JES Weekly E-Blast

October 2, 2016

Weekly Schedule

Monday - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday - Day 5
Wednesday - Day 1
Thursday - Day 2
Friday - Day 3
Monday (1/10) - Day 4

Highlights From This week

2nd Grade Walking Tour

Our second grade classrooms went on a walking tour of Mt. Lebanon this week! They observed architectural elements on buildings along Washington Road. They also toured the safety center and spent time with the MLPD and the Fire Department! The kiddos had a great trip!

3rd Grade Geode Guy!

Our 3rd grade classes learned all about geodes during their visit with "The Geode Guy". They went on a virtual trip to Mexico to explore how geodes are formed, mined and opened. The students were able to purchase geodes and then watch The Geode Guy crack them open!

Coming Up This Week

Mrs. Morin's Counselor's Corner

A note from Mrs. Morin, our school counselor. Click on the link above to learn more about Mrs. Morin and our School Counseling Program.



JES Walk to School Week


This week we will be celebrating JES Walk to School Week! Get the kids and family out for a walk to school. Parent volunteers, wearing Mt. Lebanon/Jefferson gear, will be positioned at strategic posts near JES handing out incentives to the students who walk to school using the Safewalking Routes. The purpose of this week is to promote safe walking and a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy your walk to school!

JES Safewalking Routes can be found here.

Up Coming Events



JES Read-a-Thon Begins


JES Book Fair


Reimagining Our Elementary Libraries

10/20 - 7PM @ MTLSD HS

Please join us on October 20 for an exciting evening as we begin to explore new opportunities to enhance the Mt. Lebanon School District elementary libraries. The program Dare to Dream: REIMAGINING OUR ELEMENTARY LIBRARIES will take place on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Center Court.

Our speaker for the evening will be Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Webster will share the latest thinking in 21st Century school libraries.

Our libraries have always been a vibrant learning space in our schools and a valued part of a Mt. Lebanon education. This new initiative will explore ways we can enrich our current libraries with a view to the future. All Mt. Lebanon parents are invited to attend. We hope you will join us to learn more.

We will have supervised Maker Space activities available for children K - 5 during the event.

Clearances and Affidavits

Volunteer Affidavits for Class Parties

Volunteer affidavits need to be signed on a yearly basis, so if you have not renewed stop by JES! These must be signed prior to attending the party.

Field Trips

Remember that if you are planning on volunteering for class parties, field trips or other events at JES you will need your clearances. For information regarding the school district's policies for volunteering click here. You may also see the PTA section below for volunteering opportunities and specific clearance requirements.

PTA Updates

PTA Weekly To Do List – please do the following things:

  1. Join the PTA – click the online form here

  2. Sign up to volunteer - Click here

  3. Use and bookmark the Amazon Link - Click here

  4. Register Your Giant Eagle Advantage Card for Apples for Students – click here

  5. Collect Box Tops – click here

Sign up for Odyssey of the Mind by October 15th – see form in Odyssey section below

Thank You for Volunteering

A big thank you to Michelle Tipton for volunteering on JES picture day!

Save the Date

Book Fair – 10/18, 3:00 – 7:00 PM and 10/19, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Read-A-Loud Party – 10/18, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Bingo Night – 11/4, 6:00 PM

JES Reflections Contest - "What is Your Story?"

"It's PTA Reflections Art Contest time at Jefferson!

Get out those pencils, paintbrushes & tap shoes and create your best interpretation of this year's theme: "What Is Your Story?". Your entry might have the chance to compete against other Mt. Lebanon schools to advance to the Regional, State or even National level. Also, your finished product will be displayed at the annual Reflections Open House Art Show, not to mention, you will receive recognition at the JES Awards Ceremony.

Entry forms and rules are available to print out at home and hard copies can be found on the PTA shelf. Artwork and completed entry forms must be turned into the Reflections box on the PTA shelf by Friday, November 4th, 2016. More information about the PTA Reflections Contest can be found at or by emailing Stephanie Schulte-Albert at"


Joining the PTA helps to fund and support school-wide activities and assemblies. Only PTA members receive the Declaration e-newsletter and the Directory, which has class rosters and PTA member contact information. The first edition of the JES directory was emailed to PTA members on September 20th. An updated directory will be distributed after we reach 40 more memberships. If you would like to join the PTA and be listed in the Jefferson Elementary School PTA Directory, please complete the online form, and submit payment as soon as possible.

Volunteers Needed for the Following:

Walk to School Week – 10/4 – 10/7, 8:00-8:30 AM

Two volunteers are needed to hand out incentives to students who walk to school.

Lunch Time Club Coordinators – Club coordinators are needed to organize a club of their choice. This is a great way to share your interests, and take part in your child’s school experience. Lunch Clubs will begin after winter break, and will meet once a week. All club coordinators will need Program Volunteer Clearances. Please see the section below for details about clearances.

Read-A-Thon Minute Counters – 10/17 – 10/21, 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Minute counters are needed Monday – Friday. Please specify which days you are available.

Please email if you have any questions or are interested in helping. Thank you!

Volunteer Clearances and Additional Opportunities

There are many fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities available throughout the school year. Click here for a complete list of volunteer opportunities and to learn more about the clearances that you will need to volunteer at JES.

Fifth Grade Farewell Pretzel Orders

The Fifth Grade Farewell Committee will be selling pretzels, on Wednesdays, again this year. Please click here for information and to complete the order form. Order forms should be returned to the PTA desk at school.

Walk To School Week – Tuesday, October 4 through Friday, October 7

Get the kids or family out for a walk to school. Remember to use the Safewalking Routes shown here: District/Parents/ jeffersonschoolwalkingroutes. pdf

Parent volunteers will be positioned at strategic posts near JES handing out incentives to the students who walk to school using the Safewalking Routes. If you would like to volunteer, please e-mail

Screenagers Parent Education Event

Learn how kids’ tech time impacts family life and how to balance life in a digital world.

Mt. Lebanon Council PTA invites you to a community wide Parent Education event, a free screening of the nationally acclaimed educational film "Screenagers". The screening will take place on Wednesday, October 5th, 7:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. For more information please visit:

Odyssey of the Mind

Following are some specifics to consider for this immensely rewarding program:

  • Program runs from November to February

  • It culminates in a tournament, in Moon Township, on March 4th

  • Teams will meet at school, or in a coach or member’s home, once a week for 1-2 hours (perhaps more as the tournament approaches)

  • Teams work on short activities (problems) that can be completed in 5-10 minutes - samples can be found at m/practice/default_cat.php?Id= 2

  • Teams will also choose one long-term problem, from a list set by Odyssey, to work on through the duration of the program – samples can be found at m/practice/default_cat.php?Id= 1

  • The long-term problem is performed in an 8-minute presentation at the tournament.

Sign up for Odyssey of the Mind by October 15th! Send this form to NAOMI.TANNENBAUM@GMAIL.COM or turn it in to the JES Office.

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.