Fern Ridge School District 28J is accepting applications to fill a vacant Budget Committee position. The following position is open:
- One three-year term – Position #5 (Expires 6/30/19)
To be eligible for appointment, the appointive member must 1) live in the district; and 2) not be an officer, agent or employee of the district. Budget Committee Meetings are scheduled for the following dates: April 12, 2017, May 24, 2017, and May 31, 2017 (if necessary). All meetings start at 6:30 p.m. Click here for an application or pick one up at the District Office, 88834 Territorial Road, Elmira. Applications will be received at the District Office until the opening is filled. Being a part of this committee gives a person an opportunity to learn more about the operations of the school district.
Your child may be eligible for free or reduced price meals (Breakfast and Lunch). This federally funded program is completely confidential and was created to ensure children from households that meet federal income guidelines have access to nutritious meals while at school.
• All information is confidential.
• Submit one Free and Reduced Application for all students in your household.
• Children in households getting Food Stamps or TANF and most foster children can get free meals regardless of your income.
• Children can get free meals if your household income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.
• Your Children can get low cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.
For more information please read the Q&A
Apply for the Free and Reduced Meal Program
At all schools in our District today, students participated in the “Great Shake Out” Drills being conducted throughout the U.S., and the world. You can visit http://www.shakeout.org/ for more information. Below are some pictures of EHS students and staff during our drill this morning. Nearly 500,000 people are participating in similar drills today in Oregon, and nearly 20 million throughout the U.S.
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At 10:20 a.m. on October 20, 2016, thousands of Oregonians will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great Oregon ShakeOut, the state’s largest earthquake drill ever! Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drill wherever you are at 10:20 a.m. on 10/20! Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. Millions of people worldwide have participated in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills since 2008. The Great Oregon ShakeOut is held on the third Thursday of October each year. For more information go to www.shakeout.org/oregon.
Fern Ridge Middle School and Elmira High School Parent-Teacher Conferences are this Wednesday night, 4:00-8:00 PM. FRMS conferences will be held in the FRMS Library and EHS conferences will be held in the EHS Cafeteria. If attending EHS conferences, please park in the North (back) parking lot. If you can’t make it Wednesday night, you can drop by either FRMS or EHS on Thursday morning between 8:00 AM-Noon and visit teachers in their room. FRMS progress reports were mailed last Friday. EHS progress reports will be handed out Wednesday night for those that attend. Those that are not picked up will be mailed home Thursday. We hope you can attend!!!
The Fern Ridge School District Family Resource Center will be offering a parent education course, “Make Parenting a Pleasure” at no cost to the public. “Make Parenting a Pleasure” has been proven to help families of young children alleviate family stress. Parenting is the most challenging and important job there is. This course give families the strategies and skills that will reduce family stress, help parents understand and communicate more effectively with their children, and help parents provide positive and effective discipline. This series is for any parent who wants to improve their parenting skills and help their child be more successful.
Classes are 6:30 to 8:00 on Thursdays at Veneta Elementary School. Free childcare for children ages 3 and older will be provided and refreshments served. Classes start October 20th and end January 26th. There will be no classes November 24th, December 22nd, or December 29th. Parents who attend classes may win gift cards or other prizes. Parents with questions or wanting additional information, should contact Angi Trent at 541-935-8225 ext. 418 or Olivia Johnson at 541-935-8225 ext. 201.
Follow the LINK for additional information including a course syllabus and registration form. Registration forms can also be picked up at Veneta Elementary School, Elmira Elementary School, or the Fern Ridge School District Office. Registration forms can be returned to any of those schools or by mail to Olivia Johnson, P.O. Box 370, Veneta, OR 97487 or by email at
Parking lots and bus loops at Elmira Elementary (EES), Veneta Elementary (VES) and Elmira High School (EHS) posed challenges the first few days of the school year. However, due to planning, coordination and the patience of our parents and students, I am confident the worst of the congestion is over. The schools all appreciate the patience of our parents when visiting one of the sites under construction (especially at EES and EHS), where a simple trip to the office can be somewhat of an adventure. The next challenge in regards to parking lots will be at Elmira Elementary School when demolition of the current school begins. The families of EES should stay tuned for what that plan will look like as we will begin communicating it prior to the holiday break in December.
All of the projects continue to be progressing nicely, and are on schedule for completion. One project that has begun since the last update in August is the project at the District office. This building is getting much needed repairs that will extend its life with new siding and roofing. In addition, there will be new ADA access ramps as well as a new septic drain field.
The two sites that remain under heavy construction are EHS and EES. At EHS, the gym construction remains on track to be finished prior to the holiday break. The girl’s locker room is completed with only some final cosmetic work remaining. The fire suppression systems throughout the remodel area are done and provide additional student and public safety. The new lobby recently had its concrete slab poured and framing is now beginning in that area.
At EES we remain on track to move into the building over the holiday break. The District is currently working on a plan that will allow that to occur in a way that makes the transition smooth for students, and as simple for staff as we can possibly make it. While there is no easy way to make a move like this in such a short timeframe, we are confident we can minimize the stress on staff and students by beginning to plan early during this challenge. Within the building, the contractors are currently in the interior finish phase of the project with cabinets and flooring being installed and painting being completed. On the exterior, siding and hardscape around the building are in the final stages of completion.
The Fern Ridge School District provides a monthly update on the progress of the work funded by the $26.7 million bond approved by voters in May 2014, published on the fourth Wednesday of each month. For more information about bond activities, visit the District’s website at www.fernridge.k12.or.us/bond, or call the District Office at 541-935-2253.
- One three-year term – Position #5 (Expires 6/30/19)
To be eligible for appointment, the appointive member must 1) live in the district; and 2) not be an officer, agent or employee of the district. Click here for an application or pick one up at the District Office, 88834 Territorial Road, Elmira. Applications will be received at the District Office until the opening is filled.
Fern Ridge School District would like to invite community members to come look at how your tax dollars have been spent on the Veneta Elementary School and Fern Ridge Middle School completed Bond Projects. Both schools will be open on Wednesday, September 28th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Staff will be present to answer questions and give tours. We hope you can come visit these first two projects completed in our District, and see the awesome work/improvements that have been done. Thank you Fern Ridge School District Community!