Twin Oaks Elementary

Family Newsletter

April 18, 2022

Dear Twin Oaks Families,

Language Arts Adoption: Eugene School District 4J is in the process of choosing new Language Arts materials for K-5 students. We’d like to take this opportunity to share an informational video about the process and share information about our two finalists, Expeditionary Learning (EL) and Wit & Wisdom/Fundations. After you have watched the video, you can share your feedback in a survey. Lastly, if you’d like to explore these materials, we have provided links to do so below.

Seasonal Allergies: It's Springtime, which means flowers are blooming and birds are chirping, but it also means many of our students are suffering from seasonal allergies. If your student has a history of allergies, please call the office and make sure we have their allergies documented. If a student is experiencing coughing, sneezing, congestion, etc. without the documentation of their typical allergy symptoms, we will treat it as illness. If you need to have seasonal allergies documented, medical forms are available in the office.

Hoping for more Spring weather!

Ms. Denisa Taylor

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Thank you TOSA for the Student Leadership T-Shirts. Our 5th grade leaders LOVE them!

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TOSA Meeting Agenda ~ April 12th, 2022

7:00pm – 8:00pm via ZOOM

Welcome and Introduction: Denisa Taylor, Justin Gottwald, Michelle McCoy, Stefanie Murphy, Kaylea Gardner, Kim Strohman, Bergen Kenney, Jenny Boone

Teacher Report- Bergen and Kaylea:

  • PBIS going great.
  • Books are getting ordered for the library to update
  • Getting prepared for state testing

Budget Report:

  • No final total yet for Read-a-thon but we exceeded the goal of $4,000 and are going to be able to buy the vending machine. Preliminary total is around $8250.
  • Chipotle fundraiser was a success! Raised $619.67. We have an amazing and supportive community at Twin Oaks.
  • Reimbursement request: Jodi Black: Light table tray: $104- Approved.
  • Leadership Students for t-shirts: $513- Approved.

Recent Event Recap:

  • Read–thon: HUGE success! Met both goals for funds raised and minutes read! Twin Oaks students knocked it out of the park! Huge kudos to our parents for their ongoing support!

Upcoming Events and Community Outreach:

  • Next restaurant fundraisers:Panda Express: April 26th, Nothing but Bundts: April 30- May 7th, Handels Ice Cream: May 25th
  • Outdoor School: Not overnight

Principal’s Report – Denisa Taylor:

  • OBOB- Sydney Morrison did a great job facilitating Twin Oaks students who participated in OBOB. Students had a fantastic time. Outdoor School will be May 10th, 11th, and 12th - no overnight. Numbers for student enrollment are continuing to increase and for school year 2022-2023, we will be getting an additional teacher.

Open Floor for Questions and Comments:

  • Discussed plans for Staff Appreciation running from May 2nd to May 6th, there will be a sign-up genius going out on ways you can help show our Twin Oaks staff how much we appreciate them and all they do for our kiddos throughout the year.
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AVID Strategy of the Month - Planners

Our AVID Strategy during the month of March was Planners. This is our first year at Twin Oaks with Planners and we are loving them! Classes take time each day to review the day and write in their planners. This allows for students to start practicing the strategy of monitoring their work completion and planning ahead. Student planners are also used to increase home/school communication by initiating an academic conversation about what the student learned in each core subject area.

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Artist in Residence - Creativity through Clay

Ms. Morrison's class creating art with artist Andrea DiPalma Yansane
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Parachutes in PE with Coach Renee

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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:

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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 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.


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.


  • 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:

URL to link to Spanish Application:

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Eugene 4J School District 2021-2022 School Calendar

(updated 11/29/2021)
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