Veneta Elementary School

Lisa Leatham, Principal


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!

August 5 – August 8, the Elmira Falcon Football Team and coaches will be hosting their Future Falcon Football Camp. Camp registration is August 5 at 5:30pm. Camp will be from 6pm – 8pm on the practice field. This is for incoming 2nd – 8th graders. The cost is $40 and checks must be made to EHS. Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt at the end. We will learn the basics of offensive positions, defensive positions, and tackling techniques. We also will play some fun games at the end of each day.  Visit the link below to see the camp flyer.



Veneta Elementary is excited to host the Lane Arts Summer Camp again this year! Flyers are going home next Monday, or click on the image for more information. It’s a great opportunity for kids in our community to get involved with the arts!


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 8th.  In 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.

A huge thank you to our wonderful community for helping us celebrate Earth Day at VES! Our own Jessica Alansky coordinated the event, and the Veneta Parks Board went above and beyond this year by bringing in Brad’s World Reptiles with all sorts of reptiles (even an alligator!) for our students to interact with. A special thanks goes out to these organizations for partnering with us to make Earth Day a fun learning experience for our kids:

Veneta Park Board
Veneta Downtown Farmer’s Market
Veneta Garden Club
UofO Geology Club
Army Corps of Engineers
Brad’s World Reptiles
Amy Humphrey
Javier Gonzalez

Contact Veneta

Phone: (541) 935-8225

88131 Territorial Road
Veneta Oregon 97487

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