César E. Chávez Elementary School
Dear Chávez Families,
As the school year comes to a close, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for your support and trust throughout my time as your principal. I have been privileged to witness the growth and potential of your children, and I am so very proud of their accomplishments. We have been through a lot together over the past years! Chávez will always hold a place in my heart.
As summer vacation approaches, I encourage you to cherish the time spent with your little ones. Create lasting memories and embrace the joy that comes with this special season. And when the new school year rolls around in the fall, I am confident that the dedicated Cheetah staff will continue to provide a caring and nurturing environment where your children will thrive.
Thank you for entrusting your children's education to us. It has been an honor to serve as your principal. Wishing you and your families a fantastic summer vacation filled with love and laughter.
June 8 Kindergarten picnic
June 9 No School — Grading Day
June 10 School Garden Work Party, 10:00am - 1:00pm
June 13 5th Grade Promotion
June 15 Last Day for Students - Early Release @ 11:10, sack lunches will be sent home with kids.
Summer Office Hours
- 8:00 am - noon
- 1:00 – 3:00pm
Closed June 19 in observance of Juneteenth
Closed June 27
Chávez School Garden
School garden work party, Saturday, June 10th from 10:00am - 1:00pm. Families should bring their own garden tools and gloves.
Are you an avid gardener? A beginner gardener? Do you know how to swing a hammer? Do you like to dig in dirt? Do you have skills that could be used in helping beautify our school garden?
If you would like to help with our school garden but not sure where to begin or how you can help, please contact Ms. Angie firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-790-5332 and leave a message.
Fun for All
Eugene Rec has partnered with a host of community organizations to bring Fun For All to your neighborhood park. Fun for All is a community wide program that provides free recreation opportunities for youth ages 0-17 (children under 10 must be accompanied by a responsible party aged 15+).
Fun For All sites
July 5-August 25, 2023, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.:
Food for Lane County will be at all sites serving lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Questions: contact Billy Hernandez, 541-682-6359
Petersen Barn, 870 Berntzen Rd.
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Food and Activities for Children and Families
Food resources and free meals for students during the summer and activity resources for children and families are available throughout the community. Please see attached information below.
P.E. Corner with Ms. Terri
As we are finishing the school year, students have been working on ball handling skills which includes dribbling and shooting a ball at a basketball hoop. We are also reviewing some of the skills/games we have learned this year. Students also completed their last 5 Minute Run and many of our classes improved their class average!
The Chavez community is amazing and I am so thankful I have been a part of it for the last 8 years and want you to know that I will be retiring at the end of the school year. Jay Swanson, who is one of our 4th grade teachers, will be taking my place. I am so appreciative that I was able to teach your students and be a part of a wonderful community. I hope you all have an enjoyable summer.
Summer Music Information from Ms. Nord
Are you looking for some musical fun for your student this summer? Read on:
Every summer, we offer a range of music camps for elementary, middle, and high school students featuring a variety of musical experiences. From Summer SongFest (an introduction-to-music camp for elementary schoolers) to our advanced performance-oriented E. Y. Harburg Academy for high schoolers looking at a career in musical theatre, and Mariachi del Shedd. Call 541 434-7000
The Shedd Community Music School offers need-based financial aid for youth and adult students alike, thanks to the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors, so that cost is not a barrier to learning music. Confidential financial aid application forms can be downloaded online from our eDocument archive or picked up at the Registrar's office. Submit the appropriate form for either a class or private lessons to the Registrar. Get financial aid forms from our eDocument archive here.
Cheetah PACK News
PACK = Parents & Advocates for Chávez Kids
Congrats to our new 2023 / 2024 Cheetah PACK officers !!
