YG Newsletter – May 27, 2021

YG Newsletter – May 27, 2021

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.

Thomas Piowaty
Kocho Sensei

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.
5th grade only – There will be activities on-site. Cohort A & B, they can both attend school, but must remain separate from each other.

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.

Spirit Wednesday

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:

  • 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.

Digital Application Links:
KITS Summer Program Application 2021 (English)
KITS Summer Program Application 2021 (Spanish)

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 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.


Message for 4J Parents
Last week, Superintendent Cydney Vandercar invited staff to share their thoughts on priorities for one-time federal funding the district expects to receive. This funding will be used to help safely reopen schools and address the pandemic’s impacts on our students’ academic, social, emotional and mental health needs.
Please take 5–10 minutes to share your thoughts, if you haven’t yet! The survey is open through May 31

Erin’s Law
Erin’s Law requires that elementary schools share information with students during the year to ensure our students are aware of safe and unsafe touch, and the safe people who they can talk with in their community. Below are web addresses for age-appropriate, Protect Yourself videos that will be posted via Seesaw the in the next few weeks. Included is a snapshot of the main ideas presented in the videos, which could be displayed in a prominent place in your home. Also, listed below are age-specific guidelines for talking with kids about preventing sexual abuse. These are being sent out in advance so you have time to review prior to your children seeing these on Seesaw as a required assignment. Hot Chocolate Talks – Parent Resource Guides:
Barbara Sinatra videos for grades K-3:
Please contact Counselor Scott if you have questions:, or (541) 933-5669

Oregon Asian Celebration
The Oregon Asian Celebration is excited to partner with another long-standing Asian cultural heritage event- the Obon and Taiko Festival on July 31 for a day-long celebration of Asian cultural heritage festivities. 
If you would like more information, go to:

Suicide Prevention Training for Families

Yujin Gakuen families are invited to attend a free training on QPR Suicide Prevention being presented by 4J School District and Lines for Life. Suicidal ideation and attempt has increased among children 8-17, and all members of the community can play a huge role in helping those at risk.
QPR is an evidence-based suicide prevention curriculum that stands for “Question, Persuade, Refer” and teaches community members to:
  • Recognize someone at risk
  • Ask a person about thoughts of suicide
  • Support a person in seeking help
  • Offer hope
To sign up for the free training, please click on the sign up link. 

For additional information, please visit the QPR Institute website or view the QPR Introduction video.  We look forward to seeing you at the training.

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Overview for Families
This introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving training provides a foundation for parents interested in learning CPS- an evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behavioral challenges. This group will meet once a week for eight weeks. Registration is required.
June 1
June 8
June 15
June 22
June 29
July 6
July 13
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
If you are interested in the Oregon Family Support Network Training Program, please contact Frankie with any questions or concerns.

4J Calendars

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.


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