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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – December 2018 – Issue 308

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4J BENEFITS AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
Prepared by Julie Wenzl • 541-790-7682 • wenzl@4j.lane.edu • December 10, 2018 • Issue Number 308

WELCOME COLLEEN JONES!

With the recent departure of Andrea Webb, 4J has been without a Benefits Manager. The recruitment process for that position is now complete, and I’m pleased to share that Colleen Jones will be stepping into the role.

Colleen began her employment with 4J Human Resources in April 2017, supporting benefits, and is currently supporting classified staff. Prior to her arrival in 4J, Colleen had 14 years of school district experience in the state of Washington. She brings a passion for collaboration and systems improvement to her new position.  Colleen has developed a strong understanding of the 4J operating system and is looking forward to contributing to the district’s ongoing effort to create a healthy and positive working environment for all. Please join me in welcoming Colleen to the 4J benefits team!

COMMUNICATION: HOW TO STAY COOL IN HOT CONVERSATIONS

The 4J Joint Benefits Committee, in partnership with Cascade Health, is offering a free Communication: How to Stay Cool in Hot Conversations wellness class to 4J employees. The class will take place:

  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Education Center Auditorium

Everyone knows what it’s like to be in a difficult conversation: you can’t think straight, speak clearly, or listen effectively. In this workshop you will learn the neuroscience of conflict and how to navigate these challenging situations more effectively. A few of the topics that will be covered:

  • How and why the brain is activated in conflict
  • Discerning your own specific triggers
  • Real life tools and strategies to apply to your most difficult and challenging communications

To sign up, please reply by Friday, January 4th to Julie Wenzl: wenzl@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-7682.

MONDAY RESET – PRACTICE KINDNESS

Radiate kindness on Monday. When you practice kindness towards others it helps them, and surprisingly, it will help you too.

Acts of kindness are motivated by a selfless desire to help another person. However, performing random acts of kindness is one of the best ways to increase your own happiness.

Why do random acts of kindness increase a person’s sense of happiness? Kindness can promote gratitude. You are kind to others in need; having that awareness then heightens the sense of your own good fortune. Kindness promotes empathy and compassion, which in turn, leads to a sense of interconnectedness with others. Kindness can forward the will to live in depressed individuals who feel isolated and different; this is why performing volunteer work is so powerful. When you feel connected with others, you lessen alienation and you enhance the sense that we are more similar than dissimilar in our experiences. Feeling connected melds us together rather than divides us. Kindness is potent in strengthening a sense of community and belonging.

Extending kindness can improve your physical and mental health. It can release stress and tension, calm your emotions, and boost your immune system.

There are so many ways you can extend yourself. Being kind could mean holding the door open for a stranger. It also means going deeper, like volunteering at a charity or an event that helps others.

On Monday, start practicing kindness and then keep it up the rest of week. You’ll feel happier and stronger, which can help alleviate stress and worry. One act of small kindness can release an enormous chain of positive events.

SICK LEAVE ALLOTMENTS AND ACCUMULATION

In the last round of collective bargaining, we did away with family leave as a separate leave category, essentially merging family leave into sick leave.  Under the old system, licensed employees received 10 days (80 hours at 1.0 FTE) of sick leave and 2 days (16 hours at 1.0 FTE) of family leave per year, and both were frontloaded.  Starting with the 2018-19 school year, licensed employees will earn 12 days (96 hours at 1.0 FTE) of sick leave, but none of it will be frontloaded.  Rather, it will be earned month-to-month, based on the hours worked in that month. The ending balance of sick leave on your wage statement includes sick leave earned for the month. Up to 40 hours of sick leave per year may be used to care for an ill or injured family member.

We concluded negotiations after the 2017-18 school year had started, so the negotiated changes in leaves were not immediately implemented.  Last year, we were frontloaded 10 days of sick leave and 2 days of family leave, as had been the method prior to the contract changes.  For the transition from last year to this year, if a licensed employee ended 2017-18 with family leave and/or accumulated family leave, those balances were rolled into the sick leave balance.

