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

Harvest Festival Volunteers Needed

Harvest Festival is almost here, and

Carnival Games, Jumpy House & Slide, Obstacle Course, Snow Cone, Popcorn & Cotton Candy Machines all need volunteers to make the Harvest Festival a success!

Click this link to sign up directly or contact Candice Wheeler tanwheeler@gmail.com to volunteer at this event!

DATE: Saturday, October 19th
TIME: 2:30 to 5:30 pm
WHERE: Juana Briones Elementary School
WHO: Children of all ages & abilities, and their families!

Donations & recycling

Green Team Up-Cycle Drive and Student Council Coat & Food Drive!

As a part of our amazing Bobcat community, we are focused on teaching our kids the importance of going green and helping others in our community.  This Harvest Festival we are making sure we do just that by having donation drives. Have your kids help you go through your closets, toy storage, cupboards and pantries this weekend!

1. Prize Drive.  Donate gently used toys to be re-used as Carnival Game prizes!  Children’s books, board games, and small toys (smaller than your hand – party favors, bouncy balls, figurines, hot wheel cars, etc.).

2. Halloween Costume Share Faire.  Donate good condition costumes and accessories and get a “new to you” up-cycled costume!

3.  Used Spiritwear.  Outgrown spiritwear still in good shape?  Recycle it at our station.  Drop it in the recycle bin.  If you see something you like, take it!

Collection boxes for these items will be outside the main office at drop-off and pick-up this Monday Oct 14th and Friday Oct 18th.  Please contact the Green Team if you have any questions: brionesgreenteam@gmail.com

4.  Coat Drive.  Donate your outgrown winter coats to our Briones Student Council Coat Drive!  Gently used adult and child sized coats are being accepted through Friday Oct 18th in your child’s classroom or bring them to the Coat Drive rack near ticketing at the Harvest Festival on Oct 19th.  

5.  Second Harvest Food Bank Drive.  The Harvest Festival is a special event where our Juana Briones community comes together to create memories.  We know the high cost of living in Silicon Valley can force some families to sacrifice putting food on the table in order to pay for critical expenses, making memories take a backseat to simply surviving.  Let’s help our neighbors by providing healthy food they may not normally be able to afford.  Please bring your non-perishable food items to the collection bins near ticketing during the Harves t Festival on Oct 19th.  You can also donate online at Second Harvest Food Bank Harvest Festival Campaign.

Examples of healthy non-perishable foods: Canned foods with pop-top lids including:  Tuna, salmon, or chicken; Fruit in its own juice or water; Low sodium vegetables; Soup, stew or chili. Also:Peanut butter; Olive or canola oil; Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, salt- free spice blends); Low sugar whole grain cereals; Nutritious snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit); Bottled water.