November-December

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November 2, 2018

Greetings Kennedy families,

The first two months of school has come and gone, and November is here! In review of the week, staff continued to provide a variety of learning opportunities for students to explore and to further develop their knowledge and skills. As a result, students are making excellent academic gains while growing their social skills, too. Thank you for your ongoing support and help to ensure your student attends school regularly, ready to learn.

 

In looking to the upcoming week, there are several things to keep in mind.

 

Dates and Events: |click here|.

  

Things to Know

Daylight Savings – it is that time of year again. Just a reminder to change your clocks on the evening of Sunday, November 4th. 

Knight Family Meeting - There will be a Knight Family meeting on MondayNovember 5th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Library. The purpose of the meeting is to work toward building an active family/parent group. In addition, there will be a presentation and discussion regarding the potential move of Chinese Immersion to Kennedy Middle School.

Out of Building – Both Morgan Christensen and Karen Ramirez Gutierrez will be attending a workshop at Lane ESD on Monday, November 5th and Tuesday November 6th. BJ Blake, a retired administrator from 4J, will be helping out at Kennedy. BJ has a wealth of experience ranging from being a teacher, principal and most recently the Secondary Director of Education for 4J, and she is looking very much forward to meeting the students and working along side staff next week. Karen and I will be checking our emails if you need to get contact with us.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – By now you should have received a conference packet in the mail regarding instructions for signing up to meet with teachers. If you have not, please contact the front office at 541-790-5500. Conference forms will need to be returned to the office on or before November 5th.

11/7 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-8:00pm - Conferences will start at 4:00pm and will occur every 10 minutes.

11/8 Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00am-12:00noon- Conferences will start at 8:00am and will occur every 10minutes.

No School for students on 11/8 & 11/9 – Staff will have professional development on 11/9.

OBOB- OBOB is a state-wide award-winning reading program where students challenge themselves to read a variety of novels then compete in a jeopardy style quiz game. If your student is looking for a reading challenge then OBOB may be a fun way to meet new friends, strengthen old friendships while reading excellent books.  OBOB sign ups are still going on.  If your student is interested, they can talk with Trisha Richter in F-5 for more information.

School Support – We are looking for parents who would be interested in helping with before and after school support in our breezeways and cafeteria. If you are interested, please contact the office. Note, per 4J district policy, anyone working with students is required to complete a background check.

Tutoring & Class Support – We are looking for people who are interested in helping support students in Math and Science. In addition, we would like to provide homework help after school from 3:40 to 4:30. If you are interested, please contact the front office. Note, per 4J district policy, anyone working with students is required to complete a background check.

District Information

4J Equity Office: November 1st - Community Equity Conversation- Native American Boarding Schools

Hello 4J Family and Eugene Community,

Each month we will be coming together as a 4J community to learn together and from each other. As I (Karen) entered Eugene last year, different elders shared the historical context and complexities of Eugene and the impacts of those complexities on our students and communities.

In November we will be focusing on our Native American family members. We will be learning together about the boarding school policies that were forced onto our Native communities in Oregon.

This is an important piece of history, that in my opinion, each one of us should know more about. The impacts of this history touch our students, classrooms and communities each day.

I ask that you please come join us on November 1st.

We will be hearing from a Eugene graduate who has focused their thesis work on Native American Boarding Schools and their impacts on contemporary Native American Education as well as from Brenda Brainard and other elders.

The target audience for this event is you. Yes, you - our staff, students, families and community. Spanish translation via headsets will be provided.

Let's learn together and from each other ....

November Community Equity Forum: Native American Boarding Schools - The historical trauma impacts on contemporary Native American education

There will be a historical overview, a panel discussion and snacks.

