YG Newsletter – May 6, 2021

YG Newsletter – May 6, 2021

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen:

I want to thank the PTO and other families who brought food and gifts for staff in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. I know our staff felt very well taken care of. Thank you for your support.

As we approach the end of our first week in May, I’m reminded that the end of the year is fast approaching. This year, the passage of time was very odd. It feels as though we just got started, having been in hybrid for about a month. Now, we have the end-of-the-year tasks ahead, spring assessments, state testing, and we will also be adding school pictures later this month. This will be a busy month for us. 

With all that’s happening this year, I hope students are well and enjoying the change in weather and longer days.

Thank you for supporting Yujin Gakuen.
Thomas Piowaty
Kocho Sensei

Earth Day 2020 – 50th Anniversary |
Earth Day, Every Day
Small Shifts, Big Impacts: Learn about waste prevention at home
The 4J/EWEB Education Partnership (4J/EEP), the City of Eugene and Lane County have come together to provide a home waste prevention education component for 4J elementary families. For the past several years, 4J has received a waste prevention education grant focused on food waste with the Love Food Not Waste Program. With more time at home, it is a good time to learn more about preventing waste at home, what can be recycled & where and more. Shifting to greener choices, helps us help the planet! More info can be found on 4J/EWEB Education Partnership’s No Time to Waste page.
Note: If there are items you don’t need/want, share with a friend or return to the school and we can redistribute them. 

Materials bags include:
-Reusable bulk/produce bags
-Bilingual Curbside composting info
-Bilingual Recycle Right info
-Bilingual Produce Storage info
-Lane County Recycling Guide (Note:Spanish copies are from 2019-the new guide is out soon)
-An Apple isn’t just an apple zine for kids (English and Spanish)
-EWEB grant-Water is Life stickers 

Free Meal Box Pickup for Children and Youth

Beginning May 5, Eugene School District 4J will provide 4J students and youth 18 years old and younger free grab-and-go meal boxes every Wednesday in place of the weekly food box delivery.

The weekly meal boxes can be picked up between 12:45–2:15 p.m. at all 4J middle schools, except Arts & Technology Academy.

Each meal box contains four “heat and eat” breakfasts and lunches, plus five dinner meals. Vegetarian, no gluten, reduced-fat milk/soy milk options, and other dietary restrictions or allergen options are available.

When:  Wednesdays, May 5-June 30, 12:45-2:15 p.m.

Use Main Entrance When Late to School

We are having some students arriving late, after 8:45 and after the south gate is closed, and entering through the west entrance, where our first grade students enter.

When students arrive after 8:45 am, they need to be dropped off at the main entrance. The doors to the south and west entrances will be locked.

Every Wednesday for the rest of the school year YG will be having “Spirit Wednesday!” Every Wednesday over Zoom students will be able to dress up as much or little as they’d like to celebrate the designated theme.

College Spirit Day - Tri-Valley Middle School

This last Wednesday, May 5th, we kicked off Spirit Wednesday with PJ and Stuffy Day. This coming Wednesday, 12th, we will be celebrating College Day! Students are encourage to come dressed in their favorite college accessories and colors.

The Wednesdays to follow:

May 12th: College Day (sport your favorite college accessories)
May 19th: Favorite Animal/Book Character (bring a favorite book or stuffy)
May 26th: Wild Hat/Hair Day
June 2nd: YG Day (wear your YG/Kelly gear)

Lifetouch Panoramic Picture This Monday - SCVi, iLEAD's Founding School

School Pictures 

Mark your calendars! We have approval for Lifetouch to be on our school campus to shoot photographs of our students and staff.

Students in Cohort A will have their pictures taken on Tuesday, May 18th
Students in Cohort B will have their pictures taken on Thursday, May 20th
Students in Same School Online will schedule pictures on Wednesday, May 19th

The picture taking process will be touchless this year, and in addition to following their own safety protocols they will follow 4J safety protocols as well.

