4/29/2020 A message to parents and guardians from Eugene School District 4J


2020–21 School Calendar: Key Dates

Dates for families to plan for next school year

Many families make plans for the next school year months in advance. Calendars for the upcoming year have been approved by the school board.

Key Dates for 2020–21

  • Orientation/Transition Day for Grade 9: Tuesday, September 8
    • First Day of School (except grades 7 & 8): Wednesday, September 9
    • First Day of School for Grades 7 & 8: Thursday, September 10
    • Winter Break: Monday, December 21–Monday, January 4 (Jan. 4 is staff work day)
    • Spring Break: Monday, March 22–Friday, March 26
    • Last Day: Thursday, June 17 (or later if makeup days are needed)

Changes for Spring 2020

There are also some changes to the current school year calendar due to the closure of school buildings and shift to distance learning. Friday, May 1, will be a regular distance learning school day. Middle and high school teachers will spend Friday, May 15, on progress reports and professional development. Elementary school teachers will engage in the transition day on Friday, June 5, instead of May 1.


2020–21 School Calendar

Student Belongings Available for Pickup 
Schools scheduling times to pick up locker and cubby contents 

When students left school on March 11 or 12, they expected to return in a few days. Many students left personal items and supplies in their classrooms and lockers.

Now, with school buildings closed for the rest of the year, schools are reuniting students with their belongings. This past week, staff have been bagging and labeling students’ belongings for their safe return. Each school is scheduling days and times—mostly this week—for families to pick up their student’s belongings. Your school will let you know when your student’s pickup time is.

Personal belongings will be returned using curbside service, the same way many schools handed out laptops and tablets to families. Families may not come into the school building. Please stay in your car except when directed by staff.

It’s not the reunion we’d hoped, but we’re glad to reunite students with their belongings. We look forward to students filling their desks and lockers once again when school buildings reopen.

Student Belongings Pickup

Transfer Request Deadline Approaching
Non-residents can apply to transfer to 4J schools until April 30

Eugene School District 4J welcomes families who live outside of the district boundary to apply to enroll in 4J schools. Many 4J schools are open to requests from out-of-district students. Applications to be included in the interdistrict transfer lottery will be accepted online until midnight on Thursday, April 30. A lottery will be held in May to determine the order in which requests will be granted.

Starting May 6, both in-district and out-of-district families may submit transfer requests. Post-lottery transfer requests will be placed on school waiting lists by priority and in the order they are received.

School Choice Information

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ACE Awards Nomination Closes April 30

Award nominations for 4J staff & volunteers due by Thursday

A school isn’t a building. It’s the people. Exceptional people in our 4J schools make a difference for students every day. Nominating them for the 4J ACE Awards is a wonderful way to honor their talent, caring and dedication.

It’s quick and easy, but don’t delay—there’s just a few days left. Nominations are due this Thursday, April 30.

Nominations are accepted in four categories: teachers and licensed specialists, classified staff, administrators and supervisors, and volunteers. One nominee in each category will be named the 2020 ACE Award Champion, and one nominee will be recognized with a lifetime achievement award. Each winner will receive a $250 grant for a school or program of their choosing from the Eugene Education Foundation. Every nominee will be acknowledged and celebrated.

ACE Awards

Celebrate Nominees

Nominate a Champion

2020 Census Is Happening Now
Every family counts for our community—now is the time to reply 

Looking for something important you can do at home that will impact our community? If you haven’t done so already, complete the 2020 Census online at 2020Census.gov. It’s safe, secure and confidential, and your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities like ours for schools, roads, and other public services.

Complete the Census

In Other News

• All Means All: Superintendent Gustavo Balderas on equity, access, and distance learning for all

• Helping Hand: High school robotics team designing, fabricating face shields for COVID-19 workers

• Parade Wave: Elementary school staff drive through neighborhoods, sending love to students (video)

• Pass the Book: School staff encourage students to read (video)

• Stepping Up: Eugene Education Foundation organizes drop-off that nets nearly $10,000 in donations for families

• Radio Respite: Volunteers keep community radio station based at Sheldon High School on air

• Swing School: Temporary home for Edison, Camas Ridge elementary schools taking shape

• Big Build: Construction firm chosen for North Eugene High School build








Coming Up in 4J

4/30 ACE Awards Nominations Due
4/30 District Transfer Applications Due
5/6 Post-Lottery Transfer Apps Open
5/6 School Board Meeting
5/11 / TBD Budget Committee Meeting
5/20 School Board Meeting
6/3 School Board Meeting
6/17 School Board Meeting