4J Parent Leaders Network Meeting

Our final meeting of the school year will take place online on Monday, May 24 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. 4J School Superintendent Cydney Vandercar will join us to give an update and answer our questions. Here are some of the topics we will cover:

  • Update on Summer School Options
  • Update on Plans for Next School Year
  • Update on Vaccine Clinics 
  • Update on Bond Projects and summer facilities work
  • All Students Belong

Please RSVP today by signing up to attend this meeting below. 

The goal of the 4J Parent Leaders Network is to connect parent leaders to resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Meetings are convened by volunteers Joy Marshall (Stand for Children), Rita Gillihan (Yujin Gakuen/North Eugene Parent) and Heather Sielicki (Roosevelt Middle Parent).

Parent Leaders Meeting: Monday, January 11, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

We hope you and your families are experiencing a healthy start to the new year. We are kicking things off on Monday, January 11 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. with an update from Superintendent Cydney Vandercar who will join us to give an update and answer our questions related to COVID-19, school reopenings, and other pressing concerns. You’ll also hear an update on advocacy efforts at the state level and learn about upcoming opportunities to make a difference in your community. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by clicking the button below to receive a link.

We look forward to seeing you there,
Heather, Joy, and Rita

The goal of the 4J Parent Leaders Network is to connect parent leaders to resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Meetings are convened by volunteers Joy Marshall (Stand for Children), Rita Gillihan (Yujin Gakuen/North Eugene Parent) and Heather Sielicki (Roosevelt Middle Parent).

2020-2021 Meetings

We hope you and your families are doing okay during this tough time.

We are all pulling together to support our children, their well-being, and their education.

The goal of the 4J Parent Leaders Network is to connect parent leaders to resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children.

Our first meeting of the year will be Monday, Oct 12, 6-7pm. 

Please RSVP here.

Our 4J District leadership will join us to give updates and answer your questions. We’ll also plan conversations to share ways to:

*   keep our PTO and parent communities connected
*   support our children
*   support our  teachers, and this new way of learning   

Let’s support each other!

Heather, Rita, and Joy
4J Parent Leader network

Child Care, Food Assistance, Internet & Youth Supports

Child Care

from The Child Center’s shared google doc and 4J’s Coronavirus Resource Page

Employment-Related Day Care program (ERDC): The Employment-Related Day Care program (ERDC) helps eligible low-income families pay for childcare while they are working. ERDC is a subsidy program, meaning eligible families still pay part of the childcare cost. The income threshold for this assistance has been raised significantly, so many families are now eligible who previously were not. Families may now apply or re-apply over the phone. If families are unable to apply online or with a paper application and they have an application on file within the last 18 months, DHS staff can conduct an intake via phone with a verbal signature obtained on the call. Temp rate/eligibility changes: There is no copay – copays have been reduced to $0.00.  The income limit has increased for initial eligibility, increasing the income limit from 185 percent of the federal poverty level ($4,040 per month for a family of four) to 250 percent of the federal poverty level or 85 percent of the state median income, whichever is higher for the family size

Essential workers expanded child care subsidies. You can apply for your essential worker subsidy at https://apps.state.or.us/onlineApplication/ While this application appears to only be for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) it will cover ERDC and when the eligibility worker calls to verify the application the worker needs to note they are interested in ERDC.  There is also a process to get your current child care provider qualified (and paid by the State).

  1. Call 211 and follow the prompt for Child Care
  2. Text the keyword “children” or “niños” to 898211 (TXT211)
  3. Email children@211info.org

Additional organizations providing childcare for essential workers:

Food Assistance

from 4J Nutrition Services

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Education have announced that families with children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals or attend a school/program that provides free meals for all students will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school.

The so-called Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) of $5.70 per school day during the closure is intended to offset the cost of meals for students, even if they have been accessing meals from schools during the closure.

If you were receiving meal benefits prior to the pandemic or your student attends a school/program where meals are free for all students, look for a message from DHS to activate benefits.

