PTA News: Sept 24, 2020

Virtual Parent Chats + Survey
The PTA would like to offer a chance for parents to connect with each other.  This year has so many new aspects and challenges, perhaps we can be a resource to each other as we try to navigate it.  We are considering scheduling “Parent Chats” via Zoom for each grade level.  Don’t worry – these are not related to planning any PTA events!  The chats would be a way to meet other parents, support each other, and reach others going through similar situations.  

Some suggested discussion topics may include: 
– Questions and helpful tips relating to technology platforms (Canvas, Dreambox, Lexia, Flipgrid, etc)
– Learning spaces at home – what has worked and what hasn’t 
– Siblings – How to keep track of assignments for multiple grade levels / How to balance little ones not yet in school while helping with school time?

Calls will be managed by a volunteer facilitator and kept to an agenda. We would also be happy to receive questions in advance to ensure that these discussion are targeting what everyone is thinking about.

We’ve created a very short (2 min) survey to gauge interest  – please take a moment (seriously, 2 mins!) to let us know what you think.

There’s still time to join the PTA online. Membership is $12 or $20 for families. You also have the opportunity to donate to the SJLES PTA. Your donation helps us reduce fundraisers and increases the quality of our events throughout the year. As always, your donation directly benefits our teachers, staff and students. Any questions please email

Spirit Wear
SJLES spirit wear can now be purchased online. The kids especially love the hoodies so make sure you check out our store!

PTA Website
Massive thanks to Meg & Paul Halvorsen for giving our website a much needed face lift. We now have an up to date calendar of events, regular notices, and helpful links. 

Box Tops
Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. The program is moving towards an online app on which you scan receipts to earn the rewards, but you can still clip Box Tops and return them to the school (in a Ziploc bag) once school reopens. See the attachment for more details on using the online app. Any questions, email Sayli Moskowitz at