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2016 - 2017 school year


 

April 29, 2017 - Jefferson Students Instrumental at Elementary Music Festival

Music Festival
Did you know that SFUSD provides all of its elementary schools with accredited music teachers who give 4th and 5th graders weekly group lessons in violin, flute, trumpet, or clarinet?  After completing a year of musical instrument lessons, Jefferson's own music program students participated in the 27th Annual SFUSD Elementary Music Festival, held in the beautiful performing arts theater at Balboa High School. Hundreds of 4th and 5th graders from 72 elementary schools performed for hundreds of proud parents, siblings, and friends.

The 4th-grade violins - the largest group of violinists in the festival's history - played first, followed by the trumpets, clarinets, and flutes - twice as many flutes as at last year's festival!  Each instrument group played 2 or 3 songs, then all of the musicians together - about 200 students total - brought the house down and closed the show with a rousing rendition of Frère Jacques, played in a round.  It was a wonderful afternoon of great performances and unprecedented participation.

Big thanks to Jefferson's music teachers, Ms. Sakura and Ms. Mosley, who have patiently guided, instructed, and encouraged our students as they learn to play, enjoy, and appreciate music.

May 10, 2017 - Where Does Silk Come From?

Silkmoth Life CycleSecond graders raise silkworms as part of their Life Science unit. The silkworms start as tiny eggs, hatch into larvae, and start to eat. They eat mulberry leaves (and that's all they eat) until they get fat enough to build cocoons around themselves with their own silk. After a few weeks in the cocoon, they metamorphose into silkmoths.

This type of silkmoth has been bred specifically for its silk. Once they emerge, silkmoths do not fly, eat, or drink. They mate, and the females lay hundreds of eggs. We collect and refrigerate the fertilized eggs until the mulberry trees in the Kindergarten Yard form new leaves, and a new batch of second graders is ready to experience the silkworm life cycle.

Each cocoon is made of a single strand of silk about a mile long. Popping the cocoons into hot water loosens the silk, which can then be wound onto spools. About 5 to 8 strands of silk are needed to create just one strand of silk thread, which can then be made into silk fabric.

Special thanks to science coordinator Leslie Quan for devising and teaching such a cool project.

The Doctor is In!

Doctor Adams

Congratulations to our principal, Dr. Adams!  In April she successfully defended her dissertation on how elementary school principals identify and navigate conflict in inclusive education in order to advance discussions around inclusive education and allow for productive change for students with disabilities (Whew!) to earn her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from the department of Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco (USF).
Well done, Dr. Adams!  We are all so proud of you!

May 5, 2017 - Happy Pajama Day!

Pajama Day
 

April 26, 2017 - Administrative Professionals Day

Admin Professionals and Flowers
Jefferson families brought in armloads of beautiful flowers
to celebrate and recognize our wonderful administrative professionals.  Thank you for all that you do!

April 24, 2017 - Volunteer Appreciation Day

Thank You Jefferson Volunteers
Thank you, Jefferson volunteers!  Teachers and staff treated the many wonderful parents who volunteer at Jefferson to a fabulous homemade lunch today in the Auditorium, surrounded by
works of art from every classroom.
You sure know how to make volunteers feel appreciated!

April 6, 2017 - Eggs!

Eggs!
What do you get when you combine eggs, pantyhose, leaves, and onion skin?  No, not a delicious cake.  And not a nasty rash.  The second graders in Room 206 used all of those things to create these
stunning decorated eggs.

March 2017 - All you need is love

All you need is love
The second graders in Room 210 created this beautiful work of heart.

March 19, 2017 - Garden Day

Garden Day 3-19-17
Happy Spring!  Thanks to all who turned up for a fun Garden Day of weeding, mulching, and building beds.

March 9, 2017 - Jefferson Family Science Night

Science Night 2017
At the 19th Annual Jefferson Family Science Night,
second and third graders and their families had a blast
doing experiments and making discoveries together at stations with the intriguing names of Volcano in a Bottle, Grass Head, Animal Connections, Mystery Powders, Attractive Balloons, Mining for Metal, Trapping Gas, Making Gak, and Hologram!

Many thanks to Jefferson science coordinator Leslie Quan
for organizing this phenomenal event and to the many Jefferson teachers and students and
UCSF and other scientist volunteers
for overseeing so many busy and popular stations.

Click here to see photos from Jefferson Family Science Night 2017.

Click here to learn about Science in the Garden with A.J. Cucalon.

