Adams Update- 2.12.18- Enrollment, Attendance and More

Good Evening Adams Families,

We hope you have had a wonderful weekend and got a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather yesterday.  The cold weather is back and we appreciate your help in having students dressed for the weather for outdoor recess and field trips. Please see below for information to help support your learner at Adams.

Thanks for all you do!

Principal Kevin

Calling All Soon-to-be Kindergarten Students!

Kindergarten enrollment will open soon! If you have a kindergartner headed our way, please take a moment to fill out this form so we can keep in touch. Kindergarten orientation will be March 20 from 6-7 pm.  Please share this information with anyone who has a kinder headed our way in the fall.

Click HERE to fill out form. 



The school meal program is confidential, easy, and can help both your budget and your child’s school.  Applications must be completed annually.

Free and Reduced Benefits — other than meal benefits:

English / Spanish

On the menu: Fresh, healthy school food

There’s a lot to love about the healthy breakfasts and lunches our cafeterias serve each day. 4J’s school meals offer delicious options to meet every kid’s tastes—our menus are developed using student input. They’re also nutritious, convenient and affordable.

Farm-fresh produce: Students serve themselves unlimited fruits and vegetables from the “rainbow offering bar,” similar to a salad bar, that’s included with every school meal. Most of this produce is fresh, and a good amount of it is local or organic.

Locally sourced: 4J emphasizes local food sources where feasible. The district purchases tens of thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables from Lane County farms every year. All of our milk comes from local dairy farms. Our bread products are freshly baked in Springfield.

Nutritionally balanced: Our schools’ weekly menus are carefully planned to meet or exceed nutrition guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child Nutrition Program and the district’s wellness policy.

Affordable for every budget: School meals are reasonably priced, offering better nutrition for lower cost than many convenient alternatives. More than half of 4J’s elementary school students and more than 40 percent of all students qualify to receive school meals free or at reduced prices. The program is confidential, and qualifying opens doors to additional cost-saving benefits.

Abundant choice: With at least three lunch entrées to choose from each day, elementary students are sure to find a meal that suits their tastes. Middle schools and high schools offer even more choices, including “grab and go” options for students who prefer to eat outside the cafeteria.

Meal makeovers: The bread products we serve are more than 50% whole grain. we’ve worked to eliminate trans fats and reduce saturated fats from our food supplies: Every 4J meal now has zero grams of trans fat per serving. We continue our quest to increase our variety of minimally processed foods and reduce sodium, high-fructose corn syrup and food additives, all while keeping meals kid-friendly.

No meat? No problem. Vegetarian options are available every day. Most of the meat on school menus is chicken or turkey.

Healthy beverages: Our elementary and middle schools serve only fat-free and low-fat milk that is free of rBST growth hormones and high-fructose corn syrup; and plain, pure water. There’s also 100% juice at breakfast. Additional low-calorie beverages may be sold in high schools. Soda pop is not sold or distributed at school.

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.
Please do not send peanuts and nut products on field trips or for in-class consumption. 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. Thank you for helping us do everything we can to make sure all of our students stay safe and healthy.

Attendance Matters.

Adams is actively working on improving attendance for all our students.  Please remember that we engage in a great deal of social and collaborative learning here at school.  Arriving to school late or leaving early means that students are not able to participate in opening circle or closing activities that reinforce learning, make connections and support our positive school environment. The absence or tardiness of a child not only impacts that student, but others in his or her work-group.   Thank you for supporting your learner’s attendance at school

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • By sixth grade, a chronically absent student is shown to have a significantly higher chance of dropping out of high school.
  • Planned absences are just as negative as unexcused ones. Planned absences for vacations and long weekends still add up to time out of the classroom and can have negative results.
  • Being on time makes a huge impact on student success.  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.


Coffee With the Superintendent
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10–11 a.m.
Humble Bagel
2435 Hilyard St., Eugene
(invite your friends!)

Drop-in on Tuesday morning for coffee, morning treats and casual conversation with 4J Superintendent Gustavo Balderas. 

This informal gathering is an opportunity for the community members to talk with the superintendent, learn about important things happening in the district, ask questions and share your ideas and feedback. 

Whether you have a specific question or idea, or simply want to hear more about the district’s biggest priorities, challenges and successes, please consider joining us at an upcoming coffee chat.


PE and Music Transition

This last week we transitioned to our specialist schedule for the second half of the year.  Students now have PE twice per week and music once per week.  Our PE teacher for this year is Paul Brown and students have Molly Nord for music instruction.  Welcome Paul and Molly!

Input sought on potential bond measure

Eugene School District 4J is holding a community conversation, and we want to hear from you! The 4J school board is talking with the community about how and when to replace or renovate buildings and materials that no longer serve our students well. The board is considering a potential bond measure to be placed on the November 2018 ballot.

The school board wants to hear from community members about their views on priorities and how to proceed. No decisions have been made yet. 

Community forums have been scheduled in different locations across the district so community members may choose a convenient time and location. Spanish interpretation will be provided. 

• Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7–8:30 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
• Thursday, Feb. 22, 7–8:30 p.m., Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave.
• Saturday, Feb. 24, 10–11:30 a.m., 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
• Monday, Feb. 26, 7–8:30 p.m., Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave. 
• Thursday, March 1, 7–8:30 p.m., Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd. 

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