JES Weekly E-Blast

April 11, 2016

Weekly Schedule

Monday - Day 1 - ELA PSSAs Begin

Tuesday - Day 2 - Lab Ratz

Wednesday - Day 3

Thursday - Day 4

Friday - Day 5

Monday (4/18) - Day 1 - Math PSSAs Begin

Highlights From Last Week

2nd Grade Visits Heinz Hall

2nd grade students traveled to beautiful Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts for the Second Grade Schooltime Concert titled "Meet the Orchestra" led by Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong. The concert began with a percussion family feature of Muzquiz's Auburn Run-Out highlighting the many instruments that produce sound by scraping, shaking, or striking.

Kindergarten Registration Going on Now!

Kindergarten registration is in full swing. Registration packets are available online or in the JES office.

Coming Up This Week

PSSA Testing

English Language Arts (Grades 3-5) - 4/11, 4/12, 4/13, 4/14

Matt Tavares Book Order


Matt's books will be available to purchase. Matt Tavares Order Forms are due on April 13.

MLFE's 2nd Annual Taste of Lebo

4/16 @ 2:00PM-5:00PM

Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education (MLFE), a wonderful supporter of our school district, is hosting their 2nd annual fundraiser, “Taste of Lebo”, in Uptown Mt. Lebanon. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 from 2 – 5 p.m. In addition to sampling a number of Uptown restaurant’s appetizers, music students from the K-12 spectrum will also be performing. It’s a great family event. Tickets are limited and you don't want to miss this "tasty" event!! Order now by clicking the link below:

Future Events

PSSA Testing

Math (Grades 3-5) - 4/18. 4/19, 4/20

Science (Grade 4) - 4/25, 2/27

JES Book Swap

4/21 & 4/22

Mrs. Auslander and JES will be sponsoring a book swap on Earth Day, April 22. Children in grades K-5 will have an opportunity to bring in gently used books and swap them for "new to you" books of their choice.

The book swap must be an even exchange. This means that students must select the same types of books they donate. For example if a 5th grader turns in 3 picture books, they must leave with 3 picture books. This ensures that everyone is exchanging in a fair manner.

You are welcome to donate extra books beyond the five your child can exchange. At the end of the swap, some of the extra books will be available to the Jefferson teachers to help build their classroom libraries. Remaining books will be donated to a local charity.

Click on the link above for more information about the book swap.

Bring Your Child to Work Day


Please completed a pre-approved absence form if you are planning on having your child participate in this event.

Pre-Approved Absence Form

Matt Tavares Author Visit and Book Order

5/3 @ 1:30 - JES Auditorium

Matt Tavares will be visiting JES in May. He has published fifteen books and has won several awards, including three Parent's Choice Gold Awards, six Oppenheim Gold Seal Awards, and an International Reading Association Children's Book Award. Read more about Matt Tavares at

Matt's books will be available to purchase. Matt Tavares Order Forms are due on April 13.

PTA Updates

JES Brick Sale

Once again this year, JES families will have an opportunity to purchase a personalized brick to commemorate their child's elementary school years or honor a special teacher or staff member. Check out the pavers we already have in place along the circle drive entrance to the school.

Click here for an order form. Orders are due by April 15. All proceeds benefit the JES Gardens and Gardening Club.

Thank you for your support.

Let Me Run - Coaching Opportunity

Exciting Volunteer Opportunity:

Head Coach & Assistant Coach, Let Me Run, Fall 2016

The coaches for Let Me Run are "graduating" with their boys, so we are looking for two volunteers to take over Let Me Run this coming fall. Let Me Run is a running program for rising 4th & 5th grade boys (similar to Girls on the Run). The 7-week program inspires boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle. You do not have to be a runner or have prior coaching experience, just a love for teaching boys how to strive to be their best. It's an amazing experience!

For more information, please contact Kelly Harvey-Jones at or Mary Crowley at

Shopper Rewards - Amazon Reminder

Did you know....

· JES earns 6% of everything you spend when you use our JES link to shop on Amazon! This is free money for our JES students.

· You have to click on this link each time you make a purchase for our school to earn money. Create a bookmark for your browser now to make it easy to use each time you shop!

· You don't have to be a PTA member to use the link. Please forward it with grandparents, friends, and neighbors!

Thank you!

Yearbook Photos
We are always in need of photos for the JES Yearbook. If you have photos of school events or extracurricular activities that you would like to see in the yearbook, please send the images If you would like to be a volunteer photographer at upcoming school events, please contact Sarah at to coordinate schedules. Thank you.

Juvenile Protection – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
A message from the Pennsylvania PTA:

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, so we’re going to begin the month by asking you to take a few seconds to do one simple thing …

Put this number into your phone contacts: 1-800-932-0313.

It’s a toll-free number for ChildLine, Pennsylvania’s child abuse hotline. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and reports can be made anonymously.

Once the ChildLine number is in your phone directory, pass the number along to friends, family and colleagues who might not have it in their phones. Remind them that anyone can (and should) report suspected child abuse or neglect.

If you are among Pennsylvania’s mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect, remember that you can either call ChildLine or make a report online.

It’s our collective responsibility to help keep all children safe from harm.

About Us

The Jefferson Elementary learning community has an exceptional reputation for its dedicated teachers, staff and parents working together to provide learning experiences for our children that include high expectations, a challenging curriculum and a shared commitment to provide the best education possible for each and every student.