ATA: Week 11~19~18

spirit week

Spirit Week:  College/High School

  • Monday – Favorite team – any college team
  • Tuesday – Duck or Beaver? Wear Green/Yellow or Orange/Black
  • Wednesday – Churchill Region – Wear Red/White/Blue to support Lancer Pride

thank-you

The first school dance of 2018-19 school year was a HUGE SUCCESS!  Thank you to all the parent volunteers that made this event happen: set-up, decorating, checking-in students, concessions, chaperoning, clean-up…it all came together perfectly and fun was had by all.  It could not have happened without all the parent support.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

PARENT VOLUNTEERSvolunteer

Parents wishing to volunteer in the classrooms/libraries, for field trips or school functions MUST have a cleared Criminal Background Check on file. This application is online (here). Additionally, volunteers are required to complete the Online Safe Schools course.  This takes up to 2 weeks.

Basic Information:  Criminal background checks are required for volunteers who may have unsupervised contact with students. The conviction of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) will not automatically disqualify a person from volunteering in a school. Each situation will be considered individually. Completed forms are maintained in a confidential manner at the district office.

The district requires criminal checks on any volunteers (including parents) who meet the following criteria:

  • the volunteer will have unsupervised contact with students;
  • the volunteer has a regular and ongoing assignment at the school;
  • the volunteer will be off campus with students in an unsupervised situation, including
    driving students on field trips;
  • the volunteer is a mentor to a student or students;
  • the volunteer is a coach or activity director; or
  • the volunteer is unknown to the school or department staff.

Visionworks Invites You to Grand visionReopening Screening for a Screening Event

You might have noticed  that the Visionworks location in Valley River Center has recently moved! As part of their grand reopening, they’re hosting a “Screening for a Screening” event, where customers who visit the new location and receive a free vision screening will also receive a pass to enjoy a private, early screening of Robin Hood on December 1st at Regal Valley River Cinema, while supplies last.

Parents and students of Arts & Technology Academy are invited to come in and receive a free vision screening the week of November 23 – December 1! Attached is a flyer with further information: 18-11-1458_Eugene OR Grand Opening Event Flyer

Behavior Concern Information

noIt has come to our attention that some students are participating in activities such as “Slap [butt] Fridays” or “Nut Tap Tuesdays”  – where students slap or touch other students’ private parts. Monday’s advisory discussion with students will address this behavior as inappropriate and a violation of personal boundaries and a form of sexual harassment. All staff stand ready to stop this behavior. If a student engages in any inappropriate physical contact, specifically private body parts (consented as a game or not), administration will document the behavior with a referral and parents will be contacted to come to the school.  Pre-teaching and conversations with your student is appreciated.

Holiday Support for Students Grieving from Courageous Kids:

Courageous Kids would like to invite middle and high school students (ages 11-17) who have experienced the death of a loved one to a special holiday event in Eugene on December 4th from 5:30-7:00 PM.

The holidays can be especially difficult for youth and their families who are grieving, and so we are offering a one-time group to support youth during this time.  This event will also provide an introduction to the Courageous Kids program for those who may be interested in attending one of our 10-week grief support groups throughout the year.  Please see the attached flyer for more information, and distribute it to youth and their families as appropriate.

We will need to have at least six families signed up in order to host this event, so please have interested families call or email to RSVP by November 28th.

If you have any questions about the event, or about Courageous Kids in general, please do not hesitate to ask.

Kristin Kintigh  ~  Courageous Kids  ~  kkintigh@peacehealth.org  ~  (458) 205-7474

 

Radon testing equipmentRadon Testing

To continue providing safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play, the district will test for radon in all schools. ATA will be tested during the week of December 10, 2018. A new state law requires that all districts in Oregon test school buildings for radon before January 1, 2021.

What is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from soil and rock. Radon can work its way into buildings, including homes and schools, through cracks in the ground and openings in foundations or under structures. Breathing high levels of radon over a long period of time can cause lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon.

How will the district test for radon? The only way to know if a building has elevated radon is to use specialized testing equipment. The test is non-invasive and poses no danger to staff or students. It consists of placing a cardboard packet for a few days in rooms that are in contact with the ground. *Please do not tamper with or move these test kits, and keep exterior windows and doors closed (except for normal entry/exit) during the testing period.

For more information about radon and the district’s testing plan, please visit 4j.lane.edu/healthyschools/radon.

The health and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation.


Radon testing equipmentPara continuar proporcionando instalaciones escolares seguras y saludables donde los estudiantes aprendan, crezcan y jueguen, el distrito llevara a cabo pruebas en todas las escuelas para detectar si hay gas radón. El examen para ATA se llevará a cabo durante la semana del 10 de diciembre del 2018. Una nueva ley estatal requiere que todos los distritos de Oregon examinen los edificios escolares para detectar si hay radón antes del 1 de enero del 2021.

¿Qué es el radón? El radón es un gas natural que proviene del suelo y de las rocas. El radón puede filtrarse en los edificios, incluyendo hogares y escuelas, a través de grietas en el suelo y aberturas en las fundaciones o bajo estructuras. El respirar altos niveles de radón durante un largo período de tiempo puede causar cáncer del pulmón. Según la Agencia de protección ambiental, el radón es la segunda causa principal de cáncer del pulmón, seguido por el hábito de fumar. El radón no se puede ver, oler, ni probar.

¿Cómo mediría el distrito el nivel de radón? La única manera de saber si un edificio tiene un nivel elevado de radón es utilizando un equipo de prueba especializado. La prueba no es invasiva y no representa ningún peligro para el personal o los estudiantes. Consiste en colocar un paquete de cartón por unos días en los cuartos que estén en contacto con el suelo. “Por favor no toque o mueva estos paquetes y mantenga las ventanas y puertas exteriores cerradas (excepto la entrada/salida normal) durante el periodo de prueba.

Para obtener mas información acerca del gas radón y el plan de detección del distrito, por favor visite 4j.lane.edu/healthyschools/radon.

La salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y personal son nuestra máxima prioridad. Gracias por su cooperación.


Calendar “ATA” Glance:

Spirit Week:  College/High School

  • Monday – Favorite team – any college team
  • Tuesday – Duck or Beaver? Wear Green/Yellow or Orange/Black
  • Wednesday – Churchill Region – Wear Red/White/Blue to support Lancer Pride

Tuesday, November 20 at 6:30 – Parent Group (WolfPAC) meeting, library CANCELLED

Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 26 – Wreath Fundraising Orders Due

Saturday, December 1 – 3:15 Jazz Band performing at the Holiday Fair

Monday, December 3 – No School, Grading Day

Monday, December 3 – Wreath Pick-up, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, December 4 – Beginning of Trimester 2

Tuesday, December 4 – Wreath Pick-up, 8 a.m.

Sunday, December 9 – 7:00 Symphonic Band marching in Coburg Light Parade

Thursday, December 13 – 7:00 Holiday Band Concert

Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 – Parent Group (WolfPAC) meeting, library

Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4 – Winter Break

Monday, January 7 – No School, Professional Development

Tuesday, January 8 – Classes Resume

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ATA: Week of 11~13~18

Picture Retakes 

This Wednesday!

School Dance

This Friday is ATA’s first student social event – WolfPAC Parent Group is hosting our grade 6-8 dance.  Here’s what you need to know:

Friday, November 16: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in the large gym

Entry cost: $2 w/ Student ID, $3 without

Concession – all items $1

danceExpectations – aligned to school expectations (click for student handbook):

  • When students are in, they stay until end, unless a parent/guardian comes to pick up early at the door
  • No phone use in dance area/gym (this is to protect student privacy and avoid social media conflict
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the gym
  • Dress appropriately for school event:
    • clothing should not reveal private body parts or undergarments
    • shoes should allow mobility
    • refrain from bringing bags, backpacks, totes (no storage available)
  • Language must be school appropriate, no swearing/foul language
  • Students MUST ATTEND school the day of the event in order to attend
  • Only ATA students are permitted to attend
  • Access is restricted to the gym end of the building only

Parents may sign up to help in one of several ways: click here to go to the online sign-up.

Check Grades

Teachers update StudentVue / ParentVue, every two weeks. While grades may not be entered, student assignments are entered. This is a great way to monitor your student’s progress. End of the trimester is 3 weeks away – final grades are coming!

School Choice

If you are interested in your student attending a school (elementary, middle, high school) outside of your neighborhood, School Choice is the time to apply! It’s important to know that if you are attending ATA on a transfer, this will not automatically get your student into Churchill – you need to apply between each building level (elementary, middle, high schools). January is that time…more information will be available as we get closer. Stay tuned in by checking the 4j website: 4j Homepage

Wreath Sales

Sell, sell, sell! Get those orders collected! Packets with information came home last week! Orders due November 26 (Monday after Thanksgiving long weekend.

 

voters

A huge shout out and thank you to the 4j community! We greatly appreciate your continued support of education!

 


Calendar “ATA” Glance:

Next week: College/High School Spirit Week

  • Monday – Favorite team – any college team
  • Tuesday – Duck or Beaver? Wear Green/Yellow or Orange/Black
  • Wednesday – Churchill Region – Wear Red/White/Blue to support Lancer Pride

Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 20 at 6:30 – Parent Group (WolfPAC) meeting, library

Monday, November 26 – Wreath Fundraising Orders Due

Saturday, December 1 – 3:15 Jazz Band performing at the Holiday Fair

Monday, December 3 – No School, Grading Day

Monday, December 3 – Wreath Pick-up, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, December 4 – Beginning of Trimester 2

Tuesday, December 4 – Wreath Pick-up, 8 a.m.

Sunday, December 9 – 7:00 Symphonic Band marching in Coburg Light Parade

Thursday, December 13 – 7:00 Holiday Band Concert

Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 – Parent Group (WolfPAC) meeting, library

Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4 – Winter Break

Monday, January 7 – No School, Professional Development

Tuesday, January 8 – Classes Resume

ATA: Week of 11~5~18

wreath

Wreath Sales

The winter fundraising date has been moved up!! Packets with information will be coming out this week!

Conferences

If you have questions about your child’s conference time or procedures, please contact his/her/their advisory teacher directly. Each grade level team has determined conference schedules. The office will not be able to answer specific questions.

 

Community Event: Second Annual Sprout Children’s Business Expo

sprout
Children of all ages get the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship by participating in a pre-expo business workshop taught by local business leaders and vending at the big Expo event December 7.

This event was a huge success last year with over 50 kids selling their products and services and over 200 people coming through to purchase and support them.

Registration is $25 and includes both the Kids Business Workshop and a spot at the Expo.
The Kids Business Workshop will be held Saturday November 10 from 10-2.
All kids who are registered are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP on the registration form.

More information and registration here!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezpGepr8T6cEYGBMDXL-6NGt8gDMsnHHZS9BWPKyZZ2UpiOA/viewform

Additional opportunity!!
Mindworks Boutique and Holiday Fair:  https://goo.gl/forms/onhLDjy5a8sRAhl13

 

lostandfound

Lost & Found

There is a large collection of water bottles, lunch boxes, sweatshirts in the lost and found.If your child has lost something, have him/her check there!  It will all be on display during conferences November 8 – stop by and take what’s yours.

 

Natives News/Indian Education: Title VI Events

4J school district is part of the NATIVES program: located at Bailey Hill School, 2295 Four Oaks Grange Rd., Eugene, OR 97405, 541-790-5900

Here are some upcoming events and links:  All events are 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria

  • Wednesday, Nov. 7: Read & Feed
    • Salmon Dinner w/ frybread
    • Boarding Schools
    • Christmas Decoration Craft
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14
    • Drum, Dance, Tutors, Totem Poles
  • Wednesday, November 21
    • NO CLASS
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28
    • Drum, Dance, Tutors, Totem Pole
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: Read & Feed
    • Hamburger/Hot Dog
    • Food in a Jar Curriculum & Craft
  • NO CULTURE CLASSES in December (Winter Break Dec 24-Jan 2)

Click here for Information of November – National American Indian Heritage Month

Click here for Tribal Outreach Christmas 2018 Gifts


Calendar “ATA” Glance:

Date Change!!  Monday, November 5 – Wreath Fundraising Packets go Home

Wednesday, November 7 at 6:00 – 8th grade Parent Meeting, library

Thursday, November 8 – No School, Conferences all day

Friday, November 9 – No school, District Professional Development

Monday, November 12 – No school, Veteran’s Day Observed

Wednesday, November 14 – Picture Retakes

Friday, November 16 – School Dance – More to come…

ATA: Week: October 29, 2018

Food Reminders:

Parents, we understand that middle school students are growing and always hungry (or even hangry at times!)  We do need to set some guidelines for the snacks students bring:

  • Please refrain from NUT products.  We have students with severe nut allergies nutsand try our best to not allow nuts into classrooms.
  • Snacks should be healthy – fruit (fresh or dried), trailmix, granola bars, pretzels, even an extra sandwich – and quick to munch.
  • Drinks should be in closed containers.
  • Water is preferred, in water bottles or closed containers – NO GLASS containers
  • Sodas, drinks and open cans will need to be disposed of by the start of class.
  • Note: Many teachers do not allow food or drink in their classrooms. Students may be asked to put food and drinks in lockers during classtime.  If the drink is open, it will need to be disposed.

Many of our students stop at Albertsons or 7-11 on the way to school and show up with other items…Takis, donuts, cookies, Slurpees…While these are fun and tasty treats, it’s important that students also understand healthy food guidelines. The 4J Wellness Policy, School Board Policy EFA can be found by clicking here.

Halloween – October 31

October 31 is a school day – Wednesday.  It will be a regular school day.

Costumes are allowed:

  • No masks
  • No weapons
  • No gore or inappropriate
  • Shoes must be worn
  • No candy at school

There will be costume judging during advisory by our Justice Wolves (8th grade student leaders) and announced at the end of the day.

Categories include:

  • Most Creative
  • Most Original
  • Best of Show

costumes

Fiction Fantastic Young Writers Contest Flyer

Visit this link to find out more about catergories of writing and submission: Details here

Band Informance the Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

All are invited to attend our first band concert of the year. Click here for information about the evening and guidelines for students participating via Beginning, Symphonic, Concert and Jazz band.

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The Evening’s Itinerary

6:00pm     Percussion/guitar sections arrive to set up percussion/amps and set stage.
6:30pm     All Band students (Beginning, Concert and Symphonic) arrive, check their stage set up, warm up in the bandroom, and prepare.
7:00pm     Concert starts: Beginning plays first, then Concert, Symphonic and Jazz Band.
8:00pm     Concert is over, students re-set up Band room. When done, we all go home.
Musician of the Month certificates will be awarded to those musicians whom have earned them.
Parents of Band students, click Informance Remind for more information.

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Teacher emails:  Check you SPAM or JUNK box!

Teachers frequently send out emails to remind parents about classwork, update on behaviors, or share other information. Confirm we have your correct email and that ourmessages are getting to you. You may also email teachers at any time.

 

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November Lunch Menu – click here.

 

 

 

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Next week: Bond Community Conversations

You’re invited to meet with district leader and staff to learn and ask questions about the school bond measure on the November 6 ballot

 

  • Monday, October 29, 7 p.m., North Eugene High School library, 200 Silver Lane
  • Friday, November 2, 3 p.m., Camas Ridge Elementary School, 1150 E. 29th Ave.

Do you have questions about the school bond measure on the November 6 ballot? Community members are invited to discuss the measure with Superintendent Gustavo Balderas and other 4J staff at a pair of community meetings next week. This is an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the bond measure before ballots are due.

Measure 20–297, the school bond measure on the November 6 ballot, would repair schools, improve security, update technology and learning materials, support career technical education, address overcrowding and replace three aging school buildings.

If the bond measure is approved by voters, property tax rates would increase by $0.66 per $1,000 of assessed value, to a total rate of $2.25 per $1,000 assessed value for Eugene School District bond debt. For the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed property value of $204,000, property taxes would increase by about $11 a month or $135 a year.

