YG Family Newsletter – August 2023

YG Family Newsletter – August 2023

Welcome Back

Dear YG Families and Community Members,

Welcome back to another exciting year at Yujin Gakuen Elementary School! Below is some important information for the beginning of the school year.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon to start the 2023-2024 school year.

Kimberly Ingram, Principal (Kocho Sensei)

Welcome New YG Staff

Sheryl Carrol – Special Education teacher
Kimmy Courtney – Special Education Assistants
Jody Goodman – 1st Grade Japanese Teacher
Kimberly Ingram – Principal
Brigitte Phipps – YG Secretary
Sandra Stenius (Scott Klein will return in November!) – Interim Counselor
Special Education Assistants – Open and Coming soon
Instructional Coach – Open and Coming soon

YG Open House – Meet the Teachers

Tuesday, Sept. 5th, 11:00-12:00 – the day before the first day of school. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to see their new classrooms, introduce themselves, and meet their teachers/sensei. We will ask families to leave right at noon so our teachers and staff can continue to prepare for kinders on Wednesday and the rest of our students on Thursday (see below for details about kindergarten Smart Start).

Back to School Picnic

Event: Back to School Picnic
Date: Friday, September 15th, 2023
Time: Set-up to start at 3:00
Picnic 5:30-7:00
Clean-up until 8:00-8:30

First Days of School

Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 6th, 8:30 – 1:45
Grades 1-5 – Thursday,September 7th, 8:30 – 3:00

NEW Kindergarten Smart Start

In consultation with early learning experts, 4J has re-designed the start of school for our youngest students to help set them up for success this year and beyond.

Starting with smaller classes and parent conversations will allow teachers the opportunity to understand your child’s unique strengths and needs from the start.

Kindergarten Smart Start will help ensure a successful and personalized introduction to school for each student and a smoother start for all students.

Group A – Last name A-L: Attend full day, Sept 6 (W), 7 (Th), 11 (M), & 13 (W)

Group B – Last name M-Z: Attend full day, Sept 6 (W), 8 (F), 12 (Tu), & 13 (W)

No Kindergarten Sept 14 & 15 – parent/teacher conversations.

kinder smart start

School Supplies…just a backpack and water bottle

Eugene 4J school district provides most of the supplies families usually buy. Please plan on sending your student to school with a backpack.

Class/Cohort Assignments

Class lists/cohorts will be emailed to families on the afternoon of Friday, September 1st, just prior to Labor Day weekend.

YMCA Before and After School Care

The YMCA offers a before and after school program for YG students, on site at 850 Howard. See Flyer for details

Yujin Gakuen Family Handbook

This is a work in progress and I am committed to updating it with the most current information.

And, finally, I want to address the topic of where YG may be housed in the future. Unfortunately, I don’t have any new or different information than what has already been shared out publicly and stated in board meetings. I will be working with Jenna McCully (Chief of Staff for Eugene 4J) and Melissa Ibarra (Director of K-12 Dual Language Education) to outline a process to solicit information and inform decisions.

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