October 2021

What's Happening in October

7 - Homecoming

8 - No School, Statewide Inservice Day

13 - PSAT Early Dismal

13 - College and Career Virtual event for students who are not taking the PSAT

13 - Jefferson PTSA Meeting

16 - Indigenous Peoples Day Event

16 - Trades Info Night

19 - College and Career Night

20 - Site Council Meeting

25 to 29 - College Application Week

October PTSA Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 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

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PTSA Meetings to Begin at 6:00


  • Meetings begin at 6:00
  • Meetings will be 60 minutes

Our PTSA meetings have begun at 6:30 for years but right now while we are virtual, we are going to move our start time to 6:00. We are also going shorten our meeting time to one hour (it has been 90 minutes). We recognize that many people are working at computers all day and spend a lot of time in virtual meetings these days. We are hoping these changes might make it easier for people to attend PTSA meetings.

Our zoom meeting will be open at 5:45 for informal gathering. The shorter meeting will start promptly at 6:00. If you are running late, please still hop on. The minutes from the previous meeting and treasurer report will be sent out ahead of time, so you can preview them before the meeting and have any corrections or question prepared. We will do our best to keep to the one hour time frame and still provide time for connection, questions, comments, concerns and new business.

We did put out a survey to members and anyone on our mailing list before we made these changes. We welcome you to take the survey and give your input to these changes and impacts on attending meetings. It is super short, just three questions.

Thanks to everyone who has already responded to the survey! We appreciate you!

At our October Meeting

The agenda will include:

  • introductions
  • approve the standing rules for this year
  • review the budget for the upcoming year
  • guest speakers: Mr. Ricky Allen, JHS Principal and Mr. Sean Betker, Jefferson School Counselor
  • share committees and what they do
  • report back from committees with any news to share
  • new business/ideas/questions

Please come and check us out. We look forward to seeing you!

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Jefferson PTSA Membership Drive

All Jefferson community members are invited to become PTSA members! That includes: parents, care givers, students, teachers, staff, alumni and community members.

  • Find out what’s happening at JHS
  • Make connections and build community
  • Share your ideas, concerns and experiences
  • Discover volunteer opportunities
  • Support our students, staff and community
  • Be a part of making things happen!

Standard membership dues are $12.50; $9.50 of this goes to the state and national PTA organizations. This year, we have also set up a sliding scale membership where you have the option to pay $5.00 or a custom payment of you choice, lower or higher than our standard membership.

We have both options on our square site linked below. Right now, the sliding scale choice is a little buried (we are working on it). When you click on the link, you will see featured items and our Standard Membership icon is found there. To get to the Sliding Scale Membership, click on the 'shop gear' link at the top of the page. We will hopefully have this fixed soon.

You are also welcome to attend PTSA meetings and events whether you are a member or not.

online membership link:


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National Hispanic Latinx Heritage Month

To honor and celebrate our Hispanic and Latinx students, staff and community members, we'd like to highlight a Latinx poet, performer and educator of Puerto Rican and Jewish decent, Denice Frohman. She grew up in New York City and played professional basketball in Puerto Rico after graduating from college. She was the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and the recipient of the 2013 Hispanic Choice 'Creative Artist of the Year.'

From 2021 article, Nine Latinx Women Changing the World, in Elle Magazine:

“Language is what gives our experiences a kind of home, and there was something inside of me that needed an outlet,” Frohman says. “We know there is a power in expressing ourselves, especially for marginalized communities to bear witness to each other's experiences.”

Check out Denice Frohman's performance, 'Accents,' below.

Denice Frohman - Accents
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Consider Becoming a PTSA Officer, Students Too!

Although we have PTSA officers this year, we welcome anyone who is interested in becoming an officer. We would like to create President-Elect, VP-Elect, Secretary-Elect and Treasurer-Elect positions. These would be like apprentice positions where 'Elect' officers would learn the role and responsibilities of the position in a supported environment and prepare you to potentially take on that office the following year. Another opportunity for leadership is to chair a committee.

In addition, there are four open positions for student board members! Your voice and input is incredibly valuable to what we do to support Jefferson.

Contact any board member for more information, current board members' contact info is at the bottom of this newsletter.


RIGHT AWAY: Edgefield Concert supervision,. There are a few concerts left. It's a fun time! Contact Georgie Honl, ASAP, to get more information. When you volunteer, the PTSA receives money for your time.

10/9 Quinn XCII & Chelsea Cutler

10/13 Machine Gun Kelly

10/15 Portugal. The Man


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.


Selling snacks and beverages during home sporting events. During Covid, everything is prepackaged, no food prep right now. Another fun opportunity!


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 any board member. Contact information is at the end of the newsletter.

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Your can and bottle deposits can now be donated to the Jefferson 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,

We have raised almost $600 over the past 10 months!

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.

When? Every Friday 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!

What? Lots of cooking staples, frozen meats and meat alternatives, prepared meals and sandwiches, fruits and vegetables, snacks, breads, baked goodies and eggs. What we have to offer changes week to week but there is always a great selection. In addition, we often have hygiene products including toilet paper, feminine products, dish and laundry soap, toothbrushes and more.

Want to donate? Drop off on Fridays or

Other food pantries . . .

SEI/SUN Food Pantry at Jefferson

1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of each month

3:00-4:40 pm

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

Everyone is welcome.

Kaiser Holds Drive to Support Jefferson PTSA Food Pantry

Our friends at Kaiser's Center for Health Research sponsored a donation drive throughout the month of September to support our food pantry!

They have collected hygiene products including masks, dish soap laundry detergent, hygiene products and cash donations. There was an opportunity to have the first $600 of donations will be matched by an anonymous donor!

We should have the final results soon!

Thanks to Chalinya Ingphakorn and everyone at the Center for Health Research!

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We have submitted a big gear order! There have been some delays for some of our gear. We will let you know as soon as it arrives. However, our PRIDE hoodies, t-shirts and Demo masks are now in stock!

Many folks made pre-orders at registration. We will be in contact with you as soon as gear arrives!

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:

Lori Lyons-Lachman, Treasurer:


This is the link to the Jefferson HS PTSA website to purchase gear, membership (still listed under 2019-20), and donations to the PTSA and the PTSA food pantry. 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


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