2018-2019 Parent Leaders Meetings

91fb9-keyparentinvolvement[1]The 4J Parent Leaders Network is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We meet at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street. Our meeting space and refreshments are provided by Eugene School District 4J.

This year’s meetings will be convened by Heather Sielicki and Rita Gillihan on 10/3, 12/3, 2/4, and 4/15 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. RSVPs are requested.

2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

  • October 3rd: Back to school; policies and procedures that apply to parent groups, working with the Eugene Education Foundation, and communication best practices. Click here to RSVP.
  • December 3rd: Understanding K-12 Funding in Oregon 101; working with the School Board, programs and ideas for raising additional funds for your school community. Click here to RSVP.
  • February 4th: Community involvement; best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children, how to get your neighborhood connected with your school.
  • April 15: Advocacy; enhance your ability to impact educational opportunities and social change, mobilize volunteers and recruit future parent leaders.

 

New Sidewalks, & Crossings Welcome New Students

from InMotion, Sept 2018

Many students rely on active transportation for their school commute, but not all have a safe route to do so. Eugene School District 4J, the City of Eugene, and Lane County recently worked together to improve the infrastructure around several 4J schools to make it safer and more appealing for students to walk, bike, skate or scoot to school. Here’s some projects that went in this summer to make the return to school safer and better for walking and biking:

  • At Gilham Elementary new crosswalks were installed on Honeywood in front of the school to replace a crosswalk that was on a blind curve.
  • A new pedestrian island and marked crosswalk were installed on Gilham Rd at Elkhorn Dr. to break up a half mile stretch with no marked crossings. This new crossing will serve students and Gilham Elementary and Cal Young Middle School.

Two projects around Howard Elementary and Kelly Middle, also serving North Eugene High School, Yujin Gakuen and Corridor create stretches of a growing network of safer streets in a region with poor infrastructure for active transportation. Those improvements include:

  • Building a sidewalk on the west side of Grove St between Maxwell Rd and Howard Ave. Grove is a key connector in the area because the Grove/Maxwell intersection has the only traffic light on Maxwell between Northwest Expressway and River Road (a 35 mph street).
  • Building a sidewalk on the east side of North Park Ave between Howard Ave and Hatton Dr to the south, bringing students walking on North Park Ave by Kelly out of the ditch and the road by; adding a marked crossing and completing sidewalk gaps at Hatton Dr; and adding traffic calming on North Park Ave from the school south to Kelly Ln.

The Safe Routes to School team is available to help with route planning and other support for families interested in having their students walk, bike, skate or scoot to school. Click here to find the contact for your district’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator for assistance.

Safe Routes to School is gearing up for a fun fall, encouraging students to use active transportation, bus and carpool for their school commute. Contact info@eugenesrts.org to find out more.

Volunteer Interest Forms

Some schools use them. Some don’t. What do you think about them? Here are two templates we’ve collected.

Volunteer Pledge Form

Some schools are also using Project Appleseed’s Parental Involvement Pledge and Toolbox to increase family engagement and volunteerism.

Questions for your Parent Group to Think About

  • How do we make volunteer or community outreach opportunities available for students? For their extended family members? For neighbors?
  • How do we respect the many differences in our school community and ensure a diverse array of volunteer opportunities that allow for maximum parental participation?
  • Do we give our volunteers name tags? How do we help them to get to know one another?

School Board Refers Bond Measure to Voters in November

Published: AUGUST 16, 2018 at https://www.4j.lane.edu

Bond funds would improve safety, career education, technology, curriculum, overcrowding, and replace 3 aging schools, if approved by voters. The Eugene School Board has unanimously approved referring a $319.3 million bond measure to voters on the November 2018 election ballot.

If approved by voters in November, the bond measure would provide improvements for all district schools. Bond funds would upgrade safety and security, support career education, address equity, improve technology, update instructional materials, and repair schools across the district. It would replace three aging school buildings—North Eugene High School, Edison Elementary School, and Camas Ridge Elementary School—and add classrooms at Gilham Elementary School.

Read more…

School Transitions

Helpful literature and videos for parents and students on the transition into Kindergarten, Middle School, and High School from the Georgia Department of Education:

Kindergarten Transition Toolkit
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Kindergarten Transition
Handout (English)

Kindergarten Transition
Handout (Spanish)

Thumbnail image of Kindergarten Transition Manual for Educators

Kindergarten Transition
Manual for Educators

Thumbnail image of Kindergarten Transition Video in English

Kindergarten Transition
Video (English) on YouTube

Thumbnail image of Kindergarten Transition Video (Spanish)

Kindergarten Transition
Video (Spanish) on YouTube

 Video: Middle School Matters – full video with all segments

Middle School Transition Toolkit
Thumbnail image of Middle School Matters Transition Handout for Famiies

Middle School Matters Handout
for Families (English)

Middle School Matters Handout
for Families (Spanish)

Thumbnail image of Middle School Matters Transition Handout for Students

Middle School Matters Handout
for Students (English)

Middle School Matters Handout
for Students (Spanish)

