YG Family Newsletter – December 16th, 2021

YG Family Newsletter – December 16th, 2021

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen,

We are approaching the end of 2021 and the end of a very unusual year. At this time last year, we were completely in online learning. We moved to hybrid, then back to online. Fortunately we are back to in-person learning. We still face some challenges with COVID protocols, students in quarantine, and uncertainty about when we will get back to “normal.” Through it all, we managed to maintain a positive outlook and a renewed focus on fostering our students’ social and emotional well-being. Our staff have been very focused on social-emotional learning, and it has paid off as our students have been very well mannered and respectful.

I want to take this moment to extend my thanks to our PTO and to our families who have been amazing partners. Your support getting students to school on time, ensuring they turn in their homework, and communicating with our teachers is very much appreciated. Your fundraising and donations have helped us to make the best of a challenging year. We are forever grateful for your generosity.

In the spirit of the holiday season, I wish you and your families a warm, safe, and joyful winter break. Thank you for supporting Yujin Gakuen. Happy holidays, and have a wonderful new year!


Yours sincerely,
Kocho Sensei

Please see below for announcements.

New Hire Documents - San Rafael Employees

2nd Grade Japanese Teacher for Fridays

As you know, Naoko Sensei has been teaching Monday through Thursday each week. Jody Garratt was officially hired to teach Japanese on Fridays for the rest of the year. We are fortunate that Jody is a native Japanese speaker. Students will recognize her, since she has substituted in our 2nd grade class this year. She works well with our staff, and she has been quick to learn our system at YG. Jody is also a YG parent and has been very supportive of our school before her recent hiring.

Please welcome Jody Sensei to our staff.

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Winter Weather: Be In the Know

4J offers families many ways to find out when hazardous weather impacts schools or bus routes • NO NEWS = NO CHANGE

The weather is mild right now, but winter is coming. There are several ways to find out when hazardous weather conditions close or delay schools or alter bus routes.

How to find out if there is a change: 

  • Text message from the district (if you are not currently receiving occasional text messages with important information from 4J, learn how)
  • Check the district website,
  • Follow 4J social media: FacebookTwitter @4Jweather & @4Jschools
  • Tune in to local radio and television news stations

No news = no change. School closures and other changes are decided early in the morning and announced by all of these methods before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedules, there will NOT be an announcement.

Connect With Kindness 

Our students have been encouraged to practice small acts of kindness every day. Scott Sensei has set up the ‘Time for Kindness’ calendar so students can accomplish small acts of kindness for themselves and others this winter season.

Please check out the calendar below so they can continue to their efforts.

Below is a link to some fun music videos talking about kindness:

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Amazon Smile- YG PTO

Not all YG Families may not know that our YG PTO is listed as a charity through Amazon Smile. If you would like to make a donation to YG, please consider making it through Amazon Smile.

Thank you for supporting YG and our PTO!

2022-2023 School Choice Information

It’s almost time for School Choice. If you know anyone who would be interested in Yujin Gakuen, please let them know that we are a public school, and encourage them to apply for a seat.

School Choice Request Periods:

  • 4J resident transfer request lottery: January 1 – January 31, 2022 (Link to choice request form will be provided on January 1, 2022.)
  • Non-resident transfer request lottery: March 1–31, 2022
  • Post-lottery transfer requests: May 1 – December 9, 2022 (tentative)
    • December 9, 2022 through March 31, 2022 by request to (tentative) Contact the school choice office at for information.

More information about School Choice, including the school choice schedule of virtual tours is available at:

Kindergarten Seats Still Available for This Year!

If you know families who might be interested in enrolling their kindergarten students, we still have slots available. If families are kindergarten students are considering YG for next year, it would be helpful for the student to start learning Japanese as soon as possible.

If you know anyone who might consider enrolling at YG, please encourage them to call Kocho Sensei: 541-790-4640.

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Community Resources for Food Boxes

Please see the below attachment for a community resource guide for food boxes, food pantries, meal sites, etc.

Community Food Resources (1)

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MOD Pizza Fundraiser 

Hello YG families!
SAVE THE DATE – ThursdayDecember 23rd, MOD Pizza is donating 20% of all Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders to Yujin Gakuen PTO. Grab lunch or take the night off from cooking and enjoy a meal out for a good cause! MOD Pizza accepts orders online using the promo code GR212903Y or in store mentioning Yujin Gakuen PTO. Find more details here: .
Thank you for your continued support!  Have a great break and happy holidays!

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 – home for 48 hours after or release by healthcare provider

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

Parenting Through Change

Parenting through Change (PTC) is an evidence-based, hands-on, 10-week group for caregivers of children with difficult behaviors. Participation in PTC will enhance existing skills, as well as offer hope, support and new parenting strategies.

PTC IS FOR: Parents of elementary school youth who would benefit from support in managing their children’s behaviors and increasing school success.

GROUP MEETING DETAILS: 90 minute, weekly virtual (Zoom) meetings for 10 weeks.

WHY JOIN?: Receive support from fellow parents, learn new skills in a low-stress environment, and earn incentives for attending!

ELIGIBILITY: Open to ALL families in Lane County.

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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.


PTO Meeting- December 16th, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
1) Kocho sensei report
2) Treasurer’s report
3) T-shirt vote and order update
4) Fundraiser reminder
Thank you for supporting our PTO!

Free Meal Boxes

Sign up by Dec. 15 for free youth winter break meal box

Winter break is coming, and so are winter break meal boxes. Families with youth 18 years old and younger can request a free meal box with seven days of heat-and-serve meals and snacks to eat during the school break. The meal boxes can be picked up from Dec. 15–17 and are available at no cost for all youth, regardless of income, while supplies last.

Free meals for all students will continue to be provided at school on school days for the rest of the school year.

Mobile Food Pantry

4J hosts weekly regional food pantry for families

The district is partnering with FOOD For Lane County to provide 4J families in need weekly access to a free mobile food pantry.

The food pantry will be set up at a 4J school location every Wednesday afternoon through February.

4J families can visit any pantry site regardless of where they live or which 4J school their student attends.

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Last Day Before Winter Break

Monday, January 3, 2022 – No School – Teacher Professional Development

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – School Resumes

Thursday, January 13, 2022 – School Choice Virtual Tour – 3:30-4:30 pm

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 – School Choice Virtual Presentation – 6:30-7:30 pm

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