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Meeting Preference Poll: Results are In!

The results of our poll are in! For the rest of the school year, PTA meetings will be held VIRTUALLY via Zoom at 8:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 12. See you there! Please use the link below to join the meeting (and bookmark it for future reference!).

Spirit Wear Orders Due THIS Sunday! (Sept 25)

Don’t miss the deadline! All Spirit Wear orders are due THIS SUNDAY, 9/25! Check out our tees, hoodies, and more available in both youth and adult sizes. Orders will be delivered to SJLES and sent home with your student(s) by mid/late October. Please note, items are custom, so there are no refunds, returns, or exchanges. Click here to place your order. Email with any questions. 

How to Find the School Directory – and how to use the search tool

  1. Login to Synergy ( using your parent credentials.  
  2. Choose “More Options” from the left menu. 
  3. Then select “School Directory”. If you don’t see this as an option, it may be that the student credentials are still entered. Log out, and log back in as a parent.
  4. From there, you can search by any field, and then click “Filter”.

Important Search Tips:

  • If searching by teacher, only type the last name (e.g., type “Shoff” not “Mrs. Shoff” into the “homeroom” field)
  • If searching by grade, type “K” (not “Kindergarten”); type “01” (not “1” or “first”); type “02” (not “2” or “second”); etc
  • If searching by student name, type “last, first” (including the comma) or simply type only the first or only the last (it will not appear if you type “first last”)
  • If you want to do a new search, click “clear filter” to start over.

Back to School Picnic: Sept 9th

You’re Invited to our Back to School Picnic!

Welcome to a new school year! Every week you’ll receive an email from the PTA with updates on how you and your Jaguars can get involved at SJLES this year. We look forward to seeing you at our first school-wide event, the Back to School Picnic! There is no cost to attend and all are invited! Bring your own picnic dinner and we’ll provide the musical entertainment!

  • When: Friday, September 9th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Rain Date: Friday, September 16th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Where: SJLES Playground

Additional News

PTA Kickoff Meeting: IN-PERSON, Wed 9/7 @ 6:30 PM

Our first PTA meeting of the year will be held IN-PERSON next Wednesday 9/7 @ 6:30 PM in the school’s Media Center! Pop in to meet this year’s Board and see what we have in store for this year! If you’ve never attended a PTA meeting before, this is a great way to get a look inside what’s going on SJLES and connect with other parents. Principal Dan Notari or Assistant Principal Erin Coleman will speak at every meeting and answer questions. Hope to see you there!

Why Join the PTA?

Becoming a member of the PTA means that you are donating to help enhance the school experience for all of the students. There is never any obligation to volunteer! The PTA funds school-wide assemblies, family fun events, teacher appreciation activities, teacher-requested classroom supplies, and so much more. Visit our online Membership site to make your tax-deductible donation. Thank you so much – your support is what makes everything we do possible!

Want to Make a Difference at SJLES?

Open Positions

There’s an open position on the PTA Board of Directors – and we’d welcome your help! We’re looking for one or two people who can fill the following roles:

  • Vice President #1 (Board Position): This role involves assisting the president as needed, reviewing all vendor contracts, helping our local PTA maintain compliance with the national and local PTA policies and other regulations, and managing the process for certain PTA-funded programs. 
  • Grants Coordinator: This role is NEW for 2022-2023! We’re looking for someone to seek out and apply for grants that can benefit the students of SJLES. We’ve discovered there are numerous educational grants out there that can fund additional enrichment experiences for students–if only we had someone to apply for them! 
  • Special Note: These duties were originally combined into the Vice President’s role. We would welcome one person to take on both, or two people to split it up! The Vice President #1 will serve as a member of the Board. If a separate Grants Coordinator is found, that position would not serve on the Board.


Reach out to PTA President Meg Halvorsen at

Date Change: Popsicle Play Date

The Kindergarten Playdate originally scheduled for tonight at 6 PM will NOT be held due to the forecasted rain. But Kindergarten families are invited to come early for our playdate next week.

All SJLES families (K-5) are invited to the playground next Wednesday, August 17th from 6-7 PM for our schoolwide Jaguar playdate. Kindergarteners can come at 5:30 PM. Hope to see you there next week!

SJLES Summer Connections

Mark Your Calendars

See all the summer events and important back-to-school dates at a glance here:

Event Details

  1. Popsicles on the Playground: The PTA is hosting 3 playdates at the school playground so kids and parents have a chance to meet each other before the first day of school. Some SJLES staff members will also attend. The first two events are just for incoming Kindergarteners and their families, and the third one is for the entire school. Siblings are welcome!
    • Kindergarten Popsicle Playdate #1: Wed July 20, 10:30-11:30 AM
    • Kindergarten Popsicle Playdate #2: Wed August 10, 6-7 PM
    • Schoolwide K-5 Playdate: Wed, August 17,  6-7 PM
  2. Virtual “Lunch Bunch”: SJLES Principal, Mr. Notari, is hosting virtual lunch bunches to connect with students.
  3. Jaguar Summer Stories: Teachers read favorite books aloud for students. (“Jaguar” refers to the school mascot, affectionately known as “Harry Spotter.”)
  4. Kindergarten Back-to-School Night: This is an information session intended for parents that is held prior to the first day of school. This session will fill in the details about how the day will go for Kindergarteners.
    • Wednesday, Aug 24 @ 6:30-8:00 PM
    • A virtual info session was held at the end of the school year as well. Access the slideshow through this link 
  5. New Student Orientation: An introduction to SJLES for new students!
    • Friday, August 26 @ 1:00-1:45 PM 
  6. Open House: This is when parents and students can come to the school together to drop off their school supplies, see their classrooms, and say hello to their teachers!
    • Friday, August 26 @ 2:00-3:00 PM

Planning Sessions and Committee Chairs/Members

Thanks to all that you did we had a wonderful year last year. Please take a look back at all we accomplished! We want to continue supporting our Jaguars and make this upcoming school year memorable and fun too!

Please consider signing up for a committee.

Seeking Committee Chairs and Members for Next Year!

Let’s work together to make the 2022-2023 school year filled with fun events and activities for our little Jaguars! Being on a committee is a great way to get involved, meet more parents, and give back to SJLES! Please signup here to help plan and organize one of our school’s iconic events. For more details on each event, see our Event and Program Planning Guides, located on the SJLES PTA website. 

When signing up, please note if you want to chair the event or be on the committee.

PTA Meeting Planning Sessions!

This summer, we’ll hold two planning sessions so we’ll be ready for next school year.  Just like our regular PTA meetings, these sessions will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom.

  • July 6th is NEXT WEDNESDAY!!!
  • August 3rd

Mark your calendars now and bookmark our zoom link: Meeting ID: 844 9013 8573
Passcode: 643443