If you are eligible for free and reduced-price meals, but have not yet applied for benefits, you can apply online. You may also request a paper application to be mailed to your home by emailing nutrition@4j.lane.edu. Your P-EBT benefits will start at the beginning of the month you qualify.

Please note that the 4J is not involved in fund disbursement. If you have questions, call the state helpline at 2-1-1 or the local DHS office at (541) 686-7878.

Free grab-and-go meals

Available for all 4J students and youth 18 years old and younger through December 2020. There are no income requirements and no application necessary. Children do not need to be present when picking up meals. Families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school. Please follow the directions posted at each site. Families are required to use social distancing strategies (6 feet distance from anyone not in your household) when accessing meal sites. All meals are intended to be picked up and not consumed onsite.

Meal Sites

Opens September 14: Monday–Friday 10:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (subject to change based on participation)

Churchill Region

  • Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
  • McCornack Elementary, 1968 Brittany St.

North Eugene Region

  • Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.
  • River Road/El Camino del RĂ­o Elementary School, 120 West Hilliard Lane
  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Drive

Sheldon Region

  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Road
  • Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.

South Eugene Region

  • Roosevelt Middle School, 500 East 24th Avenue
  • Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 East 43rd Avenue


  • ECCO, 200 N. Monroe St. (behind the district office)

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries. Community food resources for families in need include:


from 4J’s Coronavirus Resource Page

Eugene School District 4J is joining with Comcast to provide economically disadvantaged students free internet for the entire school year to support online learning. With comprehensive distance learning beginning Sept. 14, the district is committed to ensuring all students are connected to high-speed internet access so they can be successful academically and remain connected with their teachers and peers while learning online.

Comcast is offering two free months of high-speed internet access to qualifying low-income families through its Internet Essentials program. Eugene School District 4J will pay the monthly service charges for the rest of the school year for a limited number of eligible students to continue to access online learning. The district has funds to initially support 166 eligible students, but could expand the program, depending on the level of demand.

Students may be eligible if they qualify for free or reduced-price school meals or are eligible for other public assistance programs such as housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps) and SSI, among others.

To qualify, student must also live in an area served by Comcast and must not have had Comcast internet in the last 90 days; households who owe money to Comcast may still qualify if approved by Dec. 31. There is no term contract, no credit check and no installation fee.

Parents or students who need internet access and think they qualify should complete the request form (available here) or call 541-790-7757 (English) or 541-790-7758 (Spanish). The district will contact eligible students and provide them with a unique code to use when applying for the service through Comcast.


