JMS Weekly Update

August 9, 2020

Dear JMS Families,

Welcome to Jefferson Middle School for the 2020-2021 school year!

We have been busy over the summer preparing for another successful year. Although there are still some uncertainties surrounding this school year, we want you to know that we are excited for this school year to begin. We are excited to see the children, and we are excited to partner with you throughout this journey!

We wanted to reach out to share some information about upcoming events that we are in the process of planning (see the upcoming events section below). We are working hard to make sure that our families and children know what to expect for the 2020-2021 school year. We want you to know that these events are important to us.

It is also important to us that we provide you with meaningful and accurate communication, so we will continue to send our JMS Weekly Updates. The updates will be sent via email to all of our families every Sunday at 1:00PM. These updates will also be posted on the Jefferson Middle School Website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Below you will find information from our Technology Department and the JMS PTA. The JMS Spiritwear Sale is up and running for one more day and will be open again in the coming weeks.

We know that you have questions. We are here to support you. Please reach out to us with any questions.

We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school soon!

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Ms. Katelyn Deet, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events

6th Grade & New Student Orientation - Rescheduled - Date TBD

Our orientation program for incoming 6th graders and new students was previously scheduled for Thursday, August 13th. This event is going to be rescheduled so that we are able to share accurate and meaningful information with you about the 2020-2021 school year.

We are excited to meet all of our new friends!

Walk Your Schedule Day - Rescheduled - Date TBD

Walk Your Schedule Day was previously scheduled for Thursday, August 20th. This event will be rescheduled once we have more information about the 2020-2021 school year.

We will be sharing more information about this event in the coming weeks.

Welcome Back to School Presentation - Date TBD

New this year, we are in the process of planning a Welcome Back to School presentation for all of our families.

The purpose of this presentation will be to welcome everyone to the 2020-2021 school year and to share information about our new expectations and procedures.

We will be sharing more information about this event in the coming weeks.

A Message From the Technology Department

Home Device Considerations

Throughout the year, families and students ask us for our advice on what type of device they should buy for use by their Mt. Lebanon students. To be clear, families will never be required to purchase a computer for a student to do work at home that is being asked of them by their teachers. During times when such computing devices are needed for the home - and when students are learning in a hybrid or fully remote model - the Mt. Lebanon School District is committed to providing those devices for families to borrow for use at home.

If you are interested in purchasing a device for your student and would like some advice, we have tried to summarize our recommended considerations. Click the link above for more information.

JMS PTA Information

Show Your School Spirit

We are opening our Spiritwear store until August 10 to allow for items to be ready prior to the start of school. Check out the updated logos and face coverings.

Orders can be placed using this link. Items can be shipped to your home (free over $75) or local pickup will be available.

PTA Membership and Directory Access

We are in the process of preparing the JMS Membership Toolkit Database for the coming 2020-2021 school year. Our membership store will reopen for the 2020-20221 school year once team assignments come out in August. Directory access is available to JMS PTA members only.

Remember, no matter which school path you are on, all roads lead back to JMS. Please email if you have any questions.



Please bookmark our Amazon link and save it to your browser favorites or add it to your home screen for easy shopping. JMS does not earn any rewards when the Amazon app is used.

Android devices - click on this Amazon link. Hit the 3 dots in the top corner of the Chrome browser and select "Add to Home Screen."

Apple devices - click on this Amazon link. In Safari, tap the Share button [box with arrow]. On the bottom row of icons, scroll over and tap Add to Home Screen. On the next screen, choose a name for the link on your home screen and tap Add. The link will now look like its own "app" icon.

The school earns up to 10% on eligible purchases.

Box Tops

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents, so don't forget to physically and electronically clip the for us! The clipped Box Tops can be turned into the office.

See Box Tops for more information on how to scan Box Tops and to download the app. Receipts must be scanned within 14 days for the Box Tops to be scanned electronically.

Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle Support our students! Enroll your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and earn points for FREE educational rewards with every shopping trip.

Click here to register your card. Our school code is 3369. The Giant Eagle card program is also easy to use - just register your card and shop away as usual!

Office Depot/Office Max

Office Depot/Office Max has a school rewards program. When shopping, remember to ask the cashier to tag Jefferson Middle School. For online orders, enter our school ID (Thomas Jefferson Middle School ID:70088453 Pittsburgh, PA) on the Thank You Confirmation page.

Resources For Families

Safe 2 Say Something

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.

Here’s how it works:

  • Submit a report through the Safe2SaySomething system
  • Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
  • Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
  • If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app

Jefferson Middle School

The Jefferson Middle School learning community has an exceptional reputation for its dedicated teachers, staff and parents working together to provide learning experiences for our children that include high expectations, a challenging curriculum and a shared commitment to provide the best education possible for each and every student.