Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen,
I have heard that during unusual times, such as we are going through right now with COVID-19, our sense of time changes. This year, it feels as though first part of the year has gone by quickly. The Thanksgiving holiday is already upon us, and it won’t be much longer for the winter holidays to follow. We have finished the tenth week of distance learning.
With the long weekend, it’s a natural time for us to take a moment to appreciate what’s great about Yujin Gakuen and why I am proud to serve you and the school community.
We are pleased with our students who connect online every day ready to learn. They provide us all a daily reminder of why do the work we do and what is really essential.
We are grateful for the support of our parents in building an excellent community for our students. We are also thankful that our parents have kept the trust and confidence in us even through these unusual times. They continue to leave their most valuable ones with us. We have parents who work hard and advocate to be a partner in their children’s education, safety, and well-being. For this, we will always be so thankful. We are also grateful for our PTO who enthusiastically provide so much to our school.
We are grateful for the staff who care about student success and have the best interests of our students in mind. We see dedicated and hard-working individuals going above and beyond to make sure that great things happen in our school. They do make a difference, and our students benefit from those efforts.
I would like to wish all of you and your families a healthy, relaxing and safe Thanksgiving break with family and loved ones!
Updated Family Contact Directory
This is an updated Contact Directory with more families included a s of 11/24/20. As the pandemic continues and social distancing restrictions are in place, we will need to be creative and support our community to stay connected, while remaining safely quarantined. Teachers will continue to find creative ways for our children to connect during school hours. We continue to encourage you and your children to connect with other families outside of school hours by using Facetime (free for Mac product owners -only 2 participants at a time), Zoom (free -allows multiple people to participate at once), Skype (free -only 2 participants at a time), and even phone calls.Supervision may be required during virtual ‘play-dates’, similar to how you may check in with kids when in the backyard together. The directory includes all families who chose to share their contact information, whether it be a phone number, email or both. Some families chose to share additional contact for other family members as well, and is noted with the relationship to the child. We listed only the information that was shared on the Google form survey.
Site Council Meeting Notes
The Site Council meeting notes are posted on the YG website. Please click the linked Site Council notes for information on what was discussed. Site council general information is posted at this link: Site Council, and meeting notes are posted at this link. Thank you to all the people who participated.
Family Check-Up Service
- Increase parenting skills
- Encourage positive behaviors and set limits
- Improve how to work with children’s emotions, and
- Set parenting goals
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.
Story Time with Naoko Sensei
Last spring Naoko Sensei read stories and shared them with the school community during distance learning. We will be sharing these again so new students can view and listen to these stories and returning students are able to view them again. We will be sharing additional stories each week until winter break. Click the linked stories below to view the stories:
Thank you, Naoko Sensei, for sharing these stories with us.
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.
Technology Appropriate Use Expectations
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.
Calendar of Events
November 26 (Th) – Thanksgiving Day – No School
November 27 (W) – No School
December 3 (Th) – Supply Pickup
8:00 – 12:00, AM Pickup
12:30 – 4:00, PM Pickup
December 17 (Th)
3:00-4:00, Site Council Meeting
6:30-7:30, PTO Meeting
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