Click here to learn about Pi Day at the Exploratorium (free!) coming up on 3.14 (of course). 

March 4, 2017 - The Gala!

The Jefferson Gala and Auction was totally awesome!  To see pictures and posters from the party, click here.  Party to the max!
Gala 2017

March 1, 2017 - The Online Auction Closes at 9 pm tonight!

Online Auction 2017
Place your bids!  The Jefferson online auction is in its final hours.  Share the link!  The Jefferson online auction is open to everyone!  
But only until 9 p.m. tonight.  Bid now!

February 23, 2017 - kidpower workshop

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Presented by Kidpower, the global nonprofit leader in "People Safety" Skills and Education, the next PTA meeting will feature a Child Protection Workshop for Adults. This adults-only workshop is open to all Jefferson parents and caregivers.

Participants will practice age-appropriate ways to teach kids how to

Thursday, February 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Pizza will be served.  Parking available in the Upper Yard.  Childcare provided for Jefferson students.  Please plan to join us!

February 16, 2017 - Read Aloud Day

Read Aloud Day 2017

Read Aloud Day at Jefferson featured two San Francisco supervisors, four SFFD firefighters, a published children's book author, a San Francisco Public Librarian, and dozens of parents.  All of them volunteered their time and shared their love of reading with students in every classroom.  What a great tradition!

January 2017 - California Missions

California Missions
The 4th and 5th grade artists in Room 205 created these gorgeous museum-worthy paintings and models of the California Missions.

January 1, 2017 - Happy New Year of Science!

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What’s going on with science? Why do leaves have different shapes? What do germs look like? How do slopes and floods affect landforms? Can you name the moon phases? How do you balance a pencil tip on a popsicle stick? What is a "variable" in an experiment?

Science starts with questions and leads to predictions, experimentation, discussion, and designing solutions. The NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) encourages students to think more like scientists and engineers. These new science and engineering standards and practices are gradually being incorporated into classrooms. (Thank you,
Jefferson Science Coordinator Leslie Quan!)

Be sure to save the date for Jefferson's annual Family Science Night - this year for 2nd and 3rd graders and their families - on March 9, 2017.

December 13, 2016 - Sock Drive Reaches Goal!!!

Sock Drive Poster
The wonderful Jefferson community brought in the socks.  On the final day of the annual Sock Drive, we reached our goal of more than 1,000 pairs of socks!  Congratulations!  All socks will be donated to St. Anthony Foundation's Free Clothing Program.  Socks Rock!

December 9, 2016 - Winterfest

Winterfest 2016

At Winterfest, all Jefferson students do a holiday craft project to make a gift for family members or friends.  

This year, second graders made festive snow globes.
Happy holidays to all!

November 24, 2016 - Happy Thanksgiving!

K2C

Here's a reason to be thankful.  The City of San Francisco's Kindergarten to College (K2C) Program gives every child who attends a public SFUSD elementary school the chance to
build savings for college
.

When your child starts at Jefferson (except for current 5th graders), the City opens a college savings account for your child and deposits $50 in it.  The next $100 you deposit into the account is matched dollar-for-dollar, and you earn another $100 the first time you make 6 monthly deposits in a row of at least $10.  Accounts for students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch receive another $50 when you fill out a K2C information release in English, Chinese, or Spanish.

Don't leave free money on the table!  Find out more about the program here, in EnglishChinese, or Spanish.  Fill out this form if you're not sure what your child's account number is.

Through November 21, 2016 - Jefferson's Annual Food Drive

Food Bank Barrels
NOW through November 21, please bring in a donation of nonperishable food for Jefferson's Annual Food Drive.  Rice, pasta, cereal, beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, and canned soups are all great!  No glass containers, please.  Food contributions go into the big barrels near the Main Office.  Everything will go to the very worthy San Francisco Food Bank for distribution.

More Info in English - Chinese

November 1, 2016 - Halloween and Día de los Muertos Art in the Hallways

October 31, 2016 - Happy Halloween!

Halloween Pumpkins
Halloween Pumpkins
Halloween Pumpkins
The very talented Shirley Yee in the Main Office decorated these fantastic Halloween pumpkins.  Jefferson students guessed the weight of their grade's pumpkin, and the student in each grade who came closest to the correct weight won the pumpkin!  Jefferson celebrated Halloween with our annual all-school Halloween Costume Parade.

