John Muir Outdoor School News

April 24, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear John Muir Outdoor School Families,

We are so excited to welcome some of our students back on campus for full days on Monday! Our in-person school day for those students will be 8:30 - 2:50 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. For families that have chosen the Comprehensive Distance Learning option, we hope that through our orientation and training, emails, and outreach that you are feeling ready for the soft-start with the Edgenuity program this week. And even if you aren't, support is at the ready!

Regardless of the program that you chose, Wednesdays will remain remote and the mornings will be a time for the whole classroom community to come together with their current teacher. We will continue to have Community Sing each morning at 8:30 followed by classroom time. Individual teachers will share the details of those mornings, if they have not already.

For families with a child who will be returning to school on-site, please read the detailed Hybrid Expectations below. There is a great deal of important information included. Please read it carefully and discuss with your child(ren). Teachers will also review this information with their classes.

As we head into yet another shift for all of us this school year, we thank you again for your ongoing support. We couldn't be more grateful for your continued flexibility, partnership, and understanding.

Lastly, I am thrilled to share that I have a new title- that is not interim! After an extensive process, I was offered the position of principal of John Muir Outdoor School and Ashland Connect at JMOS. I enthusiastically accepted. I am looking forward to continuing to be a part of this incredible school, school community, and your lives in the year to come and beyond!


Jennifer Parks


Outdoor Education Captured Moments

Outdoor Education Schedule

Tuesdays: K/1

Thursdays: 2/3

Fridays: 4, 5/6, and 7/8

Classroom teachers will send out specific information about any unique drop off or pick-up plans on Outdoor Ed days as well as locations, and individual needs, etc.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Safety Issue

Traffic on Beach Street has been challenging with too many people speeding up and down the street. We noticed this over the summer and have had signage installed by the City and asked for support from the police department. Now that we have in-person learning, we are increasingly concerned and working hard to keep our students and staff safe but we need your help. Please do not drop your child off on the opposite side of the street so that they have to cross to join their class. Thank you in advance for your help!

Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack

With the move to full days, students will now have the opportunity to eat while on campus. Students will eat outside with their class (except in the case of inclement weather). Anytime students are eating or drinking, they must remain at least six feet from others.

Breakfast: Students who have requested breakfast (in advance through their classroom teacher) will be given a sack breakfast the day before to take home at the end of the school day. Monday they will take home Tuesday's breakfast, and so on until Friday when they will receive a breakfast for Monday.

Mid-morning snack: If you would like to send your child with a small snack, there will be an opportunity to eat during mid-morning break. More details about the timing of snacks (and in particular snack needs on outdoor ed days) will come from individual teachers.

Lunch: Students are welcome to bring a lunch from home or order a school lunch. Please make sure containers are non-breakable (no glass) and easy for your child to open.

For students staying in Comprehensive Distance Learning, meals can be picked up daily at the Ashland High School cafeteria from 11-1.

Movement breaks & play

Like most things in the time of COVID, recess will look different this year. During our breaks, students are required to stay 6' apart. However, as educators, we are fully aware that our students need to be able to move their bodies and release energy so they can be focused and ready to learn- and because it's good for them! While we won't have a traditional recess, we are all planning to have multiple opportunities throughout the day for breaks outside. These breaks will be a mixture of structured and unstructured play with their classroom peers. Please know that we are dedicated to providing safe opportunities for our students to play, socialize, and just be kids! Our JMOS team has been working hard to research, plan and prepare new games and activities that provide for physical distancing- and fun! They even got some time last week to try them out themselves. We're excited to share the with the students!

What type of face masks do students need at school?

Students returning to campus must wear a mask that fits their face, covering both their nose and mouth at all times. Bandanas, gaiter style face coverings, masks with valves, or face shields only are not permitted. (Students may wear face shields in addition to their masks.)

Thank you, Pony Espresso!

A huge shout out to Pony Espresso for donating proceeds from their entire day's sales on April 13th (not just those of us that came and said we were from JMOS). They also added an online opportunity for people to make donations to our school during the week that followed. It was a successful fundraiser and we're so grateful to all of you who participated, helped promote the event, and to Pony Espresso for generously supporting our school!

Need Technical Help?

Critical Funding for John Muir Outdoor School

JMOS receives additional federal funding each year based on the percentage of enrolled families who qualify for free and reduced lunch. These funds provide critical supports from educational assistants, our CDS, and Reading and Math Specialists.

JMOS Spirit Days


[28] Throwback Day: dress up in the styles that people used to in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80's, etc.

JMOS Bond Update

New plumbing has been installed under the existing subgrade. We will soon be filling these trenches back with concrete and prepare for the framing to continue in these areas. Completion: Summer, 2022

Volunteer Opportunities and beyond

Parent Teacher Collective

Are you a parent or guardian of a child attending John Muir Outdoor School? Then you are a member of PTC and an essential part in supporting our school's students, teachers, and staff! Are you a staff member at JMOS? Then you are partners with JMOS's parents and guardians as we continue our work this year to strengthen the community and support our children through these challenging times! We need your voice.

Meeting Schedule:

  • May 18th (6-7:30pm)

Zoom Link:

Site Council 5/13 at 3:30pm

Site Council is a great way to get involved in our school’s instructional program to ensure success for all students. Our Site Council is open to all JMOS families! If you'd like to join us, please email Jennifer Parks for a meeting Zoom link.

Please see the link below for the April meeting minutes.

Family and Caregiver Supports

Financial Supports for Families

Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online or contact your local school.

DHS will continue to work with federal partners to provide help to Oregonians in need. To apply for Nutrition Assistance, visit or call 2-1-1.

If you need help paying your electric bill, check out the Oregon Energy Fund. It provides funds for energy assistance to more than 30 partner agencies and nonprofits in Oregon. Find more information here.

Counseling Services for students with OHP

Do you think your child could benefit from counseling services? We have partnered with Family Solutions and have a limited number of available counseling services for students who currently have OHP. If you would like to pursue these options for your child, please contact

School Care Coordinator

School Care Coordinators are continuing to provide services during the COVID 19 pandemic. We are ready to assist families to navigate through these difficult times.


· Help navigating insurance enrollment

· Assisting with the mental heath application and assessment process

· Barrier removal

· Assistance in accessing clothing, food, housing and utility support

· Providing connections to other agencies

Any student regardless of insurance type, economic, or special education status can access this service.

Please contact Camille at (541)414-0914 or via email at

Upcoming Important Dates and Events

Monday, 4/26: Full Day (In-Person Learning Begins

Thursday, 5/13: Final Site Council Meeting (3:30-4:30pm)

Tuesday, 5/18: PTC Meeting (6-7:30pm)

Monday, 5/31: Memorial Day (No School)

Friday, 6/18: Last Day of School

John Muir Outdoor School

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