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School Board Applications Due July 31

District residents are invited to apply to fill school board opening

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The Eugene School District is soliciting applications for a new school board member.

One of the elected members of the school board has moved away from the Eugene area. A district resident will be appointed by the board to complete the term, serving through June 30, 2021.

To be considered for appointment, please submit an application by Wednesday, July 31, at 5 p.m. The Eugene School Board will interview applicants on Monday, August 5 and will vote to appoint a new board member at a special meeting of the board on Thursday, August 8.

Application form
Board vacancy information
School board information 



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2019–20 School Supply Lists

Back-to-school sales will begin soon, long before classes do. Check your school’s supply list online before you start your back-to-school shopping.

Some schools provide a list of required supplies for each grade, other schools buy the needed materials in bulk and ask families to pay a supplies fee, and some schools do a combination of the two.

Find your school’s name below for a link to your student’s supply list for 2019–20. If you have any questions about your school’s list, please check with the school.

  • Elementary school offices reopen with limited hours on August 15 and 16. Contact your school for open hours.
    Regular hours resume August 20. (Closed on August 19 for all staff training.)
  • Middle school offices reopen with regular hours on August 15.
  • High schools are open throughout the summer, MonThu.: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m. and closed on Fridays.

Donations are greatly appreciated! If you would like to donate extra supplies or funds to buy supplies for students whose families are unable to pay for them, please contact the school office or an organization that collects donations for families in need. Thank you for your generosity.




Because high school
students’ course
schedules and needs
can vary so widely,
high schools do not
generally have preset
school supply lists
for all students.
For guidance on what
supplies your student
likely will need,
call the school office.

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School Board Members Sworn In

Two newcomers, two returning members elected to school board 

Four school board members who were elected May 21 have been sworn in to serve 4-year terms on the Eugene School District 4J board of directors.

Martina Shabram and Gordon Lafer, newly elected to the board, took the oath of office on July 10.

Alicia Hays and Mary Walston were elected to continue serving as members of the 4J school board for the 2019–2023 term. Ms. Hays has served on the school board since 2007, and Ms. Walston since 2009.

The Eugene School Board has seven members, elected from the district at large, not from geographic regions. Registered voters who live within the Eugene School District may vote on all 4J board positions on the ballot.

The four-year terms to which Hays, Walston, Lafer and Shabram were elected began on July 1, 2019.

Director positions #2 and #3, held by Anne Marie Levis and Judy Newman, and #6, currently vacant, will be on the ballot in May 2021.

The school board will appoint a district resident to Position 6 in August. Applications for appointment are due July 31 at 5 p.m.

More information:

About the 4J school board
Additional election information

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Kids Eat Free This Summer

Summer program offers free breakfast and lunch at selected locations June 24–August 16

Summer is here and school is out—but some 4J cafeterias are still cooking.

Eugene School District 4J will provide meals at four school sites this summer: Holt, Howard and River Road/El Camino del Río elementary schools, and Sheldon High School.

Eugene School District 4J serves about 10,000 meals to students each day when school is in session. Kids’ need for healthy food to grow, learn and thrive doesn’t end when school lets out for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program works to help fill that nutritional gap.

Children are welcome to eat at any summer meal site; they do not need to be students at that school. There are no application, income or enrollment requirements. All children age 18 and younger can eat free. Parents and siblings age 19+ are invited to eat with their children by bringing their own food or purchasing a meal ($3.00 for breakfast, $4.00 for lunch).

Times and locations for 4J summer meal sites:

Holt Elementary School
770 Calvin St.
July 1July 25 
Breakfast 8:30–9:15
Lunch 11:45–12:30
Howard Elementary School
700 Howard Ave.
June 24July 5 
July 9–August 1 
Breakfast 8:00–9:00
Lunch 11:15–12:30
River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School
120 W. Hilliard Lane
July 8August 1 
Breakfast 8:30–9:15
Lunch 11:45–12:30
Sheldon High School
2455 Willakenzie Rd.
July 8August 16 
Breakfast 8:30–9:15
Lunch 12:30–1:15

Free lunch also is available in many parks and community centers throughout Eugene at summer food program sites hosted by Food for Lane County and other organizations. To find the nearest summer meal site, visit SummerFoodOregon.org, call 2-1-1, or text “food”to 877-877.


