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Summer Update – August 17, 2021

Summer Update – August 17, 2021

Aug 17, 2021

Dear Yujin Gakuen staff:

I hope you are still enjoying your summer break, and I don’t expect many staff to read this in the middle of August. However, some of you may be interested in knowing more about what to expect in the coming weeks. Principals just received a professional development calendar this Monday, and some of the information will need to be filled in at a later time.

For staff who are new, I will try to send one long message to all staff once a week. During the school year, I usually send it out Saturday night or Sunday morning. Some staff will read the newsletter Sunday morning, while others will read it when they start work on Monday. My expectation is that staff read the newsletter by Tuesday each week.

Contents

Staffing – Interviews Scheduled Thursday and Friday

Inservice Week Schedule

Open House, Kindergarten Transition, and COVID Protocols

Kindergarten Transition

Building Access

Protected Teacher Planning Day – Update

Online Learning Options for 2021–22

Teacher Resources

BrainPop Free for 4J

Free Webinar: Dispelling the Myths: Critical Race Theory

Teacher-Parent Communication Strategies to Start the Year Off Right

Repeat – Report to Work Dates:

Repeat – Inservice Week Schedule

Calendar of Events

Staffing – Interviews Scheduled Thursday and Friday

Kindergarten English Teacher – As you know YG lost Robin Sensei to Holt and we will need to hire a new kindergarten teacher. She was a very involved teacher and parent while she was at YG. It will be very hard to replace her. We have interviews scheduled for Thursday afternoon. I am hopeful that we will be able to move to hire the candidate by Friday.

First Grade English Teacher – We are also interviewing for the first grade English position. This is also temporary as Maran retains her job rights to this position.

The kindergarten and the first grade interview teams combined since there was a lot of overlap between the kindergarten and first grade applicants. The first grade interviews might be easier than the kindergarten, since we have one candidate we have confidence in working with. I’m hopeful that we will have both positions hired before August 30th

Inservice Week Schedule

Principals have had time to learn most of the information we need to share during in-service week except for COVID protocols. We were expecting the COVID protocols to be shared with principals on Tuesday. I received some information regarding visitors on campus, but I am waiting to hear about breakfast and lunch and cohorting.

My goal for inservice week is to provide the necessary information for all staff, and provide time for staff to prepare for the start of school. I am willing to put off some things until the first weeks of school, but staff will need to juggle ….

My general plan is for Monday to go over items more relevant to licensed staff and on Friday to go over items relevant to both licensed and classified staff. For Tuesday the following week, I went ahead and deleted the afternoon meeting time, but will leave the morning meeting on the calendar just in case there are any lingering items we need to go over.

 

Open House, Kindergarten Transition, and COVID Protocols

These were on the calendar, but now with some new COVID related safety measures, some events need to be postponed or done virtually. Here’s a summary of what we can expect.

  • Face Masks Protocols – most staff have heard already that masks must be worn while working indoors during school hours regardless of vaccination status.
  • Visitors, Volunteers, and Contractors – As was the case last year, visitors are not permitted to come inside the building. Open House will need to be outdoors or virtual. We will not be holding a Open House as usual. More information will be shared next week.
  • Field Trips are not permitted until further notice.
  • Breakfast and Lunch – protocols are still being worked out. I don’t expect to hear from 4J admin until next week.

 

Kindergarten Transition 

The guidelines and expectations for kindergarten transition are still being worked out, but we do know that the expectation is for the transition to be all day, 8:30 to 3:00, on Sept. 9th.

Building Access

The 850 Howard building is accessible to staff at this time; however, a team of custodians are in the process of putting furniture back into the classrooms from storage. Fortunately, the items were still labeled, which made it easy to put items away. By the end of the week, most furniture will be in their classrooms.

Waxing will be done during the week of August 23-27, but the waxing will be scheduled to be done after 5PM.

Protected Teacher Planning Day – Update

The hour of protected planning & prep for licensed staff will be on Mondays this year. No meetings will be scheduled on Mondays, including IEP and 504 meetings. Early release will still be on Fridays with 2 hours of professional development and PLC meeting time on those days.

Online Learning Options for 2021–22

You may have heard about the Online Learning Options for 4J. If not, see Back to School: Online Learning Options on the 4J website.

  • Elementary school: 4J K–5 Connect — Online classroom learning on a set schedule, offering a combination of real-time teaching and independent learning opportunities. The school day is planned from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Friday (1:45 p.m. early release on Fridays).

 

  • All grades: Eugene Online Academy (EOA) — Independent, asynchronous learning on a flexible schedule and regular check-ins with 4J teachers.

These programs will be districtwide, with fewer online students expected than last year. Online learning will not be linked to individual 4J schools nor will it offer special programs such as language immersion. Students will be able to return to their regular school at the term change or next year.

Submit your request by August 23 if you want your student to learn online this fall. Requests received by August 23 will be accommodated if possible. Later requests may be accepted if space is available.

Request Online Learning Enrollment (open August 13–23)

Teacher Resources

BrainPop Free for 4J

4J has a free trial for BrainPop. The trial ends in December, and I think the district will probably purchase a license if a lot of teachers make use of it.

Free Webinar: Dispelling the Myths: Critical Race Theory

Misael Flores Gutierrez shared information about a FREE zoom webinar entitled “Dispelling the Myths: Critical Race Theory in K-12 Schools,” hosted by Project Humanities out of Arizona State University. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Teacher-Parent Communication Strategies to Start the Year Off Right

Allan, the principal at Holt, shared this with his staff, and I think it’s a good resource to help us foster strong parent engagement. This Edutopia Article includes good ideas for beginning the year with a strong foundation of parent-teacher interactions.

Repeat – Report to Work Dates:

  • Elementary Secretaries – Monday, August 16
  • Licensed Staff – Monday, August 30
  • Education Assistants – Thursday, Sep 2, 2021

Repeat – Inservice Week Schedule

Here’s a draft of the Inservice Week Schedule, at a glance.

 

Calendar of Events

 

Date Day Time Event/Activity Comment
Aug 30 M 8:00-10:00

10:00-11:30

12:30-4:00

Building Welcome Back

4J Keynote – Keith Jones (Zoom)

4J Learning for All

Teachers report for duty
Aug 31 T 8:00-11:30

12:30-4:00

4J Instructional Tech (Zoom)

Acceleration (Zoom)

Sept 1 W 8:00 – 4:00 Teacher Planning Protected
Sept 2 Th 9:00-11:00

12:00-4:00

12:00-4:00

District Kick Off

ELA Adoption

SSD Staff in Meeting

EAs report for duty

Teachers/EAs

Sept 3 F 8:00-4:00 Building PD, Schedule

K-2 ENG Teachers Hegerty Training

Times and locations TBA
Date Day Time Event/Activity Comment
Sept 6 M Labor Day – No School
Sept 7 T 8:00-4:00 Building PD, Schedule Schedule TBA
Sept 8 W 8:00 – 4:00 Teacher Planning Protected
Sept 9 Th Transition Day – Kinder

Open House – Meet Your Teacher

Times TBA
Sept 10 F First Day of Instruction for Students

 

 

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