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Howdy, Pardner! Kindergarten Roundup is March 13–23

4J is rounding up new kindergarteners for fall 2017

Kindergarten orientation events March 13–23: Let’s get to know each other! If your child will turn 5 on or before September 1, please come to your school’s kindergarten roundup event (see schedule below). You’ll get to explore your school, meet the teachers and staff, pre-enroll for fall 2017, and get a free book and goodie bag for your child. We are looking forward to seeing you!

If you have friends or neighbors with kids who will be in kindergarten this fall, please tell them about 4J’s kindergarten roundup events, or invite them via Facebook (links to individual school events are below and on Facebook).

Starting school is an exciting time for kids, parents and schools. In Eugene School District 4J, we know how important the kindergarten year is.

The 4J kindergarten program strives to give parents and students the right start in education by caring for and understanding each child’s needs and each parent’s concerns. Kindergarten is a full-day program in every 4J school.

Your child’s kindergarten experience will include:
• Full day with strong introduction to academics
• Caring, highly skilled teachers
• Social/emotional development
• Music and physical education at every school
• Safe, secure, welcoming school environment

School Address Roundup Day Time
Adams Elementary 950 W. 22nd Ave. Tue., March 14 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Awbrey Park Elementary 158 Spring Creek Dr. Tue., March 21 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary 1500 Queens Way Tue., March 21 6:00–7:00 p.m. English
6:30–7:30 p.m. Español
Camas Ridge Elementary 1150 E. 29th Ave. Mon., March 13 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary 3875 Kincaid St. Thu., March 16 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Chávez Elementary 1510 W. 14th Ave. Tue., March 14 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Chinese Immersion Elementary kindergarten roundup event at district office, 200 N. Monroe St. Thu., March 16 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Corridor Elementary 250 Silver Lane Thu., March 16 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Edgewood Elementary 577 E. 46th Ave. Tue., March 14 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Edison Elementary 1328 E. 22nd Ave. Wed., March 15 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Family School 1155 Crest Dr. Tue., March 14 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Gilham Elementary 3307 Honeywood St. Tue., March 21 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Holt Elementary 770 Calvin St. Tue., March 21 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Howard Elementary 700 Howard Ave. Wed., March 22 6:00–7:00 p.m.
McCornack Elementary 1968 Brittany St. Tue., March 14 5:30–6:30 p.m.
River Road/El Camino del Río Spanish Immersion Elementary 120 W. Hilliard Lane Wed., March 15 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Spring Creek Elementary 560 Irvington Dr. Thu., March 23 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Twin Oaks Elementary 85916 Bailey Hill Rd. Tue., March 14 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Willagillespie Elementary 1125 Willagillespie Rd. Tue., March 21 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary 250 Silver Lane Mon., March 20 10:30–11:30 a.m.

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NS Planned Maintenance: March 10th, 2017

4J Network Services is scheduling work on multiple systems this Friday (3/10/2017) after 5:00pm.    Our normal maintenance window is 5:00pm-7:00pm.  In this case the work will likely involve periods of network downtime and may extend beyond 7:00pm.   There is always the risk of extended outages during this time if things don’t go as planned.  We will be working on the following:

  • Core Data Center Switching (software updates).
  • Switch reconfiguration at North Eugene High School
  • Windows Server work at Ed Center

Follow up ~ 3/13/2017 ~ Work on Core Data switch and North Eugene reconfiguration was successful.

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Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter March 2017 Issue #5

Classified Sick Leave Bank
2017-18 Enrollment Coming in May!

Packets for the 2017-18 Classified Sick Leave Bank enrollments will be emailed on May 1, 2017.  Only benefits eligible employees (.50 FTE or greater) are able to participate.  Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Benefits eligible employee participation in the sick leave bank is voluntary.
  • Employees are only eligible for use of sick leave bank days after they have exhausted all their available sick leave, vacation leave, miscellaneous leave, or compensatory time.
  • Sick leave bank days will begin after an employee has been on unpaid leave for five (5) consecutive days.

Reference Price Program Update

The Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) has a Reference Price Program (RPP) for certain procedures.  This program currently includes Bariatric Surgery, Major Joint Replacement Surgery and Oral Appliances.  As of March 1, 2015, the RPP for joint replacement surgery applies to the Statewide PPO (Connexus) network but does not apply to the Synergy network.

