Weekly Bulletins

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June 7, 2019

Greetings Kennedy families,

It is hard to believe we are heading into the last week of school for the year! This week we had our last Band concert of the year and it was a success. In addition, students continued to work on finishing up end of the year assignments and preparing for a well-deserved summer break. Thank you again for your continued support in helping make Kennedy an excellent school. Next week will be my last bulletin for the year, but I will start the year off with a back to school newsletter in August. For now, here are things for next week to keep in mind.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

8th Grade Field Trip - Camp Harlow June 14th:  -- As you may already know we are planning for our end of the year 8th grade trip to Camp Harlow on Friday, June 14th. This school-sponsored event includes both educational and social components for our students. Lunch will be provided. Students who do not want to attend this trip will have school that day, however their school day will look different than a typical day of school. We will provide more information to those students and families wishing not to attend once we know the total count of students who will be attending this trip.

At Camp Harlow students will have access to the swimming pool, zip-line, and gym area. Camp Harlow provides a lifeguard and staff to help monitor student safety; 8th Grade school staff will be supervising students, too. We will be cooking food for lunch and students will have time to connect through games and activities.

No student will be able to attend this trip without having completed and returned the enclosed forms. We ask that permission slip be returned by Wednesday, June 12th in the office. To help cover the cost of the venue, food and transportation, there is a $10 feel. Scholarships are available upon request. Extra copies of the permission slip will be available in office upon request. See attached form.

 8th Grade Promotion – June 17th  -- We will be having our 8th grade promotion on Monday, June 17th. Students in 8th grade will start their day with Advisory followed by first period to check in for attendance. Student will then take the morning to practice the Promotion rehearsal, receive awards, sign yearbooks and have lunch. Starting at 1:15pm, students will begin making their way to the large gym. Below are the approximate times for the event.

1:30 - 2:30       Promotion
2:30 - 3:00        Family photos/refreshments
3:00 - 3:15       Dismiss 8th grade students

Parking – We will have spots available in the west lot and in the lower fields. We will have staff members directing traffic. We ask families to not park in the main exit/entry ramp, the loop and in the lower parking lot next to the school building. This area will be very congested due to the end of the day pick-up by families and our busses.

8th Grade Photo Request - To create a slideshow presentation for our 8th Grade promotion ceremony, we are requesting digital pictures of 8th Grade students throughout their schooling (pre-k to 8th).  Please note that not all pictures will be utilized, but it is our goal to feature all 8th graders at least once in the slideshow. To increase the chances of your photo(s) being included in the slideshow, pictures should feature more than one 8th grade students, be school appropriate, and be in high resolution digital format.

Please send all photos to "Robert Wood" <wood_r@4j.lane.edu>.

6th & 7th Field Trip – Fern Ridge June 18th  -- As you may already know we are planning for school-wide trip for all 6th and 7th grade students to Fern Ridge on the last day of school,Tuesday, June 18th. This school-sponsored event includes both educational and social components for our students. Lunch will be provided. Students who do not want to attend this trip will have school that day, however their school day will look different than a typical day of school. We will provide more information to those students and families wishing not to attend once we know the total count of students who will be attending this trip.

At the Fern Ridge Recreation site, there is a large covered pavilion, bathrooms, a playground, and a sand volleyball court. While there is a designated swimming area, students will NOT be allowed to get in the water due to safety concerns and no active lifeguard on duty. Students should plan to dress for the weather, bring sunscreen, and may bring other recreational items, such as frisbees and volleyballs.

No student will be able to attend this trip without having completed and returned the enclosed forms. We ask that permission slip be returned by Friday, June 14th in the office. To help cover the cost of the venue, food and transportation, there is a $10 fee. Scholarships are available upon request. Extra copies of the permission slip will be available in office upon request. See attached for permission form.

If you would like to donate,  hamburgers & buns, chips or cookies you can drop them off in the front office by June 14th.

