Weekly Bulletins

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October 12, 2018

Greetings Kennedy families,

October is here! This week we began with our Book fair, Curriculum night, and our first Site Council meeting. Throughout the week, students worked toward making daily progress with their learning, developing of skills, building community, and connecting with peers. The week continued and ended with students engaging in various learning activities and students clubs. Thank you all for your hard work and continued effort to ensure your student attends school, ready to learn.

Below are several things to know for the week.

 

Dates and Events: |click here|.

  

Things to Know

Book Fair:  We had another successful Book Fair year, we broke our record amount of sales almost by double in margin. Thank you to all who participated in this event and purchased books. Specifically, thank you Laura Friesen and Carol Hachey for the creative and engaging ways to promote the Book Fair. This year the Book Fair raised almost $6,000 and given we were able to earn more than $2500 we in turn are able to keep half of the total amount for our school library. Thank you all again for your generosity!

Coin a Day Challenge:  The results are in! There was more than $400 raised for the library this past week. The Advisory class that raised the most money was Henderson's Advisory. There will be another Coin a Day Challenge week in Spring to raise money for our library. Thank you all for your participation!

 Mini Pow Wow Dance:  On October 18th, we will be having a Pow Wow from 1:45 to 3:15. This past week, our students learned some Native American dancing in order to participate in the Pow Wow. We are very excited to be having this event at Kennedy.

 

 

School Safety Drills:  KMS will be having a review of School Safety Drills from October 8th to October 18th. We practice our drills to make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency. Drills include: Earthquake/Directed Evacuation, Fire drill, and Lock out/Lock down drill with barricade, counter and evacuation components. Note: We will not practice or simulate an active shooter drill/ALICE; we will only discus what to do in the event something did occur. We will also discuss and practice a room clear and talk about what to do for responding to an allergic reaction known as an allergy drill.

ParentVUE -  Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE Website:  To 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.

Site Council:  Our next meeting will be November 7th. Meetings are held once a month on Thursdays from 3:45 – 5:00 in the Library. Site Council will be working on developing a school wide decision-making grid, examining school programs and our master schedule. In addition, the team will continue to work on community events and look at fundraising opportunities for our school. Site Council is also responsible for reviewing EEF grants proposals and developing school-wide goals.

Canned Food update:  As a reminder, the date for collecting donations has been extended until Wednesday, October 10th. We will be having a donation drive competition among our Advisory classes. Our Leadership classes will make signs and keep track of how many items are being brought into each Advisory class. The top three classes will receive a surprise! Please talk this up—our food closet is almost bare!

Kennedy’s Got Talent:  It’s time for Kennedy’s Got Talent Auditions!  We know there are so many talented Knights at our school and we are very much looking forward to this event. Auditions will be TuesdayOctober 16th and Wednesday October 17th, from 3:40-5:00pm in the small gym.  In order to attend the auditions students must sign up in the front office.  Forms are due back to the front office by October 9th! We are looking for a variety of act’s...singing, dancing,

Walk and Roll 10/15 – 10/19:  Kennedy Middle School is participating in the Walk+Roll to School Challenge and we need your help! The Walk+Roll to School Challenge is a month-long encouragement event in which students are encouraged to use active transportation such as walking or bicycling to and from school. Our goal is to encourage as many students as possible to increase their physical activity by using active transportation modes like walking, biking, scooting, skating, etc. This year we have great incentives and prizes to encourage our students to get active! During Advisory we will tally our modes of transportation.

Spirit Week:  Starting on October 22nd, KMS will be having our school spirit week. Every day there will a different spirit day for students to participate and show their spirit. More information to come, stay tuned.

Fall Social:  We will be having our Fall Social on October 26th, which will be the day for students and staff who wish to participate in dressing up for Halloween. We will have a costume contest that day and students are encouraged to where their costumes. Rules for costume wear/use will be provided as we near the event. Note: We will not be having students wear costumes on Halloween day since we will be having a Fall Social on Friday, the 26th.

 

District Events

School Hours
8:00am-4:00pm:  Office hours
9:00am-3:235pm: Instructional school hours
8:00am-3:50pm:  Supervision hours Mon-Thurs
8:00am-2:50pm Supervision hours Friday

Access
8:00am:  Student center open for early arrival
8:30am:  Cafeteria open for breakfast; front office open for students
8:45am:  Locker bays open for students; see teacher syllabus for office hours

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October 5, 2018

Greetings Kennedy families,

It is hard to believe we are heading into October! We began the week with students becoming more familiarized with school and adjusting to expectations of their classes. We ended the week with an exciting Activity Night of Glowing fun. We had an excellent turnout. Our WEB leaders and students in leadership did an amazing job decorating the gym, preparing the music, and running the concession. Although I have only been at Kennedy for just over a year, this activity night was the best one yet. Thank you to those of you who were able to help chaperone. We will have other events in the year to help out if you have time.

