Cheetah Chatter

César E. Chávez Elementary School

March 2021

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

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

541-790-5300

carey_k@4j.lane.edu

http://chavez.4j.lane.edu

facebook.com/CesarChavezCheetahs

A MESSAGE FROM MS. PEARSON

Dear Chávez Families,


On March 2, you will receive an email notifying you of your student’s teacher and cohort for the remainder of the year. It is important to know that some students' teachers and all students’ schedules will be changing.


To accommodate and honor each family’s pathway choices, we have identified a teacher at each grade level to teach the same school online (SSO) students. We will also have two teachers per grade level teaching to our students who will be learning in the Hybrid model.


Kinder: Ms. Mariah will teach SSO. Ms. Tracy and Ms. Bridges will teach Hybrid.

1st grade: Ms. Kehe will SSO. Ms. Schurman and Ms. Eide will teach Hybrid.

2nd grade: Mr. Callahan will teach SSO. Ms. Danielle and Ms. Lucas will teach Hybrid.

3rd grade: Ms. Vendrasco will teach SSO. Ms. White and Ms. Julia/Ms. Coyne will teach Hybrid.

4th grade: Mr. Swanson will teach SSO. Ms. Whittaker and Mr. Joe (Ms. Kim’s long term guest teacher) will teach Hybrid.

5th grade: Ms. Kristin will teach SSO. Ms. Amanda and Ms. Maggie will teach Hybrid.


Students will begin learning with their new Hybrid or same school online (SSO) class on Monday, March 15. Your student’s teacher will send out more specific information about your student’s daily schedule and activities soon.


Thank you all for your patience and grace as we make the transition to in-person learning. We are so excited to see many of you soon, and continue our online journey with all.


Sincerely,

Ms. Deirdre Pearson, Principal

MARCH DATES TO REMEMBER:

DATES TO KNOW:

Feb. 22 - March 5: Virtual Book Fair

March 5 & 12: Elementary asynchronous learning days; teachers prepare for hybrid transition

March 6: Virtual Childcare Open House. See flyer for details.

March 15* Elementary classroom changes implemented

March 15 week*: Grades K–1 attend on-site orientation events

March 22 - 26 Spring Break

March 29: Grades K–1 begin full hybrid learning schedule

April 5: Grades 2–5 begin hybrid learning model

June 17: Last Day of School for Students


*Tentative dates, pending vaccine availability & local COVID metrics.


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

SPOTLIGHT ON... OUR NEW SCHOOL SECRETARY

Ms. Karma

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My name is Karma Sue Carey and I have worked in some capacity within 4J for about 6 years now. I was the Family School Secretary and just accepted the Secretary position at Chavez, with my first day being Monday. I am very familiar with Chavez as two of my children went through Chavez and I subbed here regularly for many years. I am the mother of a 7 member family, with 5 teenagers, and building memories with our children is something we strive for regularly. We love to travel and go camping and we have lots of loud family dinners with great food as my husband and I both love to cook. Currently, we are being creative in our "COVID bubble" keeping the kids happy and getting out; doing our best to help them in school, and staying positive through these strange and sometimes difficult times. I look forward to serving the Chavez community please never hesitate to reach out as I am here to help in every way possible.
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CHILDCARE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

YMCA Afterschool Care: The Y is excited to be able to provide afterschool care to our students on the days they will be in the building attending hybrid learning. Program will begin on-site March 29 or April 1st, depending on your group. Registration opens on Monday, March 8. For more information:


Financial assistance is available; register first and email us with regards to assistance.


For other local childcare options including full-day care, we’ve compiled some options for you. Please click on the Childcare Resources attachment below.

KIDS HEART CHALLENGE ACTIVITIES

We are in the middle of our Kids Heart Challenge activities in P.E. classes. We will be doing these lessons for two more weeks. Although, if your student has collected any donations, the deadline for that was February 26th. We will continue learning how to have happy and healthy hearts and ways we can stay active. Ask your student if they know who the "Heart Heroes" are from the Kids Heart Challenge. Each hero has a specific message for how we can be happy and healthy.
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WELCOME FAMILY RESOURCE COORDINATOR MS. ANGIE!

We have some great news to share with our Chávez families! We have added the position of Family Resource Coordinator, and you will see a familiar face in this new position. Ms. Angie Gee will be switching from the School Secretary to fill this role of Resource Coordinator. This will enable her to fulfill her dream of helping families being her main focus. If your family has a need or you’re not sure where to go for resources, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Stay tuned for more information as we get our Family Resource Center up and running.

IT'S READ ACROSS AMERICA MONTH!

In March, we take time to celebrate our love of reading! Stay tuned for information about a special school wide reading event, coming soon. In the meantime, grab a book, get comfy, and enjoy!

FREE LUNCH DELIVERY FOR ALL SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN. CLICK ON THE FOOD RESOURCES LINK BELOW.

WELLNESS & SELF-CARE

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TITLE ONE NEWS:

HELPING YOUR CHILD BECOME A STRONG READER.

Are you wondering how to best support your child's reading at home? Wouldn't it be great if there was a website that offered tips, family activities, videos and other resources on helping your child become a strong reader? Great news! It's right here: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southeast/foundations/index.asp


This website offers recommendations, by grade level, kindergarten through 4th grade. Each recommendation includes a brief explanation, a short video modeling how to help your child with an aspect of their reading as well as fun activities to practice these vital skills. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or would like more resources on how to support your readers at home.

From Alice, Debra, and Steve

Title One Coordinators

SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR FEB. 22-MARCH 5TH.

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"Reminder that Ms. Shannon, our School Social Worker, is here for you as well as your students. Check out her Parent/Guardian Corner for resources and inspiration!"

ATTENDANCE: EVERY DAY MATTERS

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KINDNESS AND FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES FROM MS. BREEYA

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AVID CORNER

SETTING GOALS

This month, teachers are continuing to dive into goal setting, and classrooms are working on some amazing things! For example, first and fourth grade classrooms are setting goals around organization and being prepared with their materials each day. Second grade classes are currently working on writing reports on famous Black historical figures for Black History month, including Bessie Coleman, Frederick Douglass, Booker T Washington, and many others. Third grade is working on the Zones of Regulation and being in the Green Zone, recognizing emotions, as well as learning about how to manage strong feelings and calm down using the Second Steps curriculum. "5th grade is using planners to track their goals". Let's give an AVID "hip-hip-hooray!"for our students and teachers who work hard everyday!

SITE COUNCIL NEWS

THREE TAKEAWAYS FROM OUR FEBRUARY MEETING:


    1. Reading scores are looking great, especially 2nd - 5th fluency!

    2. Hybrid/SSO - lots of planning and preparation happening

    3. School-Family Communication - continuing to work on streamlining

CHAVEZ DAILY SCHEDULE BY GRADE

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LIBRARY CHECKOUT

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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.


BOOK PICKUPS WILL BE THE 1ST AND 3RD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH.

DURING BUILDING OFFICE HOURS: 8 A.M.- 4 P.M.

NEW LIBRARY NEWS. CLICK THE LINK TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING!!

TECHNOLOGY HELP

PARENT TECHNOLOGY SESSIONS

  • Parents and students, go to https://technologysupport.4j.lane.edu/ to view online materials and instructions for iPads, App Troubleshooting/Tutorials, and Internet/Hotspots.
  • To get help with a technology issue, click HERE to submit a Help Request ticket to our 4J Tech Team. Someone will read your message and contact you.
  • To leave a voicemail at our support line, call 541-790-7770 or 541-790-7531 for Spanish.

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.