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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

Persuasive Writing Persuaded the PTA

We wanted to share this nice note from Principal Tom Jacoubowsky. The PTA board enjoyed hearing from our 3rd grade students, and we were happy to respond to their very persuasive request. 🙂

Another highlight of my week came when Yasmin Shirole invited me to come into her third grade class as the students were working on Persuasive Writing. One of the pieces of work shared with me was about the need for more balls for the ballroom. After reading it and feeling persuaded myself, I told the students I would read their writing at the PTA meeting that was held this past Wednesday. As promised, I read the student’s work to the PTA. They were also very persuaded by the letter, so they approved a budget of $300 to add more balls for our students to enjoy. Fantastic work by the students and thank you to the PTA for your generous contribution!