EGMS Weekly Update
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Upcoming Dates to Remember:
- No School- Feb. 7 District Wide Curriculum Day
- No School- Feb. 21 President's Day
News from Nurse Grubb
Contact Tracing Changes
The contact tracing criterion has recently changed and the Oregon Department of Education has directed schools to no longer consider close contacts between masked children and staff in classrooms or buses an exposure, regardless of distancing. The primary criterion now is maskless indoor exposures at meal times and during classes where masks are not generally worn, such as band, choir and PE.
As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are sick and feel free to call the nurse directly with any questions.
Missing a Vaccine? - Exclusion Day is coming up! February 16, 2022
Official letters have gone out, and some may have received an email reminder this week as well. Please respond by either providing proof of immunization, or doing the steps for exemption. Feel free to visit Oregon.gov for more information on how to do an exemption https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PreventionWellness/VaccinesImmunization/GettingImmunized/Pages/SchExemption.aspx
Fore more information on what is required, please see below:
TIME TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!
Students! We are seeing an excessive amount of binders, coats, Chromebooks, etc being left laying in the hallways during class time. We do not want people to trip on things in the hallways, have your items break or look like a messy school. Please use your lockers. We are picking up items left in hallways and taking them to the office as we find them.
Thanks for showing Husky Pride!
Beautiful winter creations are happening in Ms. Worona's 8th grade art class!
Parent Drop Off & Pick Up
Please drop your child off and pick them up along the curb in front of EGMS. As you enter the loop, please pull as far forward as possible, up near the gym entrance. *We have a few parents pulling through the parking lot and dropping kids off. This presents a safety concern as your child must cross traffic and it rarely saves time. In addition, it slows the traffic flow through the loop as cars stop for students crossing the street. We appreciate your help!
Navigating Social Media
Dear Husky Families:
Recently, we’ve had students and families report an uptick in inappropriate, harmful, anonymous, or impersonating social media accounts where student/staff pictures are being taken and posted without consent. Some accounts with cruel and hurtful themes tag students on posts.
We ask that you talk with your student(s) about their presence on social media.This is also an opportunity to engage in conversations around empathy and standing up for others. An easy way to help resolve this problem is for students to stop following these malicious accounts, and also to have students and parents report the accounts to Instagram.
We currently have 11 pages we are aware of that are using our EGMS logo without permission and we are teaming with district officials and law enforcement to get these accounts removed. Our official EGMS Instagram page is @eltongregoryms.
The vast and ever-changing landscape of social media is often accompanied with students having to face peer and societal pressures. Students too easily get wrapped up in the ease of acting from behind a screen, instead of demonstrating compassion and empathy for their peers and others. At EGMS, we strive to ensure a sense of belonging for all students and are committed to having a supportive and safe community within our schools. Managing social media in today’s culture is a challenge and all of us need to support our youth in making responsible choices. We expect students to respect one another and demonstrate good citizenship both at school and within the community. Your assistance with helping to create this environment is greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions, have information to share, or would like to discuss these concerns further, please contact us any time.
Thank you for your partnership!
Here are some helpful links for navigating your student's social media:
Girls Basketball Schedule
Sports Attendance Policy at EGMS
2021-2022 EGMS Bell Schedules
Inclement Weather Information
CENTRAL OREGON COMMUNITY RESOURCES
(updated as often as possible; some resources/numbers may not be current)
Mental Health Resources:
Deschutes County Behavioral Health https://www.deschutes.org/
Information and appointments. 541-322-7500
Deschutes County Crisis Line https://www.deschutes.org/
24 hour crisis support. 541-322-7500 ext. #9 or call 9-1-1
Trevor Project https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ+. 866-488-7386 (24 hr)
Oregon Youth Line https://oregonyouthline.org/
Free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. 877-968-8491
Text: teen2teen @ 839863
Central Oregon 2-1-1 www.deschutesunitedway.org
Connections to a wide-range of social services. Dial 2-1-1 or 541-389-6507
Thrive Central Oregon www.thrivecentraloregon.org
Housing, financial insecurity and other resources. 541-728-1022 (Se Habla Español)
Bethlehem Inn (24 hrs) www.bethleheminn.org
Emergency shelter and food for adults and families. 541-322-8768
Family Resource Center of Central Oregon www.frconline.org
Parenting education and support services. 541-389-5468
Latino Community Association (LCA) www.latca.org
Translation and interpretation services, employment services, 541-382-4366 (Se Habla Español)
dental and legal clinics.
Resources for food, energy assistance and shelter. 541-548-2380
Jericho Road https://jerichoroadofredmond.org/
Resources for food, shelter and hope. 541-699-2099
Saving Grace https://www.saving-grace.org/
Comprehensive family / domestic violence and sexual assault 541-382-9227
support services. Hotline available.
WIC (Women, Infants, Children) https://www.deschutes.org/health
Nutrition education, breastfeeding support and education, 541-617-4775
referrals and food vouchers for pregnant and postpartum women.