We continue to receive 2 days (16 hours at 1.0 FTE) of personal leave per year, which were initially reflected on the end of August wage statements.  Unused personal leave carries over to accumulated personal leave at the end of the school year, but accumulated personal leave is capped at 3 days (24 hours).

If a licensed employee works part-time FTE, the total hours referenced above should be adjusted accordingly.

To read the sick leave language, please see Article 8.1 of the EEA/4J Collective Bargaining Agreement: http://www.eugeneteachers.org/4j-members

FREE EXERCISE GUIDE

If you are looking for some guidance on how to start exercising, you may want to consult the free 120-page Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging. It focuses on workouts for people over 50, with illustrated exercises for strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. You can download it at tinyurl.com/NIA-exercise or order a free copy in English or Spanish by calling 800-222-2225.

ARE YOU DUE FOR A ROUTINE SCREENING OR EXAM?

Are you healthy?

Hopefully so, but being healthy isn’t all about how you feel or look. There are routine screenings that every child and adult should get. Screenings such as some blood work, colonoscopy or mammogram are meant for the general population to detect disease prior to the appearance of symptoms. Your healthcare provider can help you know what screenings you are eligible for and to help you make informed decisions about whether you want to be screened.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that children should have a cholesterol screening once between ages 9 and 11 years, and again when they reach 17 to 21 years. The general recommendation for adults is to have a cholesterol screening every 4 to 6 years, but some people need to get their cholesterol checked more often. Adults who have heart disease should talk to their healthcare team about how often to have their cholesterol checked.

Having an annual physical is an important first step to maximizing wellness. You can’t plan for your healthy 2019 without knowing your risks.

The 4J Wellness Clinic can help you with many of your healthcare needs, including annual wellness exams and appropriate screenings. The Wellness Clinic is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with the last appointment slot at 5:15 p.m. They close for lunch from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The phone number for the clinic is 541-686-1427.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a healthcare widget you may want to check out. The myhealthfinder widget provides consumers with personalized recommendations for clinical preventive services based on the age, sex, and pregnancy status they enter, for themselves or a loved one. You can find the widget here:

https://healthfinder.gov/FreeContent/HealthWidgets/

WELLNESS CLINIC CLOSURE

The 4J Wellness Clinic will be closed during part of winter break: December 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019. Please plan ahead if you will need prescription refills during that period. If you have an urgent medical need arise during the clinic closure, please seek care at an urgent care or other primary care clinic.

Regular clinic hours will resume January 2, 2019.


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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Special Education Parent Symposium

Parents invited to series of events starting Dec. 12 

Parents and guardians of students receiving special education services are invited to a new bimonthly series of events to learn more about 4J services, share your thoughts, and meet, network and collaborate with other families, 4J staff and community members.

Special Education Parent Symposium 
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6–7 p.m.
4J Education Center
200 N. Monroe St., Eugene
RSVP or invite your friends 

AGENDA:
• Welcome and Introductions
• Presentation: Mathematizing—Bringing Math to Life
• Table Discussions
• Survey of Future Symposium Topics

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served.

For more information or to request language interpretation services, please email Kathy Anthony at anthony_k@4j.lane.edu.

Mark your calendars! Future symposiums will be held on:
• Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6–7 p.m. (RSVP or invite your friends)
• Tuesday, April 2, 6–7 p.m. (RSVP or invite your friends)
• Tuesday, June 4, 6–7 p.m. (RSVP or invite your friends)

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Radon Testing Coming to Schools

The district will begin testing for radon in all schools starting Nov. 26

To continue providing safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play, the district will begin testing for radon in schools on November 26, 2018. A new state law requires that all districts in Oregon test school buildings for radon before January 1, 2021.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. Breathing high levels of radon over a long period of time can cause lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking.

The test is non-invasive and poses no danger to staff or students. It consists of placing an air-sample collection packet for several days in rooms that are in contact with the ground.

