Costumes, Camping, Conferences and More.

Good Afternoon!

It is hard to believe that October is coming to a close.  It has been a month full of learning and fun here at Adams.  Please read on for more information about what’s coming up at school.


Principal Kevin

Halloween Costume Information

Adams will allow students to wear a costume to school on Tuesday, October 31st.  Please follow the guidelines below. 
Halloween Dress Code: 
No weapons 
No weapon-like props 
No excessive bareness 
No dress as another ethnicity or race 
No especially scary or gory costumes (Nothing that would scare a kindergarten student) 
No masks may be worn in class or recess.  Students will remove mask if asked.
If you are not sure about the appropriateness of a costume, please ask Principal Kevin. 

Your child should not dress as another person’s race. A costume can be of a character or an individual who is of another race than your child, but not of a generalized race or ethnicity. Costumes should not be caricatures or mocking representations of any racial or ethnic group. Students will be asked to change clothes for inappropriate attire.

Peanut and Tree Nut Allergies

As you may have some extra treats around your home this time of year and those goodies might make their way into a lunchbox or pocket, please take a few minutes and remind your child about the importance of allergy awareness.
Remember that we have many students with life threatening food allergies at Adams. While we are not a peanut and nut free school—we are an allergy aware school.

One piece of our awareness is holiday treats that contain nuts or are manufactured on shared equipment.
Another way we keep kids safe is by restricting peanuts and tree nuts on field trips. Please do not send peanuts and nut products on field trips. There are many foods that contain nut and byproducts or are processed in a facility that also processes nuts. Even a trace amount can be dangerous for many of our students. A field trip is an extension of the classroom and we need to do everything we can to make sure all of our students safe and healthy.

Thanks for all you do to support our kids.

The Jog-A-Thon was HUGE success!  We Raised $25425.44

Jog-a-Thon funds benefit ALL students at Adams by paying for staffing, field trips, artist experiences, assemblies and more!  Thank you for your support of this fundraiser.  We have already used money raised from the jog-a-thon to purchase Scholastic News for all students, IXL math, technology upgrades, playground equipment and more.  In addition, ALL FUNDS raised by 5th graders, over $5,000 has been set aside to help pay for outdoor school this spring for all our 5th grade students.  Way to go, Adams!

On Wednesday, I will camp out at school as promised.  I’ll set up my campsite in the courtyard and be there while kids are dismissed.  Please feel free to come by to say hello on Wednesday evening.  I’ll greet kids as they arrive on Thursday while I make a hearty breakfast for the day. 

Adams Silent Auction – November 13-16

Our annual silent auction is just around the corner! You will be able to view items and bid on them online at November 13th-16th.

We will also have an in person viewing of all auction items on November 15th at Oakshire Public House. That same night a dollar from each pint purchased will be going straight back to Adams. It’s a win-win! The auction has something for everyone. Whether you’re wanting to purchase tickets to Disneyland, or Wheel of Fortune, looking to take 13 friends on a pedal powered pub tour with Pacifc Pub Cycle, hoping to relax with a cup of Labrang, or Yogi Tea, or wanting to purchase an American Girl Doll in time for Christmas, we have you covered. We also have generous donations from Burley, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Friendly Street Market, Evergreen Aviation Museum, Eugene Symphony, and Oregon Bach Festival among many, many others. Mark your calendars and join us November 15th to generously support Adams and bid on a great gift for yourself, or a friend!


School Hours Reminder –

Wing and breezway doors open at 8:25AM and Classes begin at 8:35AM (in seat ready to learn)
Regular dismissal is a 2:45PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays  students are released at 1:45PM

We recommend arriving by 8:20AM, 15 minutes prior to when classes begin. The drop off and the parking lot become very crowded as 8:35 approaches. Students should be in their seats by 8:35AM. Students arriving after 8:35AM are considered tardy and must report to the office prior to going to class.

The cafeteria open and serving breakfast at 8:05 and the main hallway is supervised from 8:10-8:35AM for early drop off. Please do not leave your student at school before 8:00 AM and do not send students to the playground.

Reporting an Absence:

Please leave a voice message on the attendance line– 541-790-5025 with the reason for the absence at any time.


School Conferences November 8th and 9th

Thank you for returning you conference form last week.  Teachers will meet this week to schedule conference times and a note will be sent home at the end of the week to inform you of your conference  time on November 8th or 9th.


Attendance Matters – Chronic Absence = Missing two or more days per month

According to multiple studies, missing several days of school significantly reduces the likelihood that students will graduate from high school. With attendance a crucial factor to keeping kids on the right path to graduation, Attendance Works has substantial information on attendance and the impact on student achievement.

Below is some of the  research below on why attendance matters.

Start Strong

Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict frequent absences later in the school year. Nearly half of all students that missed more than two days of school in September went on to miss almost a month of school.

Chronic Absences

An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students in the United States miss almost a month of school every year. This adds up to over a year missed by the time of graduation.

Early Absences Lead to Attendance Issues in Later Grades

Absenteeism starts early. One in 10 kindergarteners and first graders are considered to be “chronically absent.”  Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress. In some schools, that adds up to 18 days a school year and is considered to be chronic absence.

Third Grade Reading Level

Poor attendance can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of third grade, which is shown to negatively affect their chances of graduating on time.

Dropout Indicator

By sixth grade, a chronically absent student is shown to have a significantly higher chance of dropping out of high school.

Excused Absences Hurt Too

Excused absences are just as negative as unexcused ones. Suspensions add additional missed time in the classroom, which in turn increases the dropout risk.

At Risk Students are at Risk for Absence

Students from low-income families are four times more likely to be chronically absent. Reasons for this are often out of the student’s control, such as unreliable transportation, unstable housing, and a lack of access to quality health care.

Every Minute Matters
If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.

See more research on the importance of attendance HERE

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