YG Family Newsletter – November 10th, 2021

YG Family Newsletter – November 10th, 2021

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen:

We had a very short week for students with only two days of instruction this week. Teachers have two long 12-hour days, but fortunately, we get a break for Veteran’s Day and a long weekend. With the holiday falling on Thursday, we are sending this newsletter out a day early.

I hope all is well for you and your families.🍁

Yours sincerely,
Kocho Sensei

Please see below for announcements.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/teacher conferences have begun. Many of you have already had your conference, but several are happening today.

Welcome New Staff

Please welcome Mike Zimmerman. He is the new campus monitor who supervises in the hallways before and after school. Mike is serving both schools so he is a staff member at YG and Kelly MS. Mike started last Wednesday, and many of our students have already had the opportunity to talk with him. Mike is a former marine and also studied Japanese in college. He is a great addition to the YG and Kelly staff.

Dave Alderson was recently hired as our new day (and head) custodian. We are very fortunate to have Dave here in the building. He has a lot of prior experience as a school custodian. He has been doing an amazing job of keeping up with all the demands of the job. He shared recently that he is impressed with how well-mannered and respectful our students are. It was a pleasant surprise and not what he was expecting.

Facilities Updates: Cherry Trees

We had cherry trees delivered and planted today. See photos below.

Six trees were planted, each about 6-8 feet in height. The are Kwanzan flowering cherry trees (pink) and the others are the Mount Fuji flowering cherry. See photos below to see what they might look like when they mature.

Portable Building for Kelly MS:

The second portable building was delivered and placed on site. They will be ready for use in December and provide two additional classrooms. See photos below.


Site Council Meeting – November 18, 2021

3:15-4:00 pm, Zoom link to be shared next Tuesday

Stakeholders Reports

  • Admin
  • Teachers
  • Classified
  • Families

Old Business:

New Business: Share 4J’s plan to support student learning

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

PTO Meeting – November 18, 2021

6:30-7:30 – Zoom link to be shared next Tuesday

1) Kocho Sensei Report
2) Treasurer’s Report
3) Tee shirt update
4) Auction options and dates
5) Q&A
Dear wonderful YG families,
The PTO needs 13 volunteers for the Duck game this Saturday!  We will be working our usual beverage booth.  Please sign up here:
This game is sponsored by the kindergarten!  Any parent of a kinder will earn an extra $25 towards their class.  This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and our awesome teachers.
If you have any questions or would like more information, email the PTO at .
Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm!
Yugin Gakuen PTO

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Pasta Drive Through Kelly Middle School

Katie Herzberg-Hachimoto, a current parent of a YG student and a teacher at Kelly Middle School is hosting a pasta drive to support the Eugene Mission. Please encourage your students to bring pasta and/or sauce to place in the food drive bin that is outside of the main office.

The pasta drive will go through Monday, November 15th.

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U of O Concession Booth Helpers Needed!


Dear YG Families,
The PTO is looking for volunteers for the Oregon Ducks football game on SaturdayNovember 13th against Washington State. Volunteers should arrive at the stadium by 4:30 PM with gates opening at 5:30 PM. This game is sponsored by the kindergarten class. Any parent or guardian of a kindergartner that volunteers can earn their class an extra $25.
Please sign up at here:
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email the PTO at .
Thank you for your support!
Yujin Gakuen PTO
Lifetouch Picture Retakes October 9th - Parker Middle School

Picture Retake Day

Lifetouch will be coming back to the building for our picture retake day. Our retake day is Friday, November 19th.

If your student was absent on picture day or would like to retake their photo, November 19th will be their opportunity!

If you would like to order photos that your student previously took, you can go to:

And use this access code: EVT49V2VB

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 Nurse Robin Sensei:

Health Screening- December 10th, 2021


Our vision screening this year will be Friday, December 10th during the school day for grades K-3. This vision screening will be done by a “Spot Test” with the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation volunteers and does NOT take the place of a thorough eye examination by an eye health specialist, as serious or eye health problems can be missed.  If the results of the vision screening indicate your student needs a thorough eye exam, you will be notified of results after we receive them, generally 2-4 weeks after the screening date. The volunteers are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Our dental screening this year also will be Friday, December 10th during the school day, for grades K-5. This is an oral health screening, a quick look, and DOES NOT take the place of a complete examination by a dentist. Serious oral health problems may be missed in a brief visual screening. The screening is performed by the Community Health Centers of Lane County, Dental Prevention.  Additionally, if an authorization for Dental Hygiene Services was returned, the Dental Prevention Program may offer a fluoride varnish treatment during the screening. There is a possibility that dental insurance would be billed, as mentioned on their consent form.

Tutoring for BIPOC Students

The NAACP is hosting free tutoring sessions for our BIPOC students through the Science Factory. If you are interested in having your student attend, check out the flyer above.

Black Student Parent Night

Lane ESD’s African-American Black Student Success Program’s Parent Night event will be on November 16th, 2021 from 6-7:30 PM.
Here is the agenda for the event with the Zoom link for parents to log in. This is a space of support, updates, and resources for families.

Choose Your Learning Location

There are three learning pathways available to 4J students this school year:

Families may request to change between these programs at the change of term.

For elementary students, January 10th is the deadline to submit change requests for Semester 2, which begins January 31st.

If you want to change your student’s learning pathway for the second term of the school year, please complete and submit your request form by the deadline for their grade level. Submit a separate form for each student.

ONLY complete the form if you want to make a change. If you want to continue with your student’s current enrollment, you do not need to respond.

Schools could be closed November 24th & January 14th if approved by School Board  

Información en español

4J schools may be closed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 24th, and the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 14th, if the school board approves the change. These would be no-school days for students and full work days for district staff.

4J prioritizes student learning time, but also must prioritize staff being prepared to support student learning time. The days would provide critically needed planning, preparation and administration time for staff addressing COVID-related needs and ongoing staffing shortages as well as their regular workload, so they can continue to make our schools safe and stable and serve students as well as possible.

The school board must approve changes to the school calendar. The board will discuss the proposed change on November 3rd and is slated to vote on whether to approve it at the next meeting on November 17th. Families will be notified of the decision.

School Calendars

Upcoming Events

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

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

Thursday, November 18, 2021
3:15-4:00, Site Council Meeting
6:30-7:30, YG PTO Meeting

Friday, November 19, 2021 – Picture Retakes

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – Potential Teacher Work Day (TBD by School Board).

Thursday, November 25, 2021- No School – Thanksgiving (no COVID-19 testing through U of O)

Friday, November 26, 2021- No School – In observance of Thanksgiving 

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