The district expects to have testing completed at all schools by the end of March 2019. The schedule for the first three weeks of testing is available. Other dates and schools will be posted as they are set.

More Information
4J Radon Plan
Oregon Health Authority: Radon Gas and Public Health
Frequently Asked Questions About Radon and Schools

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When winter weather makes conditions hazardous, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. School districts decide early in the morning whether there is a need to change the school schedule or bus routes. These decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

There are several ways to find out if there is a change on snowy or icy days:

If there is a school closure or other change, the school district will announce it before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

Parents of students who ride school buses that have alternate snow routes have been informed of what to do. Snow route information is available on the snow routes page.

If school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance will be honored.

Learn more
Snow routes
Information for staff
Información en español  

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Members Sought for Budget Committee

District residents are invited to apply

Apply online

Eugene School District 4J is inviting applications for its volunteer budget committee. There are two openings for three-year terms that run through June 30, 2021.

Residents interested in serving on the committee should apply by Monday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m.

Requirements

Applicants must be registered voters and must live within the boundaries of Eugene School District 4J. Positions are non-partisan, unpaid, and are not connected to any specific region within the district. Applicants do not need to be parents. 4J employees are not eligible for appointment. Members with expired terms may reapply.

How to apply

Apply online by Monday, Nov. 26.

Appointment process

Applicants will be scheduled for interviews with the school board in a work session on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The board will vote to appoint two budget committee members at the following meeting, on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene.

Term of service

The budget committee typically meets once in January and twice in May. Meetings are normally scheduled on Monday evenings. New appointees are also expected to participate in an orientation in January. The appointed members will serve through June 30, 2021. If an appointee wishes to serve longer, she or he may apply for reappointment in 2021.

About the committee

The budget committee has 14 members: the seven elected school board members and seven citizen volunteers appointed by the board. The budget committee reviews annual budget proposals to ensure that the district is planning to spend money in furtherance of district goals. The committee examines the proposed budget, listens to comments from citizens, and then approves the budget. The committee normally meets about three times per year on Monday evenings.

 

Learn more about the budget committee 

Apply online 

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Thank You Voters!

School bond measure is approved 

Nov. 6, 2018 — Voters in Eugene School District 4J have resoundingly passed Measure 20-297, the school bond measure to fund improvements at every 4J school and for every 4J student.

Bond funds will be used to repair schools, improve security, update technology and learning materials, support career technical education, address overcrowding and replace three aging school buildings.

Thanks to voters and community members for supporting our public schools.

More about the school improvement bond

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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – November 2018 – Issue 307

Eugene Education Association - EEA

4J BENEFITS AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
Prepared by Julie Wenzl • 541-790-7682 • wenzl@4j.lane.edu • November 6, 2018 • Issue Number 307

NEWS FROM THE 4J WELLNESS CLINIC

‘Tis the season for unplanned viruses and flu shots.

The 4J Wellness Clinic is staffed and ready to address all your ailments and provide high quality healthcare for all your needs. As you may know, our two seasoned practitioners Silvia and Anna have moved on to new adventures. We know that all transitions provide certain challenges, but with those challenges come new opportunities and we are excited to announce our new care team! Your new Nurse Practitioners are Thor Hauff, FNP and Michelle Davila, FNP. These providers are incredibly talented and committed to providing the convenient access to the highest quality care that you’ve come to expect.

You are cordially invited to an Open House on November 14, 2018 at the 4J Wellness Clinic from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Join us to meet your wonderful new providers and to get to know your wellness team.

We are excited for you to meet and develop strong and positive provider relationships with Michelle and Thor. Developing relationships with trusted primary medical providers lead to better outcomes and more effective preventative care. We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity!