November 1, 2018 - Community Equity Forum

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Eugene School District Office -Auditorium
200 North Monroe Street,
Eugene, OR 97402

November 2nd - First Friday An event for you to continue the conversation hosted by the U of O.
DATE: November 2, 2018
TIME: 5:30 - 7:00pm
LOCATION Campbell Community Center
155 High Street
Eugene, OR 97401

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November 9, 2018

Greetings Kennedy families,

We have 12 more school days before the end of trimester 1 and Winter Break is not that far away. The next couple of weeks of school will be fast and full of time for students to continue mastering the skills and practice required for learning new concepts. Staff will be continuing to ensure all students learn by providing instruction that is engaging and meeting the needs of every students. Thank you for your continual support and generosity with donations and by volunteering your time to help at school. We have an excellent community and an excellent school for everyone! In looking to the rest of the month, please note the upcoming events and the calendar.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Questions about student progress? If you have question pertaining to your student’s progress in class, please be sure to connect with your student’s teacher. Staff are committed to communicating with you on a regular basis and can be reached through email and/or by phone.

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE WebsiteTo help their children get the most out of school, parents want day-to-day insight into the academic experience. With the Synergy ParentVUE web portal, parents can access near real-time information on assignments and scores, attendance, class schedules, discipline, conference visits, health office visits, immunization compliance, transcripts, graduation status and more.ParentVUE is a website that offers secure, private access to school and student information, including assignments, grades, attendance, school calendar, and teacher contact details. ParentVUE offers a single sign-on to view school information for all of the siblings, regardless of the grade level or school of attendance. While the website is accessible over the Internet, access is secured via a user name and password. Parents can see information about their children, only, and cannot see the records of other students. To create an account, you will need the web address and activation key provided by your student’s school.

Kennedy Choir event – 11/13 Students in Concert Choir will be performing at Churchill High School starting at 7:00 in the auditorium. Hope to you see you there!

District Events

School Bond Measure Passes!

VOTERS RESOUNDINGLY SUPPORTED THE SCHOOL BOND TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS, SUPPORT STUDENTS AND STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY.

Thanks to voters, every 4J school will see improvements in the coming years.

Every school will receive safety and security improvements, new curriculum materials and technology upgrades for a 21st century education.

Every high school also will receive enhanced career technical education (vocational) opportunities and improved athletic facilities to be more equitable for girls and boys.

Many schools will have additional facility improvements, depending on the age and condition of the building. Most school buildings are 50–75 years old. In addition to school security, career technical education, equitable athletic facilities, student learning materials and technology, planned upgrades include accessibility improvements, school kitchens, special education supports, bus replacements, safe routes to school, facility repairs, and more. The bond measure also will pay to build three new school buildings and for classroom additions to address overcrowding.

Learn what the bond will provide for your neighborhood schools: 
Churchill • North Eugene • Sheldon • South Eugene

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November 16, 2018

Greetings Kennedy families,

This is a short bulletin. Below are several reminders for the week.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Giving Tree – It is that time of year again when we here at Kennedy want to make sure our families experience some joy and cheer this holiday season.  This year our 8th Leadership Class is presenting the Giving Tree.  The purpose of our Giving Tree is to reach out to as many of our Kennedy Families who might need a little extra cheer throughout their holiday season.  Please see the attached flyer containing a more detailed look at the process of the Giving Tree.

Thank you for your care and generosity this holiday season!  If you have any questions, please email or call our Office Manager, Victoria Miller, at miller_v@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-5522.

The Kennedy Leadership Class

Questions about student progress? If you have question pertaining to your student’s progress in class, please be sure to connect with your student’s teacher. Staff are committed to communicating with you on a regular basis and can be reached through email and/or by phone.

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE WebsiteTo help their children get the most out of school, parents want day-to-day insight into the academic experience. With the Synergy ParentVUE web portal, parents can access near real-time information on assignments and scores, attendance, class schedules, discipline, conference visits, health office visits, immunization compliance, transcripts, graduation status and more. ParentVUE is a website that offers secure, private access to school and student information, including assignments, grades, attendance, school calendar, and teacher contact details. ParentVUE offers a single sign-on to view school information for all of the siblings, regardless of the grade level or school of attendance. While the website is accessible over the Internet, access is secured via a user name and password. Parents can see information about their children, only, and cannot see the records of other students. To create an account, you will need the web address and activation key provided by your student’s school.

