Twin Oaks Elementary

Family Newsletter

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April 25, 2022

Dear Twin Oaks Families,


TOSA Fundraisers: Our TOSA parent group has organized two fundraisers this month. Panda Express will donate 20% of sales on Tuesday, April 26th. Remember to take the flyer that was sent home on Friday or show them a digital version from the newsletter or on Facebook.


Nothing Bundt Cakes will donate 30% of the sales during an entire week starting on April 30th. You need to take a paper copy to the store or note "Twin Oaks Fundraiser" in the comment field if ordering online. We certainly appreciate our local restaurants that are supporting our school.


Rainy Day Gear: We go outside for recess whenever possible. Occasionally it will start sprinkling when we are outside. Please have your kids wear appropriate clothing so that they stay warm and dry. We really appreciate when families write their child's name on the inside of coats and sweatshirts. This helps us when they end up in lost and found.


Volunteering at Twin Oaks: There have been fewer opportunities to volunteer at Twin Oaks since the beginning of the pandemic. As restrictions are lifted we will be able to welcome volunteers into our school, classrooms and library. Our hope is that in September we will be open to all volunteers. Many of you do not have a current volunteer application completed and the required documentation submitted. If you are considering volunteering in the future please review the information on the 4J website. If you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Jacelyn or myself.


Volunteer Application and Guidelines


Wishing you a wonderful week!

Ms. Denisa Taylor

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TOSA Fundraisers in April/May

Panda Express ~ Tuesday, April 26th, 10:00am - 9:30pm

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Nothing Bundt Cake ~ April 30th - May 7th

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Mrs. Pike and Ms. Reed's Buddies Reading

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Mrs. Black's Kindergarten Scientists

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We love our new Mustang gear!

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Twin Oaks Apparel for Sale

To make an order link to the web address:

www.blacktimbergraphics.com/twinoaks

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Letter to Families regarding State Tests

April 8, 2022


Dear Twin Oaks Families:

Every year, students in grades 3–8 and 11 complete state tests (on the web go to osasportal.org). These assessments are only one measure of a student's academic success, but provide important information for students, parents and schools. State tests were suspended in the 2019–20 school year and reduced in 2020–21 due to the pandemic and schools’ shift to distance learning. For the 2021–22 school year, state testing is returning to normal and students will complete the annual state tests this spring.


Most students participate in state testing, but parents have the right to opt out if they choose. The opt-out form for math and language arts tests is available online at the 4J School District website. Parents can submit a written request to opt out of science testing on the basis of disability or religion. Students who opt out of state tests, beyond a certain amount, are counted as not proficient in their school's reported test results.


Some ways you can help your student be prepared for state testing include:

• Stick to normal routines.
• Avoid scheduling appointments on testing days.
• Show a positive attitude and encourage your child to give their best effort.
• Ensure that your child is well rested and well fed. A good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast help students start each morning alert and ready for learning.
• Help your child arrive at school on time, relaxed and ready for the day, with their FULLY CHARGED iPad in hand.


Twin Oaks will begin testing 3rd-5th graders the week of April 18th (Bailey and Reed) and April 25th (Hamel and Morrison), 2022. All students will complete two tests each in English Language Arts and in Math – the multiple choice CAT, and the written answer Performance Task Assessments. 5th graders will also take a Science Assessment. We will spread the testing dates out over the months of April and May, with a plan to administer the 5th Grade Science test after Outdoor School in late May. This means that most students will finished by the end of May.


Thank you for partnering with us to help your student succeed in school and beyond. If you have any questions about state testing, please contact the principal, Denisa Taylor, or me.


Sincerely,

Debbie Miller (Twin Oaks School Counselor/School Testing Coordinator)

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Kids in Transition to School (KITS) Summer Program

The Eugene Kids In Transition to School (KITS) summer program is intended for students who will be entering kindergarten in Fall, 2022.


During the KITS program your kids will:

*Learn to make friends & cooperate

*Build beginning reading & counting skills

You will:

*Learn skills to reduce parenting stress

*Learn how to connect with your child’s school


KITS is free and open to all incoming Kindergarten students! We encourage all interested families to apply. Families will be notified about the status of their application by the start of June .


KITS is a 2 hour program and will run 3 days a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from June 28, 2022 through August 18, 2022. KITS will be located at three regional locations:

- Chávez Elementary

- Holt Elementary

- River Road Elementary/El Camino del Río.


Information

  • Transportation will be available.
  • Morning and afternoon options available.
  • The Eugene KITS Summer Program follows the Eugene School District COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
  • For questions or assistance, please contact Gretta Sagolla at 541-790-7709.
  • Please apply by Monday, May 23rd.


URL to link to English Application: https://forms.gle/WoPp1KC3R4BGGjmX6

URL to link to Spanish Application: https://forms.gle/LZZki5yo9PdtHK9J7

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Care Solace - A Resource for 4J Families, Students and Staff

4J families, does your student or a family member need help with mental health care? Eugene School District 4J is providing students, staff and their families free access to Care Solace, a confidential care coordination service, to help provide an additional layer of care and address the growing need for mental health care and substance abuse treatment.


Care Solace will connect you to verified community care providers matched to your needs, including providers that accept your medical insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or sliding scale options for those without insurance. Their care companion team is always available. Get help finding care providers that meet your needs at caresolace.com/eugene or call 888-515-0595 anytime, day or night, in any language. (Note, Care Solace is not a mental health service provider or emergency response service. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.)


Learn more: 4j.lane.edu/2022/03/care-solace-mental-health-care-coordination-service/


Familias de 4J, ¿Necesitan ayuda con la atención de salud mental de algún miembro de su familia? El Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J brinda a los estudiantes, el personal y sus familias acceso gratuito a Care Solace, un servicio confidencial de coordinación de cuidados, para ayudar a proporcionar una capa adicional de atención a la salud mental y tratamiento de abuso de sustancias para abordar la creciente necesidad de atención mental.


Care Solace le conectará con proveedores de atención comunitaria verificados que se ajusten a sus necesidades, incluidos los proveedores que aceptan su seguro médico, Medicaid, Medicare u opciones de pago por escala de ingresos para aquellos sin seguro. Su equipo de acompañantes de cuidados siempre está disponible. Obtenga la ayuda de contactos que satisfaga sus necesidades en caresolace.com/eugene o llame al 888-515-0595 en cualquier momento, de día o de noche, en cualquier idioma. (Tenga en cuenta que Care Solace no es el proveedor de los servicios de salud mental ni un servicio de respuesta a emergencias. En caso de una emergencia de vida o muerte, llame al 911 o a la Línea Nacional de Suicidio al 800-273-8255).


Infórmese: 4j.lane.edu/2022/03/care-solace-mental-health-care-coordination-service/

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Eugene 4J School District 2021-2022 School Calendar

(updated 11/29/2021)
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