Bulldog Bulletin

Awbrey Park Elementary School Newsletter

School Events & Important Dates

11/8: Parent/Teacher Evening Conferences (4:00-8:00pm, Regular School Day)

11/9: Parent/Teacher Conferences (8:00am-8:00pm, No School)

11/10: Teacher Comp Day, Conferences (No School)

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

11/14: Awbrey Park PTO Meeting (6:30pm, Room 16)

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

11/18: Jog-a-Thon Assembly!

11/23: Ducks vs. Beavers Spirit Day!

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

11/30: Picture Re-Take Day

12/2: Staff Workload Relief Day (No School)

12/12: Awbrey Park PTO Meeting (6:30pm, Room 16)

12/19-1/2: Winter Break (No School)

November News, Events & Updates

Dear Awbrey Park Families,

The school year is flying by! November is a busy month with fall conferences, vision and dental screenings, upcoming assemblies and 3rd/4th grade field trips.

As a reminder, we will have a regular school day on Tuesday, November 8th with evening conferences taking place from 4:00-8:00pm. Students will have no school on Wednesday, November 9 – Friday, November 11th.

Thank you to all the volunteers who supported our Kindergarten field trip to Detering Orchards on October 21st. Our staff and students had a great time and we couldn’t have done it without you!


Jared Tiecke, Principal

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are almost here! This is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing and meet with their teacher. Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th from 4:00-8:00pm and Wednesday, November 9th from 8:00am-8:00pm.

There will be no school on Wednesday (11/9), Thursday (11/10), and Friday (11/11) this week.

Conferences will be in person this year, but virtual options are also available upon request. Scheduling information was sent to families on Friday, October 14th. If you have not had the opportunity to sign up for fall conferences, please be sure to connect with your child's teacher on available times. Thank you!

Vision & Dental Screenings

Awbrey Park will be hosting our annual vision and dental screenings on Monday, November 7th from 8:30am-12:00pm. All K-5 students will participate in the dental screening and K-3 students will also participate in the vision screening.

The vision screening will be done by a “Spot Test” with the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation volunteers and does NOT take the place of a thorough eye examination by an eye health specialist, as serious or eye health problems can be missed. If the results of the vision screening indicate your student needs a thorough eye exam, you will be notified of results after we receive them, generally 2-4 weeks after the screening date. All volunteers are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Our dental screening is offered for all students. Students of parents and guardians who chose to return the Authorization for Dental hygiene Services form can receive a fluoride varnish treatment, which helps prevent cavities. These services are provided by the Community Health Centers of Lane County dental hygiene providers.

Information was originally sent home with all students on Monday, October 31st. If you do not want your child to participate in the vision and/or dental screening, please contact your child’s teacher or Kristie Long (long_k@4j.lane.edu) in the school office at 541-790-4050.

School Picture Re-Take Day!

Awbrey Park Elementary School will be hosting a school picture re-take day on Wednesday, November 30th.

School pictures can be ordered online at mylifetouch.com, Picture Day ID EVTK4SX66 (see picture packet order form here). Picture packets are also available in the school office upon request.

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

Volunteering at Awbrey Park!

We are excited to welcome volunteers back into our schools! If you are interested in volunteering at Awbrey Park Elementary School, please contact your child’s teacher for upcoming opportunities.

Volunteers will need to complete a volunteer application on the district website and be approved prior to volunteering. Please contact Kristie Long or Jade Chrissis in the school office at 541-790-4050 for more information.

Lost & Found

This is a reminder that our Lost & Found piles up every day in the library and all non-claimed items are donated at the end of December.

We do our best to return items labeled with students’ names to them. If you haven’t already, please label your students’ jackets and sweatshirts/sweaters with their names. Conferences is a great time to check the Lost & Found for items in November. We look forward to seeing you for fall conferences!

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 6:00-7:00pm.

This month we will be meeting on Monday, November 14th at 6:30pm in Room 16.

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

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Inclement Weather

With the possibly of inclement weather quickly approaching, this would be great time to double check that your contact information is updated in the event of a school closure or delay. Information will be communicated through our regular notification system (via text, voicemail and email) from the district office. You can subscribe to our flash alert notification system by visiting the Eugene School District website or by logging into ParentVue and updating your contact information.

Safety Reminder: School Crosswalk (REPEAT)

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 (REPEAT)

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.

District News & Announcements

Early Childhood CARES Screenings

Early Childhood CARES Provides Early intervention and Early Childhood Special Education services and supports, to children from birth to school age who have developmental delays or disabilities.

Anyone may refer a child for a free developmental screening regarding concerns about how a child walks, talks, hears, sees, plays with toys or responds to others. Services are free and no insurance is required. If you have concerns about your child’s development, call Early Childhood CARES to make a referral.

Eligibility: Services open to all Lane County children ages 0-5 who have developmental delays or disabilities.

Region Served: Lane County

To learn more, visit https://earlychildhoodcares.uoregon.edu/ or call 541-346-2578

Lane County Child Care & Preschool Survey

The Lane Early Learning Alliance is interested in hearing from you about your wants and needs are when it comes to child care and preschool for your child(ren). We will use this information to expand access to child care and preschool across Lane County. Please CLICK HERE take this brief survey – it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes – to help us understand how we can better serve you and other parents and caregivers in our community. All answers are anonymous and confidential. If you’d rather share your thoughts over the phone, please contact education@unitedwaylane.org to schedule a phone interview.

They are raffling off five (5) $100 gift cards as a thank you for taking the survey. To enter the raffle, please follow the link at the end of the survey to enter your contact information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at: education@unitedwaylane.org or call 541.741.6000.

4J K-5 Health curriculum - The Great Body Shop (REPEAT)

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.