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 Monday, November 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.
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