Elmira Elementary School


Rilke Klingsporn


The Fern Ridge School District is seeking a $26.67 million facilities bond in the May 20, 2014 primary election to replace Elmira Elementary School, renovate other school facilities, and improve technology and safety throughout the District.  If approved by voters, Measure 20-220 would replace the 1997 levy that is expiring soon, and is projected to result in no increase to the school bond tax rate that property owners currently pay.

Major components of Measure 20-220 are:

•  Replace most of Elmira Elementary on same site, with construction steps that allow students to remain on site.

•  Expand and renovate Veneta Elementary to allow supervision from front office, an enclosed library, additional classrooms, a cafeteria and kitchen, and to move bus traffic out of main parking lot.

•  Renovations at Fern Ridge Middle School to library, office, and associated spaces for safety, acoustics, and student learning.

•  Expand and renovate Elmira High School to include a second gymnasium and meet Title IX criteria.

•  Address student safety and security, including seismic work, at all sites.

•  Acquire technology to support classroom instruction and technology infrastructure.

•  Improve, repair, and develop facilities and sites to preserve remaining assets and systems and plan for growth.

For more information please go to the district’s website main page at www.fernridge.k12.or.us

National award-winning Storyteller, Christopher Leebrick, has enthralled audiences with his remarkable storytelling ability since the age of thirteen. He has performed from coast to coast at festivals, theatres, concert halls, schools, libraries, and campfires. All three of his CD’s, “Good Stories From All Over”,

“Critters, Kids, and Cowboys”, and “Spooky!” have won national Storytelling World awards.”

See Chris perform at Elmira’s Family Fun Night! February 27th at 5:30 PM Please RSVP at 541-935-8214.3CLs

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February’s PTA meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 27th at 6:30 P.M. following our Family Fun Night.  Family Fun Night features Christopher Leebrick and starts at 5:30.   Please R.S.V.P. at 541-935-8214 pizza and soft drinks will be served.

hulahoopresizedToday’s assembly came from the Lane Council of Arts.   Tara and Circ performed a variety of juggling, magic tricks, and hula hoop performances for our students and staff.   The event was topped off with an Elmira Elementary hula hoop contest.   This was a great show and kids experienced a tremendous amount of fun during this assembly.hulahoop2resized

Baylee - Feb

We are excited to announce Baylee Bryant as our February student of the month.  Baylee is a great learner in our second grade classroom.  She works hard in every subject and has made a tremendous amount of growth this past year in her academics. Baylee is a super leader and self manages her own behavior without needing a reminder about safety, responsibility, or respect.   Everyone in her classroom enjoys her smile, her great art work, and her kind heart.    Congratulations Baylee, we are lucky to have you as a student at Elmira Elementary!

Rugby (resized)Rugby Sevens is a game of speed, skill and strength.  It is played by Rugby’s fastest and fittest athletes – men and women.   On January 29th, Elmira Elementary School students were able to participate in Rugby and learn about the game.   The sport was brought to the school by Doc Venter who is the coordinator for the Schools Sevens Rugby program.   Doc and his team of athletes from the University of Oregon ran drills and introduced students and staff to this upcoming Olympic sport.  The mud kept the kids sliding and laughing. As the day progressed it seemed that everyone had fun handling the oversized white football.   Doc and his crew did a great job teaching our kids. Thanks to all who helped with this assembly!

snowFebruary 17th and May 23rd coming back…

The school board met and made the decision to make up 2 snow days.  These make up days  will be on  Monday Feb.17th and Friday, May 23rd. Action taken at the school board meeting will now make these days student days.  We are hoping that weather will allow us to continue uninterrupted for the rest of the year, but if not, we may have to consider adding more days later.  Thank you for your patience as we make the adjustments.


Head Lice 101head lice

There have been some cases of head lice at Elmira Elementary.  Here is some information regarding head lice and treatment:

Head lice are very common!  More than 12 million people, mostly children and school personnel, get head lice per year.

Direct head-to-head contact with an infested person is the main way head lice is transmitted, but they may also be transmitted by sharing hats, scarves, headphones, combs and other hair accessories.  Lice cannot hop, jump or fly but they can crawl rapidly.

Watch for signs of head lice: itchy head, presence of nits (small whitish/gray specks frequently located near the scalp.)  Check your children every few days if head lice are reported at their school.  Lice are easier to eliminate if caught early.

Teach your children not to share hats, head-gear, scarves, headphones and grooming items (comb, hairbrushes, etc.) and to avoid direct head-to-head contact.

  • To kill lice on bedding, clothes, etc., wash and dry them as you would ordinarily.  NEVER add any pesticide.  Vacuum materials that cannot be washed.
  • If you are concerned about head lice on carpets or furniture, vacuum them thoroughly or wipe smooth surfaces with a damp cloth.
  • Wash stuffed animals or vacuum them thoroughly.  NEVER spray them with a pesticide.
  • To kill lice on brushes or combs or hair accessories, wash them with hot soapy water.
  • Cooperate with your school’s head lice policy.  Your child will be temporarily excluded from the school as long as “nits” are present, but the policy helps avoid widespread head lice outbreaks.

10 tips for manual removal

1) Work in a well lighted area or use a flashlight and hand lens.

2) Use a grooming comb or hairbrush to remove tangles.  A hair detangler spray or other hair conditional may aid in this process.

3) Divide the hair into sections and fasten off the hair that is not being worked on.

4) Use a lice comb to detect and remove lice and nits.

5) Go through hair sections from the scalp to the end of the hair.  Nits are usually found close to the scalp.

6) Dip the comb in a cup of hot soapy water or use tape to remove lice, nits or debris from the comb.

7) Sift through the same section of hair and look for attached nits and live lice.

8) Move on to the next section until the entire scalp and all hair has been checked.

9) Screen the infested person every day for 10 days and regularly therafter.

10) If additional nits (at least 3-5) are discovered, another manul search is recommended.

You cannot completely control head lice with head lice shampoos alone.  You must combine shampoo treatment with manual removal.



Hello and Welcome Back to 2014! Hope everyone had  great holidays and a very Happy New Year. Here are some reminders about the upcoming events at Elmira Elementary School.

January 14, 2014 – Family Fun Night Bring the Wild Alive

  • The Cascades Raptor Center’s education birds will visit. A 30-35 minute presentation will be given on topics such as raptors, owls, predators and their prey, life cycles, birds, form and function. Bring your family and enjoy this eventful evening. Pizza and drinks will be provided. This event will be held in the EES gym.
  • This event starts at 5:15PM. and will conclude at 6:30 PM

January 21, 2014 – Elmira Elementary PTA -– This is an opportunity to get involved with your child’s school and participate in our many fun events. We will be planning for our upcoming talent show/ auction/ pizza party

This event starts at 6:30 in the Elmira Elementary School’s library.

Calendar Change- There will be School on February 17th

To make up for the snow days, we will have school on President’s Day February 17th. The district will be adding back more days that have not been finalized. When they are, we will let you know. Thanks and looking forward to seeing you at one of these great events!