Kennedy Band event – 11/20 Students in Band Choir will be performing at Churchill High School starting at 7:00 in the auditorium. Hope to you see you there!

 

District Events

Wondering About Winter Weather?

Winter weather is on its way! Here is some key information families need to know.

When hazardous weather is a concern, decisions regarding schedule changes are made in the early morning, before school, when current weather conditions can be assessed. Decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

Our main concern is the safety of our students and staff. We also believe students and families are best served when schools are open. We will always do our best to make the best decision possible, taking into account all of the factors.

How To Find Out: If there is a change in the school schedule or bus routes, it will be announced in several ways, all normally before 6:30 a.m., including:

  • District website: A notice will be posted on this website’s homepage, 4j.lane.edu.
  • District social media: A notice will be posted on the following social media channels:
    • Facebook page: Facebook.com/4Jschools
    • Twitter accounts: @4Jschools and @4Jweather
  • Text-message alertswill be sent to Twitter subscribers who follow 4JWeather AND have their mobile phone number attached to their account.
  • Local news mediawill share closure or delay information on their websites and broadcasts.

NO NEWS = NO CHANGE. If there is a change in the school schedule or bus routes due to inclement weather, Eugene School District 4J will announce the change. On days when school is in session and on regular schedule, DO NOT expect the district to make an announcement.

Snow Routes: Parents of students who ride school buses that sometimes use snow routes have been informed of what to do when snow routes are in effect. Snow route information is available on the snow routes page.

LTD buses may also be delayed or detoured when there is ice or snow on the ground. Detour information will be posted on the LTD website, www.ltd.org, and publicized to local news media.

Delayed Starts and Early Dismissal: The district generally will avoid delayed starts and early dismissal due to weather. However, it is possible that unpredictable or sudden weather conditions will require such a decision to be made.

If a weather-related delay occurs on Friday, the early-release schedule will be canceled and school will let out at the same time as a Monday-Thursday.

Staff Work Schedules: Many staff still report to work when schools are closed. (Information for staff)

Parent Choice: On any day when inclement weather is a concern and school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Please call your school if your child will be absent. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance for this reason will be honored.

Sign Up for Text-Message Alerts

If you have a Twitter account and your mobile phone number is connected to your account, you can sign up to receive text alerts about weather-related school closures and schedule changes.

  • Sign up for Twitter text alerts:
    • Step 1: Set up a Twitter account. Be sure to add your mobile phone number to your account. (It’s quick and easy. See How to set up a Twitter accountbelow)If you already have a Twitter account with your phone number added, skip to step 2.
    • Step 2: Send a text message to40404 that says FOLLOW 4JWEATHER
  • Confirmation:You will receive a text message confirming your subscription
  • Getting extra messages that you don’t want?Reply SET DISCOVER OFF to stop those messages

How to set up a Twitter account: You will need to provide your mobile phone number, set up a password and allow notifications, but you can skip the interests and suggestions screens. You also don’t need to set up a profile to get text alerts.

Be aware: It is impossible to guarantee text message delivery 100% of the time, and your alert may be delayed or blocked. If you are concerned about the weather and have not received a text alert by 6:30 a.m., check the 4J website, radio or TV for information about closures, delays or snow routes.

More information about using Twitter via your mobile phone is available here.

School Bond Measure Passes!

VOTERS RESOUNDINGLY SUPPORTED THE SCHOOL BOND TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS, SUPPORT STUDENTS AND STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY.

Thanks to voters, every 4J school will see improvements in the coming years.

Every school will receive safety and security improvements, new curriculum materials and technology upgrades for a 21st century education.

Every high school also will receive enhanced career technical education (vocational) opportunities and improved athletic facilities to be more equitable for girls and boys.

