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Over the past few months we have been working on identifying a mission statement.  The district has a vision statement:”Provide excellence for every student so that each will reach their greatest potential.”

A vision statement outlines WHERE an organization wants to be, the “end-goal.”  A mission statement identifies HOW we will get there.

Our process for creating our mission statement has included research and brainstorming by a group of administrators who looked at data and identified a couple of different mission statement options.  Those two options were forwarded to the four buildings in our district and reviewed by each ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) team.  These teams include staff and parents who were asked to provide feedback.  In recent days we have taken that feedback and identified a proposed draft mission statement.

We are now looking for community, parent, and student input on this mission statement before we come out with a final adopted version.  You can provide that by clicking here to take the short survey.  Thanks in advance for your participation!

Flu Shot Community Clinic FlyerAll kids (ages 7 & up)  families and community members are welcome to attend our October 2 flu shot clinic.  The clinic will be held at our district office (88834 Territorial Rd.)

Immunization Tips:
~Wear a short sleeved shirt to the clinic.
~Bring your insurance card (if you do not have insurance coverage the private pay cost for the basic flu shot is $30)
~Bring a completed Vaccine Administration Record (extra forms will be available on site)
~Immunizations are available for children ages 7 and up.
~Copays/Costs may vary for alternate vaccines.

Below are the links to the vaccine information sheets.  If you are interested in a vaccine other than the basic flu shot please RSVP to 541-935-2253 ext 1203.

Flu
Pneumonia
Tdap
Shingles
HPV
Hep A
Hep B

CATCH Fun Run/Walk Flyer

 

Please join us on Thursday, May 30 for a 3K fun run/walk at Elmira Elementary School!  The run/walk will be followed by a Taco Bar and Health Fair along with prizes and finisher medals!

Click here to Register online or pick up a packet from the office at Veneta or Elmira Elementary School.  The cost is $5 per student or $10 per adult.  View the registration link for more information on a family of four discount.

Thank you Territorial Sports Program, Wintergreen Farm and Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) for sponsoring this event!

FRSD schools will remain open on Wednesday, May 8th.

Dear Fern Ridge families,

Many of you may have heard reports regarding some Lane County School Districts being closed on May 8thIn Fern Ridge, schools will remain open.

The Oregon Education Association has called upon its members to make May 8th a “Day of Action” to advocate for legislative action to significantly invest in K-12 education so that Oregon schools have adequate resources to serve all students.  Union’s planned activities include many districts participating in one-day teacher strikes (“walkouts”).  In Fern Ridge our teachers and union leadership have elected to participate in this Day of Action in a way that is least disruptive to families and student learning time.

Our teacher union leadership has been transparent and communicating with me the last few weeks regarding their planning, and I recently have been informed that teachers that participate will be “walking out” after students are released on Wednesday, May 8th.  This type of action shows their support for the larger “Day of Action”, while being least disruptive to our students and families.

The missed hours of work/professional development time will be unpaid strike time for teachers, or they must take a ½ day of their personal leave. The Fern Ridge School District and I share our teacher’s goal of convincing the Oregon Legislature to make a significant investment in education to provide smaller class sizes, more learning time, increased health and safety services and a well-rounded education.  However, the district does not endorse or condone walkouts that disrupt the work day.

I have been informed that during this walkout many of our licensed staff will be at the corner of Territorial Highway and 126 sharing positive signs regarding supporting students and increased K-12 funding to serve all students.

If additional information becomes available, or something changes, we will communicate immediately with our families.

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Fern Ridge School District Distinguished Service Award Recipients!

Awards will be presented in the cafeteria of Elmira High School on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 pm

        Daniel Kallio: Volunteer ~ Julie Cross: Classified Employee

Cameron Siegal: Educator ~ Jeff Thiessen: Confidential Employee

 Paige Reichenberger: Emerging Future First Citizen

 Paul Ossowski: Future First Citizen

Riley Chambers: Community Builder

Distinguished Service Awards Logo 2019

Fun Run Flyer

 

Mark your calendars for May 30th and join us for a 3K Family Fun Run/Walk followed by a taco bar and health information fair!  This event is sponsored by Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) and will be held at Elmira Elementary School.

More information on registration will be posted soon.