Let’s start this process with a little background information about our new team members:

Thor Hauff, FNP-C

Thor’s training has been through the military and he is retired from a 26-year military career that included Army and Air Force service. He has worked as an RN in emergency care, medical/surgical, telemetry, outpatient, long term care, home health, and labor and delivery.  He received his FNP through USUHS, the health science university of the U.S. federal government, in August of 2009.  His last job was at Eugene Urgent Care for three years (some of you might know him from there).  Throughout his time in urgent care his love for primary care and that relationship with his patients was dearly missed. Thor’s medical approach is science and evidence based.  He believes in improving the overall health of his patients and not just focusing on the symptoms.  Thor is married with four children ages 19, 16, 14, and 12 years old. His spouse, Nicole, is a stay at home mom and a photographer. Thor enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, golf, tennis, and other “lifetime” sports. Thor and his family are thankful to be settling down in the Willamette Valley to do what he loves, caring for patients.

Michelle Davila, FNP

Michelle and her family have lived in Oregon for six years. She has previously provided primary care at two federally qualified health centers (FQHC), one of which was a school based health center. Prior to this experience she worked with adolescents and young adults at a youth academy and a college health center. Michelle earned her BSN from UT Health Science Center, her MSN from Texas A&M University and her DNP from the University of Colorado. She enjoys working with individuals to optimize health through nutrition and daily activity. She likes seeing pediatric patients, especially adolescents. Although her own adolescent cringes to think her mom will be taking care of her teachers, Michelle is thrilled to have this opportunity to better the health of the 4J community. Michelle enjoys hiking, jogging, reading and knitting in her spare time.

We hope to see you on November 14th at the Open House. We are confident that you’ll see what we see in these excellent new providers.

TAX-SHELTERED ANNUITY (TSA) VENDOR FAIR

You are invited to attend a 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Vendor Fair. This drop-in style format event will be a great opportunity to gather information on tax deferred retirement savings plans. This event will take place in the Ed Center Auditorium between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

There will be experts on hand from many of the vendors who work with 4J employees, all together in one place. If you have been meaning to start your TSA, now is the time. If you already have a TSA going and have questions, this is a great opportunity to connect directly with your vendor.

All 4J licensed employees are eligible to set up an account under the 403(b) Plan with any vendor who is on the District list of approved vendors: http://www.ncompliance.com/guest_employervendors.aspx?EmployerID=12

4J Retirement Plan A eligible employees (hired into a licensed position before July 1, 1998 and continuously a bargaining unit member) do not receive a TSA contribution from 4J.

4J Retirement Plan B eligible employees (hired into a licensed position on or after July 1, 1998) are eligible to receive a TSA contribution from 4J:

  • First year of eligibility – $50 / month
  • Third year of eligibility – $75 / month
  • Sixth year of eligibility – $100 / month
  • Tenth year of eligibility – $150 / month
  • Thirteenth year of eligibility – $175 / month

SICK LEAVE BANK

The Eugene Education Association manages the Sick Leave Bank (SLB), the purpose of which is to grant hours to eligible members in cases of long-term absence necessitated by illness or injury.

During the SLB fall 2018 enrollment period (August 28 – October 31), 127 licensed employees made a donation of one or two days, sixteen of them for the first time. Three donors donated the maximum allowed (16 hours) despite the fact that each works less than 1.0 FTE. Thank you SLB donors!

The Sick Leave Bank provides relief for members who are dealing with serious health conditions. Unfortunately, the SLB has had to provide support more frequently than in the past, so the support of donors has become more critical than ever. To maintain active membership, a minimum donation of one day (prorated for part-time members) must be made every two years. For those of you who donated during this fall’s enrollment period, your next required donation will be in the fall of 2020. However, members are allowed to donate a maximum of 16 hours per school year.

There will be a second SLB enrollment period this school year from February 1 – April 5, 2019. E-mail reminders and donation forms will be sent at that time.

HOW ABOUT A WORKOUT BUDDY?

Trying to get more physically active? You don’t have to go it alone. How about working out with a little help from your friends? When you work out with a partner, you’re likely to:

  • Feel more motivated. When you and your buddy encourage each other, you’ll work harder (and get better results!). And there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.
  • Be more adventurous. It’s easier to try new things with a buddy. You may just find an activity you love, one that feels more like fun and less like a workout.
  • Be more consistent. When someone else is counting on you to show up, you won’t want to let him or her down.

