Jefferson-Houston School PTA

Jefferson-Houston School PTA The Jefferson-Houston PTA is a formal organization composed of parents, staff, and community members committed to supporting our students and teachers.

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This week at Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School, we are celebrating “A Week of Many Thanks”.  During the week families a...
11/16/2021

This week at Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School, we are celebrating “A Week of Many Thanks”. During the week families and students are showing appreciation and thanks to teachers, staff, and classmates by writing notes or cards, doing acts of kindness or just telling them you are thankful.

On Friday, November 19th the JH team will be hosting “An Attitude of Gratitude” 8:30 am on the bus loop. JH staff would like to show all parents how thankful they are for you! There will be prizes, coffee, juice, and pastries. Please register in the JH Jaguar Junction link so that the school has an accurate count of attendees. See you there!

This week at Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School, we are celebrating “A Week of Many Thanks”. During the week families and students are showing appreciation and thanks to teachers, staff, and classmates by writing notes or cards, doing acts of kindness or just telling them you are thankful.

On Friday, November 19th the JH team will be hosting “An Attitude of Gratitude” 8:30 am on the bus loop. JH staff would like to show all parents how thankful they are for you! There will be prizes, coffee, juice, and pastries. Please register in the JH Jaguar Junction link so that the school has an accurate count of attendees. See you there!

Thanks to the JH families who participated in the PTA's November Read + Craft + Play event!  Please visit our Monster Mu...
11/07/2021

Thanks to the JH families who participated in the PTA's November Read + Craft + Play event! Please visit our Monster Museum to see the kids' brilliant creations!
www.jeffersonhoustonpta.com/monster-museum

It's not too late for JH families to sign up for this weekend's Read + Craft + Play event on the JH playground.  Visit t...
11/04/2021

It's not too late for JH families to sign up for this weekend's Read + Craft + Play event on the JH playground. Visit the JH PTA website for more details, and join us on Saturday from 2-4 (or stop by anytime)!

www.jeffersonhoustonpta.com/clubs
https://forms.gle/K5u6djs8dooSXrRe8

It's not too late for JH families to sign up for this weekend's Read + Craft + Play event on the JH playground. Visit the JH PTA website for more details, and join us on Saturday from 2-4 (or stop by anytime)!

www.jeffersonhoustonpta.com/clubs
https://forms.gle/K5u6djs8dooSXrRe8

Middle School Clubs are back!  Interested students can pick up permission slips from the teachers listed as advisors in ...
11/04/2021

Middle School Clubs are back! Interested students can pick up permission slips from the teachers listed as advisors in the flyer. These clubs are offered at no cost to our JH middle school students and will be beginning next week. The activity busses are running again, too! www.jeffersonhoustonpta.com/clubs

Middle School Clubs are back! Interested students can pick up permission slips from the teachers listed as advisors in the flyer. These clubs are offered at no cost to our JH middle school students and will be beginning next week. The activity busses are running again, too! www.jeffersonhoustonpta.com/clubs

DID YOU KNOW? Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school? What is IB? The aim of a...
11/03/2021

DID YOU KNOW? Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school? What is IB? The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. JOIN US for IB Night tonight at 5 PM! Link in this afternoon's Jaguar Junction! #acps #internationalbaccalaureate

DID YOU KNOW? Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school? What is IB? The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. JOIN US for IB Night tonight at 5 PM! Link in this afternoon's Jaguar Junction! #acps #internationalbaccalaureate

WOW! What an amazing JH PTA Election Day Bake Sale! With special visit from Mayor Justin Wilson! Thank to all the amazin...
11/02/2021

WOW! What an amazing JH PTA Election Day Bake Sale! With special visit from Mayor Justin Wilson! Thank to all the amazing JH PTA organizers, bakers, and volunteers and thanks to those who bought treats. We so appreciate you supporting the Jefferson-Houston School PTA, Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School, and our awesome community! #ElectionDay #neighborhoodschool #alexandriava

The Jefferson-Houston PTA Election Day bake sale is back! Support the JH PTA and community by swinging by the Durant Cen...
11/01/2021

The Jefferson-Houston PTA Election Day bake sale is back! Support the JH PTA and community by swinging by the Durant Center, tomorrow, November 2nd between 630 AM and 1230 PM and grab a baked good or treat! Thank you for supporting one of your neighborhood schools!

