Bulldog Bulletin

Awbrey Park Elementary School Newsletter

School Events & Important Dates

10/7: Jog-a-Thon (9:00am-1:00pm)

10/10: Awbrey Park PTO Meeting (6:30pm, Cafeteria)

10/12: Parent/Guardian Back to School Night! (6:00-7:30pm)

10/12: School Board Meeting (7:00pm via Zoom)

10/13: School Picture Day!

10/14: Staff Professional Development/Planning Day (No School)

10/19: School Board Meeting (7:00pm via Zoom)

11/2: School Board Meeting (7:00pm via Zoom)

11/9-11/10: Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

11/11: Veteran's Day (No School)

11/14: Awbrey Park PTO Meeting (6:30pm, Cafeteria)

11/16: School Board Meeting (7:00pm via Zoom)

11/24-11/25: Thanksgiving Break (No School)

11/30: Picture Re-Take Day

October News, Events & Updates

Dear Awbrey Park Families,

Thank you all for the warm welcome and ongoing support in helping to make the first month of the school year a successful one for staff and students. It has been a pleasure getting to meet families during drop-off and pick-up times and look forward to many more opportunities in the near future.

I want to extend a special thank you to our community partners (Project Hope & St. Matthew’s Church) for their generous donations to begin the school year. Our staff and students are grateful for your support and have put the supply, food and clothes donations to good use.

This month's Bulldog Bulletin is full of new information, events and exciting updates to share with you all. Please be sure to read through all the information carefully and feel free to let the office know if you have any questions.


Jared Tiecke, Principal

Awbrey Park Jog-a-Thon!

Awbrey Park will be hosting its annual Jog-a-Thon on Friday, October 7th from 9:00am-1:00pm. This is a great fundraising opportunity to help support field trips and other exciting opportunities for our students!

Jog-a-Thon packets were sent home with all students yesterday in Monday Mail and should be returned to classroom teachers by Monday, October 17th. Donations can also be made electronically by accessing the SchoolPay link here!

Grade Levels will be participating at the following times:

9:00-9:45am (Grades 4/5)

10:45-11:30am (Grades 2/3)

12:15-1:00pm (Grades K/1)

Parents/Guardians are welcome to come support your student during their designated run time listed above. Please be sure to check-in and out at the front office (photo ID required) before heading to the track area. Thank you!

Parent/Guardian Back to School Night!

Awbrey Park is hosting a Back to School Night (formerly Parent/Guardian Information Night) and Title 1 Annual Meeting for parents/guardians on Wednesday, October 12th from 6:00-7:30pm. Come connect with your child’s teacher, learn about your child’s classroom & school year! Childcare for students 5 years or older will be available in the gym.

See our schedule below for more information:

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

6:00-6:30pm: Classroom Presentations

6:40-7:00pm: Title 1 & School-wide Presentation (Cafeteria)

3rd – 5th Grade (Arrive at 6:40pm)

6:40-7:00pm: Title 1 & School-wide Presentation (Cafeteria)

7:00-7:30pm: Classroom Presentations

Join the PTO at Awbrey Park!

Are you interested in volunteering and/or helping to organize events at Awbrey Park? If so, consider joining the Awbrey Park Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)! Our PTO meets on the second Monday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm.

This month, Kari Skinner (4J Director of Risk Management & School Safety) will be joining us to discuss school safety within the district.

Please contact Kellie Rushing karushing22@gmail.com or Katie Schnider katie@ohdeugene.com for more information.

School Picture Day!

Awbrey Park Elementary School will be hosting a school picture day on Thursday, October 13th.

School pictures can be ordered online at mylifetouch.com, Picture Day ID EVTQDVW2S (see picture packet order form here). Picture packets are also available in the school office upon request. Picture retakes will be available on Wednesday, November 30th.

Please contact Jade Chrissis in the school office at 541-790-4050 for additional questions.

Before & After School Care at Awbrey Park! (REPEAT)

The YMCA offers before and after school care here at Awbrey Park! At this time, our programs are full, but it's not too late to get on the waitlist!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the YMCA website, email awbreypark@eugeneymca.org, or call 541-686-9622.

Safety Reminder: School Hours of Operation

Regular School Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-3:00pm

Friday, 8:30am-1:45pm (Early Release)

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm

Attendance Line: (541) 790-4054

As a reminder, it is important for parents/guardians to be aware of the hours that there is no supervision of buildings or grounds at Awbrey Park Elementary School. The school provides supervision only between the hours of 8:05am and 3:15pm, and during official school events and programs that occur before and after school. Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe!

Safety Reminder: School Crosswalk

As the nice weather has continued in the early months of the school year, we are noticing an increase in foot and bike traffic at the crosswalk near Awbrey Park Elementary School. Please help us in exercising additional caution when entering and exiting the parking lot to help ensure the health and safety of all students traveling to and from school. Thank you!

U of O COVID-19 Weekly Testing Program

Awbrey Park has enrolled in the OHA/UO COVID-19 Screening Testing Program this year. This is an optional, weekly saliva test, via a take-home test kit. Please review this info/registration-flyer for more information.

If you would like to participate, please sign up by completing these two steps:

STEP 1: Complete the UO K-12 Student Information Survey at https://tinyurl.com/k12covidscreening. The registration survey can be viewed in English or Spanish. We have a rolling enrollment; students can sign up anytime. Testing can begin about 1-2 weeks after student sign-up begins.

STEP 2: Complete and return the OHA Consent Form. This form is required for all participating students and must be completed and returned to the school at the start of the program – plan to bring this form on your first test pick-up day. If you do not have a printer, your school can provide a printed copy at test pick-up. Schools are required by OHA to retain these consent forms.

Ages 5-14: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le3560e.pdf

Students can sign up any time; enrollment lists are updated every week.

Please contact C19studentsupport@uoregon.edu if you have any questions or if you need assistance.

Free Breakfast & Lunch! (REPEAT)

All students will be provided breakfast and lunch free of charge this school year. No paperwork is necessary, however please be sure to communicate allergy information to the school office and classroom teacher.

The cafeteria opens at 8:05am daily for breakfast. When students are finished eating, they should walk to their designated entrance and be ready for class at 8:30am. Students arriving late will have the option of a grab-and-go breakfast in the office. Breakfast and lunch menus are available on the 4J website here! (Be sure to filter to Awbrey Park Elementary School)

District News & Announcements

Get to School Safely!

We encourage students to get to school using active transportation like walking, biking, skating and scooting, or shared transportation like busing and carpooling. It’s great for their health and the environment and makes the space around our school safer and less trafficked. Please take a look at the safety tip sheets for walking and biking on our regional Safe Routes to School website, and go over some of the safety tips with your student.

Finally, when choosing a walking or biking route, try a route other than the one you would use to drive to school. Sidewalk riding on busy streets is dangerous because people driving don’t expect people biking on sidewalks. Quieter neighborhood streets may be a better option. Safe Routes to School has walking maps on their website, here!

You can also connect with our Safe Routes to School staff for route planning assistance at mazze_s@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-7539.

Interested in Learning How to Ride a Bike?

Learn to Ride a Bike - A Free, All Ages, Drop-In Event! Friday, October 7th, stop by any time between 3:00-7:00pm 4J District Office parking lot, 200 North Monroe Street

Do you or your child want to learn how to ride a bike? Get the instruction and practice needed to balance and glide before trying pedaling in order to take that next step with skills and confidence. Some will learn to pedal in one session, while others may need to participate in future events or practice on your own to reach that final goal.

Join Safe Routes to School, Cascadia Mobility, the City of Eugene, the City of Springfield, and Shift Community Cycles for this fun event with pedal-powered smoothies, bike checks, information about bike share, and workshops for families and individuals of all ages on biking for transportation.

You don’t need your own bike to participate, but please bring a helmet and bike if you have one. Contact Safe Routes to School at (541) 516-0887 or mazze_s@4j.lane.edu with questions or to volunteer.

4J K-5 Health curriculum - The Great Body Shop

As you have most likely heard, our district's K-5 Health Adoption team of educators spent last year evaluating, vetting, piloting, and selecting a high-quality, aligned, developmentally appropriate K-5 Comprehensive Health curriculum for our elementary schools. Now we have new comprehensive Health Ed. materials to support instruction in all our elementary schools to support teaching and learning. It was a unanimous team decision to recommend the adoption of The Great Body Shop Comprehensive K5 Health Curriculum.

The Great Body Shop is a leading curriculum used across the United States and throughout Oregon's many school districts. This skills-based, standards-driven program is aligned with National and Oregon state standards for Health Education and offers excellent comprehensive Health Ed. instruction for our students to support their growing Health Literacy.

The program consists of 10 units that address the following Health topics: Injury Prevention & Personal Safety, Nutrition, Functions of the Body, Growth & Development/Cycle of Family Life, Disease & Illness Prevention, Substance Abuse Prevention, Community Health & Safety (w/violence prevention), Self-worth, Mental & Emotional Health, Environmental & Consumer Health, Physical Fitness.

