Monthly Archives: April 2011

Updated Info*** New Law Requires Tdap Shot For 7th Through 12th Graders (La Nueva Ley Requiere que Todos los Estudiantes que Cursan del 7th al 12th Grado Obtengan un Refuerzo de la Vacuna de tdap)***

This newly revised Tdap article includes an email address that parents can use to scan their immunization records for Tdap compliance to the district office:



Due to a NEW IMMUNIZATION LAW (Assembly Bill 354), beginning July 1, 2011, all students entering 7th through 12th grades will be required to show proof of a Tdap booster shot* (Pertussis/whooping cough vaccine) before starting school.

  • If your child has not received the Tdap booster, you must contact your health care provider or clinic to receive the vaccination as soon as possible. Please send, fax, email or bring proof of immunization to the Central Attendance Office, 25 Churchill Avenue Palo Alto, CA  94306 Fax: (650) 321-4525 email:  by MAY 20TH.
  • If your child has already received a Tdap booster ON OR AFTER their 7th birthday, please send, fax, email or bring documentation to the Central Attendance Office, by MAY 20TH.
  • All immunization records must be signed or stamped by a licensed health care provider or clinic.
  • It is important to note the vaccination entry must be clearly marked/checked to indicate the exact type of vaccination received such as Tdap or DTaP or DTP given AFTER the 7th birthday. A date simply written in under the various selections is not acceptableAqua Run 56.

For the 2011-2012 school year, students entering 7th-12th grades will not be allowed school entrance until they meet this requirement.

Linda Lenoir, RN, MSN District Nurse

If you have any questions please contact your health care provider.

* Tdap = Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine.


Debido a una NUEVA LEY DE VACUNAS (Ley de la Asamblea 354), a partir del 1º de Julio, 2011, todos los estudiantes que van a empezar el 7º a 12º grados tendrán que presentar prueba de haber recibido un refuerzo de la vacuna Tdap* (tos ferina) antes de comenzar las clases.

  • Si su hijo no ha recibido la vacuna de refuerzo Tdap, debe comunicarse con su proveedor de salud o clínica para recibir la vacuna lo más pronto posible.

Por favor envíen por correo, por fax, por email o lleven en persona su prueba de la vacuna a la Oficina de Registros (Central Attendance), 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto, CA  94306, Fax: (650) 321-4525 email: antes del 20 de MAYO.

  • Si su hijo ya ha recibido la vacuna de refuerzo Tdap CUANDO CUMPLIO 7 AÑOS O DESPUES, por favor envíe por correo, por fax, por email o lleve la documentación en persona a la Oficina de Registros (Central Attendance) antes del 20 de MAYO.
  • Todos los registros de vacunas deben ser firmados o sellados por una clínica o proveedor de salud licenciado.
  • Es importante notar que el registro de la vacuna debe estar marcado claramente para indicar el tipo exacto de vacuna recibida, como Tdap o DTaP o DTP, dada DESPUES del 7º cumpleaños. No se acepta una fecha escrita simplemente bajo las diferentes selecciones.

Para el año escolar 2011-2012, a los estudiantes que entren al

7º – 12º grados no se les permitirá entrar a la escuela hasta que hayan cumplido con este requisito.

Linda Lenoir, RN, MSN, Enfermera del Distrito

Por favor comuníquense con su proveedor de salud si tienen alguna pregunta.

* Tdap = Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine.

8th Grade Great America Letter (mailed early April)

Dear Eighth Grade JLS Students, Parents, and Guardians:

It is difficult to believe that fourth quarter is already here. In June, the eighth grade class will enjoy an excursion to Great America to celebrate a year of hard work.  It is my hope that all members of this class will be able to attend this end-of-year trip on Monday, June 6, 2011.

Attending the concluding trip to Great America is regarded as a privilege for eighth graders.  To be eligible for participation, students must make wise choices with respect to behavior.  Teachers and administrators have established specific expectations for student behavior during the weeks preceding the trip.  In order for students to attend the Great America trip they must meet these expectations.  The following guidelines will be discussed with the students, will be announced on KJLS, and will be posted on the JLS website.

All of JLS/PAUSD rules and policies are in effect during this field trip. The JLS dress code will be enforced.  An eighth grade student will NOT be able to attend the Great America trip if he or she:

  1. Receives two or more disciplinary referrals between May 2 and June 3.
  2. Is suspended from school between May 2 and June 3.
  3. Accumulates 5 or more unexcused tardies between May 2 and June 3.
  4. Has a library fine, overdue book, unreturned textbook, or other obligation that is not cleared by noon on Friday, June 3, 2010.
  5. Has not turned in an athletic team uniform by Friday, May 27, 2011.

We thank you for your help in discussing and supporting these expectations with your child.  Any student who is excluded, or chooses not to go to Great America, will be expected to attend school on the day of the trip.  Arrangements will be made for these students to be supervised at JLS.

Here are the details:

WHERE: Great America

WHEN: Monday, June 6, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (approximately). If you need to pick up your student earlier, send a note to Joan Scherer in the Guidance Office by Thursday, June 2.

HOW: Transportation by school bus. Students will be picked up and dropped off at JLS.

COST:               Students without a season pass when payment is due = $37.00 (regular ticket)

Students with a season pass when payment is due = $10.00

Your payment should be made by check payable to JLS Middle School and returned with the attached permission slip to the Guidance Office by Thursday, May 5.

No refunds can be given once the tickets have been purchased.

Financial assistance is available upon request.

If you have any questions, please contact the administrative team (856-5188) or Joan Scherer (856-5182).


Sharon Ofek, Principal

World Fit Challenge

Would like to increase your physical activity?
Would you like your family to be more physically active?
Then the World Fit Challenge is for you!
Do you love moving around?
Are you physically active after school or on the weekends?
Are you involved in any after school sports?
Do you and your family do physical activities together?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Word Fit Challenge is for you!

Logon to the World Fit Website to participate.

Read below for more info or see Mrs. Reed.

Beginning the first day after spring break and ending six weeks later, students will participate in a daily walking program, where the numbers of miles walked (or jogged or run) will be logged each day and totaled. All walking will occur on the school campus on a measured course and will be supervised by teachers. Additional credit miles will be awarded to students who walk with a buddy. A World Fit buddy (teacher, parent, staff, sibling) must register and log in his or her walk or sport miles daily. The buddy can then donate 1/2 of his or her miles to any student registered in the Walk. Students who are already participating in other sports programs (swimming or soccer, for example) will be credited miles for their sports participation according to a conversion table. Schools and students can learn about World Fit online.  Award certificates will be presented to each student who achieves a certain minimum number of miles (10 miles per week) and special recognition awards will be presented to students, classes and schools that achieve the greatest number of miles.

Coffee with the Principal (Wednesday April 6th)

Coffee with the Principal
8:30am – 9:30am & 7:00pm – 8:00pm; Room 730, JLS
This past October all seventh graders in the district participated in the Project Cornerstone Developmental Assets Survey.  This particular survey is designed to help participating communities learn about the 40 developmental assets that kids should possess in order to develop into healthy, resilient adults capable of making good choices.  Please join in Room 730 this coming Wednesday morning, or evening, to learn more about the recently released data.  We will look at the JLS results in relation to the district as well as the county.