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Tiger Tracks San Jose Christian School | November 12, 2013

This Week at SJCS Mon


City Team Food Drive begins (through 11/21)



Book Fair begins (through 11/18)



Minimum Day (11:45 dismissal)



Morning Coffee Cart 8am | Outside office Moms in Prayer 8:30am | Room 3



No events scheduled

Advanced Dates Thurs


All School Thanksgiving Chapel 8:40am | Auditorium

Book Fair Starts Today

Scrip Orders In Wednesday

The Scholastic Book Fair is up and running through Monday morning, 11/18. Check out the signs around campus for the exact hours that the fair is open in the Auditorium.

If you ordered Scrip last week, the cards will be available on Wednesday for you to pick up or have sent home with your child.

Because Scholastic gives us money back, buying books at the fair for your kids earns us new books for the SJCS library. You may also purchase books for specific classrooms to be enjoyed by all the students. We are collecting change to buy books for our library, and whatever we collect will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Scholastic in their “books for needy students” program.

City Team Food Drive Every year, SJCS classes collect nonperishable food items for City Team Ministries to help with their Thanksgiving Food Pantry. Our school is consistently the single largest contributor to City Team’s efforts, and we certainly want to do our part again this year.

3-5 Musical 7pm/1pm | Auditorium

Food barrels are in each classroom, and you can consult the flyer and use the bags attached to the Tiger Tracks to bring in your donations. The drive runs through the morning of Thursday, 11/21.


3-5 Musical Tickets

Fri - Sat

11/22 - 23


Oregon Shakespeare Festival Workshops & Performances

November 27-29 No school (Thanksgiving Break) Extended Care Closed

There are a few tickets left for each of the 3rd - 5th grade musical performances on Friday, 11/22 (7pm) and Saturday, 11/23 (1pm). The show, Compose Yourself, features a group of kids who meet some of the great composers of the past (Mozart, Bach, Strauss, Beethoven and Brahms) while enjoying some contemporary music as well. See you there!

Coffee Time and MIP Thursday morning, the CPTA will be hosting a coffee cart outside the main office. Come by during your drop off time, and share a cup with friends! Moms in prayer also meets Thursday morning at 8:30am in room 3.

Welcome New Families! We are thrilled to have two new families join the SJCS community as of Monday. Please join us in welcoming the Pavlina family (K & 4th grade) and the Nickels family (JK) to our school. Special thanks to the Furlongs and the Nelsons for recommending SJCS to these great new additions!

Minimum Day Wednesday We dismiss at 11:45am on Wednesday for teachers to work in their PLC groups.

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Tiger Tracks Rosetta Stone for You? Our school’s site license for Rosetta Stone offers us 250 users for the software, and we have some open spots left over. If any parents or family members would like to learn a foreign language through the Rosetta Stone software, we are offering these extra subscriptions through September 2014 for $50 each. Students can switch their languages or take on a second language for this same fee. If you’re interested, email Mr. Meester to get set up (

Shakespeare Is Coming Our school has been selected as a site for OSF’s education outreach program, and on Tuesday, November 26 our students will get to see visiting actors perform a condensed version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. One performance will be for 3rd-5th grade, and one will be for 6th-8th grade. In the afternoon, the 7th and 8th graders will participate in a 2-hour workshop with the actors to hone their understanding of Shakespeare and their own acting skills. We’re excited about this unique opportunity!

1st Quarter Honor Roll Congratulations to our excellent students who achieved Honor Roll status for Q1 on the list attached to the Tiger Tracks. For student safety and security, the names will not appear in the online edition of the Tiger Tracks.

Dance Classes Finishing The first round of after-school dance classes is wrapping up this week, and parents are invited to watch the last lesson to see what their students have learned.

October CPTA Re-Cap Please see the attached recap of the October CPTA meeting so that you can keep up on the work of this important group. Thanks to all who participate!

