Adams Update – Winter Break, Dogs, Kindness and More…

Good Afternoon Adams Families,

Thanks for another wonderful week at Adams.  We appreciate everything you do to support or learners and staff.  Today, PTA put on a terrific hot chocolate bar for staff.  We are certainly feeling the love!

With just two days to go, we know that the holidays and winter break are on all our minds.  Thank you for keeping up your school day routines through the end of the week.

Please read on for news you can use.


Principal Kevin

Food Drive Wrapping Up

Thank you for your generous support of the food drive to support kids and families here at Adams.  Our 4th and 5th graders have been busy sorting and preparing donations to go out this week.  We are able to assist 25 families over the winter break.

Kindness on Our Minds

On Friday, we will celebrate over 1000 recorded acts of kindness shared by students since the first of the month.  This is a part of our mission to keep kindness top-of-mind at Adams.  Our celebration, which is always fun for kids and staff, is a staff v. student basketball game.  Look for some great pictures of this fun event.

Lost and Found Overflowing

Our lost and found is overflowing this time of year.  We check all items for a label and work to return them to kids.  Our other unclaimed items will be bagged up at the end of the school day on Friday and donated to a local charity.  If your child is missing a lunchbox, water bottle or clothing item, please come and check the lost and found before Friday.

Winter Weather

When winter weather makes conditions hazardous, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. School districts decide early in the morning whether there is a need to change the school schedule or bus routes. These decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

There are several ways to find out if there is a change on snowy or icy days:

    Text-message alerts via Twitter — sign up through Twitter or just text FOLLOW 4JWEATHER to 40404
    4J website,
    KRVM 91.9 FM
    Other radio and television news stations

If there is a school closure or other change, the school district will announce it before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

Parents of students who ride school buses that have alternate snow routes have been informed of what to do. Snow route information is available on the snow routes page.

If school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance will be honored.

Tips for Returning to School After Winter Break

Some tips for returning to the school schedule with your children:

    Resume a regular and predictable bed time routine.  Click here to learn more about sleep needs of children and bedtime routines.
    Be mindful of breakfast and lunch needs.  Have things on hand that make this prep quick and easy.  As children get older they can take on more of this responsibility.
    Dress for the weather.  We aim for outdoor recess everyday.  The right jacket and shoes will help your child be comfortable and get the activity he or she needs at recess time.

Thank you for all you do, every day to have you child to school on time and ready to learn.  We are doing great things at Adams Elementary and each minute at school is a valuable one.

Looking for a Few Good Greeters

We are looking for a few volunteers to greet kids in the halls, visit the cafeteria and helps kids start the day off right here at Adams between 8:00 and about 8:40.  If this works for your schedule and you would like be a part of the team, please contact me at or stop by the office any time.

Please Leave Dogs, Large or Small, at Home

Please keep dogs at home….
We’ve seen an increase in pets at dismissal and drop off. While I assure you I’m a lover of pets, they are not permitted on school grounds during the school day. This includes drop off and dismissal, as we have students on campus until after 6pm each evening.
There are a few exceptions to this rule, including bringing fully trained Service Dogs to school with proper notification.

The Administrative Rules outlining our policy are below. These can also be found on the 4j website (

Please feel free to contact me should you have clarifying questions.

Your help in following these rules is appreciated. Our chief goal at Adams is student safety for all of our kids!

Principal Kevin

E1550 – Animals in District Buildings

Eugene School District 4J recognizes that the safety of students and staff is a paramount issue, and there exist medical and physical dangers associated with animals, both wild and domesticated, in the classroom and/or on school property.

The District further believes that, under the proper conditions, animals may be an effective educational aid for students. In addition, there exist certain situations when federal and state statutes require accommodation of guide dogs or assistance animals.

E1550.01 – Limitations Regarding Animals

No animals, including dogs or cats, shall be allowed in school buildings or grounds while school is in session unless specifically permitted by the Principal or administrator, and proof of appropriate and/or current rabies vaccination is provided. Animals are not allowed to be on District property for any other time frames or reasons. This limitation applies to faculty, staff, and student pets as well as those of the public.

Animals granted permission to be in classrooms, buildings, or grounds will be allowed access only for a specified and appropriate educational purpose for the time necessary to achieve the educational goal. When permission is granted to allow an animal into a classroom or building, the health and safety of students and staff must be given the highest consideration.

Animals are not to be kept in buildings during school vacations, breaks, or extended holidays. Any exceptions must be obtained from the Principal or site administrator.

E1550.02 – Procedure to Allow Animals on District Property

A written request must be submitted to the Principal or designee, and/or building administrator to have animal visitors in the classroom or on District property prior to bringing any animal on District property.

The request shall include a description of the activity, type of animal, educational purpose/benefit, length of activity, and a plan for the care of the animals. The animal’s owner is responsible for the animal to be currently licensed and have any appropriate inoculations. The Principal, designee, or building administrator has the sole discretion to permit or deny the presence of any animal in the school or building.

In considering the request, the Principal, designee, or administrator shall determine:

    Whether any child or staff member has a health condition (such as allergies) that could be exacerbated by exposure to animals. It is recommended that parents be notified of the plans to have an animal in the classroom so that accommodations may be made for their student.
    If there is direct relevance of the animal’s presence to the District’s curriculum.
    Additional costs related to the animal’s care in terms of sanitation, electrical environmental support systems (heating, cooling, aeration) and nutritional requirements.

In making the final determination to allow an animal access onto District property, the Principal, designee, or administrator shall place the highest emphasis on ensuring the safety of students and staff. Written authorization by the principal or appropriate administrator must be maintained on file in the school or site office.

E1550.03 – Owner Responsibility
Owners of animals shall be solely responsible for the care/safety of their animals and for injuries sustained to the animal or to any persons due to the presence of the animals at the school/building. Further, the animal owner is solely responsible for:

    Appropriate cages and containers for the animal
    Posting of instructions for emergency treatment clearly near any cage
    Notification of school nurses or health assistants of the presence of the animal in the building, along with any potential health threats.

E1550.04 – Access By Persons Requiring An Assistance Animal
Last updated: Sep 17 2008 – 11:25am
Access to a school or District property by people whose physical impairment, as defined in ORS 346.690, or employees requiring accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), who require the use of an assistance animal shall not be restricted from access solely due to the requirement and/or presence of an assistance animal. Employees requiring an assistance animal are urged to contact Human Resources regarding appropriate accommodation.

ORS 346.690

E1550.05 – Injuries
Staff members or students who have been bitten or otherwise injured by an animal shall report such incident to the Principal or administrator and the school nurse or appropriate medical personnel immediately. The Principal or administrator shall notify the parents in the case of student injury. In the case of a student injury, the person most knowledgeable about the incident shall complete a Student Accident/911 Incident Report available from Risk Management. If a staff member sustains injury, a Preliminary Accident Report of Employee Injury available at shall be completed and forwarded to Risk Management.

An animal which has caused any injury to a student or staff, or displays threatening or menacing behavior of any sort, shall be immediately removed from the building, and Risk Management shall be notified of the incident. Such animal shall not be allowed back onto the District’s property for any reason.




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