Adams Update 3-12-18 – Dates, School Safety, More

Dear Adams Families –
Please see below for information about important dates, safe schools, drop-off and other news you can use.

Dates to Know

  • March 18th – Adams Out in the Community – Falling Sky – All locations
  • March 20 – Kindergarten Orientation – 6 – 7
  • March 26 – 30 NO SCHOOL  – Spring Break
  • April 2 – NO SCHOOL – Staff Professional Development
  • Adams 17 – Adams Out in the Community – Laughing Planet
  • April 21 – Outdoor School Rummage Sale
  • April 26  Family Engineering Night 6-8 pm

Safe Schools

In the wake of the most recent school violence tragedy in Florida, there have been nationwide calls for school walkouts on March 14, April 20 and other days to demonstrate regarding gun violence and school safety.

Student and staff safety is our priority—everyone deserves to feel safe and be safe at school. Earlier this month we shared a letter from our superintendent about our school safety protocols and procedures. Here is a link if you’d like to see it again:

We want our families to be aware that no matter what the topic, our school and our district cannot condone walkouts or other demonstrations that disrupt the learning environment. During school hours, students should be in school—safe, supervised, and learning. Students who engage in a walkout are leaving the supervised school environment.

If you as a parent want your child to leave the school building to participate in any activity, whether for a dentist appointment or a political demonstration, you must come and sign them out. Please notify us and arrive well in advance to give the office time to respond to your request and any others.  

If any of our elementary students leave the building without being signed out by their parent or guardian, we will attempt to notify their parents as soon as possible. A school staff member will follow to observe, but we cannot guarantee supervision if this happens. 

Your child’s education and safety are our primary focus. We will always work to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all of our students. Thank you for working with us to keep our students safe. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

At the time when demonstrations may be happening elsewhere, we will begin a special project based on the popular song My Own Two Hands by Jack Johnson.  This art and writing project will be done school-wide and help students to identify how they can make a positive impact on the world.  We are looking forward to sharing this work in the halls.

Kindergarten Orientation

If you have a kindergarten student joining us in the fall, please plan on joining us for Kindergarten Orientation on March 20th from 6-7 in the library. You’ll hear from Adams kindergarten staff, school nurse and myself and get a chance to visit the classrooms.

Drop – Off

Please remember that we do not have student supervision here at Adams before 8:05.  If your child is at school before that time they are unsupervised. Students are welcome to wait in the main hallway supervised at 8:05.  We begin serving breakfast at 8:05.  Our first bell is at 8:25.  At that time, students who are in the building head to their classrooms.  We take attendance at 8:35.

Eugene Public Library Family Calendar

Each month Eugene Public Library offers free events for all ages at its three locations; supporting young readers and their parents, activities for teens, entertainment for all ages, and providing access to tools and skills training for individuals and small businesses.

If you have not taken advantage of these wonderful resources, check them out.

Kids Events


Maker HUB


From Principal Kevin’s Book Shelf

Game Theorists Guide to Parenting

This is a fantastic book that addresses some of the toughest tasks a parent will face on a daily basis. Written with a lot of love and humor, this one should be read and then passed on to someone who needs it.

-Principal Kevin


The tools you need to master the toughest negotiations you’ll ever face—those with your kids

As every parent knows, kids are surprisingly clever negotiators. But how can we avoid those all-too-familiar wails, “That’s not fair!” and “You can’t make me!”? In The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting, the award-winning journalist and father of five Paul Raeburn and the game theorist Kevin Zollman pair up to highlight tactics from the worlds of economics and business that can help parents break the endless cycle of quarrels and ineffective solutions. Raeburn and Zollman show that some of the same strategies successfully applied to big business deals and politics—such as the Prisoner’s Dilemma and the Ultimatum Game—can be used to solve such titanic, age-old parenting problems as dividing up toys, keeping the peace on long car rides, and sticking to homework routines.

Raeburn and Zollman open each chapter with a common parenting dilemma. Then they show how carefully concocted schemes involving bargains and fair incentives can save the day. Through smart case studies of game theory in action, Raeburn and Zollman reveal how parents and children devise strategies, where those strategies go wrong, and what we can do to help raise happy and savvy kids while keeping the rest of the family happy too.

Delightfully witty, refreshingly irreverent, and just a bit Machiavellian, The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting looks past the fads to offer advice you can put into action today.


“With a light touch and sure-footed mastery of both child-rearing and economics, Raeburn and Zollman bring humor and verve to a serious subject: How to negotiate with your kids in a way that will leave everyone . . . well, not happy, exactly, but with a sense of being treated fairly and with mutual respect. Read it and count on fewer fights at the dinner table, the TV room, and the back seat of the car!” 

—Robin Marantz Henig, Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine; coauthor, with Samantha Henig, of Twentysomething

“The small transactions of parenting—sharing, dividing, collaborating and compromising—are fraught with peril. Solutions that feel fair are not always just, particularly in the eyes of our children. Paul Raeburn and Kevin Zollman achieve two incredible feats in The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting: they helped me find a way to be fair and just in my parenting while teaching me the basics of game theory. I absolutely loved this book, both as a parent, and as a nerd.” 

—Jessica Lahey, author of the New York Times bestseller The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed


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