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October 17-21: Ed Foundation Pledge Week
October 21: Bike It, Walk It
October 21: JAMS 6/7th Grade Movie Night 7-9 PM
November 10: JAMS PTSA / Joint ELAC meeting
November 10: Parent Ed Night: Drug Awareness: Fentanyl Explained

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"John Adams Middle School Discussions"


SMEF Pledge Week!

October 17-21

This week, our Santa Monica Education Foundation is celebrating Pledge Week. All donations through October 21 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 by an anonymous donor! Please donate today at to fund staff and programs at JAMS.

The Ed Foundation is asking JAMS parents for help with the Pledge Week Phone-and-Text-a-Thon, taking place from October 17-21! The Ed Foundation will send you a list of families to call and text at your school. Please sign up here to do outreach. Once you sign up, Deb Burgin from the Ed Foundation will reach out to you with more details. If you’d like to learn more, please contact Deb at or 310-450-8338 x70398.

Esta semana, nuestra Fundación de Educación de Santa Mónica celebra la Semana del Compromiso. ¡Todas las donaciones hasta el 21 de octubre serán igualadas dólar por dólar, hasta $50,000 por un donante anonimo! ¡Done hoy en para financiar al personal y los programas en JAMS.

¡La Fundación Ed le encantaría su ayuda con el maratón de llamadas (Phone-and-Text-a-Thon) de Pledge Week, que tendrá lugar el 17 al 21 de octubre! La Fundación Ed le enviará una lista de familias a las que llamar en su escuela. Inscríbase aquí para realizar llamadas. Una vez que se inscriba, Deb Burgin de la Fundación Ed se comunicará con usted para brindarle más detalles. Si desea obtener más información, comuníquese con Deb en or 310-450-8338 x70398.


Hey students, you can name the 2024-25 PTA Reflections Theme!

This year's theme, "Show Your Voice" was suggested by a student in New York. Each year, students from across the country submit their suggestions to their state PTA, who in turn submit finalists to the National PTA. The top entries at the California State PTA level will receive a $25 gift card and will be asked to complete a form for National PTA. The student whose theme is selected by the National PTA will receive $100, and their theme will be presented at the Annual National PTA Convention. Have lots of ideas? Submit the form as many times as you wish, but be sure you don't suggest a theme they've already used (the list of past themes is on the entry form).

Theme suggestions are due November 1st by 5pm at 

Here are some details students need for the form (you can skip the optional fields):
  • PTA Council: Santa Monica-Malibu
  • PTA Unit: John Adams Middle School (JAMS)
  • School City: Santa Monica
  • Reflections Chair: Jill Jurenska
  • Reflections Chair Email address:

Bike It, Walk It

Friday October 21, 2022

Bike It , Walk It Day is coming this Friday, October 21st.  Walk, bike, scoot, or bus to school to help JAMS win first place in this year's contest!  There will be student and parent volunteers at the gates from 7:30am - 8:40am to count all students and staff who participate!  

Want to volunteer and join in the fun that morning? Email Zakiya, with your name and availability.  Looking for a handful of volunteers who can commit to 30 minutes to an hour on Friday.  

JAMS PTSA 6th/7th Grade Movie Night!

Friday October 21, 2022 7-9 PM
Doors open at 6:30 PM

There will be a Popcorn Pop-Up on Friday, October 21st from 2pm - 2:30pm, in front of JAMS to close out SMEF Pledge Week and celebrate 6th/7th Grade Movie Night!  Pop on by and grab a bag of freshly popped popcorn!

Movie night attendance is capped at 300 students, and we expect to sell out. Register your student here now to hold their spot:

JAMS PTSA / Joint ELAC Meeting!

Thursday November 10, 2022 6 PM
@ Student Cafeteria

Parent Ed Night immediately following 7PM - 8:30PM 
Se acerca una noche de educación para padres


Topic: Drug Awareness: Fentanyl Explained

The JAMS, Lincoln, and Samohi PTSAs invite you to a joint Parent Ed Night on Drug Awareness: Fentanyl Explained. We will be joined by Juli Shamash from the Drug Awareness Foundation and Jolan Dawson from Clare Matrix. The speakers will discuss the dangers of Fentanyl, how teenagers acquire drugs today, and what we can do to help and protect our children. This conversation will be geared for parents; it would not be appropriate to bring students to this presentation.

In person: JAMS Performing Arts Center Studio, 2425 16th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Zoom registration link:
Please register in advance for this meeting.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Conciencia sobre las drogas: El fentanyl explicado

Las PTSA de JAMS, Lincoln y Samohi lo invitan a una noche conjunta de educación para padres sobre la conciencia sobre las drogas: El fentanilo explicado. Nos acompañarán Juli Shamash de la Drug Awareness Foundation y Jolan Dawson de Clare|Matrix. Los oradores hablarán sobre los peligros del fentanilo, cómo los adolescentes adquieren las drogas actualmente y qué podemos hacer para ayudar y proteger a nuestros hijos. Esta conversación estará dirigida a los padres; no sería apropiado traer los alumnos a esta presentación.

En persona: JAMS Performing Arts Center Studio, 2425 16th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Por favor regístrese con anticipación para esta reunión. Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse a la reunión.


Attendance & what to do if your child is absent or leaving early:

All absences and tardies must be excused by parents or guardians. Parents should report absences via the JAMS website (click on "Find It Fast" and then "Report an Absence"; or click here) or by leaving a phone message at 310-452-2326 x72201. Phone messages should include your child's name, ID number or birthdate, date of absences and a detailed reason for the absence. 

Please let us know first thing in the morning if your child will be leaving school early. You may send your child with a note (to bring to the office before the start of school), fill out the online "Report an Absence" form or leave a detailed phone message at 310-452-2326 x72201. The note/message should contain your child's name, the time they will be leaving, the reason for leaving early and a phone number where you can be reached for verification. If advance notice is not given, please be patient with us as we locate your child and bring them to the office. This is especially important during lunch and nutrition when students are spread out all over campus.

Absences that are not cleared within 72 hours will be recorded as truant. For more information on attendance policies, please visit the JAMS website or refer to SMMUSD's Attendance FAQ page.

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