YG Newsletter – February 11, 2021

YG Newsletter – February 11, 2021

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen:

We had some news from 4J this week, and I am sharing some information in this week’s newsletter about our plans for hybrid and same school online. This is change from what families were expecting, but we hope it is viewed as an improvement. Families will have one more opportunity to change their pathway.


February 11th commemorates the foundation of Japan as a nation. For more information see: National Day of Japan.

Thank you for supporting Yujin Gakuen.


Thomas Piowaty
Kocho Sensei

Eugene School District 4J Return to Learning

Potential Timeline for Hybrid Instruction

Families Contacting Other Families

We want to continue to encourage families to use the student contact directory: 友人学園Yujin Gakuen Public Japanese Immersion School_20-21. However, please understand that some families want to maintain their privacy. When parents see another parent on a Zoom session, we ask that you refrain from making contact on Zoom and check the directory to make sure the family wants to be contacted.

iPad Reset Instead of Return

If a student iPad is not working, have them reset the iPad before suggesting they return it. Most issues can be resolved this way. The linked How to Reset an iPad Quick Sheet (English and Spanish) provides directions how to do this and guidance on setting up the iPad after it has been reset.

Headphone Distribution – Thursday, February 18th, 2021

We were not planning to distribute more supplies this month; however, we received a shipment of headsets with microphones. So, we will be making these available for pick up next Thursday afternoon. Families will be able to pick these up in the south entrance, while still maintaining physical distancing. Note: unlike the supply distributions, the headphones will need to be picked up in the afternoon.

Time: 12:30 to 4:00pm

Families who cannot pick up in the afternoon may contact the office to make arrangements to pick up an another time if they cannot pick up at the designated time.

Site Council Meeting – February 18, 2021

The YG Site Council will be meeting next Thursday, February 18th, from 3:00 to 4:00pm, via Zoom. The zoom link will be sent to families via email next Tuesday afternoon along with more information from the last site council meeting in January.


  • Stakeholders Reports
    • Admin
    • Teachers
    • Classified
    • Families
  • Old Business
    • Review draft work plan for the year
  • New Business
    • Continue to refine and develop the plan

More information about the site council can be found on the YG website:

PTO Meeting

The YG PTO will be meeting on Thursday, February 18th, from 6:30 to 7:30pm. The zoom link will also be sent to families via email and text message Tuesday afternoon. Hope to see you then.

Preparing Students to Return to School

Mark your calendars! We will be holding another family Zoom meeting on March 2nd, from 6:00 to 7:00pm. The topic for this meeting will be preparing students to return to school, knowing that some students will be excited to be in school, while others may be concerned about safety during the pandemic. Some students may feel both excited and concerned. Scott, Naoko Sensei, and Kocho Sensei will meet with families to discuss this and ways to help students address both.

We will also be sharing photos (and perhaps video content) of the common areas and playground for families to view. More information, including the zoom, will be shared in the coming newsletters.

Black History Month Resources

February is Black History Month. If you are interested, these are the resources that we shared with teachers. Some of these may not be appropriate for your child, depending on the age, but we are providing these for families for reference.

Information on the origins of Black History Month:
• Video: How Black History Went From a Week to a Month
• Article: Black History Themes
• Article: The Man Behind Black History Month

On Teaching:
How to Be an Anti-Racist White Educator
What Anti-Racist Teachers Do Differently

Black Youth Leaders and Activists:
• Past: Youth in the Civil Rights Movement
• Present: Young Black Activists, Young Black Leaders and Creators Making History Today, Amanda Gorman

Black History Month 2021
For 2021, the BHM theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. There’s obviously such a wealth of resources to work with here, but these are a few books related to this theme:
• Read-aloud: Me and Mama
• Sony Animation: Hair Love
• Read-aloud (there are many other ones on this YouTube channel): We March

Other Resources:
Virtual History Journeys
Celebrating Black Leaders

There are many other resources available: Rethinking Schools, the Zinn Education Project, and Facing History and Ourselves to name a few.

K-8 LatinX Family Listening Session

Mark you calendars! We will be holding a combined K-8 listening session for Yujin Gakuen and Kelly LatinX or Spanish-speaking families.

Date: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Meeting held via Zoom: Link to be sent via email

Spanish-Speaking families are invited. More details to follow in the next newsletter.

Presidents Day is a Regular School Day

In past years, Presidents Day was a no-school day, but this year it was changed to a regular school day in order to make up one of the days in September (14-16) when school was closed due to poor air quality.

4J Calendars

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

Calendar of Events

Feb 12 (F)
3:00-4:00 – YG Family Movie Night, Totoro, Part I
Feb 15 (M) – Presidents Day – Regular School Day

Feb 18 (Th)
12:30-4:00 – Headphone Pickup

3:00-4:00 – Site Council Meeting
6:30-7:30 – PTO Meeting (regular meeting)

Feb 23 (T)
6:30-7:30 – K-8 LatinX Family Listening Session

Feb 26 (F)
3:00-4:00 – YG Family Movie Night, Totoro, Part 2

March 15 (M) – Potential First Day of Hybrid Instruction

March 22-March 26 – Spring Break

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