YG Family Newsletter – February 23, 2023

YG Family Newsletter – February 23, 2023

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen:

This has been a short but busy week. Please enjoy this week’s newsletter, though a little later than usual.

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for supporting Yujin Gakuen.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Masaru Piowaty

Principal, Kocho Sensei
Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary
Eugene School District 4J  |  541.790.4640


Early Release

Friday Early Release at 1:45 PM

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

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It’s also Wacky Hair Day tomorrow! Get creative with Wacky Hair Day and show off your wacky hairstyles

Winners of the OBOB Competition

Congratulations to Astoria, McKenzie, Heather, Sekai, and Maisie, who won this year’s OBOB competition. Their team name is Big Steps: The Year We Did OBOB and they go on to the Regional Competition March 11th. Way to Go!

Spring Intern

We have one Spring intern from Waseda University. Her name is Aina Najima and she is a Junior learning linguistics and very interested in immersion education.
She arrived February 14th and will stay until March 15th.
We are so glad to have an interns as we did before pandemic and hoping to have more for fall intern next school year.

Hi YG Families!


Your first chance to buy the newest YG apparel is at the end of tonight’s PTO meeting! The meeting will be in the cafeteria starting at 6:30. 

T-shirts and hoodies are available in sizes youth x-small through adult 3x. T-shirts are $15 and hoodies are $30. We can only accept cash, check, and Venmo. 

Additionally, volunteers who worked the UO beverage booth during the 2022 football season can pick up their shirts tonight. 

Details about future sale dates will be announced soon. Please reach out to with any questions. 

Thank you for your support!

Laura Whitney is on a leave of absence, and she is not checking her email at this time.

If you need to report an absence via email, please send your email to: or call the school at: 541-790-4606.

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YG is participating in Popcorn Fridays!
It is a quarter per bag, with max 4 bags per student. Teachers will collect money and a total number of bags.
The 5th graders will be collecting the money and the order sheet around 9:00 AM. Popcorn will be delivered to students right before school is out.

Volunteer Opportunities | Alexander City Alabama

Volunteer at Yujin Gakuen

Many of our parents asked what steps they need to take to volunteer at school. Please see the links below or visit the 4J webpage “Volunteer in the Eugene District 4J.”

As a parent or guardian, you may wonder how you can get involved in your child’s education. One great way to do this is by volunteering in the Eugene District 4J schools. Volunteering offers many benefits for both you and your child. It’s a great way to meet other parents and get to know the teachers and staff at your child’s school. It can also be a fun and rewarding way to spend some time with your child.

If you’re interested in volunteering, there are a few things you need to do. First, you’ll need to complete a background check. You can find more information about this on the 4J website. You’ll also need to complete a mandatory training session. Once you’ve done these things, you’ll be ready to start volunteering.

So why not give it a try? Volunteering is a great. See the links below to get started or visit “Volunteer in the Eugene District 4J.”

Volunteer Application and Guidelines: 

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Substitute Job Opportunities for Eugene School District

Do you know someone who would be interested in subbing for the Eugene School District? Click the link below to search job opening for the Eugene School District!

Wondering About Winter Weather?

How to know if schools are closed or delayed • No news = No change 

Learn More | Text MessagesStaff Info

When winter weather makes conditions hazardous, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. The school district decides early in the morning whether there is a need to change the school schedule or bus routes. These decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

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 on social media: FacebookTwitter @4Jweather & @4Jschools
  • Tune in to local radio and television news stations

If there is a school closure or other change, the school district will announce it before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

Parents of students who ride school buses that have alternate snow routes have been informed of what to do. Snow route information is available on the snow routes page.

If school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance will be honored.

*Note: It is impossible to guarantee text message delivery 100% of the time, and it is possible your alert may be delayed or blocked. If you are concerned about the weather and have not received a text alert by 6:30 a.m., check the 4J website, social media, radio or TV for information about closures, delays or snow routes.

Learn more
Snow routes
Information for staff
Información en español

Free Recycle Clip Art Pictures - ClipartixElectronics Recycling Competition (ERC)

Our school will be participating in an electronics recycling competition! The Lane County schools that recycle the most pounds of “e-waste” will win. E-waste examples include: microwaves, TVs, printers, old cords and cables, cell phones, computers, and audio/visual equipment. Please, no plastic, non-electronic items such as toys or vacuums.

Our donate box will be in the front of school during the week of March 20th – 24th.

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 24 – Wacky Hair Day

Friday, March 17 – No School, Staff Workload Relief Day

March 27-31 – Spring Break

Monday, April 3 – No School, Professional Development/Planning Day

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