YG Family Newsletter – March 9, 2023

YG Family Newsletter – March 9, 2023

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen:

We are winding down to the end of Classified Appreciation Week. Many thanks to the PTO for all they did for our classified staff. Our kitchen staff, custodians, education assistants, and office staff were treated to beverages, sweet treats, desserts, and a big meal this week.

Thank you for supporting our classified staff!

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Masaru Piowaty

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

Wear all your favorite waterproof clothes and boots!

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 P

Best Wishes to the YG OBOB Team!

Big Steps: The Year We Did OBOB will be representing Yujin Gakuen at the Oregon Battle of the Books competition this Saturday!

Best of luck to the team members: Astoria, McKenzie, Heather, Sekai, and Maisie.

Thank you PTO!

Many thanks to the PTO for providing lunch, beverages and tasty snacks this week. We appreciate all you do to support our staff!








Students Appreciate Classified Staff Too!

Our students also recognized our classified staff with notes on the Tree of Appreciation.

Students Sharing Food

We noticed that some students were sharing food or bringing snacks to share in the cafeteria. We are reminding students not to share food.

Please remind your child that they should only eat their own food. They should not accept food offered to them by another student, and they should not bring food to share. Thank you for talking with your child(ren) about how to prevent the spread of germs.

St Walburga's Catholic Primary School - School Meals and Snacks

We also need to remind everyone that we have students with nut allergies, some very severe.

When bringing food from home, please be mindful and be sure to pack food that is nut free.


Speed Monitor

For your information, a traffic speed monitor has been installed in front of our campus. The county deployed the speed monitor in response to a complaint. We hope this will give drivers some feedback about how fast they are driving.

Live Auction Fundraiser Basics - PTO Today

Hi YG Families! 

This May, the YG PTO is reviving the annual auction! We are looking for volunteers to join the auction committee to help with planning, organizing, and managing this year’s event. 

If you would like to be involved, even in the smallest way, please complete the attached Google form with your contact information.

Lastly, we are accepting donations in forms of items, gift cards, skill sharing, time sharing, etc. If you would like to donate something to be auctioned, please complete this form:

If you have questions or comments, please let us know

Thank you for your consideration and support, 


Save the Date: String Academy Student Concerts at Kelly MS, March 22-23

Dear Principals and Music Teachers,
Your are cordially invited to hear 150 of our newest strings players at their first concerts! The students have learned a lot, and are excited to perform for their family, friends, and teachers. They would love to see you in the audience! 
The students are divided into two concerts, on March 22nd and 23rd at Kelly Middle School, 7pm. The schools represented at each are:
  • Wed. March 22nd: Adams, Edgewood, Howard, Willagillespie
  • Thurs. March 23rd: Chávez, Gilham, McCornack, River Rd/El Camino, and Yujin Gakuen
Concerts are about 30 mins. long, and we’ll have cookies and juice afterwards to celebrate their performances. We hope you can come to help us celebrate their progress!
Thank you again for your support of our String Academy program!

Holly Spencer, Executive Director
Cell: 541-554-7165
Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO)
PO Box 5666, Eugene OR 97405
Office: 541-484-0473

Nominate “A Champion in Education” Today! is your 4J champion in education? An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A caring school counselor or nurse? A dedicated volunteer? A principal who leads by example? A bus driver who always takes the time to listen? A custodian who helped in a time of need?

Now is the time to recognize their contributions at 4J’s annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards!

To learn more and nominate a 4J employee or volunteer, visit The nomination deadline is March 31.

Come see your nominee be honored at the awards ceremony on May 4, 5–7 p.m., at South Eugene High School. One nominee in each of the five categories will be named an ACE Award champion.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact 4J Communications at

¡Nomine a “Un Campeón en Educación” hoy!¿Quién es su campeón 4J en educación? ¿Un maestro inspirador? ¿Una secretaria escolar alentadora? ¿Un consejero escolar o una enfermera cariñosa? ¿Un voluntario dedicado? ¿Un director que predica con el ejemplo? ¿Un chofer de autobús que siempre se toma el tiempo de escuchar? ¿Un conserje que le ayudó en un momento de necesidad?

¡Ahora es el momento de reconocer sus contribuciones en los premios anuales ACE (A Champion in Education) del 4J!

Para obtener más información y nominar a un empleado o voluntario del 4J, visite El plazo de presentación de candidaturas vence el 31 de marzo.

Venga a ver a su nominado ser honrado en la ceremonia de entrega de premios el 4 de Mayo, de 5 a 7 p.m., en la Preparatoria South Eugene. Un nominado en cada una de las cinco categorías será nombrado campeón del Premio ACE.

Si tiene preguntas o necesita ayuda, comuníquese con 4J Communications por

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

Site Council / Overview

Site Council Meeting – Thurs, March 16 @ 3:15 PM

You are invited to our site council meeting which will be virtual. The zoom link will be sent via email on Tuesday of next week.


Stakeholders Reports

  • Admin –
  • Teachers –
  • Classified – 
  • Families –

School Improvement Planning
Pathway for Developing Japanese Teachers, continued

More information about the site council can be found on the YG website:

Call for NEW PTO Members - Nominations Due this Thursday, June 2nd - MEDFIELD HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY PTO

PTO Meeting – Thursday, March 16 @ 6:30

The PTO will be meeting in the school cafeteria.

Agenda will be sent next week via email.

NOTE: there will not be child care for this meeting. We will have activities provided and a space at the back of the cafeteria for children who accompany their parents.

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: 

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, 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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