YG Newsletter – January 28, 2021

YG Newsletter – January 28, 2021

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen:

Today is the final day of the first semester. Remember that tomorrow is a grading day for teachers, and that means no school Friday. With half the school year done, families (and staff) are likely wondering when we will finally start hybrid. That’s still not determined, but it is encouraging that staff are beginning to get vaccinated for COVID-19, including staff at Yujin Gakuen. The sooner our staff will receive vaccinations, the sooner we can return to normal.


Thomas Piowaty
Kocho Sensei

Report Cards – Update

In last week’s newsletter, in the calendar section, we showed that report cards would be sent home on February 8th. Since last week, there has been a change in how and when we will send home report cards. Instead of being emailed report cards on February 8th, families will be able to pick up printed report cards at the supply pickup, scheduled for next Thursday. Please see announcement on Supply Pick-Up – Round 5 below for more information.

Report cards for non-custodial parents or parents who have shared custody will have a second set of report cards (standard and Japanese) included in the supply bags; however if you need the report card emailed or mailed separately, please contact Karen in the office to let her know you need a report card sent separately.

Supply Pick-Up – Round 5

A reminder that the fifth supply distribution is scheduled for Thursday, February 4th. Note that report cards will be included in the supply bags.

Please see details below:

Date – Thursday, February 4th, 2021
Time – 8AM – 12:00pm and 12:30pm-4:00pm
Note – We will be closed from 12:00 – 12:30 for lunch
Location – YG entrance on the south end of the building, same as last time.
20 MPH Residential Speed Limit | Eugene, OR WebsiteThe “20 is Plenty” yard signs will be available upon request during the supply distribution on Feb 4th. Just let us know you would like one. There are plenty available.

Welcome Claryn Lindley

We are pleased to welcome Claryn Lindley, our new 6-hour education assistant. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon where she earned a degree in international business and a minor in Japanese, Business. Claryn spent a year studying at Senshu University and teaching English in Japan. Claryn speaks conversational Japanese and looks forward to being able to use her Japanese language skills at Yujin Gakuen. What a bonus for us!

Eugene School District 4J Return to Learning

New Teacher Hired to Support Hybrid

4J has hired a teacher to support Yujin Gakuen in making the transition to hybrid instruction. We are pleased to welcome McKenzie Zimbelman who will be joining our staff on February 2nd. McKenzie is a graduate of the University of Oregon where she earned a degree in Education and a minor in music studies. We will share more about McKenzie in next week’s newsletter.

What will Hybrid Look Like for YG?

At this time, we do not yet know exactly what hybrid will look like, but we have some preliminary ideas, but there are still some decisions that need to be made by the 4J Operations Team, including the schedule, how hybrid students in the week they are learning from home will receive instruction, and how students who are in Same School Online will connect with the classes in which they started the year.

Our goal is to keep students connected with their classrooms, including Same School Online, as much as possible. While some students will have a different teacher than the one they started with, we will find ways to keep them connected with their same-grade classmates. We want to thank everyone for their patience as we continue to watch the local metrics and await a decision on a start date for hybrid learning.

2021–22 School Choice Information

School Choice Request Period:

  • 4J resident transfer request lottery: January 1–31, 2021. The request form is available January 1 at 8:00 a.m. and closes January 31 at 11:59 p.m. Lottery to be held by February 15, 2021.
  • Non-resident transfer request lottery: March 1–31, 2021

School Choice for YG Siblings

Student who has already enrolled at Yujin Gakuen will not need to apply for School Choice again next year. The only exception is for students who move out of the 4J boundaries.

If you have a younger sibling and you want your child to enroll in kindergarten next year, remember that you still need to apply for the younger sibling for School Choice. See information below about School Choice and the application process.

Yujin Gakuen School Choice Video

Last Thursday, we held a presentation for prospective families who were interested in learning more about Yujin Gakuen. We heard that families of students who are already here would appreciate watching the video of our staff describing our program at each grade level. If you would like to view the video, please click below:

YG School Choice.mp4

If you know anyone who might be interested in Yujin Gakuen, please share the video and encourage them to visit our website for more information.

4J Calendars

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

Calendar of Events

January 29 (F)Grading Day – No School

February 1 (M)Second Semester Begins

February 3 (W)
7:00-9:00, 4J School Board Meeting

Feb 4 (Th) – Supply and Report Card Pick-Up
8:00-12:00 morning pick-up
12:00-12:30 – closed for lunch
12:30-4:00 – afternoon pick-up

February 8 (M) Report Cards Sent Home via Email

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