As of January 1, 2017, Connexus network enrollees who need joint replacement surgery are no longer required to travel out of the Eugene/Springfield area to obtain the highest level of benefits.  PeaceHealth Sacred Heart and PeaceHealth Riverbend are both participating facilities for the RPP.  Slocum Surgery Center also participates in the RPP but only performs partial knee and hip replacements at its facility.

You can find additional details on the RPP on the Moda website for OEBB members:  https://www.modahealth.com/oebb/members/rpp/index.shtml

Wellness Clinic – Open Spring Break

The 4J Wellness Clinic will be open spring break! This may be a perfect time to get your yearly physical or gear up for allergy season.

Regular hours are Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The clinic is closed for lunch from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  You can schedule an appointment by calling 541-686-1427.
Retiring this Year?
Retirement planning is not something that can be done in a day, a week, or even a month. The best plans are the ones that provide enough flexibility to allow us to make changes if the need for doing so becomes evident.

To achieve this kind of flexibility and to come out with the best series of investments to help you achieve your goals, it is good to work with a retirement planner to make the process simpler and to help expose you to ideas and investments you might not be aware of. Retirement planning can be a difficult and sometimes mysterious process, but professional planning can make the process a whole lot simpler.

Ready to Retire?  Please allow yourself plenty of preparation time. If you are considering retirement sometime this spring or at the end of the school year, there are three steps you’ll need to take:  contact PERS to begin your Service Retirement process, notify your supervisor, and then contact me to learn about your 4J benefits.
To get advice regarding your PERS retirement, you will need to work with your financial planner or directly with PERS.  4J does not give PERS advice.   The phone number for PERS is 1-888-320-7377.  The website is http://oregon.gov/PERS/.  You can find a great deal of information on the PERS website, and can download forms and sign up for education sessions as well.

What Can Be Done About Job Stress?

Everyone feels overwhelmed and overly busy. Below are a few strategies to take your work stress down a peg, before it takes over your life.

Consider these helpful ideas to reduce your stress:

  • Take a deep breath: If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need to clear your head, a few minutes of deep breathing will restore balance. Simply inhale for five seconds, hold and exhale in equal counts through the nose.  It’s like getting the calm and focus of a 90-minute yoga class in three minutes or less at work.
  • Reduce stress with relaxation using meditation and yoga.
  • Focus on the positive – Use joyful attention by waking up in the morning and thinking of people who make you happy.
  • Notice something new – take 30 seconds per day to notice something novel. This could be noticing the sounds outside your window.  The idea is to be attentive to the present moment with a playful attitude of discovery.
  • Enter your home with positive intention – Greet your family (pets, roommates) as you haven’t seen them for a very long time. Resist the temptation to criticize anyone or grumble about your day for at least three minutes.
  • Question fearful thoughts and replace negative thoughts with those that are calmer and more rational.
  • Eat right and sleep well – eating badly will stress your system, so eat a low-sugar, high-protein diet. When you’re not sleeping well, you’re not getting the rejuvenating effects. Most of us are not getting sufficient sleep, which is a critical recovery period for the body.  If racing thoughts keep you from falling asleep or you wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep, try a simple breathing trick that will knock you out fast:  Cover your right nostril and breathe through your left for three to five minutes.

PEP Fund 2nd Request Available Now!

There are still funds to help reimburse you for job-related trainings, activities, tuition reimbursement, registration or material costs, and conferences and workshops.  Reimbursement forms can be found on the 4J website under the Human Resources department forms page.
Second requests are now available.  Again, both first and second requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis until funds run out.  Call me to verify eligibility and funds today!

4J Safety Committee

If you have safety concerns related to your work environment, the best place to address those concerns is at the building level.  Your custodian and building administration can help address issues to increase and improve safety.

Another place to share your concerns, or your success stories, is with the 4J Safety Committee.  This committee is made up of representatives from different departments and employees groups, and meets the first Thursday of each month.  The goal of the Safety Committee is to work collaboratively to prevent workplace injuries/accidents and build enthusiasm for safety programs, ultimately producing a safer and healthier workplace.

Members of the committee are:
Scott Asbury, Ron Bell, Mark Bennett, Randi Bowers-Payne, Joane Butler, Steve Cooper, Matt Cornwell, Christopher Hawks, Tammy Jeffries, Diana McElhinney, Scott Mayers, Jim Nusser, Eli Plouff, Maxine Proskurowski,, and Julie Wenzl.  You are welcome to share your safety concerns with any member on the committee, or you can contact the full committee via e-mail:  safety_com@4j.lane.edu.

