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July 28th Newletter from Principal Brent Ostbye

Dear John Rogers Families,

I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful Seattle weather. With the extended time with my family, we’ve been doing quite a bit of reading. In fact, we just finished reading aloud the book Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga. My wife reported that she left some words out when the author was describing the war from which the family was fleeing. While you may want to heed the publisher’s recommended age ranges (8-12), we felt the story was important for our four and six year old to hear. Harlan, who will be in first grade next year, reported that he liked that the book was happy and sad at the same time.

As Superintendent Juneau has recommended full distance learning this fall. We have committees hard at work to plan what distance instruction looks like as well as what our routines and procedures will look like moving forward.We also have committees meeting that will determine specific ways we will measure student learning, what we will do if students haven’t mastered something and what we will do if they have.

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the Building Leadership Team (BLT), Jessica Zou has graciously volunteered to serve, but if another parent is interested, we’d love to have them. If you speak Spanish, Amharic or Tigrinya, we’d love your help on BLT. If you are interested, please let me know.

A PDF of slides of July 8th community Zoom meeting is available by clicking here:  Staffing Presentation to Parents

Finally you can find Seattle Public Schools updates, resources and information regarding the upcoming school year, which will be updated weekly or as new information becomes available. This link Coronavirus Resources for Families and Students was distributed by the Public Affairs office last Friday.

In closing, please send me any recommendations of books that you enjoy reading aloud with your family. We are especially interested in learning about different cultures and nature. Enjoy the rest of what is sure to be fantastic weather this week.

In partnership,

Brent Ostbye


John Rogers Elementary

2019-2020 Yearbook Orders and Purchase

Yes,  there will be a yearbook! Click on the link to order, submit and you will be directed  to our Paypal in the confirmation message.  Price is $11. The deadline to order is May 22.

As always we do our best to make sure every child has a yearbook, so if you would like to sponsor an extra yearbook or two you can include that on the order form. Yearbooks will be distributed at the end of June.

Questions? Please email Shaunna Stone at

Yearbook Order Form:

Paypal link (just in case you miss it):


JR Annual Spring Auction – RESCHEDULED!!! May 30th!!

Annual Spring Auction 2020 – Garden Glam!

The John Rogers PTA invites staff, families and friends to a fun night out to support our
school.  The auction is an adult-only event and our school’s primary fundraiser of the
year, earning up to 80% of our PTA budget each year.  Tickets for the auction are
purchased in advance and include dinner and open bar.  The event is a great opportunity
for you to socialize with other parents and staff while also helping raise money to benefit
our students’ education.

SAVE THE DATE!!  RESCHEDULED!!!  Saturday, May 30th at the Mountaineers Club at Sand Point…The night will consist of both a silent auction and a live auction, with something for
everyone! Items up for bid include almost anything you can think of – restaurants,
sporting events, handmade items, unique experiences for children and adults, classroom
projects, experiences with teachers and staff, and even a few vacation getaways! Whether
you choose to participate in the bidding or not, it is always highly entertaining to watch!

Last year we raised over $70,000 for the school!  Those fundraising efforts helped us
fund tutoring programs, art and science enrichment, library books, classroom supplies,
community and family events and much more.

How can I participate?
There are many ways for each of our John Rogers families to ensure the success of the
event again this year:
* Attend the Auction!  Tickets are on sale now!
* Donate! Can’t attend the event but still want to donate money?  Have a friend or family
member that would like to donate?  Every year we choose a specific budget item as our
Fund-a-Need and the funds raised are designated for this item – this year we’re focusing
on Community Enrichment.  You have the opportunity to donate at any amount you
choose whether you attend the Auction or not, and ALL Fund-a-Need donations are
100% tax deductible.
* Ask your company to match your donation! Many companies offer a program that will
match your donations to non-profits organizations.  Please check with your company to
see if they have a matching gift program!
* Procure items!  We are looking for desirable, unique and high-quality donations of all
sizes and are asking EVERYONE to think through their entire network of family, friends
and colleagues – anyone you know that might have access to popular and/or creative
auction items.  Do you know someone with a cabin or vacation home who is willing to
donate a week or weekend.  Don’t be afraid to solicit beyond local businesses! If you
want to be part of the procurement team or have a business in mind, email us so we can make sure there are no redundancies and so we can support you with a procurement
* Make something! We’re really excited about a portion of the auction called the John Rogers Marketplace. Think affordable, handmade, local, homegrown treasures from our
own community.
* Host an Otter Party! These are fun events where you find an activity and auction off spots to attend! Past parties have included soap making, art projects, karaoke night, backyard BBQ’s, and more!                                                                                                                                                        * Bake (or Buy) a Dessert! We need dessert for the evening Dessert Dash to auction off!
* Volunteer! We need lots of hands to make this work. Can you help us set up before the
auction (May 30th from 1pm-5pm)? Would you like to help at the auction itself (and
get in for free with your own bid card)? If so, please contact Christi Schwend

JR Information and Upcoming Events

Seattle Public Schools is sending daily emails to families with updated information about the COVID-19 virus. If you are not receiving these emails, you may call the school office to update your email address or access the information through this link: SPS COVID updates: COVID-19 SPS Update

During this time, we ask that all visitors/volunteers entering the building wash their hands upon arrival. There is a list of additional suggestions for visitors inside the sign-in book in the office. Thank you for your cooperation!