The Jefferson-Houston PTA Election Day bake sale is back! Support the JH PTA and community by swinging by the Durant Center, tomorrow, November 2nd between 630 AM and 1230 PM and grab a baked good or treat! Thank you for supporting one of your neighborhood schools!

The JHPTA Election Day Bake Sale is back! On November 2nd, help us staff the table, congratulate voters, and raise money...
10/27/2021
JH PTA Bake Sale - Table Volunteers 2021

The JHPTA Election Day Bake Sale is back! On November 2nd, help us staff the table, congratulate voters, and raise money for a good cause (Jefferson Houston students and staff)! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e44a9ac2fa5fe3-jhptabake9

The JH PTA will host a bake sale on Tuesday, November 2 (6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) on Cameron Street, near the Durant Center (a polling station). We need enthusiastic volunteers with lots of JH pride to work the table. No experience necessary! Election Day is a teacher work day. Jaguars (and future Jagu...

The JHPTA Election Day Bake Sale is back! On November 2nd, swing by our table for a post-voting treat. If you can donate...
10/27/2021
JH PTA Bake Sale- Food Donations 2021

The JHPTA Election Day Bake Sale is back! On November 2nd, swing by our table for a post-voting treat. If you can donate baked goods (homemade or store bought) please let us know here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e44a9ac2fa5fe3-jhptabake10

The JH PTA will host a bake sale on Tuesday, November 2 on Cameron Street, near the Durant Center (a polling station). We need baked goods to sell: all items (homemade or store bought) should be placed in individual plastic bags or wrapped, and will be sold for $1 each. DROP OFF OF FOOD DONATIONS: D...

10/26/2021

Reminder! PTA Meeting Tonight!

📢 Reminder! 📢 Picture Day is today! PTA meeting tomorrow! And IB night is November 3rd!
10/25/2021

📢 Reminder! 📢

Picture Day is today! PTA meeting tomorrow! And IB night is November 3rd!

📢 Reminder! 📢

Picture Day is today! PTA meeting tomorrow! And IB night is November 3rd!

Love that our Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School students focus on kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. 🧡🧡
10/20/2021

Love that our Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School students focus on kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. 🧡🧡

We're inviting our JH families to join us on the school playground on Saturday, November 6th, from 2-4 for a read + craf...
10/20/2021

We're inviting our JH families to join us on the school playground on Saturday, November 6th, from 2-4 for a read + craft + play event! Sign up at the link below so we can make sure we have enough supplies and so that we can let you know of any changes due to weather. Please wear a mask when close to others and don't attend if you or a member of your household is ill. We look forward to seeing you!

https://forms.gle/2QTqn7yMpYFYEMDD9

We're inviting our JH families to join us on the school playground on Saturday, November 6th, from 2-4 for a read + craft + play event! Sign up at the link below so we can make sure we have enough supplies and so that we can let you know of any changes due to weather. Please wear a mask when close to others and don't attend if you or a member of your household is ill. We look forward to seeing you!

https://forms.gle/2QTqn7yMpYFYEMDD9

Reminder! Tonight is JH night at Lena’s!
10/19/2021

Reminder! Tonight is JH night at Lena’s!

Tuesday, October 19th is Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School night at Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap! Dine-in, Delivery, or take out! Mention JH and a portion of proceeds goes to the JH PTA! Please consider supporting your neighborhood school!

Tuesday, October 19th is Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School night at Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap! Dine-in, Delivery, o...
10/17/2021

Tuesday, October 19th is Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School night at Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap! Dine-in, Delivery, or take out! Mention JH and a portion of proceeds goes to the JH PTA! Please consider supporting your neighborhood school!

Tuesday, October 19th is Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School night at Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap! Dine-in, Delivery, or take out! Mention JH and a portion of proceeds goes to the JH PTA! Please consider supporting your neighborhood school!