You can find contact information for individual committee members and minutes from committee meetings on the 4J Safety Committee webpage:  http://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/safety-committee-minutes/safety-committee/.

Cage-Free Eggs:

Cage-free eggs are not all they’re cracked up to be.  There are no national standards for cage-free egg production in the U.S., but the term generally means that the hens are not in cages and have more room to walk, spread their wings, and engage in other natural behaviors including nesting, perching, and dust-bathing.  Thus, cage-free is considered more humane than the crowded wire “battery cages” that house the majority of egg-laying hens in the U.S.

But cage-free birds are still typically raised indoors and may still be subjected to crowded factory conditions and other dismal practices, such as painful beak cutting.

Bottom line:  Cage-free is more humane than cages, but the label doesn’t mean “cruelty-free.”  Look for the Animal Welfare Approval label, which ensures the highest level of humane conditions.  Some trustworthy labels include Certified Humane, American Humane Certified, and Food Alliance Certified.  The Humane Society provides a comparison of egg carton labels at http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/confinement_farm/facts/guide_egg_labels.html

Better yet:  Raise your own egg-laying hens! Raising your own chickens allows you to monitor what your hens consume, so you know what goes into the egg.

Important!  Before considering raising chickens, be sure to check with your city council to see if chickens are even allowed in the city. If you raise chickens in a city that doesn’t allow them, you may face a penalty. In rural areas, chickens should be allowed.

Beware:  Chickens have many needs, and you have to be willing to care for them and make sure they receive adequate nutrition.

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This newsletter is reviewed and edited each month by the District 4J and OSEA representatives of the Classified Joint Benefits Committee (JBC).The information in this newsletter is summarized, and is not intended as advice or counsel.

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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – March 2017 – Issue 294

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4J BENEFITS AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
Prepared by Julie Wenzl • 541-790-7682 • wenzl@4j.lane.edu • March 2, 2017 • Issue Number 294

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Reliant Behavioral Health provides the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to 4J employees and retirees as part of our OEBB benefits. EAP services include counseling, work-life balance, and wellness resources to help people privately resolve problems that may interfere with work, family, and other important areas of life.

Some EAP highlights:

  • Up to 5 counseling visits at no cost, per person, per issue
  • 24-hour crisis help: toll-free access for you or a family member experiencing a crisis
  • Mediation services: free consultations for personal, family and non-work related issues (e.g., divorce, neighbor disputes, real estate) – a 25% discount is available if a mediator is retained
  • Financial services: free telephone consultations for financial issues (e.g., debt counseling, budget, college/retirement planning) – a 25% discount is available if a professional is retained
  • Legal services: free will kit with professional review – free half-hour consultation. This initial consultation can be followed by a 25% discount in fees if the attorney is retained. (Legal services are not provided for employer-related issues.)

To access the EAP call 866-750-1327 or go online: https://www.myrbh.com (Access Code: OEBB).

WINTER IQ – HATS & BODY HEAT

True or False: If you don’t wear a hat in cold weather, you can lose more than half your body heat through your head.

False, but it’s still a good idea to wear a hat. It’s a myth that a disproportionate amount of heat is lost when your head is uncovered. While it is true that your head may be the main source of heat loss, that’s only because it is often the only part of your body exposed to the cold. If you went out in a bathing suit in very cold weather, you would lose no more than about 10 percent of your body heat through your head (don’t try it!). That’s what a 2006 study found when it tested subjects in cold water with and without wetsuits, sometimes with their heads out of water (in warm air) and sometimes with their heads submerged.

4J WELLNESS CLINIC – OPEN SPRING BREAK

The 4J Wellness Clinic will be open spring break. Regular hours are Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The clinic is closed for lunch from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. You can schedule an appointment by calling 541-686-1427.

Please remember that the Wellness Clinic is working hard to accommodate patient appointment needs and times. If a patient arrives more than ten minutes late for a scheduled appointment, he or she may be required to reschedule the appointment.

The Wellness Clinic recommends a 24-hour notice of an appointment cancellation. If a patient arrives more than twenty minutes late for a scheduled appointment, the appointment will be considered missed without proper notice and subject to the cancellation policy. A $20 fee will be assessed for failure to cancel within 3 hours of a scheduled appointment at the Wellness Clinic. A $20 fee will also be assessed for failure to attend a scheduled appointment.

