César E. Chávez Elementary School
Dear Chávez Families,
It is hard to believe this school year is coming to a close! We have been through so many ups and downs. It has been a true pleasure to have your children back in the building in person this year. Students have learned academic skills and have grown together as a community. For many of our youngest students, this is the first time they have been together in a school setting. I am so proud of the growth I have seen. Our students are resilient and strong. Thank you to all families for the partnership this year.
June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of issues related to the gay rights movement. I want to take a moment to state my support for all of our LGBTQ+ students and staff. Our 4J School Board policy is very clear about supporting and providing equal educational opportunities to all students; we prohibit harassment and discrimination on the basis of sexual identity and gender identity. Additionally, an important part of our 4J Student Suicide Prevention policy is to address the needs of our students identifying as LGBTQ+. At Chávez, and throughout 4J, everyone is welcome. My hope is that everyone in our community will learn, thrive, and feel a sense of belonging, all while being their true selves.
Lastly, I ask all of you to fill out our Family Survey. We are always looking for ways to improve the academic and social emotional experience of our students and families here at Chávez. We would love to hear from you about you and your child's experience in school this year. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey. We will use the results to help improve our practices and expand our outreach efforts. Thank you for taking this opportunity to let us know what we are doing well and what we can do to improve. We truly appreciate your input!
Link to survey:
Again, thank you for the honor you have entrusted in us as a staff to care for your children. I wish you the most wonderful of summer vacations, and I look forward to welcoming you back to school on Wednesday, September 7th.
Wishing you well,
Ms. Pearson, Principal
JUNE DATES TO KNOW
June 10 - No school/Grading day for teachers
June 16 - 5th grade promotion 5:30 - 6:30 See invite for details
June 17 - Last day of school - Early release at 11:10. Look for Report Cards coming home in backpacks on the last day!
DATES FOR NEXT YEAR:
Summer Office Hours
Intent To Return
CHEETAH JOG A THON 2022 UPDATE
Register here for Olympic Day
- What: Olympic Day “Celebrating 50 years of Title IX”
- When: June 11 – 12:00pm
- Where: Jane Sanders Stadium
- Who: All K-8 students + families
- Cost: FREE
- Pre-registration required: Click here
RECESS ART TIME FOR FIRST GRADERS
Fun Options at Recess
This spring, we have been providing options for relaxation, exercise, team camaraderie, and just plain ol' fun for first graders at recess. Teacher-led soccer, basketball, music and a bubble machine, and an art cart have been huge hits. A fan favorite, here's a picture of some of the first graders at Art Cart.
5th Grade Promotion News
Who: Chavez Fifth Graders and Families
What: Fifth Grade Promotion
Where: The Chavez Playground
When: Thursday, June 16th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Please join us on Thursday, June 16th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to promote our wonderful, talented, and special group of fifth graders. We invite all 5th grade families to join us at the playground for a special gathering where students will receive their promotion certificates, photo with their teacher and enjoy a treat provided by Kona Ice!
Attire: BEACH THEME! Wear your cool, casual clothes ready for Summer vacation! Please no swimsuits.
At the event we will grab certificates, take photos with teachers and friends, and grab a special treat from Kona Ice. Kona Ice will be done serving at 6:30 p.m. This is an informal event. Please drop in anytime between 5:30-6:30, mix and mingle, and leave when you’re ready.
REMINDER: Friday, June 17th is a school day! We will have field day and dismissal is at 11:10.
We look forward to a special evening!
~The Fifth Grade Team
LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES OPEN OVER THE SUMMER
The Unitarian Universalist Church Food Pantry is a block away from our school, at 1685 W. 13th Ave. They are open every first & third Thursday from 2:00-6:00.
The Eugene Faith Center Food Pantry is across the street from our school, at 1410 W. 13th Ave. They are open every second & fourth Thursday from 2:00-6:00.
Both food pantries offer fresh produce as well as shelf-stable items.
Parking Lot Reminders
Cheetah PACK News
PACK = Parents & Advocates for Chávez Kids
Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day and on time. Just as parents should focus on how their children are performing academically, they have a responsibility to set expectations for good attendance and to monitor their children’s absences, so that missed days don’t add up to academic trouble. Visit www.attendanceworks.com for more information.
- Make getting your child to school on time every day a top priority.
Work with your child’s school to help with barriers that keep your child from attending every day.
- Ask for and monitor data on absences
SITE COUNCIL NEWS
COUNSELING CORNER WITH SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER MS. SHANNON
With the devastating news from Uvalde, Texas right on the heels of the devastating news from Buffalo, NY, and the context of heightened stress many of us were already navigating, I just wanted to take a moment to share this graphic from the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine. I hope we can all take some time to reflect and find ways to center our individual and collective well-being!
I know some resources have already been shared out to support caregivers in conversations with children and youth about violence, but I wanted to share one of my favorite compilations I've come across, which also includes some multilingual tips as you scroll down, in case it's of interest.
Thankfully, May was also filled with bright spots here at Chávez, with students bringing their joy and curiosity and unique selves each day! Teachers have continued their SEL Lessons, many related to problem-solving and getting along, and I've had the opportunity to continue Sources of Strength lessons with upper grades related to regulation, positive friends, and family support. We will wrap these up over the next week or so.
June is often very bittersweet for me--getting to see and celebrate students' growth in academic, social and emotional areas, the gorgeous weather and fun events...while also preparing to bid farewell to students for the summer and to send off our awesome 5th graders and other students who will not return in the Fall. I began working at Chávez when this class of 5th graders were kindergartners, so they will always have a special place in my heart! I wish them all the very best on their journeys and send especially warm wishes to all the families and caregivers for whom this is the end of your family's time at Chávez!
I've done one final virtual office update for the school year, where you'll find a variety of resources, especially in the caregiver corner. Please feel free to reach out to me between now and June 17 if you would like to discuss your student or family's needs. I'm available via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 541-790-5383 (direct office line).
I wish you and your family a wonderful summer!
All the best,
Mental Health Resource
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.)
BEING THERE FOR KIDS DURING CHALLENGING TIMES
Being there for Kids during Challenging Times:
Two part Saturday Series June 11 & 18 9am to 12:30p @ The Box in Eugene 661 E. 19th Ave.
A learning experience for all who interact with children! Parents, grandparents, childcare, teachers, and anyone else caring for children in any way would benefit from this program. Learn the basics of how to help children understand and manage the strong emotions they are experiencing due to the pandemic, return to school, loss of social connections, difficult family situations, and other challenges in their lives. Find the right balance between structure and nurture to help build strong, self assured, and confident children through role modeling, building positive and predictable environments, promoting understanding of the brain-state model, and fostering rich connections between children and adults.
Part 1 Saturday June 11th, 9am to 12:30 pm. Part 2 Saturday June 18th, 9am to 12:30 pm
Breakfast and Snacks Provided!
Parallel learning track, art, and play activities for children will be provided with times for adults and parents to practice new skills!
The class is free but registration is required. Sign up at True Insight Parenting
DIRECTION SERVICE SUMMER DIRECTORY
Looking for something for your children to do over the summer, or are you needing resources or support? Directions Service Summer Directory has information on activities, camps and services available to youth and families. Visit their website www.directionservice.org for more information. Or see attached PDF for local resources.
Summer on the Hill - Art classes for students!
SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
As summer approaches some families may be thinking "what am I going to do with these kids all day"! Here is a link to "100 Fun Summer Activities for Kids". There are many great ideas mostly FREE for the summertime!