This week’s newsletter from Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School’s Head of School Dr. John McCain is out! https://mailchi....
10/15/2021
10/15/2021 Jaguar Junction

This week’s newsletter from Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School’s Head of School Dr. John McCain is out! https://mailchi.mp/acps.k12.va.us/jaguarjunction-1315266?e=a02a95bc80

Good Afternoon, I wanted to remind everyone that we have an outside food policy outlined in the ACPS Health and Wellness section of the ACPS website. For many reasons, we do not allow outside food into the school or classrooms. In the past we have advised parents that food is not to be brought in .....

The Jefferson-Houston staff spotlight is back! This week's spotlight is on 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Sofia Kremidas, who sa...
10/09/2021

The Jefferson-Houston staff spotlight is back! This week's spotlight is on 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Sofia Kremidas, who says she loves teaching math and science, and loves the diverse and welcoming community of JH. We love you, Ms. Kremidas! More below!

The Jefferson-Houston staff spotlight is back! This week's spotlight is on 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Sofia Kremidas, who says she loves teaching math and science, and loves the diverse and welcoming community of JH. We love you, Ms. Kremidas! More below!

The Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School School Library is happy to be a participant in the “Pedals & Pages” program spons...
10/07/2021

The Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School School Library is happy to be a participant in the “Pedals & Pages” program sponsored by RunningBrooke! We have three new stationary bikes equipped with book trays that allow students to move while reading! Reading while riding is teaching our students that movement increases circulation as well as blood flow to the brain. The bikes are a great addition to the library, and our students are inspired and motivated to read even more! Thank you RunningBrooke for all you do to support the students and staff Alexandria City Public Schools!

The Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School School Library is happy to be a participant in the “Pedals & Pages” program sponsored by RunningBrooke! We have three new stationary bikes equipped with book trays that allow students to move while reading! Reading while riding is teaching our students that movement increases circulation as well as blood flow to the brain. The bikes are a great addition to the library, and our students are inspired and motivated to read even more! Thank you RunningBrooke for all you do to support the students and staff Alexandria City Public Schools!

Did you know? Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 is an International Baccalaureate (IB) program! What does IB mean for JH? Dr. McC...
09/29/2021

Did you know? Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 is an International Baccalaureate (IB) program! What does IB mean for JH? Dr. McCain, Head of School says:

Did you know? Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 is an International Baccalaureate (IB) program! What does IB mean for JH? Dr. McCain, Head of School says:

What an awesome Back to School Night! Thank you Dr. McCain, Ms Young, Mr Barnes, and all the amazing and dedicated teach...
09/10/2021

What an awesome Back to School Night! Thank you Dr. McCain, Ms Young, Mr Barnes, and all the amazing and dedicated teachers and admin for your thoughtful presentations! Jaguars Rock! Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School

What an awesome Back to School Night! Thank you Dr. McCain, Ms Young, Mr Barnes, and all the amazing and dedicated teachers and admin for your thoughtful presentations! Jaguars Rock! Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School

Reminder! Please join us this evening, September 9th, for (Virtual) Back to School Night!  We'll have a parent presentat...
09/09/2021

Reminder! Please join us this evening, September 9th, for (Virtual) Back to School Night! We'll have a parent presentation followed by each grade level information sessions. Zoom link was emailed in yesterday’s newsletter and by your teacher. See you tonight!

Reminder! Please join us this evening, September 9th, for (Virtual) Back to School Night! We'll have a parent presentation followed by each grade level information sessions. Zoom link was emailed in yesterday’s newsletter and by your teacher. See you tonight!

Please consider completing this survey from PTAC about school lunches and transportation.  They've asked for responses b...
09/02/2021

Please consider completing this survey from PTAC about school lunches and transportation. They've asked for responses by September 9th. Info is below:

PTAC Survey on Lunches and Transportation

The Alexandria Parent Teacher Association Council (PTAC) has been alerted to reports concerning lunchtime and school bus safety in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). In response to these reports, PTAC is conducting a survey on lunch and transportation experiences, as well as ideas or thoughts for improvement. Information from this survey will be used to inform PTAC’s efforts to advocate for safe and equitable school lunch and bus experiences for all students. The information collected via this survey will enhance PTAC's understanding of these topic across all ACPS schools.