from White Bird Clinic’s Community Resources Page

  • 15th Night: Will be continuing to offer support and resources for unhoused youth and those working with them via phone and text at (541) 246-4046.
  • First Place Family Center: First Place Family Center is open under normal operating hours: 8-5PM, 7 days a week with strict social distancing guidelines. Housed families will be able to pick up mail, hygiene products, diapers, and other critical items. Literally homeless families (in shelter, cars, or on streets), are able to use showers, laundry, preschool (starting 6/24, with enrollment restrictions), and meals. Children will need to be present for families to use the center. Only 4-5 families will be allowed a time, depending on the services being used. FPFC Night Shelter program has openings for families needing emergency shelter. To enroll, families must visit FPFC first. For more information, contact (541) 342-7728 or visit https://www.svdp.us/what-we-do/homeless-services/first-place-family-center/
  • Head Start: Head Start starts with at home learning for September.  Returning families will need to complete an orientation before at home learning starts. Visit www.hsolc.org and click on the ‘Enroll’ tab to enroll.
  • Hosea Youth Services: The Resource Service Center will be open from 1 to 6:30 pm for essential needs only (showers, laundry, etc). Dinner will be to-go boxes, and will be served at 5pm
  • LaneKids website: Resources for families including information about food sites, educational and recreational activities being offered in different formats, physical and mental health resources, and other community services available.
  • Looking Glass: Station 7 and New Roads have not yet altered either of our hours or services. Station 7 remains open 24/7 with shelter and basic needs services and New Roads is open Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:45 pm with showers, laundry, meals, hygiene, phone and computer access and case management.
  • New Roads: Open 8:30 am to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday but we will be handing out to go meals and to go hygiene items through our door; only allowing one youth in at a time for shower and laundry access. Youth can either just show up and knock on our window or call ahead to schedule a time for shower/laundry.
  • Parenting through COVID19: Resources available at https://parentingnow.org/parents/parenting-through-covid-19/
  • Station 7 – Looking Glass: Services remain unchanged aside from requiring youth to have their temperature taken at access and thoroughly wash their hands. Youth who show up with symptoms of Covid-19 need to be assessed by a medical professional prior to being allowed shelter access. Capacity is 8 youth per night. Asking that youth accessing shelter remain in the program for 24 hours a day.
  • The Child Center: Programs are open, working to faciliate telehealth appointments for therapeutic services as much as possible.
  • White Bird HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools): Offering mental health support by phone for students, families, and staff of high schools in the 4J, Springfield, Bethel, Oakridge and South Lane school districts. The phone line is staffed by crisis counselors who normally work the HOOTS school clinics, or work on CAHOOTS. The phone line is accessible from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Video support is available from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on weekdays and is accessed by emailing hoots@whitebirdclinic.org with your name and preferred time. We are able to provide short term counseling and mental health support, resource referrals and OHP sign up.
    • For students, families and staff of 4J, Eugene Charter and Bethel High Schools please call (541) 246-2342.
    • For students, families and staff of Springfield, Oakridge and South Lane High Schools please call (541) 246-2332.
  • Women Infant Children (WIC): Still accepting new enrollments.  Appointments are conducted over the phone. Call (541) 682-4202.
  • Youth ERA: “Virtual Drops” every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. One-on-ones via phone/text, through video chat, and over their various YE-issued social media accounts including Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook. Peer Support on Twitch, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Response https://www.youthera.org/

Last 4J Parent Leader Meeting of the Year 🖥️ Zoom Call

Dear 4J Parent Leaders,

We hope you and your families are well. It’s been tough on so many of our kids to be away from school and friends, and on parents having to juggle being a teacher and working full-time from home. There is also uncertainty about the future.

We want to invite you, our 4J Parent Leaders to JOIN TOGETHER ONE LAST TIME THIS YEAR – remotely – to share concerns, support each other, and get updates on what we might expect next year.  Please don’t miss it!


Our Superintendent, Dr. Gustavo Balderas will be on the call, to provide an update on what we know regarding COVID 19 and the school budget.  He will take our questions about next fall, state guidelines for schools,  and the contingency plans being created. PLUS, our new incoming interim Superintendent, Cydney Vandercar, who begins on July 1, will be on the call to tell us about herself and hear from you.

Please email us questions IN ADVANCE, so we can forward them along – or just bring your questions to the call.

Sending our best to you and your families,
Heather, Rita, and Joy

Opportunity for Parental Involvement: Student Success Act

Eugene School District 4J will receive a roughly 5% annual increase in the district’s general fund budget (about $12–13 million per year). The funds may be spent in four broad categories:

  1. increasing learning time,
  2. addressing student health and safety needs,
  3. reducing class size / increasing classroom staffing, and
  4. expanding well-rounded learning opportunities.

The district is engaging staff, families and community members to inform the planning for how to spend these funds to best support student success. You’re invited to share your opinions.

Community Conversations

Childcare, light refreshments, and Spanish interpretation will be provided.

  • Tue., Nov. 19, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road
  • Spanish/Español: Tue., Nov. 19, 7–8 p.m., Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road
  • Thu., Nov. 21, 7–8 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane
  • Mon., Nov. 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m., South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.

Coffee with 4J Superintendent