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!

Remembering Maria Eichler

Dear Briones Families,

Thank you so much for all the support and care you have given the Juana Briones community after the sad news of the passing of our long-time secretary, Maria Eichler.

Maria was such an important part of the Briones family for 30 years and she is greatly missed. The family has setup a scholarship fund in her memory through the PTA.

For more information, please see this page about the Maria Eichler Scholarship.

Thank you again for all of your thoughts and support.


Tom Jacoubowsky
Juana Briones Principal

PiE Rally Days – Challenge Grant

Did you know that Palo Alto PiE (Partners in Education) pays for the Briones art teachers, science teacher, and all classroom aides?

Every gift to PiE counts, and helps to make our school programs possible. The deadline for the Challenge Grant has been extended – gifts and pledges made by October 23rd will be matched by a $235,000 Rally Days Challenge Grant. This is the final Challenge Grant for the year!

Please donate or make a pledge today at:

Room Parents Needed!

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that is sure to give you better connections to your child’s class and to the wider school? Do you want a position that’s rewarding but has a lot of flexibility? You might be a great fit for room parent!

This is a vital position the helps facilitate communication within your child’s classroom. Much of the work is done via email and the time commitment is generally only a few hours per month, so it’s doable even if you aren’t able to be on campus during the day.

Responsibilities include:
  • Coordinate the communication of important school and PTA announcements and information with parents in your class.
  • Act as the main point of contact for your teacher and help coordinate parent support for classroom needs.
  • Organize the classroom gifts for your teacher and aide.
  • Serve as the point of contact for your classroom with the yearbook committee and the Great Gatherings team.
Please join us for a Room Parent Training Session to learn more!

Each session will be roughly 30 minutes, held at the drop-off at the tables outside the MP room. You’ll get an overview of the responsibilities and have an opportunity to ask questions and decide if you’d like to volunteer!

  • Tues, Aug 29th, 8:30 am
  • Weds, Sept 6th, 8:30 am