The survey has three short pages (one on lunches, one on buses, and one on open comments). We are seeking input from both caregivers and teachers/staff through ACPS by September 9th. Please distribute broadly through your channels.

English: https://forms.gle/c1986wUch9bD8Py26
Español: https://forms.gle/rnp2K6RpWdGiYutr6

What a great first day of school Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School! Great job to all the Jaguars and thanks to our amaz...
08/24/2021

What a great first day of school Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School! Great job to all the Jaguars and thanks to our amazing teachers and staff for making it such a great day!#jaguarsrock #ACPSFirstDay

What a great first day of school Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School! Great job to all the Jaguars and thanks to our amazing teachers and staff for making it such a great day!#jaguarsrock #ACPSFirstDay

A BIG congratulations to Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School Assistant Principals Dustin Barnes and Tiffany Young for bei...
08/24/2021
Rising Principals: School leaders driving mentorship, support, counseling and more

A BIG congratulations to Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School Assistant Principals Dustin Barnes and Tiffany Young for being selected as Industry Dive's K-12 Rising Principals. They are two of eleven selected from across the country. These 11 leaders exemplify the support and commitment driving school success. We are so proud of you!

"Assistant principals at Jefferson Houston PK-8 International Baccalaureate School in Alexandria, Virginia, Barnes and Young work hand-in-hand to guide students from preschool to middle school and their teamwork has led to improvements in student behavior and better communications between parents and school leadership.

The assistant principals have divided the grades into odds and evens and “graduate” with each grade, allowing them to really get to know the students they're tasked with mentoring. It also allows them an opportunity to spend at least one full school year working one-on-one with each grade level's faculty. The students are excited to see the assistant principals pop in to classes, engage in lessons, chat in the hallways when travelling between classes or recess, or last year popping into Zoom classes.

Their presence and participation both during and beyond the school day has helped build trust and connections between the administration and students and families. Their calm and positive approaches were essential in keeping the school community together while students learned remotely for most of last school year.

Additionally, in 2019, Barnes started a mentoring program focusing on academics, empowerment and building relationships. He continued to meet with his groups during the pandemic to provide social-emotional and academic support. In addition, Barnes piloted an afterschool and Saturday Academy to provide additional academic support in reading, math, and science."

#teachersrock #backtoschool2021 #backtoschool #alexandriava

https://www.k12dive.com/news/rising-principals-school-leaders-driving-mentorship-support-counseling-a/604330/

As principals' roles have expanded, so have those of assistant principals. These leaders exemplify the support and commitment driving school success.

Burgers and hot dogs grilled by the Alexandria police chief, free children’s books, free Alexandria fire hats, and a COV...
08/24/2021

Burgers and hot dogs grilled by the Alexandria police chief, free children’s books, free Alexandria fire hats, and a COVID vaccine clinic. Thank you Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School teachers and staff for organizing an awesome kick off to the 2021-2022 school year! Can’t wait for the first day of school tomorrow!

With the first day of school fast approaching, we know parents and caregivers have last-minute questions!  Over the past...
08/21/2021
COVID-19 FAQs | jefferson-houston

With the first day of school fast approaching, we know parents and caregivers have last-minute questions! Over the past week, the PTA has worked with the JH admin team to get answers, and we've started two FAQ pages on the JH PTA website -- one for general questions and one for COVID-related questions. From air filtration to uniform policy, admin has provided helpful JH-specific info for the PTA to share with our school community, so take a look here:

General Questions: https://www.jeffersonhoustonpta.com/back-to-school-faq
COVID Questions: https://www.jeffersonhoustonpta.com/back-to-school-covid-faq

Thanks, Dr. McCain, Mr. Barnes, Ms. Young, Ms. Fraser, and any other members of the JH team who helped with these answers!

Back to school this year looks a bit different as we continue to navigate through the pandemic. Below are some FAQs related to COVID and school. If you have questions that are not addressed below, please email us. 

