September 2021

What's Happening in September

1 - First day of School

2 - Senior Sunrise

6 - Labor Day - no school

8 - Jefferson PTSA Meeting

15 - Senior Family Night

15 - Site Council Meeting

22 - Open House

September PTSA Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 8th, 6:30-8pm

This is an online event.

Everyone is welcome!

Meet and greet at 6:15 pm

Meeting begins at 6:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 868 6929 2637

Passcode: 242483

About Jefferson PTSA Meetings

Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month form 6:30 to 8:00pm. For now, we will continue to meet virtually. We open the meeting at 6:15 to gather informally with the official meeting beginning at 6:30. When we get the go ahead to meet in-person, we hope to meet in the Blazer/Community Room at Jefferson like usual.

Everyone in the Jefferson community is welcome to attend the PTSA meetings. PTSA stands for Parent, Teacher, Student Association which doesn't fully describe who we are. Alumni, grandparents, caregivers, SEI, Latin Network, anyone who is part of the Jefferson community is invited. You are encouraged to become a member of the PTSA but it is not a requirement for attending meetings.

Come check us out and see what we're about. The PTSA is here to support the Jefferson students, staff and families. If you are looking for a way to get involved and/or be informed, the PTSA is a great way to do that.

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Welcome New Friends and Families!

We are so glad you are here!

And welcome back everyone else! We had so much fun meeting many new families and seeing some familiar faces at Jefferson registration on August 30th and 31st. The Jefferson PTSA is here to support you and to provide you with opportunities to volunteer and support your school. Come to a meeting and check us out.

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At our September Meeting

Wednesday, September 8th will be our first meeting of the 2021-22 school year. The agenda will include:

  • introductions and a little get to know one another
  • review the budget for the upcoming year
  • 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!

The PTSA Also Welcomed Back Teachers . . .

With a spread of treats, snacks and beverages! In the days leading up to the first day of school teachers are busy in meetings and planning and setting up their classrooms to welcome our students. We thought a little sustenance would help make the job a little easier.

Thank you Demo Staff!

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Looking Back at 2020-21

Well, last year was quite a year! It was full of challenges and struggles like we have never seen before. And it's not over yet. Everyone had to adjust and make significant changes to their lives. That was true for the PTSA too. Many of the traditional roles we played at Jefferson were no longer feasible in the new environment. We didn't let that stop us. Here are some highlights from last year:

We welcomed three (of four) new board members

We continued a flourishing community food pantry to support families that we started when school buildings closed in March 2020

We started a monthly newsletter to help keep families and community members informed

We established an on-going Jefferson PTSA Bottle Drop fundraiser

We developed a partnership with Kaiser that generously supports our food pantry and provides health-related information to our community

We received a $1000 Metro Grant to support the food pantry

We held several staff appreciation events including a letter writing campaign of notes of appreciation to every staff member

We had three restaurant fundraisers that raised over $1300!

We began discussion on exploring the pros of becoming a PTO rather than a PTA

After eight months of planning and many versions, we had a beautiful celebration to honor our seniors

We established a scholarship fund and awarded three $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors

We also had many wonderful Guest Speakers at our meetings including . . .

School board members: Michelle DePass and Rita Moore on the school bond measure; Kali Thorne Ladd, Kairos Executive Director and Winta Yohannes, Albina Vision Trust Managing Director on The Center for Black Student Excellence; Jameelah Rasheed from BUILD Program of Unite Oregon; Dr. Fellows and others from Kaiser's Center for Health Research and several others.

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Consider Becoming a PTSA Officer

Although we have officers this year, we welcome anyone who is interested in becoming an officer. We would be open to doing elections if there is interest.

We also are interested in creating 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.

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 voice and participation!

We particularly want to invite students to consider becoming a PTSA officer. 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.

Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for folks who are interested in helping out with concessions at home sporting events this fall. It's a fun volunteer activity! If you are interested, contact Georgie Honl at

Results of Atlas Pizza Fundraiser

At the very end of the school year, Atlas hosted a second fundraiser for Jefferson for the year. It was a huge success. We raised $495!

Thanks to Atlas for their ongoing support of the Jefferson community!

And thanks to everyone who visited Atlas on June 7th and supported your PTSA!

Go Demos!

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Jefferson Senior Celebration

When we began planning the Senior Celebration last 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 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 the evening of June 7th, we had an outdoor, walk through Senior Celebration just down the street from Jefferson. Everyone was masked and safe. There was the raffle prize pick up with over 40 really cool prizes including the grand prize laptop! There was also a prize wheel with lots of prizes, a cupcake station, free books donated by the Multnomah Count Library We also had a photo booth with a photographer and food and music! And every senior received a Jefferson Class of 2021 hoodie including names of the graduating class on the back of the hoodie. Students and family members had a great time!


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Become a Jefferson PTSA Member

  • Support our students, staff and community

  • Have an impact on the success of our students

  • Find out what’s happening at JHS

  • Make connections and build community

  • Share your ideas, concerns and experiences

  • Be a part of making things happen!

All are welcome: parents, care givers, students, staff, alumni, community members. It’s easier than ever, just jump on the zoom link, the second Wednesday of the month. Membership dues are $12.50.

However, don't let money get int the way! We want you. This year we will have a pay what you can option. You will see on the link to our online store there is a link to purchase a membership. We are working on creating a custom payment option so you decide what works for you. The option is not quite up and running but we will let you know as soon as it is.

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

online membership link:


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 raised $450 so far!

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.

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Jefferson PTSA Food Pantry

When? Every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Where? At Jefferson, on the N Commercial side of the school *

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. It's an impressive spread.

Want to donate? Drop off on Fridays or

* 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 will be hosting a food pantry on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 starting September 14th. We believe it will be located on N Commercial by the gym. If that changes, we will let you know.

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 are sponsoring a donation drive throughout the month of September to support our food pantry!

They will collect hygiene products including masks, dish soap laundry detergent, hygiene products and cash donations. We also found out that the first $600 of donations will be matched by an anonymous donor!

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

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Georgie just put in a big gear order! In a few weeks we will be fully stocked with hoodies, long sleeve t-shirts, demo masks and more!

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

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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