César E. Chávez Elementary School
A Message From Ms. Pearson
Dear Parents and Families,
Welcome back from Winter Break. Our staff is rested, rejuvenated, and ready to jump back into learning with your children! See the Wellness section below for ways that Chávez staff members are committing to keep themselves healthy in the new year.
There is a lot of talk in the air right now about returning to In-Person Hybrid learning, and what shifts will need to take place in order to make that happen. As you know, some families do not want to return in-person, and here in 4J, we do have options for continuing to learn online for the rest of the year. There are many moving parts to all this, and the best place for updated information is the 4J website. On the main page, there is a dropdown menu called CORONAVIRUS with links to the latest updates, FAQ, and resources.
In the meantime, here at Chávez we are focusing on our students, and how we can all do our best every day. To get students back in the swing of things after Winter Break, teachers are leading discussions about how to keep materials organized during distance learning. Some guiding questions are: What should I write on? Where should I keep my pens and pencils? Where should I keep all the school stuff? How do I make sure my iPad is charged? By thinking of these things ahead of time, and making a plan, students are set up for success.
Thank you all for your continued partnership. Please remember that Chávez is more than just a place for academics. We are also here to support with family needs like food, clothing, and mental health. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need help finding resources.
Ms. Deirdre Pearson, Principal
Spotlight On...The Learning Center Staff
I moved to Eugene from Vermont “temporarily” in 2001-ish. My family fell in love with Oregon, and the temporary move seems to have become permanent! During my time off, I enjoy being active in the outside world. I spend as much time as I can sailing, backpacking, mushroom hunting, cross country skiing, or just relaxing by some form of water. I also have two kids, 15 and 13, who are in 4j schools.
This is my fourth year as a Learning Center teacher at Chavez Elementary. I feel very fortunate to be here working with our talented, caring staff, our awesome, hard-working students, and our supportive families and community. Together we create a strong team providing the best education experience for all. When I am away from planning, meetings, and teaching, I like to spend time taking long walks with my dogs, gardening in my back yard, reading, and spending time with my family.
I have had the honor of working in the Chávez Learning Center for over 5 years now. This year I have also become the new Chávez Library Assistant! I have really enjoyed seeing so many students take advantage of our new curbside library check out program! When I am not busy working, I most enjoy time spent with my husband and our 3 kids (17, 16, 14). Our favorite family activities include camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and time spent with our two horses, Cash and Clancy. When weather doesn’t permit riding, we are happy to just sit in the barn and laugh at their goofy personalities! As the weather drives us a bit more indoors during the winter months, we spend our evenings by the fireplace playing board games and listening to home concerts as my children play their instruments. We have a drummer, a trumpeter, and a saxophonist, so together we have our own mini jazz band, and I love it!!
FREE LUNCH DELIVERY FOR ALL SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN. CLICK ON THE FOOD RESOURCES LINK BELOW.
ALL STUDENTS CAN RIDE LTD FOR FREE !!
LTD will continue letting students ride for free (without a current pass) until schools return to in-person instruction.
Staff Favorites for Wellness and Self-Care in 2021
CHEETAH PACK NEWS:
Make School Attendance a Priority
ONE THING YOU CAN DO: Communicate with the School
Contact your child’s teacher(s) and let them know how to reach you.
Get and post your child’s class schedule and log in information on the refrigerator or your child’s desk.
Practice logging in to virtual classes and make a plan for supporting learning for children. Contact the school if you need help logging in.
Call the office if your child will be absent or if you have questions about our attendance policy. 541-790-5300.
DATES TO KNOW
January Dates to Remember
Jan.12 PACK Meeting
Jan. 18 No School - MLK Jr. Day
Jan. 21 School Supply Pick-up Day
Jan. 25 Site Council Meeting
Jan. 28 Last Day of Semester 1
Jan. 29 Inservice Day
Feb. 1 Semester 2 Begins
March 22-26 Spring Break
TITLE ONE READING GROUP REMINDER
Dear Title One Families,
Welcome back to school! We've missed you and are looking forward to seeing you every day in our Title One reading groups. Here are some reminders about the Title One reading group schedule and supplies that students need.
Title One Reading Groups meet the following days and times:
Kinder: 9:50-10:20 M, Tu, Th, F No group on Wed
First: 8:35-9:05 M, Tu, Th, F and 8:50-9:20 Wed
Second: 11:10-11:40 M, Tu, Th, F and 11:25-11:55 Wed
Third: 10:25-10:55 M, Tu, Th, F and 10:05-10:35 Wed
Fourth: 9:10-9:40 M, Tu, Th, F No group on Wed
Fifth: 11:45-12:15 M, Tu, Th, F No group on Wed
Please make sure your child has his/her supplies ready when they come to their Title One reading group.
1st grade needs the Blue Folder with stories or workbook pages, their manila folder with velcro letters inside and a spiral notebook or paper and pencil.
2nd and 3rd grade needs the blue folder with stories or workbook pages, a spiral notebook or paper and pencil. (Ms. Alice's third grade groups have two green workbooks.)
4th grade has a three ring binder called Dreams on Wheels and also needs a spiral notebook or paper and pencil.
If your child needs another spiral notebook or has lost his/her Title One Reading book or workbook please email Ms. Alice at email@example.com and she will get another one ready for you to pick up at the next supply distribution day.
Alice Williamson, Debra McIntosh and Steve Korin
Title One Coordinators
Library Checkout is Happening Now!
To check out a book, visit the 4J Virtual Library and click on Follett Destiny. Select "Chávez Elementary" and log in with the username and password on your Clever Badge. Click "HOLD" to check out a book. The book will be here waiting for you at the next library book pickup day. See your teacher for more information.
BOOK PICKUPS WILL BE THE 1ST AND 3RD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH.
DURING BUILDING OFFICE HOURS: 8 A.M.- 4 P.M.
NEW LIBRARY NEWS. CLICK THE LINK TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING!!
We are kicking off 2021 with a focus on organization. As we all know, organization in the physical classroom looks different than in distance learning. In December, we rolled out an "organizational menu" to be shared on Seesaw and in Zoom. Using the options provided in this lesson, students can identify how to best organize their materials and learning space. Our next step will be to help students set a goal around their organizational needs and put a plan in place to achieve that goal.
SITE COUNCIL NEWS
SITE COUNCIL DID NOT MEET IN THE SHORT MONTH OF DECEMBER.
OUR NEXT MEETING IS JANUARY 25TH.
CHAVEZ DAILY SCHEDULE BY GRADE
PARENT TECHNOLOGY SESSIONS
- Parents and students, go to https://technologysupport.4j.lane.edu/ to view online materials and instructions for iPads, App Troubleshooting/Tutorials, and Internet/Hotspots.
- To get help with a technology issue, click HERE to submit a Help Request ticket to our 4J Tech Team. Someone will read your message and contact you.
- To leave a voicemail at our support line, call 541-790-7770 or 541-790-7531 for Spanish.