April 2021

What's Happening in April

8 - Last day of Quarter 3

9 - Teacher Planning Day (no students)

14 - PTSA Meeting, 6:30pm

20 - Site Council Meeting

April PTSA Meeting

Wednesday, April 14th, 6:30-8pm

This is an online event.

Everyone is welcome!

Meet and greet at 6:15 pm

Meeting begins at 6:30 pm

Zoom link here:

Meeting ID: 815 5173 9851

Passcode: 867219

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April Meeting . . . A Visit From Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser's Center for Health Research has focused their community engagement in supporting the Jefferson PTSA Food Pantry. Several times throughout the school year, they have organized drives to collect household necessities like hygiene and cleaning products for our food pantry participants. These items have been very appreciated.

Dr. Jeffrey Fellows, a health economist at the Center for Health Research at Kaiser, will be a guest speaker at our meeting this month. He will share some information about Covid especially as it relates to our teens. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Don't pass up this opportunity if you are still confused by information out there about the Covid-19 virus.

Also at our April Meeting . . .

Brooklyn Sherman, Jefferson HS Alumnus is running for PPS School Board, Zone #4 Position

We invited Brooklyn to come and speak to us about his platform. Come and check out what he has to say. The Multnomah County special election will be May 18, 2021.

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At our March Meeting

  • We had to put off our PTO/PTA discussion. Look for this topic to be a part of our May or June meeting.

  • Ms. Love, Jefferson Vice Principal, brought her always positive self and shared some very uplifting appreciation and lots of helpful information about the hybrid model and return to in-person for some of our students. She also shared information about the principal hiring process to hire a new principal at Jefferson

Jefferson PTSA Scholarships

It's not too late!

The Jefferson PTSA is offering three $1,000 scholarships
for the Jefferson High School graduating class of 2021! No minimum GPA! These scholarships are available to any graduating senior who is heading to college or other post-secondary education programs. Complete this application by April 15th.

Getting to Know Your Board Members

A couple of months ago, we introduced Lori, our new treasurer and wrote a little article about her. So we thought it might be a good idea to highlight one of our board members each month, especially since we don't get to see each other in person this year.

Georgie Honl, PTSA Vice President

Georgie needs no introduction to many of us. What many of you do know is that Georgie is devoted to the Jefferson community. She has volunteered her time in many ways over the years including supporting athletics, developing a food pantry first in the school and now distributing to the community. Being of service is what Georgie is all about.

What you may not know is that she has a connection to Jefferson that goes way, way back. Georgie's mother graduated from Jeff back in 1962. Both her husband and oldest son are graduates of JHS, her daughter is about to graduate and her youngest, currently a student at Faubion, can't wait until he is an official Demo too.

Georgie is a proud Middle Eastern American with Lebanese and Syrian roots and a native Oregonian, living in North Portland for 27 years! She graduated from Mt. Hood Community College with an associates degree in cosmetology and has had her own hair studio since 2002. Georgie loves spending time with her family, playing games, working out, running and competing in local races.

Georgie currently serves as our PTSA Vice President. She also served as the PTSA President from 2018 to 2020 and was an active member before that. Thank you Georgie for your 'can do' spirit and commitment to our community.

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Jefferson Senior Celebration Planning

The Jefferson PTSA continues to work hard on plans for a senior celbration. This celebration has looked different throughout the years and will take on a form this year for sure. The Senior Celebration Committee wants to be sure this year's celebration will be special and memorable.

We are still seeking donations for a raffle prizes and a prize wheel at the event and cash donations to help fund the event. If you know of any businesses that may be interested in donating, we would love to reach out to them.

If you are interested in participating or helping out, contact Tracey Dunlap at

¿Por Qué No? Fundraiser

Jefferson Night at ¿Por Qué No? was a huge success. We raised $300. Thanks to everyone who got out and grabbed dinner and supported Jeff. Go Demos!
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Have you been thinking about becoming more involved in the PTSA?

We are looking for officers in all positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and 'Elect-' positions for those who are interested but want to ease in, like President-Elect, VP-Elect, etc. Nominations will be taking place in a couple of months.

We are working really hard to create an organization that goes beyond what we think of as a typical PTSA. We have a vision of a group that is Parent, Guardian, Care-Giver, Grandparent, Teacher, Staff Member, Administrator, Student, Alumni, Community Member. Be a part of this re-creation. We would love to hear your thoughts.

Contact information for the Board is at the bottom of this newsletter.


Your can and bottle deposits can now be donated to the Jefferson PTSA to help support 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 made almost $250!

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 Tuesdays and Fridays between 12:00 and 3:00.

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Food Pantry Celebrates It's One Year Anniversary!

When things began to close down in March of 2020, the little Jefferson PTSA Food Pantry decided to go big, in hopes of serving the greater community during an unprecedented time. With the help of several local partners and resources, we transformed our small internal operation whose goal was to make sure the kids in school didn't go hungry during the school day and turned it into a substantial resource for families in the community.

On March 19th, we celebrated our one year anniversary with a celebration with the families and community members we serve and have gotten to know so well. There was pizza, beverages and treats. We held a drawing and people were able to win many prizes including a flat-screen TV that was donated to us, new Columbia coats, Fred Meyer gift cards and boxes full of home essentials. It was a heart-warming day. Much thanks to Georgie Honl and her crew!

The food pantry continues, so pass the word along:

* We are now set up under the wrestling gym overhang, still on N Commercial. Look for our blue and gold banner. Please share with anyone you know who may be experiencing any food insecurity.

PTSA MEMBERSHIP: It's Never Too Late

Your Jefferson PTSA is working hard for our community. Come and be a part of it! Everyone has something to offer. You may have a little time or a great idea or a connection to a business or the community. We would love for you to join us.

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome!

Also, if you haven't renewed your membership yet this year, this would be a great time to do it.

Here is the link to join:

Volunteer Opportunities


All committees would welcome volunteers. Committees include:

  • Fundraising
  • Senior Celebration
  • Membership
  • Community Engagement
  • Student Activities and Support
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Advocacy, Volunteers
  • Food Pantry
  • Concessions
  • Gear

Please contact your PTSA Board if interested:

Laura Bullock, President:

Georgie Honl, Vice President:

Gabrielle Mercedes Bolivar, Secretary:

Lori Lyons-Lachman, Treasurer:


This links 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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