October 27, 2016 - Authors Day

Authors Day 2016
Meet the Authors
A generous group of children's book authors visited every Jefferson classroom on Authors Day.  Author-illustrator Julie Downing (second from right) founded Authors Day 18 years ago when she was a Jefferson parent.  The authors read to the students and explained the process of writing and illustrating a book.  We are grateful to all of the authors who gave their time and shared their experience.  We know that many students
were excited and inspired by Authors Day!

October 14, 2016 - Family Movie Night

Movie Night 2016
It's Jefferson Family Movie Night!  Because of the wet weather we will be in the Auditorium (doors open at 6 p.m.).  We will have pizza ($5 for 2 slices) and popcorn, baked goods, and juice boxes ($1 each) for sale, or bring your own movie snacks and drinks.  Chairs provided for adults; kids sit on the floor (or feel free to bring a beach chair or a picnic blanket or sleeping bags and pillows to sit or lie on).  Free parking in the Upper Yard starting at 6 p.m.
Disney's "Zootopia" will start screening at 6:45.

October 5, 2016 - Walk-to-School Day

Walk-to-School Day 2016
This Wednesday, October 5, is our regular monthly
Golden Sneaker Day.

It also happens to be international Walk-to-School Day, when students in more than 40 countries and in thousands of schools across America all walk or roll to school on the same day, to promote safer and more accessible streets and sidewalks, physical exercise, healthier habits, and cleaner air.
Jefferson students who travel to school in a green way on October 5
may stop by the Middle Yard or Kindergarten Yard before school starts to pick up a little extra prize to celebrate their participation.

October 2, 2016 - Art in the Hallways

Have you noticed that Jefferson's hallways are full of art?
Everywhere you look, student creativity is bursting forth!

September 29, 2016 - Why We Garden

Monarch and Milkweed
At the first Garden Day (see August 13, below), we planted this Silky Gold milkweed in a planter by the 18th Avenue gate.
Today a female Monarch butterfly was seen enjoying the plant.
The butterflies like the nectar in the flowers and lay their eggs on the plants.  Their caterpillars eat the leaves.  Success!

September 22, 2016 - Common Sense Media Presents at Our PTA Meeting

Common Sense Media
Not to freak you out completely, but every minute of every day Americans use more than 18 million megabytes of wireless data, Google translates 69.5 million words, the Weather Channel gets almost 14 million forecast requests, and Americans send more than 3.5 million texts.  That's every minute!

Ray Cagan from Common Sense Education spoke at the September 22 PTA meeting about how to ensure that students are thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly
in our digital world
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He shared with us Common Sense's amazing array of free resources, including a guide that rates movies for their appropriateness for kids, a set of lists of the best kids' books, apps, movies, TV shows, music, websites, and games, and a grade-level-appropriate digital citizenship curriculum on internet safety, privacy, cyberbullying, security, self-image, and more.

You may especially appreciate the family discussion topics such as managing screen time, the value of coding, and kids taking and sending selfies.  Your kids may especially enjoy the award-winning online games that address key issues facing kids in today's digital world and teach them critical skills about digital safety, respect, and community while they earn badges toward a Digital Passport.

Help your kids make smart choices in the world of media and technology.  Check out the free digital resources available to you
from Common Sense.

September 12, 2016 - Back-to-School Night

Back-to-School Night
We will meet at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Later, head to your children's classrooms to meet with their teachers.

Click here to see our wonderful educators.

Click here to see Principal Adams's highlights from the Student and Family Handbook.

Click here to see the new SFUSD Wellness Policy.

And don't forget about our Schoola Fall Clothing Drive.  You can bring your bags of clothing to the Auditorium when you come for Back-to-School Night, or drop off bags in the Auditorium that morning.

September 11, 2016 - Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social 2016
Everyone had a blast at the Ice Cream Social.  Fueled by popsicles and ice cream, students had a great time biking, scootering, skating, running, climbing, jumping rope, and speeding along on
whatever that thing is in the top left picture!

September 8, 2016 - Interview with Principal Kim Adams

Principal Kim Adams
Just published!  Click here to read this year's Q&A
with Principal Kim Adams.

August 13, 2016 - Garden Day

Garden Day
What happened at the school's first Garden Day of the year?  Lots and lots of planting, weeding, digging, hoeing . . . and more weeding.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  The place looks great!

2015 - 2016 School Year


 

June 22, 2016 - We have silkmoths!