Many schools will have additional facility improvements, depending on the age and condition of the building. Most school buildings are 50–75 years old. In addition to school security, career technical education, equitable athletic facilities, student learning materials and technology, planned upgrades include accessibility improvements, school kitchens, special education supports, bus replacements, safe routes to school, facility repairs, and more. The bond measure also will pay to build three new school buildings and for classroom additions to address overcrowding.Learn what the bond will provide for your neighborhood schools: 
Churchill • North Eugene • Sheldon • South Eugene

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November 21, 2018

Greetings Kennedy families,

As we head into the holiday session, I want thank you all for your generosity in helping support students and families of Kennedy. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you find time for some fun, rest, and relaxation. Next week, students will be completing their first trimester of school. Below is important information to review.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Giving Tree – It is that time of year again when we here at Kennedy want to make sure our families experience some joy and cheer this holiday season.  This year our 8th Leadership Class is presenting the Giving Tree.  The purpose of our Giving Tree, is to reach out to as many of our Kennedy Families who might need a little extra cheer throughout their holiday season.  Please see the attached flyer containing a more detailed look at the process of the Giving Tree.

Thank you for your care and generosity this holiday season!  If you have any questions, please email or call our Office Manager, Victoria Miller, at miller_v@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-5522.

 

District Information

Randon Testing - Dear Kennedy families,

To continue providing safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play, the district will test for radon in all schools. Kennedy Middle School will be tested during the week of January 14, 2018. A new state law requires that all districts in Oregon test school buildings for radon before January 1, 2021.

What is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from soil and rock. Radon can work its way into buildings, including homes and schools, through cracks in the ground and openings in foundations or under structures. Breathing high levels of radon over a long period of time can cause lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon.

How will the district test for radon? The only way to know if a building has elevated radon is to use specialized testing equipment. The test is non-invasive and poses no danger to staff or students. It consists of placing a cardboard packet for a few days in rooms that are in contact with the ground. *Please do not tamper with or move these test kits, and keep exterior windows and doors closed (except for normal entry/exit) during the testing period.

For more information about radon and the district’s testing plan, please visit 4j.lane.edu/healthyschools/radon.

The health and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Winter Weather: Snow Day Decisions and Notifications  

When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. These decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

How the decision is made:

Typically, weather-related school schedule decisions are made in the early morning, before school, when current weather conditions can be assessed. We believe students and families are best served when we are open. Our main concern and the reason for any school closure is the safety of our students and staff.

How to find out if there is a change: 

If the district decides to make a change to the school schedule or bus routes, it is communicated as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

  • Sign up for text-message alerts via Twitter.
  • Check the district website homepage: www.4j.lane.edu
  • Follow district social media channels:
    • Facebook: facebook.com/4Jschools
    • Twitter: twitter.com/4jschools and twitter.com/4Jweather
  • Tune in to local news media

What does the announcement mean?

School Closure: There is no school for students, although some staff will be at work. The district will decide by noon about whether any after-school student activities or community use of buildings may take place.

Two-Hour Delay: School will start two hours late and end at the usual dismissal time. If a delay occurs on an early release Friday, school will still be dismissed at the early release time. Buses will drive cautiously, adjusting to conditions, so pickup and return may be delayed.

Snow Routes: Some school bus routes have alternate “snow routes” that may be used when snow and ice make road conditions hazardous at higher and steeper elevations. This helps limit the need for school closures in harsh weather. When school buses operate on these snow routes, some students will have a different bus stop location and time than on the regular route. More information is at www.4j.lane.edu/transportation/snowroutes.

Parent Choice: When school is in session during wintry weather, families are encouraged to consider the road conditions in their areas, make their own decisions based on safety, and notify the school if their student will be staying home. Parents’ decisions about student absences for hazardous weather safety reasons will be honored.

For more information, please see www.4j.lane.edu/weather.

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November 30, 2018

Greetings Kennedy families,

This week marks the end of Trimester I. Although there are only 14 school days until we reach Winter Break, there are many exciting learning opportunities for our students. As always, thank you for your support and dedication to ensuring your student is ready and on time for school. Be sure to take a look at the upcoming events for the week and the calendar for our last month of 2018.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Monday, December 3rd - No School, Grading day
Tuesday, December 4th - Trimester II begins.

Screenagers - The Churchill area schools invite the community to join us in viewing the movie Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age at the Churchill High School auditorium on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

For information about the film, visit www.screenagersmovie.com.

