Parent Newsletter December 13th, 2021

December 13, 2021

Hello Gilham Families, 

School Hours — 

Monday – Thursday classes start at 7:55 and end at  2:25.

Friday classes start at 7:55 and end at 1:10.

Doors open at 7:40.  

Class starts at 7:55 and students should be in the classroom at that time.  

Pajama Day on Friday December 17th — This Friday we will be having a whole school pajama day.  Students can dress in their favorite pajamas.  Please remember that students need to be able to get in and out of their pajamas on their own and will be having outside recess, depending on the weather.  

Dec. 17, Crazy Hair Because We Care!– Calling all 4J Elementary School kids! Let’s spread some CRAZY Kindness all over Eugene, Oregon! 

On Friday December 17th, 2021, elementary school kids all over 4J will be recognizing this day of kindness with kind words and CRAZY HAIR. 

Participating is fun and easy. Just wear your craziest hairstyle to school on 12/17/21. If you want to share your kindness on social media, just snap a photo of your hair and post on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #crazyhairbecausewecare. 

But wait… there’s more!!! Papa’s Pizza will be awarding the “BEST Hair” photo posted on social media using #crazyhairbecausewecare with a FREE Large Pizza of your choice! 

Get creative and share your hair!

Crosswalks and yellow curbs — During pick up and drop off, please be extra careful for students and staff crossing the street.  WE encourage you to use the crosswalk when crossing.  It does get busy on the street so please use caution.  Also remember there is no parking on the yellow curbs.  

2021 Winter Holiday Resource List — Linked here, in English and Spanish, is an extensive Winter Holiday Resource List from the Oregon Department of Human Services. Included on the list is information on Food Boxes, Meal Site, and Holiday Gift Programs.

Lost and Found — Remind your student to check the Lost and Found before winter break.  There are several coats and sweatshirts hanging up.  Students can check the Lost & Found daily or ask a staff member to assist.  As a reminder it is very helpful when we have names in the clothing and on water bottles.  

Winter Weather: Snow Day Information — When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. These decisions are made by the school district early in the morning and are the same for every 4J school.

Snow day notifications: Our school district communicates any decision to change school or bus schedules as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m.

How to find out if there is a change:

  • Text message from the district (if you are not currently receiving occasional text messages with important information from 4J, learn how)
  • Check the district website,
  • Follow 4J on social media: Facebook, Twitter @4Jweather & @4Jschools
  • Tune in to local radio and television news stations

No news = No change. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

For more information, please see

Lunch Menu —  Make sure you filter for Gilham —

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

Important Dates — 

12/18-1/2 — No School, Winter Break

1/3 —  No School —  Professional Development/Planning Day

1/4- Students report back to school

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