Jenks PTA Monthly Newsletter

For the Jaguars -- September 2020

Letter from the President

It’s hard to believe we are already in the middle of September. I hope that the transition for your families back to school has gone smoothly, whether you are learning face to face or with KVA.


As we go through this school year, there is still a lot of uncertainty about what lies ahead. What we do know is that the need for support is still there, now more than ever, and the PTA is here to help. We launched our “Beyond the Walls” volunteer initiative earlier this month. This includes providing an opportunity for Jenks families to sponsor our teachers/staff, providing an opportunity for returning families to connect with new families, and providing opportunities for volunteers to help plan our virtual events. We know we can’t bring some of our favorite programs to life this year, but our hope is to introduce some new programs virtually that will continue to bring our Jenks community together.


In addition, our PTA has recently purchased a library book vending machine, an interactive science sand table, and picnic tables. We are also providing funding towards advocacy programs, an art program, campus enhancements, a music program, a literacy program, grade level funds, staff professional development, and much more. You might have also noticed that the shade for our new playground is being installed this week. The PTA was able to get support from MUD 58 to fund this shade. Your membership helps us achieve all these goals. Thank you for your continued support.


We are still working on our PTA directory, which will include class lists, birthday lists, and much more. If you haven’t already filled out our contact form, please do so. This will allow us to include you in the directory. To fill out the form please click on this link: https://tinyurl.com/y6x9ed6x Also, we are in the process of renewing our School of Excellence status. This is a National PTA recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between local PTA’s and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. Last year we were one of only 2 schools in Katy to receive this recognition. In order to participate in this program, we need to do a baseline survey. If you could please take this brief survey, it will help us identify opportunities for improvement in our school. The link for this survey is at https://tinyurl.com/y64mulps


Again, thank you so much for your membership. We are so grateful for your support. If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do so by visiting joinpta.org. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to email me at presidentmjepta@gmail.com


For the Jaguars,

Rebecca Van Epp


Estimados miembros de PTA de Jenks.

Es difícil creer que ya estamos a mediados de Septiembre. Espero que la transición de sus familias de regreso a la escuela se haya desarrollado sin problemas, ya sea que estén aprendiendo cara a cara o con KVA. También quería agradecerle por convertirse en miembro de PTA de JENKS.


A medida que avanzamos en este año escolar, todavía hay mucha incertidumbre sobre lo que nos espera. Lo que sí sabemos es que la necesidad de apoyo sigue ahí, ahora más que nunca, y PTA está aquí para ayudar. Lanzamos nuestra iniciativa de voluntariado “Beyond de Walls” a principios de este mes. Esto incluye brindar una oportunidad para que las familias de Jenks patrocinen a nuestros maestros y personal, así mismo brindar una oportunidad para que las familias que regresan se conecten con nuevas familias. Además brindamos oportunidades para que los voluntarios ayuden a planear nuestros eventos virtuales. Sabemos que no podemos dar vida a algunos de nuestros programas favoritos este año, pero nuestra esperanza es presentar algunos programas nuevos virtuales que continuaran uniendo a nuestra comunidad de Jenks.


Además, nuestro PTA ha comprado recientemente una máquina expendedora de libros de la biblioteca, una mesa de arena interactiva para ciencias y mesas de picnic. También estamos proporcionando fondos para programas de defensa, un programa de arte, mejoras en el campus, un programa de música, un programa de alfabetización, fondos de nivel de grado, desarrollo profesional del personal y mucho más. Es posible que también haya notado que esta semana se instalará la sombra para nuestro nuevo patio de recreo. PTA pudo obtener el apoyo de MUD 58 para financiar este proyecto. Su membresía nos ayuda a lograr todos estos objetivos. Gracias por su continuo apoyo.


Todavía estamos trabajando en nuestro directorio de PTA, que incluirá listas de clases, listas de cumpleaños y mucho más. Si aún no ha completado nuestro formulario de contacto, hágalo esto nos permitirá incluirlo en el directorio. Para completar el formulario, haga clic en este enlace:

https://tinyrul.com/6x9ed6x

Además, estamos en el proceso de renovar nuestro estado de Escuela de Excelencia, este es un programa de reconocimiento de PTA Nacional que apoya y celebra las asociaciones entre PTA’s locales y las escuelas para enriquecer la experiencia educativa y el bienestar general de todos los estudiantes. El año pasado fuimos una de las dos únicas escuelas de Katy en recibir este reconocimiento. Para participar en este programa, necesitamos hacer una encuesta de referencia, si pudiera realizar esta breve encuesta nos ayudará a identificar oportunidades de mejora en nuestra escuela, el enlace para esta encuesta es:

https://tinyurl.com/y64mulps


Nuevamente muchas gracias por su membresía, estamos muy agradecidos por su apoyo. Como siempre, si tiene alguna pregunta o sugerencia, no dude en enviarme un correo electrónico a:

presidentmjepta@gmail.com


Por los Jaguares

Rebecca Van Epp

Presidente de PTA de Jenks.

Volunteering Opportunities

Check out our "Beyond the Walls" volunteering opportunities. To sign up please visit:


https://tinyurl.com/y2l76fps

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Reflections Art Program

Attention Jaguars-- The Reflections Art program is underway. This year the theme is “I Matter Because.” It’s an excellent opportunity for you to unleash your creative potential in one of the following categories:

visual arts (painting or drawing)

choreography

film production

literature

music composition

photography

The only requirement is that one member of your household be a PTA member. To become a member, please visit joinpta.org

The deadline is 10/20. For more information and to get a copy of the application please visit:

https://www.txpta.org/reflections-participation

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Virtual Career Week

We are excited for our first virtual career week November 16th - 20th. Each day will focus on a different career field. We will be showing videos throughout the week speaking to real life professionals. We would love to have our Jaguars submit questions, and share pictures or videos of them dressed up in the profession they would like to learn more about. Please fill out the form below so we can get a list of questions and pictures to submit.


https://tinyurl.com/y2syekcr

Poinsettia Fundraiser

The Jenks PTA is excited to offer poinsettias for this upcoming holiday season. A portion from each purchase will go directly to the school and help support future PTA programs, classroom needs, campus enhancements, and training.


Each poinsettia will come in a foil-wrapped pot and have several blooms. Our plants are coming from a farm in Arkansas that has been in business for over 10 years!

Poinsettias will be delivered during the early part of December. From there, a date will be scheduled for parents and friends to pick up their plant(s) from campus. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Orders will not be taken after October 9th. To order, visit jenkspta.com/shop

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Yearbooks

Yearbooks are available now! Only $36 until 12/31/20.

This will be the year your family will look back on! Buy your full color, 136 page, hardcover yearbook that will last a lifetime! Balfour.com

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Spirit Wear

Check out our latest designs and additions to our spirit wear shop by visiting jenkspta.com/shop
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Membership

If you haven't joined our amazing organization yet, please visit joinpta.org to join.


Also, we are having an incentive in September for grandparents to join our PTA. Check out the flyer below for more details.

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Mark your calendars:

  • October 20th Deadline for Reflections Art
  • October 26-30 Red Ribbon Week
  • November 5th PTA General Meeting at 6pm via zoom
  • November 16-20 Virtual Career Week
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