June 2022

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What's Happening in June

1 - Seniors' Last Day

2 - Spring Dance Recital

3 - Senior Awards Assembly & Senior Celebration

5 - Graduation

8 - Jefferson PTSA Meeting, 6:00

8, 9 , 10 - Finals

10 - Last Day of School

15 - Jefferson Modernization Town Hall, 5:00

June PTSA Meeting

Wednesday, June 8th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

Everyone is welcome!

Meet and greet at 5:45 pm

Meeting begins at 6:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 868 6929 2637

Passcode: 242483

We Really, Really Need PTSA officers for next school year

If you are interested in being more involved, consider becoming a PTSA officer. Open positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Those of us involved now are happy to stay involved and mentor new officers.

Even if you are just thinking about it, let us know. We can answer questions and talk about what is involved.

At our June Meeting

This is our last meeting of the school year. We'd like to take some time to reflect on the year, what we have accomplished, what we would like to improve on, where we would like to go in the future. We'd also like to take a moment to do some appreciations. And we will spend a few minutes debriefing the senior celebration. There is also one teacher grant request to consider.

We know it's a busy time and attendance at the PTSA meetings has been very low the last few months. Everyone is pretty tired of virtual meetings. We thought about meeting in person this month but with Covid numbers on the rise, it doesn't make sense. Consider coming to the June meeting so we can be together as the school year comes to the end.

What Happened at our May Meeting?

Jamaal Tibbs who is the District & Family Liaison for Portland Public Schools came to our meeting in May. He told us about his role in the district and shared about a new Parent University that will be designed to educate and empower PPS parents to collaborate with school staff as partners, advocates and lifelong teachers in their child's education through educational workshops/courses and leadership opportunities. He hopes to get parents thoughts and ideas about the type of courses/workshops that they would want developed in Parent University. Jamaal's enthusiasm and commitment was wonderful to witness!

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Jefferson Modernization Update

Upcoming Jefferson Town Hall

The next Jefferson Modernization Town Hall will be on Wed., June 15th 5:00 - 6:00p.m. @ Jefferson (Room Location TBD)

Jefferson Modernization Design Team has been selected.

From the PPS website:

"Bora Architecture & Interiors and LEVER Architects have teamed up for the Jefferson High School Project. This dynamic partnership brings an unmatched, long-term commitment to North/Northeast Portland. Bora has deep K-12 experience and a strong history of successful projects with PPS, and is a national leader in the design of performing arts spaces. LEVER, based in the Jefferson neighborhood, has recently completed the Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters. Bora and LEVER are joined by Colloqate Design, who will lead the team’s Design Justice-based community engagement process. All three firms are committed to the creation of a vibrant, sustainable, and resilient high school that reflects the values and aspirations of the community."

The Jefferson Comprehensive Planning Committee has been formed. The Jefferson Comprehensive Planning Committee (CPC) is a group of school and community stakeholder representatives who will work together to help provide feedback for the Jefferson Comprehensive Plan. CPC members synthesize community-wide input and share the evolving details of the project with others in the community. The Committee includes parents, teachers, students, alumni, PPS staff and partners, community representatives and a school board member. Their first meeting was on Wednesday, June 1st. Here is a link to the presentation from that meeting:

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Senior Celebration!!!

After 6 months of planning, Senior Celebration finally happened! On Friday, June 3rd, after the senior awards assembly, our graduating seniors enjoyed a little party in their honor hosted by the PTSA.

Each student received a Jefferson Class of 2022 hoodie. There were over 50 fabulous raffle prizes from $50 gift cards to high-end wireless headphones to gift packages like a Trail Blazer team signed basketball and TB cap. In addition, there was a grand prize of a brand-new laptop worth over $800! There was also a carnival prize wheel for all. Dutch Bros gift cards, house plants and candy bars were the most popular. There was a summer reading station with an impressive selection of books donated by the Multnomah County Library. Photographer, Tim Horn, was there to capture the moment. Mississippi Pizza Pub donated 15 pizzas and we purchased fired chicken wings from Jack's at the Alberta Street Market. Island Nectar Hawaiian Shaved Ice Cart served up delicious shaved ice.

This event could not have happened without a lot of planning and help. Thanks to the many volunteers and staff who gave their time and skills. And thank you to all of the donors, who are listed below. If you happen to be visiting any of these businesses, please give them a shout out for us.

We appreciate everyone who helped to make this event a success and

show our seniors how much we value their accomplishments!

