YG Family Newsletter – March 2

YG Family Newsletter – March 2

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen:

It was quite a day with Howard Elementary in Lockdown. Kelly and YG secure the building and kept all our students inside the building. The Secure Action lasted about an hour. Staff did a great job of quickly accounting for all our students and keeping the building secure. We held recess indoors in the afternoon, but other than that we went about business as usual. Fortunately, we got the All Clear sign around 2PM, and dismissal went about as usual.

I hope you all have a good evening, 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

What is the Secure Action? *

In case you missed the email today, here’s a brief description of a Secure action:

The Secure Action is what used to be known at a “Lockout.” A Secure Action is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building. Secure uses the security of the physical facility to act as protection.

During Secure, all students and staff are brought into the secure building and all exterior doors are locked.

Classes are able to continue uninterrupted inside the Building. Again, this was just a drill. There was no threat.

If you would like more information, you can learn more about our school safety protocols at:

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 School Employees Week

Classified School Employees Week is right around the corner on March 6-10.

Classified staff are the education assistants, custodians, nutrition service, and office workers who keep our school operations running smoothly and who provide supervision during recesses and lunch. While we recognize how important they are every day, this coming week is a great opportunity for you to give a shout out or a thank you to those who keep our schools clean and safe, provide nutritious meals for our students, keep school records and provide customer service to our families, and support our teachers and students in the classroom.

Benito Juárez, el presidente mexicano que terminó con los privilegios de la Iglesia

Benito Juárez Celebration

The Benito Juárez Celebration is an annual cultural community evening event we have organized at Kelly for 14 years. The last one before Covid was at El Camino Elementary. This will be the 15th anniversary and it is scheduled for Friday, April 7th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. We use the cafeteria and the small gym (YG’s gym)
The purpose of this email is to invite the YG staff, students, and community to be part of this celebration. Every year I use to bring posters to your old school and invite any teacher who was interested in being part of the program – taiko drums, dances, songs. One year we had our Japanese Immersion students perform a song, and under the direction of sensei, Jeannie Fuji, a variety of Japanese games. I will contact some of you directly to talk about your taiko drum group, but feel free to share any ideas you might have for the program.
In the past, I would talk to a number of parents and they offer home made Mexican food in the cafeteria for a dinner/social time before the entertainment program. This takes an enormous amount time and coordination, so this time Kelly will provide pizzas and we will ask parents to bring any dish/dessert/snacks/beverages, or any thing they like for a potluck-type dinner.
The Benito Juárez event has had between 150 to 400 people in attendance on any given year. My goal is to offer our River Road community an event where families of all backgrounds come together to the neighborhood school and share some food, music, dance, and interact with each other. It is also always my interest to showcase our two immersion programs as a united effort to teach the importance of a world community.
Thanks for your interest,
Fernell López
Human Services Coordinator
Kelly Middle School
Eugene School District 4J

Learn to Ride a Bike

A Free, All Ages, Drop-In Event! – Click here for flyer

Thursday, March 9 stop by anytime between 4:00-6:00pm|Bob Keefer Center, 250 S 32nd St, Springfield, OR

Do you or your child want to learn how to ride a bike? We’ll start with balancing and gliding without pedals or training wheels. Some will learn to pedal in one session, while others may need more practice to reach that final goal.

Join Willamalane; 4J, Bethel and Springfield Safe Routes to School programs; the City of Eugene; the City of Springfield and Shift Community Cycles for this fun event with pedal-powered smoothies, bike checks, information about bike share, and workshops for families and individuals of all ages on biking for transportation.

You don’t need your own bike to participate, but please bring a helmet and bike if you have one. Contact Safe Routes to School at (541) 228-0699 or with questions or to volunteer.

¡Aprende a andar en bicicleta!

¡Un evento gratis y sin cita, para todas las edades! Jueves, 9 de marzo, puede presentarse en cualquier momento entre las 4:00 – 6:00 pm Bob Keefer Center, 250 S 32nd St, Springfield, OR – Haga clic aquí para el cartel

 ¿Usted o su hijo quieren aprender a andar en bicicleta? Recibe instrucciones y la práctica necesaria para balancear. Comenzaremos con el equilibrio y el deslizamiento sin pedales ni ruedas de entrenamiento. Algunos aprenderán a pedalear en una sola sesión, mientras que otros pueden necesitar más práctica para alcanzar ese objetivo final.

¡Aprovecha la oportunidad y ven al evento! Únase a Willamalane; 4J, Bethel y Springfield Safe Routes to School; la ciudad de Eugene; la ciudad de Springfield y Shift Community Cycles para este divertido evento de hacer licuados usando los pedales como fuente de energía, revisión de bicicletas, información sobre bicicletas compartidas y talleres para familias e individuos de todas las edades sobre usar bicicletas como transporte.

No necesita su propia bicicleta para participar, pero traiga un casco y una bicicleta si tiene uno. Comuníquese con el programa de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela al (541) 228-0699 o por correo electrónico si tiene preguntas o para ser voluntario.

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!


Incredible INFANTS

Incredible INFANTS is designed for families with babies 1-4 months old. The group meets every other week for 10 weeks.

New Incredible INFANTs groups begin every 4-6 weeks. Your group will help you:

  • Form connections with other families with new babies.
  • Learn to respond to your unique baby.
  • Explore the importance of self-care and how your adult relationships have changed.
  • Help your baby grow a healthy brain through play and relationship.
  • Address family routines and structures, including media use.

Age: 1-4 months old
Duration: 10 sessions
Frequency: Every other week

Scholarships available!

Email, call 541-434-4343, or fill out our Enrollment Form to learn more!

Click here for the Incredible INFANTs Course Guide.

Popcorn FridaysPopcorn Bucket Stock Illustration - Download Image Now - Popcorn, Cartoon, Movie - iStock

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

March 6-10 – Classified School Employee Appreciation Week

Friday, March 10 – Waterproof Day

Thursday, March 16
Site Council – 3:15-4:00
Kindergarten Orientation – 5:30-6:30
PTO – 6:30-7:30

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

Thursday, March 23 – 5th Grade Field Trip to Museum of Natural History

March 27-31 – Spring Break

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

Friday, April 7 – Benito Juárez Celebration, 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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