In looking ahead, October is going to be a very full month of activity and events. These weekly bulletins are to keep you up to date. Thank you for reviewing this information and using this as a reference.

Dates and Events:  |Click here|.

Note the following school events will be added to the calendar:

10/15 - 10/24 Safety Drill Review & Practice
10/18 Mini Pow Wow
10/26 Fall Social


Things to Know

Kennedy Book Fair:  A reminder that starting on Monday, October 1st to FridayOctober 5h, there will be a Kennedy Book Fair for students and families of Kennedy from 8:30am to 4:00pm in the Library. Come and check out the new age-appropriate, relevant titles selected to engage even the most reluctant readers. Another way to support our Book Fair is to purchase books from our Book Fair on line (www.scholasticbookfairs.com).

Curriculum Night agenda update: This event will be on Tuesday, October 2rd from 6:00 – 8:00pm for families to learn more about the classes and programs at Kennedy.

During a rotation of classroom mini-sessions, teachers will provide a brief synopsis of their classroom curriculum, classroom expectations and procedures. We will begin Curriculum night in the cafeteria with a welcome from Principal Morgan Christensen. We will have Spanish interpreters available for families that evening. You may then visit classrooms using your student’s schedule. Students are to write down their schedule in their planner; please use your student’s planner. In the event you do not have a copy of your student’s schedule, schedules will be available in the cafeteria that night.

You will find a schedule of the evening’s activities below. We will also be providing a brief explanation and tutorial for accessing ParentVUE. We look forward to sharing class curriculum and student expectations during your visit. Please join us for this informative evening.

 

Cafeteria            6:00 – 6:15                        Welcome families

Advisory            6:20 – 6:30pm

1st period             6:35 – 6:45pm

2nd period            6:50 – 7:00pm

3rd period            7:05 – 7:15pm

4th period            7:20 – 7:30pm

5th period            7:35 – 7:45pm

6th period            7:50 – 8:00pm

Cafeteria            8:05 – 8:15pm                ParentVUE Tutorial

 

Mini Pow Wow Dance:  Tuesday, October 2 - We are planning a Pow Wow for Oct 18th. To help prepare for the event, on October 2nd Dr. Brenda Brainard will be coming to Kennedy Middle School to pre-teach some Native American dances so students can participate in the Mini Pow Wow assembly.

Site Council starting up:  Our First meeting will be October 4th. We are looking for both classified and certified staff to be members of the Site Council. Please send Morgan an email if you are interested. Meetings are held once a month on Thursdays from 3:45 – 5:00 in the Library. Site Council will be working on developing a school wide decision-making grid, examining school programs and our master schedule. In addition, the team will continue to work on community events and look at fundraising opportunities for our school. Site Council is also responsible for reviewing EEF grants proposals and developing school-wide goals.

Canned Food update:  As a reminder, the date for collecting donations has been extended until Wednesday, October 10th. We will be having a donation drive competition among our Advisory classes. Our Leadership classes will make signs and keep track of how many items are being brought into each Advisory class. The top three classes will receive a surprise! Please talk this up—our food closet is almost bare!

Kennedy’s Got Talent: It’s time for Kennedy’s Got Talent Auditions!  We know there are so many talented Knights at our school and we are very much looking forward to this event. Auditions will be TuesdayOctober 16th and Wednesday October 17th, from 3:40-5:00pm in the small gym.  In order to attend the auditions students must sign up in the front office.  Forms are due back to the front office by October 9th! We are looking for a variety of act’s...singing, dancing,

New Staff Members:  If you haven’t already had the chance to meet our new staff, please help me welcome Miguel Garcia - our new Educational Assistant, Lee Ann Erickson – our new Language Arts & Social Studies teacher, and Mindy Woolley – our new Math teacher.

