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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.

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

 

 

The Child Center is presenting a series of four classes for parents on collaborative problem solving.  Collaborative problem solving is an exciting model that teaches you and your child skills that will reduce meltdowns, increase positive relationships, and improve communications.

Parents with a child in elementary or middle school will find the strategies used in collaborative problem solving useful and effective.  If you are struggling with your child’s challenging behaviors or are frustrated and searching for a more effective way to manage your child’s behavior, then collaborative problem solving could be the solution you are looking for.

The classes will be held at Elmira Elementary School from 6:00pm to 7:30pm starting on Thursday, October 25th.  Dinner will be served and childcare provided during the class.  This class is offered at no cost to families.

Please call 541-726-1465 to register – space is limited!

We are in need of donors!  The Elmira High School Blood Drive is Tuesday, October 2 from 8:30am to 1:30pm in the auxiliary gym.

Anyone is welcome to donate and you can sign up with any National Honor Society student by emailing Mrs. Hunt: khunt@fernridge.k12.or.us or online by visiting www.redcross.org and using sponsor code: ElmiraHS

 

 

 

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July/August 2019

July 15  School Board Meeting at 6:30pm

 

August 13  Special School Board Meeting at 8:00am

 

August 19  School Board Meeting at 6:30pm

 

August 14  Elementary Kindergarten/New Student Registration

 

August 20-21 Elementary Registration

 

August 21                    8:00am Senior Registration

1:00pm Sophomore Registration

 

August 22                           1:00 Junior Registration

5:00 Freshman Registration

 

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