Adams Update – Picture Day, Jog-a-thon and More…

Happy October!

Thanks for all you to to have your kiddos here on time and ready to learn each day.  Our school day begins at 8:30 with the first bell at 8:25.  Please see below for upcoming event and happenings here at Adams.

Mark Your Calendars

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 Pledge Collection is On!

Thanks for working to get your Jog-a-thon pledge envelopes in by October 18th.  As you know, we use funds from this fundraiser to ensure that we have lots of enrichment opportunities for kids at Adams throughout the year and do not ask for parents to send in additional funds to support special projects.

If we reach our schoolwide goal of $20,000, I will ride a magical unicorn to school

The class with the highest percentage of envelopes turned in wins a jamba juice party

The grade level with the highest percentage of envelopes turned in earns a super-recess


Last year, Jog-a-thon and Reading Olympics funds were used for the following:

  • recorders for music class
  • field trips at every grade level
  • school garden project instruction
  • expansion of the school garden
  • Earth Day Field Day celebration
  • Artist in Residence materials
  • library collection
  • playground equipment
  • technology purchases
    • projector upgrades
    • educational software and subscriptions
    • ipads
    • headphones
    • keyboards
  • field day equipment
  • and more……….

Positive Behavior Support at Adams.  Showing Our Adams P.R.I.D.E.!

Be Safe         Be Respectful         Be Caring         Be Responsible

At Adams Elementary, Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) is a school-wide system used to teach and reinforce our four school expectations:  Be Safe – Be Respectful – Be Caring-Be Responsible.  Our staff is committed to teaching these expectations and creating a positive learning environment where all students can be successful.

On a daily basis, students can earn “Alligator Awards” tickets for following school rules.  There will be regular class and weekly school wide drawings to reward students for their hard work.

Adams P.R.I.D.E.

P=Perseverance – Keep trying, even when something is difficult

R=Respect – Show kindness.

I=Integrity – Do the right thing.

D=Discipline – Be a self-manager.  Practice self control.

E=Effort – Put in the time and focus to do your best work.

Students are encouraged to display the PRIDE characteristics both at home and at school.  Adams Elementary focuses on one PRIDE skill each month and awards are given to students who demonstrate PRIDE.  We have three PRIDE awards assemblies to recognize our star students  and invite families to celebrate our students.  Below is a list of the PRIDE Focus skills with the corresponding months of focus:

September – Review all School Rules
October – Perspective Taking (Respect)
November- Focus & Self-Control (Discipline)

December – Making Connections (Integrity)
January – Taking on Challenges (Perseverance)
February – Self-directed, Engaged Learning (Effort)
March – Communicating (Respect)
April – Critical Thinking (Effort)
May/June – Review all Skills

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.  Thank you for reviewing this information with your child.

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


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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