To enjoy all these benefits, you’ll need the right workout buddy. Look for someone with the same goals, schedule, and commitment you have. Look for someone who makes you feel positive and inspires you to hit the trail or treadmill on a regular basis.

How do you find the right fit? Talk to friends, co-workers, neighbors, or people at the gym. You might even find a buddy closer to home: what about a hike with your dog, who thinks every walk is the best walk ever? Now quality time can also be fitness time.

You very likely already have your phone with you. Why not make it work? Try a social media workout app to connect with friends and others that share your goals and can help keep you motivated.

Even if you like to work out alone, changing things up with a buddy every once in a while can help you work out harder and learn new things. You can switch back to solo workouts any time.

LEMONS QUICK TIP

Want twice as much juice from your lemon with half the effort? Before you cut it, roll it back and forth on the kitchen counter, pressing down firmly with the palm of your hand.


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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Join Us for a Bond Conversation

What do you want to know about the school bond measure?

Frequently asked questions
Proposed bond improvements
Bond community conversation 

Do you have questions about the school bond measure on the November 6 ballot? Community members are invited to discuss the measure with Superintendent Gustavo Balderas and other 4J staff at a pair of community meetings on Oct. 29 and Nov. 2. This is an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the bond measure before ballots are due.

Measure 20–297, the school bond measure on the November 6 ballot, would repair schools, improve security, update technology and learning materials, support career technical education, address overcrowding and replace three aging school buildings.

If the bond measure is approved by voters, property tax rates would increase by $0.66 per $1,000 of assessed value, to a total rate of $2.25 per $1,000 assessed value for Eugene School District bond debt. For the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed property value of $204,000, property taxes would increase by about $11 a month or $135 a year.

Community conversations have been scheduled in different locations and at different times so community members may choose a convenient time and location. 

Bond Community Conversations:

  • Monday, October 29, 7 p.m., North Eugene High School library, 200 Silver Lane (invite your friends)
  • Friday, November 2, 3 p.m., Camas Ridge Elementary School, 1150 E. 29th Ave. (invite your friends)

Frequently asked questions
Proposed bond improvements
More bond measure information 

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Oregon Publishes School Reports

2017–18 annual reports are available online 

Each year, the Oregon Department of Education issues reports for every public school and district in Oregon. The 2017–18 reports are now available online.

Image of an Oregon at-a-glance school profile reportODE this year redesigned the school report cards, aiming to share information that is meaningful and accessible to parents, families and the broader school community. The new report is a two-page “At-a-Glance School Profile” report that provides information on 2018 state test performance, 2017 graduation rates, student and teacher demographics, attendance, school programs, and more.

Eugene School District 4J students who completed state tests in 2017–18 outperformed the state average in every subject, every grade, and nearly every student group. We’re proud of our 4J students and staff and their hard work to achieve these gains in learning.

Please contact your principal if you have questions about your school’s report.

 

Image showing part of a state school accountability details report

Changes in Accompanying Report

Due to high rate of testing opt-outs, 4J student achievement is not accurately represented in reported data  

In addition to redesigning the “At-a-Glance School Profile” reports, the state this year changed the “ESSA Accountability Details Reports” that were published at the same time. Student achievement data is now calculated and reported differently in these reports: Non-participating students beyond 5% are now counted as non-proficient, as if they had taken the tests and answered zero questions correctly. In schools and districts where more than 5% of students opted out of completing state tests, the student achievement data in these reports is not an accurate representation of student performance.

Eugene School District 4J sees a higher-than-typical rate of opt-outs from state testing. For many 4J schools and for the district, the student proficiency rates reported in the accountability detail reports therefore are significantly lower than the actual proficiency demonstrated by students who completed state tests. As an example, at South Eugene High School, 70.5% of tested students demonstrated proficiency in mathematics, but the state reports the proficiency rate as 47.6%, due to the high rate of testing opt-outs at the school.

