Jerabek Weekly Newsletter

Week of September 4, 2023

LABOR DAY- No School 9/4/2023

Labor Day is on the first Monday of September every year and is a national holiday in the US. It has its origins in the labor movement and is a day to celebrate American workers.


What are the SSC and SGT?

The School Site Council (SSC) is responsible for the following tasks; review school and student performance data, establish/review school goals, monitor implementation of the site plan for student achievement, develop/oversee the parent involvement policy and home school compact and annually approve and recommend the SPSA to the SDUSD Board of Education for approval (categorical budget and school goals).

The Site Governance Team (SGT) ensures shared decision-making occurs on instructional programs including; changes in the school’s subject emphasis, school-wide student discipline plan, site security plan, and multiple-site assignments for applicable programs.

Our SSC and SGT meet one Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM in person and/or Zoom.

We look for a two-year commitment for new members. This year we are in need of three additional parent/community members.

If you are interested in joining our Jerabek SSC/SGT please fill out the nomination form.

Introducing San Diego Public Library Student EXCEL Library Cards

San Diego Unified School District has embarked on an exciting new partnership with San Diego Public Library to ensure all students have access to materials and services necessary for their educational success. Starting this school year, the Library and School District will begin automatically registering students for a San Diego Public Library Student EXCEL Library Card. Once the students EXCEL cards are distributed, students will need to bring their San Diego Unified School Student ID number and their EXCEL card to any of the 36 San Diego Public Library locations to activate.

EXCEL cards will be distributed this week at Jerabek.

For more information about the EXCEL Library Card Program click here.

Back to School Packets Due Now!

Please return all Back to School packets ASAP! This letter was sent home with the packets. The following information is needed in the packets:

Documents To Return (Due Friday, September 1st):

  • Student Enrollment Form

    • Review and update all information on both sides, signature required (Emergency contacts must be up to date). For the protection of your student, no adult may take your child out of school unless their name is listed on their “Student Enrollment Form” along with state ID.

    • If you have moved, provide proof of residency (copy of utility bill, mortgage, or lease).

    • Include ALL adults you are authorizing to pick up your child during the school day. Use the “Notes/Additional Information/Legal Bindings” section if needed (Full name and phone number). District policy dictates that we cannot take authorizations over the phone.

  • Facts For Parents (booklet)

    • Universal Form (last two pages in booklet), completed and signed.

  • Jerabek Library Authorization Card

  • Health Information Exchange Consent (gold)

Run for Fun - Soft Start for the Running Club!

Join us for Run for Fun before school! Run for fun allows students (and adults if they would like to join) to enjoy running field laps before run club scanning starts. Back gate opens at 8:15. Adults, if you would like to stay and watch, please stay on the fence line and exit by 8:30. Our Jerabek Running Club Team is planning to start the Running Club the week of September 11th.

Donations needed for our Counseling Center

Jerabek is fortunate to have a full-time counselor, Silvia Henley. In addition, we have the additional support of Catherine Bennett on Fridays. We are creating a multi-dimensional counseling center focused on supporting our students UTK-Grade 5.

We are currently in need of materials for the counseling center. The following materials will support our non-directive play emphasis that will allow our students to process and express thoughts and feelings that they can’t put into words.

Materials needed include (cleaned and disinfected):

  • Make-believe materials (hats, dress up, etc.)
  • Figurines, dolls, and stuffed animals
  • Painting, drawing, or sculpting materials
  • Board games, card games, puzzles, etc.
  • Sand & water table, doll house/environmental stations, sensory toys
  • Indoor sport games (ie. indoor basketball hoop)

We appreciate any and all support!



Students may arrive any time after 8:15 a.m. unless they are participating in the morning SAY program.

  • Play Structures: We ask that children and their siblings not play on playground equipment in the morning before school begins. When students arrive they are to go to the field (when running club starts), breakfast in the cafeteria, or head to their classroom line.

  • Breakfast is served in the cafeteria for free. Students may sit in the cafeteria if they are eating breakfast. Once they are finished, they must head to their classroom line or the field. If your student is eating breakfast please plan ahead to ensure they are finished by the time school begins.


Students are released by their teachers at 3:05 p.m. each day except on Thursday and all other minimum days when students are released at 12:25 p.m. Please pick your child up according to the dismissal map. Please plan ahead!


If you need to pick up your child early, please plan ahead. If you call the office ahead of time or send a note, we will have you child ready for pick up at the specified time. We understand that unforseen early pick-up is necessary. If you are able, call ahead to allow us 15 minutes to locate your child (especially at recess and lunch times). Please be mindful that your child will be waiting for your arrival. We do not want your child waiting for an extended period of time. Ensure that you have your ID for sign-out!

Thank you for your consideration and patience!


Campus safety is Jerabek's top priority. Teachers, support staff, school police services, and community organizations work together to prevent, prepare, and respond to emergency situations. CAMPUS SAFETY INCLUDES TRAFFIC SAFETY...THE DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP OF STUDENTS!

Click here for the Traffic Safety Page.


Attendance is a Jerabek focus this year! All California schools are funded based on ADA - Average Daily Attendance. Prompt and regular attendance is important at all times. When your child must be absent for any reason, please report the absence using this Google Form or call the office at (619) 605-1700 (Press 1) by 9:00 a.m. every day of non-attendance, giving the exact reason for the absence. Contact Susan Gallego at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!


Due to a high assortment of student food restrictions, food will not be allowed for birthday celebrations. Occasionally your classroom teacher may plan an educational experience in the classroom that may involve food. Teachers will work closely with parents, our school nurse, and health technician to ensure all dietary allergies and restrictions are being followed.


EVERY student is welcome to join us for FREE Breakfast and Lunch each school day.

  • Universal FREE Meals start the first day of the 23-24 School Year.

  • Breakfast is served from 8:15-8:25 in the cafeteria.

Kid's Choice Breakfast

Kid's Choice Lunch

Family Faculty Organization of Jerabek Elementary School

The Family Faculty Organization of Jerabek Elementary School, or FFO, is an organization similar to a PTA, made up of parents, community members, and staff who work together to provide students with added enrichment to their existing curriculum. Everyone who has a child at Jerabek is automatically a member of the FFO.

The FFO bridges the annual gap on hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding that is not given to school, teachers, and families due to service area’s median incomes. 97 cents of every dollar donated to the FFO goes directly back into programs and services for Jerabek Elementary families.

Jerabek will work closely with the FFO to streamline & align communications and increase accessibility. Our weekly newsletter will always include the button below, Jerabek FFO Newsletter, for a direct link to current FFO information.

Click here to visit the FFO Website.

Click here to get involved with Jerabek FFO.

Jerabek FFO Newsletter

August 30th Newsletter

Upcoming September Events

September 4 Labor Day - No School

September 18 School Tour (Choice Options)9:00 AM

September 20 Scripps Ranch Cluster Meeting4:30 PM

September 21 @ 1:00 PM SSC/SGT/ELAC Meeting1:30 PM

September 21 The Kebab Shop Fundraiser

September 22 Spirit Day - Movie Character

September 22 @ 5:00 PM Movie Night

September 26 Minimum Day

September 28 Award Ceremonies

September 28 @ 6:00 PM 4th/5th Grade Math & Science Night

Sep 21 – The Kebab Shop Fundraiser