Read this week’s eNEWS for a notice of upcoming events, and to find out about a Yearbook volunteer opportunity, the Oct. 2nd Parent Education Night, an apprenticeship program with Lane Arts, and a November School Bond Measure.

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Upcoming Events

Oct. 2nd (T) – Parent Education Night (6:00-7:30 pm):
New School, New Kids: What You Need To Know About the 5th to 6th Grade Transition
Oct. 3rd (W) – 4J Parent Leaders Mtg. (6:30-8:00) at District Office (200 North Monroe Street)
Oct. 11 (Th) – No School (mid-term grading)
Oct. 12 (F) – No School (statewide inservice)
Oct. 15 (M) – Picture retakes
Oct 18 (Th) – 6th Grade Drama Showcase (6:00 PM)
Oct 19 (F) – PAR Meeting (9:15 AM)
Oct 19 (F) – 6th Grade Drama Showcase (6:00 PM)
Oct. 26th (F) – Activity Night

Parent Help Needed for Yearbook!

The Yearbook Club needs a few parents to help with the 2018-2019 Yearbook. Club meetings are on Wednesdays from 3:40- 4:40 pm. No prior experience necessary! Ideally you have a student interested in being in the Yearbook Club.

The commitment includes attending the club weekly, running it on occasions, learning the Lifetouch software (easy), taking pictures, coaching kids on page ideas and meeting deadlines. Graphic design experience/expertise, photography experience and editorial experience all a bonus but not necessary. If you cannot be at club weekly and want to help take pictures or you are a graphic artist that can help design the cover let us know!

If you are interested come to the Yearbook meeting this Wednesday at 3:40 in Alicia Chamness’ room

Parent Education Night: Thursday, October 2nd

New School, New Kids: What You Need To Know About the 5th to 6th Grade Transition

Parents to new 6th-Graders! Please come join your new school community to take part in a special evening meeting created just for you, at RMS on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6 to 7:30pm. Led by RMS teachers, School Counselor Lee Baker, and local psychotherapists Rachel Cazavilan and Paul Bolle, this interactive meeting is meant to help prepare parents for what lies ahead in the transition from elementary school to middle school.

Discussions will be centered around ensuring good communication between home and school, learning what supportive resources are available to your student, how you and your child can be involved in the school community outside of class time, managing increased stress and meeting the new level of expectations, and creating healthy habits and home life to support this critical developmental transition.

We plan for the time to be very interactive, so you’re welcome to engage as you feel comfortable. We’ll leave some time at the end to discuss and ask questions. We hope to see you there!

Product of Eugene
Arts Apprenticeship Program

The Product of Eugene Arts Apprenticeship Program will be continuing this year, with the first round of applications due Sunday, Sept. 30th.

The Product of Eugene program offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities focused on graphic, digital, and physical design.

Students will pair with an instructor, alumni, or affiliate of the UO Department of Product Design, utilizing the technology available at the 942 Olive building in Downtown Eugene. The 13,000 sq. ft. building features classrooms, studios, a digital design lab, plastics lab (3 types of 3D printers, laser cutter, analog shop tools), and exhibition spaces.

Students will work alongside their mentor to understand the profession of product design, explore specific ways to approach design, and begin creating innovative products of their own. In addition to learning a creative practice, students also explore the business aspects of a creative career, bolstering college and career readiness regardless of their chosen field.

This program is free of charge. Students will meet with a mentor group for approximately 2.5 hours per week for a 10-week period (10/11/18-12/21/18), finishing with a showcase event on the First Friday of January (1/4/19).

Please visit our website lanearts.org/arts-apprenticeship for more information. Students can apply today at: https://goo.gl/forms/iCA75vl1sswaybf33

Aplicación en español: https://goo.gl/forms/4xbg1zoS9bEftg6y2

School Bond Measure on November Ballot

A measure that would provide local funding for Eugene public schools is on the November 6 election ballot.

The bond measure, Measure 20-297, would allow Eugene School District 4J to:
• Make improvements at every school
• Improve student safety, security and equity across the district
• Provide better learning environments and materials for students
• Boost career technical education at all 4J high schools
• Repair and update schools that are more than 50 years old
• Replace three aging buildings that are worn and have high energy and maintenance costs

By law, bond money can only be spent on capital improvements such as facilities, equipment, curriculum and technology. It cannot be used to pay for teachers, school days or school programs.

If the measure is approved, property tax rates for Eugene School District 4J bond debt would increase by about $0.66 per $1,000 assessed value. Property taxes would increase by about $135 a year for the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed property value of $204,000.

Voters must be registered by October 16 to vote in this election. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters beginning October 17 and must be returned to the county elections office or an official ballot drop box by November 6, 8 p.m.

For more information, please see www.4j.lane.edu/bond.

Propuesta de Emisión de Bonos Para las Escuelas

Una propuesta de emisión de bonos en la boleta del 6 de noviembre podría proporcionar fondos para las escuelas públicas de Eugene.

Los fondos obtenidos a través de la propuesta de emisión de bonos, Propuesta 20-297, le permitirían al Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J:
* Realizar mejoras en todas las escuelas
• Mejorar la seguridad y equidad estudiantil en todo el distrito
• Proporcionar mejores instalaciones y materiales educativos para los alumnos
• Mejorar la educación técnica y profesional en todas las escuelas preparatorias
• Reparar y actualizar las escuelas que tienen más de 50 años
• Reemplazar tres edificios deteriorados cuyo energía y mantenimiento resulta muy caro

Por ley, el dinero de los bonos sólo puede ser utilizado en mejoras de capital como instalaciones, equipo, currículo y tecnología. No puede ser utilizado para pagar a los maestros, días de escuela, o programas escolares.

Si la propuesta es aprobada, los impuestos a la propiedad para la deuda del bono del Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J aumentarían aproximadamente en 66 centavos por cada $1.000 de valor limitado de tasación. Los impuestos a la propiedad aumentarían aproximadamente en $135 al año para los hogares promedios del distrito, que estén avaluados en $204.000.

Los votantes deben estar registrados antes del 16 de octubre para votar en esta elección. Las papeletas de votación se enviarán por correo a los votantes registrados a partir del 17 de octubre. Las papeletas se deben devolver a la oficina de elecciones del condado o a una urna electoral hasta las 8 p.m. del 6 de noviembre.

Para mayor información, por favor visite www.4j.lane.edu/bond o llame a 541-790-7707.