School hours for summer – Office Hours
June 20th – 28th,  9:00 - 12:00  and 1:00 - 3:00 (office opens with modified hours)
June 29th - August 9th closed
August 12th, 8:00 - 4:00 (office opens with regular hours)

District Information

Middle & High School Calendar 2019–20

First Trimester (55 days for MS, 57 days for HS)
High School Registration Day — check with your school
Aug. 27 (Tu) Teachers Report for Duty
Sept. 2 (M) Labor Day
Sept. 3 (Tu) Ninth Grade Orientation Day
Sept. 4 (W) Classes Begin for Grades 6 and 9–12
Sept. 5 (Th) Classes Begin for Grades 7 and 8
Oct. 10 (Th) No School — Progress Reports/Professional Development
Oct. 11 (F) No School — Statewide In-Service Day
Nov. 7 (Th) Middle School Only: No School — Parent Conferences
Nov. 8 (F) No School — Professional Development
Nov. 11 (M) No School — Veterans Day
Nov. 28–29 (Th–F) No School — Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 2 (M) No School — Grading Day
Second Trimester (58 days)
Dec. 3 (Tu) Second Trimester Begins
Dec. 23–Jan. 3 (M–F) No School — Winter Break 
Jan. 6 (M) No School* — Planning/Professional Development
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
Jan. 20 (M) No School — Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
Jan. 31 (F) No School* — Progress Reports/Professional Development
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
Feb. 17 (M) No School* — Presidents Day
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
Mar. 12 (Th) No School* — Grading Day
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
Mar. 13 (F) No School* — Planning/Professional Development
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
Third Trimester (57 days)
Mar. 16 (M) Third Trimester Begins
Mar. 23–27 (M–F) No School — Spring Break
May 1 (F) No School* — Progress Reports/Professional Development
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
May 25 (M) No School — Memorial Day 
June 11 (Th) Possible* Last Day for Students (Full Day)
(if no school closure makeup days are needed)
June 12 (F) Possible* Grading Day/Last Day for Teachers
(if no school closure makeup days are needed)
June 15–19 (M–F) *Possible School Closure Makeup Days

*Snow Days: Please be aware that the calendar and the final school day may change. When schools are closed for reasons such as hazardous weather (“snow days”), makeup days will be scheduled during the school year—on days such as Jan. 6, Jan. 31, Feb. 17, March 12March 13, andMay 1—or added to the end of the school year.

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May 31, 2019

Greetings Kennedy families,

t’s hard to believe the month of June is here and that we have only 12 days of school remaining. While I believe students are very much looking forward to the summer, they have been busy throughout the week working on finalizing their homework assignments, projects, papers, and presentations. In addition, this week 6th grade students went on a field trip to the Wetlands and we had our last Choir Concert for the year. As always, thank you for your continued support and for helping ensure your student comes to school, ready to learn.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Band Concert – On Wednesday, June 6th we will be having our our last Band Concert of the Year. The concert will begin at 7:00pm and will be held in the large Gym. Hope to see you there!

Promotion – We will be having our 8th grade promotion on Monday, June 17th. Students in 8th grade will start their day with Advisory followed by first period to check in for attendance. Student will then take the morning to practice the Promotion rehearsal, receive awards, sign yearbooks and have lunch. Starting at 1:00pm, students will begin making their way to the large gym. Below are the approximate times for the event.

1:15 - 2:30        Promotion
2:30 - 3:00       Family photos/refreshments
3:00 - 3:15       Dismiss 8th grade students

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."

District Information

Middle & High School Calendar 2019–20

 

