YG Family Newsletter-October 14th, 2021

YG Family Newsletter-October 14th, 2021

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen:

I wish I could tell you this was a nice, typical week of school, but by now you probably heard that two of our teachers are not going to be back after October 18th. Second grade families were informed yesterday. It was a big blow for our 2nd grade students and for our community at Yujin Gakuen, and many tears were shed.

Monica Sensei has been teaching at Yujin Gakuen since 2016. She also worked as an education assistant briefly, and she is a proud alumnus of YG. During the time I have worked with her, I found her to be gracious and gentle with students,  professional and highly respected by her peers and families. She made a huge impact on our community, and I have had the pleasure of seeing her outdo herself every year. We will miss Monica greatly.

Kumiko Sensei has had a long career teaching at Yujin Gakuen. She started in 1993, just a few years after the school had started. She served as a mentor to our newer Japanese teachers. In my time working with Kumiko Sensei, I have had the greatest respect for her. She runs a “tight ship,” students follow her expectations, but she has the skill set to command respect from her class, yet be very gentle and kind. We will miss Kumiko and her warm spirit in our halls.

I am happy to announce that Maran Sensei will be coming back from her leave-of-absence to teach 2nd grade English. She will start right on Monday. Most of the the students had Maran as a teacher in first grade, and this will help ease the transition from Monica Sensei.

Second grade families are invited to meet with me on zoom for a question and answer session regarding our plans for 2nd grade.

Thank you all for supporting Yujin Gakuen. Have a nice 4-day weekend.

Yours sincerely,
Kocho Sensei

Please see below for announcements.

Calendar Change: No-School Day October 18

All 4J schools will have a non-student day on Monday, October 18. This will be a staff work day and students will not attend school. The school board approved the calendar change in their meeting last night. For more information, see the 4J webpage: Calendar Change: No-School Day October 18.

No School Days in November - Waters Elementary

Site Council Meeting – October 21, 2021

Welcome and Reconnect
Stakeholders Reports

  • Admin:
  • Teachers
  • Classified
  • Families

Questions or concerns raised by Parent Groups

Old Business:

More information about the site council can be found on the YG website:

A Message From Our PTO:

Dear YG Community,

We are in need of 6 more volunteers for the Oregon Football Game this Friday evening against California. Volunteers will be staffing concession stands in the stadium and will need to be there by 5pm with a valid OLCC permit, ID, and mask. Information on obtaining an OLCC permit can be found at the YG PTO website here:

If you would like more information, please email the PTO at

To sign up, please go to:

This is our biggest fundraiser every year, and we appreciate all the help that staff and parents provide. Some items that the PTO has helped fund recently:

·Taiko Drums
·Japanese Intern
·School Mural

Thank you,

Yujin Gakuen PTO

Yujin Gakuen Directory

Dear Yujin Gakuen families,
We understand that during this time of our continued COVID precautions, it can be more challenging to meet parents from our school community and help foster connections for our children outside of school. If you would like to be included in our YG directory this year, please use this Google Link to share your contact information and we will organize these into a PDF that will be emailed to our YG families.

A Message From Our School Counselor:

All emotions are normal, though not all reactions to emotions are acceptable. The Zones of Regulation curriculum aims to help children become more independent in the process of regulating their emotions, and consequently better equipped to stay focused in the classroom, on the field, or in your home.

Our classrooms at Yujin Gakuen help our students manage their own emotions, and tune in to others’ emotions by teaching, and reviewing the Zones of Regulation. This system of identifying emotions, and then choosing a corresponding strategy to stay focused is an important life skill across many settings.

Below are a few of the posters that teachers have in the classrooms to promote emotional literacy, and we encourage you to post these in your home to offer a consistent tool at school and at home.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at,, or 541-790-4623.

The Zones of Regulation – Chirnside Primary School

School Counseling/Social Emotional Learning / Zones of Regulation

BEGINNING STRINGS for Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade – Registration starts Oct 18th!

String Academy is a fun and exciting opportunity for your child to learn to play the violin, viola, cello or bass! The Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO) is once again offering this wonderful program online. Teachers are experienced professionals with a passion for bringing the joy of music to young students. Our online program includes fun and educational activities to keep children engaged and learning! And we provide the instruments!

Watch this fun String Academy Video of our teachers playing songs and introducing instruments!

• Online classes meet twice a week over Zoom starting November 1st either M/W or TuTh.
• Times available: 7:25-8:10 am or afternoons 3:45-4:30 pm or 4:30-5:15 pm.
• Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Income-based scholarships available!


Find out more and sign up here:

String Academy opens the door to the joy of making music, with benefits that can last a lifetime!

Dress for the Weather

Mornings are getting chilly and now with a little drizzle, so please help your child dress for the weather when they wait lined up outside in the morning and for when they go out to recess. This will help to ward off colds and illness.

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Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Breakfast and lunch menus are available on the 4J Menu Website. Make sure you filter to Kelly/YG.

REMINDER: Nut Free Home Lunches & Snacks

Home lunches or snacks need to be “Nut Free,” meaning to peanut or tree nut products, such as

• Peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, etc.
• Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
• Granola Bars with nuts
• Cookies with nuts
• Trail Mix with nuts
• Cereal with nuts
• Or any products that contain nuts

In normal times we can have nut free tables at lunch for students with allergies, but that is not possible this year.

Eugene 4J is recruiting Educational Assistant to support students and schools!

Eugene School District 4J is actively recruiting for educational assistants to support many of our schools and programs.

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference? 

  • At 4J we consider all employees to be educators. Educational Assistants are a key part of student academic success as well as a support for the operational needs of schools.  Educational Assistants are actively engaged with students and staff and make positive impact every day.

In addition to a positive work environment, benefit eligible position start at just 4 hours per day and provide time off when students are home during winter, spring, and summer breaks!

District benefits include:

Educational Assistants work under the direction of licensed staff to provide instructional support and supervision to students. Minimum qualifications include:

  • Have a high school diploma or the equivalent;
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • After hire educational assistants may be required to pass a basic skills test within the first seven months of employment.

Join 4J in supporting our students’ academic excellence and school experience. Click here to see all positions and to apply!

Keep Schools Safe, Stay Home When Sick

Check for wellness each day before coming to school

To help everyone at school stay healthy, students and staff need to be healthy when they come to school. If your student is feeling unwell, or if they or anyone in their home has symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable diseases, they need to stay at home.

Symptoms that should keep a student home include:

  • Fever of 100.4º or higher
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

If your student has any of these symptoms, please keep them at home and call your school’s attendance line.

If your student has been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19, or is waiting for test results to check on COVID symptoms, please keep them home and notify our office.

If your student has a chronic health condition that could look like COVID symptoms—including conditions that cause a cough or shortness of breath, such as asthma or allergies—please talk to our nurse and document it in their health history, or they may be sent home from school if they are showing these symptoms.

Thank you for helping students and staff stay healthy in our school buildings. More Information: Health & Safety Protocols

See Flyer Below for information on 4J’s Black Student Parent Night:

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Upcoming Events

Friday, October 15, 2021 – No School
Staff Work Day

Monday, October 18, 2021 – No School
Staff Work Day

Thursday, October 21, 2021
3:15-4:00, Site Council Meeting on Zoom
6:30-7:30, YG Site Council Meeting on Zoom

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Regular School Day
Parent Conferences in the Evening

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – No School – Parent Conference Day

Thursday, November 11, 2021 – No School – Veterans’ Day

Friday, November 12, 2021 – No School – Parent Conference Day

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