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Awbrey Park Elementary Newsletter - Early February Edition

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Super Bowl is Near! Good Luck to Your Team!

Information To You From The Desk of Mark Watson - Principal

February is Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

The attached picture is of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, serving 1967-1991.

Student or Family Member Not Feeling Well???

During these uncertain times with Covid, we ask that students remain at home if they are not feeling well (for any reason). In addition, if any student has an exposure to a Covid positive person away from school and the student has not been vaccinated, we ask that the family follow the district guidelines and keep the student home until it is known that the student is not going to develop symptoms. For more information on district guidance, please check the 4J website. Please call the Awbrey Park front office if you need to further discuss individual student situations.

Awbrey Park - Principal Search for 2022-23

As many of you already know, I was asked to fill in as the building principal for the 2021-2022 school year on an interim basis. The plan has been that I serve in the position for the entire school year and HR would conduct a search in the spring for the new principal for the 2022-2023 school year.

I just wanted to let you know that 4J just posted the position for both internal and external candidates. Several other principal positions in 4J have also been posted. In a few short weeks, our staff will bring together a group to assist in the screening and interview process in order to make a recommendation to HR and the superintendent.

There is still plenty of time left in the current school year so I am not about to say my good-bye's anytime soon. However, even during one of the most challenging school year's most of us can remember, I must say it has been a pleasure and an honor serving the students, families, and wonderful staff at Awbrey Park.

4J Superintendent Selection Process

Superintendent Selection Process: Share Your Input

The Eugene School Board has begun the process to select 4J’s permanent superintendent, and wants to hear from you. Share your thoughts on strengths, qualities and priorities for the district’s leader through community forums and an online survey open through January 25. Spanish interpretation and Spanish-language breakout groups will be provided at the forums. Learn more and join in: 4j.lane.edu/superintendent-selection.

Proceso de selección de superintendente: Comparta su opinión

La Junta Escolar de Eugene empezó el proceso para seleccionar al superintendente permanente de 4J, y quiere oír de usted. Comparta su opinión en las fortalezas, cualidades y prioridades que quiera que tenga el líder del distrito a través de los foros comunitarios y la encuesta en línea que estará abierta hasta el 25 de enero. En los foros se proveerá interpretación en español y grupos de discusión en español. Infórmese más y participe en: 4j.lane.edu/superintendent-selection.

Update on Optional UO Covid Testing Program

To relieve some of the workload of testing on the schools, we have provided families with all the necessary materials to collect samples at home until Spring Break. If you have any questions or need additional supplies, please email C19studentsupport@uoregon.edu

If you would like to opt out of the program, please email us and return unused test kits to your student's school. The students' vaccination status will not affect their ability to test. Keep in mind that no vaccine provides 100% protection against COVID-19. Some variants (like Omicron) are more contagious and may still infect people who have been vaccinated or already had COVID-19. Infection in vaccinated individuals typically results in mild or no symptoms, but they can still spread the virus. Please be careful at family gatherings; the elderly and immunocompromised are vulnerable to more severe disease. Please remember that testing is optional and there is no requirement to submit a test every week. If your child is vaccinated, you could remain in the program and choose to test periodically or only if your child has symptoms (or has been exposed).

It is essential to submit the samples correctly labeled, or the lab will not be able to process them. The test tubes need to have the small label with the first name, last name, and DOB (make sure that it does not cover the tube's bar code!). If you have lost your tube labels, please email us, and we will send you more. In the meantime, you can write the name and DOB on the test tube with a sharpie and place a clear piece of tape over the writing. The tubes must be placed in the (included) biohazard bags, which must be sealed and labeled with the barcode sticker on the exterior of the bag. If a test tube is not labeled correctly, it will be automatically rejected by the lab.

Please do not place the alcohol wipe provided in the kit into the biohazard bag with the collected sample. This wipe can be disposed of into a trashcan after its use. If the alcohol wipe is included with the sample, it can cause the barcode label on the test tube to wear off causing a delay in the resulting time.

The samples are only viable for 72 hours after collection (including processing time). If you missed collection day one week, please don't send that sample the following week. Don't send more than one sample per week (or both may be discarded as a precaution).

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at c19studentsupport@uoregon.edu. Our team is here to help, and we wish you a healthy and happy Winter Term!

Winter Weather is on the Way! How to know if schools are closed or delayed

When winter weather makes conditions hazardous, schools may be closed or delayed. The school district decides early in the morning whether there is a need to change the school schedule. These decisions are made district-wide and are the same for every 4J school.

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How to find out if there is a change:

Dates to Remember:

  • February 21 = Presidents Day (holiday)
  • March 21-25 = Spring Break

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158 Spring Creek Drive

Eugene, OR 97404

Phone: (541) 790-4050