First Trimester (55 days for MS, 57 days for HS)
High School Registration Day — check with your school
Aug. 27 (Tu) Teachers Report for Duty
Sept. 2 (M) Labor Day
Sept. 3 (Tu) Ninth Grade Orientation Day
Sept. 4 (W) Classes Begin for Grades 6 and 9–12
Sept. 5 (Th) Classes Begin for Grades 7 and 8
Oct. 10 (Th) No School — Progress Reports/Professional Development
Oct. 11 (F) No School — Statewide In-Service Day
Nov. 7 (Th) Middle School Only: No School — Parent Conferences
Nov. 8 (F) No School — Professional Development
Nov. 11 (M) No School — Veterans Day
Nov. 28–29 (Th–F) No School — Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 2 (M) No School — Grading Day
Second Trimester (58 days)
Dec. 3 (Tu) Second Trimester Begins
Dec. 23–Jan. 3 (M–F) No School — Winter Break 
Jan. 6 (M) No School* — Planning/Professional Development
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
Jan. 20 (M) No School — Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
Jan. 31 (F) No School* — Progress Reports/Professional Development
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
Feb. 17 (M) No School* — Presidents Day
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
Mar. 12 (Th) No School* — Grading Day
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
Mar. 13 (F) No School* — Planning/Professional Development
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
Third Trimester (57 days)
Mar. 16 (M) Third Trimester Begins
Mar. 23–27 (M–F) No School — Spring Break
May 1 (F) No School* — Progress Reports/Professional Development
(possible hazardous weather makeup day)
May 25 (M) No School — Memorial Day 
June 11 (Th) Possible* Last Day for Students (Full Day)
(if no school closure makeup days are needed)
June 12 (F) Possible* Grading Day/Last Day for Teachers
(if no school closure makeup days are needed)
June 15–19 (M–F) *Possible School Closure Makeup Days

*Snow Days: Please be aware that the calendar and the final school day may change. When schools are closed for reasons such as hazardous weather (“snow days”), makeup days will be scheduled during the school year—on days such as Jan. 6, Jan. 31, Feb. 17, March 12March 13, and May 1—or added to the end of the school year.

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May 24, 2019

Greetings Kennedy families,

We are closing in on the last couple of weeks before the end of the school year. This week was full of activities including a few field trips, student recognition events, and an end of the year school assembly. In addition, students have been working to finalize their projects and presentations. Next week is filled with additional things to keep in mind. 8th grade families, please see the plan for promotion below.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

No School – School will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day

Walk + Roll Challenge - The May Walk+Roll Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at encouraging more children and families to use active transportation, ride the bus and carpool to and from school. Next week Kennedy will be having this occur throughout the week!

Eugene Wetlands Field trip 6th Grade (Morrow/Worth Block 1) – Half of the 6th grade students will be going on a field trip. The purpose of the field trip is to learn about and complete field studies in another local ecosystem, the West Eugene Wetlands. Students in period 2 or 3 science will attend the trip from 9:00-12:00 on Wednesday, May 29. Students in period 6 science will attend the trip from 9:00-12:00 on Thursday, May 30.

Concert Choir – Our choir will be performing their final concert of the year this Wednesday. The concert will be in the cafeteria at Kennedy and is free to attend. The concert will be from 7:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Come support our students!  

SPED Field Trip  - On Wednesday, May 29th our 8th grade students in SPEd will be going down to Churchill form 11:00 to 1:00 to view the campus and meet staff. 

 Medication Reminder - ***NO MEDICATIONS LEFT BEHIND***

 ALL STUDENT MEDICATIONS WILL BE DISCARDED ON JUNE 18th
NO EXCEPTIONS – SORRY. SET YOURSELF A REMINDER TO PICK THEM UP IN THE OFFICE NO LATER THAN JUNE 18th, THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. WE CANNOT KEEP MEDICATIONS OVER THE SUMMER AND WE CANNOT CHECK THEM OUT TO YOUR CHILD. EPI PENS AND INHALERS WILL BE SENT HOME WITH YOUR CHILD ONLY WITH PERMISSION! CALL 541-790-5500 TO ARRANGE THIS

THANKS FOR YOUR COOPERATION

Summer Bridge8th grade families: As your student is wrapping up their middle school career, Churchill High School is eagerly looking forward to welcoming the incoming class of freshman students next fall. The transition to high school is an important time, as research shows that students’ performance during freshman year is a strong indicator of how they will do throughout the remainder of high school.

