Veneta Elementary School

Lisa Leatham, Principal



Signed into law in May of 2019, the Student Success Act is a game-changer for our schools!  As part of the Student Success Act, the Student Investment Account is non-competitive grant money for Oregon school districts.  The focus for these funds is on key areas for improvement — from reducing class size, increasing instructional time, addressing health and safety needs and ensuring a well-rounded education.  In order to apply for these funds, our district is required to meaningfully engage stakeholders!  We need ALL voices in this conversation.  The Fern Ridge portion of this allocation could be in excess of 1 million dollars.

The first and easiest way to get involved is to complete the survey, at the following link:
The survey in translatable to Spanish through a drop down menu in the upper right hand corner.  Please take a few minutes to complete!

The second way to become involved would be to attend our Community Input Session.  The date for this is Tuesday, October 8th.  The exact time and location is yet to be determined.  As soon as we finalize this information, we will get it out.

Thanks for taking the time to participate and become involved in the future of Fern Ridge Schools.

One in 6 Oregon children is chronically absent.  Being chronically absent is defined as missing 10% of the school days throughout the course of the year.  Over the last year our district has been working closely with the Oregon Department of Education to try new and innovative things to encourage regular school attendance for all of our students.

Attendance matters for students at all grade levels. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to read at grade level and to build a strong foundation as they move from preschool and kindergarten to high school.  On the other hand, students who are chronically absent are at risk of falling behind.  Chronically absent students in Fern Ridge perform lower academically than their peers, have lower GPA’s, and are at a higher risk of not receiving their high school diploma.

The link below has lots of information for not only educators, but families and students as well.  Things such as attendance trackers and tips for “getting out the door.”  Each school in Fern Ridge has these attendance trackers in magnet form, for your refrigerators, that you can use at home.  If you would like one, please contact  your school.  Also, at the Fern Ridge School District Office we have “Every Day Matters” yard signs.  If you are willing to put one up at your home or local business, please stop by and pick one up.

Being absent from school is sometimes necessary, life happens!  However emphasizing the importance of regular school attendance is an important and valuable gift you can give your student!

The VES staff took part in a fun team building experience last week, thanks to Tiana Povenmire-Kirk, our very own Fern Ridge School District School Board member. Tiana and her children taught our staff how to fold, tie, and dye shirts so we could all have fun VES spirit shirts to wear this year. Thanks to Tiana and thanks to the awesome staff at Veneta Elementary for showing us your creative side!


A big thank you to PALS, the CATCH Grant, and retired Veneta Elementary School teacher Wayne Gaddy for funding our new sensory hall. It will be well used by students in need of a break during the school day. Thank you so much for caring about our VES kids!

We can’t wait to see all of you! School starts on Tuesday, September 3rd, for 1st-5th graders. Kindergartners will be participating in the soft start program the first week, then be joining us full time on September 9th. Doors open at 7:30am for breakfast and/or outside play and classes start at 7:55am. School is out at 2:25pm on M,T,Th,F, and 12:45pm for early release on Wednesdays.

See you soon-it’s going to be a great year!

We will be posting class lists at 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 29th. Our classrooms will be open from 2:00-3:00 so students can see their new classrooms and meet their new teachers. Please keep in mind that teachers will still be in the process of getting rooms ready, so classrooms may not be entirely set up yet. We hope you can join us-if not, we’ll see you next week!

Just a heads up that we have a big change in our front office this fall, as Lorie Haffner heads to Elmira High School to head up their front office. It’s a great opportunity for her and we miss her already!

When you come to registration this week you’ll be meeting our new office secretary, Becky Walton. Becky and her husband, William, are parents of twin boys who went through EES, FRMS, and are now freshmen at Elmira High School. Please join me in welcoming her to the Veneta Elementary family!

Veneta Elementary uses Remind for our text messaging services. Recently, Remind put a limit on their free service of 150 people for each class/group.  So instead of having one class/group for VES, we will need to break texts into grade level groupings. We are asking families of K-1 students to sign up for the K-1 grade class/group, families of 2-3 students to sign up for the 2-3 grade class/group, and families of 4-5 students to sign up for the 4-5 grade/class. If you have more than one student at Veneta Elemetary, you only need to sign up for one class/group, as everyone will be receiving the same messages. The old VES group can no longer be used and has been deleted. Parents who want to receive text messages from VES will need to sign up for one of the new groups. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Sign up as follows:

K-1 families: Text @vesk1 to 81010

2-3 families: Text @ves23 to 81010

4-5 families Text @ves45 to 81010.

This information will also be available at registration in the Communication Document.

Thanks and see everyone soon!

Happy summer everyone! Registration information letters were mailed out last week to returning students. Hopefully you received yours! Similar to last year, we have an online registration option for returning students this year. The letter that was mailed has your login information if you choose to register online. If you don’t want to register online, you can always come in and fill out the paperwork during the normal registration period. Please remember that even if you register online you will still need to come in to the school to fill out transportation information and pay the school supply fee. It should go super quick if you’ve already done the online registration!

New Student and Kindergarten registration is also available online, through the Online Registration link. New students (and Kindergarten students) will need to drop in at registration to provide the additional documentation requested below.




Registration Dates for 2019-2020

Wednesday, August 14th (New students/Kindergarten) 7:00am to 7:00pm

Tuesday, August 20th (All students) 7:00am to 7:00pm

Wednesday, August 21st (All students) 8:00am to 3:00pm

Thursday, August 22nd (All students) 8:00am to 12:00pm


For incoming kindergarten and new students please bring:

Copy of birth certificate

Proof of residency

Current immunization data

Feel free to email me with any questions at

Our office opens for the new school year on the afternoon of August 12th. Come see us or call us at 541-935-8225. See you soon!

Contact Veneta

Phone: (541) 935-8225

88131 Territorial Road
Veneta Oregon 97487

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