YG Staff Newsletter – April 18, 2022

YG Staff Newsletter – April 18, 2022

Dear YG staff,

I hope you had a good weekend. If you were one of the families who celebrate Easter, I hope you had a good time with your families.

Items of Note

Guest Teachers and Substitutes

Jemei continues to be out this week, and Alison will be her substitute.

Tuesday – Amanda, Kenji, and Mary will have substitutes in the afternoon. Scott and I will be joining them in a work session.

Wednesday – I will be leaving early, around 1:30, for a medical appointment.

FridayTaylor will be out and Stephen Cole is covering her classes.

Volunteer Appreciation Week

This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week. It would be a good opportunity to recognize Tom Mohr for all that he does for our community each year. He has been volunteering for YG for as long as I have been working here. Please let him know how much his presence is felt and what an impact he has had on all of us at YG.
Fire Drill – Tuesday, April 19th @ 9:20AM
If weather permits, we will hold a fire drill in the morning, but we will postpone if weather continues to be wet and cold.

Proposed School Calendar for 2022-2023

Calendar key dates: The proposed 2022–23 school calendars will be considered by the school board Wednesday, and the vote on approval is slated for the next regular meeting on May 4. Key dates are shared below and calendar details will be sent out to staff and families once calendars are approved.

Tentative Key Dates for Students:

• Orientation Day for Grade 9: Tue., September 6
• First Day of School (Except Grades 7 & 8): Wed., September 7
• First Day of School for Grades 7 & 8: Thu., September 8
• Winter Break: Mon., Dec. 19–Mon., Jan. 2 + Tue., Jan. 3 (staff work day)
• Spring Break: Mon., March 27–Fri., March 31 + Mon., April 3 (staff work day)
• Last Day: Thu., June 15 (or later if weather makeup days are needed) 

The elementary and middle & high school calendars will be finalized when approved by the school board this spring.

Friday Professional Development Follow-Up

Japanese teachers missed the presentation on SB 13 on Native American Education. See linked items below:

SB 13 Update for K-5 Slides and Zoom Recording (Passcode: iK56V=S2)

LETRS Introduction Slides and Zoom Recording (Passcode: iK56V=S2)
LETRS Sign-up Form
ELA Adoption FAQ, answering questions from the February ELA Update Video


PD on the Fly and Library Connection


SSD Learning For All PD – Linked here is the SSD Slide Show shared with licensed SSD staff last Friday, as well as a Recording of the Zoom (access code: 8Uyz9i?Q) and the questions/comments from the chat.

Summer Job Opportunities w/KITS – KITS emailed that they are looking for KITS Site Supervisors, KITS Lead Educators, and KITS Parent Group Facilitators. Job posting close this Sunday, but if you missed that deadline, let me know and I can reach out to the KITS Coordinator on your behalf.

Self-Harm Community Event – 4J is hosting a Self-Harm: Suicidal/Non- Suicidal Self Injury Community Event on April 25 from 6-7:30pm in the Sheldon Auditorium to learn what to do when your child exhibits signs of cutting, what it means, and where to seek help.

April is National Poetry Month – This month is National Poetry Month. If you looking for any classroom resources, you can start at Reading Rockets, Read Write Think, or Edutopia.

District Admin Updates – David Hulbert has been hired at the new principal for Edison starting next school year. Also, Peter Tromba, principal of Spencer Butte Middle School, has accepted a high school principal position in Asheville, North Carolina. See this email for more information.

A New Resource for Free Digital Field Trips – This Edutopia Article shares how the Museums for Digital Learning was developed in partnership with teachers and provides curated material on a variety of subjects. They have resource kits and ebooks sourced from museums across the country. It has materials for kids at all grade levels. Create a free account and check it out!

A Day at a Japanese School

If you recall I was visited by a gentleman who is applying for a job at the UofO. His children lived in Japan and went to school there. He stopped by and gave me some DVDs of a “day in the life” of a 5th grade student attending a Japanese school. There are scenes of his daughter and son, singing songs, having lunch, and cleaning up the school. I was finally able to make a copy that I could share with staff. See linked video below:

A Day at at Japanese School

Upcoming Events

April 18 (M)
3:00-4:30, Tom to Schoolwide Suicide Risk Screening & Safety Planning Information Session
4:30-5:30, Tom to All Admin Meeting

April 19 (T)
3:15-4:00, PBiS Meeting
5:30-6:30, Kindergarten Orientation on Zoom

April 20 (W)
9:00-11:00, Tom to Elementary Principals Meeting
1:30, Tom to leave for medical appointment
5:30-6:30pm, 4J School Board Work Session (Zoom)

April 21 (Th)
3:15-4:00, YG Site Council Meeting on Zoom
6:30-7:30, YG PTO Meeting on Zoom

April 22 (F) – Earth Day
2:00-3:00, PLC/PD

April 25 (M)

April 26 (T)
3:15-4:00, YG Staff Meeting
4:00-8:00, EXPO Secondary

April 27 (W) – Administrative Professionals Day
9:00-11:00, Tom to Elementary Principals Meeting
11:45, Opportunity to See Baby Chicks in Room 2
5:30-6:30pm, 4J School Board Work Session (Zoom)

April 28 (Th)
4:00-8:00, EXPO Elementary

April 29 (F)
2:00-3:00, PLC/PD
2:00-3:00, Takako, Scott, and Tom to North Region Vision Meeting

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