The ESSA Accountability Details Reports are available on the Oregon Department of Education website.

Comparison of Demonstrated vs. Reported Proficiency Rates

At-A-Glance Profile Reports

Eugene School District 4J (English / Español

Adams Elementary School (English / Español
Awbrey Park Elementary School (English / Español
Buena Vista Elementary School (English / Español
Camas Ridge Elementary School (English / Español
Charlemagne Elementary School (English / Español
Chávez Elementary School (English / Español
Chinese Immersion School (English / Español
Corridor Elementary School (English / Español
Edgewood Elementary School (English / Español
Edison Elementary School (English / Español
Family Elementary School (English / Español
Gilham Elementary School (English / Español
Holt Elementary School (English / Español
Howard Elementary School (English / Español
McCornack Elementary School (English / Español
River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School (English / Español
Spring Creek Elementary School (English / Español
Twin Oaks Elementary School (English / Español
Willagillespie Elementary School (English / Español
Yujin Gakuen Elementary School (English / Español

Arts & Technology Academy (English / Español
Cal Young Middle School (English / Español
Kelly Middle School (English / Español
Kennedy Middle School (English / Español
Madison Middle School (English / Español
Monroe Middle School (English / Español
Roosevelt Middle School (English / Español
Spencer Butte Middle School (English / Español

Churchill High School (English / Español
North Eugene High School (English / Español
Sheldon High School (English / Español
South Eugene High School (English / Español
Eugene Education Options (English / Español

State Website: School & District Reports 

Statewide Report Card

 

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Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter November 2018 Issue #3

Published by:
Diana McElhinney, Classified Benefits Coordinator
Phone:  541-790-7679  e-mail:  mcelhinney_d@4j.lane.edu

403(b) TSA Retirement Savings Incentive Program – Increase in Contribution!

Attention all classified employees!  Take advantage of this optional retirement plan to help secure a comfortable retirement.  Effective July 1, 2018, the district will pay 1.75% of your monthly salary into a retirement savings account, if you commit to .750%.

For Example: Every thousand dollars* you earn:

You contribute:            $  7.50
District contributes:      $17.50
your investment:          $25.00

*This is an example, using $1,000.  The monthly contributions will always be exact percentages of whatever your monthly gross salary is.

403(b) TSA Vendor Fair

You are cordially invited to attend a 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Vendor Fair.  This drop-in style format event will be a great opportunity to gather information on tax deferred retirement savings plans. This event will take place in the Ed Center Auditorium between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

There will be representatives on hand from the 3 eligible vendors who work with 4J classified employees.

Unable to attend the fair?  Open an account with one of the 3 vendors and complete a District 4J Salary Reduction Agreement.  Make a copy for your records, and then deliver the original to Financial Services in the Ed Center.

American Century Investments:  Offering 403(b) mutual fund custodial accounts.  Contact a dedicated professional:  1-800-345-3533

VALIC:  Offering 403(b) annuity products.  Contact Colin McDonnell, Kris Kartub, or Kathy Arendsen: 541-687-2221.

Voya:  Offering 403(b) annuity products.  Contact John Van Ravenhorst or Elle Brooks: 541-343-2928

The TSA Plan Salary Reduction form may be found on the 4J benefits webpage:
http://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/benefits/faqs-forms-and-publications/.  Forms are also available in the Financial Services department.

Check Your Paystub!

Active employees and retirees still receiving a paycheck will see the new insurance rates that took effect October 1, 2018, reflected on their 10/31/2018 paystub.  Retirees who have arranged for payment from a bank account will see the change in rates in the November 5, 2018 ACH payment.

Under the Pre-Tax Deductions section of your wage statement, you should see your monthly insurance premium as well as any money you deposit into a Flexible Spending Account or Tax Sheltered Annuity.  If you purchased optional life insurance, you’ll see the premiums for that coverage in the After-Tax Deductions.

Please take a few minutes to verify that your deductions and plan elections are correct.

