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Message from the President

All hands on deck — Potpourri is almost here, with the Annual Dinner and Auction fast on its heels!

Potpourri is a JBS tradition you don’t want to miss. It all starts with Move-In Day on Saturday, April 22. WE NEED YOU to volunteer to help transform the field house into a retail extravaganza. We will start at 6:30 am and go until the last box is unloaded. Come for 30 minutes or five hours … any amount of time is appreciated. Want to make it a family affair? Bring your kids if they are willing! For a little extra motivation, light breakfast fare, snacks and pizza are involved.

Potpourri Week promises to be exciting. Parents are invited (and needed) to help with the many activities on campus throughout the week and for the Potpourri Sale on Saturday, April 29. Whether you would like to sell snow cones and cotton candy or work the cash registers, it is a wonderful week for everyone. If you would like to volunteer, you’re just a click away! 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13 (6 pm) to attend the Annual Dinner and Auction. In anticipation of our new science, technology and research building, we're going to “Picnic Under the Stars” in the Commons and Quadrangle! Enjoy the low-key silent auction and a delicious dinner while catching up with fellow parents, faculty and staff during this year-end event. Lots of hands are needed to help with this fabulous gathering. To volunteer, click here and reserve your favorite job and shift on Friday, May 12; Saturday, May 13; and/or Sunday, May 14. Need tickets or want to check out the catalog? Click here.

I hope to see you at all these wonderful events!

Jeanne Mulligan

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Potpourri Has Finally Arrived

Move-In Day, Saturday, April 22, officially marks the beginning of “the happiest week of the year!”

Your help is needed throughout the week — no experience necessary. Whether it is to help transform the field house from an empty gymnasium to a shopping extravaganza, cashier, bake, make snow cones, or to help on the sale day itself, your involvement makes it possible to continue the Parents Council’s 48-year tradition of community service that is Potpourri. If you are not already volunteering or want to be more involved, there are plenty of opportunities, simply click this link to SignUp Genius.

The week between Move-In Day and Potpourri includes many activities the student body has eagerly awaited: daily student raffle drawings (Raffle tickets may be purchased online through Monday, April 17, and in the bookstore Tuesday, April 18, through Thursday, April 27), a fashion show where students will model fashions throughout the decades, Recycled Rags sale (fashions that especially appeal to our students), a book sale, jewelry sale, bake sale, restaurant, cotton candy and snow cones. Not to mention an unanticipated treat this year, t-shirt launches during the raffle drawings! These activities lead up to the Potpourri general sale on Saturday, April 29.

The JBS pre-sale, Thursday, April 27, from 4 to 5 pm is open to the JBS community only: current students; their parents, grandparents and siblings; as well as alumni, past parents, faculty and staff and their spouses. This year instead of mailing identification bracelets, they will be provided on site in the Commons just prior to the pre-sale. Simply make a quick stop at the check-in table in the Commons before joining the line to enter the sale. EVERY ADULT SHOPPER WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A BRACELET FOR ENTRY INTO THE PRE-SALE. The change from mailing bracelets to an onsite check-in is to ensure the safety of our students, encourage the integrity of the pre-sale and reduce waste.

We look forward to seeing you at Potpourri!

—Co-chairs Liz Isaak, Heather Strahorn and Rob Leavitt

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Picnic Under the STARS

Join the JBS community for the Auction and Annual Dinner as we Picnic Under the Stars at 6 pm, Saturday, May 13, in the Commons and Quad. This will be a casual evening filled with celebration that you don't want to miss. Remember to register/RSVP through BidPal. You can start bidding on items, even set maximum bids, purchase centerpiece lanterns and wine pulls, and donate to the class contest to complete the next phase of Butterfly Basin. Sign-up parties are available for preview but come to the auction to sign up for parties on posters. Auction catalogs were mailed last week, so please browse, bid, and support JBS!

We need your help. Please consider volunteering for a shift or two on SignUp Genius. Also, we still need a few more bottles of wine (valued at $20 or more) for the wine pull, and you can drop it off in the Development Office or contact Anya Drozdova.  

Hope you can join us under the stars!

—Co-chairs Jan Luhmann and Avani Nayak

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Family Network

Faculty-Led Book Club

Green Metropolis
By David Owen
3:30 to 4:40 pm, Tuesday, May 9, conference room 2
Led by history teacher Jamie Wagner

Faculty-Led Group Questions: Contact Risa Brown.

Parenting Book Discussions

How to Raise an Adult
By Julie Lythcott-Haims
8:30 to 10:30 am, Friday, April 21 (conference room 2)
Led by Prue Gershman, JBS Counseling and Wellness Department

Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, will speak at 7 pm, Tuesday, April 25, in Haertter Hall. She will continue the conversation over lunch at noon, Wednesday, April 26, in conference room 2 (off the Commons). As dean of freshmen at Stanford University for a decade, Lythcott-Haims was a fierce advocate for young adults and a critic of parental over-involvement in the lives of college students. She began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. Her book, How to Raise an Adult (published in more than two dozen countries), gave rise to a TED Talk (released in fall 2016) and a sequel (out in 2018). Her memoir on race, Real American, will be out in fall 2017. Lythcott-Haims is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Law School and California College of the Arts.

Parenting Group Questions? Contact Margaret Duncan or Cheryl Bartnett.

Books for the book groups are available for sale in the JBS bookstore.

—Co-chairs Deborah LeMoine & Wendy Panagos

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Bookstore Volunteers

It’s time to confirm your bookstore shift for next year. The sign-up sheet is posted in the bookstore. Please either highlight your name to keep the same shift next year, cross your name out and move to a vacant shift that better suits your schedule, or cross your name out and take a break if you’re over-extended. If you would like to start small, consider signing up for one of the new ‘fifth week’ time slots. These shifts happen just one or two times per school year – allowing you to get a firm date on your calendar, without a huge time commitment. Adding your name to the sub list is another great way to try working in the bookstore. E-mail requests for subs go out periodically. Simply reply if you’re able to cover a shift.

— Co-chairs Cathy Carlson, Kirsten Schultz and Rachel Wilkins


"Latest News" is updated in conjunction with the mailing of the Parent Newsletter. (The next one will be mailed May 11.) Until then, follow the links at left for more information about Parents Council leadership, contact information, meeting dates, Potpourri sort dates and more.