February 4, 2011 - 30 Shvat 5771
A Shabbat-Shalom Edition
What's in this Newsletter?
Dates to Remember
Saturday, February 5 - MJCC 80's Dance Party, 8:00 pm, 21+ Only
Sunday, February 6 - Women's Day of Jewish Learning
Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 8-10 - PJA USED BOOK SALE in the MJCC Ballroom
Thursday, February 17 - GRANDFRIENDS DAY!
Friday, February 18 - TEACHER INSERVICE, No School for Full-Day Ganon through Grade 8
Monday, February 21 - School Closed- President's Day
JOIN US THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MJCC
And No Less Important...
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS...GETTING READY FOR THE SALE
We are definitely the people of the book and books and books! Staff, students and community have contributed over 11,500 books for our annual sale!
We will celebrate exceeding our school-wide goal at All School Kabbalat Shabbat on February 25. Come witness the silly antics of our administration!
The following classes brought in the most books and will receive a variety of prizes:
- 1st Place:5th Grade (Second year in a row—Go Harriet!) - 1,732 Books
- 2nd Place:4th Grade - 1,458 Books
- 3rd Place:Tara’s Kindergarten - 1,131 Books
Now it’s time to come buy them all back! We'll be in the MJCC Ballroom.
- Tuesday, Feb. 8th 7:30-6:00
- Wednesday, Feb. 9th 7:30-6:00
- Thursday, Feb. 10th 7:30-2:00 ($10/bag from 12-2)
Please volunteer to cashier or help with set up or clean up. Contact Sam Metz at email@example.com.
TAGLIT IS COMING!
Attention Parents of 5th-8th Graders!
It’s almost here…TAGLIT! Our Taglit catalog and registration materials will be sent home with students at the end of next week. Please review the catalog with your child to help them pick their top choices for their Taglit experience. Taglit registration forms are due by the end of the day on Monday 2/21. Any student who has not turned in their registration form by the end of the day Monday 2/21 will be randomly assigned to a Taglit program.
Please contact the PJA front office or Marcie Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
GRANDFRIENDS DAY IS FEBRUARY 17!
- Infant Toddler Grandfriends will join the children in their classrooms from 9:00 - 10:00 am
- Preschool Grandfriends will come from 10:00 -11:30 am
- Day School Grandfriends (K through Grade 8) will come 1:30 - 3:00 pm.
Please let us know if you DID NOT receive your invitations in the mail.
EIGHTH GRADE ISRAEL TRIP TZEDAKAH PROJECT
For the 8th grade Tzedakah Project we have chosen to collect and donate items to the organization, A Package From Home. This organization’s mission is to strengthen the spirit of each Israeli soldier and to show our appreciation for the sacrifices they are making. 8th graders will be collecting travel sized toiletries such as: toothpaste, toothbrushes, men’s deodorant, shampoo, lip balm and candies – Mike and Ike’s and small M&M packages. Please bring items to the PJA Lobby by February 21st.
8th grade Tzedakah Team
For those parents who have 6th-8th grade kids who love math or want to have kids who love math. The MathCounts club was a great success this past quarter--both of my girls really enjoyed it. I will be taking over the MathCounts club from Tracy Wygant beginning February 16. We will work on challenging math problems individually and in groups. The club will be held Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 pm. Please sign up in the office!
Karen Solomon (mother of Eleanor and Beatrice Solomon)
PJA YEARBOOK ON SALE - Now Through February!
The PJA Yearbook presale invites families and students to purchase their yearbook now at the discounted price of $15.00, which will guarantee a copy. The presale will run through the end of February. Yearbooks will be available for sale again at the end of the school year, but will be on a first come, first serve basis, and at an increased rate of $18.00. This year’s yearbook will feature preschool through grade 8 and the theme is time! The 8th grader yearbook staff is hard at work, designing a high-quality book that represents the school year. Use attached order form to purchase your yearbook now. Turn in your form and money to the front office.
We are looking for YEARBOOK COVER ART! If you are interested in submitting art for the cover of the PJA Yearbook, click here. Submissions are due by March 15!
PJA YEARBOOK ADS ON SALE - Now through March 1!
Purchase an ad to support this year’s yearbook! The proceeds from ads will help offset the costs in producing a high-quality book. Costs: $36.00 half-page; $18.00 ¼-page; $10.00 for 2-line “shout outs.” The yearbook staff will take your ad order through email. Contact the yearbook advisor, Sarah Blattner, at email@example.com . You may submit your own business card or artwork (high-resolution/300 dpi); or email the ad text, and the yearbook staff will format the ad for you (We can also scan in your artwork for you.). All ads are due no later than March 1st.
HIGH SCHOOL TOURS AND INFO
The following High Schools are offering Information Nights and Tours:
- Wilson High School "Family Night" - Information for current 8th graders, Thursday, February 3, 6:15 pm.
- Grant High School - See the attached flyer.
LOOKING FOR TAGLIT VOLUNTEERS
Attention all parents or friends of PJA, who love to sew, paint fabric, or just work with 6th, 7th and 8th graders during Taglit week: Approximately 12 students will be decorating already stuffed and sewn plain fabric dolls (Thank you, Priscilla Kostiner!) that will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Extra hands would be most welcome each of the 3 working mornings (Monday-Wed, Feb.28th-March 2nd from 8-11:25 am). At this point, we plan to visit the Ronald McDonald house on Thursday, March 3 to present the dolls. A volunteer would also be welcome to stay at PJA with any students who have not completed their Tzedakah doll. If interested in volunteering, please contact Yolanda Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent volunteers would get fair share volunteers hours for their time.
IS YOUR CHILD INTERESTED IN LACROSSE?
Wilson Youth Lacrosse is gearing up for both boys and girls, grades 1-8! Click here for the latest information from the Wilson Youth Lacrosse league.
MAKE YOUR IMPACT!
Sunday, February 13 · 9:30am - 12:30pm. The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison St.
The Women’s Philanthropy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland invites you for a morning of food and inspiration featuring Karen Brooks, Food Editor for Portland Monthly Magazine and Tracy Oseran, Founder of Urban Gleaners. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland provides vital support to both PJA and the MJCC, as well as many other Jewish agencies in Portland, Israel and internationally. $38 Before February 7 ($48 after) $5 valet parking will be available at The Nines. Register online at: www.jewishportland.org/impact