School Hours
8:00am-4:00pm:  Office hours
9:00am-3:235pm: Instructional school hours
8:00am-3:50pm:  Supervision hours Mon-Thurs
8:00am-2:50pm Supervision hours Friday

Access
8:00am:  Student center open for early arrival
8:30am:  Cafeteria open for breakfast; front office open for students
8:45am:  Locker bays open for students; see teacher syllabus for office hours

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September 28, 2018

Greetings Kennedy families,

It is hard to believe we are entering the last week of September. In review of the last few weeks, students are making daily progress with their learning and they are in the routine of being back to school. They have been working on developing their skills, building community in advisory and in their classes as well as connecting with peers and staff. Classrooms are once again filled with engaging learning activities and students enjoying school. Thank you for your support in making sure your student is ready for school. We are off to an excellent school year.

In looking ahead, there are several upcoming events to keep in mind:

Dates and Events: To view our calendar, |click here|.

Coffee & Cocoa: Feel free to stop by on Thursday, September 27th at 9:00 to meet with Administration and have a cup of coffee and/or hot chocolate. We will be having monthly open forums for families to visit with administration to discuss topics regarding school and to address questions

Activity Night: We will be having our first activity night of the year on Friday, September 28th from 6:00 – 7:30pm. The theme for the event is “The 80s”. There has been a lot of energy put into this event. Cost is $5.00 at the door. Contact Victoria Miller541-790-5500 in the office for scholarships.

Canned Food and Toiletries Drive: September 18 – Oct 10th. We will be collecting canned food items and toiletries for our students and families in need. We are having a contest among our Advisories to see who can collect the most donations! Each advisory will have a box for items. Thank you for any donation you are able to give.

Curriculum Night: This event will be on Tuesday, October 2rd from 6:00 – 8:00pm for families to learn more about the classes and programs at Kennedy. During a rotation of classroom mini-sessions, teachers will provide a brief synopsis of their classroom curriculum, classroom expectations and procedures. We will begin Curriculum night in the cafeteria with a welcome from Principal Morgan Christensen. We will have Spanish interpreters available for families that evening. You may then visit classrooms using your student’s schedule. Students are to write down their schedule in their planner; please use your student’s planner. In the event you do not have a copy of your student’s schedule, schedules will be available in the cafeteria that night. You will find a schedule of the evening’s activities below. We will also be providing a brief explanation and tutorial for accessing ParentVUE. We look forward to sharing class curriculum and student expectations during your visit. Please join us for this informative evening.

Cafeteria            6:00 – 6:15                        Welcome families

 

Advisory            6:20 – 6:30pm

1st period             6:35 – 6:45pm

2nd period            6:50 – 7:00pm

3rd period            7:05 – 7:15pm

4th period            7:20 – 7:30pm

5th period             7:35 – 7:45pm

6th period            7:50 – 8:00pm

 

Cafeteria            8:05 – 8:15pm                        ParentVUE Tutorial

 

Kennedy’s Got Talent: It’s time for Kennedy’s Got Talent Auditions!  We know there are so many talented Knights at our school and we are very much looking forward to this event. Auditions will be TuesdayOctober 16th and Wednesday October 17th, from 3:40-5:00pm in the small gym.  In order to attend the auditions students must sign up in the front office.  Forms are due back to the front office by October 9th! We are looking for a variety of act’s...singing, dancing, playing an instrument, magic, reading your favorite poem, comedy acts and much more!  We are looking for Kennedy’s Talent! If you have questions please see or contact Ms. Farmer at farmer_s@4j.lane.edu!!

Site Council: We are still looking for parents to be on Site Council and need one parent representative from each grade level. This team meets once a month from 3:45pm to 5:00pm at KMS. Our First meeting will be October 4th. Site Council will be working on developing a school wide decision-making grid, examining school programs and the master schedule. In addition, the team will continue to work on community events and look at fundraising opportunities for our school. Site Council is also responsible for reviewing EEF grants proposals and developing school-wide goals. Contact Morgan Christensen at christen_mo@4j.lane.edu if interested or call 541-790-5520.

Volunteers needed: Book Fair, Oct. 10/1 - 10/5 from 8:30am to 3:45pm.

Other Volunteer opportunities will be shared in future school newsletters. Volunteering is a great way to be connected to your student’s school and the Kennedy community. If you are interested, you are required to complete a volunteer background check application form found on the 4J website at https://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/volunteers/ .

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE Website:To 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.

Safe Routes to Schools

September is a great time for active transportation like walking and biking to school, whether it's once a week or every day.

Bike to School Safely!

To prepare your child(ren) to ride to school, help them:

1) Find a route that avoids the busiest streets and uses off-street paths when possible. Contact mazze_s@4j.lane.edu for assistance with route planning.

2) Wear a helmet, tie shoelaces and make sure pants or other clothing can't get caught on the bike and cause a crash.

