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Keep reading for news from the Unique Boutique, Family Network, Auction and Dinner, Potpourri and Hospitality committees and the grade 11 co-chairs.

Unique Boutique: Now Is the Time to Get Involved!

22 Years of Art and Fine Crafts
Saturday and Sunday, November 18 & 19, 2017

Want to meet other JBS parents and chat in a fun, relaxed setting? Unique Boutique crafting and baking sessions are just the place for that!

  1. Committee Meetings
    8:30 to 10 am, Wednesday, October 18, in conference room 2 (off the Commons)
    8:30 to 10 am, Wednesday, November 8, in conference room 2 (off the Commons)

  2. JBS Signatures Crafting Sessions (Details and sign up here. Walk-ins welcome!)
    1-3 pm, Thursday, October 26, conference room 2 (off the Commons)
    11 am-2 pm, Thursday, November 9, at Leah Stroup's home

  3. Incredible Edibles Baking Parties (Details/sign up here.)
    Pies Galore: 8:30 am, Monday, October 30, at Kathy Wunderlich’s home
    Spiced Nuts & Trail Mix: 9 to 11:30 am, Tuesday, November 7, at Almira Arnold’s home
    Crazy for Cookies: 8:45 am, Tuesday, November 14, at Helen Kouvelis' home

  4. Wrapping Sessions (Details/sign up here.)
    9 am to 3 pm, Wednesday, November 15, through Friday, November 17 in conference room 2 (off the Commons)
  5. Volunteer at the Event (Details/sign up here.)
    Saturday & Sunday, November 18 & 19, 2017

Please contact either of us if you have questions.

— Co-chairs Cheri Smith & Susan Jones

We are on Facebook (@JBSUniqueBoutique), posting updates, photos, and artist profiles.

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Family Network Book Clubs

Faculty-Led Discussion

We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
Discussion Leaders: Sally Kilbride, Counselor for Grades 8, 10, 12, & Katie Bava, Librarian
3:30 to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, November 7, 
in conference room 3 (across from bookstore)
Optional Q&A to follow


Into the Wild
by John Krakauer
Discussion Leader: Anita Hagerman (English)
3:30 to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, January 9,
in conference room 3 (across from the bookstore)
Optional Q&A to follow


Nightmare Alley
by William Lindsay Gresham
Discussion Leader: Jim Lowe (Classics; College Counseling)
3:30 to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, March 13
in conference room 3 (across from bookstore)
Optional Q&A to follow


Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
by Chris Hedges
Discussion Leader: Jamie Wagner (History)
3:30 to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, May 8,
conference room 3 (across from the bookstore)
Optional Q&A to follow


Parenting Book Discussions

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
by Lisa Damour


Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
by Dan Kindlon & Michael Thompson
Discussion Leader: Prue Gershman (Counseling & Wellness)
Books will be discussed on an alternating schedule.
8:30 to 10 am, December 1, January 26, February 23 and April 13 (all Fridays)
in conference room 2 (off the Commons)

Co-chairs Kellie Hynes & Wendy Panagos

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JBS Auction and Dinner

Save the date and join us at JBS Ranch, a casual, western-themed auction and dinner for parents, on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Planning has begun, and our next auction committee meeting will be at 8:30 am, Tuesday October 17, in conference room 2 (off the Commons). We are looking to borrow any western-themed decor as well as donations of whiskey or bourbon for our whiskey pull. We are also having a happy hour at 7 pm, Thursday, October 26, at Llywelyn's in Webster Groves. All parents are welcome to both events! Contact either of us if you have any questions.

— Co-chairs Norene Bennett & Avani Nayak

Potpourri 2018

After our first, well-attended committee meeting on October 4, the Potpourri crew is off to a great start! Even though the sale is more than six months away, there is much work to be done. We’ve filled about 80 percent of our department co-chair positions but could still use a few more. If you’ve never chaired a department before, do not worry … we’ll provide a clear road map for you and lots of support. So please consider grabbing a friend and joining our team! We’re also very excited about our Golden Anniversary theme honoring the 50th year of Potpourri. Stay tuned for some fun surprise elements and lots of solid gold raffle prizes! In the meantime, we invite all parents to join us in the pink garage adjacent to the field hockey field for one of our upcoming sorts: Thursday, October 19 (8:30 to 11:30 am); Saturday, October 28 (8:30 to 11:30 am); and Thursday, November 2 (6:30 to 9 pm). And last but not least, keep those donations coming! Insider tip: the trailer is at its emptiest right after a sort. Stop by the trailer at the Clayton Road entrance, unload your gently used clothing, sporting goods, household items, toys and more, and we will gladly turn them into treasures for our 2018 sale! And, don’t forget to get your tax deduction forms on the trailer door when you drop off your donations.

—Co-Chairs Heather Strahorn, Mary Tricamo-Park & Ben Park

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Hospitality Committee

Each month the Parents Council's hospitality committee serves breakfast to the faculty/staff. On Thursday, October 26, parents of eighth grade class will provide the food. Please sign up if you are willing to provide something on that day. 

— Co-chairs Mary Hohenberg & Dina Rinder

Grade-Level Committees

Grade 11: Plan to attend the 11th Grade Parent Dinner on Friday, October 27. Please be sure to RSVP by Friday, October 20, to either Lori Bradley or Peggy Kuhlman. It promises to be a really fun evening!

—Co-chairs Lori & Matt Bradley, Ann Kittlaus & Jay Byrne,  Peggy & Rick Kuhlman and Michele and Brad Sowers

"Latest News" is updated in conjunction with the mailing of the Parent Newsletter. (The next one will be mailed November 9.) Until then, follow the links at left for more information about Parents Council leadership, contact information, meeting dates, Potpourri sort dates and more.