However, this first year our teachers will only focus on these 5 units as a way to ease into teaching Health:

Unit 1: Sept/Oct = Safety (Here are the lesson titles, grade by grade)

Unit 3: Nov/Dec = Nutrition

Unit 5: Jan/Feb = Social/Mental/Emotional Health

Unit 6: March/Apr = Growth & Development/Cycle of Family Life

Unit 8: May/June = Illness/Disease Prevention

Each month your child will receive a glossy, colorful magazine (at their grade level) aligned to the unit being taught called a "Student Issue". The back page of each Student Issue will include a Family Communication Letter to support Health learning at home. Teachers will soon have access to their own Great Body Shop Teacher Portal and students will soon have access via Clever, which will enable them to also listen to the articles in their Student Issue in English, French, and Spanish. Once teachers receive their access to their GBS Teacher Portals, they will be able to connect you to the Family Portal.

As usual, parents are always welcome to come view any adopted curriculum at school. We think you'll be excited by this new, up-to-date, medically-accurate, engaging Health curriculum.

Title 1 Assessment Testing

The Eugene 4j School District administers both reading and math assessments to each of our students three times a year~ fall, winter and spring. Students scoring below the 20th percentile may be recommended, by the building-level team, to receive instructional interventions in reading and/or math. Students receiving interventions will have their progress monitored during regular intervals. At our school, all students receive 90 minutes of reading instruction and 70 minutes of instruction in the area of mathematics, each day. Parents/guardians will be notified if their child is recommended to receive additional reading or math instruction.

Linked here is additional information about Title 1 in Eugene School District 4J

Student Information Available for Non-Custodial Parents

Awbrey Park Elementary School is able to provide all co-custodial or non-custodial parents a duplicate copy of all district labeled mailings. Please let the school office know if you would like the name of a co-custodial or non-custodial parent added to the student's enrollment information.

Are you interested in finding your child’s bus stop information? (REPEAT)

The 4J transportation department has provided an online resource to help students and families find their bus stop and eligibility information for bus transportation. For more information, please take the following steps:

1. Go to the 4J website at https://www.4j.lane.edu/

2. On the tabs at the top, select the “I want to…” tab (last one)

3. Then select, “Find my Bus Stop”

Free Student Lane Transit District (LTD) Bus Pass!

All students in 4J schools can get a student pass to ride Lane Transit District (LTD) buses for free. Student transit passes can be used to travel anywhere within the LTD service area. Student passes can be used at any time—after school, on weekends and during school breaks, as well as to get to and from school each day.

4J elementary and middle school students will need parent/guardian permission to receive a student transit pass. To get a free LTD student transit pass, available as a tap card or Umo smartphone app, guardians/parents can fill out this permission form. Passes are valid from September 1 of the current school year to September 30 of the following year and can be renewed by the school each year for ongoing free service.

District Notifications

Regarding Bullying, Intimidation, Harassment, Discrimination, Hazing and Retaliation

Eugene School District 4J has policies and programs to prohibit and prevent bullying and harassment, including intimidation, cyberbullying, hazing and teen dating violence. District policy also prohibits discrimination, meaning any act that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably differentiating in treatment in any instructional program, extracurricular activity, or in the provision of any other service or benefit on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation (actual or perceived), gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.

The district encourages students, parents and other patrons to share their concerns with district officials if they believe they or someone else has been the victim of bullying and harassment, including intimidation, cyberbullying, hazing and teen dating violence, sexual harassment or discrimination. No reprisal or adverse action will occur as a consequence of initiating a complaint in good faith.

Incidents should be reported to the school principal or other staff member. An optional Student Safety Reporting Form is available in the front office of the school. If the complainant has worked with the school and is not satisfied with the resolution, or if the principal is alleged to have engaged in wrongdoing, a complaint may be directed to the superintendent’s office. Complaint forms and information about the complaint process are available in all 4J school offices on the 4J website at www.4j.lane.edu/complaints and at the 4J Education Center, 200 North Monroe Street, Eugene, OR 97402. For more information, contact your school principal or the superintendent’s office, 541‑790‑7707.

School to Inform Parents if Their Student Receives a Threat

It has always been our practice to keep parents informed if their son or daughter receives a serious threat of violence or harm at school, but it is important for you to know about a procedures we have implemented to comply with recent changes in State Law.

Oregon law requires schools to inform parents if their son or daughter’s name appears on a targeted list (i.e., a “hit list”) that threatens violence or harm, or when he or she receives a threat of violence or harm from another student. We will be using the following procedure to inform you if your student either receives or makes a serious threat of violence or harm.

If your son or daughter’s name appears on a list threatening violence or harm, or if he or she receives other threats of violence or harm by another student, we will attempt to meet with you personally, or talk by telephone, within 12 hours of learning about the threat. We will tell you about the threat, who made it (if we know), and the action we are taking to respond to it. We will also send you a notice within 24 hours, stating that you son or daughter did receive a threat. Our number one priority will be to make sure that school is safe for your children.

If your son or daughter made the threat, we will let you know that he or she made it and the action we are taking, including informing the parents of the student who received a threat that your student made. We are also required by the district’s Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook to inform the police.