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JR Weekly Update 8/3/21

JRE Families,

We are so excited to welcome students back to school for the Fall of 2020. This week movers came to JRE to set up classrooms for socially distant learning. Teachers have been working to set up warm and welcoming classrooms, Dana Keene and Andrea Bergan have returned to their posts in the JRE front office, and teams of teachers are planning the racial equity work for next year as well as the nuts and bolts work of teaching and learning in a still not yet out of a pandemic world.

Seattle Public Schools submitted a landmark nomination to the city landmarks board for John Rogers ES as part of the planning effort for the BEX V construction project. This is standard practice for any new building in Seattle schools and an attempt to address any hurdles a successful nomination may present.

A nomination hearing is scheduled for Aug. 18th at 3:30pm. I, along with other SPS staff would like the landmarks board to deny this nomination at the Aug. 18th hearing, as we don’t think this building meets any of the landmark criteria. It would be very helpful for the landmarks board hear directly from the school community in addition to SPS staff. Often, the board considers opinions of the school and community when they make their decision at nomination hearings.

In an attempt to start the design process with a clean slate, families could write letters/emails to the landmarks board and tell them what does not work for your students (e.g., building systems, lighting, size of the classrooms, or lack of program spaces, etc.). Letters/emails should be sent to by 3:30pm on Aug. 17th.

I plan to speak at the Aug. 18th nomination hearing sharing my thoughts on our beautiful community and the building we can create, while asking the board to deny the nomination of JRE as a historical landmark. Again, the nomination is standard practice for buildings SPS is looking to replace.

I hope you and your family can find relief from the heat and smoke of the week.

In partnership,

Brent Ostbye


John Rogers Elementary

JRE Spiritwear SALE!

Now thru May 12! Show your Otter Spirit with a John Rogers Sweatshirt or T-Shirt! We are offering four options this year: zip-up hooded sweatshirt, pull-over hooded sweatshirt, baseball style t-shirt and short sleeve t-shirt logos designed by JR parent, Kasey Free. Let’s show our Otter Pride! Submit order and payment by May 12, 2021 via PayPal or mailed check.

Order online: JRE 2021 Spirit Wear Order Form ( Submit payment via PayPal (you must calculate total cost, no tax):

After entering PayPal, select “Send”. In the “add a note” line (under $ amount), Include your child/children name(s) and SPIRIT WEAR Order details when submitting payment.

If PayPal does not work for you, MAIL checks with order details to the school to be received by Wednesday, May 12 (checks payable to John Rogers PTA). Mailing address:

John Rogers Elementary,
Attention: Spirit Wear Sale,
4030 NE 109th St, Seattle, WA 98125

Order form to include with order details if you’re mailing a check:!AthBC2ICul0dhoIrc3Th72C8jefgUA (this order form went home to hybrid students, Friday, April 30, 2021).

Spirit wear should arrive at school by early June and we will have a pick up day in June at the school. If you have outgrown your Otter sweatshirt and would like to donate it to the school, we will be happy to find a new home for it and give it to a deserving student. Questions? Kristi Yee (

JRE Otter News 4/25/21

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

4/29:                    Curbside Book Pickup (Remote students only) 4-5:30pm

3/29 – 4/30:         Submit yearbook student portraits and school pictures


8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Morning Block: 8 – 10:45 a.m.

Afternoon Block: 11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

8 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. All students will be remote each Wednesday.

For students joining us for in-person school DAILY student attestation is required.   This attestation must be completed on-line by 7:30 AM each day before school. You should receive a daily link in your inbox to use and submit.   If you have questions, please contact Ms. Dougherty in the office at 206-252-4320.  Students can NOT be dropped off at school before 8:00 AM (for morning cohort) or 11:45 AM for (for afternoon cohort).    

Per Seattle Public Schools policy, visitors/parents are NOT allowed on school grounds or in the building.   Visitors must schedule an appointment with the office 206-252-4320.   

The playground will not be open to students or families before and after school hour

Our 40 meal sites are open from 10:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m. Please check the meal distribution webpage for more information and locations

UPDATED ATTENDANCE INFORMATION: Updated April 19th – see attendance text near end of below link;


Our John Rogers Library is excited to be back in action and getting books to your amazing otter!

In-Person students: beginning 4/29 & 4/30 In-person students will be getting outside library on a cart. That’s right! Students will be able to check out 1-2 books depending on the grade level.

Remote Only students: will receive lessons on how to place holds on books online. Online only students will have access to 3 curbside pickups & coordinated pickups:

Remote Only Students: Curbside Book Pickup* (Extended Hours!) –

April 29th 4:00-5:30pm; May 13th 4:00-5:30pm; May 27th 4:00-5:30pm

*Families can pick up books on these dates, or pickup pre-checked out books in the office after each curbside. Books will be available for office pickup from 8:30-3:30pm M-F.

ALL students: will continue to receive asynchronous library lessons on Seesaw every Wednesday at 9:30am. Questions? Mrs. Burke:


This year the JR yearbook will have student portraits submitted by families. Unfortunately, there will not be the usual school pictures this year due to the Districts strict guidelines. As of today, vendors are not allowed on campus. *Simple portrait photos are due no later then APRIL 30TH PLEASE SUBMIT ASAP Use your cell phone for a quick and easy portrait submit – it takes a few minutes! Important details and submit link here: JRE 2020-21 Yearbook Photos Information | John Rogers PTA    In addition to student portraits, school-related photos are needed. See PTA link above, or, email them/questions to:



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

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:


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.

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