Reflecting on the first half of the school year…

As we lay low for winter and plan for spring, we hope you’ll enjoy a brief reflection.

We started by thanking Voters for passing Measure A.

JEF endorsed Measure A, and thanks to our voters, it passed on the June 4 ballot. This school bond measure will provide needed safety and facility improvements at JESD.

We raised $8,800.00 with the Ducky Derby.

Junction families sold Ducky Derby Raffle tickets for a few weeks in September, smashing our records for this event by raising over $8,800.00. JEF expresses our most sincere appreciation to the Redding East Rotary Club for continuing to host this amazing fundraiser for the greater Redding community each year. Thank you to JESD Board member Heather Richards for Chairing this extraordinarily successful event.

We represented JESD at the Palo Cedro Honeybee Festival.

Our students (some dressed as adorable honey bees) sold doughnuts and cookies, earning $350, while raising awareness for JEF amongst the Palo Cedro Community.  We also welcomed many new volunteers, and piloted our use of Thank you to our sponsors for this event: Palo Cedro Holiday Market, and Roots and Shoots Nursery.

The Palo Cedro Lions Club sponsored Parent’s Night Out, and Elementary Student Council sponsored Kid’s Movie Night.

JEF hosted a fabulous night out for JESD families. The adults enjoyed great food  cooked up by the Lions Club, and entertainment by Three Mile Road (rock and roll!), with auctions, raffles and good company. Meanwhile, the children spent their evening watching movies and eating tacos with good friends at Junction Elementary. JEF owes a HUGE thank-you to Roger McCoy and the Elementary School Student Council. We would also like to thank our sponsors (listed below), and ALL of the wonderful families who participated in this exciting event, and successful fundraiser.

Our sponsors were: A&J Foods, Best Little Sandwich Shop (Palo Cedro), Breann Katsares at Pure Bliss Salon and Day Spa, Mason’s Pizza, all of the JEF board members and friends who made donations for the raffle and auction, the parents who donated baked goods for our dessert auction, and the parents who made donations for the classroom gift basket auctions. Thank you!


Fall Carnival was a BLAST, despite stormy weather keeping us indoors.

We sold the remaining classroom silent auction baskets, raising hundreds of dollars directly for the classrooms. We held pie eating, hula hoop, dancing, doughnut eating, mummy wrapping, and limbo contests. The 6th grade painted faces, the 7th grade prepared a spooky haunted house, and the 8th grade barbecued delicious food for lunch. The kids bounced their hearts out in the jumpy-house, decorated pumpkins, caught real-life goldfish, and won whole cake and cookie platters in the famous cake-walk.  What a bunch of excitement packed into a few hours!

We participated in the Palo Cedro Country Christmas Parade and Festival.

JEF helped the Junction after-school program host a booth at the event. We sold our new stickers, which you can purchase at the elementary school office, by the way!

It’s easy to see we’ve been busy this school year.

For now, we’re taking some down time while we improve the business side of things here at JEF. With mostly new Board Members driving the bus, we have some work to do to get organized before the spring – our next round of fabulous activities.

Thanks for reading, and as always, we encourage you to visit our Volunteer page if you would like to get involved.

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