Adams Update – 9/24/18 – Jog-a-thon, Curriculum Night, Bond and More…

Good Afternoon,

Wow!  We had a terrific turn out for our party on the playground last week.  Thank you to our PTA for planning such an fabulous Friday event for the Adams family.  

Attendance has been great so far this year, with kids making it to school on time and taking advantage of free breakfast if they are hungry when they arrive.  I appreciate the love and support you you send your child to school with, as those stay with them through the day and build capacity for them to be caring individuals, able to focus on learning and lifting up others who may be having difficulty.  Thanks for all you do to help build the Adams community!


Mark Your Calendars

September 26 – Adams Jog-a-thon at ATA.  1:15

September 27  – Curriculum Night at Adams Elementary 

  • 1st and 2nd grades  5:15 – 5:45
  • 5th grade                 5:50 – 6:20
  • 3rd and 4th grades  6:25 – 6:55

October 8 – School Picture Day

October 10 – Walk and Bike to School

October 11-12 – NO SCHOOL – Professional Development

November 8-9 – NO SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Jog-a-Thon Season is Here!  Jog-a-thon is September 26th.

Jog-a-Thon is our largest fundraiser of the year and it is just around the corner!  Packets should have come home with your child on Friday.  Thanks for taking the time to read this information and help out in any way that you can.  Funds from this fundraiser support ALL kids at Adams by providing:

  • field trips – salmon watch, plays, outdoor school, Mt. Pisgah,  and more
  • educational technology – upgrades to projectors, student tech and specialized apps
  • subscriptions to Scholastic News, Reading A to Z, Xtramath and more
  • art experiences, meet the masters, artist residencies and art supplies
  • school garden project and support
  • upgraded playground equipment for kids who work hard and play hard

It is our intention to not ask parents to send in additional funds when we have one of the above needs, rather, fund these things from our school-wide fundraising efforts.  Thanks for supporting this fundraiser in any way you are able.

Use this link to share with family and friends in email and social media.

Volunteers Still Needed to Support Jog-a-thon.

Please sign up to volunteer at the 2018 Annual Adams Jog-A-Thon! 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 
Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. 

4J Bond Information

School Bond Measure on November Ballot

A measure that would provide local funding for Eugene public schools is on theNovember 6 election ballot.

The bond measure, Measure 20-297, would allow Eugene School District 4J to:

• Make improvements at every school

• Improve student safety, security and equity across the district

• Provide better learning environments and materials for students

• Boost career technical education at all 4J high schools

• Repair and update schools that are more than 50 years old

• Replace three aging buildings that are worn and have high energy and maintenance costs

By law, bond money can only be spent on capital improvements such as facilities, equipment, curriculum and technology. It cannot be used to pay for teachers, school days or school programs.

If the measure is approved, property tax rates for Eugene School District 4J bond debt would increase by about $0.66 per $1,000 assessed value. Property taxes would increase by about $135 a year for the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed property value of $204,000.

Voters must be registered by October 16 to vote in this election. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters beginning October 17 and must be returned to the county elections office or an official ballot drop box by November 6, 8 p.m.

 For more information, please see

4J Bond Information

U of O SPICE Open House – Free Science for ALL!

You are Invited!  This event is free and open to everyone.

Date: October 3th, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Willamette Hall Atrium on the UO Campus

The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) will hold the 8th annual “Science Open House” October 3th, 2018 in the Willamette Hall Atrium (6:30pm-8:30pm) on the University of Oregon (UO) campus. 

All activities are completely free and open to the public.  There will be something fun for children of all ages.

Hands-on activities and demonstrations will include the Flubber Factory, the Egg Drop, Laser Maze and much more.  Attendees can also sign up for the Science Pentathlon where they will complete five activities in the core science disciplines (biology, chemistry and physics).

UO Science Open House Flyer

Walk and Bike to School – October 10th

Walk, Bike and Roll to school on Wednesday October 10 for exercise, to reduce pollution and to conserve fuel!  Everyone who walks, bikes, scooters, skates, skateboards, carpools or rides the bus will get a snack, prizes and a chance to enter a raffle for even bigger prizes.
Volunteers are needed for this fun event.  Please contact Diane at


In order to better include our bus-riding students on Walk & Roll to School Day, 4J’s Safe Routes to School and Transportation Department, in partnership with our school, are planning a “walking school bus!” We invite all students to participate and are looking for volunteers! Please sign up here or contact Sarah Mazze at 541 516-0887 or if you can volunteer to be a chaperone for the walk or stationed along the route.

What*: Buses will stop at Friendly Park, 2745 Monroe St, Eugene, OR 97405 where students who choose to participate will be met by volunteers and school staff. At school, the walkers should arrive before breakfast and bell time, but some may need to eat in the classroom if there are delays. Bused students who are not participating will be driven the rest of the way to school on the bus.

When & Where: 7:55 Wednesday morning, Oct 10th, Friendly Park, 2745 Monroe St, Eugene, OR 97405 to walk to school.

Why: Walking is great for your child’s health and the environment, and riding the bus is the best carpool ever! We would like to encourage more students to ride the bus and to walk and bike to school, and hope this event will let more of our students experience how fun it is, while showing the community that our children deserve a safe place to walk!   

Please sign up here if you can volunteer to be a chaperone for the walk or stationed along the route!

*If your child rides the bus and you do not want them to participate, they can remain on the bus to be transported to s


Kids and Cell Phones

We know that many of our older students have a phone for after school communication with parents and families.  Please be aware that it is our policy that phones, and other electronics are to be turned off and put away once students arrive on campus.  Thank you for you support with this message

Plastics Round-Up

In an effort to support our earth and our community and in conjunction with Lane County Waste Management’s 1-day Plastics Round-up event, the girls of Adams’ Girl Scout Troop 11527 are collecting plastics to recycle. ONLY clearly marked #2, #4 & #5 tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles that have had any labels removed can be accepted. A marked bin will be at school from Monday9/17 through the end of the school day on Thursday 9/28. Thank you for helping us to keep plastics out of the landfill! 

Kids at Adams Before School

Please remember that we do not have supervision on the playground before the school day.  Students who arrive early need to walk bikes on campus and adhere to school rules and expectations, just as if they were on recess.  Unless your child is eating breakfast in the cafeteria, he or she should not arrive before 8:10


Volunteering at Adams

We LOVE our volunteers!  Parents, grandparents and community members do a great deal to make Adams an  awesome place to learn and teach.  Please explore the links below to learn more about volunteering at Adams!

Adams Volunteer Descriptions

ONLINE Volunteer Background Check

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