The silkmoths have emerged from their cocoons!  Read and see more
about this final installment in the Project Silkworm story here.

May 25, 2016 - Where Does Silk Come From?

 

This year, second grade classes raised silkworms as part of their Life Science unit.  The silkworms started as tiny eggs, and six weeks later they had hatched and grown into the larva stage.

Read and see more about Project Silkworm here.

May 16, 2016 - Farewell to Garden Coordinator Ellie O'Brien


We are sad to say goodbye to our wonderful Garden Coordinator,
Ellie O'Brien
, pictured here in front of some of her spectacular blooming, sprouting, flowering, fruiting beds.
For the past two years, she has sowed Jefferson with her incredible enthusiasm, her teaching skill, her love of the outdoors, her sunny disposition, her way with plants, and her instant rapport with kids.  She also instituted our monthly Golden Sneaker Day to promote
traveling to school in a green way.

At least we know she isn't heading off to greener pastures.
Thanks to Ms. O'Brien, none could be greener than Jefferson's.  

May 12, 2016 - Junior Olympics


The whole school participated in Jefferson's annual Junior Olympics
of track and field events at Kezar Stadium.  The Olympic Decathlon comprised the Football Throw, Softball Pitch, Obstacle Course,
Basketball, Beanbag Launch, Golf, Hula Hoop,
Stacking Cups, Soccer, and Water Relay.  What a great day!

May 10, 2016 - Spell-a-thon Pizza Party


Congratulations to Room 101 for earning the most money for the PTA in response to the schoolwide Spell-a-thon challenge.  They won a pizza party featuring pizza baked in Jefferson's own wood-fire oven.  The pizza was especially delicious because they all helped make it.  Many thanks to all of the families who contributed to the Spell-a-thon fundraiser.  You are all winners!

May 8, 2016 - Happy Mother's Day!


Have you seen the "Tower of Jewels" echium blooming so
stupendously in the Kindergarten Yard?  Happy Mother's Day to all of
the mothers of Jefferson students (and to lovely mums everywhere)!
 

April 27, 2016 - Administrative Professionals Day


Jefferson families brought in armloads of beautiful flowers
to celebrate and recognize
our wonderful administrative professionals in the Main Office.
Thank you, Shirley and Ana, for all you do!

April 20, 2016 - Bike & Roll to School Day


Thanks to all who participated in Bike & Roll to School Day!  As you can
see from our very full bike racks, loads of Jefferson students and
parents biked and scootered to school.  And that's not even counting
those who skateboarded, walked, jogged, and carpooled.
Thanks for keeping it green, Jefferson!

April 13, 2016 - Jefferson Wins Gold Ribbon Schools Award!


Jefferson has won the 2016 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award
for our Model Science Program. We are one of only four schools in
San Francisco
to win this prestigious award!

California teachers are "training the students of today to be
the problem-solvers, inventors, and pioneers of tomorrow,"
says State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

March 26-April 3, 2016 - Spring Break


Bunny baskets by the first graders of Room 101.
Happy Spring Break everyone!!

March 17, 2016 - Kazoo Concert


Latin American music group Xquenda introduced Jefferson's first and
second graders to diverse string and percussion instruments called
the looper, cajon, shaker, fiberglass cello, electric guitar, and merlin.
Students joined in on their very own kazoos, courtesy of the
Adventures In Music program of the San Francisco Symphony.

March 5, 2016 - Bring on the Funk!

This year's '70s-theme Gala & Auction was Jefferson's grooviest fundraising party ever. The adults-only night of
good food, good music, and good friends
brought out plenty of suede, fringe, and bell bottoms,
as we all got down and raised money for our fabulous school!
It was psychedelic. It was out of sight. It was solid gold, baby!

Click here for photos.

March 3, 2016 - Jefferson Family Science Night

At the 18th Annual Jefferson Science Night,
fourth and fifth graders and their families had a blast
doing experiments and making discoveries together
at stations with the intriguing names of Volcano in a Bottle; Grass HeadCSI ChromatographyYou Be the Geologist; What Scientists Really UseBubbles & Dry Ice; Now You See It, Now You Don't;
Air Pressure; and Wire Me Up!

Many thanks to Jefferson science coordinator Leslie Quan
for organizing and to the many Jefferson teachers and
UCSF and other scientist volunteers
for overseeing so many busy and popular stations.

Click here for photos.

