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Jan 20 - Return to Learn Community Message

Good Evening JLS Families, 

I hope your week is going smoothly.  This week’s message has a couple announcements and some general reminders.  Thank you for taking a few minutes to read it.  Also here is School Connect's parent handout from today's Advisory Lesson "From Procrastinating to Productive." 

To make time for today’s Inauguration Ceremony, this morning’s JLS Principal Chat was postponed to Wednesday, January, 27 at 8:30-9:20 AM, and we look forward to covering a recent Math Assessment called the MDTP.  To join that meeting, please use the zoom link in the email. Previous Principal Chats are archived on the JLS Website here

Second Semester Club Fair: Today at Lunch, JLS students were invited to participate in our second virtual Club Fair.  Last semester we had about 20 clubs that hosted different sized groups of students (some as large as 40+).  Today’s Lunch was the first time students could see the club opportunities for the second semester.  Remember, there is no obligation for students to join clubs.  Rather, clubs serve as opportunities for students to meet others with similar interests. More details about clubs can be found on students’ Grade Level Schoology Course Pages: “6th Grade Rocks!” and “7th Grade Rocks!” and “8th Grade Rocks!”

PAUSD’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: We are excited to bring this event to our community. The Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge is a powerful opportunity for shared learning and growth that invites educators, students, families, and the community at large to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community. 

Sign up at for the 21-day self-guided learning journey.  Registration launched on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 18), and the challenge officially begins on Monday, February 1. Topics include racial identity, intersectionality, race and health, legal system inequity, allyship, and more.  Participants will engage with articles, videos and podcasts related to that day’s particular topic. (As an example, here is A Letter to Martin Luther King by Jedd Bloom, teacher at Greene Middle School.)  Participants will choose one resource to explore and will be invited to journal or chat about what they learned on the PAUSD discussion board.

I hope you consider joining me and many members of the PAUSD community for the Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge. Our goal is to reach 1,000+ participants for the challenge, and it would be wonderful if we had a strong representative group from JLS!  Please feel free to let others know about this meaningful learning opportunity by forwarding this message to them.

I know there is a lot of information to process these days, so I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read this message.  I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.  The links below were included in last week’s message too, but they are worth repeating.  If you are looking for free COVID Testing, Lana Conaway asked me to share the following websites with all of you:

Take care,

Chris Grierson, JLS Principal (


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