Welcome Back to JOES! Message from Principal Ben

Dear JOES Families:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  I hope your family is enjoying the summer break.  This is going to be a very exciting school year.  Construction on our Green Schoolyard Project has been completed and it is beautiful.  We are very excited to get it planted and bring life to space!

Please join me in welcoming our new staff members.  Ms. Angelica Chang will be teaming up with Ms. Chan to co-teach the Mandarin Immersion kindergarten class.  Ms. Chang was the founding Mandarin teacher for SFUSD’s adoption of the Mandarin Immersion Language Pathway and has taught for a number of years in SFUSD.  Joining us as our new Social Worker will be Allison Garcia.   Next year we will also have the opportunity to have our beloved Mr. Paul on campus full time supporting students and teachers.  Mr. Matthew Calderon will be leading a fully staffed after school YMCA program.  He is currently a Unit Director at the Stonestown YMCA.

On Saturday, August 19th, from 10:30am-12:30pm, the PTA will host a meet and greet for pre-k, kindergarten and new families. Come meet your teachers and get a sneak peek at your new classroom! The event will be set up outside so the kids can run around and play while you meet and mingle with fellow newcomers as well as current families. The event is a potluck so please consider bringing a healthy nut-free dish to share. All class lists will be posted in the cafeteria.  

Monday, August 21st is the first day of school.  Students must not arrive at school earlier than 7:30am and breakfast will be served in the cafeteria at this time.  Intake will take place on the main yard at 7:50am.  Class lists will be posted on the main yard and teachers will line up with signs that show room numbers. Directly following intake, the PTA is hosting a welcome breakfast! After you drop off your children, please join fellow parents for a meet and greet and tasty treats in the cafeteria!

I look forward to seeing all of you soon! Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Benjamin Klaus, Principal


School uniforms are equitable for all of our students. Please make sure that your child wears his/her uniform or the blue and white dress code everyday.  LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH IS A FREE DRESS DAY. Teachers will be providing daily incentives for ALL children who are wearing uniforms.  We shall notify you if your child is not wearing the appropriate uniform.  Our school uniform can be purchased at Target, J.C. Penney’s, or any other store that sells standard uniforms. The JOES website www.joseortegaschool.org/giving

explains how you can make purchases online and benefit the school.



Navy Blue Cardigan Sweater or Sweatshirt

Navy Blue Cardigan Sweater or Sweatshirt

Navy Blue Pants/Shorts (No Jeans)

Navy Blue Pants /Shorts(No Jeans)

Navy Blue Jumper, Skirt or Skort

White, Navy or Light Blue Polo

White, Navy or Light Blue Polo/ White Blouse

White or Blue Socks

White or Blue Socks/Tights     
Closed Shoes: No Sandals

Closed Shoes: No Sandals

The Multipurpose Family Income Form

The Multipurpose Family Income Form is now the new Online School Meal Application.  In order to qualify for free meal benefits, families must submit a new application for school year 2017-2018.  EVERY household must submit a multipurpose family income form - The form is simple, secure and confidential.  If your child qualified last year, you will need to reapply this year. ALL families are required to submit an application each year. Complete HERE.  Help us achieve our goal of 100%!!!

Emergency Cards

We shall be sending an emergency card home on the first day of school. Please fill it out completely and return it to school on the next day. There must be at least THREE (3) emergency telephone numbers on the card. Please include an email address. Students will not be able to leave with any adult, unless his/her name is on the emergency card. In case of an emergency, it is critical that the school be able to reach one of the people listed on the card. Please notify the school immediately if there are any changes so that your information can be updated.


IMPORTANT:  Email Address:  As we continue our efforts to go green, we ask that you include an email address on the emergency card.  We will use this email address to send various school communications. Please include your cell phone number on both the emergency card and form.

School Hours/Drop-Off and Pick-Up

School begins at 7:50a.m. Students should participate in intake on the big yard.  Students should not arrive before 7:30am, because there is no adult supervision on the yard or in the cafeteria until 7:30am. Students that arrive at school before 7:30am will not have adult supervision and this is a safety issue. Parents will not be allowed to drop students off at school before 7:30am.

Students should report to the schoolyard unless they are eating breakfast at school in the morning. If your child is eating breakfast, s/he should go immediately to the cafeteria to eat. On very cold or rainy mornings, all students should report to the cafeteria.

MORNING DROP OFF: In order to ensure that safety of parents and students, please do not double park or jaywalk when dropping your child off to school in the morning. If you plan to join us at intake, please arrive early and find a parking place in the neighborhood. It is best that students are dropped off at the ramp near Sargent and Arch.  Students safely walk up the ramp to the schoolyard.  Parents ARE NOT ALLOWED to drive up the ramp, in order to to drop off students, in the morning. Please do not block the driveways at any time. Please be respectful towards the parents that are directing traffic in the morning.  Please, do not drive up the ramp and park in spaces reserved for teachers.

School ends at 1:50 p.m. for all grade levels.  The Stonestown Y staff will pick up students that attend the Y. Students that ride the school buses will be escorted to the buses by JOES staff members.

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP:  For students being picked up after school, please park on the Sargent Street (west).  You may double park and students will be waiting with their teachers under the big tree near the marquee. Do not double-park on Sargent between Arch and Ramsell Streets facing east.  Dismissal is at 1:50pm and the barricades for the school buses will block off Sargent Street between Ramsell and Arch Streets from 1:45pm-2:05pm.  Safety is always our concern; therefore, teachers will wait until 2:05 pm with the children and bring them to the school office if a parent is late.  If you are going to be late, please inform the office before dismissal.

Barricades will be set up for the school buses in the front of the school.  Do not ever park in the school bus zone! Please pay attention to the traffic signs and respect our volunteers.


The PTA is composed of parents and teachers working together to improve the effectiveness of our school. The JOES PTA provides parent education and support for school programs through fundraising.  The JOES PTA helps to provide those extras that we all want for our students.  Please make a point of joining the JOES PTA!  Keep an eye out for the membership form coming home during the first week of school.  Please join us for our first PTA meeting on Thursday, August 31 at 6:00PM.