Students are being invited to attend the 1-week Summer Bridge program that is being offered at the Churchill High School campus. Summer Bridge is a Eugene School District 4J program offered at each of the 4J high school campuses to help ensure a smooth and successful transition for incoming freshmen. There is no cost to the family, and morning snacks and lunch will be served free of charge to all participating students. Bus passes are will be available. The Summer Bridge program will run August 12th-16th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Summer Bridge for Incoming Freshmen: August 12th-16th , at the CHS Campus
  • Morning snacks and lunch provided
  • Cost: The program is being offered at no cost to families
  • Bus passes available (check the appropriate box on the registration form)
  • Return completed registration form (enclosed) to your middle school office by May 24th, 2019

Summer Bridge is a fun and engaging program with a focus on team-building, creative problem solving and developing strong decision-making skills. Students will develop connections with high school staff members and have the opportunity to meet new friends while having the chance to explore their new high school.

We strongly encourage students to participate in the Summer Bridge program at CHS. The selection process for Summer Bridge will take into account the order in which applications were received.

Please feel free to contact Stephanie Baxter at baxter_s@4j.lane.edu if you have any questions about the Summer Bridge program.

Promotion – We will be having our 8th grade promotion on Monday, June 17th. Students in 8th grade will start their day with Advisory followed by first period to check in for attendance. Student will then take the morning to practice the Promotion rehearsal, receive awards, sign yearbooks and have lunch. Starting at 1:00pm, students will begin making their way to the large gym. Below are the approximate times for the event.

1:15 - 2:30       Promotion
2:30 - 3:00        Family photos/refreshments
3:00 - 3:15       Dismiss 8th grade students

8th Grade Photo Request - To create a slideshow presentation for our 8th Grade promotion ceremony, we are requesting digital pictures of 8th Grade students throughout their schooling (pre-k to 8th).  Please note that not all pictures will be utilized, but it is our goal to feature all 8th graders at least once in the slideshow. To increase the chances of your photo(s) being included in the slideshow, pictures should feature more than one 8th grade students, be school appropriate, and be in high resolution digital format. Please send all photos to "Robert Wood" <wood_r@4j.lane.edu>. Thank you for your help.  We look forward to seeing you on promotion day!

District Information

4J Local Option Levy Renewed

https://www.4j.lane.edu/2019/05/thank-you-voters-2/

Voters approve renewing school funding - Voters in Eugene School District 4J have overwhelmingly passed Measure 20-301, renewing the local option levy that helps fund the day-to-day operations of our schools. This support makes a tremendous difference for every 4J school and student.

This is not a new tax or a tax increase, but a continuation of the local option levy that has been supporting 4J school operations since 2000. The levy’s renewal will provide another 5 years of local funding to help maintain school days, school programs, staffing levels and class sizes to the extent possible.

The levy currently provides about $17 million per year, equivalent to about 27 school days or 161 teaching positions. Without this levy, the district would have needed to reduce its operating budget by about $17 million per year (about 9 percent) beginning in fall 2020.

This is terrific news for students, schools, and our community. Thanks to voters and other community members for your ongoing support of our public schools!

Yellow Jacket Trapping Notice - Every summer yellow jacket nests become a safety issue for 4J students, staff and community members, requiring risky nest removal, extensive labor and occasional chemical treatments. This year, Facilities is placing non-toxic pheromone yellow jacket traps out at all elementary, middle and some high schools to attempt to reduce the number of nests that are established annually. Though these traps are intrinsically safe for staff, students and beneficial pollinators, they are considered a pesticide by ODA and we are required to notify all staff, faculty, adult students, parents or guardians of minor students of their use.

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May 17, 2019

Greetings Kennedy families,

Another great week of school has come and gone. This week students worked on completing their standardized testing and end of the year projects. In addition, we had another excellent turnout this year for the Arts in the Courtyard event. There were student performances by KMS and CHS students, face painting and games for students and families along with food from Texas Roadhouse to enjoy. Thank you for your continued support of KMS and efforts to ensure your student attends school, ready to learn.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Testing update -We are back to our regular school schedule this week. Students who have not yet completed their tests will be pulled from their classes throughout the week to finish. Science testing and EasyCBM testing are the last tests yet to complete for the year.

AVID Family Night – We will be having an AVID Family Night on Tuesday, May 21st to conclude the year. We will be meeting in the cafeteria and pending the weather the venue may extend to the courtyard area. The event starts at 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Welcome to Kennedy Night – Our 6th grade team will be helping welcome new students and families to Kennedy at the Welcome to Kennedy Night. This event will be from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, starting in the cafeteria and later followed by a tour.

