Soccer sign-ups are open now through Saturday, August 27th for Kindergarten to 6th-grade soccer.
Practices start the week of September 6th, and games start the week of September 19th. Visit the TSP Website for more information.
As we prepare to open our doors for the 22-23 school year, there are some important details we would like to share with families in regards to our food services plan for this year. Please see below for more information:
- The free meal program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic has ended.
- FRSD 22-23 Breakfast/Lunch pricing information can be found on our website
- You may qualify for free or reduced meals and can apply online https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/f
- The district is happy to announce that we will be able to continue with FREE BREAKFAST K-12 for the 22-23 school year for ALL STUDENTS. We will be using a portion of our ESSER III $ to fund this for the upcoming year.
- Please do not let the free breakfast component deter families from filling out the free/reduced meal application, as this is still very important!
It’s that time of year again!
Summer is winding down and we are getting ready to welcome students back to school for the 2022-2023 year.
Below is the building registration information for each school. Offices open today (August 15) so please reach out to your school building if you have any questions.
Elmira & Veneta Elementary School:
New Students/Incoming Kindergarten:
Wednesday, August 17th 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Families will be able to register online or come into the school during registration dates. Here is the link to begin the registration process online. Please remember if you register online, you will still need to come in at registration to fill out a couple of quick forms (transportation, etc.). Paper registration forms are available in each school office.
Tuesday, August 23rd 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday, August 24th 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday, August 25th 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
As in past years, Elmira and Veneta Elementary will have a school supply fee of $30 to cover all needed classroom supplies. Not covered by the school supply fee are a backpack, lunchbox, and water bottle. The supply fee is payable at registration or anytime at the front office. Scholarships are available and every child will be registered for school regardless of their ability to pay the supply fee.
Returning students may start the registration process online or may register in person at their elementary school. If you start the registration process online, please come to the office during registration to fill out a couple of quick forms (transportation, etc.).
Elmira Elementary School Office Contact: Callie Johnson (541) 935-8214 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Veneta Elementary School Office Contact: Becky Walton (541) 935-8225 or email@example.com
Fern Ridge Middle School:
New Students/Incoming 6th Grade Students:
Wednesday, August 17th 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
There is registration fee of $10 to cover the cost of a student planner, student body card and to help support student activities. Students may also purchase one or more PE shirts ($7) each. Yearbooks will also be on sale for $17 during registration. Cash or checks only as we cannot accept debit cards. Every student will be registered for school regardless of their ability to pay the registration fee.
Families are welcome to start the registration process online, however, they will still need to come in-person to pay fees, pick up items, finalize transportation plans and complete some additional forms.
Tuesday, August 23rd 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday, August 24th 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday, August 25th 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fern Ridge Middle School Office Contact: Shelby Humphrey (541) 935-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Elmira High School:
New Students (only students who are brand new to the district – not current FRSD incoming 9th graders):
Wednesday, August 17th 9:00 am to 7:00 pm in the front office.
Seniors (12th grade):
Wednesday, August 24th 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Sophomores (10th grade):
Wednesday, August 24th 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Juniors (11th grade):
August 25th 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Freshman (9th grade):
August 25th 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Elmira High School Office Contact: Tammy Eutsler (541) 935-8200 or email@example.com
The district is preparing to launch a new communication tool. It is called Parent Square. This tool is an easy-to-use communication tool that combines multiple communication streams into one easy-to-use app for families and staff. More information regarding this tool can be accessed under the “PARENTS” tab on the District website, directly at this link: https://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/parentsquare/ . Tomorrow night, prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting at 6:30, Mrs. Marshall will be presenting a 30 minute virtual training (on zoom) regarding this new tool. The meeting will be from 5:45-6:15 PM and can be accessed at the following link: https://fernridge-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/88212696504
In addition, following a brief summer hiatus, the return of the community Q and A’s with Superintendent Carpenter will resume tomorrow at 5:30. Typically these are 30 minutes long, however due to tomorrow’s Parent Square training, this will only go from 5:30-5:45. The primary topic will the “visitor and volunteer” guidelines for the 22-23 school year. You can use the same zoom link as above to access this Q and A.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has informed the district that Kelsey Boren, an instructional assistant at Veneta Elementary, has been arrested on charges related to child pornography. No children known to Boren through her employment have been identified as victims at this point.
As a result, the Fern Ridge School District has suspended her employment with the district. Boren will be barred from school grounds or having contact with Fern Ridge students pending the outcome of the case.
Any allegation of a crime against children must be taken seriously. Such allegations are extremely rare, and when one occurs, we take immediate action. As a district we provide regular training to employees about recognizing and preventing sexual crimes against students. Our staff members work diligently in teaching our students and ensuring that they are safe and secure in their school environment.
These allegations leave everyone in our district shocked and dismayed. Counseling and support services will be available for any students or staff members who need them. Please contact us at the district office if such support is needed. Questions about the criminal case should be directed to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
Join the Booster Club on September 10th for a night of Oregon Football, a Cornhole Tourney, and a Silent Auction.
Doors (and the kid zone!) open at 4 pm
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Public schools remain under the restrictions and requirements of OAR 333-019-1030. Over the past several months, in conjunction with many partners, the district has finalized its plan for 22-23 in this regard. The plan is tied to the CDC community levels, and can be viewed under the Volunteer & Visitor Information section at the top of the page at this link: 2022-2023 School Information.
While circumstances may arise that require this plan to be updated, it is what we currently expect to be in place to start the 22-23 school year. To summarize, unvaccinated volunteers will need to submit an exception form, have it approved, and then sign an accommodation plan. The plans are tiered based on the Community levels as shared by the CDC. That community level guidance document as well as copies of the accommodation plans, can also be found at the link above.
The district remains committed to doing everything possible to ensure our doors can stay open for in person instruction. In the Spring of 2022, there were many days when due to large numbers of staff being out due to their own illness, or illness of their family members (with no substitutes available), the district was close to needing to close its doors for a period of time. Keeping our doors open remains the number one priority when in comes to COVID-19 protocols and requirements. If you have questions to not hesitate to reach out to the District Office or the administrator at a particular school.
Orchid Health will hold a Sports Physical Clinic on August 2nd and August 9th (by appointment only). There is no cost for students.
As a reminder, to participate in high school athletics in Oregon, students must have an updated physical (expires every 2 years). If you are unsure the status of your physical, you can contact the EHS Bookkeeper at 541-935-2253 ext 2210.
Call 541-234-3255 for more information and to schedule your appointment.
Community Q & A: Community Q & A sessions are on pause during the summer months (June and July). They will resume at 5:30 pm before the August 15th, 2022 board meeting.
Fern Ridge School Board: The FRSD Board of Directors sets aside 30 minutes in every regular, public meeting to hear public comment. Community members are each given 3 minutes to speak and must turn the Intent to Speak form in by 1pm the day of the board meeting. Links to public comment policy and the Intent to Speak form are found here. The board meeting in June will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person. Speakers may attend in-person or within the virtual webinar. Links to each month’s board meeting can be found on the Boardbook page along with the board agenda and meeting attachments.
The board welcomes objective criticism of district operations and programs but is not able to hear comments regarding any individual district staff member. School board members are generally not able to respond to individual commenters and may refer to the superintendent for reply at a later time.
Comments emailed to board secretary Michelle Smith: email@example.com will be forwarded to the entire school board but will not be read into record at a board meeting. Individuals/Groups who submit the Intent to Speak form after the 1:00 pm deadline will be invited to comment at the following month’s meeting.
Each school board meting is recorded and posted on the School Board Meeting Recording page.
Please call 541-935-2253 ext 1203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance or have questions about public comment or the community Q & A.
Summer Pool Passes!
All FRSD students have 10 free visits to the Veneta Pool. Students are welcome to share their 10 passes with family/friends. No vouchers needed, pool staff will have a list.
For more information on pool hours and operation, please visit: https://www.venetaoregon.gov/ or call 541-935-4390.
Beginning June 25th, the pool will have free swimwear available for those that need it. Supplies are limited.