Principal's Weekly

posted Jan 31, 2017, 11:44 AM by jsmith@pausd.org   [ updated Jan 31, 2017, 11:45 AM ]

For Jan. 29, 2017, from Principal Katie Kinnaman:    Happy Lunar New Year!   Come celebrate the Lunar New Year on Monday, January 30th at the Tennis Courts/ Snack Bar Area during lunch time.  We will welcome the Year of the Rooster with a Dragon Dance performed by fellow Jordan students.  Students can sample treats which will bring good fortune for the New Year.  We will cut out the Mandarin character "Spring" to welcome new beginnings.  Students will be able to write words of luck for the New Year.  Come try your hand at picking up different objects with chopsticks or learn how to play Chinese chess!  There will be many opportunities to experience Chinese culture.  Please contact Emily Lee (emilylee@gmail.com) or Tom Fong ( tkfong@gmail.com ) if you have any questions.  Performers please report to MPR at beginning of lunch period.  We are still looking for volunteers to help run the activities and bring food.  Please contact the parent volunteers listed above if you are willing to help!      --  Katie Kinnaman, Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Electives Night - Feb 8th, 6:30-8:00pm - Jordan MPR
Meet Jordan Elective Teachers and learn about the exciting course options we offer for your students next year. Students also learn about course registration through a video in their advisory on Feb 8th.

Bike Safety
Recently there have been some bike thefts on the Jordan campus. Through our investigation, we have found the bikes left unlocked are most susceptible. On Friday morning, administrators to lock their. Please check with your student to ensure they have a working bike lock and remind to use it.

Friendships in Middle School: Navigating Volatile Emotions  
Susan Stone of Parents Place on the Peninsula
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 7-9pm, MP Room
We are delighted to have Susan Stone,  Family Coach and Child Development Specialist,  share insights into the social side of our tweens. Middle school, with the advent of puberty, brings dramatic emotional and cognitive changes to our tweens. Peer relationships become all important, but can cause extreme stress and anxiety for children at this age. Learn more about what is happening physiologically and emotionally during this challenging developmental stage, and what are normal social challenges. Discuss strategies for how to communicate with, support, and stay connected to your middle schooler while they increase their independence and autonomy.

Jordan's Annual Ice Skating Party Is Around the Corner!  
Save the Date!
Loved by the school community, come join your friends at the Winter Lodge.  Your ticket includes skates, pizza and hot cocoa and cookies.  7th/8th grade party is Feb 15 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  6th grade party will be held Feb 22 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.   Glide over to the following website and complete the waiver and buy your tickets.   https://jordanptaweb.wordpress.com/ice-skating-party/

Jordan Spring 2017 BOGO book fair (Buy One Get One Free)
Dates are Monday, Feb 13th to Wednesday Feb 15th. This is due to a shorter week (Staff Development and Presidents' Long Weekend Holidays). Teachers, Staff and Students can browse and purchase books in the morning in the Library Classroom. The Book Fair will be outdoors in front of the school near N. Cal Ave. Bike Cage after school ends. Go support Jordan Library and get books for your Spring Break and Summer reading, too. 

Boxes Needed for Jordan Book Drive
It is nearly time once more for our Jordan book drive to benefit a school in need, and we need 50 medium-sized boxes to collect books in advisory classes. If you have empty boxes you can donate, please bring them to the library by the end of the first week in February.

Jordan Climate Committee School Events
The Jordan Climate Committee would like to inform you about events during the second semester. The following Presentation link has information on Challenge Day, Day of Service, and the Service Fair - all great opportunities for students to connect with one another and the community.  All of these programs support our focus on social-emotional development.
Jordan will run two Challenge Day sessions this year on January 17 and February 2. Challenge Day is an experiential social and emotional learning program for students in grades 7 and 8. The aim of the program is to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity.
Jordan and YCS (Youth Community Service) are organizing Jordan’s first Service Fair for students on February 9. This event will be held during lunch in the MPR. Students can learn more about middle school service opportunities when they talk to community partners. Jordan students can also participate in Jordan Day of Service on March 29. Last year Jordan and YCS coordinated service opportunities with 11 local service partners.

Jordan Climate Committee Events

Inspiration:     “Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.”     -- Cicely Tyson