Attendance reminder – please notify the office if your child is not going to be at school. Email or call 206-252-4320.

CONSTRUCTION IN OUR COMMUNITY – Seattle City Light crews will install underground electrical conduits and cables on 35th Avenue/NE 110th Street (across from Nathan Hale High School). This work is tentatively scheduled to start in mid-March 2020 and last approximately 8 weeks. Daily work hours are 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There is expected temporary parking, sidewalk and traffic restrictions during the project. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic. For more information: 35thAve Flier-FINAL.pdf

VOUCHERS FOR FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES – Fresh Bucks Voucher Program is open for applications! Eligible participants receive 4 – $10 vouchers each month to spend on fresh fruits/vegetables at participating retailers including local farmers markets. Apply online or by phone between March 2 and March 31. For more information: call 1-800-756-5437 or visit


PTA MEETING 3/17 – The next PTA meeting is Tuesday, 3/17 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria. Please come to hear staff updates, get information about upcoming events, enrichment activities for students and families. All are welcome.

MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH ASSEMBLY 3/26 – 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders music assembly at 1:40 PM at John Rogers. Updated to Thursday, 3/26.

THE GARDEN GLAM AUCTION IS 3/27! The John Rogers Annual Auction, Garden Glam is Friday, 3/27. Come join the community for a fun, adult-only night! Make new friends with other parents while raising funds for our children’s education. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit us at:

The PTA shares a 4-part story series about our beloved school and the purpose of the PTA and its events with our community. Everybody will have a chance to learn more about our children’s learning experience at school. Stories will be sent home via kid mail and posted online

BOOK-IT REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS – An Ode to the Fresh Cut Tuesday, 3/24 John Rogers Cafeteria 9:00 AM. John Rogers Families are welcome!

STEAM NIGHT DATE CHANGE TO 4/3 – STEAM night has been changed to Friday, April 3 from 6-7:30. Please contact Tess if you are interested in presenting at this fun family event!

4/13 – 4/17 Spring Break NO SCHOOL

Go Otters!

JR Upcoming Events and Information

2/25 PTA MEETING – The next PTA meeting is Tuesday, 2/25 at 6:30 in the cafeteria. Please come to hear staff updates and get information about upcoming events, enrichment activities for students and families.

2/26 PIZZA FUNDRAISER Papa Murphy’s Pizza will donate a percentage of sales to support 5th grade camp for next year! Where: 3000 NE 127th Street (near Lake City post office) When: Wed. 2/26 from: 11am- 8:30pm. Mention John Rogers when purchasing! Questions?

2/28 PTA GRANTS DUE – The PTA awards 6 grants for up to $400 for community building, school enrichment and support. Any parent or staff is eligible to apply. Applications are in the office. The due date is 2/28 and grants will be awarded on 3/3. Questions? Karen:

3/4 at 6 PM HERITAGE NIGHT – Your child should have brought home the poster project. If you’d like to help with the event, please contact Andrea Bergan at or the office. We’d love to have families set up displays, share art, or perform – dance, music, reading!

3/5 –  3rd GRADE TALENT SHOW 8:30 AM

3/16 MEADOWBROOK TRACK PRACTICE – Sign up now for Meadowbrook Track Program (at Meadowbrook Community Center)! All levels welcome! Ages 5-14. First practice 3/16. Practices M/W 6-7:30 at Nathan Hale track. Great coaches, reasonably priced and lots of fun!

3/24 BOOK-IT REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS – An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Tuesday, March 24, 2020. John Rogers Cafeteria 9:00 AM. John Rogers Families are welcome!

3/27 MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH ASSEMBLY – 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders assembly at 1:40 PM

3/27 THE GARDEN GLAM AUCTION IS COMING! School Annual Auction, Garden Glam by the PTA is on March 27 at the nearby Magnuson Mountaineer Club. Come join the community for a fun night! Make new friends with other parents while raising funds for our children’s education. Purchase tickets at the link below STARTING 2/24’Garden%20Glam’

4/9 STEAM NIGHT – This year STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) night is Thursday, 4/9 (6-7:30 pm). We need presenters to make this event a success! If you have experience in any of these fields and would like to present at STEAM night, email Tess (

DONATION REQUEST – We need swim goggles and swim shirts. We provide extra swimsuits, towels and swim shirts for kids who forget to bring their own. Donations can be dropped off in the office. Questions?

SHOP ON AMAZON AND SUPPORT THE JOHN ROGERS PTA! Amazon will contribute a portion of your purchases to the John Rogers PTA. It’s easy to bookmark the link on your computer, use it for your regular Amazon shopping and support the PTA! AmazonSmile…After selecting John Rogers PTA, bookmark this link:

BOX TOP$ FOR EDUCATION – Box Tops has a new app! Scan grocery receipts to earn $$$ for John Rogers. Let’s get scanning! If you have actual box tops, drop them off at the collection box in the school entry, under the bulletin board. The collection box will be phased out soon.