YG Family Newsletter- September 15, 2022

YG Family Newsletter- September 15, 2022

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen,

We are finishing our first full week of school, and we have been very busy teaching students their routines and expectations. Students are doing well and are excited to be back in school. Speaking of “back to school,” the big event this week is tomorrow’s Back to School Picnic, sponsored by our PTO. All families of Yujin Gakuen are welcome to attend. This will be a great opportunity to build community and to have a lot of fun. We hope to see you there!

Thank you for supporting Yujin Gakuen. 🌸

Yours sincerely,

Kocho Sensei

P. S. Tomorrow is our first Friday spirit day! Sports day, wear sports gear or colors to represent your favorite team!

Back to School Picnic

Our fabulous PTO is so excited about this event and have pulled together a few extra activities to help celebrate not only the beginning of the school year, but also our first picnic in 2 years and at the new location. The usual hotdogs, chips, and drinks will be provided, as well as shaved ice this year. There will be two inflatable slides and an obstacle course with DJ Robo providing tunes for dancing.

The picnic will be held this Friday, from 5:30-7:00. All families of Yujin Gakuen are invited to attend.


There will be parking available in the three parking lots, labeled “west, NW, and NE” lots. Overflow parking is available at Howard Elementary School. See photo map for parking locations.

Early ReleaseEarly Release at 1:45 PM

Here’s a friendly reminder that Friday is early release. Students are released at 1:45 PM.

Thank you for picking up your child on time!

Kindergarten Information Night

Parents of kindergarten students are invited to an orientation and information session tomorrow (Friday), just before the BBQ and Picnic. This will be an opportunity for new families to learn about the “YG Way” in kindergarten and to get an overview of what will be taught in the year, how parents can support our goals, and what to expect regarding homework. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of our staff and administration. We look forward to seeing our kindergarten families in person.

See details:

Date: Friday, September 16th
Time: 4:30-5:15
Location: Cafeteria
Childcare: Provided by YG staff

Curriculum Night - BATON ROUGE CENTER FOR VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTSCurriculum Night – Thursday, September 29

6:00-6:40, Grades 3,4, and 5
6:45-7:25, Grades 1 and 2

Parents and guardians are invited to visit your classroom teachers, onsite in their classrooms. This will be an opportunity to learn about

  • the general flow of a typical day
  • classroom expectations
  • homework policies
  • how families can support their child’s learning
  • introduction to the curriculum

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of our staff and administration. We look forward to seeing our kindergarten families in person.

6,485 Parking Lot Illustrations & Clip Art - iStockParking Lot Reminders

The parking lot is for families who want to walk their child to the building entrances during arrival or who wish to meet their child at the end of the day at dismissal.

If a student arrives before the doors open at 8:20 AM, they will wait in their car or stand on a sidewalk spot by the main entrance. Families dropping students off by car are encouraged to park in the west parking lot. This greatly reduces traffic congestion in our parking lot.

Curbside Pause Parking Reminders

In the mornings, students may be dropped off along the curb. At the end of the day, drivers can pause park along the curb to pick up their students when they come out at dismissal. Please note the following expectations for pause parking:

  • Drivers must remain in their cars at all times.
  • Drivers should pull forward as space becomes available.
  • Drivers should NOT stop in marked crosswalk areas.
  • When getting in or out of a car, students must use the door on the sidewalk side. Students should never get in or out of a car on the driver’s side. It’s unsafe for the student and it slows traffic.
  • Drivers must remember to ALWAYS yield at the painted crosswalks and sidewalks.

Thank you for being patient and understanding as we coordinate our drop off and pick up procedures and the associated traffic. We expect to see some “hiccups” as we get started, but things will move along smoothly after the first week or so.

If you have questions about the arrival and dismissal procedures, please contact the office at 541-790-4606. Thank you for supporting Yujin Gakuen.

55,086 School Supplies Illustrations & Clip Art - iStockStudent’s Personal Items

Students should bring minimal personal items to school (backpack, coat, device, possible cold lunch). All personal items should be labeled with your child’s name. All toys should be left at home.

Student Services & Special Education / Student Attendance

Student Attendance and Tardies

One of the most reliable predictors of school success is regular attendance. Absences for any reason result in lost instruction time. We know that students who fall behind often become discouraged learners. It is our hope that we can work together to encourage your child’s regular attendance and success at school. We understand that there are many factors in your lives that make it difficult, at times, for your child to be in school or on time. However, it is important that we work with you to reduce these to an absolute minimum. Class activities start promptly in the morning. This morning class time is one of the most important times of the day. When a child comes in late, not only have they missed valuable class time, it is disruptive to their classmates.

When your child is going to be late or absent from school, please call the attendance line at 541-790-4606, before 8:45 a.m. and inform the office staff. You may leave a message on the voice mail, if calling before office hours. Please leave the name of your child, their teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence. It is extremely important that this be done, as every child must be accounted for on a daily basis. As a friendly reminder, according to Oregon Truancy Regulations, if your student has eight unexcused half-day absences in any four-week period, you will receive a letter from the school notifying you of our attendance concerns. Please understand that if irregular attendance continues, we will be obligated to make a referral to a truant officer for further investigation.

September 28th PTO Meeting

YG PTO Meeting Thursday, September 22nd @6:30 PM in the cafeteria.

We are once again allowed to conduct in-person PTO meetings and our first meeting of the year will be Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.

Come to our parent group meetings to learn how you can help the first few days of school, hear about plans for the year, and receive an update from the principal.

Note: childcare will be provided in the gym.

Site Council Meeting – Thursday, Sept 22 @3:15

You are invited to our first site council meeting of the year. Meet our new site council members, and learn about our goals for the year.


Stakeholders Reports

  • Admin – Staffing Updates, Planning for 2022-2023
  • Teachers –
  • Classified – 
  • Families –

Meet Parent Representatives

  • Marissa Kettelhodt
  • Mark Blaine
  • Sarena Cook

Conducting Part I of a School Level Needs Assessment using the Oregon Integrated Systems Framework. – Continue next fall

More information about the site council can be found on the YG website:
Friday is our first spirit day of the year! The theme will be “Sports.” Wear sports gear or colors to represent your favorite team!

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 16 – Early Release
Spirit Day – Sports Theme
4:30-5:15 – Kindergarten Orientation in the Cafeteria

5:30-7:00 Back-To-School BBQ and Picnic at Yujin Gakuen

Thursday, September 22
3:15-4:00, Site Council Meeting on zoom
6:30-7:30, PTO Meeting in the Cafeteria

Friday, September 23 – Early Release

Thursday, September 29 – Curriculum Night
6:00-6:40, Grades 3,4, and 5
6:45-7:25, Grades 1 and 2

Friday, October 14 – No School
Professional Development and Planning Day

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