3) Learn that the safest place for bicycle riding is on the street, where bicycles are expected to follow the same rules of the road as motorists and ride in the same direction as traffic. Teach your children these rules, as they may not have picked them up as a passenger in a vehicle!

4) Review the attached flier on bike safety and proper bike locking.

Sarah Mazze
Safe Routes to School Program Manager, Transportation Department
Eugene School District 4J

 

School Bond Measure on November Ballot

A measure that would provide local funding for Eugene public schools is on the November 6 election ballot.

The bond measure, Measure 20-297, would allow Eugene School District 4J to:

  • Make improvements at every school
  • Improve student safety, security and equity across the district
  • Provide better learning environments and materials for students
  • Boost career technical education at all 4J high schools
  • Repair and update schools that are more than 50 years old
  • Replace three aging buildings that are worn and have high energy and maintenance costs

By law, bond money can only be spent on capital improvements such as facilities, equipment, curriculum and technology. It cannot be used to pay for teachers, school days or school programs.

If the measure is approved, property tax rates for Eugene School District 4J bond debt would increase by about $0.66 per $1,000 assessed value. Property taxes would increase by about $135 a year for the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed property value of $204,000.

Voters must be registered by October 16 to vote in this election. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters beginning October 17 and must be returned to the county elections office or an official ballot drop box by November 6, 8 p.m.

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

School Hours
8:00am-4:00pm:  Office hours
9:00am-3:235pm: Instructional school hours
8:00am-3:50pm:  Supervision hours Mon-Thurs
8:00am-2:50pm Supervision hours Friday

Access
8:00am:  Student center open for early arrival
8:30am:  Cafeteria open for breakfast; front office open for students
8:45am:  Locker bays open for students; see teacher syllabus for office hours

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September 21, 2018

Dear Kennedy families,

Our first full week of school has been a success! Students have been settling into their classes and adjusting to the start up of school. Although we are almost halfway through September, there are several exciting things coming up for students and families. We have an Activity Night, a family drop in opportunity to talk with administration, and our Book Fair just around the corner, to name a few. Stay tuned for more information as we near these events. Thank you for your efforts to ensure your student attends school, ready to learn. In looking ahead there are several things to keep in mind.

Dates and Events: To view our calendar, |click here|.

Canned Food and Toiletries Drive:  September 18 – Oct 5th. We will be collecting canned food items and toiletries for our students and families in need. There will be bins for students and families to drop off items. Thank you for any donation you are able to give.

Attendance:  A reminder to call the Attendance Line at 541-790-5525, if your child is going to be absent. Families have 48 hours, or two school days, after the student’s return to school to request the absence(s) be excused. Be sure to leave a detailed message including your name, your student’s name, date of the absence and the reason for the absence. If your child will need to leave campus during the regular school day, please send a note to the office or leave a message on the Attendance Line before 9:00 am on the day of the absence. We will issue a yellow “Off-Campus Permit” to your student that will be shown to the teacher when it’s time to be picked up from the office. If you must pick up your student on short notice please allow a minimum of 30 minutes for the staff to prepare for this request. Note: A legal parent or guardian as documented in our student system must come to the office to sign out their student.

Site Council:  We are looking for parents to be on Site Council and need one parent representative from each grade level. This team meets once a month from 3:45pm to 5:00pm at KMS. Our First meeting will be October 4th. Site Council will be working on developing a school wide decision-making grid, examining school programs and the master schedule. In addition, the team will continue to work on community events and look at fundraising opportunities for our school. Site Council is also responsible for reviewing EEF grants proposals and developing school-wide goals. Contact Morgan Christensen atchristen_mo@4j.lane.edu if interested or call 541-790-5520.

Free and Reduced Lunch:  Please remember that if your student(s) was a part of the free or reduced lunch program last year, you must complete a new form in order to have the same status this year. If you qualified for Free or Reduced Meals last year, the Free and Reduced lunch forms will be mailed out in a packet with the district calendar to your homes. If you need a new form, please go to the 4J web site (http://www.4j.lane.edu/nutrition). Note: if you do not get this form completed at the start of the school year, your student(s) will return to full price status by October 3rd. Please remember that the district has 10 days from the date of receiving your application to process before the reduced status can apply. Extra copies, including forms for Spanish speakers, are available in our office. While these forms can be returned to the Kennedy office, processing will go more quickly if the forms are mailed directly to the district office at 200 North Monroe St., Eugene, OR, 97402

Volunteers Needed:  Book Fair, Oct. 10/1 - 10/5 from 8:30am to 3:45pm. Other Volunteer opportunities will be shared in future school newsletters. Volunteering is a great way to be connected to your student’s school and the Kennedy community. If you are interested, you are required to complete a volunteer background check application form found on the 4J website at https://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/volunteers/ .

