Adams Update 12/4/17

Happy Monday,

December is off to a great start here at Adams! We have students writing computer code, preparing to release classroom-raised salmon, heading to the theater for orchestra and ballet and engineering survival shelters inspired by award-winning literature.  Adams continues to be an amazing place to learn and teach.

It is going to be clear and cold all week.  We send kids out for recess even though the temperatures are low.  Please help your child to dress appropriately for outdoor recess.  This might include a hat and gloves, depending on your kiddo.  We have lots of clothes currently in the lost and found.  If you are missing a clothing item, lunch box or water bottle, please check there.  Please label your child’s coat clearly with his or her name.  We have volunteers who try to reunite kids with lost items.

Last week we kicked off our latest effort to keep kindness top-of-mind for our staff and students.  Each day, staff are asking kids what acts of kindness they witnessed during the school day.  These are celebrated and many are shared at the end of the day over the afternoon announcements. 

Thank you to Celina Johnson-Hess, Rebecca Lambeth-Anderson, Ashley Jorgenson, Sara Loveless, Kristen Brack and Angela McDonald for coordinating the Adams Nights Out in the Community and Silent Auction last month.  Dollars from this and other PTA fundraisers pay for classroom supplies and programs that support all kids at Adams.  Thanks also go to Alexis Borrevik, Courtney Lagergren, Cori Obley, Katie St. Clair and Erika Mueller for putting together the Adams Book Fair, just in time for holiday shopping.  All proceeds from the book fair support the library collection, Scholastic News subscriptions and literacy here at Adams.

Please see below for dates to know and news you can use. 

Mark Your Calendars:

Now through 12/15        Adams Food Drive

12/4 through 12/8          Adams Book Fair

Now through 12/22        Out in the Community Fundraiser at Spring Creek Holly Farm

12/15                              Last day of school before winter break.

1/2                                  No School – Teacher professional development and planning

1/3                                  Students return.  First day back after Winter Break

25 Questions to Ask Your Child About Her or His School Day

If you are having trouble getting your child to talk about their day at school, check out the article below from Positive Parenting Connections.

Wild, Wild West Book Fair Continues ALL WEEK 

The 2017 Adams Book Fair started today and runs through Friday, December 8th in the school library. It will be open each morning from 8:00-8:45 and each afternoon from 2:30-3:45 (1:30-2:45 on Wednesday).   This is a great time to make gift purchases for the holidays AND all proceeds from the book fair support the library collection, Scholastic News subscriptions and literacy here at Adams.

Join us for a rootin’ tootin’ good time for the whole family on the evening of Tuesday, December 5th from 5:30-7:30. We’ll have games, raffles, a photo booth, and snacks for purchase. 

Winter Is Coming: Snow Day Decisions and Notifications  

Plan ahead, sign up now for school closure alert texts


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


How the decision is made:


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


How to find out if there is a change: 


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


  • Sign up for text-message alerts — send a text to 40404 that says FOLLOW 4JWEATHER (if you receive extra messages you don’t want, reply SET DISCOVER OFF )
  • Like Eugene School District 4J on our Facebook page,
  • Check the 4J website,
  • Tune in to local news media


What does the announcement mean?


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


Two-Hour Delay: School will start two hours late and end at the normal dismissal time for a regular school day.  At Adams Elementary School, the day will start at 10:35 and end at 2:45Please note that we will use this schedule EVEN IF IF IS AN EARLY-RELEASE WEDNESDAY.

Buses will drive cautiously, adjusting to conditions, so pickup and return may be delayed.


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


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


For more information, please see

Attendance Matters

Chronic Absence = Missing two or more days per month

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.  If you are struggling to get your child to school, for whatever reason, please reach out to the office for help and resources.

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.

School Choice Season is Coming

Earlier deadline: Visit schools and apply Jan. 1–31 

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The school choice period for the 2018–19 school year is coming soon: January 2018.

In Eugene School District 4J, every 4J school offers students excellent educational opportunities. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or request to enroll in a different 4J school if space is available. School choice requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery.

To be included in the annual school choice lottery, 4J residents must apply between January 1 and January 31, by midnight. This deadline is earlier than in past years. Non-district residents apply later, between March 1 and April 1.

Families are invited to explore their school choice options, including their neighborhood school, during the January school choice period. All 4J schools will hold tours and other opportunities to visit in January (a schedule will be posted in mid-December). The district will hold an Elementary School Showcase with all elementary schools on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Elementary School Showcase
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

  • One-stop school choice information fair!
  • Learn about the school choice process
  • Talk to representatives from every 4J school
  • Spanish interpretation provided

School Choice Information Meetings
Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (during the Elementary School Showcase)
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.
4J Education Center, 200 North Monroe St.

  • Get answers about the school choice process
  • Spanish interpretation provided

School Tours and Events
January 2018

  • Visit your neighborhood school and more!
  • Each school offers times for parents to visit
  • Schedule will be posted in mid-December
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