COVID-19 PTA Programs in March


The PTA is working on multiple programs to support both our Juana Briones community and our wider community. We invite all Briones families to join us in volunteering or donating if you’re able to do so. 

Donate directly to Briones families

Through our Food Drive immediately after school closures, we were able to raise enough funds to give $100 gift cards to 20 Briones families in need. If you would like to continue to offer support, you can do so through our online store. 100% of the funds go directly to the families. 

Join a support committee

We have volunteers working on a number of programs, and we need your help too! Sign up for eNEWS for updates or email to get started. We are:

  • Picking up PAUSD lunches and delivering them to families who are not able to make the pick-up.
  • Helping families set up their WIFI access and identifying those without devices.
  • Working with teachers to print out and mail work packets to families without printers.
  • Putting Palo Alto families who have self identified in touch with local services to feed their families.
  • Working with other PTA leaders to determine how to assemble and distribute school supplies before Spring Break and to help provide meals during this time.
  • Establishing relationships with the South Palo Alto Food Bank and our families in need, to get food picked up by families.
  • Working with Google to become part of its FEMA efforts.
  • Setting up the Weekly Challenges on Facebook and on the Google Powerpoint document and building more virtual socialization activities.

COVID-19 Community Efforts


These local organizations are all ramping up efforts to support families in need due to loss of income at this time. Donations in any amount or volunteer hours will make a difference!

Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) published a wishlist of items they are in most need of at this time. Please consider dropping off items or simply donating money. 

The Second Harvest Food Bank will be a major source of food for our most vulnerable families. Please consider supporting their much needed efforts with donations or volunteer time.

The Ravenswood Community Foundation (REF) is establishing an emergency fund to provide financial relief related to the school closures for families in the Ravenswood School District. 

Your donation to the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula will help them distribute dinners and grocery boxes to families in need.

RISE works closely with families and educators in East Palo Alto to support students from infancy through college. 

Ice Skating & Bake Sale at Winter Lodge

March 21, 2020, 5:30-7:30pm
Winter Lodge, Middlefield Road
Early Bird Pricing by Mar 16th:
$22/person, Winter Lodge’s fee for skate rental and 2 hours skating.
$3/person, spectator, includes ticket for slice of pizza and hot cocoa
Purchase Ice Skating Tickets HERE!

**Volunteers are critical for this event to be a success. Please consider in helping in making this event a success by volunteering the night of or bringing baked goods for the bake sale!
Winter Lodge Volunteers and Bake Sale Sign Up

Math Night, PTA Meeting, and Date Night

First, join us on Tuesday, February 25 for dinner and child care sponsored by the PTA!

We’ll hold a quick (but important!) PTA Meeting @ 5:15pm. Please join us to make sure your voice is heard in budget decisions for next year.

Then, head on over to the MP room for Family Math Night. This free event is accessible for all ages, with math-based games and activities the whole family can enjoy.

Then, make it a date night on Friday, February 28! Drop your kids off in the MP Room in their pajamas for pizza, popcorn, refreshments, and the movie Abominable with their friends! It’s three hours of free time for you and a Pajama Movie Party for them! It’s a win/win. 4th Grade PTA Parents will be supervising.
Friday, February 28, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
$40.00 per child
Purchase tickets here:  Tickets to Parent Night Out!

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.