Volunteer in Eugene School District 4J:  Volunteers make the impossible possible.

In today’s schools, there are simply far more jobs and responsibilities than there are people to do them. By helping with special events and routine tasks, volunteers allow teachers and staff to focus more on helping children learn and grow. The school can accomplish more, and offer children and families more services, with the help of volunteers.

Every 4J school welcomes and appreciates volunteers. Many volunteers work 1–3 hours per week; others help intermittently.

Volunteer Opportunities in Schools

  • Classroom help
  • Library assistance
  • Field trip help
  • Tutoring students in math, science, foreign languages, etc.
  • Mentoring individual students (see below)
  • Career Center assistance (high schools)
  • Pack and label newsletters for mailing
  • Sell bus passes, hand out forms at high school registration, take tickets at events
  • And more! Contact your school to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Middle School Mentor Program

  • Be a mentor — touch a life! A small investment of time, energy and caring can yield great dividends in the life of a middle school student.
  • Dedicated community volunteers are paired with at-risk 4J middle school students.
  • Mentors and their student mentees have lunch together at the school once a week.
  • Visit the Middle School Mentor Programpage to learn more.

SMART — Start Making a Reader Today

  • Help kids become confident readers by providing individual volunteer attention and new, take-home books.
  • Read to elementary school students for one hour each week.
  • SMART school coordinator provides coaching and schedules.
  • getsmartoregon.orgor 541-726-3302
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Eugene Education Foundation

  • The Eugene Education Foundationis a nonprofit foundation that raises private funds to benefit 4J schools. Giving through EEF creates opportunities for students to remain engaged in school, prepare for college and careers, and gain a lifelong love of learning.
  • Support schools through volunteering with EEF or making a tax-deductible contribution.
  • orgor 541-790-7744

How to Get Started:  Simply contact the school or program where you would like to volunteer to discuss your interests and what volunteer opportunities are available. Thank you for your interest in supporting students and schools with the gift of your time!

Volunteer Application and Guidelines

The 4J Parent Leaders Network is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. They meet at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street; space and refreshments are provided by Eugene School District 4J. This year’s meetings will be convened by Heather Sielicki (Camas Ridge Parent) and Rita Gillihan (Yujin Gakuen Parent) on 10/3, 12/3, 2/4, and 4/15 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. You are invited to participate with the parent leaders at your school.

School Hours
8:00am-4:00pm:  Office hours
9:00am-3:235pm: Instructional school hours
8:00am-3:50pm:  Supervision hours Mon-Thurs
8:00am-2:50pm Supervision hours Friday

Access
8:00am:  Student center open for early arrival
8:30am:  Cafeteria open for breakfast; front office open for students
8:45am:  Locker bays open for students; see teacher syllabus for office hours

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September 14, 2018

Dear Kennedy families,

School has started and it has been a success! Students have already begun connecting with one another and learning new things. The energy and joy to be back in school is widespread throughout the building. Our student enrollment is up this year and we are looking very much forward another exciting year. During our Back to School Bash on Friday students and families were able to connect with one another, tour the school, and  enjoy some ice cream, fruit bars, and cookies while listening to music. There will be other family events throughout the year to attend. In addition, you will be receiving these family bulletins throughout the year to help with school to home communication. If you have questions that are not covered in these bulletins, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Dates and Events

For our calendar of events, [click here].

Things to Know

 School Photos : School pictures will be taken on Monday, September 10th. This photo is used for student body cards and also for our yearbook. If you wish to purchase a picture packet, please have your student bring in the envelope with the desired packet checked off and funding at the start of picture day. Lifetouch does accept visa or master card, cash, or checks made out to Lifetouch. You may also pay online (www.mylifetouch.com). If you do not wish to purchase pictures, please have your student dress appropriately as we will still take their photo for school records. Students will be asked to remove their hat when having their photo taken.

Family Vehicle Drop-off and Pick-up: Dropping-off and/or picking-up students in the one-way Bus Zone area during 8:20am to 8:45pm and/or during 3:25pm to 3:50pm creates an unsafe situation for our students. Dropping-off and/or picking-up students in the Bus Zone increases traffic congestion in front of the school and limits bus mobility.Students being dropped-off and/or picked-up from school are to do so in the west parking lot. The west parking lot overlooks the west edge of the Churchill High School fields and the Churchill community garden. We also ask that you avoid using the driveway off Bailey Hill that leads to the east parking lot. Thank you in advance for helping to ensure the safety of our students and using the west parking lot.

