICKUP: THURSDAY, JAN.21, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (*Students must place a hold by 3pm the day before to be eligible) *Helpful how-to video: Questions: Ms. Burke, Librarian:

Join us to learn more about our school community and how our PTA is supporting John Rogers. All are welcome! Meetings will be held via Zoom with the same Meeting ID and Passcode until it is safe to meet in person again.

Meeting ID: 678 953 3424

Passcode: Otters

Become a PTA member today! Membership is $9. JOIN NOW! Scholarships are available by emailing  John Rogers PTA .

BECOME INVOLVED WITH PTA FINANCES! We have openings on a Budget Amendment committee and a Mid-Year Financial Review committee. This will be a 2-3 hour time commitment in January and is a great way to learn more about the PTA’s finances. Contact Chris

2020-21 VISITING ARTISTS! Through a Creative Advantage grant, we welcomes two teaching artists this year! Starting Jan 4, Chris Daigre will teach a unique dance method combining African, Latin, jazz and modern dance techniques. Tune in for a final performance at our February assembly! In March, Greg Thornton, aka Mr. Greg, an artist-activist, joins us for a multi-week visual arts residency. Questions? Megan:

Meadowbrook CC is hosting a virtual craft class and provides the supplies with purchased craft kits. A fun activity for kids to make a handmade gift to give! Must register/purchase by 1/17. More details and the link to register: February brochure will be out soon. Questions? Kylie:

NEWSLETTER REQUESTS Blurbs must be less than 50 words & include contact info. Email: Kristi Yee by noon Thursday: