Chávez Cheetah Chat
Cheetah Chat for 9/1/2023
Enrolling students, school supplies, important dates and more!
Hello Chávez Families,
Wow! The beginning of the school year at Chávez Elementary is right around the corner. This building has been hopping as teachers, custodians, assistants and office staff prepare for the arrival of students. We have been learning and growing together in the use of new curriculum, designing spaces for learners and building on one another's strengths for deliver an amazing program for all our students.
I am new to this incredibly talented team and so proud to see how we come together in service of our students.
Please watch for regular newsletters from us about happenings at school, ways to get involved and resources to support you and your learner.
Chávez Elementary.... Here we GROW! Let's have a great year together!
Wishing you well,
If you have a friend or neighbor new to the Chávez community, please share the link below with them to help them get enrolled.
Information about enrollment can be found at https://chavez.4j.lane.edu/kinder-enrollment-2/
9/5 Meet and greet classroom teachers and staff. 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
9/6 Kindergarten starts. See A/B schedule below for Kinder Smart Start
9/7 First day of school 1st - 5th grades
SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULE
7:30 - 7:50 -- Breakfast available to all students
7:55 am – Class Begins
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2:25 pm
Wednesday 1:10 pm
School Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
7:30am – 3:00pm
7:30am – 2:00pm
Arrival, Curbside drop-off & pick-up traffic flow
- Morning supervision starts at 7:30 am. Please do not leave your child unsupervised at school.
All students will enter the building through the gym doors and either go to the cafeteria for breakfast or to the gym and wait until released for class.
Students arriving at or after 7:55 will enter through the office.
- Students are expected to be in their classroom by 7:55 otherwise they are considered tardy.
Parking Lot & Transportation & Arrival and Dismissal
Did you know that the most dangerous place for a child on their trip to and from school is the school parking lot? To make our parking lot a safer space.
Vehicle Drop-Off and Pick-Up:
Follow signs to K-2 or 3-5 drop-off/pick-up zones.
- Vehicles will pull into the white-striped Pause Parking lane and say their goodbyes and greetings in their vehicles.
- Families will not be allowed to park and walk their child to the school entrance. If you prefer to park and walk, please take a look at our “Park & Stride” option below!
During drop-off, students will exit the vehicle on the right hand side. School staff will be there to greet them and direct them to their entrance.
During pick-up, drivers will display their student name sign in the windshield to help staff in quickly matching them with their child.
- Bus loop must be kept open for buses. Do not pull into the bus loop.
- View map (above) for arrival and dismissal school/parking lot areas and directions.
Park & Stride, Walk & Roll:
Try something new for the trip to and from school this year! If you're close enough to school, we encourage you to walk, bike, skate, or scoot.
If you need to drive, you can still avoid the school parking lot by trying our "Park and Stride" option. Albertsons at 18th and Chambers is letting Chávez families park in their lot at pickup and drop-off.
After parking at Albertsons, visit the ducks as you walk on the bridge over Amazon Creek to the back of our building. Staff will be there to greet you and your child and point you in the right direction. Your child will get a chance to move before they come to school, which has been shown to improve academic performance and is good for their health. And you'll be a part of making the air cleaner and our parking lot safer by keeping one more car out of it.
Once at school, families will head to a Family Meet Up Spot to say their goodbyes in the morning and reunite in the afternoon. Staff will be there to take over and direct each child to their designated entrance.
Family Meet Up Spots: (Choose the one most convenient for you)
Fire lane - on east side of building
Curbside drop-off & pick-up traffic flow map. KEY: K-2 = pink. 3-5 = purple.
VOLUNTEER AT OUR SCHOOL!
Volunteers make the impossible possible.
There are many ways you can volunteer and be involved in your child's school!
In today’s schools, there are simply far more jobs and responsibilities than there are people to do them. By helping with special events and routine tasks, volunteers allow teachers and staff to focus more on helping children learn and grow. The school can accomplish more, and offer children and families more services, with the help of volunteers.
To get started click here to fill out the form.
Contact Ms Angie email@example.com or call 541-790-5332 for any questions or if you need help filling out the form.
EVERY DAY IN SCHOOL MATTERS!
Why is school attendance important?
- Kids who are in class at least 90% of the time do better in school.
- Kids learn something every day in our classrooms and students make great contributions to their classroom community.
- We want every child included in their classroom learning. We value their ideas and potential.
If your child is going to be absent for any reason please communicate with the school by:
- calling attendance line at 541-790-5322
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL STUDENTS EAT FREE!
YOU CAN HELP OUR SCHOOL! APPLY TODAY FOR FREE MEAL ELIGIBILITY!
Although all students will receive free meals regardless of application or eligibility, the district may be reimbursed for the cost of meals when the student qualifies for federal or state free meal programs.
Families who would qualify for free meals (e.g. up to $90,000 a year for a family of four, see 2023–24 guidelines below) or receive other public benefits (e.g. SNAP, TANIF) are encouraged to fill out the state’s confidential free meal application.
Approved applications provide families with additional savings like free sports programs, bus passes, etc. and will save the district’s operating budget as much as $1,309 per student this year, money that can be used to educate and support students.
Kindergarten Smart Start for 2023
Staggered start of school year helps set up kinders for success this year and beyond
We’re excited to welcome your child to the start of school through a new program called Kindergarten Smart Start. We have re-designed the first eight days of school for our youngest students to help set them up for success this year and beyond. Print Smart Start calendar
Click HERE to learn more about Smart Start
SCHOOL SUPPLIES PROVIDED FOR ALL STUDENTS
Elementary Schools: Standard supplies, such as pencils, crayons, glue and scissors, will again be provided at no cost to all elementary students. Some schools may suggest to families that their students bring a personal backpack and water bottle. The schools also provide each elementary student an iPad to use for the year.
Early Release on WEDNESDAYS. Chávez will Release at 1:10 p.m. every Wednesday
All 4J schools will release early on Wednesdays instead of Fridays starting this fall to support collaboration among our educators.
Early-release days on Wednesdays will best support the new schedule that 4J high schools will follow starting this fall. In addition, comments from educators indicated that dedicated time for professional development and collaboration is more impactful during the middle of the workweek rather than at its end. Early-release times will remain unchanged.
Understanding the importance to families of having consistent school schedules, the change to a Wednesday early-release day will apply to all schools.
Our Mission at César E. Chávez Elementary School
To create a diverse student community of academically and socially skilled individuals by encouraging independence, respect and visionary thinking.
The César E. Chávez Elementary School community believes a strong connection between parents, students and the school is the best way to promote student success. Chávez values parent involvement and collaboration. Our academic program focuses on literacy through systematic instruction. Our students have access to technology throughout their school day to enhance learning. Chávez is a respectful, caring community with high expectations. We honor individual successes and believe everyone can learn in an encouraging environment.
Have Questions? Contact Us!
Chávez Office 541-790-5300
Principal Kevin email@example.com
Ms. Karma, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Maria, Bilingual Office Assistant email@example.com
Ms. Angie, Family Resource Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (541) 790-5310
Attendance: (541) 790-5322