Families can take advantage of the Parent Guide to prepare for the movie and help with strategies for setting limits at home.

“Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make SCREENAGERS when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.

As a director, Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories of messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. We meet Hannah, a 14-year old victim of social media bullying who struggled trying to hide her social media use from her mom. And Andrew, whose love of video games turned into an addiction taking him from earning straight A’s to flunking out of college.

Interwoven into these stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on the real changes in the brain when kids are on screens. SCREENAGERS goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, it reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.”

Thursday, December 6th, Round Table - Beginning December 6th.

Need help with homework or just the time and space to do it? Join Round Table, access to computers, supplies and support from Ms. Erickson and student volunteers from Churchill High School and Eugene International High School. Every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 345-5pm in G2.

Giving Tree – It is that time of year again when we here at Kennedy want to make sure our families experience some joy and cheer this holiday season.  This year our 8th Leadership Class is presenting the Giving Tree.  The purpose of our Giving Tree, is to reach out to as many of our Kennedy Families who might need a little extra cheer throughout their holiday season.  Please see the attached flyer containing a more detailed look at the process of the Giving Tree.

Thank you for your care and generosity this holiday season!  If you have any questions, please email or call our Office Manager, Victoria Miller, at miller_v@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-5522.

 

District Information

Dear Eugene Family, the Eugene SD 4J Office of Equity, Instruction & Inclusion invites you to come together to continue learning our shared stories:

December Community Equity Forum:  The Saga of racism and resistance -Stories from the Black Pioneers of Eugene & Springfield Schools.//

THURSDAYDecember 6th

Eugene SD 4J District Office- Auditorium

Doors Open @ 5:30 p.m.

Interpretation will be offered for Spanish & ASL

FREE EVENT

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OTHER EVENTS -- SAVE THE DATE:

Every Tuesday - ZUMBA CLASSES (FREE) @ ATA Middle School 6-7 PM

January 18thFriday -  MLK NAACP Student Panel - 6-9 PM @ Eugene School District Office Auditorium

January 21stMonday - 2019 MLK Community March 

February 21stThursday - Student Town Hall Symposium 9-2:30 PM @ Eugene Christian Fellowship

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December 7, 2018

Greetings Kennedy families,

We have had an exciting first week of Trimester 2. Students continued with their classes and began new electives. The next two weeks will be full of events and activities for students to further develop their skills for being successful and happy. In looking ahead there are a few things to be sure to review, upcoming events for the week and the calendar for our last month of 2018.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

School Attendance – This is a reminder about the importance of attendance and especially with the beginning of trimester 2. Missing class is the single biggest obstacle to student success. 95% is the attendance target for students. Below are three ways to ensure students are attending school regularly.

1) Students should come to school even if they are slightly under the weather or a little tired, as long as they don’t have a fever or are vomiting.

2) Students should make sure to go to bed early enough to get 8-9 hours of sleep, and try to tuck in cell phones in a different room before jumping under the covers for less interrupted sleep.

3) Parents and guardians can help their students by planning family trips and appointments during non-school times, so students miss less school

Homework Support – We will be offering homework support on Fridays from 8:00am to 9:00am in C4 and on Mondays after school from 3:45pm to 4:45pm.

Round Table Club– There will be homework support offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:45 to 5:00pm in G2. Join Round Table, access to computers, supplies and support from Ms. Erickson and student volunteers from Churchill High School and Eugene International High School. Every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 345-5pm in G2.

Site Council – We will be having our 3rd Site Council meeting on 11/1/18from 3:45 – 5:00 in the library.

