Adams Update – News you can use….

Good afternoon,

Thanks for a wonderful walk and bike to school day last week.  The smiling faces of kids and adults as they commuted by foot, skateboard or pedal power made for a great day!  As we have hit the start of fall, please help your child to dress in layers for when the weather changes throughout the day.  We have some cold kids in the morning and hot ones in the afternoon.  As a result, our lost and found is quite full already.  Please come and check it out if you are missing jackets, hoodies or sweatshirts.  We have a great group of kids who keep it neat and tidy.  If your child’s clothing has his or her name in it, we do our best to get it back to them.

Read on for news you can use.

Principal Kevin

PTA Meeting Thursday – 3:15 to 4:45.  Childcare will be provided.

Jog-a-Thon Update

As of this afternoon, our annual Jog-a-Thon has brought in $16,914.58!!!  This is with ONLY 47% of the envelopes in!

Remember, the class with the highest percentage of participation (that means just turning in your envelope) wins a Jamba Juice party and the grade level with the highest percentage of participation wins a SUPER RECESS!  If we meet our goal of $20,000, I will ride to school on a magical unicorn!

Our S_T_R_E_T_C_H goal is to have at least 90% of all envelopes turned in.  If we hit that goal, I will be slimed.

Halloween Costume Information

At Adams, we are working to provide a rich and inclusive environment for all our learners, build community and engage in top-notch teaching and learning.  As a part of this mission, we are engaged in an ongoing discussion about holidays that are recognized and celebrated by our students both in and out of school.  With such a diverse group of cultures and traditions represented at Adams, we are looking to create traditions and celebrations that are welcoming to all, as learning about a holiday is very different than celebrating a holiday.  We will not have in-class Halloween-themed parties on Halloween this year.  Adams will allow students to wear a costume to school on Wednesday, October 31st if they so choose. Please follow the guidelines below. 

Halloween Dress Code: 

  • No weapons 
  • No weapon-like props 
  • No excessive bareness 
  • No dress as another ethnicity or race 
  • No especially scary or gory costumes (Nothing that would scare a kindergarten student) 
  • No fake blood or wounds.
  • No masks may be worn in class or recess.  Students will be asked to remove a mask if they are wearing one.

If you are not sure about the appropriateness of a costume, please ask me. 

Your child should not dress as another person’s race. A costume can be of a character or an individual who is of another race than your child, but not of a generalized race or ethnicity. Costumes should not be caricatures or mocking representations of any racial or ethnic group. Students will be asked to change clothes for inappropriate attire.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent Conferences are such an important part of ensuring your child has a successful year. Scheduling conferences for 480 students is complicated and we appreciate your willingness to be flexible. The school schedule for Conference Week is below. 

Wed, November 7th      REGULAR SCHOOL DAY for students-Conferences 4:00 pm –8:00 pm 

Thurs, November 8th    NO SCHOOL for students Conferences 8:00 am –8:00 pm 

Fri, November 9th         NO SCHOOL for students

Mon. November 12th    NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day

A conference scheduling form will come home at the end of the week in your child’s Friday folder.  Please complete an return that form on Monday, October 22nd.  

Fall Box Top Collection Drive

NOW is a great time to start talking to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to make sure you’ll be ready for the Adams Elementary School Fall Box Top Collection Drive.

Collection receptacles will be arriving at classrooms October 22. Be ready!    

Strings Class at Adams

Sign Up for Strings Class! As you may have heard, the Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO) offers our 4th and 5th graders strings classes here at Adams in the morning before school! ESYO’s String Academy gives children the opportunity to learn to play the violin, viola, or cello in a relaxed setting with a qualified teacher. They provide the teacher (Dale Bradley), the book and the instrument to take home! They also offer unlimited scholarships for program fees and instrument rentals for any family that qualifies.

String Academy at Adams meets Mon/Wed/Fri, 7:40-8:25 AM. Please check with the office for more information or register on line: Open the door to an enriching musical experience for your child, with benefits that can last a lifetime!    

I am attaching the brochure, the hard copy of the registration paperwork with scholarship form. They can sign up on line too: 

Interested in Spring Flowers?

Make it a fun project with the kids, help them plant the bulbs and then watch for them to come up in the Spring and bloom. Half of sales go directly to the Adams PTA to help fund the school garden

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

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