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Spring Creek Elementary Update 3/11/22

School Hours


School Hours

7:55-2:25 (Mon-Thurs)

7:55-1:10 (Friday)

Doors/Breezeway Gates open at 7:45

Face Masks Optional Beginning 3/14/22

This week we've shared information about the upcoming shift to masks being optional with all students. The main message to our entire school community is that it is up to each family and student to decide whether or not they will wear a mask. Pandas will support each other as a community of kindness by respecting each person's decision to wear a mask or not. Please discuss this message with your child.


Here is a link to the district announcement:


https://www.4j.lane.edu/2022/03/face-masks-optional/



Starting Monday, March 14:

  • Masks will be optional for all students at school and on school buses. Masks will be optional for most staff but will remain required for some.
  • Quarantine will no longer be required when a student or staff member is exposed to COVID, regardless of vaccination status, if they do not have symptoms.
  • Isolation will still be required for a person with COVID. Students and staff must stay home when they have symptoms or a positive case of COVID.
  • Detailed contact tracing will not be conducted. Public health officials have found that because the omicron variant spreads so quickly, by the time a COVID exposure is identified and contact tracing is performed, any transmission has already occurred.
  • Families will still be notified if a COVID case is identified in their classroom. This will allow them to take additional precautions according to your family’s particular health needs.
  • COVID-19 testing will still be available when students and staff are exposed to a positive case of COVID-19. The optional weekly testing program also will continue.


While face masks will be optional for most, they will continue to be required for the small percentage of staff who are unvaccinated and continuing to work under an approved exception and an accommodation agreement that includes mask use, among other requirements such as lower-contact roles and weekly testing.


The school board unanimously affirmed its support of the superintendent’s plan during its March 2 meeting. (Board Meeting Video)

Learning Location

In light of the decision to shift to optional masking, the district is providing families an opportunity to change between learning on-site at school and online at home if they prefer. Families may submit an online request until March 14. The changes will take effect after spring break.

Online / On-Site Learning Change Request Form

Spring Creek's 2022 Read-a-thon Update!

Our Read-a-thon fundraiser far exceeded our $6,000 goal. As it comes to a close today, our current total is $11,836! We almost doubled our goal! During our last PTO meeting we learned that the book vending machine has been purchased but likely won't be ready for use until the fall due to the production and shipping. If anything changes with the timeline we'll be sure to let everyone know. We are so excited and grateful for generosity and support of our community! We are equally enthusiastic about seeing our students so engaged with extracurricular reading! Thank you to everyone involved in this amazing event!

Sluggo's Reading Challenge Started on 3/7

Each student who meets the reading goal of reading 10 books (or having 10 books read to them-for emerging readers) will receive two tickets to see an Ems game over the summer.

The Spring Creek Great Kindness Challenge Begins Monday 3/28

We are excited to announce that we are participating in The 2022 Great Kindness Challenge where we will join thousands of schools across the country to create a culture of kindness. Your child is part of a powerful and positive bullying prevention initiative that will lead to more kindness, unity, and respect at school and beyond. To help build upon this momentum, we are participating in two unifying service projects, Pennies, Change for Kindness, and Clothing, Comfort for Kindness, for The Eugene Mission, and Food for Kindness for Food for Lane County, to help build community beyond our school gates.


See this flyer for more details.

Staffing Update

For the remainder of this school year, our current substitute teacher, Patrick Hester will continue to teach P.E. long term. The permanent position for the 2022-23 school year will be filled this spring.

Nominate “A Champion in Education” Today!

Who is your champion in education? An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A caring school counselor or nurse? A problem-solving tech support staff member? A dedicated nutrition services staff member? A bus driver who always takes the time to listen? A principal who is an inspirational leader?

Now is the time to recognize their contributions by nominating them for an ACE (A Champion in Education) Award!

To learn more and nominate a 4J employee or volunteer, visit 4j.lane.edu/2022-ACE. The nomination deadline is March 31. (Note about volunteers: A small number of volunteers performing essential services have been permitted in schools this year. Though a much smaller force, their assistance is deeply valued.)

One nominee in each of the four categories (teachers & licensed specialists, classified staff, administrators, and volunteers), will be named an ACE Award champion and win a $250 grant from the Eugene Education Foundation for the 4J school or program of their choosing. Every nominee will be recognized as an exceptional educator at the virtual awards ceremony.

Join us in celebration of our amazing educators and cheer on the nominees at the virtual awards ceremony on May 10 at 6 p.m. (Watch for details)

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact 4J Communications at johnson_hi@4j.lane.edu.

Submit a nomination by March 31: bit.ly/2022-ace

Learn more: 4j.lane.edu/2022-ace

Student Drop Off & Pick Up Locations- Do not park or drop off students in the bus lanes (Repeat)

Curbside Pause Parking Reminders: (Repeat)

In the mornings, students may be dropped off along the curb. At the end of the day, drivers can pause park along the curb on adjacent streets and in the parking lot to pick up their students when they come out at dismissal. Please note the following rules for pause parking:

Drivers must remain in their cars at all times. (if you'd like to walk your child to an entrance, you must park in a parking spot).
• Drivers should pull forward as space becomes available.
• Drivers should NOT stop in marked crosswalk areas.
• When getting in or out of a car, students must use the door on the sidewalk side. Students should never get in or out of a car on the driver’s side. It’s unsafe for the student and it slows traffic.

Drivers must remember to ALWAYS yield at the painted crosswalks and sidewalks.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus (Repeat)

Breakfast and lunch menus are available on the 4J Menu Website. Make sure you filter to Spring Creek Elementary.


Meals are free for all students this school year, no paperwork required!

Dates to Remember

2/28-3/11: Spring Creek Read-a-thon

3/7, The Sluggo Reading Challenge Begins

3/17, Site Council Mtg

3/18, No School – Staff Work Day
3/21-25, No School – Spring Break
3/28, Classes Resume, The Great Kindness Challenge Begins!

About Us

Mission Statement

We strive to develop the social, emotional, and cultural aspects of the whole child while celebrating academic success and providing a comprehensive education for all students.


Vision

To accomplish our mission, we believe in supporting the whole child by providing a safe, inclusive, and caring community. We strive to support lifelong learners, capable of reflection and personal growth. We build strong relationships to foster student success academically, socially and emotionally.