Family Drop-off and Pick-up: Families that walk to and/or from school with students should consider a meeting place for after school. In front of the school is a typical place for families to meet with students and to wish them well for the day.

School Bus Use: It is important that every student riding the bus know the bus and/or route number. These numbers can be found on the 4J Transportation website. If you have questions about bus routes or numbers, please contact 4J Transportation at 541-790-7474 or check the district website (www.4j.lane.edu).

Site Council: We are looking for parents to be on Site Council and need one parent representative from each grade level. This team meets once a month from 3:45pm to 5:00pm at KMS. Our first meeting will be October 4th. Site Council will be working on developing a school wide decision-making grid, examining school programs and the master schedule. In addition, the team will continue to work on community events and look at fundraising opportunities for our school. Site Council is also responsible for reviewing EEF grants proposals and developing school-wide goals. Contact Morgan Christensen atchristen_mo@4j.lane.edu if interested or call 541-790-5520.

Pets not allowed: A reminder about the policy regarding no pets at school in that pets are not allowed at school during the hours of operation and/or during school events. Pets are not permitted on campus, even if on a leash, in your arms, or in a purse-bag. Pets must be left in the vehicle. There are a few exceptions to this rule, including bringing fully trained Service Dogs to school with proper notification. The Administrative Rules outlining our policy can also be found on the 4j website (http://www.4j.lane.edu/adminrules/supportservices/#tocEl-61). Thank you in advance for helping ensure the safety of our students by not bringing your pet to school.

Volunteers needed : Book Fair, Oct. 10/1 - 10/5 from 8:30am to 3:45pm. Other Volunteer opportunities will be shared in future school newsletters. Volunteering is a great way to be connected to your student’s school and the Kennedy community. If you are interested, you are required to complete a volunteer background check application form found on the 4J website at https://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/volunteers/ .Below is more information:

Volunteers make the impossible possible.

In today’s schools, there are simply far more jobs and responsibilities than there are people to do them. By helping with special events and routine tasks, volunteers allow teachers and staff to focus more on helping children learn and grow. The school can accomplish more, and offer children and families more services, with the help of volunteers.Every 4J school welcomes and appreciates volunteers. Many volunteers work 1–3 hours per week; others help intermittently.

Volunteer Opportunities in Schools

  • Every 4J school has many opportunities for volunteers to make a difference for kids! Possibilities include:
  • Classroom help
  • Library assistance
  • Field trip help
  • Tutoring students in math, science, foreign languages, etc.
  • Mentoring individual students (see below)
  • Career Center assistance (high schools)
  • Pack and label newsletters for mailing
  • Sell bus passes, hand out forms at high school registration, take tickets at events
  • And more! Contact your school to learn more about volunteer opportunities. 

Middle School Mentor Program

  • Be a mentor — touch a life! A small investment of time, energy and caring can yield great dividends in the life of a middle school student.
  • Dedicated community volunteers are paired with at-risk 4J middle school students.
  • Mentors and their student mentees have lunch together at the school once a week.
  • Visit the Middle School Mentor Programpage to learn more.

SMART — Start Making a Reader Today

  • Help kids become confident readers by providing individual volunteer attention and new, take-home books.
  • Read to elementary school students for one hour each week.
  • SMART school coordinator provides coaching and schedules.
  • getsmartoregon.orgor 541-726-3302

Eugene Education Foundation

  • The Eugene Education Foundationis a nonprofit foundation that raises private funds to benefit 4J schools. Giving through EEF creates opportunities for students to remain engaged in school, prepare for college and careers, and gain a lifelong love of learning.
  • Support schools through volunteering with EEF or making a tax-deductible contribution.
  • orgor 541-790-7744

How to Get Started

Simply contact the school or program where you would like to volunteer to discuss your interests and what volunteer opportunities are available. Thank you for your interest in supporting students and schools with the gift of your time!

Volunteer Application and Guidelines

The 4J Parent Leaders Network is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. They meet at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street; space and refreshments are provided by Eugene School District 4J. This year’s meetings will be convened by Heather Sielicki (Camas Ridge Parent) and Rita Gillihan (Yujin Gakuen Parent) on 10/3, 12/3, 2/4, and 4/15 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. You are invited to participate with the parent leaders at your school.

