Adams Update 10.28.18 – News you can use…

Good Evening – 

I hope you and yours have had a chance to enjoy some of the fun fall festivities that Eugene has to offer this time of year.  It is difficult to believe we will be welcoming November by the end of week.  The rain has finally arrived and we can be sure to have some indoor recesses in the near future.  Please be advised that we err on the side of sending kids out to play even if there is light rain or drizzle.  Help your child to dress appropriately for the weather.

Thank you to our PTA for treating staff with refreshments on Friday.  It was much appreciated and made for a terrific ending to the week.

Mark your calendars:

November 7th – Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-8pm

November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences 8am-8pm

November 9th – NO SCHOOL

November 12th – NO SHOOL – Veterans Day

November 15th – Adams Family STEM Night- science, technology, engineering and math

November 22nd and 23rd – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday

Fall Box Top Collection Drive Coming to a Close

Please send in any box tops you may still have tomorrow.  Thank you.

   

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.

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.

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

 

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

 

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: http://esyorchestras.org/programs/string-academy-i/. 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: https://esyorchestras.org/programs/string-academy-i/ 

 

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.

Ballots 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 www.4j.lane.edu/bond.

Click on the link below to see the impact of a passed bond on the Churchill region and Adams specifically.

4J_BondMeasure_Churchill-sheet 

 

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