This $20 fee must be paid before the patient will be allowed to schedule another advance appointment. In the event that three appointments are missed, the patient will be limited to scheduling same day appointments only.

The advance appointment scheduling suspension may be lifted after 6 months if the patient has no additional missed appointments.

WAGE STATEMENTS & LEAVE INFO

You can find your current leave balance accumulations in the bottom left portion of your monthly wage statement. When you are reviewing your leave balances, please remember that the used leave column represents the total leave you have used this school year, not just in the pay period.

REFERENCE PRICE PROGRAM UPDATE

The Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) has a Reference Price Program (RPP) for certain procedures. This program currently includes Bariatric Surgery, Major Joint Replacement Surgery and Oral Appliances. As of March 1, 2015, the RPP for joint replacement surgery applies to the Statewide PPO (Connexus) network but does not apply to the Synergy network.

As of January 1, 2017, Connexus network enrollees who need joint replacement surgery are no longer required to travel out of the Eugene/Springfield area to obtain the highest level of benefits. PeaceHealth Sacred Heart and PeaceHealth Riverbend are both participating facilities for the RPP. Slocum Surgery Center also participates in the RPP but only performs partial knee and hip replacements at its facility.

You can find additional details on the RPP on the Moda website for OEBB members: https://www.modahealth.com/oebb/members/rpp/index.shtml

TEST YOUR NUT KNOWLEDGE – II

Which nuts are highest in calories?

  1. almonds
  2. macadamia nuts
  3. walnuts
  4. chestnuts

Answer: (b). Macadamia nuts have 205 calories per ounce; chestnuts have the least (70 calories). Other nuts range in calories from 160 to 200 calories. Dry-roasted nuts have as many calories as oil-roasted.

Which is true about peanuts?

  1. they are not true “tree” nuts
  2. they are less healthful than other nuts
  3. they supply resveratrol
  4. they have more protein and arginine than other nuts

Answers: (a), (c), and (d). Peanuts are technically legumes (like dried beans) but are classified with nuts because of their shared nutritional (and physical) qualities. They contain resveratrol (a potentially beneficial compound also found in grapes and red wine), are richest in arginine, and have the most protein of all nuts. Studies have found that peanuts, like tree nuts, are associated with a range of health benefits.

True or false: Nuts are naturally high in sodium.

Answer: False. Nuts naturally contain little or no sodium. But salt is usually added in processing so that an ounce of nuts can contain 200 milligrams of sodium or more. Unsalted varieties are widely available.

Which nuts are the best source of omega-3 fats?

  1. pecans
  2. cashews
  3. hazelnuts
  4. walnuts

Answer: (d). Walnuts are richest in heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid related to those found in fish.

4J SAFETY COMMITTEE

If you have safety concerns related to your teaching environment, the best place to address those concerns is at the building level. Your custodian and building administration can help address issues in your work environment to increase and improve safety.

Another place to share your concerns is with the 4J Safety Committee. This committee is made up of representatives from different departments and employee groups, and meets the first Thursday of each month. The goal of the Safety Committee is to work collaboratively to prevent workplace injuries and accidents, ultimately producing a safer and healthier workplace.

Members of the 4J Safety Committee are: Scott Asbury, Ron Bell, Mark Bennett, Randi Bowers-Payne, Joane Butler, Steve Cooper, Matt Cornwell, Christopher Hawks, Tammy Jeffries, Diana McElhinney, Scott Mayers, Jim Nusser, Eli Plouff, Maxine Proskurowski, and Julie Wenzl. You are welcome to share your safety concerns with any member on the committee, or you can contact the full committee via e-mail: safety_com@4j.lane.edu.

You can find contact information for individual committee members and minutes from committee meetings on the 4J Safety Committee webpage: http://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/safety-committee-minutes/safety-committee/.

 


The information in this newsletter has been summarized. It is presented as information – not advice or counsel. In all instances, the benefits, conditions, and limitations as outlined in the 4J Master Contracts prevail over this representation. Please refer to your Benefits booklet or master contracts available at the District offices for additional information regarding your benefits plans.
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ACE Awards: Nominate a Champion in Education

Nominations for school district employees and volunteers accepted through April 2 

Who is your champion in education? The 2017 ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards are seeking nominations, and the deadline has been extended through Sunday, April 2. Nominations for outstanding 4J teachers, administrators, classified employees and volunteers can be submitted online at www.theaceaward.org.

