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.

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!