EGMS Weekly Newsletter
Letter from Principal Nicklous
The beginning of each school year gives teachers and staff an opportunity to reteach school wide expectations along with teaching classroom expectations and routines. This is also true for routines at home. Now is the time to reteach home routines as well. This may include a time and place for homework, dinner time as a family, chores and how sports and/or activities fit into all this. Most students should have some form of work to complete at some point throughout the week. Another important task to complete on a nightly basis is to double check Canvas to see if they have any missing work or upcoming projects. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about your child’s work ethic in class or missing assignments. Remember–we are here to help and support!
As we move out of the pandemic we need to refocus our attention on students being at school and having strong attendance. The good news is that we currently have the highest attendance rate of all four secondary schools in the Redmond School District at 92%! We want to continue to build on this and try to move this number to 94%. A clear area of improvement is with our students listed as chronically absent. We currently have 26% percent of our students that fall in this category which means their average attendance is less than 90%. We know that kids struggle when they are absent. Missing assignments build up, many return feeling lost while others feel anxious.
Ways to support your student with attendance:
Make sure your student is getting a good night's sleep
Make sure they are getting 3 healthy meals
Set an appropriate bedtime (8-9 hours of sleep if possible)
Create an area to store their cell phone outside their bedroom when they go to bed. (Cell phones are distractions and can impact sleep)
Check in with our school nurse if you are unsure if your student should attend.
Please let us know if we can support you and your student with any of these suggestions.
Principal, Elton Gregory MS
Pick-up/drop-off: Everyone is doing a great job and things are moving much faster! Please remember to pull as far forward as you can and make sure your child has their stuff ready once you stop. We’re asking students to wait at the crosswalk until cars pull up and stop so we can get as many cars in at one time.
Lost and Found
Our lost and found table is growing by the day! To help us keep the pile manageable, we ask that students write their names on the inside of their lunch boxes, on water bottles and in tags on their sweatshirts so we can easily locate their owner. Remember, all unclaimed lost and found gets donated to charity at the end of each trimester!
462 Students out of 716 have missed one day or less so far this year!
• Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
• Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or
facing some other potentially serious diffculty.
• By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
• By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
• Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
• Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
• Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
Quick Links to Parent Resources
Tech Talk Corner
Each week there will be a new article on parenting teenagers in this tech world we live in. We hope you find them helpful!
News from Nurse Grubb
Registration for Winter Sports will open in FamilyID on October 1st.
Winter sports offered here at EGMS are:
7th & 8th grade Boys Basketball which will run from Nov. 1-Dec. 16th
Wrestling (6th, 7th & 8th grade) and 7th & 8th grade Girls Basketball which will tentatively run from Jan 3rd- Feb 24th
Athletes wanting to participate will need to be registered in FamilyID and have a current sports physical on file.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTING EVENTS
Parents and guardians of middle school students who wish to attend high school athletic contests:
Middle school students attending high school games must attend with an adult. Middle school students need to sit in the stands during games. High schools do not have the staffing to supervise middle school students. Just like all Bend/LaPine high schools, Redmond high schools believe that middle school students can successfully achieve this goal. However, in the event that middle school students cannot stay in the stands, they will be required to sit with the adult who brought them to the game or be required to leave. Please help your student enjoy the game by monitoring them while on high school property.
RHS & RVHS Staff
2022-2023 EGMS Bell Schedule
CENTRAL OREGON COMMUNITY RESOURCES
(updated as often as possible; some resources/numbers may not be current)
Mental Health Resources:
Deschutes County Behavioral Health https://www.deschutes.org/
Information and appointments. 541-322-7500
Deschutes County Crisis Line https://www.deschutes.org/
24 hour crisis support. 541-322-7500 ext. #9 or call 9-1-1
Trevor Project https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ+. 866-488-7386 (24 hr)
Oregon Youth Line https://oregonyouthline.org/
Free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. 877-968-8491
Text: teen2teen @ 839863
Central Oregon 2-1-1 www.deschutesunitedway.org
Connections to a wide-range of social services. Dial 2-1-1 or 541-389-6507
Thrive Central Oregon www.thrivecentraloregon.org
Housing, financial insecurity and other resources. 541-728-1022 (Se Habla Español)
Bethlehem Inn (24 hrs) www.bethleheminn.org
Emergency shelter and food for adults and families. 541-322-8768
Family Resource Center of Central Oregon www.frconline.org
Parenting education and support services. 541-389-5468
Latino Community Association (LCA) www.latca.org
Translation and interpretation services, employment services, 541-382-4366 (Se Habla Español)
dental and legal clinics.
Resources for food, energy assistance and shelter. 541-548-2380
Jericho Road https://jerichoroadofredmond.org/
Resources for food, shelter and hope. 541-699-2099
Saving Grace https://www.saving-grace.org/
Comprehensive family / domestic violence and sexual assault 541-382-9227
support services. Hotline available.
WIC (Women, Infants, Children) https://www.deschutes.org/health
Nutrition education, breastfeeding support and education, 541-617-4775
referrals and food vouchers for pregnant and postpartum women.