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PTA Restaurant Night MONDAY 2/6!

Monday, February 6, is Restaurant Night at All-American Steakhouse! When you dine-in or take-out between 4:00 and 9:00 PM, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the PTA. Just mention “SJLES PTA” when you check out. All-American Steakhouse is located in the Normandy Shopping Center at 8450 Baltimore National Pike. Thank you for your support!

Time to Shop for Your Read-a-thon Prizes!

Our Read-a-thon event has come to a close, and we are so grateful for your participation and support! This celebration of reading has raised more than $20,000! Now it’s time to shop for your prizes! In your Read-a-thon account’s online dashboard, under the tab for Prizes, you can see how much credit your Jaguar has to spend in the prize store. Art supplies, decoder pens, animal erasers, books, fidgets, binoculars…there are so many fun choices! Be sure to make your prize selections by Tuesday, February 7. All unused credit will be lost, so don’t wait! Prizes will be distributed in your child’s homeroom. Thank you to everyone who participated–your support for SJLES means so much!

You’re Invited to Take a Tour of the World!

Multicultural Night is coming up on Thursday, 2/16, from 6-8 PM (snow date 2/23)! This event is an opportunity for SJLES families to celebrate and share their heritage with the community and for everyone to learn about the rich diversity at our school. Students will be able to visit table displays, taste a variety of cuisines, and take home a souvenir. You’ll also be able to enjoy a talent show, fashion show, and performances from community groups. All inside attractions are free! There will also be food trucks outside with additional options for purchase, so stay tuned for details. Questions? Contact Stephanie Errera at

Sign Up for the Multicultural Night Support Crew! 

Please sign up here to form a Support Crew for our families who are sharing their cultural experiences and traditions with us at this special event! The Support Crew arrival time for setup is 5:00 PM on 2/16 (the event is from 6-8 PM). There are a variety of additional time slots to choose from! Examples of help needed include bringing items in from cars, setting up family tables, arranging food samples, taking photographs, passing out prizes, assisting with clean up, and more. If you can’t come but want to help, please consider DROPPING OFF A TABLE because we need a bunch of them! Check the sign up for slots and drop-off details. Thank you for helping us celebrate our SJLES diversity! We appreciate your support to make this event a big hit! For volunteering questions, please reach out to

Honeypig BBQ: Tomorrow Jan 26

Support the PTA while you dine in at Honey Pig Hot Pot next Thursday, January 26! Flyers will be coming home soon. After you enjoy your meal, place your receipt in the bin marked “SJLES PTA,” located inside the restaurant. Please mark the number of diners in your party if it is not clear on the receipt. A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTA to support our school.

**Important note! There are two restaurants called “Honey Pig” in Ellicott City. This event is held at Honey Pig Hot Pot in Normandy Shopping Center, 8450 Baltimore National Pike. Honey Pig Hot Pot is a dine-in-only experience.**

Can You Help Us Recruit for the Silent Auction?

The PTA is in search of Silent Auction Solicitors to help us gather donations by reaching out to local businesses. The co-chairs of the committee will provide you with a list of businesses to contact and a letter to send. If you are able to help, please contact Kathy Etheridge at The Silent Auction is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Its continued success makes it possible for the PTA to provide our teacher appreciation activities, educational support grants, school-wide assemblies, family fun events, and more. Thank you so much for your help!

Cozy Reading Night Reminder: Thursday, Jan 12 !

Mark your Calendars – we will be holding a new FREE event this year! On Thursday, January 12, the PTA will host a Cozy Reading Night from 6:00-7:45 PM at school. Students are invited to wear their PJs, bring a blanket or stuffed animal, enjoy cookies and milk, and listen to read-alouds from our amazing staff! Cozy Reading Night also celebrates the start of our first SJLES Read-a-thon! The Read-a-thon program is a perfect opportunity to encourage a love of reading while also raising money for the school. Our Read-a-thon will take place after winter break from January 9 – 27 and we’ll communicate the details on how easy it is to participate as it gets closer. All Jaguars and their families are invited to attend Cozy Reading Night, whether or not they choose to participate in the Read-a-thon. See you on January 12!

Read-a-thon Begins Next Week: 1/9-1/27

Read-a-thon is a reading fundraiser that makes it easy, fun and rewarding to practice reading at home and at school! There is no required number of books to read, and no specific time requirement. The goal is simply to have fun reading! Family and friends are invited to support students with a one-time donation. It takes 2 minutes to sign up! All you need is your student’s homeroom teacher code, which can be found right here

Your child will earn 15% of all donations that they receive to spend in the prize store. Choose from more than 200 fun prizes! Let’s get reading!