Bulldog Bulletin

Awbrey Park Elementary School Newsletter

School Events & Important Dates

4/3: Professional Development & Planning Day (No School)

4/4: Students Return to School!

4/5-4/6: K-5 Dental Screenings (8:30-12:00pm, Gym)

4/10: 5th Grade Photo

4/10: Awbrey Park PTO Meeting (6:30pm, Room 16)

4/11-4/12: Field Trip: Eugene Public Library (1st Grade)

4/12: Spring Photos (8:00-11:00am, Room 23)

4/18: 5th Grade Outdoor School Parent Meeting (5:30-6:30pm, Gym)

4/19: School Board Meeting (7:00pm via Zoom)

4/24-4/26: 5th Grade Human Growth & Development Unit

4/25: Site Council Meeting (3:15-4:00pm, Conference Room)

4/28: ArtSpark West African Drumming Assembly

5/1-5/5: Math State Testing (3rd - 5th Grade)

5/3: School Board Meeting (7:00pm via Zoom)

5/4: ACE Award Ceremony (5:00-7:00pm, South Eugene HS)

5/8-5/12: ELA State Testing (3rd - 5th Grade)

5/8: Awbrey Park PTO Meeting (6:30pm, Room 16)

5/10: Awbrey Park Art Show (6:00-8:00pm, Cafeteria)

April News, Events & Updates

Dear Awbrey Park Families,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a relaxing spring break and are looking forward to an exciting month of April. We have spring pictures happening next week, as well as a first-grade field trip and school-wide assembly happening later this month.

As you begin to prepare for the upcoming school year, please be sure to see the YMCA child care registration dates below, in addition to our newly adopted 2023-24 school calendar.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Have a great Wednesday!


Jared Tiecke, Principal

April PTO Meeting

Our April PTO meeting will be on Monday, April 10th at 6:30pm in Room 16. We have invited Jamie Tait (4J Elementary Math Specialist) to talk about our elementary math curriculum, future adoptions, and some strategies for supporting your student at home.

If you interested in volunteering and/or helping to organize events at Awbrey Park, consider joining our Parent-Teacher Organization! Our PTO meets on the second Monday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. Please contact Kellie Rushing karushing22@gmail.com or Katie Schnider katie@ohdeugene.com for more information.

Spring Picture Day!

Awbrey Park Elementary School will be hosting a spring picture day on Wednesday, April 12th.

School pictures can be ordered online at mylifetouch.com, Picture Day ID EVTNG9FTK (see picture packet order form here). Picture packets will be sent home this week and are also available in the school office upon request. Only those students who return a picture packet or order photos online will be photographed.

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

5th Grade Class Photo!

On Monday, April 10th our 5th grade students will be participating in a class photo!

5th grade class photos can be ordered online at mylifetouch.com, Picture Day ID FO012033T0 (see picture packet order form here). Picture packets will be sent home in Monday Mail and are also available in the school office upon request.

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

Student Attendance & Tardy Reminders

There is a strong correlation between good attendance and success in school. On the other hand, students who regularly miss school are also more likely to struggle in school.

Missed days add up quickly: Just two days a month (2 days x 9 months = 18 days/year or 10% of the school year) puts a child's success in jeopardy because students fall behind and disconnect. By third grade, it gets much more difficult to catch up. Students who regularly miss school can quickly feel hopeless, and returning becomes harder and harder (“Why Attendance Matters”, ODE).

It is our hope that we can work together to encourage your child’s regular attendance and success at school. When your child is going to be late or absent from school, please call the attendance line at (541) 790-4054, before 8:30am and inform our office staff. You may also leave a message on our voice mail if you are calling before regular office hours. Please leave your child's name, their teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence.

If we can be of any support to you or your child in improving their attendance at school, please reach out to our Student Success Coordinator, Kristen Gianforti at 541-790-4050 or gianforti_k@4j.lane.edu.