Thumbnail image of Middle School Matters video in English

Middle School Matters
full video on YouTube
(English) 15:42 

Thumbnail image of Middle School Matters video in Spanish

Middle School Matters
full video on YouTube
(Spanish) 15:42 

 Video: Middle School – Social and Emotional Changes
Thumbnail image of Middle School Social and Emotional Changes video in English

Middle School
Social and Emotional Changes
video on YouTube (English) 3:42

Thumbnail image of Middle School Social and Emotional Changes video in Spanish

Middle School
Social and Emotional Changes
video on YouTube (Spanish) 3:42

 Video: Middle School – Organizational and Environmental Factors
Thumbnail image of Middle School Organizational and Environmental Factors video in English

Middle School
Organizational and
Environmental Factors
video on YouTube (English) 2:17

Thumbnail image of Middle School Organizational and Environmental Factors video in Spanish

Middle School
Organizational and
Environmental Factors
video on YouTube (Spanish) 2:17

 Video: Middle School – Academics
Thumbnail image of Middle School Academics video in English

Middle School Academics
video on YouTube (English) 1:48

Thumbnail image of Middle School Academics video in Spanish

Middle School Academics
video on YouTube (Spanish) 1:48

 Video: Middle School – Developmental Growth
Thumbnail image of Middle School Developmental Growth video in English

Middle School
Developmental Growth
video on YouTube (English) 2:10

Thumbnail image of Middle School Developmental Growth video in Spanish

Middle School
Developmental Growth
video on YouTube (Spanish) 2:10

 Video: Middle School – College and Career Readiness
Thumbnail image of Middle School College and Career Readiness video in English

Middle School
College and Career Readiness
video on YouTube (English) 2:04

Thumbnail image of Middle School College and Career Readiness video in Spanish

Middle School
College and Career Readiness
video on YouTube (Spanish) 2:04

 Video: Middle School – Becoming Involved In My Child’s Education
Thumbnail image of Middle School Becoming Involved in My Child's Education video in English

Middle School
Becoming Involved In
My Child’s Education
video on YouTube (English) 2:12

Thumbnail image of Kindergarten Transition Video in Spanish

Middle School
Becoming Involved In
My Child’s Education
video on YouTube (Spanish) 2:12

High School Transition Toolkit
Thumbnail image of High School is Happening Transition Handout for Famiies

High School is Happening Handout
for Families (English)

High School is Happening Handout
for Families (Spanish
)

Thumbnail image of High School is Happening Transition Handout for Students

High School is Happening Handout
for Students (English)

High School is Happening Handout
for Students (Spanish
)

Thumbnail image of High School is Happening Introduction video

Video: High School is
Happening Introduction
(YouTube) 1:39

Thumbnail image of High School - Discovering Your Self video

Video: High School
Discovering Your Self
(YouTube) 5:33

Thumbnail image of High School - Before the Report Card Arrives video

Video: High School
Before the Report card Arrives​
(YouTube) 5:53

 

Thumbnail image of High School - Learning How to Balance video

Video: High School
Learning How to Balance​​​​
(YouTube) 6:04

Thumbnail image of High School - The Graduation Plan video

Video: High School
The Graduation Plan​
(YouTube) 5:21

Thumbnail image of High School - The Graduation Plan video

Video: High School
Parent Talkback​​
(YouTube) 3:34

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Community & Neighborhood Matching Grants Program

Document[2]The Neighborhood Matching Grants (NMG) program can help in building community, creating connections and improving our neighborhoods, parks and natural areas. Applications for smaller projects, less than $5,000 will be considered by City staff for approval and funding on an ongoing basis.

Proposals will only be accepted from groups of people living, working, or owning property within the neighborhood boundary in which the project is located. A neighborhood group may be an existing group whose membership is from a commonly recognized geographic area (e.g., neighborhood association, business association, or school PTO or site council) or an ad hoc group formed to work together on a specific project.

What types of projects are considered?

Projects may include, but are not limited to; public school partnership projects that benefit school children and the immediate neighborhood; those that build a safer and more welcoming community for marginalized or vulnerable community
members; physical improvement projects that involve recreation or public safety facilities, natural resource features, public art and spaces, or community gardens, and projects that improve universal accessibility; and Outreach, research, education or organizing projects that address planning-related topics such as transportation (pedestrian or cyclist safety), land use neighborhood or area planning) or public safety (disaster planning, neighborhood mapping, neighborhood safety).

If your project involves property that your organization or applicant group does not own you will need to get written approval from the owner. For private property, the owner of the parcel must approve the project. For projects on school grounds documentation is required from the District and school principal.

  • 4J School District contacts: Kerry Delf, Communications and Intergovernmental Relations, at 541-687-3245 (delf_k@4j.lane.edu) or Harlan Coats, Facilities Management, 541-790-7409 (coats@4j.lane.edu).

See the Guidelines for Smaller Project>>
See the FY18 Application for Smaller Projects>>

If you need more information or have questions please contact Cindy Koehler at 541-682-5272.