March 2, 2016 - Read Aloud Day


In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday -
parents, parents everywhere
from there to here, from here to there
read one book, two books, three books, four
in every class, on every floor
- on Read Aloud Day at Jefferson.

February 25, 2016 - Adventures in Music


Thanks to the Adventures In Music program of the
San Francisco Symphony, Jefferson's first and second graders
were treated to a demonstration performance
by string and percussion ensemble Del Cielo,
featuring the fancy footwork of a castanet-clacking Flamenco dancer.

February 11, 2016 - Jefferson Wins a Step Up to the Plate for Education Grant


Jefferson is a first-time recipient of a $1,000 "Step Up to the Plate for Education" grant award from Wells Fargo and KNBR, to be used for Motor Skills equipment.

Yes, that's Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (on left) and a Wells Fargo regional president (on right) presenting the huge check to
PTA president Diana Schneider (second from right) and 
PTA secretary Sara Norwick, who wrote the grant application!

Big-time thanks and congratulations!!!

January 2016 - Response to Literature

During the month of January, the entire school read Memoirs of a
Goldfish 
by Devin Scillian and then responded to the literature.
Students at every grade level expressed their opinions about the
main character's traits and feelings, the setting, the plot, the theme,
and the moral of the story in different ways and in different media.

Walking through Jefferson's halls these days is like
swimming through a crowded goldfish bowl!

January 22, 2016 - Bullying Presentation


Jefferson Social Worker Heather Golden gave an excellent Presentation on Bullying to Jefferson parents and caregivers.  Click here to see the Bullying Presentation.

January 9, 2016 - Garden Day


Another successful Garden Day!  Parents, students, grandparents,
and staff worked together to spruce up the garden,
plant some native species, do some digging and pruning,
and generally get our hands dirty.

December 14 - 18, 2015 - Scholastic Book Fair

  
The Book Fair is on!  All this week, December 14 to 18, in the Jefferson Library.  Books of all kinds, for children and adults.
Find out more here.
  
 

December 12, 2015 - Holiday Boutique


Jefferson's First Annual Holiday Boutique is Saturday, December 12, from 10 to 4.  Please click here for more information.  See you there!

December 11, 2015 - Winterfest


Winterfest is a day when every Jefferson student does a holiday craft project.  Students in every class created gifts to give family members or friends.  First graders created hot chocolate in a mug, complete with cocoa powder, crushed candy canes, and mini marshmallows.
Happy holidays to all!

November 17, 2015 - Eew! Germs!


First graders did an experiment to see what germs were on their hands.  They swiped two fingers through some agar in a petri dish, and after a week they saw lots of bacteria and fungus!  Who had the most germy growths?  Whose were most colorful?  Who needs to wash hands more often?  Thanks to science coordinator Leslie Quan for leading this interesting experiment.  Special thanks to dads Eli Zunder and Jason Cyster for providing the petri dishes.

October 30, 2015 - Halloween Jack-o-minions


The very talented Shirley Yee (in the Main Office) decorated these fantastic Minion pumpkins for Halloween.  Jefferson students guessed the weight of their grade's Minion pumpkin, and the student in each grade who came closest to the correct weight won the pumpkin!  On Halloween Eve, the day of our annual all-school Halloween Costume Parade.

October 27, 2015 - Art in the Hallways

Have you noticed that Jefferson's hallways are full of art?
Everywhere you look, student creativity is bursting forth!

October 20, 2015 - Authors Day

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A generous group of children's book authors visited every Jefferson
class on Authors Day.  Author-illustrator Julie Downing, who founded
Authors Day 17 years ago when she was a Jefferson parent, read to
the First Grade students
, explained to them the process of writing
and illustrating a book
 and just how long it takes, and drew an
illustration on the spot
(a hedgehog wearing a Halloween pumpkin
costume).  We are lucky she continues to organize this annual event.
We are grateful to all of the authors who gave their time and shared
their experience.  We know that many students were excited and
inspired by Authors Day!

October 17, 2015 - Ice Cream Social

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Let's all get together for an Ice Cream Social this Saturday, October 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Upper Yard.  FREE ice cream, popsicles, and FUN!  Kids are welcome to bring scooters, bikes, skates, and siblings.  Our DJ will be spinning some cool tunes.  The whole family is welcome.  See you there!

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October 7, 2015 - Walk and Roll to School Day

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What a great turnout!  About 300 Jefferson students walked or rolled to school on October 7, 2015, including 65 who hopped on our four Walking School Buses.  Principal Kim Adams helped pass out prizes to everyone who walked or rolled.  Supervisor Katy Tang addressed the students afterwards.
Congratulations to all who participated in
Walk and Roll to School Day 2015!