Classified Professional Education Program (PEP) Fund Information

The purpose of the fund is to provide opportunities in professional development and is intended to help classified employees improve professional knowledge, competence, skills, and effectiveness relevant to their current district position.

The program allows for reimbursement for job-related training activities, tuition reimbursement, registration or material costs, and conferences and workshops.

Normal program rules allow one request per fiscal (school) year, up to $300 for workshops, classes, books or other expenses related to professional development.  Requests are processed on a first-come, first served basis until funds run out.   PEP fund requests can be found on the HR website: http://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/forms/

Send completed forms to PEP Fund, Ed Center Attn: Classified Benefits Coordinator

Meet the New 4J Wellness Clinic Providers

You are cordially invited to an Open House on November 14, 2018 at the 4J Wellness Clinic from 4:30pm-6:30pm to meet our two new providers, Thor Hauff and Michelle Davila.

Developing relationships with a trusted primary medical provider leads to better outcomes and more effective preventative care.  We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity!  We are excited for you to meet and develop strong and positive provider relationships with Michelle and Thor.
Let’s start this process with a little background information about our new team members:

Thor Hauff, FNP-C

Thor’s training has been through his 26 year military career that included Army and Air Force service. He has worked as an RN in emergency care, medical/surgical, telemetry, outpatient, long term care, home health, and labor and delivery.  He received his FNP through USUHS, the militaries medical school in Bethesda, MD Aug of 2009.  His last job was at Eugene Urgent Care for 3 years (some of you might know him from there).  Throughout his time in urgent care his love for primary care and that relationship with his patients was dearly missed. Thor’s medical approach is science and evidence based.  He believes in improving the overall health of his patients and not just focusing on the symptoms.  Thor is married with 4 children ages 19, 16, 14, and 12 years old. His spouse, Nicole, is a stay at home mom and a photographer. Thor enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, golf, tennis, and other “lifetime” sports. Thor and his family are thankful to be settling down in the Willamette Valley to do what he loves, caring for patients.

Michelle Davila, FNP

FNP- Michelle and her family have lived in Oregon for 6 years. She has previously provided primary care at two federally qualified health centers (FQHC), one of which was a school based health center.  Prior to this experience she worked with adolescents and young adults at a youth academy and a college health center. Michelle earned her BSN from UT Health Science Center, her MSN from TX A&M University and her DNP from the University of Colorado. She enjoys working with individuals to optimize health through nutrition and daily activity. She likes seeing pediatric patients especially adolescents. Although her own adolescent cringes to think her mom will be taking care of her teachers, Michelle is thrilled to have this opportunity to better the health of the 4J community. Michelle enjoys hiking, jogging, reading and knitting in her spare time.

We hope to see you on November 14th at the Open House. We are confident that you’ll see what we see in these excellent new providers.

Wellness Clinic Closure Dates

The 4J Wellness Clinic will be closed the following dates:

Thanksgiving – November 22 & 23, 2018

Winter Break: – December 24 – January 1, 2019

Regular clinic hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The clinic is closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  To schedule an appointment, please call 541-686-1427.

Farewell Friends,
I want to take a moment to let you know that I am leaving my position as Classified Benefits Coordinator.  I will be starting a new position at Facilities at the end of this month.

I have enjoyed my tenure here, and I appreciate having had the opportunity to provide assistance and support to you.
Even though I will miss my service to you, I am looking forward to this new challenge and to starting a new phase of my career
Thanks again for everything.  I wish you all the best.

For questions regarding health benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding Moda benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding Kaiser benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding Willamette Dental Group benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding eligibility, contact OEBB:

To access the Employee Assistance Program:

For questions regarding life or long term disability insurance:

For questions regarding a Flexible Spending Plan:

  • PacificSource Administrators – 541-485-7488
  • psa.pacificsource.com/PSA/

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.  Some trails are happy ones, others are blue.  It’s the way you ride the trail that counts, here’s a happy one for you!
Dale Evans

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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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