YG Newsletter – March 4, 2021

YG Newsletter – March 4, 2021

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen:

We have two more weeks before spring break, and staff and students are preparing for our transition to in-person, hybrid, learning and for some students to continue learning online entirely (SSO). Staff are both excited to see students back in the building, but they are also working hard to make the transition, having to plan for the change while also teaching their students full-time. We hope students and families are excited and preparing for in-school learning.

Families who have questions, please feel free to contact their teachers or the office.

Thank you for being patient and flexible as we continue to “roll with the changes,” and thank you for supporting Yujin Gakuen.


Thomas Piowaty
Kocho Sensei

At the March 3rd meeting of the School Board, 4J announced its timeline for Yujin Gakuen to complete its transition to our new location and for determining its future location.

The infographic above illustrates the timeline with the rest of this year’s focus being on preparing for our colocation with Kelly Middle School and determining our long-term location next spring. A retired administrator, BJ Blake, and Jeff Johnson, K-8 administrator, will be leading the transition.

Stay tuned for more information to follow.

YMCA Afterschool Care


The Y is excited to be able to provide afterschool care to our students on the days they will be in the building attending hybrid learning. Program will begin on-site March 29 or April 1st, depending on your group.  Registration opens on Monday, March 8.
For more information 

Financial assistance is available, register first and email us with regards to assistance.    We are looking forward to being back in the schools with you. 

VP Operations & Youth Development Director
Eugene Family YMCA
2055 Patterson Street, Eugene, OR 97405

Virtual Child Care Open House

Quality Care Connections is proud to announce our first virtual childcare open house! We are inviting child care providers to prepare a short presentation introducing their program to families in the 4J school district who are looking for care. See link flyer (English and Spanish).

When: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Where: Zoom and Facebook
QCC Facebook Page:

Zoom Link:
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: Free

Nominate “A Champion in Education” Today!

This school year is like no other. The pandemic has so greatly altered school operations and all aspects of our normal lives. Who is your champion in education through this year of unprecedented challenges? An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A caring school counselor or nurse? A problem-solving tech support staff member? A dedicated nutrition services staff member? A principal who is an inspirational leader?

Now is the time to recognize their contributions by nominating them for an ACE (A Champion in Education) Award!

To learn more and nominate a 4J employee, visit The nomination deadline is April 15.

One nominee in each of the three categories (teachers & licensed specialists, classified staff and administrators), will be named an ACE Award champion and win a $250 grant from the Eugene Education Foundation for the 4J school or program of their choosing. Every nominee will be recognized as an exceptional educator at the awards ceremony.

Join us in celebration of our amazing educators and cheer on the nominees at the virtual awards ceremony on June 3, 6–7 p.m.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact 4J Communications at

¡Nomina a “Un campeón de educación” hoy!

Este año escolar es diferente a cualquier otro. La pandemia alteró enormemente el funcionamiento de las escuelas y todos los aspectos de nuestras vidas cotidianas. ¿Quién es tu campeón de educación durante este año de desafíos sin precedentes? ¿Un(a) maestro(a) que te inspira? ¿Un(a) secretario(a) escolar que te motiva? ¿Un(a) consejero(a) o un(a) enfermero(a) de la escuela que es amable? ¿Un miembro del personal del servicio técnico que es resolutivo? ¿Un miembro del personal de servicios de nutrición dedicado? ¿Un(a) director(a) que ejerce un liderazgo ejemplar?

Ha llegado el momento de reconocer sus contribuciones nominándolos para el premio ACE (Un campeón de educación).

Para obtener más información y nominar a un empleado del distrito 4J, visita la página web La fecha límite para nominar es el 15 de abril.

Se nombrará campeón de los Premios ACE a un nominado en cada una de las tres categorías (maestros y especialistas licenciados, personal clasificado y directores) y se les otorgará una beca de $250 de la Fundación Educativa de Eugene que podrán usar en la escuela del distrito 4J o en un programa de su elección. Se reconocerá a cada nominado como un educador excepcional en la ceremonia de premios.

Únete a nosotros para homenajear a nuestros increíbles educadores y aclamar a los nominados en la entrega de premios virtual que se celebrará el 3 de junio, de 6:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m.

Si tiene preguntas o necesita asistencia, por favor comuníquese con el departamento de comunicaciones de 4J al 541-790-7707.

YG Family Zoom Meeting –
Preparing Students to Return to School

This past Tuesday, Scott Sensei, Naoko Sensei, and Kocho Sensei met with families to discuss:
Recent Updates to the Hybrid and SSO timeline.
March 15th – Kindergarten and First Grade Orientations: The beginning of hybrid instruction was pushed back to after spring break. During the week of March 15th, YG will hold on-site orientation for kindergarten and first grade students to provide a supportive start with small-group meetings.

Class Configurations: We discussed how each of the grades were configured in hybrid and Same School Online.Kindergarten and first grade in hybrid will continue with their same classroom teachers. Students in Same School Online (SSO) will have their English instruction with Maran Sensei. Takako Sensei and Sayaka Sensei will continue to plan lessons for their students in Same School Online, but Jeanne Sensei will deliver instruction to the SSO students on Zoom.

Students who have chosen hybrid in grades 2 and 4 will continue with their same classroom teachers. Our newest teacher, Connie Powell, will be teaching English for the students in Same School Online. Japanese teachers will continue planning instruction for their students in SSO, but Naoko Sensei will deliver instruction on Zoom.
In 3rd and 5th grades, students in hybrid and SSO will have their same teachers regardless of their pathway. Due to the small number of students who were in hybrid, we were able to configure hybrid classrooms to free up time for the teachers to also teach their students in SSO via Zoom.
Preparing Students For School: Scott Sensei discussed these topics:
Talking with your child
Realistic expectations and flexible thinking
Masks: preparing for wearing masks at school
Comfort items
Routines and rituals
Dress rehearsals
After school
Scott Sensei shared a list of Some things to consider in preparation for returning to hybrid school. He also shared a Map of the building and some key areas.
Inside Yujin Gakuen: We also showed a video (<— click here) of the inside of the building along with some cameo appearances by staff.

4J Calendars

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

Calendar of Events

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

March 15 (M) – K-1 Orientation Meetings

March 18 (Th)
3:00-4:00, Site Council Meeting
6:30-7:30pm, YG PTO Meeting

March 22-March 26 – Spring Break

March 29 – Kinder and First Grade – Hybrid and SSO Begins

April 5 – Grades 2-5 – Hybrind and SSO Begins

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