August 15, 2015 - Garden Day

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Just look at how much we accomplished in the Kindergarten Yard on Garden Day!  New sand in the sand pit, new succulents and other plants, new wood chips in the beds and teaching area, the third beautiful wood pergola built, the water barrel relocated, and drip irrigation installed.
It looks gorgeous!

August 17, 2015 - welcome back to school!

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We are excited to welcome Jefferson's new principal!  Click here to
read a Q&A with Principal Kim Adams.

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MAY 6, 2015 - WE LOVE OUR TEACHERS!

Jefferson kids gave their teachers flowers for Teacher Appreciation Day.

Admin Day Flowers

 

APRIL 21, 2015 - WE LOVE OUR OFFICE STAFF!

Thanks to many Jefferson parents for bringing flowers and to Monica Urick for assembling bouquets to thank our administrative assistants, Ana and Shirley!

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FEBRUARY 27, 2015 - PAJAMA DAY

Kids came to school in their pajamas. They could bring their favorite stuffed animal too.

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JANUARY 12, 2015 - ZOOMOBILE

Third graders experienced hands-on science lessons with some special visitors from the San Francisco Zoo. The chinchilla is a class favorite! 

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DECEMBER 5, 2014 - WINTERFEST

Jefferson recently celebrated Winterfest, a school-wide craft day.  Winterfest is sponsored by the PTA through Jefferson's Artworks program. All of the students make unique gifts to give someone special in their lives. 

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DECEMBER 9, 2014 - DAIRY DAY

Jefferson had a special visitor on Dairy Day: Buttercup the cow. The kids learn everything about her, in and around the Mobile Dairy Classroom.

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NOVEMBER 25, 2014 - PLAYDATE IN THE PARK

The First Graders meet once a month in Golden Gate Park to play and get to know one another other better.

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NOVEMBER 5, 2014 - ELLIE O'BRIEN

An interview with Ms. O'Brien, Jefferson's wonderful garden coordinator:

1. What is your favorite plant? So hard to choose a favorite! I love Lamb's Ear. It is incredibly soft and I always found it to smell like bubble gum. I also love Hydrangeas because they remind me of home.  

2. Did your school have a garden when you were a kid? When I was growing up, my elementary school had a small "reading garden." It was a quiet area with flowers and a nice bench for the students and community to enjoy. Teachers would bring their classes out there for read alouds and small reading circles. I just found out that they have recently started a community garden where they grow fruits and veggies! So excited about that! Wish they had had that while I was there though. 

3. What kinds of vegetables grow best in our neighborhood? So far, I have had the most success with our kale and radishes. They are looking strong and have been tasting delicious! I have only lived here for a few short months so I am continuing to experiment with what grows best in our beds. 

4. What is the climate like in your home town? I am from Connecticut so the climate there is much different than what we experience here in San Francisco. In my hometown there are generally hot humid summers followed by very cool and colorful falls. The winters are cold and snowy and the springs can be rainy and lush and sometimes quite sunny. A little bit of everything!

5. What interesting fact would you like to tell the Jefferson community? I am a certified scuba diver!

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OCTOBER 31, 2014 - HALLOWEEN

Mr. Poon is a swinging show master for the Annual Jefferson Halloween Parade.

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OCTOBER 9, 2014 - HOW WAS SCHOOL TODAY?

Do you struggle to extract information from your child about how the school day went?  Here are some suggestions gathered from other parents and a child psychologist:
Ask direct questions.  It helps if you know your child's class schedule.  (Most teachers put the daily/weekly schedule up somewhere in the classroom. You can take a picture for future reference.)  "How is your plant growing in the garden?"  "What book did you get out of the school library?" "Tell me something that made you laugh today."   
Choose when to ask.  Children (and adults) are more focused without TV, phones, or distractions.  I have found that dinner time and car rides are good quiet times.  
Start a conversation, not an investigation. Sharing your trials and tribulations can lead to a discussion about what was frustrating/rewarding for your child.

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SEPTEMBER 2014 - CERAMICS CLASS

The First Graders in Mrs. Lum's class have started their ceramics class. A dedicated art teacher, Deborah Hoch, comes in every week to lead projects. The ceramics class is always a great hit, and the kids are super enthusiastic. 

