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 10/1, 12/3, 2/4, and 4/15 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. RSVPs are requested.

2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

  • October 1st: 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.

 

SafeOregon Tip Line

A safe learning environment is a critical part of helping each child achieve academic success. To help students feel safe and be safe, 4J offers the SafeOregon tip line as another way students and families can report school or student safety concerns.

How does the SafeOregon tip line work?

The statewide SafeOregon system is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is easy to use and tips may be reported anonymously.

You can report bullying, threats, violence, drugs or other concerns in several ways:

  • Online: app.safeoregon.com
  • Telephone: 1-844-4-SAFE-OR (1-844-472-3367)
  • Text: 1-844-4-SAFE-OR (1-844-472-3367)
  • Email: tip@safeoregon.com
  • Mobile app: download the Safe Oregon app on your smart phone or other mobile device

Learn more at https://www.safeoregon.com/about/ 

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.

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