Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Briones

We have wonderful news on the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) front. Thanks to your kind donations to the PTA, we are piloting several SEL programs at our school this year.


Why SEL? Studies have shown SEL can positively impact social behaviors and attitudes, teamwork skills and academic performance. Studies also have shown that students exposed to SEL “have fewer conduct problems, less emotional distress and lower drug use among other benefits.” Check out the CASEL website for more information.


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Jen Baker, our school counselor, will be piloting the Kimochis SEL Curriculum in K-2nd this year.

Growth Mindset

April McCandless (2nd grade), Julia Hughes (2nd grade) and Sarah Noonan (3rd grade) will be piloting the Growing Early Mindsets (GEM) curriculum this year.

Tom Culbertson (4th grade) and Jaclyn Petty (4th grade) will be piloting the award-winning Brainology curriculum this year as well. This is a growth mindset curriculum based on the pioneering work of Carol Dweck.

To learn more about Growth Mindset, please check out these parent education materials.

Other Programs

This is all in addition to Responsive Classroom and Project Cornerstone, programs that have been and continue to be supported by the school and district.

It is so exciting and it is all thanks to you, our wonderful parents, PTA, teachers, and principal.

For parent resources, check out this guide to learn more.

Winter Lodge Ice Skating

Come Join the Fun at Winter Lodge!
Friday, March 8th
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Come get a taste of winter on the ice for this very popular, Family Ice Skating night.

Bundle up for fun on or off the ice with ice skating
($20 includes skate rental, no tickets needed if not skating),
pizza ($2 per slice), bake sale, complimentary hot chocolate,
plus Arts & Crafts (new this year!).


We need your help!
If you are interested in baking or volunteering, sign up here:

HURRY! PRE-ORDER closes on March 6th!

Save the date for the Juana Gala

Juana Gala!
Save the Date: March 9, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM – Midnight!


Come as a flapper or come as you are,
Dress as a gangster or silent screen star.
It’s going to be fun – no matter the dress,
Just bring yourself, we’ll take care of the rest!

Get dolled up in your swankiest 20’s or black tie attire and join us for a roaring good time! Live Jazz Band, Cocktails, Heavy Hors-de-Hovers, and Briones Alumni. Adults Only Affair.

$75.00 per person, includes two complimentary cocktails, heavy appetizers, and dancing to a LIVE BAND!

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW. Get them before they’re gone!



WHO: All current Juana Briones Teachers, Students and Families! Recommended age is 7+

WHEN: December 5th (5:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

WHERE: Laser Quest on Capital Expressway, San Jose & Round Table Pizza

WHAT: Buy a ticket for $10.00, per person -OR- $30.00 per family. Play laser tag for the whole evening (in one hour time slots). Coordinate with your friends and teachers and sign-up for as many one hour time slots as you would like to play. Spots are limited to the first 100 people per hour to sign up. Time slots are as follows: (5:00 – 6:00) (6:00 – 7:00) (7:00 – 8:00) (8:00 – 9:00).


STEP ONE: Sign up for as many time slots as you and your friends would like to play that evening. ONE HOUR SLOTS SIGN UP HERE

STEP TWO: Pay $10.00 per person (or $30.00 per family), for the evening of laser tag on the JUANA BRIONES 3DCART STORE!

ROUND TABLE PIZZA: Round Table Pizza (a few doors down from Laser Quest) will be sponsoring a Juana Briones Restaurant Night that evening, from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM, with 15% of proceeds going to the PTA.

Juana Briones PTA Endorses Measure Z

The Juana Briones PTA endorses Measure Z on the November ballot, to upgrade classrooms, science and engineering labs, and other school facilities in Palo Alto Unified School District.

We live in one of the best school districts in California and the nation. Ten years ago, voters overwhelmingly approved the Strong Schools Bond Measure to fund improvements to aging schools. These projects were completed on time and on budget. However, this measure was only intended to address the first half of facility needs identified at that time.

Measure Z is the next step in the plan to upgrade our schools. Voting Yes on Z provides dedicated local funding to complete the next phase of repairs and improvements, so our schools remain safe, accessible and able to support 21st-century learning standards.
Ensure school facilities are accessible for students with disabilities and equitable for all.

Vote YES on Z to:

  • Upgrade schools to current seismic safety standards to help keep students safe in an earthquake
  • Complete needed repairs and renovations at school facilities by replacing aging roofs, plumbing, electrical, heating and ventilation systems
  • Increase school safety and security by upgrading re alarms, door locks and emergency communication systems to meet current standards
  • Provide classrooms and labs to support up-to-date science, technology, engineering and robotics instruction
  • Provide up-to-date facilities to maintain outstanding performing and visual arts programs

Measure Z Requires Strict Fiscal Accountability

  • By law, all funds must stay local and no money can be taken away by the State. No funds can be used for administrators’ salaries, pensions or benefits
  • An independent citizens’ oversight committee and annual audits are mandatory to ensure funds are spent as promised.

Please join us in supporting the continued success of our students by voting Yes on Z.