Multicultural Celebration 6th & 7th Grade – We will have our celebration during 1st period in the cafeteria from 9:30am to 10:20am for 6th grade students and later in the day during 6thperiod from 2:42pm to 3:35pm for 7th grade students. Students will be recognized at our Kennedy Multicultural Celebration event.  This honor helps celebrate students through their positive achievements, unique attributes, and the diversity they bring to our school community.

Ashland Field Trip - On Thursday, May 23rd our 8th grade music students have the opportunity to celebrate their hard work with a field trip to Ashland. On this trip we will be watching the musical “Hairspray” live as part of the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. We will be loading buses at 8:00am and we will return to KMS at 7:30pm.

UO Teach Out Youth Summit Field Trip - On May 23rd our students will be attending this leadership conference at the University of Oregon from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

School Assembly – On Friday, May 24th we will be having an end of the year assembly to recognize students for “Doing the Right Thing”. Below is the schedule for the assembly.

 

Friday Afternoon Assembly Schedule
Period 1 9:00-9:35
Period 2 9:40-10:15
1st Lunch (A) Period 3 10:20-10:5511:00-11:35
Period 32nd Lunch (B) 10:20-10:5511:00-11:35
Period 4 11:40-12:15
Period 5 12:20-12:55
Period 6 1:00-1:35
Advisory 1:40-1:45
Assembly 1:50-2:35

 

Book Fair “Stone Age” – We will be having our Spring Book Fair starting Monday, May 20th to Friday, May 17th. Money earned from the event will go directly toward purchasing new books and resources for our school. The library will be open 8:00 – 4:00 Monday to Thursday and Friday will be 8:00 to 2:30. On May 22nd, 6:00 to 8:00 the library will be open for books and items to be purchased.

Here is a link for more information regarding the Book Fair: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=kennedymiddleschool3

This link will allow families to access the Book Fair schedule, volunteer signups, online shopping and, new this year, eWallet setup.

End of year supplies request - We are looking for any extra pencils or pens you may have. If you would like to donate any used or new writing utensils to Kennedy, we will gladly take these off of your hands. We will have a box in the office if you would like to donate these items.

Summer Bridge8th grade families: As your student is wrapping up their middle school career, Churchill High School is eagerly looking forward to welcoming the incoming class of freshman students next fall. The transition to high school is an important time, as research shows that students’ performance during freshman year is a strong indicator of how they will do throughout the remainder of high school.

Students are being invited to attend the 1-week Summer Bridge program that is being offered at the Churchill High School campus. Summer Bridge is a Eugene School District 4J program offered at each of the 4J high school campuses to help ensure a smooth and successful transition for incoming freshmen. There is no cost to the family, and morning snacks and lunch will be served free of charge to all participating students. Bus passes are will be available. The Summer Bridge program will run August 12th-16th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Summer Bridge for Incoming Freshmen: August 12th-16th , at the CHS Campus
  • Morning snacks and lunch provided
  • Cost: The program is being offered at no cost to families
  • Bus passes available (check the appropriate box on the registration form)
  • Return completed registration form (enclosed) to your middle school office by May 24th, 2019

Summer Bridge is a fun and engaging program with a focus on team-building, creative problem solving and developing strong decision-making skills. Students will develop connections with high school staff members and have the opportunity to meet new friends while having the chance to explore their new high school.

We strongly encourage students to participate in the Summer Bridge program at CHS. The selection process for Summer Bridge will take into account the order in which applications were received.

Please feel free to contact Stephanie Baxter at baxter_s@4j.lane.edu if you have any questions about the Summer Bridge program.

 

District Information

Women’s Self-Care Summit -- Join us for a Women’s Self-Care Summit on May 22nd at RiverRiver Road/El Camino del Río Elementary! Self care, health & wealth resources and workshops. Childcare and transportation available with notification. See flyer for details.

