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Parent Checklist: 12 Things to Do Before September 5

Get ready for back-to-school with new school schedules, bus routes, supply lists, and more 

The start of school is just around the corner—we can hardly wait!
• Tues., Sept. 4: Grade 9: High school orientation & transition day
• Wed., Sept. 5: Grades K–6 and 9–12: First day of classes
• Thu., Sept. 6: Grades 7–8: First day of classes

While kids are packing their backpacks, planning first-day outfits and enjoying the last few days of summer, here are 12 easy things parents can do to get ready for your student’s first day.

Mark Your Calendar: School begins just after Labor Day and ends in mid-June. See the full calendar for winter break, spring break and other days when students will be out of school. 
2018–19 school calendar  

Review New School Start & Dismissal Times: 4J schools have new start and end times this fall. All schools now have consistent calendars, schedules and early release days. Students will get enough and equal learning time, families will see consistent school schedules, and staff will have coordinated collaboration time. Every school has some changes to its bell schedule.
New school schedules

Check School Bus Routes: School bus stops and times also are changing. You’ll want to know your new bus stop and pickup and dropoff times before the first day of school. Go to the Find My Bus Stop web app, enter your home address and student’s grade, and find your route number, closest bus stop and times. Questions? Call 541-790-7474 and select option 4.
Bus stops & times

Shop for School Supplies: Most elementary and middle schools provide a list of supplies that students at each grade level should bring at the beginning of the school year. Check your school’s supply list online before you start your back-to-school shopping.
School supply lists

Enroll Your New Student: If you have a child who will be new to a 4J school this year and is not yet registered, please contact your school as soon as possible.  
How to enroll  

Get Ready for Kindergarten: We’re excited to welcome our new kindergarteners to school on September 5! Kindergarten is a full-day program in 4J. This year, all elementary schools will start the first week of school with “Kinderzone,” a child-centered and welcoming introduction to set our new students up for school success. For some suggested steps to help your child get ready for kindergarten, 4J’s Kindergarten Handbook is available online or at your school.
Kindergarten Handbook (y en español) / Kinderzone information 

Apply for Free School Meals: Your child may qualify to eat a healthy, nutritious school breakfast and lunch for free each school day and save hundreds of dollars a year. It’s quick and easy to apply online, and about half of 4J families qualify. You must reapply at the start of each school year. Breakfast is free for students at all 4J elementary schools, with no application required. To pay for school meals, add money to your student’s account online or at your school.
Online applicationSchool meal information 

Check Up on Student Health: Make sure you’re on track with required immunizations and medical examinations (including sports physicals)—both available from 4J’s school-based health centers. If your child has any special health issues, be in contact with your school well before classes begin. Contact your child’s school nurse if you have questions.
Student health information / School-based health center appointments  

Download the ParentVUE App: If you have a student enrolled in middle school or high school, you can use ParentVUE in your web browser or mobile app to securely access their grades, check attendance, review class schedules, communicate with teachers, and more. Your school will provide an activation key to set up an account if you do not already have one.
Synergy ParentVUE /  Apple iOS app / Android app  

Be Safe, Feel Safe, Bookmark SafeOregon: To help students feel safe and be safe, 4J schools are offering the SafeOregon tip line as another way to report any student or school safety concern. The tip line is always open. Learn more: www.safeoregon.com
Submit a tip: Online / Email / Text or call / Apple iOS app / Android app  

Update Emergency Contact Info: Does your school have your current phone number and email address so we can reach you quickly during an emergency and keep you up-to-date about what is happening at school? Update your contact information and emergency contacts with your school office. You also can sign up now to receive text alerts about school closures and bus route changes on snowy and icy days.
Check information in ParentVUE / Sign up for snow day text alerts 

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