All nominees will be celebrated and champions will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 25, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene. Each champion’s school will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

The ACE Awards are a collaborative effort of the Eugene and Springfield Chambers of Commerce and the Eugene, Bethel, and Springfield school districts. The program is made possible by title sponsor Oregon Community Credit Union and representatives of the local business and education communities to honor those who are making significant contributions to future generations as leaders in education.

More About the ACE Awards 
Tips for Writing a Nomination

Submit a Nomination
2016 Nominees & Champions

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Join 4J! Apply Now for Non-Resident Open Enrollment

District transfer applications due April 1 at 5 p.m.

Apply now

Eugene School District 4J welcomes families who live outside of the 4J boundary to apply to enroll in the district. Open enrollment applications are due Saturday, April 1, at 5 p.m.

The Eugene School District has a long history of school choice. The district’s school choice policy is that any student in the district may request to attend any 4J school, provided there is space available. Families who live outside of the district also may request a transfer to 4J.

Families will be asked to indicate which 4J schools they prefer. Lotteries are held each spring to determine the order in which requests are granted for available openings.

Most 4J schools are open to requests from out-of-district students. Students seeking a transfer to 4J may request to enroll at the following 4J schools:

Other schools and grades are not open to requests from out-of-district residents because they are expected to have more 4J residents who wish to attend than can be accommodated. Enrollment in certain programs, including the ECCO high school program and certain special education programs such as comprehensive learning centers, is by referral only and is not open to school choice requests from either district residents or non-residents.

Application period
Wednesday, March 1–Saturday, April 1, 5 p.m.

Application system 
4jschoolchoice.com

More information
All 4J School Choice
Out-of-District Open Enrollment

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La Mesa Directiva Escolar Confirma su Apoyo para Todos los Estudiantes sin Importar su Situación Migratoria

Todos los estudiantes están seguros y son bienvenidos en el Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J

El Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J tiene el compromiso de apoyar el éxito de cada estudiante y de crear un ambiente seguro y acogedor para cada familia. Eugene es el hogar de familias que provienen de todo el mundo y de estudiantes que pudieran o no pudieran tener una situación migratoria documentada. Todos los niños, sin importar su situación migratoria, tienen el derecho legal a un acceso igualitario a la educación pública.

La Mesa Directiva Escolar de Eugene ha aprobado por unanimidad una resolución que confirma el compromiso de la Mesa Directiva para proveer un ambiente escolar seguro, inclusivo y solidario para todos los estudiantes, sin importar su nacionalidad, situación migratoria o estado de sus documentos.

Information in English: All students are safe and welcome in Eugene School District 4J 

Leer la resolución en español / Read the resolution 

Preguntas y respuestas sobre situaciones migratorias y las escuelas  
Questions and answers about immigration status and schools

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NS Planned Maintenance: February 25, 2017

4J Network Services is scheduling work replacing switches at Madison Middle School (2/25/2017) during the day.   This work will be done between 8am and 5pm by school district staff.  The work will likely involve periods of telephone system and data network downtime and/or interruptions.   There is always the risk of extended outages during this time if things don’t go as planned.

2/28/2017

  • Madison Middle School Switch replacement was completed as planned.
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School Choice: Visit Schools Feb. 21–24

School tours this week • Apply by Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. 

Apply Online  |  Learn More  |  School Tour Schedule  |  Spanish / Español

It’s school choice time for the 2017–18 school year! Families are invited to explore their school choice options, including their neighborhood school, by visiting schools for tours and events this week.

In Eugene School District 4J, families may enroll at their neighborhood school at any time, or may request to have their student attend a different school if space is available. Most schools also are open to requests from students who live outside of the 4J district boundary. An annual lottery determines the order in which students are offered spaces or placed on a school’s waiting list.

This week, Feb. 21–24, all 4J schools offer times when parents and guardians can visit the school. Parents are encouraged but not required to visit schools before making school choice requests. Parents are asked to RSVP for some tours, while others are offered on a drop-in basis. Please see the school tour and event schedule for details.

Application Periods
4J residents: apply online Jan. 3–Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.
Non-residents: apply online Mar. 1–Apr. 1 at 5 p.m.

Apply Online  |  Learn More  |  School Tour Schedule  |  Spanish / Español

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