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1501 Cameron St
Alexandria, VA
22314

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Location: 1501 Cameron Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314

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Hey Jefferson Houston parents. Get your young man (Grade K-5) involved with Cub Scouts. Pack 133 meets at Alfred Street Baptist Church just around the corner from school. As usual we are planning a bunch of fun activities in-person (mostly outdoor) and virtual. Our first meeting (virtual) is September 10. DM me with any questions. Church membership is not required for the child or parent.
Thank you to everyone for a fantastic playdate!
It's Spring2ACTion day in Alexandria, so we're highlighting some of our community partners, and inviting you to offer support for the work of creating a more loving, just, and equitable community. You're invited to support the Jefferson-Houston School PTA , which offers support to teachers, administrators, students, and families of JH. They provide after school programming, scholarships for students and teachers, and help organize volunteers to support the ongoing educational programming offered by the school. Support the Jefferson-Houston PTA at: https://www.spring2action.org/organizations/jefferson-houston-pta
It's #NationalVolunteerWeek!! We'd like to take a moment to thank all the folks who've given their time and talents for the betterment of our school community. You're the best!! Jefferson-Houston School PTA
Greetings Parents, I hope all is well with you. I thought that you might be interested in receiving this. This Saturday - Women Are Poetry In Motion -- Every Day in Every Way Hosted by Esther Productions Inc and Led by Ms. Joy Jones Feb 27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST online event Register for Women Are Poetry In Motion -- Every Day in Every Way at www.estherproductionsinc.com/events-1/women-are-poetry-in-motion-every-day-in-every-way This 60-minute writing workshop is designed for adult women to learn more about poetry writing techniques but also to become more intimate with their own personal stories and history. Led by award-winning author and performance artist Joy Jones, participants will also come to understand and appreciate the power of poetry to heal, inspire and provide an opportunity for celebration of self, family and community. #targetaudience
Just a quick update: Today was the original due date for Reflections entries, but the deadline has been extended until this Saturday, October 24th. Visit the JH Reflections site for more details and for the online entry form: https://sites.google.com/view/jh-reflections. If you are new to Reflections, it's a great program, and it's simple to enter! You can also message our PTA Reflections Chair, Purvi Irwin, with any questions.
GWMS PTA Membership Drive Month – Fall Into Our Fall Membership Drive October is designated Membership Drive Month for the GWMS PTA. Membership dues are $10 per person and they support GWMS, Alexandria PTA Council (PTAC), the Virginia PTA and the National PTA. If you have a student at GWMS - or a fifth grader who will attend GWMS next year - please consider joining. The PTA is a great channel for learning things happening at the school. Please join online today at: https://gwmspta.digitalpto.com/join-the-pta/.
Character development Respectful relationships Adventure Service Fun Who: Boys K-5th grade Where: Alfred Street Baptist Church, 329 S Patrick Street When: First virtual meeting is Friday, September 18 at 7 PM We plan a full schedule of outdoor and virtual events. More info: [email protected] or Deacon Jim Bender 571-235-0613
Hey Parents, if you are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of your student returning to school online, check out our supportive B2S programs such as homework corner and other youth leadership programs. To learn more visit www.breakthenormleadership.com or follow on social media @breakthenormleadership
World's Finest Chocolate wishes everyone an easy transition back to school virtually, or in person 🙂 World's Finest Chocolate has made VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING possible for the school district. We are looking forward to issuing the PTA your school's very own code to start fundraising with. Contact your Coordinator Rhonda Wall (773)554-6329 Stay Safe & Be Well
Hey Parents, I wanted to share these flyer for fun leadership learning opportunities for your students. www.breakthenormleadership.com
“Summer camps aren’t open, and my kids don’t like learning online,” says a mom. The BtNL summer camps teach kids leadership and teamwork skills through fun and creative activities. They participate in the same activities as an onsite camp, just now at home. Students have the opportunity to meet other kids from around the country, and access a youth leadership program that is traditionally based exclusively in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about BtNL online camps visit www.breakthenormleadership.com