President - Bethy Annsa
Vice President - Andrea Stapleton
Communications - Brooke Stehley
Secretary / Treasurer - Camille Hewett
We'd love to add you - Please reach out if you are interested in joining or volunteering. email@example.com
Are you curious about what is going on at school? Do you want to be involved in helping plan events? Do you want to get to know other Chávez parents? PACK is a great place to start! You can attend a meeting or email for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleaning for a Cause
Are you getting ready to clean out closets and cull thorough books and toys? Please consider donating to Bags of Love. We rely heavily upon community donations to keep our inventory stocked, and we accept donations of new and gently used clothing, toys, and books. Items must be clean, tear- and stain-free, and in good condition. Serving children ages birth-17 and sizes preemie to adult 4XL means our clothing needs are wide-ranging and never-ending!
A Bag of Love is a care package for a child in need – a child in poverty, moving into foster care, or one without a home at all. Each bag is customized for the age and gender of the child and includes necessities and comfort items including; 1-2 complete outfits, socks and underwear, toiletries, school supplies, an activity kit, books, a quilt or fleece blanket, and a stuffed animal.
In 2022 we distributed more than 4,600 bags to children in Lane County in crisis due to abuse, neglect, poverty, homelessness, and disaster.
You can drop off donations at our warehouse (1052 Green Acres Rd), which is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Not a convenient time for you? Many of the businesses that host BOL donation barrels are open earlier and/or later. Find a drop-off site that works for you at http:www.bagsonloveinc.org/donate.
Chávez Library News
Chávez Summer Reading Challenge
Help your student/s keep their hard earned reading skills in gear during the summer.
During the school year your student/s are engaged in reading and learning activities about 6 hours a day, but in the summer kids can experience a Summer Slump, because they are not engaged in reading activities for about 2 months. This can make a tougher transition in September and some learning loss too.
Reading for at least 20 minutes a day can support in retaining what students learned during the year and keeping those mental "muscles" engaged.
Here are some ways to support your student in reading 20 minutes a day:
1. SORA: Ms. Dyer, your librarian, is teaching your student/s how to get ebooks and audiobooks from a school app called Sora. You can sign in through Sora or Clever. Look for your child's sign-in information with their report card packet. This video will walk you through logging into Sora (https://youtu.be/nCcDaqdhEU4).
2. BOOKS at HOME: Also, if your student is in K-2, they chose 5 "take home and keep books" from the United Way Book Fest this week. You can read those books with your student. Also your student received a number of books from our Smart Readers program this year they can re-read this summer.
3. VIST THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. They not only have a huge kids collection but also engaging summer activities your family will love.
THANK YOU for all you do to support your child's growth as a reader and a person,
Martha Dyer, Your Teacher Librarian
Counseling Corner with Ms. Shannon
As we step into June and LGBTQ+ Pride Month, I wanted to highlight the important work of the Family Acceptance Project, which has conducted decades of research on promoting well-being and preventing health and mental health risks in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children and youth. I also wanted to highlight a local group for parents of LGBTQ+ students that meets third Tuesdays of each month. For more general resources as we head into summer, I'm once again linking Relief Nursery's excellent Community Resource Guide.
Please let me know if I can be of assistance to your family in navigating or connecting with resources. I will be available through June 16 and then plan to be back in late August.
This time of year is always bittersweet as we celebrate our students--their growth and the unique gifts they brought to their classroom community this year--and say goodbye for the summer, or for longer in the case of our 5th graders or students moving away. I will miss them!
I wish you all a wonderful summer, filled with rest, beauty, adventure, or whatever you may need.
Site Council News
Site Council met on May 24th. We said goodbye to current members that will not be back with us next year. We also discussed the positions we will need to fill next year which will be 3 certified positions and a parent position. Information went out to teachers last week in regard and will be shared with families in the Fall to find a parent who would like to join.
Activities for Children and Families
Direction Services Client Resource Guide
Your 2 0 2 3 guide to inclusive activities, camps, community supports, educational services, and
employment programs available to youth and families with disabilities in Lane County
Give us a call at 541-686-5060 or visit us online at www.directionservice.org