YG Newsletter – February 25, 2021

YG Newsletter – February 25, 2021

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen:

They say it’s better late than never. Sorry for sending this out late. Have a good evening, and hope to see you during Friday’s dance party and Totoro movie.

Welcome New Teacher at Yujin Gakuen

Connie Powell is joining Yujin Gakuen to support our students in hybrid and SSO. Connie recently taught at the Chinese Immersion School. I asked Connie to share a little about herself, and she shared this:

A little about me …

I came to Eugene as a University of Oregon student studying Business Management. I finished school, began a career at a travel agency, got married and had two children (a girl and a boy). I took a brief ‘retirement’ to stay at home with my kids and did significant volunteer work at their school as well as lead a girl scout an a boy scout group. My children (who are now grown) attended the Spanish Immersion School.

I worked as an educational assistant at 4j for 5 years before going back to school to get my teaching license and ESOL endorsement (English speakers of other languages.) I worked 13 years in the Salem Keizer school district teaching grade first through fifth, before returning back to Eugene to teach these past 5 years. I’ve recently taught first and second grade at Chinese Immersion.

Other things about me are that I have had two exchange students from China and an exchange teacher from Thailand who lived with me when I was in Salem. My husband and I had the pleasure of going there to visit them and their families before moving back to Eugene. We love to travel and learn about new cultures, (still in my blood from my travel agent days) and also exploring the culture and beauty that surrounds us in our own back yard. My husband and I seem to always have some kind of home improvement project going on and enjoy spending as much time as possible with our grandchildren (who live out of the area).

It takes a village to raise a child and I encourage family involvement and in non-pandemic years welcome classroom volunteers. I’m looking forward to getting to know the children and families at Yujin Gakuen Immersion and can be contacted by email at (

YG Family Movie – Totoro, Part II

Friday, 2/26/2021 @3:00PM – Join us for a dance party the first 10 minutes, followed by the 2nd part of My Neighbor Totoro. Thank you, Heidi Isashita for sharing the Totoro Vocabulary list.

We will also draw red ticket winners again, but please raise your digital hand when you hear your name!

YG Family Zoom Meeting –
Preparing Students to Return to School

We will be holding another family Zoom meeting on March 2nd, from 6:30 to 7:30pm. 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.

Supply Pick-Up – Round 6

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, March 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.

Site Council Meeting – February 18, 2021

The YG Site Council met last Thursday, February 18th, and developed a work plan and set of goals. This document is in draft form and will be revised in time for the next site council meeting March 18th.

A copy of the work plan is available for families to review:

Site Council Work_Goals Document Rev 2_18

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 26 (F)
3:00-4:00 – YG Family Movie Night, Totoro, Part 2
4:00 – Hybrid and Same School Online Class Lists Sent to Families via Email

March 2 (T)
6:30-7:30 – YG Family Zoom Meeting – Preparing for Return to School

March 9 (M) – Students in Hybrid pivot, preparing for in-person learning while Same School Online transition to SSO teacher

March 4 (Th) – Supply Distribution – Round 6
Time – 8AM – 12:00pm and 12:30pm-4:00pm

March 9 (T)
6:30-7:30 – YG and Kelly Latino Family Zoom Session

March 15 (M) – First Day of Hybrid Instruction

March 22-March 26 – Spring Break

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