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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Briones

We have wonderful news on the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) front. Thanks to your kind donations to the PTA, we are piloting several SEL programs at our school this year.

SEL

Why SEL? Studies have shown SEL can positively impact social behaviors and attitudes, teamwork skills and academic performance. Studies also have shown that students exposed to SEL “have fewer conduct problems, less emotional distress and lower drug use among other benefits.” Check out the CASEL website for more information.

Kimochis

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Jen Baker, our school counselor, will be piloting the Kimochis SEL Curriculum in K-2nd this year.

Growth Mindset

April McCandless (2nd grade), Julia Hughes (2nd grade) and Sarah Noonan (3rd grade) will be piloting the Growing Early Mindsets (GEM) curriculum this year.

Tom Culbertson (4th grade) and Jaclyn Petty (4th grade) will be piloting the award-winning Brainology curriculum this year as well. This is a growth mindset curriculum based on the pioneering work of Carol Dweck.

To learn more about Growth Mindset, please check out these parent education materials.

Other Programs

This is all in addition to Responsive Classroom and Project Cornerstone, programs that have been and continue to be supported by the school and district.

It is so exciting and it is all thanks to you, our wonderful parents, PTA, teachers, and principal.

For parent resources, check out this guide to learn more.

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.

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

Welcome, new families!

Actually, whether you’re new to Juana Briones or not, welcome! Here are some tips to help with the transition to school (or back to school).

Join us for the welcome back party: Sunday, August 12th
The annual “Welcome Back Party” will happen on Sunday, August 12, 4:30-6:00 PM. This is an opportunity to see old friends, to meet new ones, and see the class placements for the 2018-2019 school year. The PTA will host a popsicle party and new family treasure hunt to help your student get familiar with Briones!

Stop by the principal’s welcome: Tuesday, August 14th
Tuesday, August 14th is the first day of school! Classes begin at 8:15 AM, but please arrive early for community coffee and conversation from 7:30-8:15 AM. Then stay for the principal’s welcome in the MP room, 8:30-9:00 AM.

Look out for the PTA welcome packet
Your PTA Back-to-School Welcome Packet will include information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and membership information. Back-to-School packets will come home with your students in their backpacks on the first day of school.

Reach out if you have questions
Our School Office staff has returned. You may email your questions to our School Secretary, Kathryn Ames(kames@pausd.org), our School Clerk, Sharon Fisher (sfisher@pausd.org), or Briones Principal Katy Bimpson (kbimpson@pausd.org). You may also call the Briones Office at 650-856-0877.

And join the PTA!
Your membership makes a difference! The mission of the Briones PTA is to support our childrens’ learning environment and build a stronger school community.

243 Trees Planted

Working with TreeRing and their partner, Trees for the Future, the Juana Briones community had 243 trees planted in our name!

TreeRing Green Yearbook School

And although it’s summer, you can still purchase your 2017-2018 Juana Briones yearbook online! Get started by clicking on this banner to get a book shipped directly to your home:

Click to buy your yearbook now!

P.S. If you need help, please contact support@treering.com