Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen,
I had delayed this week’s newsletter, partly because it was a busy week, but also because we had some late breaking news regarding plans for the last week of school. There are some important changes families need to know. We will provide details in the newsletter, but families should expect communication from the district soon.
We also found out late this week that we will be able to hold some events on-site. We have not had time to plan these events, but information will be shared with families as soon as we develop our plans.
Thank you again for your patience as we continue to make changes, and thank you for continuing to support Yujin Gakuen.
School Pictures – Updates
No Pictures on Monday – We received reports from some parents that they received email from Lifetouch informing them that there would be make-up school photos scheduled on Monday, May 31st. That information is inaccurate. We do not have school on Monday, and we do not have pictures scheduled.
School Pictures on Site a Possibility – We just received permission to hold school pictures on site. We are not allowed to be in the building, however. Instead, we will be able to take pictures in the west parking lot, where the last school supply pick-up was held.
We are working with Lifetouch to schedule school photos in the week of June 7th. We do not yet know the details on what dates and times they are available, but we want families to be aware so they can plan accordingly. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Last Week of School – June 14 – June 17
There are some important changes in the last week of school. These changes are meant to balance the week’s live instruction so that both cohorts get an equal amount of time in the final week. Please note the changes below.
Monday, June 14 – This will be a regular day for students in Cohort A and Cohort B.
Tuesday, June 15 – Cohort B will have its live instructional time instead of on Thursday. Cohort A will have asynchronous instruction, the same schedule they usually have on Thursdays.
Wednesday, June 16 – All students will have instruction as usual for Wednesdays; however, we are planning additional activities. More information will follow as we develop the plan for that day.
Thursday, June 17th:
Grades K – 4 – Asynchronous work will be assigned.
Time Frame for Thursday June 17- 8:45 – 11:00 am
Mask Mandate Update
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have released new guidance regarding face coverings for schools and school-related activities. The changes allow school districts to opt to loosen some requirements at sports activities, outdoor events, and for fully vaccinated adults when students are not present. ODE and OHA have been clear that individual school districts may continue to require masks universally at all times.
After careful consideration, Eugene School District 4J will be loosening some face covering requirements, under certain circumstances.
There is no change for students during the school day.
Students will continue wearing face masks during the school day, both indoors and outdoors, including during recess, PE, arrival and dismissal times.
With school ending in three weeks, each cohort of students has just a few more school days on-site. Staying the course with face masks during outdoor activities provides our students and staff with needed consistency and predictability, and the least amount of disruption to learn and adapt to new protocols in the limited time remaining.
Our district has also had few COVID-positive cases and virtually no school spread with face masks and other health and safety measures in place. We want to finish the school year strong and healthy.
There are changes for high school sports outside the school day.
• Outdoor sports and events outside the school day: Face masks are now optional for all participants, including student athletes, coaches, spectators. This also applies to events such as high school graduation ceremonies. All physical distancing and capacity restrictions still apply, until there is a change in state rules on these measures.
• Indoor sports outside the school day: Face masks are optional for student athletes and coaches who are fully vaccinated and have verified their vaccination status. Face masks remain required for all spectators, and for any athletes and staff who have not provided proof of full vaccination status.
There are changes for staff only when they are not around students.
School staff will continue wearing masks around students during the school day, indoors and outdoors. Starting next week, face masks will be optional for staff working outdoors only when no students are present, and indoors only when no students are present and the staff member has been verified to be fully vaccinated.
People are considered to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving their second vaccine dose.
Everyone—students, families and staff—should feel comfortable and welcome to continue wearing masks in circumstances where it is optional, such as graduation ceremonies. Please be courteous and respectful of others and their choices in these circumstances. Thank you for your continued support.
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. This last Wednesday, May 26, we celebrated Hat Day.
June 2nd: YG Day (wear your YG/Kelly gear) – This coming Wednesday we will be dressing up with YG and/or Kelly Gear! Wear YG or Kelly colors.
Site Council Elections
We received an application for parent representative for site council. Lisa Heyamoto is a parent of two students at Yujin Gakuen. A copy of her application is below: Lisa Heyamoto Site Council Application Rebecca Hart, who has been serving on our site council, has volunteered to serve for another year. There are two positions.
To cast your vote, please use the linked poll.
We will hold a special site council meeting on June 3rd, 3:00-4:00pm, to determine membership and to follow up from yesterday’s meeting. The agenda will be posted in next week’s newsletter and the zoom link will be sent by email. For more information see our Site Council page on the YG website.
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:
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.
Hard Copy Applications: KITS Summer Program Application- hard copy (English)
For questions or assistance, please contact Alicia Longoria at 541-790-7230
Free Meal Box Pickup for Children and Youth
School meals will not be available at the school this week or until further notice. Families can pick up weekly meal boxes Wednesdays from one of the six other sites between 12:45 and 2:15 p.m. The closest meal box pickup site is:
Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Drive, further north off River Road.
The other five locations are Kennedy, Cal Young, Monroe, Roosevelt and Spencer Butte Middle School.
If you prefer, you can email email@example.com and let them know you want to pick up a meal box later in the day (up to 6 p.m.) at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., or request to make other arrangements.
- Recognize someone at risk
- Ask a person about thoughts of suicide
- Support a person in seeking help
- Offer hope
Calendar of Events:
May 31 (M) – Memorial Day – No School
June 1-June 4 – Outdoor School for 5th Grade
June 2 (W) – Spirit Wednesday – Wear your YG or Kelly gear
7:00-9:00, 4J School Board Meeting
June 3 (Th)
3:00-4:00, Site Council Meeting
6:30-8:00, 5th Grade Parent Information Night for Kelly MS
June 11 (F) – Grading Day – No School
June 14 (M) – Regular day
June 15 (T) – Same Schedule as if Thursday
Cohort B live instructional time.
Cohort A asynchronous instruction.
June 16 (W) – On-Site School Event (TBD)
June 17th (Th) – Half Day: 8:45 – 11:00 am
Grades K – 4 – Asynchronous work will be assigned.
5th grade only – Activities on-site.