Newsletter February 9, 2017

Hi JOES Community,  welcome to the very first Jose Ortega newsletter! 

We’re taking a step towards digital communication-—welcome to our first newsletter! We hope it helps you keep up with what's going at your school.

Here's what's coming up:

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Reminder: Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up later this month, Feb. 27-March 3, and that means early dismissal at 12:50pm. When you come in to meet your teacher, the school will be also asking you to complete SFUSD’s Family Survey. This survey provides a great opportunity to provide feedback about your school and how it is or isn’t supporting your child. 

 

Black History Month

Nelson Mandela artwork created by Jose Ortega students

Nelson Mandela artwork created by Jose Ortega students

There's a lot of neat stuff going on next week to help celebrate Black History Month:

  • Selected students will dress in costume and tour classrooms, bringing historical figures to life!  
  • Lunches will be extra special, featuring slide shows and music that will take students through the evolution of African American music in history
  • February 9 - Parent Volunteers will be read books about black history to each classroom. 
  • February 17 -  Members of SF State's Black Student Union will present a step show during Friday sing-a-long and then visit classes to talk about their journey on how they got into college.

 

PTA Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6pm: This month's PTA meeting will feature guest speaker Jennifer Devine, founder of Superstar Health Education, who will be teaching our 5th graders about puberty. This is a great opportunity to hear first-hand what she’ll be teaching our kids and to ask questions about how to best handle this potentially tricky topic with all ages. (Meeting in the Cafetorium; Childcare and food for the kids will be provided in the library.)

 

English Language Learner Council (ELAC)

Is your child an English Language Learner?

Ms. Danielle Uttley, from the District’s Multilingual Pathways Dept., is  our Special Guest speaker and will answer questions about DELAC and multilingual programs.

When: Friday, February 10, 2017, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Where: Jose Ortega Conference Room 221

A Chinese translator will be available. Please let us know if you need translation in another language, and for any other questions about ELAC, contact Ms. Watanabe at watanabes@sfusd.edu 

A light breakfast will be provided.

 

CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE

Saturday, Feb. 11, a group from our school will be marching in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, named one of the top 10 parades in the world! We should be about 3/4 of the way through the parade, so come on down and cheer!! Or, if you can’t make it, you can check out the live broadcast on channel 2 or 26. Missed out this year but want to be in it next year? Contact: GoJOESVolunteer@gmail.com

 

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Reminder: Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up later this month, Feb. 27-March 3, and that means early dismissal at 12:50pm. When you come in to meet your teacher, the school will be also asking you to complete SFUSD’s Family Survey. This survey provides a great opportunity to provide feedback about your school and how it is or isn’t supporting your child. 

 

SCIENCE - ENGINEERING EXPO

Save the date! 3/23 (6-9pm) will be our school’s first ever Engineering Expo! For the next month, our science consultants and classroom teachers will be working with all grades on a special engineering challenge, which will be presented at this fun, family event!

 

TRAFFIC Drop off TIPS

Traffic! Rainy days make roads slippery and visibility poor. Please take extra care when dropping off your little ones, and a HUGE thank you to the parent volunteers who keep everything running smoothly. Do you have a morning to spare once or twice a month? We could sure use more help! Please contact GoJOESVolunteer@gmail.com for this or other volunteer opportunities!

 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more updates...we’re working on scheduling more fun community events, including a movie night and possibly a school concert & dance party! If you have any feedback or want to see anything added, we’d love to hear about it (email below)!

Ben Klaus, Principal

Melissa Unzicker, PTA president (JOESpresident@gmail.com)