September 2, 2015
Coming Soon:
  • Wednesday, September 15 - JSSPVA Board Meeting
  • Thursday, September 16- Chess Club begins
Looking Ahead:
  • Thursday, September 24, 3:15-5:00pm- Outdoor Classroom Open House
  • Wednesday, September 30- JK-7th Grade Picture Day
  • Thursday, October 1- 8th Grade Picture Day

Picture Days

Picture Days have been changed to Wednesday, September 30, 2015 for the JK-7th grade, and Thursday, October 1, 2015 for the 8th grade. Picture retakes will be done Wednesday, October 28, 2015. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Lafferty ( or Anne Crowley ( 

World Link 2015-2016

World Link co-chairs, Sarah Mohr & Beth Beeler, are excited to introduce this year's continent of interest, North America.  With so many options, we look to highlight unique holidays from Mexico & Canada, the two largest North American countries outside the USA, as well as interesting facts from other North American nations.  Look for fun World Link information on our bulletin board across from the Link, in the library, and throughout the school.  Also listen for interesting information on North America in the morning announcements.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Mohr ( and Beth Beeler (

Outdoor Classroom

THANK YOU to the following Sears School families who helped care for the Outdoor Classroom this summer by weeding, harvesting, pruning, watering, and more: Baur, Hunsader, Bell-Bartholomay,Bedwell, O'Connor, Henry, Yen, Pilant, Nahrwold, Kane, and Timmerman. Their generous work helped maintain our beautiful space throughout the summer months and helped grow and harvest:red beets, radish, corn, beans, edamame, chives, mint, dill, nasturtium, marigold, lettuce, spinach, basil, tomatoes, arugula, pepper, kale, swiss chard, cucumber, scallions, carrots and much, much more!
Come see for yourself at our Outdoor Classroom Open House
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th*- 3:15pm-5:00pm.
Please click here for more information. 

Also, Outdoor Classroom Opportunities!
  • The Organic Gardener will be harvesting two Wednesdays in September  - 2nd and 9th from 12:00-1:00pm. Please feel free to stop by and help harvest and take some produce home!
  • Weeding and Working on Fridays at 11:00am-12:00pm - September 4, 11, 16, 25. No gardening experience necessary. We will provide gloves and tools. Just come to enjoy the beautiful space and help us too!
  • Outdoor Classroom Open House needs you! Adults and/or students 5th grade and up  - we need help on September 28 (rain date 29th) any time between 2:30-5:30 pm - set up, crafts, food help, tour guides, greeters, clean up and more! Want to volunteer? Contact Katie Nahrwold or Cathy Bell
Sears Cafe

It's not too late to order Marla's Brown Bag lunches!!  Please click to place your order. Marla's Brown Bag Lunch Order

Chess Club

Sears Chess Club is open to all 1st-8th Graders. Kindergarteners with previous chess experience are welcome too.  Registration is open until September 10, 2015. Classes begin September 16, 2015. Sign up now!

JSSPVA Reimbursement

To be reimbursed for JSSVPA-related expenses, please complete a copy of the reimbursement form which can be found on the JSSVPA website under "Tax ID Letter & Reimbursement Form" or via this link (2 Attach all applicable receipts and return to Michele Bacik at 723 Cummings Avenue. Please note: a Committee Chair must sign all reimbursement request forms prior to submission.

Also, a reminder that sales tax cannot be paid or reimbursed. A copy of the tax exemption letter to be used when making JSSVPA-related purchases can also be found on the JSSVPA website under "Tax ID Letter & Reimbursement Form" or via this link JSSPVA Tax Exempt Letter