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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!

New to SJLES? No worries! Check out our FAQ…

Here are answers to some of the most common questions:

  1. What are the school hours?
    • Instructional day is 8:45am-3:15pm
  2. What is the difference between Orientation/Open House, Back to School Night, and Back to School Picnic?
    • Orientation/Open House: This is a chance for parents and students to come to the school together, see their classroom, meet their teacher, and usually drop off some school supplies. This year it will be on Friday, August 26.  
      • 1:00-1:45 PM – New Student Orientation 
      • 2:00-3:00 PM – Open House 
    • Back to School Night: This is an information session intended just for parents/guardians. Please note: The Kindergarten session is held before the school year begins. This year there are three dates to know:
      • Kindergarten Back to School Night: Wednesday, 8/24, 6:30-8:00 PM 
      • Back to School Night for Grades 1 & 2: Tuesday, 9/13, 6:30-8:00 PM
      • Gifted & Talented Program Information: Wednesday, 9/14, 5:45-6:20 PM
      • Back to School Night for Grades 3-5: Wednesday 9/14, 6:30-8:00 PM
    • Back to School Picnic: This is a fun, free event put on by the PTA. Families are invited to bring their own picnic dinner and blankets/chairs, come to the SJLES playground, and enjoy music from a DJ. This year it is scheduled for:
      • Friday, September 9, 6:00-8:00 PM
  3. What School Supplies are needed?
  • The Portfolio style folders look like this:
  1. How does the car loop work?
  2. Where should walkers be dropped off?
    • Art Door Entrance (back of building)
  1. How do I find my child’s bus stop and time?
  2. What should I know about lunch time?
    • The lunch period is 30 minutes long – so it is a good idea to make sure your child can finish eating in that time frame (or maybe can finish within 20-25 minutes so they have time to get seated/clean up)
    • Practice with younger children to make sure they know how to open their lunch containers, juice box straws, etc. There will be adults available to help, but since lunch time is fairly short, the more they can do independently, the better.
    • School meals: Menu and other information can be found here 
  3. How can I find the School Directory?
    • Login to Synergy using your parent credentials.  
    • Choose “More Options” from the left menu
    • 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. Where can I find more answers?
    • E-mail the PTA president at with any additional questions and we will be happy to help you!