Ultimate Falcon Pageant Flyer

Join us for the Ultimate Falcon Pageant this Friday evening at 7:00pm in the Elmira High School main gym.  Ultimate Falcon is a fundraiser that benefits both Mid-Lane Cares and the Elmira High School Booster Club.

Tickets can be purchased from any Ultimate Falcon competitor for $10 or you can purchase a ticket at the door for $12.

Tickets for students, children and over 65 are $8 each.

Flu Shot Clinic FlyerAll students, community members and staff are welcome to the flu shot clinic that will be held in the Veneta Elementary Library on Thursday, Nov 8 from 4:00-6:00pm.

Flu Shot Tips:

~Wear a short sleeved shirt
~Bring your insurance card – if you don’t have insurance the private pay cost for the basic flu shot is $30.
~Bring a completed Vaccine Administration Record (extra forms will be available on site)
~Immunizations are available for students ages 7 and up
~Copays/Costs may vary for alternate vaccines.

Below are the links to the vaccine information sheets:

Flu
Shingles
TDap
Pneumococcal

Please call 541-935-2253 ext 1203 if you have any questions

Parents of the Fern Ridge community,

I believe recent events around an incident at Fern Ridge Middle School, the districts response, and the subsequent discussion is necessitating an additional message from me.  Serious issues of confidentially are in play here, so know that everything I have written here,  just this morning I have received permission from the family involved to share.

The district was made aware of a general threat by a FRMS student on Monday, October 29th.  The threat that was made a week or more prior to being reported to us was not specific in nature, was made in a private conversation between two friends, one of whom shared he was having some violent thoughts.  The threat was investigated thoroughly over 2-3 days.  The parents of the involved student responded to this event as I would hope any parent would.  They understood the severity, were concerned for their child, and they furthermore agreed to voluntarily withdraw their student from school and pursue getting him some support.  FRMS Principal, Ms. Johnson was in communication with me from the get go, and everything we have done here has been at my direction, and in accordance with Board policy.  I can assure folks the following:  The FRSD School Board is fully aware of the specifics of this case, and I am confident the Districts response was swift, appropriate, and at no time after being made aware of the threat were students in danger.

I stand by the fact that our response here was appropriate for the specifics of this case, and done so in a way that would encourage, not discourage, others form coming forward if they have concerns about themselves, or their peers.  The District will certainly be de-briefing these events and discussing any possible adjustments to our policy or practice in the future.  If anyone would like to contact me directly please feel free to do so at gcarpenter@fernridge.k12.or.us or via phone at 541-935-2253 ext 1201.   I, as well as your elected School Board members, have no higher priority than doing everything in our power to ensure your children, theirs and mine included, are safe in Fern Ridge School District Schools.

Next week, FRMS staff are working on a short presentation to students that will emphasize two things.  First, the importance of reporting to a trusted adult, and secondly the seriousness with which any threatening statement must be taken by school officials. I expect this presentation to take place on Wednesday during homeroom.

Gary Carpenter, Superintendent FRSD 28J

 

On Thursday, November 8 there will be a flu shot clinic open to students and community members from 4:00-6:00pm in the Veneta Elementary Library.

Flu Shot Tips:

~Wear a short sleeved shirt
~Bring your insurance card – if you don’t have insurance the private pay cost for the basic flu shot is $30.
~Bring a completed Vaccine Administration Record (extra forms will be available on site)
~Immunizations are available for students ages 7 and up
~Copays/Costs may vary for alternate vaccines.

Below are the links to the vaccine information sheets:

Flu
Shingles
TDap
Pneumococcal

Please call 541-935-2253 ext 1203 if you have any questions

 

 

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November 2019

Oct 28 5:30 Girls Varsity Soccer EHS vs Creswell

 

Oct 31  End of the First Quarter

 

Oct 31 Harvest Carnival at EES

 

Nov 1 No School due to a  Teacher Workday

 

Nov 1   7pm Varsity Football EHS vs Tillamook

 

Nov 4 6:30pm FRMS Parent Group Meeting

 

Nov 11  No School in Honor of Veteran’s Day

 

Nov 18 6:30pm School Board Meeting at the District Office

 

Nov 25-26  ~Elementary Only~  No School due to  Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

Nov 27-29 No School for students

 

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