Principal's Weekly

posted Mar 26, 2017, 5:35 PM by jsmith@pausd.org

For Mar. 26, 2017:   Parent Education: Hanging in There When Your Teen Is Screaming And Challenging Your Patience - Patty Wipfler of Hand in Hand Parenting - Wednesday, March 29th  7-9pm     After 12 or 13 years of tremendous effort, you are ready for parenting to get easier. But you find that you now have a testy family member whose opinion of you can be shockingly negative. And they're not quiet about it. What gives? This is not what you deserve! And the things your child yells are not a reflection of their true assessment of you. These moments happen because it's challenging for a teen to completely revamp their neural connections. It's not easy to build a new identity as they clamber, experience by emotionally-charged experience, into adulthood.  This talk will give you some basic understandings about what's going on with your precious child, how to take proactive steps to build healthy, respectful connections, and how to rebuild those connections when stressful moments fray the relationship.  You'll go home with ideas you can employ right away, and experiment with again and again. The tools presented will validate the vital role you play in your child's life, and will help keep your own emotional ship afloat through some stormy seas.

Thank you!     I want to express profound appreciation for all the parents and staff who helped make the Southern California Music Trip happen this past week.  This includes staff and parents who attended, those who fundraised throughout the year and supported students practicing and attending concerts, teachers who worked with students in the weeks leading up to the trip to make sure they had met the academic requirements, and all school staff who “held down the fort” while several hundred students - and a significant number of staff - were gone.  Glad everyone has returned safely, and from the texts and pictures I received it looked like a fun and engaging learning experience for everyone!  --  Katie Kinnaman, Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Calling all Future Chefs!  PAUSD Food Services is holding their first ever Middle School culinary competition.  Recipes from each middle school will be chosen as finalists to compete at Terman Middle School on Wednesday, May 3rd.  The search is on for healthy comfort food recipes!  Entry forms and information are linked below.  They can also be found at the snack bar and in the front office.
For more information: Future Chefs Info & Form

End of the Year Field Trips   Completed forms were due to Advisory teachers by Wednesday, March 22nd.  No refunds will be given after March 29th.  There are some participation requirements to attend these field trips, so we ask that you please discuss them with your child.  Tardies and behavior during the second semester can restrict students from the end of year trip:  If students have accumulated 30 or more unexcused tardies during the second semester and/or suspended during the fourth quarter (which began March 13th), they will NOT be allowed to attend the end of year trip.

7th Grade End of Year Field Trip Forms 2017

8th Grade End of Year Field Trip Forms 2017

California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) Assessments   As indicated in the Superintendent's Message to parents regarding upcoming state assessments, California students will be taking these assessments this spring.  Students at Jordan will be taking the assessments following the schedule below.  Please be mindful as you schedule appointments or events for your child(ren).

April 12-14 - 8th Grade California Science Test (CAST)
April 17-20 - 6th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
April 24-27 - 8th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
May 1-4 - 7th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
*If students miss a test, make-up testing will be conducted during our testing window and the week of May 8th.

For additional information regarding the assessments and practice tests, visit www.caaspp.org
For site based questions regarding the CAASPP testing please contact: mkwon@pausd.org

JORDAN CLIMATE
Day of Service - March 29 - 
IMPORTANT GOOGLE FOLDER AND INFORMATION - If your student signed up for Day of Service, you can access all field trip forms here Day of Service Forms - just open the  folder for your student’s service. Students were also handed forms when they signed up. At this pount, we are taking any more si Contact James Lubbe, Dean of Students, at jlubbe@pausd.org for more information regarding Day of Service.

Jordan continues to partner with Youth Community Services (YCS) for Day of Service!   We encourage parents to join us for this event as we need chaperones and drivers.  Below is a list of the activities and a link to volunteer. If you would like more information about YCS, you can visit their homepage here http://youthcommunityservice.org/

Important Day of Service Information:

  • Day of Service is voluntary.
  • Off Campus service may begin as early as Advisory (1:00 PM). On Campus service will begin at 2:00 PM.
  • All service projects end by 4:30 and students should be back on campus at that time.
  • Permission forms were due last week, if your student still needs to return them, your student should bring the forms to Ms. Babcock in the Guidance Office on Monday, March 26 - Link to forms Day of Service Forms.
  • We are in need of parent chaperones and drivers.  Below is a list of the activities available. If you can help at one of these events please sign up at the corresponding link.

Abilities United - URGENT NEED - Parents Volunteer here  On campus
Students will be making craft kits for day program participants. Abilities United runs day programs for people with disabilities and helps them remain and integrated and respected part of their community. This is an on-campus service project.

Canopy: Trees for Palo Alto - Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will be assisting with tree care and maintenance on local tree planting project. This is an off-campus service activity.

City of Palo Alto Animal Services - Parents Volunteer here  On campus
This year students will be making posters for animals up for adoption. They will be working on these posters with Sachi Hwangbo, the Volunteer Coordinator for Palo Alto Animal Services. She will also be talking with students more about what Animal Services does. This is an on-campus service project.

East Palo Alto Charter School - URGENT NEED -  Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will be assisting with a variety of tasks including: garden or library projects, helping with hands-on projects in art, science, or 1-on-1 with students and helping in the Expanded Learning Program.  This is an off-campus service activity.

Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) - Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will be assisting with a variety of tasks at EHP including: sorting and distributing meals from the food closet and sorting, stocking and hanging the community closet.  This is an off-campus service activity.

Grassroots Ecology - Parents Volunteer here Off campus
Student will be assisting with habitat restoration, this includes identifying and removing non-native and invasive species and sometime planting native species. This is an off-campus service project.

Hotel de Zink - FULL - Parents Volunteer here On campus
Students will be collecting toiletries and assembling toiletries bags for individuals in the program who will need to move to a new site on the first of the month. This is an on-campus service project.

Ohlone Elementary School Farm - FULL - Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will be assisting volunteers on the farm, tasks may include: animal care, farm work, and more! This is an off-campus service project.

Open Space: Baylands - FULL - Parents Volunteer here Off campus
Students will be assisting rangers with habitat restoration and maintenance, which may include removing invasive species, tracking native species and litter patrol. This is an off-campus service project.

Palo Alto Humane Society - FULL - Parents Volunteer here   Off campus
Students will be participating in the Kiddies to Kitties program, which provides students with the chance to read to cats in the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) to practice their reading skills and help socialize the cats to make them more readily adoptable. This is an off-campus service project.

There with Care - URGENT NEED -  Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will be working at the There with Care warehouse assembling easy meal packages for families, they will also meet with staff and take a tour of the facility. This is an off-campus service project.

YMCA - Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will assist with Parkinson's study.  We will be doing fitness assessments that day and the students will be helping to record data. They will also help arrange chairs and get weights (1-5lbs) for participants.

Inspiration:  In honor of Women’s History Month
“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”  -- Carrie Fisher

“Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.”  -- Rikki Rodgers

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