Online Back-to-School Packet

The Juana Briones Online Back-to-School Packet is now live!

Please take 30 minutes to complete the back-to-school packet!  Learn all about what it means to be a Juana Briones Bobcat, meet your PTA Board, purchase Spiritwear, sign- up for important communications, and learn how to support PTA and PiE!

¡El paquete en línea de regreso a la escuela de Juana Briones ya está disponible! ¡Por favor tómese 30 minutos para completar el paquete de regreso a la escuela! ¡Aprenda todo sobre lo que significa ser un Juana Briones Bobcat, conozca a la Junta de la PTA, compre ropa de espíritu, regístrese para comunicaciones importantes y aprenda cómo apoyar a la PTA y PiE!

Teacher Grants and Fundraising

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

TEACHER 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 our PTA  know:  ptajuanabriones@gmail.com

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.

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

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