Teacher Tales Check this section each week for exciting stories of teachers doing great things in the classrooms of San Jose Christian School. This week, we take a break from teacher tales to feature a particular SJCS student. Ayla is in Miss Laverman’s 4th grade class. She loves school, all her teachers, and everything at SJCS. Her favorite subjects are Art and Music. Ayla has been attending SJCS since Kindergarten. She is a great gymnast, and she shared some of her thoughts in this Tiger Tracks interview. TT - What is your favorite sport? Ayla - Gymnastics TT - When did you start taking gymnastics? Ayla – My parents got me started when I was 2 ½. TT - How long have you been competing? Ayla – This is my second season. TT - What is your favorite event? Ayla – My favorites are floor and beam and next, the uneven bars. TT - What is your typical practice schedule? Ayla – We practice 4 days a week for at least three hours at a time. TT - Describe your gymnastic season this year? Ayla - Our season just ended and I did well. I won 22 medals and a trophy for 1st place all-around in the Hollywood Invitational Meet two weeks ago. TT - What is next for you Ayla? Ayla – I am getting ready to compete in the USA Gymnastics State Competition in two weeks. TT - What is your overall goal in gymnastics? Ayla – My goal is to compete in the Olympics or get a college scholarship to Stanford. TT - How do you balance school, gymnastics, church and your family? Ayla – I have great parents that help me, and I also ask God to help me. Congratulations, Ayla. We are proud to see you using your talents for the Lord as a part of the San Jose Christian School community!

Annual Board Offsite On Saturday, the SJCS Board of Trustees will hold its annual offsite meeting for long-term strategic planning. Please pray for the group as they consider the future of our school.

SJCS Thanksgiving Food Drive with City Team Ministries

Thanks for helping us Fill the Pantry with much needed nutritious, non-perishable items to bring Help and Hope to those who are in the greatest need within our Community!

Did you know that 1 in 4 families are turned away daily from local food pantries, simply because there isn t enough food to meet the demand? By joining City Team in this food drive, we can help provide enough food to Fill the Pantry, so that no one has to go to bed hungry.

WHAT WE NEED • Mac & Cheese • Stuffing • Cake Mix • Instant Potatoes • Jelly • Gravy

• Canned Tuna • Canned Chicken • Pasta & Rice • Soups • Cereal • Peanut Butter

• Canned Milk • Canned Fruit • Canned Vegetables • Non-Perishable Holiday Food

Use the bag attached to the Tiger Tracks to bring in your donation (through 11/21).

CPTA Minutes -

October 31, 2013 The CPTA had a meeting on Thursday, October 31. There was great input on a variety of topics as well as updates on recent events such as Fall Town Hall and the latest fundraising numbers from the Walk-a-Thon. Funds are still coming in for the WAT, so stay tuned for the grand total to be announced soon! Our school community worked diligently to make it a tremendous success, and it looks like we have exceeded our goal. Congratulations to all! We are looking to make our Spring Dine Out Night something special that will coincide with Science Night. Lots of discussion and planning are underway. Contact Jill Zapp if you would like to participate in the planning of this event. Dan Meester gave an insightful presentation on strategic planning for our school and parent participation. This topic will be explored further as ideas are fine tuned. Possible Topics for Parent Education Night were also discussed. There was great interest in several of them. One idea was to offer an introduction to the Love and Logic parenting tool. Another possibility is a presentation on Digital Citizenship, which would involve discussions with families and kids about the information posted on social media and guidelines for people to present themselves responsibly. This segued into great dialogue about SJCS staying current in regards to technology and the responsibility of parents to teach appropriate behavior in our homes as well. The annual Staff Holiday Luncheon is planned for Friday, December 13. Emily Rios will send out more information to room parents soon regarding how classrooms can participate. The next Coffee Cart is scheduled for Thursday, November 14. Still an SJCS favorite! Mark your calendars for our next CPTA meeting on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Tiger Tracks - November 12, 2013  
Tiger Tracks - November 12, 2013