Calendar of Meeting Topics
Oct 4  - Overview of year & Site Team Plan
Nov 1  - Review School data, SIP, Fundraising, Programs
Dec 13 - KMS Decision Making Grid, draft
Jan 10 -  Finalize Decision Making Grid for staff input
Feb 7 -  Fundraising
Mar 7 - EEF Grant Review
Apr 4 - EEF Grant Recommendation
May 4  - Review SIP goals
Jun 6 - Reflection and Next year plan

Interested in baseball? Churchill Babe Ruth will be holding a 1 day, FREE baseball clinic December 27th for youth up to 12 years old. The clinic will be run by Churchill High School Head Coach, Kenny Niles, his staff and players. For more information and to register please visit:https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fwww.churchillbaberuth.com&c=E,1,BcuQ9TnRGygIhmW2Uygaf5ORlsLdLnU0P9eWtu1xbnkT22pU4gmezi83xf8S-DkAgQK5nQW7HZQbtRwY2yGDj_eaBllCxr6LyTDvSYRkEeDf&typo=1

 

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December 14, 2018

Greetings Kennedy families,

It is hard to believe that we are heading into the last week of the 2018 school year! Thank you for ensuring you student attends school ready to learn. I have said this before and I feel is it important to state it again, Kennedy is an amazing school because of your support and because of the staff, classes and programs we offer. Thank for your partnership. Next week we have several exciting things happening and below you will find a review of several things to know.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

School Field Trip – We have a field trip planned for next week to the University of Oregon – Matthew Knight Arena to attend the UO Women’s Basketball game on Thursday, December 20th. We are looking very much forward to this experience for our students, and the students are excited to go, too.

There will be other Eugene School District 4J middle and elementary schools attending this event, which will make this experience even more unique for our students. We will have our own section in the stands, and we will certainly be able to represent our Kennedy Spirit. This field trip is free for our students. The game will be from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Students will be eating lunch at the game during halftime in their seats. Cold lunches will be provided to students who have requested a lunch in advance and will be given to the students in their Advisory the morning of the event. Students may also bring their own lunch to the event, and the concession stands will be open if students wish to purchase items. Students will be allowed during halftime to access the concessions, but they will be required to bring the food with them back to their assigned seats.

The day of the event, students are to report to their advisory class for attendance by 9:00am. We will leave Kennedy by 9:40am and will be returning to school by 2:00pm. During the day, there will be no classes available for students to attend, however, classes will resume upon our return form the UO. Students will then proceed to their 5th period class and end the day with their 6th period class at 3:35pm. If you do not wish for your student to attend this all school field trip, please be sure to call the attendance line and/or complete and the return the bottom portion of the attached letter to the office so that we have accurate attendance for this day.

7th Grade Field Trip – Students will be touring the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and hearing a Holocaust speaker on Tuesday, December 18th.

Where: Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education 724 NW Davis Street, Portland, Oregon

When: Tuesday, December 18th from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Transportation: School Bus

What students should bring: Students will need to pack a sack lunch and bring a coat to keep warm and dry during their 15min break between presentations

Cost: Transportation and entry to museum and memorial are free to all Kennedy students.

Giving Tree – It is that time of year again when we here at Kennedy want to make sure our families experience some joy and cheer this holiday season.  This year our 8th Leadership Class is presenting the Giving Tree.  The purpose of our Giving Tree, is to reach out to as many of our Kennedy Families who might need a little extra cheer throughout their holiday season.

Thank you for your care and generosity this holiday season!  If you have any questions, please email or call our Office Manager, Victoria Miller, at miller_v@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-5522.

Homework Support – We will be offering homework support on Fridays from 8:00am to 9:00am in C4 and on Mondays after school from 3:45pm to 4:45pm.

Round Table Club– There will be homework support offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:45 to 5:00pm in G2. Join Round Table, access to computers, supplies and support from Ms. Erickson and student volunteers from Churchill High School and Eugene International High School. Every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 345-5pm in G2.

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December 21, 2018

Greetings Kennedy families,

As we head into winter break, I wanted to take this time to thank you for an excellent start to the year. Students have been working hard to master their skills and learn new concepts while staff have continued to ensure all students learn by providing instruction that is engaging and relevant. Thank you for your continual support in helping our school and for providing gifts to families in need for the holidays. In addition, we appreciate your volunteering at school and on field trips, your attendance at school meetings, and your donations of money and food for students and families in need. We greatly appreciate the tremendous generosity you give to help students of Kennedy. May you have a wonderful break. I hope you find time for fun and relaxation with family and friends. See you in 2019!