TrackTown Youth League Eugene Meet -- Free youth sports event coming up in Eugene - the TrackTown Youth League is a series of completely FREE track meets throughout Oregon, culminating in a championship meet in Eugene. No prior track & field experience is necessary to participate; the mission of the TrackTown Youth League is to provide youth from all backgrounds and income levels the opportunity to participate in track & field. Participants can pre-register individually for this event using the registration link below.

About TrackTown Youth League

The TrackTown Youth League is a series of 16 FREE all-comer track meets across Oregon, open to all boys and girls ages 7-14.  Events include the 100m, 400m, 1500m, long jump and turbo javelin.  No prior track & field experience is needed! Top finishers will advance to a championship meet featuring top youth athletes from around the state.

Meet Information:

Date: Tuesday –  May 28, 2019
Location: Lane Community College
Register: http://www.tracktownyouthleague.com/meets
Day-of registration: 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Pre-registered participant check-in: 4:15pm – 5:15pm

First race begins: 5:30pm

Website: http://www.tracktownyouthleague.com/

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May 10, 2019

Another fast week of school has come and gone. Students have been very busy with their studies, testing, and working toward completing their final projects for the year. While we have less than 30 school days remaining for the school year, there are many things yet that will be happening during this time. Below are a few thing to keep in mind for next week.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

7th & 8th Grade Testing Schedule

May 13-16th

7th & 8th Grade Testing Schedule
                         May 13th - 16th                          May 13th - 16th
7th & 8th Grade Monday - Thursday 6th Grade Monday - Thursday
Class Time Class Time
Advisory 9:00-9:23 Advisory 9:00-9:23
Testing 9:27-12:14 1st Period 9:27-10:20
Lunch 7/8 12:14-12:44 2nd Period 10:24-11:17
1st Period M/W 12:48-1:41 Lunch 11:17 - 11:47
4th Period T/TH 3rd Period 11:51-12:44
2nd Period M/W 1:45-2:38 4th Period 12:48-1:41
5th Period T/TH 5th Period 1:45-2:38
3rd Period M/W 2:42:3:35 6th Period 2:42-3:35
6th Period T/H

 

Track & Field Celebration - There will be a celebration for Track & Field in the cafeteria at 3:45 on TuesdayMay 14th.

Book Fair – Fundraiser “Coin Challenge” - Each advisory next week will work toward collecting coins for the coin challenge. All funds will go directly to our library for books and resources. In the fall we raised $400.00 in coins and we are looking to collect as many coins as we can! Information will be shared with students about the fundraiser.

Book Fair “Stone Age” – We will be having our Spring Book Fair starting Monday, May 20th to Friday, May 17th. Money earned from the event will go directly toward purchasing new books and resources for our school. The library will be open 8:00 –4:00 Monday to Thursday and Friday from 8:00 to 2:30. Also, on May 22nd, 6:00 to 8:00 the library will be open for books and items to be purchased.

Here is a link for more information regarding the Book Fair.
https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=kennedymiddleschool3

This link will allow families to access the Book Fair schedule, volunteer signups, online shopping and, new this year, eWallet setup.

Arts in the Courtyard – Our fourth annual Arts in the Courtyard will be on Wednesday, May 15th from 5:00-7:00pm at Kennedy Middle School. This year we will be serving a Texas Roadhouse dinner for $10 per person, with all of the proceeds going to support our programs! You can pre-purchase meals in the front office or pay in line. We will also have art & craft activities, face painting, a slideshow, silent auction, and yard games, in addition to the great music and art. Musicians and artwork from students at Churchill High School will also be highlighted. It will be a great event for families! Hope to see you there.

6th Grade Forest Field trip - We will be going to the Bauman Tree Farm on Thursday, May 16th from 9:00-2:30. The educational focus:  Cross curricular lessons provided by Forests Today and Forever focusing on Oregon forest habitat, sustainable tree farming, wildlife, healthy streams and soils, economics, recreation, and land management practices. Groups of students will create their own forest management plan after the trip that ensures sustainable, eco-friendly forestry practices.