We continue to accept donations to offset the costs of the event, at:





(Businesses who have donated $250 or more)

3 Mountains Plumbing

AAA Heating and Cooling

Advantis Credit Union

Brio Dental

Neil Kelly

Schaeffer’s Oil

The Skanner


(Businesses who have donated $100-249)

Foot Traffic

Hopscotch Foundation

Mid-K Beauty Supply


(Businesses who have donated items or

gift certificates for raffles prizes)

Atlas Pizza


Bella Pizza

Portland Trail Blazers

Brio Dental

Carioca Bowls

Champions Barbershop




Fire on the Mountain

Five Stride Skate Shop

Foot Traffic

Forge Yoga

Henry Higgins

IQ Credit Union

Killer Burger

Multnomah County Library

Northwest Wellness

NW Escape Experience

Oaks Park

Pig Patas Tacos

Pine State Biscuit


Portland Gear

¿Por Qué No?

Ranch PDX Pizza

Ruby Jewel

Slabtown Tours


Stacks Coffee Shop


Tamale Boy

Tea Chai Te

Tea & Tea

Third Eye Books

Voodoo Doughnuts

Whole Bowl

Zero Wave

Honoring Food Pantry Volunteer, Brian Skog

We are sad to share that our PTSA Food Pantry volunteer, Brian Skog, passed away unexpectedly on May 16th. Brian had been a regular volunteer at our Friday food pantry for nearly two years. His hard work and reliability was invaluable. Brian was such a likable guy. He had a gentle, kind and easy-going way about him. The Friday after his passing, his family came to the food pantry to honor him and his son took his place on the food distribution line. It was a very touching moment. It's hard to believe he's gone; we all miss him very much.
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Volunteer Opportunities - during the summer



Every Friday. There is set up, distributing and clean up. The time range is 11:00-3:00 or so. We could use help for all or part of this block of time. This is a very rewarding volunteer opportunity.


There are some great concert opportunities coming up. Contact Georgie Honl, if you are interested.

CMS volunteer security for various events including Edgefield concerts. When one of our community members volunteers, they give a donation to the PTSA. The work is light security and you have an opportunity to watch the game, concert or performance. We will send out communications as these opportunities come up. If you think you might be interested, let us know and we will be sure to contact you when we know which events we will be participating in. Volunteers can be 17 years old and up.




There are lots of volunteer opportunities, big and small, within our committees. Chair or be a member of one of our committees:

Community Engagement

Senior Celebration

Staff Appreciation

Food Pantry




Manage Facebook page, posting info and events throughout the year.


Edit, contribute, manage, and/or collaborate on PTSA monthly newsletter. We are using the platform Smore currently, to create our newsletter.


We are looking for a parent representative for the monthly safety meetings that are held at Jefferson and led by Vice Principal Gregory.

If you are interested or want more information, let us know at a PTSA meeting or email

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BOTTLEDROP: A PTSA Fundraiser all year

Keep collecting cans and bottles for the Jefferson PTSA!

We have raised nearly $1,200 since we started our account in November 2020.

Your cans and bottles can be donated to the Jefferson High School PTSA to help fund the many ways we support students and staff. Get one of our Blue Bags, fill it up and either bring it to us or drop it off at a Bottle Drop location,

You can get a Blue Bag by contacting Laura Bullock,, or you can pick up a Blue Bag or drop off cans and bottles at the food pantry on Fridays between 12:00 and 3:00. We can also send a bag home with your student.

Jefferson PTSA Food Pantry

When? Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Where? At Jefferson, on the N Commercial side of the school. We are set up under the wrestling gym overhang. Look for our blue and gold banner and flags!

Want to donate? Drop off on Fridays or

Interested in volunteering? Contact Georgie or Laura

Please share with anyone you know who may be experiencing food insecurity.

Everyone is welcome.

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Follow us on FACEBOOK

The PTSA has a facebook page.

Another way to connect with us and get information about what's happening!

PTSA Board Members Contact Information

Laura Bullock, President:

Georgie Honl, Vice President:

Gabrielle Mercedes Bolivar, Secretary:

Barb Fisher, Treasurer:

We are transitioning to a singular email: to make it easier to connect with us. But for now all of the above emails are still active.


This is the link to the Jefferson HS PTSA website to purchase gear, membership (two options: standard and sliding scale), and donations to the PTSA, food pantry and senior celebration. Thanks for your support!


Go to, select Jefferson High PTSA and the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate .5% of the price of eligible purchases.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

You can link your Fred Meyer rewards card to donate to Jefferson High PTSA every time you shop! Visit the Community Rewards site and sign your card up for the program.

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Jefferson High School PTSA


5210 N Kerby Avenue

Portland, OR 97217