Some safety measures to keep in mind:

Lifetouch employees will remain in the designated picture taking area at all times.
As a part of their “touchless” process Lifetouch employees and staff will not be touching kids, fixing hair, etc.
There will be no parent volunteers to assist with the process.
Face coverings must remain on until the student is instructed to remove it. Once the picture is taken, the student will immediately put their face covering back on.

Here is a link to the LifeTouch website where photos can be ordered: 


Site Council Elections

We are approaching our May Site Council meeting, and it’s time to elect new parent representatives. Last year, with the change to online learning in the spring, we did not hold elections, and the parent members on site council agreed to continue serving this year.

We usually have two parent representatives on site council, each on a two-year term but staggered. This year, since we did not hold elections last year, we will be asking for one parent to serve a one-year term and the other parent to serve for two years.

If you are interested in being on site council, please download and complete one of the following:

Please submit your application by May 12th. Candidates can send their applications via email. If anyone has difficulty with printing and sending applications, please contact the office at: 541-790-4640.

Applications should be sent by email to: Or, paper copies can be dropped off at the office.

We will hold an election, announcing our candidates in the May 13th newsletter and counting votes at our May 20th Site Council meeting.

For more information see our Site Council page on the YG website.

Supply Pick-Up – SSO

We will be holding another supply distribution for students who are assigned to Same School Online. This is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Since this is the same date when students in SSO are getting their class photos taken, students can pick up their supplies when the come for photos. Please stay tuned for information to come regarding the picture schedule.


The Eugene Kids In Transition to School (KITS)  summer program is intended for students who will be entering kindergarten in Fall, 2021.

During the KITS program your kids will:

  • Learn to make friends & cooperate
  • Build beginning reading & counting skills

You will:

  • Learn skills to reduce parenting stress
  • Learn how to connect with your child’s school

At this time, we plan to have KITS centrally located at Chávez Elementary School, and will run 3 days a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays  for 2 hours from June 29, 2021 through August 19, 2021.

Morning and afternoon options available:

9:00 – 11:00 AM
12:30 – 2:30 PM

KITS is free and open to all incoming Kindergarten students! We encourage all interested families to apply! Families will be notified about the status of their application by the start of June .

Included in this email are details for Eugene KITS Program 2021 to share with incoming Kinder families, and a KITS interest form for families to sign up. KITS is for incoming Kindergarten students, it is free, and all families from all schools are welcome.

Digital Application Links:

KITS Summer Program Application 2021 (English)

KITS Summer Program Application 2021 (Spanish) …coming shortly

Hard Copy Applications:

KITS Summer Program Application- hard copy (English)

For questions or assistance, please contact Alicia Longoria at 541-790-7230

Breakfast and Lunch Menu for the Week of May 3rd

Breakfast Menu – Week of May 10
Lunch Menu – Week of May 10

All the breakfast and lunch menus are available at this link:

You will need to find Kelly Middle School & Yujin Gakuen Elementary in the pull-down menu.

4J Calendars


Calendar of Events

May 12 (W) – Spirit Wednesday – College Day

May 18 (T) – School Picture Day for Cohort A

May 19 (W) – School Picture Day for Students in SSO
Spirit Wednesday – Favorite Animal/Book Character
1:00-4:00, State Assessments for Students in Cohort A and SSO
7:00-9:00, 4J School Board Meeting

May 20 (Th) – School Picture Day for Cohort B
3:00-4:00, Site Council Meeting
6:30-7:30, YG PTO Meeting

May 26 (W) – Spirit Wednesday – Wild Hat/Hair Day
1:00-4:00, State Assessments for Students in Cohort B and SSO
7:00-9:00, 4J School Board Meeting

May 31 (M) – Memorial Day – No School

June 1-June 4 – Outdoor School for 5th Grade

June 2 (W) – Spirit Wednesday – Wild Hat/Hair Day

June 11 (F) – Grading Day – No School

June 17 (Th) – Last Day of School (half day)

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