More Information  
4J Summer Meals Program
Food for Lane County Sites
Summer Food Oregon

More About Summer in 4J  
Summer Learning
School Office Hours
School Health Centers

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Summer Hours at Schools, Health Centers 2019

School’s out for summer! But you can still get in touch with a school or the district before classes begin in September.

Most central offices are open year-round. High school offices are open on a limited schedule during the summer. Elementary and middle schools close for part of the summer and reopen well before the start of school.

High Schools 

Churchill, North Eugene, Sheldon, South Eugene:
Open MonThu.: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m. Closed Fridays.
Regular hours resume August 15.

Closed for the summer.
Regular hours resume August 15.
Moving to a new location!

Middle Schools

Open through June 26: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m.
Closed for the summer: June 27–August 14
Regular hours resume August 15.

Elementary Schools

Open regular hours through June 26
Closed for the summer: June 27–August 14
Open with limited hours on August 15 and 16. (Contact your school for open hours)
Regular hours resume August 20. (Closed for training August 19)

School-Based Health Centers

Open: June 18–21, June 27–28 and July 29–Aug. 23, 2019
Closed: June 24–26 and July 1–26.

Churchill High School
1850 Bailey Hill Rd., 541-790-5227
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

North Eugene High School
200 Silver Lane, 541-790-4445
Friday: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Contact information for schools and district offices

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Design Direction for New Edison Elementary School

Community invited to comment 

Online input form

Voters in Eugene School District 4J approved a bond measure in November 2018 to fund capital improvements at every 4J school and replace three aging school buildings with high-quality facilities built for school safety, sustainability, modern seismic standards, and 21st century education.

In the South Eugene region, two elementary school buildings will be replaced: Camas Ridge Elementary School and Edison Elementary School. Responsive to community input, both new schools will be built on their current existing sites, and the new Edison will be constructed first, followed by Camas Ridge. A temporary school location will be created at the Willard school site at 29th and Lincoln to house school operations during construction.

Before beginning schematic design for the new Edison Elementary School building to serve current and future Edison families and fit the South University neighborhood, Eugene School District 4J is seeking community feedback on potential design directions.

A community meeting was held at Edison on June 17 to share updates about the design and construction process; discuss what we have heard from prior community engagement including school safety, neighborhood fit, community connections, and historic character; and hear more from the community on what is important in the design of the new elementary school building to serve the Edison neighborhood. Participants reviewed a range of possible design directions for the new school and provided input.

Those who were not able to attend the meeting are invited to share their thoughts in an online input form open through Sunday, July 7. Thank you for taking a few minutes to provide your input.

Join the conversation:
Online community input
Monday, June 17 – Sunday, July 7, 2019

An additional community meeting will be held on Monday, August 12 at Roosevelt Middle School. Parents, neighbors and other community members are invited to join in these conversations.


Online input form  
June 17 meeting info sheet
More about the 4J bond measure  


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4J Summer Programs 2019

Summer learning, free meals, health care

Summer is here, and with it some no-cost opportunities for students to learn and stay nourished.

Free Meals: Kids are invited to eat breakfast and lunch for free this summer. NO forms to fill out. FREE for anyone 18 and under. The free summer food program starts in June and is available at four 4J schools. Free lunch also is available in many parks and community centers throughout Eugene this summer.

Summer Learning: 4J offers the following summer school programs:

Complete list of all 4J summer learning opportunities and contact information: English / Spanish

Summer Hours: Most district offices are open year-round. High school offices remain open through the summer, but operate on reduced hours. Elementary school and middle school offices close for the summer and reopen in August. School-based health centers are open, except for most of July, on a reduced schedule.

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Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter June 2019 Issue #8

Published by:

Arthur Hart, Classified Benefits Coordinator

Phone: 541-790-7679 e-mail: hart_a@4j.lane.edu

2019/20 OEBB Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for the 2019/20 OEBB plan year starts August 15th, 2019 and goes through September 15th, 2019.  The new plan year will start on October 1st.

What stays the same?

