Parent Newsletter October 18th, 2021

October 18, 2021

Hello Gilham Families, 

School Hours — 

Monday – Thursday  starting at 7:55  and ending at  2:25.

Friday starting at 7:55 and ending at 1:10.

Doors open at 7:40.  

Fall Conferences — Parent – Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, November 9 from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Wednesday, November 10 from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. There will be no school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday that week. 

Conferences will be over Zoom. Watch for scheduling information from your child’s teacher. 

Meeting with your child’s teacher should help build strong parent-teacher partnerships. Partnerships are needed if you and your child’s teacher are to reach your common goal: helping your child get the best education possible.

BEGINNING STRINGS for Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade – Registration starts Oct. 18th!

String Academy is a fun and exciting opportunity for your child to learn to play the violin, viola, cello or bass! The Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO) is once again offering this wonderful program online. Teachers are experienced professionals with a passion for bringing the joy of music to young students. Our online program includes fun and educational activities to keep children engaged and learning! And they provide the instruments!

Watch this fun String Academy Video of our teachers playing songs and introducing instruments!

  • Online classes meet twice a week over Zoom starting November 1st either M/W or T/TH .
  • Times available: 7:25-8:10am or afternoons 3:45-4:30pm or 4:30-5:15pm.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Income-based scholarships available!


Find out more and sign up here:

String Academy opens the door to the joy of making music, with benefits that can last a lifetime!

 No Dogs at School — To help protect the safety of students, staff, and families, please remember that dogs and other pets are not permitted on school grounds at any time, except as authorized by the superintendent or principal. For additional information, see the 4J Administrative Rules

Students can wear costumes to school — Friday, October 29th students can come to school in a favorite costume or fancy outfit. The following costume dress code will be enforced:

  • COVID face masks must cover the mouth and nose
  • NO weapons or weapon-like props
  • NO costume masks 
  • NO especially scary, gory costumes, or blood
  • NO inflatable costumes
  • NO dressing as another race, ethnicity, or culture


Drop Off and Pick Up — Parents thank you for your help and support as we work to make sure students are dropped off and picked safely.  We have had some concerns of safety on Honeywood Street from some of the neighbors.  If you are parking on the street in the morning or afternoon, please do not block the crosswalks, driveways, or park on the yellow curbs.  

Snacks for Classrooms — If you are sending in snacks for classrooms, please remember to check in with the teacher first.  Items should be nut free and individually packaged.  Here is a link to the 4j Wellness Policy on snacks —

Lunch Menu —  Make sure you filter for Gilham —

Message from Gilham PTO — The Gilham Elementary Parent Teacher Organization asks that family members and guardians of students take a moment to vote to approve this year’s budget and incoming board members. Please vote on the two-question ballot here: 

They are still looking for someone to fill the secretary position, if you are interested please email  Thank you!

Stay tuned and visit the school district website for the latest information. 

Important Dates — 

10/29 — Students wear costumes to school

11/9 — Picture Retakes

11/9 — Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/10 —  No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/11 — No School, Veterans Day

11/12 — No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences Comp Day

Lavinia Page 


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