Kindergarten Playdate

When: Saturday, August 10th; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Where: Kinder yard behind kinder classrooms

This is a friendly reminder that our Kindergarten playdate is Saturday, August 10th from 10:00AM-11:30AM, in the kinder yard behind rooms 1, 2, and 3.

Spring Picnic 2019

Join Us for the Briones Open House and Community Picnic!

On Tuesday, May 14th from 6:00-7:30PM, we invite you to bring your own dinner and join fellow Bobcats for a bring-your-own picnic, followed by an Open House event where you will be able to attend your child(ren)’s classroom(s) to see all of the amazing things they’ve learned this year! 

6:00-6:30: Picnic!

6:30-7:00: Spend time in your child’s classroom

7:00-7:30: If you have another student at Briones, spend time their classroom. If you do not have another student, you can choose to see the learning that has happened in another classroom.

International Fair 2019

Dear Briones families, we are looking forward to seeing all of you for our annual International Fair on Sunday March 24 from 1 to 4PM. We have lots in store for you!

Come and celebrate the diversity that makes Juana Briones so special! Host a table about your country, make a dish for our delicious international potluck, or participate in the international costume parade. This is an opportunity to share your culture with everyone in the school and learn about other cultures from around the world.

In addition to the food and the country tables, we are hoping many students and parents will sign up for the international costume parade and performance! Parents and children are welcome to perform!

We will also be celebrating the Indian festival of Holi starting at 3:30PM. Everyone participating in the Holi festivities will play with dry food-grade colors and will need a change of clothes and you will need towels to cover your vehicle seats on your way home. Everyone participating will also need to shower at home afterwards.

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.


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.


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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.

Winter Lodge Ice Skating

Come Join the Fun at Winter Lodge!
Friday, March 8th
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Come get a taste of winter on the ice for this very popular, Family Ice Skating night.

Bundle up for fun on or off the ice with ice skating
($20 includes skate rental, no tickets needed if not skating),
pizza ($2 per slice), bake sale, complimentary hot chocolate,
plus Arts & Crafts (new this year!).


We need your help!
If you are interested in baking or volunteering, sign up here:

HURRY! PRE-ORDER closes on March 6th!