Site Council meeting - 3:45-5:00 We will be having a Site Council meeting to review EEF grants. Grants will be ranked and then submitted to EEF for their selection. We will used three framing questions to determine the ranking level. Q1. How does this proposal support students and extend their learning.   Q2. How many students does this proposal impact? Q3. How does this proposal align with school wide goals (i.e., Attendance, Grades, Community Outreach & School Climate)?

Activity NightMay 17th - Howdy Kennedy Students and Families:  Saddle up, put on your boots, and mosey on over to our very last activity night of the year, the Kennedy Roundup, FridayMay 17th from 6-7:30Featuring a live square dance caller and band, it's sure to be a rip roarin' good time! Students will have the opportunity to learn to square dance, participate in the DJ Dance, or choose from a variety of fun games and activities in the gym. Students are also encouraged to come in their favorite western getup (think flannel & boots!). Cost of admission is $5.00 at the door; scholarships available upon request.

Additionally, we are in need of volunteers to supervise the festivities.If you are available to volunteer your time and attend this memorable event. Please email Victoria Miller at miller_v@4j.lane.edu or Elizabeth Henderson at henderson_e@4j.lane.edu if you are able to help out. Thank you for your continued support of our students, staff, and school; we appreciate our Kennedy families!

End of year supplies request - We are looking for any extra pencils or pens you may have. If you would like to donate any used or new writing utensils to Kennedy, we will gladly take these off of your hands. We will have a box in the office if you would like to donate these items.

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May 3, 2019

Greetings Kennedy families,

We are heading into the last full month of school before summer! This past week students reached the halfway mark of Trimester 3. Starting next week, each day will seem to accelerate faster and faster. That said, we have many exciting experiences for our students throughout the month including final Track & Field meets, Band and Choir concerts, field trips, Book Fair, and an Activity Night to name a few. In addition, students will be completing their studies with final projects, exams, and presentations. Thank you families for the continued support and helping ensure your student attends school, ready to learn.

Below are several things to keep in mind for next week.

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Things to Know

End of year supplies request - We are looking for any extra pencils or pens you may have. If you would like to donate any used or new writing utensils to Kennedy, we will gladly take these off of your hands. We will have a box in the office if you would like to donate these items.

6th Grade Testing Schedule
Math – Grade 6; 5/6 -5/10
English Language Arts – Grade 6; 5/6 – 5/10

May 6-10
6th Grade  
Class Time
Advisory 9:00-9:23
1st Period 9:27-10:20
Testing 10:24-12:05
Lunch 12:05-12:44
4th Period 12:48-1:41
5th Period 1:45-2:38
6th Period 2:42:3:35
7th & 8th Grade  
Class Time
Advisory 9:00-9:23
1st Period 9:27-10:20
2nd Period 10:24-11:17
3rd Period 11:21-12:14
Lunch 12:14-12:44
4th Period 12:48-1:41
5th Period 1:45-2:38
6th Period 2:42-3:35

 

Assessment Schedule – As a reminder, below are upcoming assessments for the year.

 Easy CBM
Grades 6,7,8 (all); 5/20 – 6/14
Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Math

SBAC
Math – Grade 6; 5/6 -5/10
English Language Arts – Grade 6; 5/6 – 5/10
Math – Grade 7/8; 5/13 – 5/17
English Language Arts – Grades 7/8; 5/13 – 5/17

Oaks Science – Grade 8 (all); 5/6 – 5/10

District Track & Field meet – Students who qualified at the Sub District Track & Field meet on May 2nd, will be competing on Friday, May 10th for the final 4J District Track & Field meet. The event will begin by 1:00 at Springfield High 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."

District Information

May 8th – No School - Eugene School District 4J schools will be closed on Wednesday, May 8, due to a planned teacher walkout strike to advocate for increased state investment in public education. Teachers’ unions in Eugene and in many other Oregon school districts are planning a one-day action on May 8. The district does not condone or support walkouts or any activities that disrupt student learning. The school day has been canceled because teacher absences and substitute shortages will exceed 4J schools’ ability to provide safe and adequate supervision for our students onMay 8. We know that this change will be challenging for our families, and we apologize for the disruption.

Here is a link for more information https://www.4j.lane.edu/2019/05/may-8-faq/