YG Newsletter – November 19, 2020

YG Newsletter – November 19, 2020

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen,

We are winding down our last full week in November. Next week is short week with Thanksgiving, then we will have three weeks in December. Winter break is just about four weeks away.

Families have been sent surveys asking whether they want their children to participate in hybrid if or when the district is able to move to hybrid or if they want their children to remain in online instruction only. This has prompted parents and staff to ask when or if 4J elementary schools will be moving to hybrid learning at the beginning of January. 4J is still collecting information from surveys given to staff and families. A decision will be made after Thanksgiving as to whether or not 4J will enter hybrid in January. This would only happen, however, if Lane County met the metrics to even allow a return to in-person learning. So far, Lane County has not met requirements. Anyone who wants to track the local metrics, can view the linked dashboard: General Metrics for Returning to In-Person Learning maintained by the Oregon Department of Education.

Site Council and PTO Meetings Today

I’m sent a reminder email that our Site Council will be meeting this Thursday, Nov. 19th, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. With so many families, staff included, having to do so much during COVID-19, we all need to find ways to work more efficiently. At this week’s meeting, Ashley Sensei, who is also the co-president of the YG PTO, will facilitate a discussion and seek feedback on how the PTO and Site Council can work together in meeting our school’s goals. All YG families are welcome to participate. Zoom links were sent in a separate email yesterday.

The PTO will be meeting this Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30. This will be the first meeting run by the new PTO board. Please use the Zoom link that was sent via email yesterday.

Aki Masturi

We can’t be together this year to celebrate Aki Matsuri, but we can all celebrate in our own ways! See the linked Aki Matsuri document and enjoy some ideas for fall fun put together by our PTO Board.

Family Zoom Meeting Last Tuesday

We held a meeting on Tuesday with several families to discuss ways to help your child stay focused during online learning. We did not record the session, due to concerns that some parents would not want to participate in a recorded session. Thanks to Naoko Sensei for giving a presentation and leading the discussion. Many thanks to Ashley Ferryman for taking notes. They are available here (YG Family Zoom -11:17).

2020 Winter Holiday Resource List

Families might be interested in the Winter Holiday Resource list that came from a contact at the Oregon Department of Human Services.

COVID Rent Relief Assistance

The Lane County COVID Rent Relief program is for Lane County renters affected by COVID 19 through loss of income or due to a compromised health status, elevated risk or vul-nerability to COVID infection and that a loss of housing would cause a health jeopardy. For information on the program or if you would qualify, click the linked flyer.

Holiday Food Boxes

With the holidays and school breaks coming up, we wanted to share with you the plan for student meals through Nutrition Services.

Thanksgiving: Nutrition Services will provide a four-day meal box with the Wednesday meal bag, available with the normal pickup or delivery systems. The box will have a serving size for four days with: Turkey and gravy (scratch cooked, ready to heat), red potatoes (instant), cranberry sauce (can), rolls (fresh) and other canned or prepared items, and milk. We are working on vegetarian options and gluten free as well.

Winter Break: two meal boxes will be available for pickup, or by request through delivery

Friday, Dec 18 a meal box with frozen/shelf stable items for up to 9 days will be provided per student.
Monday, Dec 28 a meal box for up to 8 days will be provided per student, for those who may need it.

Parent Technology Training from Last Thursday

If you missed the parent training that was held last week, a video is posted here for your review.

Technology Appropriate Use Expectations

4J established the 2020-21 Summary Tech Appropriate Use Expectations (Spanish version). These serve as guidelines for technology use, summarized, along with the device protection information. We are sharing this with families, students and teachers to help establish expectations for use of technology resources. It includes points that are important to teachers and students, such as expectations that students not record the teacher or others or take screenshots without permission. It also includes information about the Student Device Protection Plan.
Families should note that devices may not be taken out of state, and many learning applications will not work and cannot be supported outside of Oregon.

Key back-to-school information for families 

This is a repeat of information already sent to families, but I thought it would be helpful to send it again.

Do you have what you need for your student’s return to learning? Here are links to some key back-to-school information. For more information see the 4J webpage.

Family Toolkit: Are You Ready to Zoom?5 Tips for Creating an At-Home Workspace7 Tips for Creating Good At-Home Study Habits

4J Calendars

4J Calendars Overview
2020–21 Elementary School Calendar
2020–21 Middle & High School Calendar
Printable School Calendar
Online Calendar

Calendar of Events

November 19 (Th)
3:00-4:00, YG Site Council Meeting
6:30-7:30, YG PTO Meeting

November 26 (Th) – Thanksgiving Day – No School
November 27 (W) – No School

December 18 (F) – Last day of school prior to winter break
December 19-January 3 – Winter Break

January 4 (T) – No School – Professional Development for Staff

January 5 (W) – First Day of School in 2021

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