September Newsletter

Greetings Family School Families,

Trying out our school newsletter on our Web Page instead of using paper!  I’ve got lots of information for you . . .

Your child has PE on Fridays and we want you to make sure to have them wear their athletic shoes.  We do have a small supply in the office, but no guarantees that we will have the size your child needs.  Best to ensure on Fridays that they head out in the appropriate footwear for PE.

Remember that we will have Friday morning music each week at 9:00.  Students are asked to come into the cafeteria/gym at 9 and participate in this fun and engaging weekly ritual.  It’s a great community building time and we hope if parents are able, they will join in too.  Keep in mind that Friday parent social is also happening every Friday.  In our staff room you will find coffee and some type of treat as well as many parents for you to visit and connect with.  All Family School parents are invited to join both of these fun Friday activities.

I wanted to bring to your attention to a series of events regarding DACA through Eugene 4J School District’s office of Inclusion, Instruction and Equity.  Our district has several opportunities for families to participate in, if they wish.  I’ll be posting that information on our website. In the meantime if you are interested in learning more and obtaining further information on these opportunities you can check out the information on the 4J web site at, or follow the hot link at the bottom of the front page of the Family School site.

Our first PPC meeting is this Thursday, September 14th at 5:30 in the library.  If you are interested in becoming a parent policy council representative I’d encourage you to speak to your child’s classroom teacher.  We will follow this with our first All School Meeting on Wednesday, September 27th at 6.

Today we had a PBIS assembly.  PBIS stands for Positive, Behavior, Intervention, Support – it’s all about recognizing the good things kids do, instead of focusing on the negative behaviors.  I’ll post our school guidelines for your review.  These guidelines will be posted around the school and students will be able to earn activity based class and whole school rewards.  Activity based means no prize box trinkets . . . we will be honoring students and classrooms with a variety of fun activities (to be determined by classrooms and their teachers).  An example might be extra recess or having lunch outside.  Our goal is to be inclusive and never exclude students.  Just like we do with academics (meet them where their at) we will do with behavior.  This might look a little different for each student.  We are looking to be super positive with each and every kid and find something terrific they are doing.  Shouldn’t be hard since this building is FULL of amazing-terrific kids.  The district expects us to do some type of PBIS system.  We are in full district compliance but are doing it Family School style!  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or your child’s classroom teacher.  We are here to answer any questions you may have.

An unpleasant topic . . .  Our parking lot.  It’s difficult to navigate with all of these cars, and I feel your pain.  Please consider using the bus that takes students to ATA.  The bus drops off at ATA about 3:30.  You are now welcome to drive to ATA and wait in the parking lot – thanks to ATA’s new Admin team, Larry Williams and AJ Hruby.  The only day the bus isn’t available is on Wednesday afternoons.  Otherwise up and down the hill, there is busing to and from Family School and ATA.  Take advantage of it!  The bus lane needs to be reserved for the Moss Street bus, New Dreams and our ATA/Family bus.  Please don’t park in the bus lane.

Have you seen the new gates around the property?  We have installed gates at all of the entry points around the 8 acre campus.  We lock the gates during school hours and unlock them at the end of the school day.  The gates are to deter the large amount of foot and paw (dog paw that is) traffic that passes through our campus each day.  To ensure student safety we ask that people refrain walking through our campus during school hours. We battled that issue all through the 2016-2017 school year and didn’t have much luck.  The gates became an unfortunate necessity.  We do however want to be good neighbors, so the gates are unlocked in the late afternoons and all weekend.  We appreciate the community walking through keeping an eye on things.  It takes a village!

That’s all I have for now!  This is a lot of information for the first full week of school.  If you need anything, you can always reach me by phone at 541-790-3700 or email at or just holler at me here at school.

Looking forward to a great year with your kids.

Jen Hebard

Principal- Family School

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