Timberwolf Talk March 2023

A Newsletter for Parents, Staff & Students

A Note from our Principal:

Greetings JME Families,

We are starting the month off with celebrating “Read Across America” week! During this week students are enjoying books being read to them by our community members, such as Martinez Mayor Brianne Zorn, Contra Costa Fire Station 14, ARF Pet Hug Pack, Margret Smith/CCC Youth Librarian, Lt. Patrick Salamid, and MUSD Superintendent Helen Rossi. Students are sharing their love for reading by showing their school spirit through wearing neon colors, wearing their favorite hat, and etc…

During the month of March, we are excited to celebrate Women’s History Month, provide grade level Field Trips, promote the STEM Fair, and have our JME Student Art & Music Showcase/Community Social Event (Open House). We are looking forward to engaging with our parent volunteers this month and seeing large numbers of participating JME families at our PTA planned events.

We are planning a March Madness Attendance Competition amongst our MUSD Elementary Schools. We will track our weekly attendance to calculate the number of students that attended school. Then at the end of the month we will tally the weekly percentages to determine a winning school. The winning school will receive a special gift from the principal. We’ve been keeping attendance in the 90th percentile so far. Let’s see what we can do, go Timberwolves!

Happy Month of March!

Principal LeBeaux

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Beautiful Rainbow above John Muir School! Thanks Mr. Kirker for sharing!

The Character Counts Trait of the Month is.........

CARING, The color is Red, make sure to wear red on Wednesdays to show your Character Counts Pride!

The meaning of Caring,

  1. displaying kindness and concern for others.


We Miss You When You Aren't Here! Good school attendance sets the stage for students to fully benefit from the many learning resources our schools offer. Children and families may face challenges that impact regular attendance. Recognizing and responding to those challenges can help keep students on track academically. We are here to help!


March 1st First day of Women's History Month

March 1st-3rd Read Across America Readers

March 9th ELAC LCAP Meeting 5:45

March 12th Daylight Savings Time Change

March 13th Tk-12 Grade Professional Development Day No School

March 17th St. Patrick's Day No Pinching!!!!

March 20th The First Day of Spring


March 30th Minimum Day

March 31st Spring Break Starts runs through April 7,2023

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month – commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

To celebrate Women's History Month JME will be having a Storytelling Assembly on March 15th

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Set those Clocks SPRING FORWARD!

Sunday, March 12, 2023, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour


Monday March 13th is a non school day due to a district wide PD day. Please mark your calendars.

St. PATRICK'S DAY March 17, 2023 FUN FACTS

  1. St. Patrick’s Day is always on March 17th

  2. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in Ireland and all over the world!

  3. St. Patrick was a Bishop in Ireland

  4. The Shamrock is a symbol in Ireland, and a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day

  5. If you don’t wear green on March 17th, you may get pinched. Happy St Patrick's Day!

April 20th is the First Day of Spring

Spring begins on the March or vernal equinox, which is when the amount of sunshine is approximately 12 hours long. The amount of sunlight will incrementally increase until the first day of Summer. The vernal equinox marks the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator.

Measure Q Parcel Tax Citizens' Oversight Committee

The Martinez Unified School District is currently seeking volunteers for the Measure Q Parcel Tax Citizens' Oversight Committee for one and two year terms. The committee meets once per semester or twice per year and reviews the budgets, expenditures, and other pertinent reports related to the Parcel Tax. All meetings, unless noted otherwise, are held in the District Office Boardroom located at 921 Susana Street at 6:30 pm.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this important committee, please click the link below to download an application and return it to Laura Alvarez, Administrative Secretary, Business Services, by either email: lalvarez@martinez.k12.ca.us or by U.S. Mail at the following address: Laura Alvarez, Martinez Unified School District, 921 Susana Street, Martinez, CA 94553.

CLICK HERE to download the committee member application.

If the link cannot be included, please instead use:

If you are interested in becoming a member of this important committee, please download the committee member application form located at the bottom of the Parcel Tax Information page of the District website at https://www.martinezusd.net/parceltaxinfo and return it to Laura Alvarez, Administrative Secretary, Business Services, by either email: lalvarez@martinez.k12.ca.us or by U.S. Mail at the following address: Laura Alvarez, Martinez Unified School District, 921 Susana Street, Martinez, CA 94553.


In lieu of Open House we are having another Student Art & Music Showcase/Community Social Event. Families will be able to mingle with their Child's teachers and other JME staff through fun and engaging activities.

When: March 29, 2023

Time: 5:30-7:00

Where: John Muir Elementary School

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Thursday March 30th is a Minimum Day:

TK & Kinder 8:15-11:30

1st -5th Grade 8:15-12:00

Please be on time picking up your students. The office will close at 12:30

SPRING BREAK 3/31-4/07

Spring Break starts on Friday March 30th this year and run til Friday April 7th.

Students will return from Spring Break on Monday April 10th.

We hope you all have a very relaxing Spring Break.

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Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found barrel is overflowing again. If your student is missing a jacket, sweatshirt, lunch pail, or a water bottle please come and look at the Lost & Found located right outside the Multipurpose room doors. During Spring Break all items left behind will be donated.

PTA Corner:




John Muir’s yearly school auction is in April with the theme JME Auction: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. This exciting event will take place at the Martinez Event Center in downtown Martinez and will be PROM themed!

If you are interested in helping out the auction committee please email maradahms@icloud.com.

If you have or know anyone who could donate items to our auction or are interested in becoming a business sponsor, please email jmepta@gmail.com.

More information to come soon! Check your child’s weekly folder!

Teacher Coffee Bar

The JME PTA invites you to show your gratitude to our teachers and school staff all year long by signing up to take care of the coffee bar for a week during the school year! For more details and to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ba5a92ba2f5c43-jmestaff

Community Events

Yearbook Signing Party - End of school year

Date & Details TBA - Please pre-order your 2023 JME Yearbook by clicking here:


S.T.E.M. Fair

Sign up for the S.T.E.M. Fair sponsored by the Bayer Fund Grant. Coming to the JME Multipurpose room on Friday, March 24th! More information at jmepta.com/stemfair.

To become a member of the JME PTA or donate: https://jointotem.com/ca/martinez/john-muir-elementary-pta/join


The next association meeting will be April 18, 2023


  • March 1-24 will be our SEES CANDY Fundraiser! Up to 50% will come back to the school on every purchase. https://www.yumraising.com/secure/johnme_john_muir_pta51/Mar_Dah3559/

  • Wall Tiles, provided by I Heart Art, starting March 6th through the end of the school year will be for sale for $40. Your child can paint a tile and it will be sent back to I Heart Art to be properly finalized and then HUNG AROUND THE SCHOOL! What an amazing memory and fun way to decorate our new campus!

  • Growing up Green week at Sloat Garden March 17th-26th 10-20% will come back to JME with every purchase.

  • Support JME all year with Box Tops for Education (it’s an app now!)

  • Box Tops: https://btfe.smart.link/c2jjdifkw?referral_code=PDOC8441

  • Be on the lookout for fundraisers on our Facebook, Instagram and in weekly folders sent home from school!

STUCO NEWS (Student Council)

The Timberwolves participated in the great kindness week at school! They wrote kind notes to staff, chalk, words of affirmation in the mirrors and were encouraged to show kindness at home.

StuCo had a very successful JME Friendship Dance! Thank you to all the volunteers, StuCo and PTA for making this happen.


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