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Keep reading for news from the Potpourri, Dinner and Auction, Family Network, and Bookstore committees.

Potpourri 2018

It's GO TIME for Potpourri 2018! After months of prep work and hundreds of man hours, our team is ready to roll. The 50th Potpourri Sale is going to be a blast. But, we still need the support of the entire community. There are so many ways you can help, including:

  • Sign up to work a shift via SignUpGenius. We have weekend, weekday and evening shifts available so everyone should be able to find something that works with their schedule. Whether you're twirling cotton candy or hawking jewelry, you'll have fun ... and every bit of help is needed and appreciated!
  • Bake something (or donate store-bought baked goods) for our student Bakery on April 24 and 25. We're looking for brownies, cookies, breads, muffins, cupcakes ... just about any yummy treat you can dream up. Sign-up and drop-off details are also available via SignUpGenius.
  • Purchase Raffle Tickets online via this link or in the Bookstore on April 19, 20 and 23. In honor of the 50th anniversary, our golden theme features some Willy Wonka twists. Your kids will love a chance at winning our golden prizes, including Beats headphones, restaurant gift cards, a mini iPad and more! Tickets are $3 each or 10 for $25.
  • Come shop the sale! The pre-sale for the JBS community is from 4 to 5 pm, Thursday, April 26. You must check-in at the table near the 9th and 10th grade Commons area to get your wristband for sale access. Or, you can come shop the BIG SALE from 7:30 am to 1 pm, Saturday, April 28.
  • Spread the word! Let your friends, neighbors and coworkers know about Potpourri. Admission is free, and it's open to anyone. Let's find a home for all these great bargains!

A HUGE thank you, in advance, to our awesome team of more than 70 committee members. Potpourri is no small undertaking, and we sincerely appreciate everyone's help.

Hope to see you all during Potpourri Week!

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

JBS Auction and Dinner

Join the JBS community for the annual dinner and auction at the JBS Ranch: 6 pm, Saturday, May 12, in the Commons and field house. Invitations have been mailed to all parents. Click here to RSVP and start bidding on items. 

Donations: The Auction Committee is looking for donations of bottles of whiskey or bourbon for a Whiskey Pull. Please drop off your donation at the Development Office or call The Wine Merchant at 314-863-6282 to make a purchase over the phone.

Volunteers: Want to get involved? Please consider signing up for a shift on the May 12. And if you enjoy crafting, please help make decorations for the event at 5:30 pm, April 12, at Art Mart. Please e-mail Avani Nayak if you can help. All parents are welcome.

— Co-chairs Norene Bennett & Avani Nayak

Family Network

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)
The final discussion in the series will focus on Chapter 7, "Caring for Herself" (Untangled), and Chapter 12, "What Boys Need" (Raising Cain).
8:30 to 10 am, Friday, April 13 in conference room 2 (off the Commons)


Parenting Together

  • Grade 8: "Transitioning to 9th Grade"
    12 to 1:30 pm, Wednesday, May 2, conference rooms 1 & 2 (off the Commons)
    A discussion for 8th grade parents about the transition to 9th grade
    Presentation by Scott Deken, principal of grades 9 and 10, and Kim Bouldin-Jones (Counseling and Wellness)
  • Grade 9: "Transitioning to 10th Grade"
    8 to 9 am, Friday, May 4, conference rooms 1 & 2 (off the Commons)
    A discussion for 9th grade parents about the transition to 10th grade
    Presentation by Scott Deken, principal of grades 9 and 10, and Jennifer Jones (Counseling and Wellness)
  • Grade 10: "What to Expect in 11th Grade"
    1:15 to 2:45 pm, Wednesday, April 18, conference rooms 1 & 2 (off the Commons)
    A discussion for 10th grade parents about the transition to 11th grade
    Presentation by Jennifer Salrin, principal of grades 11 and 12, and a panel of 11th grade students
  • Grade 11: "The College Application Process"
    1 to 2 pm, Monday, April 16, conference rooms # 1 and 2 (off the Commons)
    A discussion of the college application process with a panel of seniors and young alums
  • Grade 12: "Transitioning to College"
    7 to 8:30 pm, Thursday, May 10, dining room
    Presentation by Karen Coburn, senior consultant in residence, Washington University in St. Louis, and co-author of Letting Go: A Prent's Guide to Understanding the College Years


11th Annual Dads Event

6:30 to 8:30 pm, Thursday, April 26, conference rooms 1 & 2 (off the Commons)
"Fathering Through Anxious Times: How to Be a Role Model and Support Your Teen"
A discussion for all JBS fathers and other male figures
Presented by Parenting expert Dale Kuhn, MA, Mdiv, STM, LCSW, AAPC Diplomate


Faculty-Led Discussion

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


The last Family Network committee meeting of the school year will be at 8:30 am, Wednesday, May 16, in conference room 2.

Co-chairs Kellie Hynes & Wendy Panagos

Bookstore Volunteer Calendar 2018-19

Stop by the bookstore to sign up for available bookstore volunteer openings for the 2018-19 school year, or to make a change to your current shift. If you know you will not be available to volunteer next school year, please contact Case Baum or Kirsten Schultz.

"Latest News" is updated in conjunction with the mailing of the Parent Newsletter. (The next one will be mailed May 10.) Until then, follow the links at left for more information about Parents Council leadership, contact information, meeting dates, Potpourri sort dates and more.