Harvest Festival 2018

Harvest Festival online ordering is here!!! Come spend the afternoon at the biggest, most fun PTA funded event of the year!

Ten things you don’t want to miss at the Harvest Festival

Date: October 20th, 2018
Time: 2:30 to 5:30pm
Where: Juana Briones Elementary School.
Who: Children of all ages and abilities and their families!

Buy your wristbands early and save! Stock up on harvest dollars as well!! (12-15 harvest dollars recommended per person)


Join your friends and their families for carnival games, a climbing wall, inflatable slide, the extreme rush obstacle course, relay races, potato sack races, bubble mania, pumpkin decorating, face painting, snow globe making and more. We will have homemade tamales, pizza, popcorn, cotton candy and of course, our wonderful bake sale! The kids will put on an incredible talent show.

Most importantly, sign up for Great Gatherings. This year promises to be full of wonderful and inspiring events for adults and kids! Check out the Great Gatherings brochure to see all the fantastic events!

We need volunteers to make this event a success! It cannot run without everyone’s helping hands. We specifically need help with games (esp 4:30 to 5:30pm), set up and clean up. Also, sign up here to contribute an item to the bake sale.

Volunteer Now!

Have an amazing talent? Have your Bobcats showcase their talents at the annual Harvest Festival Talent Show. Email Gayla at gweng@stanford.edu to sign up.

Here are some contacts just in case you have questions:

Volunteer Co-Chair – Candice at tanwheeler@gmail.com

Ticketing Co-Chair – Lakshmi at lakshmim@gmail.com

Talent Show – Gayla at gweng@stanford.edu

Great Gatherings Co-Chair – Ginnie at ginniecaselli@msn.com

Other questions – Lama at lrimawi1@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you on October 20th!

The Harvest Festival Team

Project Cornerstone – for parents and caregivers!

Palo Alto Unified School District is offering a free series of parent meetings open to all parents and caregivers. Join Project Cornerstone’s engaging workshop – Take It Personally, starting on Wednesday, October 10th from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Juana Briones Elementary School. You do not need to be a parent from Briones School, just an adult who cares about all kids.

We know that your strong family is the best predictor of your children’s success. Parents and caregivers need fresh ideas that work to keep families close, as children grow. Come learn new tools for strengthening your relationships with children and youth in this 6-week workshop facilitated by Project Cornerstone. Each week we will share, discuss, and practice ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships that help youth succeed in school, friendships, and life!

Learn tools you can use now – to strengthen your family connections and help young people thrive. Please note, if mornings do not work for you, Addison is offering the same program in the evenings starting October 11th and the information for that workshop is included below as well.

Class Title: Take It Personally

Dates: Wednesdays: October 10, 17, 24, 31, and November 7, 14

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Place/Host: Juana Briones Elementary School

Workshop paid for by District & donations / Suggested donation for workbook & materials: $20.00

Sign Up today: https://tinyurl.com/z2xoec9

Questions? Contact Mary Crum at Mary@projectcornerstone.org

Class Title: Take It Personally

Dates: Thursdays: October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15

Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Place/Host: Addison Elementary School

Workshop paid for by District & donations / Suggested donation for workbook & materials: $20.00

Sign Up today: https://tinyurl.com/z2xoec9

Questions? Contact Sofia Montejo at sofia@projectcornerstone.org

Ice Cream Social 2018

The Ice Cream Social for 2018 is happening this Monday evening, September 17, from 5:30-7:00PM! Teachers will be on hand to scoop ice cream and families will also enjoy a delicious pizza dinner.

Purchase your advance tickets here!

The Ice Cream Social is one of the favorite PTA-sponsored events! This annual event comes at the perfect time when we’ve all settled into the routines of Fall but the heat is still lingering.

Be sure to order tickets ahead of time to take advantage of the short will-call line. Pizza will be served and water will be available. Bring your yellow reusable Briones cups (also available for $1 at event).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join the PTA 2018-2019

Now that the school year has started, we would like to invite all community members to join the Juana Briones PTA — your membership truly makes a difference! (Read more about why joining the PTA matters.)

The Briones PTA works closely with the principal and teachers throughout the year, and funds a variety of school events, activities, and supplies, including:

  • School assemblies with performers and educators like Playing with Poetry and the Lawrence Hall of Science.
  • Community-building events like Harvest Festival, Great Gatherings, First Day Coffee, Ice Cream Social, Book Fair, and Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • Supplies and equipment like musical instruments, a sound system, supplies for the Maker Cart, sports equipment, and many more.

(Read more about the PTA programs.)

By joining the PTA, you have a voice in the programs we support — and it’s easy. Just fill out the printed one-check form and return it to the office, or (new this year) fill out the membership form online!

You’ll see a suggested donation amount on that form, but donations in any amount make a difference. Our goal is for all families to join, participate, and feel welcome at Juana Briones!

Welcome, new families!

Actually, whether you’re new to Juana Briones or not, welcome! Here are some tips to help with the transition to school (or back to school).

Join us for the welcome back party: Sunday, August 12th
The annual “Welcome Back Party” will happen on Sunday, August 12, 4:30-6:00 PM. This is an opportunity to see old friends, to meet new ones, and see the class placements for the 2018-2019 school year. The PTA will host a popsicle party and new family treasure hunt to help your student get familiar with Briones!

Stop by the principal’s welcome: Tuesday, August 14th
Tuesday, August 14th is the first day of school! Classes begin at 8:15 AM, but please arrive early for community coffee and conversation from 7:30-8:15 AM. Then stay for the principal’s welcome in the MP room, 8:30-9:00 AM.

Look out for the PTA welcome packet
Your PTA Back-to-School Welcome Packet will include information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and membership information. Back-to-School packets will come home with your students in their backpacks on the first day of school.

Reach out if you have questions
Our School Office staff has returned. You may email your questions to our School Secretary, Kathryn Ames(kames@pausd.org), our School Clerk, Sharon Fisher (sfisher@pausd.org), or Briones Principal Katy Bimpson (kbimpson@pausd.org). You may also call the Briones Office at 650-856-0877.

And join the PTA!
Your membership makes a difference! The mission of the Briones PTA is to support our childrens’ learning environment and build a stronger school community.