4J District Meetings for Families -2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

  • October 3rd: Back to school; policies and procedures that apply to parent groups, working with the Eugene Education Foundation, and communication best practices.
  • December 3rd: Understanding K-12 Funding in Oregon 101; working with the School Board, programs and ideas for raising additional funds for your school community.
  • February 4th: Community involvement; best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children, how to get your neighborhood connected with your school.
  • April 15Advocacy; enhance your ability to impact educational opportunities and social change, mobilize volunteers and recruit future parent leaders.

For more information, please visit https://parentleadersnetwork.org. To add your parent leaders to the email list for meeting reminders and announcement, please email their contact information to parentleadersnetwork@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

Family Support:Catholic Community Services, in collaboration with Catholic Charities Portland, provides low cost immigration legal services to eligible families.  Services include family-based petitions, DACA renewals, citizenship applications, and immigration relief available to victims of violent crimes or domestic violence in the U.S.  Lise Colgan is the local representative and is available to make short informational presentations (in English or Spanish) about these services or to provide "tabling" services and information at special events.  She can be reached at lcolgan@ccslc.org or 541-345-3628, ext. 303.

Fiesta Cultural Celebrates Latinx Arts & Culture in Lane County:Throughout the fall, the festival will feature dozens of cultural events that highlight Latinx artists and celebrate the diversity of Latinx arts and culture. Events include art exhibitions, theatre, music and dance performances, dance classes, youth activities, workshops, presentations, and cultural celebrations such as Día de los Muertos, Posada Navideña and the Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Springfield City Hall. Many events are fun for the whole family, including ¡Corre! ¡Corre!, a free bilingual play from Portland's nationally-touring Teatro Milagro."The arts are the most impactful way to learn about each other," states Liora Sponko, Executive Director of Lane Arts Council. "I can't think of a better way to bring communities together. I am proud that Lane Arts Council facilitates this type of work."As an educator and Latina artist, I am very excited to see Fiesta Cultural continue to grow and expand in our community," says Maria Guerrero. "Lane Arts Council has encouraged many local and regional artists to create events that enhance our community by showing diversity and representation for all. As part of Los Cumbiamberos, I'm excited to share our music at the kick-off event and for us all to enjoy and celebrate Latin culture together."Fiesta Cultural is presented by Lane Arts Council with the partnership and support of numerous community businesses, organizations and artists. Special thanks to Fiesta Cultural sponsors City of Eugene Cultural ServicesLaw Offices of Lourdes SánchezStarseed FoundationTacovoreLos Monarcas de Eugene and community partners KLCCLa Qué BuenaCentro Latino AmericanoDowntown Languages and others.

For more information and to view the full listing of events, visit lanearts.org/fiesta-cultural  
About Lane Arts CouncilLane Arts Council, founded in 1976, is a nonprofit organization with the mission to cultivate strong and creative arts communities in Lane County. Lane Arts Council supports local artists and arts organizations, provides arts education programs in schools, and coordinates the popular First Friday ArtWalk.Contact: Jessica Watson, First Friday ArtWalk & Fiesta Cultural Coordinator, Lane Arts Council, 541-485-2278 or artwalk@lanearts.org

Middle & High School Calendar 2018–19

First Trimester (55 days for MS, 57 days for HS)
High School Registration Day — check with your school
Aug. 28 (Tu) Teachers Report for Duty
Sept. 3 (M) Labor Day
Sept. 4 (Tu) Ninth Grade Orientation Day
Sept. 5 (W) Classes Begin (Grades 6, 9–12)
Sept. 6 (Th) Classes Begin (Grades 7–8)
Oct. 11 (Th) No School — Progress Reports/Professional Development Day
Oct. 12 (F) No School — Statewide In-Service Day
Nov. 8 (Th) No School (Middle School Only) — Parent Conferences
Nov. 9 (F) No School — Professional Development Day
Nov. 12 (M) No School — Veterans Day
Nov. 22–23 (Th–F) No School — Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 3 (M) No School — Grading Day
Second Trimester (58 days)
Dec. 4 (Tu) Second Trimester Begins
Dec. 24–Jan. 4 (M–F) No School — Winter Break 
Jan. 7 (M) No School — Professional Development/Planning Day
Jan. 21 (M) No School — Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
Feb. 1 (F) No School — Progress Reports/Professional Development Day
Feb. 18 (M) *No School — Presidents Day (Possible Hazardous Weather Makeup Day)
Mar. 14 (Th) No School — Grading Day
Mar. 15 (F) No School — Professional Development/Planning Day
Third Trimester (57 days)
Mar. 18 (M) Third Trimester Begins
Mar. 25–29 (M–F) No School — Spring Break
May 3 (F) No School — Progress Reports/Professional Development Day
May 27 (M) No School — Memorial Day 
June 13 (Th) *Possible Last Day for Students (Full Day)
(if no hazardous weather makeup days needed)
June 14 (F) *Grading Day/Possible Last Day for Teachers
(if no hazardous weather makeup days needed)
June 17–19 and beyond *Possible Hazardous Weather Makeup Days

