4J Parent Leaders Network Winter Meeting

The 4J Parent Leaders Network is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. Our first meeting this year will take place at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street on Monday, December 2 at 6:30-8:00 p.m, immediately following the Coffee with 4J Superintendent and Board Member event (5:30-6:30 p.m.)

Our agenda is as follows:

(1) Welcome, Introductions
(2) 2019-2020 School Year Plans for 4J – Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent
(3) Student Success Act – Dr. Charis McGaughy, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Kerry Delf, Chief of Staff
(4) Q&A

Please RSVP at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f48acac2fa3f85-4jparent4

2019-2020 Parent Leaders Meetings

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 Joy Marshall (Stand for Children), Heather Sielicki (Roosevelt Middle Parent) and Rita Gillihan (Yujin Gakuen/North Eugene Parent).

  • Monday, December 2 at 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 10 at 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 13 at 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 1 @ 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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?