  • The Standard’s optional life insurance
  • VSP Vision plan
  • EAP- Employee Assistance Program (no enrollment necessary)
  • Moda/Delta Dental plan 5
  • Moda/Delta Dental Plan 6
  • Some OEBB wellness programs
    • WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined)
    • Healthy Team Healthy U
    • Health coaching through Moda, Kaiser and HTHU, Better Choices, Better Health and Virtual Lifestyle Management
    • Tobacco Cessation

What will look familiar?

  • Kaiser medical plan 2
  • Willamette Dental
    • Implant surgery up to $1,500 calendar year maximum, and limited to one implant per year.

What has changed?

  • Moda medical plans
    • Moda is launching all new plans under just one network. All Moda plans will utilize Moda’s statewide Connexus provider network. The Synergy networks will be discontinued for all OEBB plans effective October 1, 2019.
    • Moda medical plan members will be offered the option to participate in coordinated care by selecting a primary care provider know as a PCP360.
    • Choosing to participate in the Moda coordinated care will significantly enhance plan member benefits.
    • Moda medical plans 3 and 4 will be offered, and have $1,200/$1,300 and $1,600/$1,700 deductibles respectively.
    • Current Moda Synergy plan members will be given a slight discount on the new Moda plans 3 & 4 called a Select Rate.  OEBB will automatically apply the Select Rate during open enrollment if you qualify.

What’s new and exciting?

  • New OEBB wellness program offerings
    • Mindfulness app: Launching later this year
    • Resiliency webinars
    • Enhanced OEBB wellness site: improved online access to wellness tools and resources for members
    • Ongoing wellness newsletter: featuring wellness resources focused on a particular theme

Ways to prepare for open enrollment:

  • Make sure your contact information is current.
  • In early July start checking the 4J benefits home page and look for Benefits Open Enrollment 2019-20 information.
  • In early August watch for the OEBB open enrollment packet to arrive in the mail.
  • Keep checking your 4J email throughout the summer for information updates.
  • Keep an eye on the 4J Facebook page for benefits updates.

Other open enrollment information:

  • The 4J Wellness Clinic is not part of the Kaiser Network, and Kaiser medical plan members are not eligible to use the 4J Wellness Clinic.
  • You and your covered dependents must enroll in the same coverage tier. Example: If you elect dental for yourself, your child(ren) and spouse/DP must also have the same coverage.
  • OEBB provides the benefits plans, but 4J sets the benefits rates paid by 4J employees.  As you examine the 4J rate sheets, be sure that you are looking at the correct hour range and number of checks per year.
  • Get your open enrollment done early!  September 15th 2019 is a Sunday, and no 4J assistance will be available to you on that day.

Wellness Clinic Summer Hours

Clinic Hours: Monday through Friday all summer from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., except holidays. The clinic is closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  To make a clinic appointment, call 541-686-1427.


Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.

 —Erma Bombeck

Open Enrollment Assistance

OEBB open enrollment Computer assistance will be available in the Ed Center computer classroom on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, August 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 27, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 28, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 30, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 4, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 10, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 11, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, September 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Questions for Your Health

When facing medical decisions it is not always easy to think of all the things you should discuss with your physician during an appointment.  It can be helpful to take a family member or friend with you when you go to the doctor’s office. You may feel more confident if someone else is with you. Also, a relative or friend can help remind you about things you planned to tell or ask the physician. He or she also can help you remember what the physician says.  It can also be helpful to bring a list of questions to ask your physician that you prepared beforehand.  Here are some questions you might want answered.

Regarding symptoms or a diagnosis:

  • What is the disease or condition?
  • How serious is my disease or condition and how will it affect my home and work life?
  • What is the short-term and long-term prognosis for my disease or condition?
  • What caused the disease or condition?
  • Is there more than one disease or condition that could be causing my symptoms?
  • Should I be tested for a certain disease or condition?
  • What further symptoms should I watch for?
  • How can I be tested for a disease or condition, and what will these tests tell me?
  • How safe and accurate are the tests?
  • When will I know the test’s results?
  • Will I need more medical tests?
  • Do I need a follow-up visit and if so, when?
  • Do I need to take precautions to avoid infecting others?
  • How is the disease or condition treated?

