COVID-19 Community Efforts


Over the summer, the PTA put together this website for Juana Briones Families needing rental, food, medical, and utilities support.  Covid-19 Support & Resources Website

Please check back often for updated information.

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!

Durante el verano, la PTA creó este sitio web para las familias de Juana Briones que necesitan apoyo para alquiler, alimentos servicios médicos y servicios públicos. Sitio web de recursos y apoyo de Covid-19 Por favor vuelva a consultar con fruecuencia para obtener informacion actualizada. Estas organizaciones locales están intensificando sus esfuerzos para apoyar a las familias necesitadas debido a la pérdida de ingresos en este momento. ¡Las donaciones en cualquier cantidad u horas de voluntario harán una diferencia!

Covid-19 Support & Resources Website

Teacher Grants and Fundraising

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

Good Eggs Fundraiser

Our school has the opportunity to work with Good Eggs on a two month fundraiser! GE is a grocery delivery service that works directly with farmers in CA and delivers to your door. They also have meal kits for those of you that may be too busy to cook!

Here’s how it works: During the months of October and November, 5% of sales using our code JBGE19 will go directly to our school.

How do families enroll? To enroll in the fundraiser, parents need to visit and enter the code JBGE19 before placing an order. You only need to do this once, and then 5% will be donated back for all subsequent orders from October 1 through November 30. Plus, new customers will receive $20 off their first order!

The more people we sign up, the more money we can raise for PTA programs, so please pass the code JBGE19 along to friends, neighbors, or anyone who may be interested, even if they already use Good Eggs. The more the merrier!

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.

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.