Below are several things to know as we head into the new year.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

ParentVUE – Heading into the new school year, be sure to connect to ParentVue.With the Synergy ParentVUE web portal, parents can access near real-time information on assignments and scores, attendance, class schedules, discipline, conference visits, health office visits, immunization compliance, transcripts, graduation status and more. ParentVUE is a website that offers secure, private access to school and student information, including assignments, grades, attendance, school calendar, and teacher contact details. ParentVUE offers a single sign-on to view school information for all of the siblings, regardless of the grade level or school of attendance. While the website is accessible over the Internet, access is secured via a user name and password. Parents can see information about their children, only, and cannot see the records of other students. To create an account, you will need the web address and activation key provided by your student’s school.

Family Vehicle Drop-off and Pick-up - Thank for not parking in the Bus Zone before or after school. This helps tremendously with safety of our students and with bus mobility. The west parking lot is the place to drop-off or pick-up students when busses are in the bus zones.

Early pick-up - Please allow a minimum of 30 minutes notice when picking up your student before the end of the day. The best way to do this is to send a note to the front office first thing in the morning. Your student will then be given a yellow reminder card with the time to be in the office for pick up. All students must be signed out by a parent, guardian or emergency contact person. If you need to add a person to your student's Emergency Contact List, you may do so by sending an email to Melissa Brennan at brennan_m@4j.lane.edu."

Tutoring & class support – We are looking for people who are interested in helping support students in Math and Science. In addition, we would like to provide homework help after school from 3:40 to 4:30. If you are interested, please contact Victoria Miller in the front office. Note, per 4J district policy, anyone working with students is required to complete a background check.

Thursday, January 10th, Site Council – We will be having our 4th Site Council meeting on 1/10/19 from 3:45 – 5:00 in the library. During the meeting we will be finalizing the grid for staff input. Below are the topics for the year. Meetings are open to the public.

Calendar of Meeting Topics
Jan 10 -  Finalize Decision Making Grid for staff input
Feb 7 -  Fundraising

Mar 7 - EEF Grant Review
Apr 4 - EEF Grant Recommendation
May 4  - Review SIP goals
Jun 6 - Reflection and Next year plan

Round Table - Need help with homework or just the time and space to do it? Join Round Table, access to computers, supplies and support from Ms. Erickson and student volunteers from Churchill High School and Eugene International High School. Every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 345-5pm in G2.

District Information

Looking Ahead: 2019 School Choice begins in January
In Eugene School District 4J, our school choice policy is that students may request to enroll in any 4J school. School choice requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery.

School choice in January: School choice tours and meetings will be scheduled in the month of January. To be included in the annual school choice lottery, 4J residents must apply between January 1 and January 31. This deadline changed last year to be earlier than in previous years. Non-district residents must apply for an interdistrict transfer between March 1 and March 31 to be included in the school placement lottery.

Who needs to apply: All students who wish to enroll in a school other than their neighborhood school must submit an application. This includes incoming siblings of current students, students who have moved out of our school neighborhood or the district and want to remain enrolled next year, eighth grade students who want to enroll in the International High School program or a high school other than their neighborhood school, and non-residents who enrolled this year on a one-year interdistrict transfer. Their enrollment is not automatic.

Who does not need to apply: If your student is already enrolled in our school on an in-district school choice transfer and has not moved out of the district, or is already enrolled on a multi-year "open enrollment" transfer, you do not need to reapply to continue attending our school next year.

Come see our schools: If you or any of your friends are interested in exploring your school choice options, the district will hold an Elementary School Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. All 4J schools will hold tours and other opportunities to visit during the month of January.

If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to come learn more about our wonderful school at our school choice events in January!

School Presentation and Tour
Jan.16 (W), 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Jan. 24 (Th), 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Jan. 29 (Tu), 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Presentations will be held in the school library. School tours are drop-in, no RSVP needed. Please call the school to request a Spanish interpreter.

More information: www.4j.lane.edu/choice