Cheetah Chatter

César E. Chávez Elementary School

December 2020

1510 W. 14th Street, Eugene, Or. 97402

School Office Hours 8:00 am-3:30 pm


A Message From Ms. Pearson

Dear Parents and Families,

Only three more weeks until Winter Break! Time is flying by. Since September, we have learned so much about technology and ways to connect virtually.

I have been reflecting lately that one of the things I miss most about in-person school is the informal connections. For staff, it is those "hallway conversations" that happen as you go about your day. For students, it is running into a neighbor on the playground, or getting to class early and having a moment with your teacher that has nothing to do with today's lesson. For parents, it is those pick-up and drop-off encounters, where you can visit with the other families who gather outside and check in with your child's teacher out by the bus ramp.

I want to make sure you all know what is in place now, during Distance Learning, to help fill that gap. Teachers hold daily Office Hours, which is a time for kids and families to visit the Zoom classroom for a one-on-one chat. Office Hours are for Seesaw help and so much more. Teachers are available in their Zoom room every single day for these informal visits.

For parent-to-parent connections, our Cheetah PACK is creating a voluntary Student Directory to help families in linking outside of school. PACK Co-Leader Jacy Berg has been hosting informal Coffee Chats, where adults can get together and support each other in these tough times. It is a place to laugh, vent, or cry if you need to! Sometimes it helps just to know you are not alone.

Finally, I would like to invite you all to our Winter Family Fun Night on Thursday, Dec. 10th. Chávez staff members will be hosting a variety of winter-themed activities. We will be raffling off free books, too. And no Family Night would be complete without snacks, so we are offering popcorn and hot chocolate for you to enjoy at home! Just stop by school on Thursday, Dec. 3rd to pick up your treats, and then Zoom in on Dec. 10th to have some fun with other Chávez kids, staff, and families.

Sending you all my best for a connected and fulfilling Winter season,

Ms. Deirdre Pearson, Principal

Staff Spotlight On...

Ms Terri Kelley

I am extremely fortunate to be the P.E. teacher at Chavez. In my 25 years of teaching, the past six years at Chavez have been the most rewarding. Our community is amazing! My husband and I grew up in Portland and we have also lived in Washington and Montana. We have three grown daughters, a son in law and a grandson. My family is my world and I love spending time with them, especially watching sporting events. As many of the students know, I am a very dedicated Oregon Duck fan and try to never miss a Duck sporting event. Our students are incredible and I am thankful to be their P.E. teacher and connect with them and help them learn how to have fun while being physically active.

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Grab 'N Go Breakfast & Lunch

Free Meals For All Students

Weekdays 10:45-2:00

@ ATA and McCornack Elementary


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4J Safe Routes to School and Safe Kids West are offering free helmets to children who do not have one. Please fill out survey once for each student at Chávez and any siblings who also need helmets (do not fill out survey if you don't need a helmet). Helmets will be given out during the school supply distribution days.

Los proyectos de ‘4J Safe Routes to School’ (rutas seguras a las escuelas de 4J) y ‘Safe Kids West’ (Niños seguros del oeste) ofrecen cascos gratis para los estudiantes que no tienen. Por favor, llene la encuesta una vez por cada uno de sus estudiantes de Chávez y para cualquier de sus hermanos que necesitan casco (no llene la encuesta si no necesita casco). Los cascos se distribuirán como parte de la segunda donación de útiles escolares.

Aquí está el enlace a la encuesta:

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Barriers to Attendance?

Families and Caring Adults, we are so grateful for all that you are doing while we are not in the school building. Attendance is crucial for many reasons right now. Besides the academic benefits, attending class allows your student to interact socially with peers, as well as builds their relationship with their teacher.

If you are experiencing any barriers to attendance (housing, internet, child care, etc.), please call the front office at (541)790-5300 OR email/call Kara Whipple (from the Chávez Wraparound Team) at /(541)579-8976. You can also dial 211 to speak with someone who is extremely knowledgeable in all local resources (available in many languages).

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December Dates to Remember

Dates to Know

Dec. 3 Supply Distribution: Library Books and Family Night Popcorn & Hot Chocolate pick-up

Dec. 8 PACK Meeting: 5:30- 6:30

Dec. 10 Winter Family Fun Night 6:30-7:00 Ms. Pearson's zoom link

Dec. 16 All School Winter Sing Along 12:30-12:50 Ms. Nord's zoom link

Dec. 17 Papa’s Pizza PACK Fundraiser

Dec. 21 Winter Break

Jan. 5 Return to Learning

Click here for the full-year 4J Elementary Calendar.


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Library Checkout is Happening Now!

Great news! Students are now able to borrow library books from our Chávez library. Books can be checked out online in advance, then the book will be pulled from the shelf and brought to the office for pickup. The first pickup day is December 3rd.

To check out a book, visit the 4J Virtual Library and click on Follett Destiny. Select "Chávez Elementary" and log in with the username and password on your Clever Badge. Click "HOLD" to check out a book. The book will be here waiting for you at the next library book pickup day. See your teacher for more information.




This year at Chavez, we introduce two new AVID leaders to our team - 1st grade teacher, Chelese Schurman, and 4th grade teacher, Rebekah Whittaker!

Chelese started her AVID journey in 2014 as an AVID tutor for the freshman and sophomore classes at Sheldon High School. She was inspired by the students’ dedication to collaboration, inquiry, and organization, and was thrilled to continue her AVID journey at Chavez this year. She attended the AVID Digital XP over the summer, learning how to implement our beloved strategies into the online environment.

Rebekah was first introduced to AVID when she began working at Chavez Elementary last year. She went to one of the summer trainings in 2019 and began incorporating AVID strategies in her fourth grade classroom. Creating a sense of community and peer encouragement is one of the things that she loves most about AVID - especially the cheers!

Chelese and Rebekah will work together to share strategies and support our AVID goals at


Cheetah Pack News

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The Cheetah PACK (Cesar Chavez PTO) raises funds to support Cesar Chavez Elementary improvements and initiatives. Even in these remote times, you can help support just by doing two things you might already be doing:

1. Recycle Bottles and Cans using a Cheetah PACK Blue Fundraiser BottleDrop bag.

2. Be on the look-out for a Papa's Pizza fundraiser flyer in the next school supply pick up packet. You can also request a flyer by emailing

If you haven't signed up for the Voluntary Student Directory yet, you can sign up online by clicking here: Directory Sign Ups.

Thank you,

Jacy Berg, Cheetah PACK Co-Leader


Papa's Pizza

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 10am-11pm

West 11th Avenue

Eugene, OR




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4J Technology Agreement: Appropriate Use and Protection Plan

Click below to read about the 4J Tech Use Guidelines (updated 10/20/2020). This document summarizes the expectations for technology use and guidelines for distance learning. Also included is a device protection plan, including cost to you if your technology is lost, broken or damaged. Please take the time to read this important information.