2023-24 YMCA Child Care Registration

The YMCA will begin registration for their 2023 summer camp and the 2023-24 school year on Monday, Monday, April 24th for currently enrolled families and Monday, May 1st for the Awbrey Park community.

If you are interested in registering your child, please visit the Eugene Family YMCA website for more information!

State Testing Tips & Reminders

State testing will begin the week of May 1st and conclude the week of May 22nd.

Consistent routines are important to student success at school. Nutritious meals, rest and positive communication are essential to supporting your child during this time. Thank you for your ongoing support in these efforts!

State Testing Notice (REPEAT)

Each spring our 3rd-5th grade students participate in state assessments in English Language Arts, Math, and Science (5th grade only). These tests occur during the regular school day and students are encouraged to take their time to do their best to demonstrate what they have learned in the past year.

Please click on the following link to learn more about each test and the opt-out/exemption process. Families wishing to opt-out of statewide testing must complete the required form/exemption process in the link above and turn it into the school office prior to April 14th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school office for more information.

2023 NextStep Electronics Recycling Competition! (REPEAT)

Have any old electronics collecting dust? If so, Awbrey Park is participating in an electronics recycle competition with other Lane County schools! If an item is mostly metal, has a plug, or takes batteries it counts. E-waste examples include microwaves, TVs, printers, old cords and cables, cell phones, computers, and audio/visual equipment.

Between February 1st and April 30th, drop of any old electronics at NextStep (245 Jackson Street, Eugene) and let them know you are supporting Awbrey Park Elementary School. We will also be hosting our own on-site collection box March 20th-24th near the front office.

The school with the most “e-waste” collected wins a $500 grant and a Next Step Robot made by a local artist. For questions, please contact Kristie Long in the front office at 541-790-4050. Help support Awbrey Park by recycling some old electronics!

District News & Announcements

2023-24 School Calendar Adopted

The 4J school board has officially approved the academic calendars for the 2023-24 school year. See some key dates below and a one-page printable version here!

Key dates for 2023–24 include:

  • First day of school for grades K, 6 & 9: Wednesday, Sept. 6
  • First day of school for all other grades: Thursday, Sept. 7
  • Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 23–Friday, November 24
  • Winter Break: Mon., December 18–Friday, December 31 + Tue., January 2 (staff work day)
  • Spring Break: Mon., March 25–Fri., March 29 + Mon., April 1 (staff work day)
  • Last Day of School: Thursday, June 13 (or later if weather makeup days are needed)

Early Release Day to Move to Wednesdays (2023-24 School Year)

All 4J schools will release early on Wednesdays instead of Fridays starting this fall to support collaboration among our educators.

Early-release days on Wednesdays will best support the new schedule that 4J high schools will follow starting this fall. In addition, comments from educators indicated that dedicated time for professional development and collaboration is more impactful during the middle of the workweek rather than at its end. Early-release times will remain unchanged.

Understanding the importance to families of having consistent school schedules, the change to a Wednesday early-release day will apply to all schools.

Wednesday early-release days are not new to our district. Many 4J schools released students early during the middle of the week prior to our district moving to a standard schedule for all schools in 2018, when Friday was selected as the early-release day.

Bike Donation Drive – Free Bikes 4 Kids

You can help Eugene and Springfield children by bringing Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K) your neglected bikes so they can give them a new purpose, helping kids unlock the keys to good health and independence. On Saturday, April 8, from 9 AM to 2 PM, FB4K is collecting bikes at all Eugene Market of Choice Locations and the Willamalane Bob Keefer Center in Springfield. You get a tax receipt, a roomier garage, and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done something special.

Collection Day Locations:
Market Of Choice Delta Oaks — 1060 Green Acres Rd. Eugene, OR
Market Of Choice Willamette — 67 West 29th Ave. Eugene, OR
Market Of Choice Willakenzie — 2580 Willakenzie Eugene, OR
Market Of Choice Franklin — 1960 Franklin Blvd. Eugene, OR
Willamalane Bob Keefer Center — 250 S 32nd St, Springfield, OR