For more information about the bond, please visit: 4j.lane.edu/bond

 


Calendar “ATA” Glance:

Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 Band Informance

Wednesday, October 31 – Halloween, see above

Wednesday, November 7 at 6:00 – 8th grade Parent Meeting, library

Thursday, November 8 – Conferences all day

Friday, November 9 – No school, District Professional Development

Monday, November 12 – No school, Veteran’s Day Observed

Tuesday, November 13 – Wreath Fundraising Packets go Home

Wednesday, November 14 – Picture Retakes

Friday, November 16 – School Dance – More to come…

ATA: Week of 10~22~18

movie nightMovie Night

Join us this Friday evening for movies ata ATA. This is a free event, with concessions for purchase.

BPBlack Panther in the Cafeteria beginning at 6:30 – this movie is rated PG-13 and is 2:14 long.

BJ

Beetlejuice in the Library beginning at 7:00 – this movie is rated PG and is 1:32 in length.

 

 

conferences

 

Middle School Conferences are scheduled for November 8. More information on scheduling and process will be sent home by teachers soon.

If you have concerns or questions about your child’s performance or grades, please email you child’s teacher.

Teacher email address link here.

 

Latino Family Night:

This Wednesday at 6:00 in the Library  –  Our Latino Families are invited to attend a follow-up evening to last year’s meetings. This is an opportunity to share your voice and concerns, hear what’s coming up and how to become more involved. Dinner, Spanish and English interpretation & childcare provided.

 

 

 

ATA: Week of 10~15~18

Build-It Night

We look forward to seeing families this Wednesday (Oct. 17) at 6:30 for a Family STEM Event Evening!
Families can also bring whatever else they would like to bring to put together their contraption. (Box cutters can only be used by adults.)
**Each student who participates gets a free bouncy ball!**
See the attached flyer for more information!  Build it night

Halloween – October 31

October 31 is a school day – Wednesday.  It will be a regular school day.

Costumes are allowed:costume

  • No masks
  • No weapons
  • No gore or inappropriate
  • Shoes must be worn
  • Do not bring candy to school that day or following

There will be costume judging during advisory and announced at the end of the day. Categories include:

  • Most Creative
  • Most Original
  • Best of Show

Calendar “ATA” Glance:

Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. WOLFPAC meeting

Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. ATA Family Night: Build It Challenge

Tuesday, October 23 at 3:45 Site Council

Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00 Latino Family Night

Friday, October 26 at 6:30 ATA Family Movie Night

Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 Band Informance

Wednesday, October 31 – Halloween, see above

ATA: Week of 10~8~18

Youth Volunteer Opportunity

ymca

The Eugene Family Y has on-going volunteer opportunities in our afterschool programs that are ALWAYS open to youth interested in working with children. In addition to this, we are looking for volunteers for our annual Family Halloween Party, details of which are below. If you have any questions, or if there is someone else I should email this to, please let me know.
Halloween at the YMCA
FridayOctober 26th from 6pm to 8pm
Volunteers will help families navigate between and engage in all the fun: food, swimming, games, inflatables and more!
Interested youth can either email me, or fill out and return this volunteer application and noting whether they are interested in the halloween party, ongoing volunteering, or both.

Contact Amber by emailing amber@eugeneymca.org
More information on the attached flyer – here:  halloween 2018

Dress reminders:

Please remind your child of appropriate clothing choices. Revealing, strapless, crop tops or spaghetti strap shirts and short shorts (cannot be seen under shirt) are prohibited. Students not following the dress code will be asked to change their clothes.

Students participating in PE must wear tennis shoes and clothing making mobility easy for the activities each day.

This week:

There is no school Thursday or Friday this week. no school

  • Thursday is midterm Progress Reporting day – Your student’s grades will be updated and posted for viewing on ParentVue or via StudentVue. If you have questions about grades, please email the teacher directly.
  • Friday is a statewide inservice day.

Students have been participating in emergency drills over the past weeks. So far students have practiced fire and lockdown drills. This week we will discuss and practice what to do in the event of an earthquake.  Your student should be able to share procedures for each.

Looking Ahead:

Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. WOLFPAC meeting

Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. ATA Family Night: Build It Challenge

Tuesday, October 23 at 3:45 Site Council

Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00 Latino Family Night

Friday, October 26 at 6:30 ATA Family Movie Night