*Snow Days: Please be aware that the final school day may change. If any school days are missed due to hazardous weather (“snow days”), they will be made up on Presidents Day or on days added at the end of the school year.Instructional calendar approved by the Eugene School Board on April 4, 2018.

School Hours
8:00am-4:00pm:  Office hours
9:00am-3:235pm: Instructional school hours
8:00am-3:50pm:  Supervision hours Mon-Thurs
8:00am-2:50pm Supervision hours Friday

Access
8:00am:  Student center open for early arrival
8:30am:  Cafeteria open for breakfast; front office open for students
8:45am:  Locker bays open for students; see teacher syllabus for office hours

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September 7, 2018

Dear Kennedy families,

Welcome back to school! I am very excited for the 2018-19 school year. I hope you were able to find time during the summer for fun with family and friends. With only a few days before school starting, I want to be sure you have all the information you need for a smooth transition and to invite you to our Back to School Bash event on September 7th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. In addition, I want to share with you a brief reflection about middle school.

This summer my wife and I, and our dog Sam, visited with family in WI. During the bouts of fighting off swarms of mosquitoes, I found time to reflect about the previous and upcoming year. One thing I thought about was a common question I’m asked by people Imeet. That is, “What do you do for a living?” I also thought about common reactions I typically hear when I tell people that I work in a middle school. Reactions range from, “Oh dear—how do you do that…” to, “Middle school, that’s a rough time period…” and even,“Wow, it takes a special person to work in a middle school…”Other reactions include, “Middle school years are so impressionable…” to, “That must be very rewarding…” and even, “Thank you for what you do…”

Although peoples’ ideas about middle school vary based on their experiences, arguably middle school is the most important and most influential time period for students’ emotional, social, and intellectual development. Therefore, at Kennedy, we not only teach students how to learn, we provide students the structure and opportunity to learn about themselves, others, and our world. We celebrate student success and leverage opportunities for students to grow. We strive to ensure all students feel welcome and valued, and that every student has multiple learning opportunities to develop their skills for being high school ready.

Staffing Update

I am pleased to announce the following new and returning staff members to Kennedy: Susan Friedman-Goddard, Dan Ammerman and Lisa Krouze will be providing support to students as an educational assistant;

Tina Fisher, will be returning to teach Health Education along with a leadership elective course; and Karen Ramierz-Gutierrez, will be our new Assistant Principal.

Things to Know

There are several new academic and structural changes to KMS. First, we—and several other 4J middle schools who haven’t already had advisory—are implementing a student advisory program for all students. Advisory is a blended, grade level class designed to help students develop positive relationships and strong connections with school. In addition, this class is intended to provide academic monitoring and homework support throughout the year. Students will start their day in advisory, Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 9:23pm, before proceeding to their first period class. Second, like all middle schools, we are implementing the district common school bell schedule and calendar. School starts at 9:00am and ends by 3:35pm, Monday through Thursday with every Friday being an early release day, 9:00am to 2:35pm. The final change to KMS, and for all middle schools, is the implementation of required Health and Physical Education classes. All students will be entered into a trimester course for both classes and/or will need to work alternatively toward demonstrating state standards.

This year we will continue many of our traditions and activities that foster an inclusive and positive environment. For example, we plan to hold a school-wide fundraiser in the fall to support school-wide activities and food drive initiatives throughout the year to help students and families of need. In addition, we will have multiple activity nights and school socials for students to experience as well as several school assemblies and guest presentations to add to students’ educational experiences. There will be a school-wide trip and our end-of-the year grade level trips for all students, too. Last but not least, we will continue to honor and recognize students throughout the year by awards from Knights of Honor, JFK, and KMS PRIDE.

To this end, you will receive weekly family bulletins via email to keep you up-to-date on school matters. Therefore, it is critical we have your updated contact information on file. Be sure to complete the necessary documents and return them to our office on the first day (or before) of school. Thank you in advance for time you are able to give and/or any contributions you are able to afford. I look very much forward to the new school year ahead of us.