October 2022

What's Happening in October

3 - Picture Make Up Day

4 - FAFSA Night for Seniors @ 5:30pm

4 - Parent/Community Monthly Meeting with Principal Shelton @ 5:30pm

5/6 - Student FLEX Days

7 - Homecoming

12 - PSAT for Sophomores

12 - Jefferson Modernization Town Hall @ 5:00pm

12 - PTSA Meeting @ 6:30pm-IN PERSON

14 - Teacher Planning Day (no school for students)

19 - Site Council Meeting

19/20 - Student FLEX Days

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October PTSA meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 6:30-8pm

Jefferson High School in the CommUnity Room

At 6:15 we will have some snacks and drinks an opportunity to socialize before the meeting begins.

  • elect new officers
  • review and approve the standing rules
  • review and approve the budget for the year
  • share committees and what they do
  • new business/ideas/questions

Everyone is welcome! Only members may vote on motions.

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About Jefferson PTSA Meetings

We are back to meeting in person!

Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month. We have snacks and connection at 6:15 with the official meeting beginning at 6:30. If you face the school, the door is on the ground floor to the right of the stairs.

We will meet in the Blazer/CommUnity Room at Jefferson. The entrance is on the N Commercial Ave side of the school. We always have some snacks and drinks.

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, Latino 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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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.

Standard membership dues are $12.50.

However, don't let money get in the way! We want you. 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 standard membership or a sliding scale membership.

There are also full scholarships available. Just contact one of the board officers to request a scholarship.

Members must renew their membership every year. If you were a member last year, your membership is honored until October 31st of this school year,

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


The current PTSA board members have all maxed out their terms. We need new officers. We are all committed to being involved and support new officers. For the organization to continue we need at least a President, Secretary and Treasurer. We have one potential candidate for Treasurer.

If you are interested or have questions, please reach out to:

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Getting Involved

Here are some descriptions of things we do and ways you can get involved. Some of you have already filled out the volunteer interest survey. We apologize for not reaching out to you yet. We are stretched pretty thin right now. We promise we are working on it. Come to a meeting or email us at


Every Friday. There is set up, distributing and clean up. The time range is 11:00-3:00 or so. We could use help for all or part of this block of time. This is a very rewarding volunteer opportunity.


Organizing, helping, donate items to staff appreciation events throughout the school year.


Many of the things on this list are a part of Community Engagement like social media, the food pantry, volunteering and the newsletter. In addition, there's membership and guest speakers at meetings and seeking input from the community about what folks want from their PTSA.


Athletic event concessions are a little influx at the moment as other groups in the Jeff community are also interested in doing concessions. We are all working on figuring out a plan and will let you all know as soon as we can.


Looking for a person or two to oversee this on-going fundraiser. Responsibilities include promoting the fundraiser, periodically ordering and restocking blue bags, coordinating getting blue bags to folks, sometimes picking bags of cans from folks and dropping them off at Bottledrop (although many people drop off their own bags) and coordinating/promoting the Earthday spring fundraiser where Oregon Bottledrop contributes additional $ for cans collected for a period of time in April.


We are looking for a parent representative for the monthly safety meetings that are held at Jefferson and led by Vice Principal Gregory.


Edit, contribute, manage, and/or collaborate on PTSA monthly newsletter. We are using the platform Smore currently, to create our newsletter.


Manage Facebook page, posting info and events throughout the year. Responding to occasional messages that are sent to our FB page.


Organize information from volunteer surveys. Send out emails seeking volunteers for specific events throughout the year. Help get volunteers signed up for specific events, tasks.


We fundraise through concessions, gear sales, volunteering at events in exchange for a donation to the PTSA, direct donations, restaurants hosting 'Jefferson PTSA' night where a percentage of proceeds go to the PTSA and grant writing. We are always looking for new fundraising opportunities. We are looking fro ideas and help with any of these fundraisers.


Help the Senior Celebration Committee plan the event, solicit donations and sponsorships, pick up donations, organize the raffle, plan activities, meet with committee. We start gathering the committee together in November and December and really get planning by January.


Helping out with the PTSA website, the PTSA online store and the PTSA Google Workspace.


Volunteer Interest Survey

Please check out this simple survey if you may be interested in getting involved this year. There are lots of small and one-time volunteer opportunities.


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 $1200 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.

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 set up under the wrestling gym overhang on N Commercial. Look for our blue and gold banner and flags!

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

Everyone is welcome.


We have your DEMO GEAR here!

We've got short and long sleeve t-shirts. We have hoodies. We also have most options in an Alumni version. You can order online. See the link at the bottom of the newsletter.

Coming soon, a new yellow-gold DEMO t-shirt. It should arrive any day!

Be on the lookout for it!

Out Going PTSA Board Members Contact Information

Laura Bullock, President:

Georgie Honl, Vice President:

Barb Fisher, 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


5210 N Kerby Avenue Portland, OR 97217