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AUGUST 18, 2014 - WELCOME BACK!

Welcome back to Jefferson for the 2014-2015 school year!

Please introduce yourself and say "Hi" to our new Principal, Andy Poon, whenever you see him.  Mr. Poon comes to us from SFUSD's Sutro Elementary and will be acting as interim principal while we search for a long-term replacement. It's good to have him here!

 

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AUGUST 9, 2014 - OUTSIDE LANDS FUNDRAISER!

A huge THANK YOU to all the parents and teachers who volunteered at last weekend's Outside Lands parking lot fundraiser. We raised over $6000 for Jefferson, and the school year hasn't even started yet! If you missed out, make sure to mark your calendar for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass parking lot fundraiser on October 4th & 5th.

2013 - 2014 School Year


 

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May 16, 2014 - Gnomes in the Garden!

Jefferson honored two special members of its community today: Carson Cornbrooks of Education Outside and Gerry Knezevich, father of students Luke and Zoe. Carson has spent the past two years developing and growing the garden education program that Jerry worked tirelessly to begin countless years ago. Both men are loved by the parents, students and community of Jefferson for their tireless effort, dedication and vision in transforming bleak, empty space into our own educational garden haven. Thank you Carson and Gerry!

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April 30, 2014 - Teacher Appreciation

This Wednesday, the PTA hosted a luncheon for Jefferson teachers. Special thanks to all of the parents that brought in delicious food and donated gift cards. We are so thankful for our wonderful teachers and thoughtful parents!

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April 23, 2014 - Flowers for Ana & Shirley

This Wednesday was Admin Day. Parent Monica Urick invited all students to bring a flower from home to add to bouquets to our two wonderful front office ladies, Ana and Shirley. Beautiful! We are very thankful for all the help they give to our school!

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March 19, 2014 - Science Fair

4th and 5th graders (along with their adults) were treated to numerous experiments and projects during the Annual Science Night on March 19. Sporting lab coats, Jefferson's teachers, staff, and volunteers worked hard to lead the students though stimulating activities located at many different stations in the Auditorium.  Shown here, the making of GAK – a Science Night favorite!

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Feb.19, 2014 - Handprint Mural!

All of Jefferson's students will be helping to make a beautiful mural on our yard this week!

The mural concept and design is by Margaret Eshia and her 5th grade son Ian Eshia (room 205). Margaret was the former Jefferson Artworks Coordinator for several years. This school-wide art activity is this year's Spring Arworks project. Every Jefferson child's painted handprint will be part of a colorful flower mural which reads: "One community, many hands". The mural is located on the wall in the upper yard and will be finished soon.

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February 14, 2014 - Jaguars Win!

Jaguars kickball won a great victory over West Portal this Valentine's Day, with a final score of 24-5. Star players included pitchers Sophia G. and Kiara, defenders Josh C. and Phillip P. and powerful a offense led by Pete L., Zach T. and Zachary G. Thanks to parent Michael Thomas for the photos and news.

Kinder New Year Parade

February 7, 2014 - Kindergarten Lion Parade

The kindergarteners did their own lion dancer parade through the halls of Jefferson on Friday afternoon. All four classes made their head pieces and they played instruments along the way. Jefferson kids and teachers lined the halls to cheer them on!

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January 27, 2014 - Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Today we celebrated Chinese New Year with performers from the San Francisco Hung Sing Lion Dance. Live music accompanied the lion and we learned that he dances to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck in the new year.

This particular lion, named Bubble Tea, threw tangerines and shredded lettuce to the kids - all for good luck! We also learned that he can defend himself with the sharp horn on top of his head and that the mirror between his eyes will kill evil spirits by showing them their own reflections. And now we know how to say "Happy New Year" in Cantonese: Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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January 5, 2014 - First Garden Day of the Year

Thanks to all the students, teachers, parents, staff and friends who came out this Saturday to help take care of Jefferson's gardens at our first Garden Workday of 2014!

We accomplished many things in a short amount of time: weeded, watered, edged beds and built a new composting structure. To celebrate, we ate delicious salad harvested fresh from the garden. You are all invited to join us next month when we do it again!

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February 15, 2013 - Gerry Knezevich Wins Award!

Congratulations to Jefferson Parent, Gerry Knezevich who was awarded the 2nd district PTA Service Award on February 15, 2013. 

See what PTA President Ronit Drobey wrote about Gerry in her nominating letter here.