Adams Update – 1/8/18 – PTA News, Kindergarten Kids and More

Good Evening Adams Families,
We had an excellent short week back at Adams last week! Thank you for supporting our learners as they got back into the school routine. It looks like we have rain in the forecast this week. Please help your child to be dressed appropriately for recess in wet conditions.
Please see below for important dates and news you can use.
Principal Kevin

Mark Your Calendars

11/8/18 Community Meeting with Superintendent Gustavo Balderas @ Roosevelt Middle School 6-7pm
11/9/18 School Choice Tour @ 9:00 AM
1/11/18 School Choice Tour @ 5:00 PM
1/11/18 Adams PTA Meeting @ 6:00 PM in the Library – Childcare provided. Agenda HERE. Come and hear about the building blocks of reading with our own Kindergarten teacher, Erin Fuller.
1/15/18 NO SCHOOL – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observed
1/23/18 Out in the Community Fundraiser @ Track Town Pizza
2/2/18 NO SCHOOL – Grading Day

Calling all (Future) Kindergarten Students!

We are reaching out to all Adams families to ask that you contact us now if you will be enrolling a kindergarten student for next year.
If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st, please notify us at school by calling 541-790-5000.
Also, if you have friends or neighbors with a school age child, pass this information on. Knowing this in advance helps us to plan effectively for the fall.
Peanut and Tree Nut Awareness Reminder Please 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. If your child brings items with peanuts or tree nuts to school for lunch, we have assigned tables for the lunch time. We do not allow peanut or tree nut containing snacks in the classroom.
Another practice to keep our kids safe is that we do not allow peanuts or 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.

Great Piece on Breathing Technique to Reduce Anxiety and Facilitate Sleep

Source: Inc. Magazine

You know that getting a good night’s sleep is vitally important for your mental and physical health, mood, and even your brain function. But what if you just can’t fall asleep? We all have trouble sleeping at times in our lives, and for some people, it’s a constant battle.
But there’s a simple and amazingly powerful tool that will not only help you sleep, it will steady you in times of stress, help you cope with cravings and other bad impulses, and help you avoid reacting badly when things upset you. Over time, it can help with digestion, lower your heart rate, and lower your blood pressure. And it only takes about a minute to do.
The exercise is called 4-7-8 breath, and it’s a form of the ancient yoga practice of breath control (pranayama). It was popularized in this country by Andrew Weil, M.D., who says it’s more effective for controlling anxiety than anti-anxiety medications.
Here’s how to do 4-7-8 breathing:
1. Begin by exhaling all the air in your lungs.
2. Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, right where the ridge of flesh meets your two upper front teeth. Keep your tongue there through the entire exercise, even when you’re exhaling.
3. Breathe in for a count of 4. Hold your breath for a count of 7. Breathe out with a whooshing sound for a count of 8.
4. Repeat the entire cycle four times.
If holding your breath for a count of 7 or breathing out slowly enough to get through a count of 8 is difficult, then speed up the count, but don’t change it–the 4, 7, and 8 proportion is important, Weil says. Over time, as you get better at it, you should be able to slow the exercise down, which increases its benefits.
Weil advises doing this exercise at least twice a day–more if you like. Don’t go beyond four breath cycles at a time for the first month or so. Once you get really comfortable with it, you can increase it to eight cycles but that’s the maximum. If you want to increase the exercise’s effect, slow down the count instead of doing more cycles.
He also says you should do the exercise for four to six weeks before you start trying to use it to induce calm or help you fall asleep, but you may not need to wait that long. Some people who have trouble sleeping find they get instant results with the 4-7-8 breath technique. The health benefits, such as lower blood pressure, come with continuing this practice over time. If it works for you, it could become a lifelong habit.
I’ve done lots of pranayama in yoga classes, but I didn’t know about the 4-7-8 technique before today. I’ve tried it out and it does indeed cause my whole body and mind to relax. Now that I do know about it, I plan to start using it on a daily basis, starting tonight. How about you?
See the whole article at the link below
Click HERE to see the exercise and commentary from Dr. Weil

Superintendent Community Meeting: 4J Vision 20/20

Come discuss our roadmap for the future—the 4J Vision 20/20 strategic plan Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, 6–7 p.m. Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
Parents, students, staff and community members are invited to meet with 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas on Monday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m., to learn about the 4J Vision 20/20 strategic plan, ask questions and provide feedback. Please join us and invite your friends!
At this community meeting, the superintendent will share and discuss key elements of the 4J Vision 20/20 strategic plan and the efforts underway in our school district to meet its goals.

Box Tops Fundraiser!

It’s time to bring in those box tops you collected over winter break. We are having a competition between grade levels at Adams. Please drop them in the grade-level box in the hallway near the office for the chance to win a SUPER-PE with Principal Kevin! Boxes are color-coded: K-red, 1-orange, 2-yellow, 3-green, 4-blue, 5-purple and will be available to accept your submissions Monday, January 8 through January 31. So gather them up and get them in!

School Choice Season Is Here

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