Bulldog Bulletin

Awbrey Park Elementary School Newsletter

School Events & Important Dates

4/18: 5th Grade Outdoor School Parent Meeting (5:30-6:30pm, Gym)

4/19: School Board Meeting (7:00pm via Zoom)

4/24-4/26: 5th Grade Human Growth & Development Unit

4/25: Site Council Meeting (3:15-4:00pm, Conference Room)

4/28: ArtSpark West African Drumming Assembly

5/1-5/5: Math State Testing (3rd - 5th Grade)

5/3: School Board Meeting (7:00pm via Zoom)

5/4: ACE Award Ceremony (5:00-7:00pm, South Eugene HS)

5/8-5/12: ELA State Testing (3rd - 5th Grade)

5/8: Awbrey Park PTO Meeting (6:30pm, Room 16)

5/10: Awbrey Park Art Show (6:00-8:00pm, Cafeteria)

Parent & Family Engagement Survey

We would love to hear from you! We are looking for your feedback to improve our school and district systems. Please complete the survey below which asks for your input on how we communicate with you about your student’s progress, our school’s climate and culture, and opportunities for parent involvement. As we are in the process of drafting our new school improvement plan, your feedback will help inform our goals around these three areas. Thank you for your time!

5th Grade Outdoor School Parent/Guardian Meeting

Join us TONIGHT from 5:30-6:30pm in the Awbrey Park cafeteria for our 5th grade Outdoor School Parent/Guardian Meeting.

The staff from Coyote Outdoor School will be here to share a little bit about their program, help parents/guardians complete the required paperwork, and provide an opportunity to connect with school staff. Hope to see you there!

PTO Volunteer Interest Form

Our Awbrey Park PTO is looking for officers and volunteers for the 2023-24 school year! Please see the volunteer interest form below to get involved with a great organization to help support Awbrey Park staff & students.

2023-24 PTO Volunteer Interest Form

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

Thank you Volunteers!

In honor or National Volunteer Appreciation Week, I want to extend a special thank you to all of our Awbrey Park volunteers! We are so grateful for each of you and all you do to support our staff and students!

2023-24 YMCA Child Care Registration (REPEAT)

The YMCA will begin registration for their 2023 summer camp and the 2023-24 school year on Monday, Monday, April 24th for currently enrolled families and Monday, May 1st for the Awbrey Park community.

If you are interested in registering your child, please visit the Eugene Family YMCA website for more information!

State Testing Tips & Reminders (REPEAT)

State testing will begin the week of May 1st and conclude the week of May 22nd.

Consistent routines are important to student success at school. Nutritious meals, rest and positive communication are essential to supporting your child during this time. Thank you for your ongoing support in these efforts!

State Testing Notice (REPEAT)

Each spring our 3rd-5th grade students participate in state assessments in English Language Arts, Math, and Science (5th grade only). These tests occur during the regular school day and students are encouraged to take their time to do their best to demonstrate what they have learned in the past year.

Please click on the following link to learn more about each test and the opt-out/exemption process. Families wishing to opt-out of statewide testing must complete the required form/exemption process in the link above and turn it into the school office prior to April 14th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school office for more information.

Student Attendance & Tardy Reminders (REPEAT)

There is a strong correlation between good attendance and success in school. On the other hand, students who regularly miss school are also more likely to struggle in school.

Missed days add up quickly: Just two days a month (2 days x 9 months = 18 days/year or 10% of the school year) puts a child's success in jeopardy because students fall behind and disconnect. By third grade, it gets much more difficult to catch up. Students who regularly miss school can quickly feel hopeless, and returning becomes harder and harder (“Why Attendance Matters”, ODE).

It is our hope that we can work together to encourage your child’s regular attendance and success at school. When your child is going to be late or absent from school, please call the attendance line at (541) 790-4054, before 8:30am and inform our office staff. You may also leave a message on our voice mail if you are calling before regular office hours. Please leave your child's name, their teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence.

If we can be of any support to you or your child in improving their attendance at school, please reach out to our Student Success Coordinator, Kristen Gianforti at 541-790-4050 or gianforti_k@4j.lane.edu.

District News & Announcements

Sign up for KITS Today!

Is your child starting kindergarten this fall? Help them get ready with Kids In Transition to School's free summer program. Request to enroll in KITS by Friday, April 14.

KITS is a fun, interactive evidence-based school readiness program that builds children’s academic, self-regulation, and social skills, plus helps parents develop positive strategies to support learning at home and school. The two-hour classes are held Tuesdays through Thursdays from June 27–August 17 at three 4J locations. Enrollment is based on lottery system.

Learn more & apply by April 14: bit.ly/40aooBJ (English) • bit.ly/3YzY0Qq (español). For questions or assistance, please call (541) 790-5929.

2023-24 School Calendar Adopted

The 4J school board has officially approved the academic calendars for the 2023-24 school year. See some key dates below and a one-page printable version here!

Key dates for 2023–24 include:

  • First day of school for grades K, 6 & 9: Wednesday, Sept. 6
  • First day of school for all other grades: Thursday, Sept. 7
  • Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 23–Friday, November 24
  • Winter Break: Mon., December 18–Friday, December 31 + Tue., January 2 (staff work day)
  • Spring Break: Mon., March 25–Fri., March 29 + Mon., April 1 (staff work day)
  • Last Day of School: Thursday, June 13 (or later if weather makeup days are needed)