JOES Weekly Newsletter -9/20

Greetings Families,

I would like to begin by thanking you for a wonderful start to our 2018/2019 school year. We have gotten off to such a wonderful start and that is in large part a result of your support in ensuring that our students are showing up ready to learn everyday. Our wonderful staff of educators have been thrilled with how their classroom communities are forming and the level of academic response they are getting from each and every student.  
 We will have some changes to our enrichment program this year. We are sad to see Ms. Lilli take the year off to pursue her own artistic endeavors. Ms. Lilli has been dedicated to engaging our students at Jose Ortega with a multitude of art mediums. Through those 11 years she has worked with each of our classroom teachers to reflect and plan for lessons. All of our classroom teachers plan to engage their students in many of the lessons that Lilli has modeled over the years. We will be organizing a school site arts committee to plan for how this will be supported throughout the year.

I am pleased to inform you that we have recommended a Computer Science teacher, Aimee Thomas, for hire. Aimee comes to us with years of service to schools in the East Bay supporting students in their acquisition of computer science skills and overall exposure to technology. The formal process for hire has begun and we should have the Computer Science classes up and running by mid-October.  
As we aim to continue to strengthen our home-school relationship, we will be kicking off our first PTA meeting of the year this Thursday, September 20 from 6-8pm here in the Jose Ortega cafeteria. This initial meeting will be a great opportunity to revisit the role the PTA plays with supporting the Jose Ortega community at large and also hear information on ways you can be involved throughout the year. We will also utilize PTA meetings throughout the year to share various initiatives that the school is engaged in. For this first meeting we will be providing more information and clarity on what it means to be identified by Superintendent, Dr. Vincent Matthews as 1 of the 20 P.I.T.C.H schools within SFUSD. Please come on out and join this vibrant community for an informative evening.  
 I will continue to email out our Wednesday Newsletter with all upcoming information on school matters and community events. Please reach out if you have any questions.  
I am looking forward to our partnership in ensuring that ALL of our students are thriving at Jose Ortega during the 2018/2019 school year.
 In Solidarity,
Ben