June 2021

What's Happening in June

1 , 2, 3 - Senior Ticket pick up

3 - Senior Last Day

3 - Senior Cord pick up

3 - Senior Celebration

7 - Atlas Pizza Fundraiser

9 - Graduation

9 - PTSA Meeting, 6:30pm

11 - Last Day of School

June PTSA Meeting

Wednesday, June 9th, 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: 851 4903 1472

Passcode: 476011

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Atlas Pizza Fundraiser for Jefferson PTSA

Atlas Pizza has generously offered to host a second fundraiser benefiting our PTSA this school year. In December, the Jefferson community rocked PIE night and we raised over $500!!

Maybe you missed the first one or come out again to support Jefferson. Take the night off and enjoy delicious pizza, garlic knots and salad!

MONDAY, JUNE 7th, 4:00 pm to close

only at the N Killingsworth location

Go Demos!

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June Meeting . . . Looking to Next Year

Gosh, it has been one unique year with lots of challenges but still many things to be grateful for. At our June meeting, we will spend a little time looking back on what we have accomplished. And we will spend some time brainstorming what we hope to do next year. It would be great to hear your thoughts and see your faces.

At our May Meeting

Gabriela Mercedes Bolivar presented information about the differences between PTAs and PTOs. We talked about the pros and cons and asked questions. One big pro is that an independent PTO would allow us to be more inclusive and represent who we really are: parents, guardians, teachers, students, alumni, staff members, community members. This was the first of many discussions and plans to come. Thank you Gabriela!

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Please Consider . . .

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 soon!

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 and value your participation.

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

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Jefferson Senior Celebration, June 3rd


When we began planning the Senior Celebration this year, we knew it would be different than years past. For many months, we didn't exactly know what it would look like, so we did our best to plan but we knew we would have to be flexible.

In order to keep our students safe during the pandemic, the school district has suspended the ability for volunteers to be on school property. For a minute, we were discouraged but, along with many other PTAs around the city and state, we got creative and figured out a way to honor and celebrate our well deserving seniors!

On Thursday evening, at the same time as senior cord pick up, 4:00-7:00, we will have a walk-through Senior Celebration just down the street from the Kerby side of Jefferson. There will be the raffle prize pick up, over 40 really cool prizes including the grand prize laptop! There will also be a fun prize wheel with lots of prizes, a cupcake station, free books donated by the Multnomah Count Library, a photo booth with a photographer, food and music!

Senior hoodies will be distributed at the school, along side of cord pick up. Laura will be there to help point seniors in the direction of the celebration.

Masks and social distancing will be required.

We continue to welcome donations to help us cover expenses for the Senior Celebration:

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The following businesses have made generous donations to our senior celebration, even during these challenging economic times.

Abdul the Barber

Atlas Pizza

Blind Onion Pizza

Carioca Bowl


Eco Vibe

Fire on the Mountain

Foot Traffic

Forge Yoga

Handsome Pizza

Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels

IQ Bank

Mississippi Pizza

North Portland Library

Oaks Park

Pigs Pata Tacos

Po Shine Restaurant

Por Que No

Portland Gear

Ranch Pizza

Red E Coffee

Rovente Pizza

Ruby Jewell Ice Cream

Solabee Flowers and Botanicals


Tamale Buy

Union Burger PDX

Voodoo Donuts

Whole Bowl

These businesses sponsored our senior celebration event with generous cash donations or significant gifts.

3 Mountains Plumbing

Advantis Credit Union

Albina Construction

Forge Yoga

Neil Kelly

Portland Proper Real Estate

Umpqua Bank

If you happen to visit any of these business, share a thank you! We really can't thank them enough for supporting our Jefferson community.

Dave Gunderson and Hopscotch Foundation have made a wonderful food donation and Sunshine Division will provide beverages for our celebration.

Much appreciation to our Senior Celebration Committee:

Tracey Dunlap

Lisa Howard

Georgie Honl

Laura Bullock

Special thanks to Jefferson staff who were by our sides through many planning meetings:

Nicole Dalton

Brittany Warren

Melissa Franz

Ms. Love

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Bashor's Local Business and Jefferson High School

Several of us in the Jefferson PTSA have gotten to know Julia Sherman, owner of Bashor's Team Athletics over the years and our experience has been so positive that we decided to do a shout out to Bashor's!

A locally owned and operated business since 1944, Bashor's has been providing screen-printed athletic wear to Jefferson High School, the Jeff PTSA and the Portland athletic community for more than seven decades. From football to baseball and every sport in between, Bashor's provides personalized service and a commitment to excellence. Julia has been working in the family business from an early age. Working her way up from a part-time job when she was a teen to now owner, Julia is dedicated to quality and service excellence. Through the pandemic, she is wearing more hats than ever before. Regardless of how many hats Julia is juggling, the focus is always on meeting and exceeding the customer's needs and always with a smile.

Thank you Julia! And make sure to put Bashor's at the top of your list when needing athletic gear!

Getting to Know Your Board Members

By now, we have shared articles about Georgie Honl, PTSA Vice President, Lori Lyons-Lachman, PTSA Treasurer and Gabriela Mercedes Bolivar. Next is Laura.

Laura Bullock, PTSA President

  • Proud mom of 3 children. The two oldest are grown now, both graduates of PPS and the youngest is a sophomore at Jefferson. I've done the single parent thing for the whole time.
  • I have been a special education teacher with Portland Public Schools since the mid 90s. I started my teaching in Portland at Humboldt Elementary, right in Jefferson's backyard.
  • I grew up in New Jersey, spent 3 years in the Army, got my teaching degree in Florida and taught there for a few years before finally settling in North Portland.
  • My son is way into basketball. We are big Trail Blazer fans and I know more about basketball than I ever thought I would, LOL. I also love to dabble in art and gardening. And I love to visit family in Florida and swim in the super warm ocean.
  • Social justice and dismantling racism are very important to me. I am honored to be a part of the Jefferson community.
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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 $325!

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.

Jefferson PTSA Food Pantry- Schedule Change

Beginning in June, the Food Pantry will be open on Fridays only. No more Tuesdays. SEI will continue to have their food pantry on Tuesdays, see info below.

* We are now set up under the wrestling gym overhang, still on N Commercial. Look for our blue and gold banner and flags!

Other food pantries . . .

SEI hosts a food pantry on Tuesdays. It is also located on N Commercial by the gym.

When? 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 1:00-3:00 pm.

SEI/SUN hosted food pantry at Woodlawn, 7200 NE 11th Ave, on Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30

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

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PTSA Board Members Contact Information

Laura Bullock, President:

Georgie Honl, Vice President:

Gabrielle Mercedes Bolivar, Secretary:

Lori Lyons-Lachman, Treasurer:

Nathaniel Shue, Student Representative


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


5210 N Kerby Avenue Portland, OR 97217