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.

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 to sign up.

Here are some contacts just in case you have questions:

Volunteer Co-Chair – Candice at

Ticketing Co-Chair – Lakshmi at

Talent Show – Gayla at

Great Gatherings Co-Chair – Ginnie at

Other questions – Lama at

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:

Questions? Contact Mary Crum at

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:

Questions? Contact Sofia Montejo at

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!