Regarding treatment options:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • What is the cost of the treatment?
  • Which treatment is most common for my disease or condition?
  • Is there a generic form of my treatment and is it as effective?
  • What side effects can I expect?
  • What risks and benefits are associated with the treatment?
  • What would happen if I didn’t have any treatment?
  • What would happen if I delay my treatment?
  • Is there anything I should avoid during treatment?
  • What should I do if I have side effects?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of medication?
  • Will my job or lifestyle be affected?

Regarding a possible surgery:

  • Why do I need surgery?
  • What surgical procedure are you recommending?
  • Is there more than one way of performing this surgery?
  • Are there alternatives to surgery?
  • How much will surgery cost?
  • What risks and benefits are associated with this surgery?
  • What if I don’t have this surgery?
  • What kind of anesthesia will I need?
  • How long will it take me to recover?
  • How much experience do you have performing this surgery?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?


A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on a friend’s face.

Signs and symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Clouded, blurred or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Seeing “halos” around lights
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Double vision in a single eye

Use your district VSP benefit and make an appointment for an eye exam if you notice any changes in your vision. However, if you develop sudden vision changes, such as double vision or flashes of light, sudden eye pain, or sudden headache, see a doctor right away.

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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School Board Position Open: Apply to Serve

District residents are invited to apply for appointment to vacant position on school board

Apply online

The Eugene School District is soliciting applications for a new school board member.

Evangelina Sundgrenz, an elected member of the school board since 2017, has resigned from the board effective June 30, as her family is moving away from the Eugene area.

A new board member will be appointed to serve through June 30, 2021. Appointment is by public vote of the Eugene School Board. If the appointee wishes to serve longer, she or he must run for public election in May 2021.

How to apply: The application form is available on this website or at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, July 31, at 5 p.m.

Process: The Eugene School Board will interview applicants on Monday, August 5 and will vote to appoint a new board member at a special meeting of the board on Thursday, August 8. Board meetings are held at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., and are live streamed and broadcast on the radio on KRVM 1280-AM.

Requirements: Under Oregon law, board members must be registered voters in Eugene School District 4J, and must have lived in the district for at least one year at the time of appointment.

Eugene School Board positions are non-partisan and are not connected to any specific region. Applicants do not need to be parents of students in 4J schools. Employees of Eugene School District 4J and of charter schools within the district are not eligible for appointment. School board and committee members are not paid.

Service: Service on the Eugene School Board is a significant commitment. Regular school board meetings are usually the first and third Wednesdays of each month, at 7 p.m. The 4J Budget Committee, which includes the seven members of the school board, meets on Monday evenings, typically at least once in January and twice in May. Additional evening meetings and other events are scheduled as needed.

Learn more about the school board 

Apply online 

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ECCO Program Moving Downtown

Alternative high school program will have new building at 4J Education Center 

Eugene School District 4J’s ECCO alternative high school program will have a new home downtown this fall. ECCO will relocate in 2019–20 from the Lane Community College campus to the downtown area, next to the district office building at 200 North Monroe Street.

While students and many staff are on summer break, the district will contract with Modern Building Systems to erect a high-quality pre-fabricated building that will serve as ECCO’s new home. The building will be constructed to the northeast of the 4J Education Center, near the city’s Owen Rose Garden. 

Site preparation is slated to begin in June, and construction is expected to be completed shortly before the start of the 2019–20 school year. The new building will include six classrooms, childcare rooms, support areas, school office space and a common area. The existing kitchen facility at the Education Center will be used to provide school meal service. 

The alternative high school program has been housed at the LCC main campus since 2013, but the district’s lease agreement with LCC expires at the end of this school year. A new building at the 4J Education Center site was determined to be the most accessible and centrally located for students following the evaluation of several different sites, because students from across the district enroll in the alternative high school program. The former Bailey Hill Elementary School building near Churchill High School in southwest Eugene was also considered as a potential next home for ECCO, but transportation to and from that school site was determined to be a challenge for many students in the program. 

While planning for the ECCO program’s relocation, the district also is exploring alternative education options to better serve students in the future, including online learning options and providing more support at all high schools for students who fall behind on earning credits, so they don’t have to leave their home high school to get back on track for graduation.

ECCO will continue to serve current students attending the program and other students who find a separate alternative high school setting their best fit to help them succeed.

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