Dine out at Tacolicious – Mondays All Month

Our school’s favorite taco place at 632 Emerson Street – Tacolicious – will donate 15% of Monday’s proceeds all month to our PTA and one other elementary school in Palo Alto.

Just dine in or order “Pick-Up” directly and our school will benefit. Spread the word and tell your friends! Tacolicious is a great local organization to support as they’ve given over $1 Million to public schools as part of their School Project. If you have any large catering orders that you can place on Mondays, those count too! Contact our PTA for more details on how to include large orders in the program.

Teacher Grants and Fundraising

We have some exciting news to share about our PTA fundraising and teacher support grants!


With your support, this September and January the PTA is able to award $2,000 in Teacher Grants.  In September, the $2,000 was awarded to:

1.Hilary Mark, Nancy Felch, Julie Griffin
 (Reading Specialists): for Hi/Low reading materials for students in Grades 3-5 who are reading below benchmark;
2. Julie Griffin (Librarian): 2 author events and one book per classroom;
3. Hillary Mark (Reading Specialist):  “Lending Library” of shared resources for teachers and aides (word study, phonics, reading); and
4.  Julia Hughes:  partial funding for Blue Bots with a recharging station and activity mats.

Julie, Hillary, Julia , and Nancy were extremely grateful for these Teacher Grants.  Also, PTA Co-Presidents Gaya and Ginnie would like to pass on a thank-you to all of the PTA volunteers and donors who have made those grants possible. 

(Note: If you would like to be part of the Teacher Grant review committee in January: reviewing the grant applications and making a recommendation to the PTA Executive Board, please let Ginnie know.)


Not only do the Great Gatherings build our community, they also raised $17,000 for PTA!  Thank you for your support.  Plus, some events still have spaces available.  Sign up HERE! (Click on ‘Adults Only,’ ‘Children,’ or ‘Families’ to see the list of events in each category.)

Restaurant Night at State of Mind

Bobcat Restaurant Night! 
101 Plaza N, Los Altos 

11:30 AM – 10:00 PM 
Either Dine In or *Take Out!
*Does not apply to GrubHub orders 

Present this flyer
or identify yourself as a supporter of Juana Briones PTA and 15% of your purchases will be donated to Juana Briones Elementary School PTA!

Small Bobcat Fact:

The owners of State of Mind Pizzeria are Bobcat Alumni!
Support Local!

Halloween Parade

Don’t forget the Halloween Parade, a favorite Briones tradition! Children should wear their costumes to school and bring clothes to change into after the parade. (Remember that weapons of any kind are not allowed.) The festivities start at 8:30 am on the blacktop. Happy Halloween!

Sign Up Online for Great Gatherings

Did you miss the Harvest Festival and want to sign up for some Great Gatherings?  You’re in luck, because some events still have slots available. (And don’t forget to sponsor a teacher to attend the Juana Gala and/or donate a book to our library!)

Sign up for Great Gatherings ’19-’20 here!

Remember, Great Gatherings are community-building activities that take place throughout the year, hosted by both Briones PTA and Briones parents. These events aren’t just a great way to get to know other families in the Briones community — they also help the PTA pay for educational assemblies, classroom supplies, library books, musical instruments, and much more. In fact, Great Gatherings is the largest PTA fundraiser of the year!

Harvest Festival

Thanks to everyone who attended the Harvest Festival and the army of volunteers who made it happen! Families enjoyed carnival games, delicious food, bounce houses for all ages and abilities, a fantastic school Talent Show, and much more!

If you took pictures during the festival, please upload them here for the Yearbook:  2019 Harvest Festival Pictures